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NatWest Introduces 48-Hour Delay Gambling Block Feature on Debit Cards

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National Westminster Bank (NatWest) has introduced a 48-hour delay gambling block feature on debit cards. The feature is effective for both physical and virtual debit cards and is NatWest’s newest initiative to tackle gambling harms.

During lockdown, NatWest saw a decline in gambling transactions. As restrictions have eased, gambling-related spend amongst NatWest customer has started to increase rapidly. Overall gambling-related spending is around 32% higher in September 2020 than in 2019.

The friction that has been built in to enhance the block means that customers will now have to wait 48 hours before they can make gambling-related payments, during which time any attempted transactions will be automatically declined.

“The introduction of a gambling block for debit card customers will help us to equip gamblers experiencing harm across the UK with more tools to support their recovery. At NatWest, our partnership with GamCare is hugely important. Excessive gambling and financial hardship go hand in hand, and over the last year we have offered an increasing amount of help to those customers who need it most through our trained specialists and by donating branch space for treatment therapy to reduce barriers to access. I look forward to developing this work further and offering greater access to services through our work with GamCare,” David Lindberg, CEO of Retail Banking at NatWest, said.

“The ability to block gambling transactions through your bank card or app is an important tool for those struggling with their gambling, and is ideally used together with other practical tools such as self-exclusion, blocking software, and specialist support around the issue. A recent report from the University of Bristol Personal Finance Research Centre has highlighted that ‘positive friction’ such as a cooling off period is important for the success of blocks, as this prevents them being turned off in the event of urges to gamble. GamCare is pleased to see NatWest take this positive step to support their customers and we hope more of the financial sector follows suit,” Anna Hemmings, CEO of GamCare, said.

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Gamzix releases Burning Power slot

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The classic slot with a casino look like style. Fancy and stylish game which gives you a feeling of being present on a very atmosphere event.

The Burning Power is a perfect mix of the fruity slots, elegant design and the classic feel of gambling. The juicy fruits are mixed with red hot chilly pepper! This is a perfect 5*4 game with 100 pay lines, where we have REEL wild symbol that substitutes for all symbols, but the scatter. The slot will warm you up and the winning symbols will give fire of excitement! Of course there is a gamble game which gives you a chance to double your win.
The animation of the flames is something you definitely want to see, giving a true feel and burn for bigger wins.

RTP 95.51%, Volatility is ★★★✩✩,Min bet – 0.01,Max bet – 500

We are always creating those true slots and give it a little new spice so you can play in a classic winning game, but receive something more you used to.

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TapNation announces first hyper-casual game jam of the year with Jam Nation

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Between the 4th and the 31st of January, an unlimited number of participants will be able to enter the first Jam Nation by TapNation.

Each team will have 1 whole month of production to try and come up with the best performing game, in terms of CPI and retention. The top 3 contenders that get the best performances in these metrics can win a part of the 150,000$ prize pool, high-tech gifts, as well as a publishing opportunity with TapNation.

All applications will also be judged by members of the jury composed of experts of the industry, and each one of them will award their favorite game with a Jury Prize. They will be there to guide participants during the competition with us. Experienced game studios such as Pinpin Team, Redline Games, together with publishing managers and game designers from TapNation will help contestants create the best possible game.

Kinsey Dardanus, Head of Publishing at TapNation, said: “We are very happy to host the first hyper-casual game jam of the year, which is also the first one for TapNation. This will be a very exciting experience for us and for all the developers that we are going to work with. We hope that everyone is going to have a good time by creating amazing games together. We also plan on organizing Masterclasses, live discussions and Q&A sessions during the whole Jam Nation so make sure you tune in to these events!”

Developers interested in taking part can send their game up until the 31st of January.

Don’t hesitate any longer and fill in the form on the link below to enter the competition and get a chance at publishing a HIT game!

Event page: https://www.tap-nation.io/jam-nation/

 

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WePlay Esports presents: Esports Transfers

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Esports Transfers – an objective analysis of the transfer value of esports players

Esports Transfers is a new independent platform from WePlay Esports, which will help the fans, coaches and potential investors to learn the true cost of transfers of particular esports players.

To assess the cost of the transfer, a deep analysis of both statistical and game data is carried out, achieving an accurate result for the current market conditions.

How it works

The transfer value of each player is calculated based on five points:

  • Leadership
  • Marketability
  • Stability
  • Skill
  • Demand

Each item consists of a large number of variables, which are assessed independently of each other and constitute the final result.

“Esports Transfers is a new addition to the portfolio of WePlay Esports global media holding company, which will help both fans and potential investors evaluate professional players based on their statistics. The kind of statistic formulae used by our service is commonplace in traditional sports. Today the platform only provides information about CS:GO players, but more competitive games will be added soon.”
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says Maksym Bilonogov, Chief Visionary Officer at WePlay Esports.The WePlay Esports team has prepared an analytical video about Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen from Astralis team! It describes in detail how much the player of the titled Danish team costs.

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