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BGC Urges UK Govt to Take “Science-led Approach” and Allow Casinos and Bookies to Re-open After Lockdown

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The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has urged the UK Government to take a “science-led approach” and allow casinos and betting shops to safely re-open when the latest England-wide Covid lockdown ends.

BGC said there is no evidence that the venues have contributed to the spread of the virus. Since re-opening their doors in the summer, casinos and bookies have operated safely, contributing vital tax revenues to the Exchequer and, in the case of betting shops, millions of pounds to horseracing in levy and media rights payments.

Following Boris Johnson’s latest announcement, every casino and betting shop in England will be forced to shut again until at least December 2.

Michael Dugher, chief executive of BGC, said he welcomed the extension to the furlough scheme which has been announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak. But he said it was vital that when the latest lockdown is lifted, casinos and betting shops are allowed to re-open from day one so they can get back to contributing to the economy rather than relying on government subsidies.

Mr. Dugher said: “Nothing matters more to our industry than the safety of our staff and customers, which is why we want to contribute to the national effort to defeat this virus.

“We also welcome the support for businesses forced to close under the second lockdown.

“But when we exit this, the Government must have a science-led approach and avoid the arbitrary and unnecessary decisions that led to random closures of casinos and betting shops, which damage employment and revenues to the Exchequer.

“It’s also important that when the latest lockdown is over, betting shops are allowed to open safely along with other non-essential retail, as they were in June. Casinos, which have the best anti-Covid measures operating anywhere in hospitality and entertainment, should also reopen at the same time.

“At a time when there is widespread despair among sporting bodies, the Government also needs to recognise that a healthy betting industry is vital to the funding of sport, and that betting shops in particular are critical to the financing of horseracing.”

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Slotmill certified for Estonia and Latvia

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The Slotmill games have been certified to meet the regulation in Estonia and Latvia. The games can be obtained either through a direct integration or via distributors.

Jamie Boyle, Product Manager at Slotmill, said: “We are delighted to have our games approved for these markets thereby extending our reach at the same time as it solidifies our commitment to meet local regulations.”

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iSoftBet confirms content partnership with EGT Digital

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iSoftBet, the award-winning online games supplier and content aggregator, has agreed a partnership with EGT Digital that will see the provider integrate its high-quality gaming content packed with innovative proprietary and licensed features.

EGT Digital customers will have access to iSoftBet’s best performing games, including latest hit, Aztec Gold Extra Gold Megaways™, Gold Digger and Queen of Wonderland Megaways™, part of the supplier’s vaunted Twisted Tales series.

The agreement is the latest content collaboration by iSoftBet, which has rapidly expanded its footprint in jurisdictions all over the world in recent months, with EGT following SkillOnNet and Rootz to offer the provider’s products.

All iSoftBet games also come with the supplier’s market-leading suite of player engagement solutions, iNgame, which are proven to drive player retention.

iSoftBet is active in 19 regulated markets across the globe and provides some of the biggest operators with the best performing casino games and the quickest route to market.

Michael Probert, Chief Commercial Officer at iSoftBet, said: “We’re consistently integrating with leading partners to integrate our slots portfolio and we’re thrilled to agree terms with EGT Digital.

“Rapidly expanding our regulated market footprint is a prime focus for us and something we can achieve further through this agreement.”

Alexander Botov, CEO at EGT Digital, said: “Our partnership with iSoftBet provides us with the opportunity to offer our customers an unforgettable igaming experience and we’re looking forward to a great start to the New Year.”

iSoftBet recently launched its new brand manifesto, outlining its focus on ‘Serious Fun’, with intentions to place its people, partner and players at the heart of all it does in its quest to create amazing gaming experiences.

 

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Genting completes 10,000km virtual challenge in cancer charity fundraiser

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In a joint effort between its UK and Malta based teams, employees from leading casino operator Genting have been on a mission to run, walk and cycle their way across the globe (virtually) in a bid to raise money for charity.

Having set an initial target of 2000km – the distance between Genting’s UK and Malta offices – the teams collectively covered more than 10,000km and ultimately reached Genting’s parent company in Malaysia!

The challenge is a fundraiser for Dragonfly Cancer Trust, a UK charity supporting young cancer patients with no hope of a cure. To date, Genting employees have raised over £6,000.

Using the Nike Run Club app, more than 50 Genting employees came together to clock up the miles during the month of February.

Sanjeev Vadhera, Chair of Trustees at Dragonfly Cancer Trust, commented: “On behalf of the Board of Trustees at Dragonfly Cancer Trust, I would like to say a massive well done to each and every one of you who took part in this fantastic challenge.

“It is simply wonderful that your team of dedicated staff have come together during these difficult times and have collectively raised such an incredible amount of money.

“Your support comes at a time when young cancer patients are facing even more barriers due to the pandemic. The money you have raised will help to make their remaining time more comfortable and will provide them with opportunities to create lasting memories.”

Helen Brittain, Genting UK’s Chief Information Officer said: “It has been a brilliant team effort, with everyone coming together to help smash our original target. We’re very proud to be supporting such a fantastic charity like Dragonfly Cancer Trust and the work they do to support young cancer patients.”

To make a donation, you can do so through JustGiving.

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