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PAPYRUS & YGAM unite in their missions to keep young people safe

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As UK Charity Week (7-13 December) draws to a close, the Young Gamers & Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) is celebrating a unique partnership with suicide-prevention charity PAPYRUS, coming together to raise awareness of the harms affecting young people.

Both charities use educational workshops to help young people understand the potential risks and prevent future generations experiencing harm. YGAM specialise in gaming and gambling-related harm prevention whilst PAPYRUS’s mission is to reduce the number of young people who take their own lives by shattering the stigma around suicide.

As well as aligning their missions to safeguard future generations, the two charities also have another poignant link. PAPYRUS was founded in 1997 by a mother, Jean Kerr, from Lancashire following the loss of her son to suicide. YGAM was founded by Anne Evans in response to her own son Alan tragically taking his own life following a long battle with a gambling addiction. These sad stories are at the heart of everything both charities do, and their foundations form a powerful social purpose informed by lived experience.

Ged Flynn, Chief Executive of PAPYRUS, said: “We are proud to be working in partnership with YGAM and are looking at ways in which we can come together to support young people. We hear from young people every day on our helpline HOPELINEUK who are struggling with thoughts of suicide. Whilst there is never one sole reason that may lead a young person think suicide is an option, we know that gaming and gambling can be a contributory factor for some.”

“By working in partnership with YGAM we are able to better understand how gaming and gambling can impact on a young person’s mental health and offer the appropriate support. We know that this partnership will help to save lives.”

The team at YGAM have now received SP-ARK training from PAPYRUS. This enabled YGAM to reflect on their personal and organisational approach to discussing and reducing the stigma surrounding suicide in day-to-day life.  It also highlighted and reaffirmed the importance of self-care, a key message that is included within YGAM’s own training where they seek to inform, educate, and safeguard young and vulnerable people.

Members of the PAPYRUS team has also undergone YGAM’s free training which covers information on gaming and gambling and provide the tools needed to protect people from the risks of gambling and gaming-related harm, including lesson plans, activities, signs to look out for and information on where to go for advice and support. All training sessions have been assured by City & Guilds and the resources have been approved by the PHSE Association.

Sandy Thompson, the YGAM Education Manager for Greater London, said: “It was fantastic to train more of our colleagues from PAPYRUS, working together to continue our shared commitment to improve young lives by increasing awareness around these crucial issues.”

She continued: “PAPYRUS provide vital support to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, whilst also engaging and building awareness in communities, and training organisations and groups. Working together in partnership is a crucial step in highlighting these important areas and continuing to provide the support and information that our young people desperately need.”

Suicide is the biggest killer of young people under 35 in the UK. Every year many thousands more attempt or contemplate suicide, harm themselves or suffer alone, afraid to speak openly about how they are feeling. PAPYRUS believes that many young suicides are preventable, and today the charity engages communities and volunteers in suicide prevention projects and delivers training programmes to individuals and groups.

UK Charity Week is a campaign designed to give the people of the United Kingdom an opportunity to place awareness and fundraising for charities high on the national agenda.

 

 

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Wazdan Expands its Energy-Efficient Series in Hot Slot: 777 Rubies Extremely Light

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Wazdan, the gain-focused developer behind some of the world’s most rewarding casino game experiences, has given the Extremely Light makeover to its popular retro title by introducing Hot Slot: 777 Rubies Extremely Light.

An eco-friendly version of the original title, the revamped version offers smoother gameplay, faster loading times and less drain on the battery life of devices.

Played out on a 5×3 reel grid with a variety of retro fruit symbols, the game blends a classic slot design with dynamic features.

Landing between two to five rubies awards players a mini, minor, major or grand jackpot respectively, giving a win potential of between 20x and 500x the player’s bet.

The Magic Respin feature that made the original a favourite among slot enthusiasts returns. Triggered when one or more scatter symbols land on the board and enables players to wager on a reel to collect further scatters and win a jackpot reward.

