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Poland Is First Government Worldwide To Add Video Game To Official School Reading List As Educational Resource

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ISFE member Spidor, representing the video games industry in Poland, has announced that, from the next academic year 2020/2021, the video game “This War of Mine” will be placed on the official reading list for high school students in Poland and made available for free to support the teaching of sociology, ethics, philosophy and history.

Head of Spidor, Dr Dominika Urbanska-Galanciak, said: “For the first time in history, a video game has been included on the recommended reading list for schools. We are pleased that the Ministry of Education and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki support and recognize the role of the video games sector in culture, creativity, innovation and even education.  This is a great example of how video games can support education by telling stories and raising important ethical issues.”

ISFE CEO Simon Little said: “It is extremely exciting to see a European government recognise the value of video games to education in this way. Video games are an intrinsic part of 21st century society and bring enormous benefits especially when used appropriately in a school setting where they are proven to increase student engagement and learning outcomes, develop team-building, problem-solving and mental agility.”

The game, “This War of Mine”, developed by Warsaw-based 11 bit studios, is inspired by conflicts in the Balkans and the player is forced to make moral choices in order to get food, medicine and shelter.  The title has been praised by Washington Post, Die Welt, The Guardian and other prestigious media around the world.

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Wazdan set for Switzerland entry

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Casino games supplier Wazdan has had 15 of its top-performing games certified for Switzerland as the company prepares to enter the online market.

Included in the market-ready titles are recent hits Choco Reels and Infinity Hero, as well as fan-favourites Black Horse™ Deluxe and 9 Lions, with Wazdan set to launch with a major operator brand in the country later this year.

The slot supplier has already acquired the necessary ISO 27001 information security certification as it continues to prove its commitment to the highest levels of regulatory compliance.

Switzerland will become the latest market to take Wazdan’s expansive global slots offering, with its games currently certified in numerous jurisdictions including the UK, Spain, Sweden, Romania and Portugal.

Andrzej Hyla, Head of Sales at Wazdan, said: “Having our top-performing titles certified for launch in Switzerland ahead of our anticipated market entry is another exciting milestone for Wazdan in what has been a very positive year for the business.

“Our focus on growth in regulated markets has allowed us to thrive and with some exciting news to come within the Swiss market, this is only the start of another thrilling journey for us.”

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BetVictor Enters Strategic Brand Cooperation with BILD to Launch BILDBet

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Gibraltar-based bookmaker BetVictor has entered into a “strategic brand cooperation” with Germany’s best-selling newspaper BILD to launch BILDBet, a new platform for sports betting.

BetVictor was named among the first fifteen online licences to be approved by the Darmstadt Regional Council this October.

In a statement Axel Springer, the publishing company of BILD, detailed: “BILD is known for unique sports reporting and enthusiasm for sports. Through the collaboration with BetVictor, this shall now be expanded in the form of an attractive and user-friendly betting service.”

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Betsoft Already Compliant with New Gambling Regulations in Germany

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The German Interstate Treaty on Gambling has formally entered its transition phase prior to coming fully into law on 1 July 2021.

Between 15 October 2020 and next summer, the German authorities are asking for immediate compliance to avoid potential pitfalls or even prosecution of operators.

“Operators are required to comply with player protections guidelines, addiction prevention measures and the terms of each vertical to be ready for July 2021 at the latest. Betsoft has ensured that standard obstacles to regulation have already been overcome insofar as the October/December 2020 requirements have been met. These changes were actioned promptly. Should any further changes or new requirements come into force, then we will meet those with the same speed and efficiency,” Kai Botha, marketing manager at Betsoft, said.

“Over 20 key operators are in place already with many more currently in the process of so doing. The team is burning the midnight oil to ensure that the remaining operators are onboarded as smoothly and efficiently as possible during this phase. Betsoft is renowned for its customer service and back office systems so we are confident we will make this as seamless a transition as possible,” Adam Daniel, Head of account management at Betsoft, said.

“Betsoft is a very forward-thinking and proactive business. We operate in highly regulated markets and compliance is as enshrined as our trademark innovation and entertainment skills. I don’t see significant change being necessary. We will continue with our strategy of delivering an award-winning and diverse portfolio of high-quality games to our constantly growing client base. Change breeds opportunity. For the time being, however, our focus is on promoting the Betsoft product in a dynamic market and concentrating on customer service there. In summary, it’s business as usual,” Botha said.

“Currently we are very capable of meeting and overcoming technical requirements; moreover, we are able to meet them quickly. We are confident in committing ourselves to whatever iterations come from the German regulator. The situation is still very malleable though, making it difficult to gauge the extent and scope of potential obstacles. However, as always, we are fully supportive of and prepared to serve our loyal customers in this market,” Daniel concluded.

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