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Gauselmann UK unveil 360 – the biggest social responsibility undertaking in UK low-stake gambling

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Gauselmann UK is setting new standards of player protection with the launch of 360 – a programme which cements the company’s continuous commitment to social responsibility.

360 has been developed following close consultation with the Global Gambling Guidance Group (G4) whose accreditation programme helps organisations to establish a responsible gambling culture and implement initiatives that minimise the harms caused by problem gambling. G4’s wide-ranging audit, which included a cultural assessment based on interviews conducted among staff working at all levels of the organisation, was documented in a dedicated Gauselmann UK specific Action Work Programme.

Committed to making the G4 audit into more than simply a box ticking exercise, Gauselmann UK is establishing the infrastructure required to ensure social responsibility is always front and centre stage of the business, led by an Advisory Board of senior executives and external specialists.

The six-person Advisory Board will set key objectives and kpi’s, establish a method of measuring success, bring new ideas to the table and explore best practice which will include drawing on the experience of other jurisdictions and across other industries.

One of the most tangible features of 360 and one which will drive its objectives throughout the business is the appointment of a Customer Experience Manager, a new dedicated, single role post that will report directly to the CEO.

“The aim in everything that we do – whether that’s games design, customer service, or the experience of visiting one of our 160 Merkur Cashino AGCs – is to be the very best in the business and that also extends to delivering the most effective social responsibility undertakings” stated Sascha Blodau, General Manager Gauselmann (UK). “When it comes to protecting the vulnerable and the very small percentage of players who may experience problems from low stake gambling entertainment, you can never do enough, it’s a journey without there actually being a final destination.”

Outlining his aspirations for the programme moving forward, Sascha Blodau confirmed: “We have explained 360 and shared our objectives with bacta, with the Gambling Business Group, the Gambling Commission, with GamCare and with YGAM, all of whom have been very supportive and encouraging of what we are setting out to achieve. We want to ensure that we are establishing the very highest standards in order to deliver a safe gambling entertainment experience for all of our customers in particular those that may require additional levels of support.

“I believe that in 360 we have created the most comprehensive safer gambling programme in the UK to complement what is the UK industry’s most professional and dedicated consumer-facing team.”

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The festive season comes with the new game Winstorm by CT Gaming Interactive

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Tuned with the winter season, the newest CT Gaming Interactive slot game Winstorm takes on an exciting journey filled with stormy and thrilling experiences. The journey will lead players through a strong storm that offers many winning opportunities. When the hurricane expands on the screen, it starts revealing additional wilds in form of diamonds and Scatters pictures as a tornado on the reels.

 

Winstorm is 5 reels and 30 pay lines cascading reels game and the winning symbols are replaced with new symbols which means players can win another turn without taking any actions. The game has a fun story, bright and shiny symbols, and top award 1000 x Total bet that makes the gameplay exciting.

You can find a DEMO game here

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BTOBET ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH YELLOWBET

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Cameroon-based betting site to be powered by Neuron 3 platform

BtoBet will be strengthening its presence in Africa announcing a strategic partnership with iGaming group Yellowbet to power its Yellowbet Cameroon brand with the Neuron 3 platform. The deal encompasses the operator’s digital channels. The partnership also allows Yellowbet to migrate its other brands in Africa to BtoBet’s advanced betting and gaming platform.

Seeking to deliver a tailored user experience to its players, Yellowbet will be delivering a wide range of content including local and international sports betting which includes live sports events, online and live casino, jackpots and a wide range of virtual sports.

I am pleased that Yellowbet have chosen BtoBet and the Neuron 3 platform to power its brand in Cameroon. Throughout the years BtoBet has transformed itself into the primary gateway for operators seeking to expand into Africa without having to adopt a one size fits all approach. Our in-depth knowledge of the regions and their various micro-elements, such as the varying player betting behaviours, enable us to help all our partners to position themselves in an optimal position and deliver a betting experience that reflects their brand. I am positive that Cameroon will be the first of many more success stories with Yellowbet,” states Sabrina Soldà, BtoBet’s Chief Marketing Officer.

