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Sweden has failed to protect the vulnerable players

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The Ministry of Finance has proposed that the temporary restrictions on the online gambling market, that were introduced on July 2 this year, should be extended to June 30, 2021. The proposed restrictions are a weekly deposit limit of a maximum of SEK 5,000 and that bonus offers are limited to a maximum of 100 SEK.

The Ministry of Finance claimed during the spring that the gaming on online casino was strongly increasing during the pandemic and that the government needed to protect the Swedish consumers.

The minister stated that there where an increase in problem gaming during the spring, but that statement was not based on facts. Neither The Swedish Gambling Authority nor other authorities did see that as a fact.

 

Scientific studies

This is also something that later on was proofed by scientific studies conducted.  https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpubh.2020.554542/full

“Results:  Total gambling activity decreased by 13.29% during the first phase of the outbreak compared to forecast. Analyses of online gambling data revealed that although betting decreased substantially in synchrony with a slight increase in online casino gambling, there was no increase in likely problematic, high-intensity gambling and neither did total online gambling increase.

Conclusions: This first, preliminary study revealed no increase in Swedish gambling activity, total or specifically online, in the first phase of the covid-19 outbreak. Future research should examine whether pandemic-induced transitioning between gambling modalities and/or increased participation in gambling, leads to long-term effects on prevalence of problem gambling.”

 

Moving to the unlicensed market

Setting a deposit limit of 5,000 SEK per week does not solve the need to help people who have a gambling problem as it is always possible to gamble at different companies. Alternatively, you can play at the unlicensed companies. The effects will instead be that the individual gaming companies cannot follow the individual players’ behaviour and, if necessary, support it.

 

7 out of 10

It is an extremely worrying development in Sweden that 7 out of 10 of those who seek help for gambling problems have banned themselves from playing breaks and still continue to play. The idea of a game break is good, but there is a lack of power against the unlicensed gaming companies that target Swedish players and then the problems remain. A first step in resolving this is to prevent the possibility of paying with a number of well-known Swedish payment services at the unlicensed gaming companies. We have to close the holes! (https://www.spelfriheten.se/ Pelretin, organization for gambling addiction.)

This means that the blocking service Spelpaus (Spelpaus enables Swedish gamblers to paus them from all gambling on licensed operators https://www.spelpaus.se/ ) does not fulfil any major function as long as a number of different gaming companies without a Swedish gaming license are allowed to flourish freely. Several help seekers have also told us that these gaming companies provide the opportunity to pay with a number of well-known Swedish payment services

 

Lack of tax revenue

In 2019, the licensed companies in Sweden paid SEK 3.6 billion to the Treasury. An amount that is now steadily declining in step with the shift to the unlicensed companies.

 

Focusing on those who try to behave

No unlicensed company or person linked to unlicensed gaming activities has been fined or prosecuted since 1 January 2019, at the same time 26 fines have been issued for a total of 236.4 MSEK against the licensed gaming market.

The government’s mission should be to protect consumers and that should be their priority. On the contrary, the effects have been that they have shifted vulnerable players to the unlicensed companies. Sweden has failed to protect the vulnerable players and the extended regulations will not protect them.

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GAMSTOP wins British Data Award for “Data for good initiative 2022”

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GAMSTOP, the free national scheme for self-exclusion from online gambling, has won this years “Data for Good initiative” at the 2022 British Data Awards.

GAMSTOP successfully enables over 280,000 UK adults to protect themselves from gambling related harm and this award further validates the significant impact a data initiative like this has on potentially vulnerable people.

GAMSTOP is the UK’s free online gambling self-exclusion scheme. Users sign up by filling in personal details, and selecting a period of six months, twelve months, or five years. Once complete, they are self-excluded from all online gambling sites in the UK until they chose to remove it after their chosen exclusion time has elapsed.

