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GambleAware Calls for Collaboration to Expand Treatment Service

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In an open letter to the House of Lords Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry Committee, GambleAware has clarified its organisational structure and addressed the questions relating to funding agreements with treatment providers.

Marc Etches, CEO of GambleAware, addressed some of the issues raised at the Committee’s session on March 10, which was attended by GamCare CEO Anna Hemmings and Interim Chief Executive of Gordon Moody Association Matthew Hickey.

Etches wrote: “Over the course of this inquiry, the Committee will have hopefully gained a sense of the strong commitment to collaborative working that exists throughout the National Gambling Treatment Service.

“Specific mechanisms have been put in place to support and underpin this collaboration, and a key aspect of GambleAware’s function as commissioner is to lead the development of those tools and processes.

“It may be helpful to know that GambleAware, the Gambling Commission and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have agreed a programme of work to develop an inspection regime for gambling treatment service, which CQC is set to carry out.

“The development phase of this work is being disrupted by COVID-19, but we hope to make a formal announcement of how this will be undertaken as soon as possible. Independent inspection by the CQC will provide us, and all interested parties, with an authoritative assessment of the quality of services.

In the Select Committee on the Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry meeting on March 10, the Committee heard evidence from treatment providers, which primarily considered the accessibility and effectiveness of problem gambling treatments that are currently available.

In its remit, the Committee seeks to establish ‘reliable facts’ on unique gambling industry factors and dynamics, with the purpose of developing better regulatory frameworks and future oversight.

Etches continued: “We also want to make clear that the relationship between provider and commissioner is a wholly collaborative one. It does not involve the former pleading for funding from the latter, as was perhaps suggested during the session (and which we do not feel represents either our aims or work in practice). Co-design runs throughout our work, with providers and commissioners contributing their respective perspectives and insights to initiatives to improve and develop gambling treatment.

“The Committee also spent some time discussing the Grant Agreements that GambleAware has with treatment providers, and there seemed to be a concern these agreements are being used to enforce monopsony. I want to reassure you that this is not the case.

“As an independent charity, GambleAware needs to be able to account for its expenditure. Trustees would be failing in their duty if GambleAware was giving money to a particular activity that was simultaneously being funded from another source, i.e. ‘double-funded’.

“Also, we are keen to ensure that the Grant Agreements do not stifle innovation, or additional investment. This is demonstrated, for example, in the funding from NHS England to support both the Problem Gambling Clinic based at Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust and the NHS Northern Gambling Service being run by the Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, over and above the preexisting, continuing funding from GambleAware.

“GambleAware is committed to ensuring the success and expansion of the National Gambling Treatment Service and the prevention and research activity supporting it. This will require continued collaboration with treatment providers (alongside national health agencies, local authorities, and others), which continues to be at the heart of our approach.”

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Microgaming Signs Distribution Agreement with Neko Games

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Microgaming has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with game design and development studio, Neko Games.

The studio’s Super Showball video bingo game is live on Microgaming’s content aggregation platform from 26 May 2020, joining hundreds of new games being added throughout the year by the supplier’s diverse roster of exclusive independent studios and content partners.

“Video bingo games are particularly popular in LATAM, and the team at Neko Games have done a tremendous job with their debut title, Super Showball. We are pleased to welcome the studio to our content aggregation platform and look forward to working with them on further diversifying our portfolio for Microgaming customers worldwide,” Leon Thomas, Commercial Director of Microgaming, said.

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Bertrand Méheut Steps Down as President of PMU

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Bertrand Méheut has stepped down from his position as president of the French sports and horse racing betting operator Pari-Mutuel Urbain (PMU).

“Bertrand Méheut left his job in order to be able to devote himself fully to his personal commitments and other professional projects,” according to the press release by the PMU.

Méheut, who previously served as the President of Canal+, has been President of PMU since 2018. His successor will be appointed in the general meeting which will be held on June 9.

Even if he had no executive duties within the PMU, the departure of Bertrand Méheut challenges in this period of major turbulence for the operator.

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G2 Esports Partners with Brandgenuity to Expand Global Licensing Efforts

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G2 Esports has partnered with Brandgenuity to strategically expand its global licensing efforts. Brandgenuity is a leading global independent brand licensing agency headquartered in New York.

“G2 is building a lifestyle and entertainment empire. We have designed and developed streetwear-inspired collections and merchandise that sell out almost instantly thanks to the #G2ARMY and we want to continue to bring our fans merchandise that makes them proud to rep G2. The Brandgenuity team demonstrated that they understood both our brand and our dedication to entertain at all costs and we know they will propel us forward in our global licensing efforts,” Carlos “ocelote” Rodriguez, Founder and CEO of G2 Esports, said.

“We are thrilled to be working with G2 Esports, who are one of the most dominant teams in the world, and the undisputed leaders in fan engagement and world-class entertainment. This brand has everything we look for to build a great licensing program; double-digit growth trajectory, a distinctive personality and truly passionate fans,” Teri Niadna, Managing Director of Brandgenuity Europe, said.

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