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Microgaming supports YGAM in its vision to prevent gambling-related harm

Vlad Poptamas



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YGAM, the charity which works to inform young people of the risks of gaming and gambling related harm, has been recognised by leading software supplier Microgaming for the resilience it’s shown in continuing to deliver its acclaimed educational programme despite COVID-19, as well as its ability to deliver content in what it describes as ‘an engaging, authentic and insightful manner.’

Isle of Man-based Microgaming , which assisted YGAM with the creation and design of a digital interactive webinar presentation to support its activities during lockdown, recently celebrated its third anniversary of supporting the national charity.

“Promoting CSR and safer gambling, as well as supporting the local community is hugely important to us at Microgaming,” stated Kimberley Broad, Director of Compliance at Microgaming. “Since Microgaming and YGAM started their relationship in 2017, the charity has continued to flourish and grow into an incredibly important organisation, one which is committed to raising awareness and increasing resilience against gambling-related harm.

“What Microgaming admires most about YGAM’s work is the ability for others to learn from their lived experiences, as shared by co-founders Lee, Keith and Ann, and focus that into ensuring young and vulnerable people are properly educated on gambling-related harm. It is important for gambling firms within the industry to continue to support charities such as YGAM.”

Kimberley concluded: “Through PlayItForward, our CSR programme, Microgaming has been able to support charities with financial and practical support , including volunteering efforts, to help with projects that will assist them in achieving their goals and continue the good work they do. This not only supports the charity, but also provides Microgaming staff with a sense of pride and achievement.”

Lee Willows, chief executive and co-founder of YGAM, added: “We are so grateful for Microgaming’s ongoing support. It’s vital that organisations such as ours continue to collaborate in order to carry on making a really significant impact with young people and their families. As a small charity, we benefit hugely from their support  to achieve our social purpose.

“I am always really pleased to talk with the industry and to demonstrate how its support and RET contributions enable the dedicated YGAM team to extend our collective reach. The industry has an open invitation to experience one of our workshops and see how we put the great support that we receive into activities that deliver tangible results.”

In collaboration with GamCare, YGAM is delivering the UK’s ground-breaking National Gambling Education and Harm Prevention Programme. Supported by members of the Betting and Gaming Council, the £10 million programme will reach over three million young people to raise awareness of the risks of potential gaming and gambling related harms.

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Swansea City Teams Up with The Big Step

Niji Narayan



Swansea City Teams Up with The Big Step
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Swansea City football club has teamed up with gambling harm reduction charity The Big Step in a trailblazing new partnership.

The Big Step is a football-focused gambling education project and part of the Gambling with Lives charity.

The 18-month Gambling Harms Prevention programme will be delivered by Swans’ fan Nick Phillips, himself a recovering gambling addict.

In addition to the support of the club, the scheme has also been backed by the Swansea City Supporters Trust, Swansea City Community Trust and has been positively received by local MP Carolyn Harris.

“I would like to thank the club and the supporters trust in giving us the opportunity to talk about gambling and, in particular, the harms that are attached with it,” Nick said.

“As a lifelong fan of the club, I am excited about this education project and believe it will have a significant positive impact amongst the fans and the local community.”

James Grimes, senior programme manager at Gambling with Lives and Founder of The Big Step, added: “I am so proud to announce our partnership with Swansea City, whose community scheme is renowned for improving lives.

“As a recovering gambling addict, I am passionate about preventing young people going through the same thing that I did. During 12 years of addiction, football failed to provide adequate warnings or the help that I so desperately needed.

“This partnership will show how football can be a positive social vehicle in preventing and reducing gambling harms in its community through our education, awareness and signposting work.”

Swansea City’s head of commercial, Rebecca Edwards-Symmons, said: “We are delighted to be able to lend our full support to the fine work of The Big Step.

“At Swansea City, our supporters and their welfare are at the centre of our values, so we were quick to pledge our backing to this project, which can help the lives of not just individuals, but their families and friends too.

“Aside from backing The Big Step, this season we have moved away from having a gambling company as our main kit sponsor, which allows our junior Jacks to proudly wear the same shirts as their heroes.

“These are the big steps we are making to help strengthen the battle against gambling addiction.”

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Rix.GG signs Joonas “Mognus” Salo to Rocket League roster

George Miller



Rix.GG signs Joonas "Mognus" Salo to Rocket League roster
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Rix.GG, a new esports organisation, announces the signing of Finnish superstar Joonas “Mognus” Salo to its Rocket League roster.

Rix.GG’s Rocket League roster ahead of RLCS X Winter Split will be:

  1. Dan “Polar” Rees
  2. Lorenzo “Dead-Monster” Tongiorgi
  3. Joonas “Mognus” Salo

By signing Joonas “Mognus” Salo, Rix.GG is taking a hybrid approach to both nurture home-grown talent and bolster it with unrivaled expertise in Rocket League. Joonas “Mognus” Salo brings with him a wealth of experience, competing and winning at the highest levels of the esport. Rix.GG hopes the move will lead to the development of a winning team strategy to become one of the top Rocket League teams in the EU.

Jamie Lewis, founder, said: “We [Rix.GG] are doubling down on our efforts to build a top tier team and are delighted to have a world-class talent like Mongnus on board. We feel he is the perfect addition to our budding team.”

Ibrahim Taylor, team manager, said: “Mognus is widely regarded as one of the most capable Rocket League players, someone that has seen great success for many years at the very pinnacle of competitive Rocket League. He also gels very well with the team and the great atmosphere is clear to see. Polar and Dead-Monster are both keen to continue to improve, with the experience and history Mognus brings he is the perfect person for them to combine with to take them to new heights.”

Joonas “Mognus” Salo, said: “I’m happy to be joining Rix.GG as a new third player for its Rocket League team. They take good care of their players, so I know I’m in good hands. Immediately from the first scrim I noticed the potential that Polar and Dead-monster have. With my experience, I hope to bring more consistency to the table

and bring out the best of my teammates. It will definitely take some time, but I hope you can support me and my new team on this journey.”

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PAGCOR Considers Allowing Casinos to Operate Online Gambling

Niji Narayan



PAGCOR Considers Allowing Casinos to Operate Online Gambling
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The Philippines Amusement and Gaming Corp (PAGCOR) has confirmed that it is considering a proposal to allow online gambling in casinos.

The regulator said it has received requests from operators to allow online bets from known patrons in order to reduce the financial impact of pandemic-related restrictions.

PAGCOR said the departments involved are currently conducting studies on the proposals.

The regulator is already evaluating the legalisation of streaming sabong events in authorised arenas.

An industry source said the change was likely to be made soon but only for Philippine clients.

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