Responding to last night’s win, Fiona Palmer, GAMSTOP CEO, said:

Winning this award alongside our technology partners, The Datashed underlines our capability to use data safely and effectively to help potentially vulnerable individuals. I couldn’t be more proud of this achievement and the team who have worked so hard to continuously improve the GAMSTOP scheme.

Thank you to the judges for seeing the value of the GAMSTOP system and congratulations to all other winners at last night awards.”

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World’s largest arcade platform offers retro gamers Epic deal – giving access to over 1300 Games

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The world’s largest library of retro games, Antstream Arcade, will be slashing the price of its annual premium subscription to just $19.99 as part of Epic’s Spring Mega Sale. Between Thursday 19th May to Thursday 16th June, this discount will be available on the Epic Games Store and across all other platforms, giving retro gamers around the world ad-free access to over 1300 games. 

This world leading library of games includes retro classics like Mortal Kombat, Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Monkey Island and Earthworm Jim – all of which can be streamed from the cloud without the need for additional downloads or for microtransactions. 

Players from around the world will also be able to compete in Antstreams global tournaments, moving up the global leaderboards and engaging in game exclusive  “Challenge Modes” – modes that put new spins on old classics. Like Pac-Man Hide and Seek, or Mortal Kombat On The Ropes challenges. Players will also be able to enjoy Antstream’s new “Giant Slayer” feature – where players can challenge the global Antstream community to beat their high score in a game of their choice – bringing the joy of the classic Arcade to the modern gaming audience.

Steve Cottam, CEO at Antstream Arcade, said: “Our goal as a company is to bring some of the greatest games ever created to a global community through the medium of cloud gaming. Unlike other cloud gaming platforms that might have only 100 games, Antstream currently offers players over 1200 titles – with a price tag that sits well below our competition. And with this latest deal alongside Epic’s Spring Mega Sale, we are excited to make retro gaming more accessible than ever”.

Outside of the premium subscription option gamers are still able to access their favourite retro games on their computer, mobile, tablet or other devices through the free, ad-supported tier. Antstream Arcade features fully licensed and fully playable retro games from publishers including Disney, Warner Brothers, Taito, Atari and Bandai-Namco, as well as a huge range of smaller indie developers and IP owners from the arcade era and beyond. 

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Week 20/2022 slot games releases

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Here are this weeks latest slots releases!

GAMOMAT, one of the leading independent software developers for slot games, is releasing its delectable title, Divine Fire. Set on Mount Olympus, Divine Fire is a book game which welcomes players to the abode of the gods. A powerful soundtrack complements the gameplay which helps create a dynamic experience and one that heightens tension on the reels. The game has a 5×3 design with 10 paylines and symbols that include an anvil, a mighty hammer, Hephaestus himself and a menacing bull.

GAMOMAT releases delectable Divine Fire title

As curious creatures make their way from the sea and into the fjords, Yggdrasil and Peter & Sons invite players to journey to the summit of the falls alongside a mystical Shaman to catch these bountiful beasts for great rewards. Water Blox Gigablox™ is a mid-high volatility 6×6 Gigablox slot featuring 50 paylines, Wild Re-Spins and a Monster Free Spins bonus game that boasts a lucrative Monster Multiplier.

Yggdrasil and Peter & Sons invite players to fish up big wins in Water Blox Gigablox

 

Game developer Expanse Studios has added another title to its slots portfolio with its latest release – Odd One Out. A perfect blend of old-school gameplay with modern features, Odd One Out is a five-reel video slot that includes 243 ways to win along with Magnetic Wild and Free Spins. Within the title are two special features, the first one being called Magnetic Wild.

Odd One Out – Expanse Studios’ 243 Ways To Win

 

 

Golden Rock Studios is proud to announce the release of Bonus Only, available now via Caleta Gaming Platform. Bonus Only is a first of its kind slot game featuring nothing but bonuses. That’s right, a slot game in which every win takes you to a bonus round. Trigger up to three different bonus rounds and take a trip around some of the most iconic casino locations in the world. Perfect for entertainment hungry players and bonus hunters due to the frequent bonuses available, all this makes for an exciting slot game with anticipation levels reaching fever pitch with every spin.