Continuing its dedication to providing accessible iGaming experiences, this newest addition to the provider’s innovative series follows in the footsteps of Hot Slot: 777 Coins Extremely Light and Hot Slot: 777 Cash Out Extremely Light.

“Hot Slot: 777 Rubies Extremely Light features all the same thrilling mechanics of the original that made the game a favourite including the 5 Rubies Jackpot and the Magic Respin, all whilst reducing the energy consumed by the gameplay,” the Chief Commercial Officer for Wazdan, Andrzej Hyla, said. “Our Extremely Light series has been received with a tremendous reception from players and operators alike, motivating us to expand and enrich it further with even more releases planned for the duration of the year.”

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Bombay Live Sets the Pace with Latest Release Speed Dragon Tiger

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Two unique side bets enhance popular Asian table game

Live casino brand Bombay Live invites players to experience fast-paced thrills with Speed Dragon Tiger, the latest addition to its luxurious live casino portfolio.

Side bets are central to the action when searching for the biggest wins, with players encouraged to not hang around as the quick-fire rounds and sleek animations add a new dimension to the popular Asian table game.

Gameplay is easy to follow as players determine whether the card drawn will be a dragon or a tiger. Cards are immediately dealt as the camera toggles to top view while the dealer reveals the winning card for added immersion.

As soon as cards are discarded, the dealer jumps straight back into the action in this hyper-fast game show.

The game’s two side bets, Lucky Paws & Lucky Claws and Mystic 5 provide even higher potential pay-outs.

Throughout random rounds, Lucky Paws & Lucky Claws will activate a multiplier on either side or both sides of the table, revealing potential awards of up to 1,000x the bet, while Mystic 5 is totally unique to Bombay Live, offering multipliers of up to 888x with the player predicting the result over the next five rounds.

“We are excited to introduce Speed Dragon Tiger to our content offering, joining the likes of Roulette, Blackjack and Baccarat as one of our premium live casino products,” the Head of Live Studios and RNG Games for Bombay Live, James Corrie, said. “The game’s enhanced visuals, with bespoke animation and multiple 4K quality camera angles, provide Bombay Live’s luxury experience, showcasing our commitment to providing sleek gameplay, optimised to ensure things run as quickly as possible without compromising quality.”

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Nailed It! Games Returns to the Stars in Cosmic Moon

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Nailed It! Games, an independent Krakow-based games studio, is embarking on another intergalactic adventure as it launches a sequel to one of last year’s hits with Cosmic Moon.

Returning to the cosmos, the title blends a futuristic space theme with retro iconography via its classic symbol design. These must form a matched combination across the slot’s 25 paylines to award a win, with diamond wild symbols aiding in creating these wins.

Two bonus rounds provide additional re-playability and excitement. The Link & Win bonus requires at least six cash-awarding moon symbols to be landed on the reels to trigger three re-spins. Here, additional Link & Win symbols must be landed to reset the three spins initially awarded.

These symbols can also be landed with a variety of jackpot prizes attached to them, with players being able to unlock the title’s mega jackpot by filling the entire gameboard with Link & Win icons. Offering increased personalisation and strategy, players can increase the frequency of these symbols with a Win Booster mechanic.

An alternate free spins round can be unlocked by landing at least three scatters. This will award ten free spins with the middle reels transforming into a large 3×3 symbol, boosting win potential. Furthermore, the Link & Win bonus can be awarded during the free spins round.

Cosmic Moon builds upon the success of its predecessor Cosmic Coins, providing more features, mechanics and an ante bet system to increase the overall entertainment experience. It follows other hit releases from Nailed It! Games including Grim Reaper Supermatch, Rainbow Burst and Cat Purry.

“Cosmic Moon has provided us with the opportunity to create a multifaceted release with numerous mechanics working in tandem to deliver players an escalation of excitement,” the co-founder of Nailed It! Games, Pawel Piotrowski, said. “With two bonuses up for grabs and the ability to trigger one whilst already enjoying the excitement of another, we have truly enthused this game with out-of-this-world fun.”

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