We take great care of our players and BtoBet, with its Neuron technologies, constituted the ideal technological partner for us to provide a betting experience that would enable Yellowbet to tailor the UX according to the different player profiles. I am looking forward to collaborate with BtoBet and to increase our brand value through their vast wealth of knowledge of the African iGaming industry,” states Nkurunziza Dominique, Yellowbet Cameroon’s Country Manager.

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Football for Friendship to share fair play principles in International Coaches Academy new online course

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Gazprom International Children’s Social Programme Football for Friendship unites 211 countries and regions of the world. The programme invites coaches to complete a new online course of the International Football for Friendship Coaches Academy.

The International Football for Friendship Coaches Academy is a free online educational platform for which were created modules of practical exercises aimed at improving the qualifications of coaches of children’s teams and football classes all around the world. The course is based on the successful experience of work with the international children’s teams during various seasons of Football for Friendship. Its goal is to help coaches teach their students the psychology of training and communication with children of different cultures, races, nationalities, and physical abilities.

In total, over the period of the International Football for Friendship Academy’s existence, over 4 000 coaches have completed their education. The course was developed by the heads of the teaching process and coaches of the FC Barcelona Academy, experts of the FIFA and UEFA humanitarian programmes, representatives of Football Union of Russia (FUR), the Brazil national team, FC Delhi Dynamos, FC Zenit, FC Schalke 04, and football federations of different countries.

The new online course offers theory, practical exercises, recommendations on organizing the training process that encourages the principles of fair play, fairness, equality, that form the basis of the Football for Friendship programme. The educational course is free and available in 10 languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Russia, Spanish, Turkish.

“It’s very important for a football team coach to gain the trust of young players, to prove that they are themself committed to those human and sporting values that they are trying to convey. The International Football for Friendship Academy is a unique educational platform for coaches around the world: the methodology teaches the training processes, as well as the main principles of interaction with young athletes, and explains what qualities and values should be instilled in young athletes so that they can grow into adult professionals of an international level. I have no doubt that the Academy’s work will have a huge positive effect, both for the coaches and for the players,” notes Real Madrid and Brazil Legend, World Cup winner and 3 times UEFA Champions League Winner, Global Ambassador of Football for Friendship, Roberto Carlos.

The International Football for Friendship Academy is part of the new Digital Platform footballforfriendship.com, which has become the main venue for the programme’s events this year. It provides access to broadcasts, International Children’s Press Center materials, player ratings and championship tables, the schedule of the International Forum and the presentations of projects on the development of children’s football.

About the programme

The International Children’s Social Programme Football for Friendship is implemented by Gazprom since 2013. Over the previous seven seasons, the programme has united over 6 000 participants from 211 countries and regions and over 5 000 000 supporters.

Young Players and Young Journalists are the participants of the programme – boys and girls aged 12 including children with disabilities. Young Players represent different countries and cultures united in the mixed teams. They show that nationality, gender, and physical abilities aren’t a barrier to becoming a team. Young Journalists cover the events of the programme in the International Children’s Press Center. All participants become Young Ambassadors of the programme and continue to share their Football for Friendship experience and promote universal human values: friendship, equality, fairness, health, peace, devotion, victory, traditions, and honour.

UEFA, FIFA, football federations and the world’s leading football clubs, international charity foundations, famous athletes, politicians, and artists support Football for Friendship. The project has received multiple national and international awards in the field of social responsibility, sports, and communications, including the world record for the most nationalities in a football training session in history.

In 2020, Football for Friendship will be held in the online format. A special digital platform will unite over 10 000 players of all ages. It will become the home for international children’s competitions and a playground where anyone will be able to train, join into the international mixed teams and play their favourite game in the Football for Friendship format without leaving the comfort of their home.

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