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Ireland’s Psychiatrists Urge Government to Ban Betting Ads

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After releasing its Gambling Disorder Position Paper last week, the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland called problem gambling a “public health crisis” and urged the government to ban betting advertising.

The report created by the College’s Faculty of Addiction Psychiatry points to the national lockdown as a contributing factor in the growth of problem gambling. The professional body of psychiatrists indicated that loneliness times and the modern home working community pressured individuals to fill their time by turning to online betting platforms.

The paper selected five primary channels to counter the “hidden epidemic,” which include public education, new laws, advertising controls, recovery programmes and problem gambling studies.

Professor Colin O’Gara, the paper’s lead author and a specialist psychiatrist for addictions, compared problem gambling to drug addiction: “We cannot continue to ignore the links between problem gambling and the current high volume of betting ads – be that in traditional TV ads or on team jerseys and side-line banners.

“Much like tobacco, in 10 years I think we will look back on the proliferation of gambling advertising in sport and entertainment and ask ourselves how we let it get so out of control. Currently, gambling advertising in Ireland is much too common and, critically, occurs before the adult television watershed.”

President of the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland Dr William Flannery said: “Even in the absence of live sports, people are finding it difficult to avoid triggers, with increased visibility of online gambling ads and the rollout of new betting platforms.

“We need to support people with tighter controls and responsible gambling measures inbuilt in the industry.”

The paper read: “All gambling advertising-related activity should be closely monitored by an independent regulator. The independent regulator should be aware of the influence social media advertising can have on children and adolescents” and “the independent regulator should also be aware of the use of micro-transactions and loot boxes in online gaming, described as ‘virtual games of chance’.”

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Stats Perform Partners with Live Graphic Systems

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Sports data specialist Stats Perform has entered into a partnership with Live Graphic Systems (LIGR) to deliver rich statistical broadcast graphics for sports leagues and broadcasters looking to streamline production costs while maintaining professional standards and commercial integrations.

The partnership highlights more than three years of cooperative projects between Stats Perform and LIGR, including customers like Gravity Media, Cricket Australia, Football NSW, and Queensland Rugby League. The partnership brings together Stats Perform’s industry-leading event and tracking data and deep storytelling expertise with LIGR’s best-in-breed live sports broadcast graphics platform, including access to LIGR’s out-of-the-box professional graphics templates and their industry-leading sponsorship modules for easy upload, display and reporting of commercial in-game inventory.

“With Stats Perform’s world-class data and advanced storytelling resources, sports broadcasters and leagues will be able to utilise LIGR’s platform to produce large volumes of data-enriched broadcast experiences with world-class graphics in a streamlined, cost-efficient production workflow. This next generation workflow is self-serve, in the cloud, out-of-the-box, and up and running in minutes, even for the most unskilled user. This is extremely exciting for sports leagues and broadcasters who have struggled to produce professional broadcasts with real-time data integrations under limited budgets, away from traditional broadcasting solutions. Now more than ever, cloud-based and automated, data-driven workflows will be a key driver for the sports and broadcast industry to move forward while live sports content is still king,” Luke McCoy, Co-founder and CEO of LIGR, said.

“Sports broadcasts today rely on slick, fast, informative graphics that drive the game’s narrative, while breaking down vast data points and analytics in a visually appealing way that fans can digest. LIGR’s intelligent, out-of-the-box broadcast graphic tools integrate Stats Perform’s advanced event and tracking data to deliver a sleek, easy-to-use tool, that also makes overlaying advertising easy, generating new sponsorship revenue for our customers. We are excited to be working with LIGR to offer new tools to power any broadcast,” Wayne Ford, Senior Vice President of Global Partners and Channels at Stats Perform, said.

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Metric Gaming Appoints Will Stephenson as Head of Business Development

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Metric Gaming has appointed Will Stephenson as head of business development.

Stephenson’s hiring, a new position created within the company, highlights Metric’s plan for continued growth in 2021. Stephenson has been in the industry for 15 years. He worked at Metric Gaming previously as head of sports in 2017.

“I am delighted and excited to re-join an ambitious and growing company such as Metric Gaming,” Stephenson said.

“Their modern multi-tenant sportsbook system allows greater customisation and is industry-leading. I look forward to helping the company secure further partnerships this year,” he added.

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Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers Elects New President and Officers

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The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) has elected new president and officers.

David Lucchese, executive vice president of sales, marketing and digital at Everi, is the new president. Previously an AGEM’s vice president, Lucchese replaces Luke Orchard as president for a two-year term, while Orchard, senior vice president, chief compliance and risk management officer at IGT, moves to a vice president position for a one-year term.

One-year terms were also approved for: vice president Elaine Hodgson (president and CEO, Incredible Technologies), vice president Thomas Jingoli (executive vice president and chief commercial officer, Konami Gaming), vice president Bob Parente (senior vice president and chief revenue officer, gaming, Scientific Games), secretary Eric Fisher (senior vice president and GM, Crane Payment Innovations), treasurer Hector Fernandez (president – Americas, Aristocrat Technologies and) general counsel Daron Dorsey (senior vice president and general counsel – Americas, Ainsworth Game Technology).

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