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YGAM student research welcomed by UK Gambling Commission

George Miller

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The results of a survey published by the Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM), highlighting how university students are using videos games and gambling as an attempt to relieve financial and academic pressures, has been praised by the Gambling Commission for providing ‘further information, detail and understanding.’

Helen Rhodes, Programme Director at the Gambling Commission welcomed the research which was published this week, stating: “There are a variety of actions and educational initiatives which are connected with the research and it is important these are undertaken in a planned, joined-up way. The National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms, launched earlier this year, will be the most effective way to ensure this vital coordination and partnership work takes place and drives faster progress to reducing gambling harms.  We look forward to working with colleagues at YGAM in the months ahead.”

The report, which was conducted amongst a sample of 2,000+ students in higher education by Red Brick Research, specialists in higher education and student research, reveals that:

• 48 percent of those who game every day said it has got in the way of friendships and studies.
• The more frequently students game, the greater the impact.  The research revealed that for those who game every day, one fifth have a negative sense of belonging at university, and over one-third say it has got in the way of their social life.
• 264,000 students in the UK are at some risk from gambling with around 88,000 defined as problem gamblers.
• 59 percent of students who gamble say they are always worrying about their financial situation while 16 percent have gambled more than they could afford.

Commenting on the report findings Lee Willows, YGAM CEO said: “There has been growing concern around the impact of gaming and gambling for young people and the purpose of this survey was to better understand a less well researched community, students in higher education.  Students at university are often away from home, managing their finances and their lives independently for the first time. The research shows that we need to continue to expand our university partnerships and work together to raise awareness around financial advice, well-being, support services as well as the potential risks of gambling and gaming.”

Mike Wojick, Chair of the Board for YGAM commented: “This is an extraordinarily insightful piece of research into attitudes and behaviours of students around gaming and gambling, which not only supports YGAM’s University and Student Engagement Programme, but it will ideally result in follow up research, to unpick some of the findings. Earlier in the year when I prepared the initial scope for this research, I was convinced this was a priority for YGAM so as to provide a platform to better inform our support to students, and to provide evidence to ensure the issues become more of a priority for policy makers and Universities. Some of the themes that particularly jump out are the scale of numbers of young people at risk, not just financial or digital resilience but also knock on factors such as mental health and wellbeing, stress, anxiety, sleep deprivation, academic performance and even the potential to drop out of their courses. YGAM continues to be a contemporary and agile charity responding to young adults’ education needs around safer gambling and gaming. I am looking forward to working with the YGAM team, higher education sector and the industries to make this more than just insightful research, it needs to lead to practical action.”

Ben Cooke, Research Director at Red Brick Research who led the study, says “Students provided valuable insights into their experiences of gaming and of gambling, how it relates to their studies, their finances, and social lives.  For me the most interesting finding was the lack of awareness that gaming could be an addiction or of the overall help and information available to students. YGAM’s approach of practical action in response to these findings is reassuring as the challenges students are facing are significant.”

The full report is available to download at www.ygam-research.org

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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EGT Interactive is circling back to Budapest with a special participation at CEEGC

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EGT Interactive is thrilled to announce its consecutive appearance at the Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference and Awards (CEEGC). Georgi Dimitrov, Head of Legal & Compliance at the company, will be once again joining the discussions as one of the speakers at this special event. He will participate in the panel titled “Regulated Central and Eastern European jurisdictions” focusing on the evolution of clearly regulated markets. The targeted jurisdictions are Bulgaria, Romania, Czech Republic, Croatia and Slovenia.

Georgi Dimitrov has started his career in EGT Interactive as a legal counsel, with a focus on legal, regulatory and technical compliance matters related to the iGaming industry. He specializes in international gambling regulation and provides guidance on licensing and certification frameworks, policy drafting, and compliance processes. His line of work involves communication with focal stakeholders in the business such as testing labs, regulators and operators. He has background in company structuring, M&A, business and corporate development and extensive expertise in competition law. Recently he became Head of the “Legal and Compliance” department at EGT Interactive.

 

The event will take place on the 24th of September at Ritz-Carlton, Budapest, Hungary.

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Week 38 slot games releases

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Week 38/2019 slot games releases
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Have a look at this week’s latest slot releases!

We begin with another release from Play’n Go, the fun-filled game Mission Cash. The game has its roots in the spy films and TV series of the ‘50s and ‘60s, taking inspiration from classics such as The James Bond Series and The Man from U.N.C.L.E, but also newer titles like Austin Powers and Kingsman: The Secret Service.

Play’n GO Are on a Mission with their Newest Release

 

Realistic Games has added a new 3-reel version of its popular title Fireworks to its ever-growing portfolio of games. Fun Size Fireworks retains the featurewhich has been a proven success with players of the 5-reel version, with a bonus round that is reached when a player gets stacked symbols on each of the 3 reels. A reel will then be randomlyselected and a win of one or more win lines will be achievedoffering the player a maximum jackpot ofx250 their starting stake.

Realistic - Fun Size Fireworks

 

Yggdrasil is under starter’s orders to release its latest slot, Racing Lovers, with players invited to saddle up for their biggest thrill ride yet as they chase the championship trophy for huge rewards. Ladies and gents, hold onto your hats as the starting gates open and the racing begins in this new immersive slot set in the fastest course of them all.

Yggdrasil’s latest slot Racing Lovers

 

Microgaming has launched its latest online slot Tweethearts, developed exclusively by Just For The Win. Set in a colourful paradise, nesting love birds bring their feathered mystique to this exciting five-reel, 17-payline slot. Players entering the beautiful jungle of paired-up parrots will find the Double Lucky Line, present throughout the game, perched on the middle row across all five reels. When double symbols land on the Double Lucky Line, they are counted as two symbols for any winning combinations or free spin symbols.

Microgaming - Tweethearts

 

Stick ‘Em, a 5×4 video-slot follows Canny the Can on an adventure which includes features such as sticky win spins, free spins with high paying symbols and an exciting bonus wheel with three levels of progression! Marcus Codes, COO at Hacksaw Gaming commented:“We’re delighted to release our very first slot today after being exclusive with Leo Vegas for the past 2 weeks. We have seen fantastic numbers and feel Stick Em will be a great hit within the industry. There is more to come from Hacksaw, this is just the beginning.”

Stick'em - Hacksaw Gaming's Very First Slot Release!

 

Pariplay Ltd., a gaming technology company serving iGaming operators, land-based casinos and lotteries, has announced the Swedish release of its Viking Glory online slot via an exclusive partnership with Svenska Spel Sport & Casino.

Pariplay Partners with Svenska Spel Sport & Casino for Swedish Release of ‘Viking Glory’ Slot

 

Kindred Group has partnered with Play’n GO in an exclusive release of Troll Hunters 2, the sequel to the record-breaking first chapter of the Troll Hunters saga. “Kindred has recently invested heavily in the quality of their exclusive games. We believe that product quality is ultimately what customers will recognize and value. This is what will set us apart from the competition and lead the way forward in casino,” Ale Rallo, Games Development Manager of Kindred Group said.

Troll Hunters 2 Launches on Kindred Platforms

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Sports Betting Bill of Michigan Moves Forward

Niji Narayan

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A sports betting bill would allow organised sports betting in Michigan casinos and online was passed out of a state house committee. State Representative Brandt Iden of Kalamazoo is sponsoring the legislation.

“Because this is already going on in the market place so we can protect those people who want to play and want to play legally, and we can, you know, make the state a little bit of money, which I think is also a positive,” Iden said.

Iden hopes the bill continues to make its way through the legislature and onto Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s desk before Superbowl season.

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