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UK Minister Urges Gambling Industry to Tackle Risks of Problem Gambling During Coronavirus Outbreak

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Nigel Huddleston, the UK’S Minister for Sport, Tourism and Heritage, has urged the gambling industry to do all it can to tackle the risks of problem gambling during coronavirus outbreak.

The minister has written to the Chief Executives of five leading online gambling operators – Bet 365, GVC, Skybet, William Hill and Flutter – and the trade body the Betting and Gaming Council to:

Request regular and comprehensive internal data around online gambling habits as a result of the ongoing lockdown measures;

Remind them of their responsibilities and encourage extra steps to protect players at this time of heightened risk;

Call for a greater prominence of safer gambling messaging within their advertising aimed at existing and potential customers across television, radio, online and print media. This should more clearly warn of risks and signpost people to sources of support, such as GambleAware.

These measures will support DCMS and the Gambling Commission to make a full assessment of the impact of the current circumstances on gambling habits, monitor whether risks are materialising, to what extent operators are taking action, and whether the current regulations and voluntary measures by the industry are sufficient to prevent an increase in gambling-related harm.

“As we stay at home and spend more time online, it is vital that no stone is left unturned in protecting people from gambling related harm. Whilst overall gambling participation has fallen in recent weeks and the industry has made notable contributions to support the national response, we must take proactive steps now, and keep these measures under review. I expect patterns of play to be closely monitored so we can move quickly if there is any evidence of problem gambling increasing. I also want more to be done to promote responsible gambling during the pandemic,” Nigel Huddleston said.

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Danske Spil and Shape Games land EGR Awards hat-trick

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Danske Spil’s mobile sports betting app, provided by leading digital product studio Shape Games, has been named ‘Best Native App’ at the EGR Marketing and Innovation Awards for the third year in a row, while also picking up the award for best ‘Best Omni-channel Solution’.

The fully native app, live in Denmark under the Oddset brand, won big once again at the prestigious awards, having previously been recognised in 2018 and 2019.

During 2019, Oddset saw a 20 percent increase in monthly revenue, while rolling out its ‘Loyalty Suite’ layer, adding personalised insights and social mechanisms to the app.

Danske Spil’s strong mobile sportsbook offering, provided by Shape Games, also won the ‘Best Omni-channel Solution’ award and was nominated for the ‘Innovation in Sports Betting’ category.

Nicolas Linde, partner at Shape, said: “Fully native mobile applications are now an essential for any forward-looking operator, and we’ve been innovating in this field for several years now.

“It is an honour to be recognised by our industry peers at the EGR Marketing and Innovation Awards, and we will continue to find creative ways to develop an even stronger mobile product for our operator partners.”

Frederik Skov, Head of Sales and Loyalty at Danske Spil, said: “The collaboration between Danske Spil and Shape has turned out to be something akin to a fairy tale since we started this journey together. Winning these two awards will only spur us on for more.

“Over the past five years we have continuously improved the products, polished the existing features and added new ones as well. Winning tonight is one of the results of this joint team effort.

“We have known for a while that we are on the right path with our offerings. The customer reaction to our dynamic, modern and personalised user journey has been encouraging on every level.

“Winning the award for Best Omni-Channel Solution is something that makes we very happy personally. Omni-channel is difficult to get right, and we have been working on it for a long time but the results are clear for everyone to see. Our customers can access our services wherever they are; on the go, at home or in the store, and their response has been beyond positive.”

 

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AC Milan and Electronic Arts announce exclusive premium partnership

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EA SPORTS FIFA develops long-term partnership with one of european football’s most decorated clubs

Today, Electronic Arts (EA) and AC Milan have announced a multi-year partnership which enables both brands to deliver innovative, world-class entertainment for their global audiences. For the first time in AC Milan’s history, only in EA SPORTS™ FIFA will players have the opportunity to compete as the Rossoneri in the iconic San Siro Stadium.

“This partnership with AC Milan is a testament to our commitment to bring more authentic interactive experiences to sports fans across the globe” said Nick Wlodyka, Vice President & GM, EA SPORTS FIFA. “As a highly decorated and iconic football club, we look forward to offering AC Milan fans many years of innovative and interactive FIFA experiences to come.”

Casper Stylsvig, Chief Revenue Officer of AC Milan said: “We are delighted to welcome EA SPORTS to the AC Milan family as a Premium Partner. This partnership is symbolic of our commitment to delivering world class interactive experiences to our fans all over the world. As a market leader in the world of gaming, in EA SPORTS we have the perfect partner to help us continue on our journey of engaging and exciting the next generation of Rossoneri fans.”

Through Rossoneri legends Kakà and Andriy Shevchenko, EA SPORTS FIFA and AC Milan have enjoyed a strong relationship on-and-off the field for years. AC Milan is currently one of the most popular clubs for in-game play.

 

 

 

 

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Tom Horn Gaming shakes player experience to its foundations with its latest release 243 Crystal Fruits Reversed

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Amid scorching summer days and electric storms Tom Horn Gaming comes with a special treat for its players – a revamped version of its highly popular game 243 Crystal Fruits. In 243 Crystal Fruits Reversed the provider completely flips the old fruit video slot upside down and reverses mechanics of the original game, making the player experience a whole lot different.

Not only does the game reverse original features, it comes in with amazingly tweaked visuals that complement the thrilling gameplay that is again sure to keep every ardent player on the edge of their seats right from the moment of hitting the Spin button.

Any winning combination with the famous 243 Wild landing on reels 2, 3 or 4, triggers the 243 Reversed Respin feature, during which the number of win lines changes from 5 to 243 allowing for even more winning opportunities.

Unlike in its predecessor, in 243 Crystal Fruits Reversed winning symbols don’t explode but freeze in place leaving space for another respin with a higher multiplier to maximise winnings. The multiplier increases with each respin until it reaches 5xa, building on player excitement and anticipation of higher wins. The respin feature continues until a new win symbol occurs.

243 Crystal Fruits Reverse lives up to its name combining the excitement of a classic fruit slot with a new thrilling twist that can never be forgotten or replicated. Players can immerse themselves in this new juicy adventure from 3rd August when the game is released worldwide.

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