Golden Rock Studios rolls out Bonus Only

BGaming, a dynamic iGaming provider converting gambling into gaming, presents its new slot Penny Pelican with 20 paylines, well-loved features, and up to 3525x bet exposure. Penny Pelican is a 5×3 slot with 20 paylines and 13 colorful marine symbols that bring players into the atmosphere of a harbor on a sea beach where the main character Penny Pelican lives.

BGaming Delights Summer Slots Lovers by Releasing Its New Title Penny Pelican

 

Play’n GO let loose Animal Madness, the latest release to join their diverse content portfolio. A farmer’s work is never done… From tending to your livestock to growing crops, it can be a little hectic keeping things in order. There’s always a job to be done at this madcap farm. Animal Madness does an amazing job of replicating the hectic nature of farm life. Light-hearted gameplay progresses the narrative for immersive player engagement.

Play’n GO let loose Animal Madness, the latest release to join their diverse content portfolio

 

No one likes to pay a visit to the doctor but those that are brave enough to follow the sinister medical man into the operating theatre may emerge with potentially big wins in the latest slot launch from Stakelogic. Freaky Friday Fixed Symbols is not for the faint-hearted and promises to test the constitution of players who dare to pick up the scalpel and join the not so good doctor in his quest to become rich. In the base game, there are 20 fixed paylines and all symbols pay left to right.

The doctor will see you now: Freaky Friday Fixed Symbols from Stakelogic

 

Red Tiger has launched an exciting new big cat slot game, and players who have been fans of the Carole Baskin story so far are going to love her in the slots universe with Big Cat Rescue Megaways. Carole Baskin’s Big Cat Rescue sanctuary has captured the imagination of millions of people worldwide. As a not-for-profit organisation providing a permanent home to abandoned and abused big cats, a portion of the proceeds from this latest slot offering from Red Tiger, will go towards supporting the sanctuary’s work – a cause that Red Tiger is proud to be backing.

Carole Baskin comes to the slot world with brand new Red Tiger launch of Big Cat Rescue Megaways™

 

Pragmatic Play, a leading content provider to the iGaming industry, welcomes players to a rustic American town where bandits lurk around every corner in its latest crime-thriller, The Great Stick-Up™. Landing three, four or five scatters – which appear in the form of police sirens – will trigger the Free Spins bonus round, awarding payouts worth 2x, 10x and 100x the bet, along with seven free spins. 

PRAGMATIC PLAY FOILS THE PLOT IN THE GREAT STICK-UP™

 

Push Gaming has announced the network-wide release of Fat Banker, the latest in its player favourite Fat series of titles. The 1920s-themed game will be available to all partners across regulated markets and releases hot on the heels of recent hit titles like Nightfall and Fire Hopper. Players will be exploring a life of opulence in Fat Banker with gameplay set in front of the iconic Manhattan skyline. This 50 pay-line game is home to symbols depicting top hats and cigars, alongside the banker’s wife and dog, which must all form matching combinations to award a win.

Push Gaming adds to hit series with Fat Banker

 

Kalamba Games has launched Goblins & Gemstones: Hit ‘n’ Roll, an enhanced version of one of its most popular titles, with the new iteration including new mechanics and features. The slot delivers fans of the original game a higher max win and upgraded volatility along with numerous gameplay enhancements, the highlight being the addition of the new Hit ‘n’ Roll wheel mechanic.

Kalamba Games upgrades fan favourite title in Goblins & Gemstones: Hit ‘n’ Roll

 

Evoplay has announced the launch of its latest slot, The Greatest Catch, which follows the footsteps of an elderly fisherman named Harry as he scours the pond for big wins. The fishing veteran spends most of his time snoring away in his wooden boat, surrounded by water lilies and the croaking of frogs. Occasionally, Harry will hook himself an impressive catch, relying on the assistance of players to help reel it in.

Evoplay provides the bait for The Greatest Catch

 

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