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GAMSTOP surpasses 50,000 female registrants

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GAMSTOP, the free, independent self-exclusion tool for people living in the UK, has announced that more than 55,000 women have registered to self-exclude from all online gambling sites through the tool.

The proportion of women self-excluding through GAMSTOP has risen since the coronavirus pandemic struck last year. In March 2020, 26% of all registrants to GAMSTOP were women, a number that had risen beyond 31% by the end of the year.

Surpassing the 50,000 mark in registrations is significant in demonstrating that online gambling addiction, often regarded as being a ‘male’ problem that is linked to sport, is having an increasing impact on women.

Statistics released by the National Gambling Treatment Service had already shown an increasing number of women receiving treatment, up from 19% in 2015/16 to nearly 25% in the year to the end of March 2020. This coincides with increases in those with an addiction to gambling online, up from 57% to 69%.

According to Gamcare, the number of women reporting gambling problems is increasing at double the rate of men, but only 1% of women who experience gambling related harm contact the National Gambling Helpline.

Reacting to the news, GAMSTOP CEO Fiona Palmer said:

“ As we begin to understand the demographic make up of our register it is important to feed back to the various support agencies and work together to encourage those women who have registered with GAMSTOP to access the help they may need going forward. 50,000 female registrants is a significant number and we are pleased that they have found the GAMSTOP self-exclusion scheme and that it is a useful practical tool to help with their gambling issues”.

Psychotherapist Liz Karter said:

“The pandemic is creating a perfect storm of triggers for addictive gambling in women: feeling trapped, anxious and depressed, and overwhelmed by families or loneliness. As mental health problems increase so too will addiction to gambling. I treat young women who are wild with anxiety and stress, and for whom gambling started as self-medication, but the end results are always devastating costs to their mental health and finances. Women feel that they will be judged more for a gambling addiction than an addiction related to drink or drugs, even though the physical cravings and withdrawal symptoms are similar, and equally dangerous.”

Lisa Walker, who has been in recovery from gambling addiction for more than two years, and now counsels others who are struggling with addiction said:

“There is such a big stigma that women don’t gamble, which isn’t accurate. What I have found is that women don’t feel that they can talk about their addiction, with it often being seen as a male issue. I think its fantastic that women are signing up to GAMSTOP and seeking help, though it also shows that there is lots more work to be done.

I have spoken with many women who don’t feel they can go to support meetings, and I find it so upsetting that somebody could feel that way, as though they can’t even seek help. I hope things change and if we can increase the visibility of women who are recovering in the media, that could make a big difference.”

Anna Hemmings, CEO of leading national gambling support charity GamCare, says:

We must get to grips with the unnecessary shame and stigma women feel around asking for help with gambling. Gambling is not just a male activity, and it can affect women in significant, potentially life-changing ways.

Our dedicated Women’s Programme has told us that we need to remove barriers for women to access help with gambling related harm – the issues that women are facing are often hidden from support services. GamCare is pleased to be able to work with GAMSTOP so people registering for online self-exclusion can also be swiftly connected through to specialist support and treatment services, which greatly increases the chance of sustaining a recovery from gambling harms.”

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Solid Gaming signs new agreement with Avatar UX

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With top games like Lillith’s InfernoTM, and the PopWinsTM series PopRocksTM, WildPopsTM and CherryPopTM, AvatarUX has made a name for themselves in the iGaming business. AvatarUX is all about the player experience and finding the right balance between mechanics, game play and art. Nothing is overlooked when they design a game which is clearly communicated in their mission: to create engaging games that players want to play. For Solid Gaming that was one of the key factors as our mission is to provide a game for every one.

AvatarUX is giving players an exciting and immersive game experience and with their PopWinsTM mechanics they have created a unique game feature with ‘popping’ symbols and endless possibilities for big payouts. “We are excited to welcome AvatarUX to the Solid Gaming family and are sure that their games will add value to our offer both on the Asian market but also for many European casinos looking towards the endless possibilities in Asia.”, says Thomas Nimstad, CEO of Solid Gaming.

“The fast game play and big wins that our games are known for has created a large amount of interest from operators and players alike. Being integrated with a well known and trusted partner like Solid Gaming allows our games to be enjoyed by players all across Asia quickly and easily no matter what country they are in.”, ends Marcus Honney, managing director at AvatarUX.

 

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ECA Postpones European Dealer Championship Until 2022

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In light of the continued uncertainty regarding international travel and the viability of in-person events due to the ongoing pandemic, the Board of the European Casino Association (ECA) has announced the cancellation of this year’s European Dealer Championship (Monte-Carlo, October 4-8) and ECA Industry Forum (Vienna, November 31-December 3), with both events postponed until 2022.

While no fixed dates can be supplied at this time, the ECA assures members that the European Dealer Championship will return in April/May 2022, followed by the ECA Industry Forum in September/October 2022.

“Health and safety have always been our top priority and the continued uncertainty created by the pandemic makes the postponement of our in-person events the prudent decision. We needed to put down our foot and make this decision now considering the scale of these events and the efforts that are going into organizing and executing them. While we regret the cancellations this year, we look forward to the prospect of EU-wide vaccination programmes lifting current travel restrictions to enable us to reunite with our members in 2022,” ECA Chair Per Jaldung said.

“The ECA Dealer Championship brings together the best dealers from all over Europe in the spirit of healthy competition, while the Industry Forum is a special get-together for industry stakeholders, suppliers and researchers to celebrate the collaborative nature of this business. We believe these events will be more important than ever in 2022 as the industry rebounds from the pandemic and seeks to address the challenges of the ‘new’ future,” Hermann Pamminger, Secretary-General of ECA, said.

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Highlight Games Announces Partnership With Sisal Sans and Turkish National Lottery

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London-based video virtual sports specialist Highlight Games Limited today announces that has won a multi-year contract with Sisal Sans – a joint venture between Italy’s Sisal and Turkey’s Demirören Holding.

As detailed in the agreement, Highlight Games will supply games featuring real and exclusive archive footage for use in Sisal Sans retail venues. SOCCERBET featuring Turkish League football under the branding ‘Serbest Vurus Pro’ is currently available in 650 Sisal Sans shops, with rollout forecast to reach 2,000 venues by the end of Q2 2021.

Additional products from Highlight Games including English and Italian football variants of SOCCERBET and NBA Last 60 will be introduced later in the year.

‘Highlight Games is proud to announce this transformative deal and to lead the way into Turkish National Lottery retail venues,’ said Steven Holmes, Co-CEO, Highlight Games.  ‘We have built strong business relationships in Turkey over the past two years, and the fruition of this partnership with Sisal Sans is an exciting result.  This deal signals a first for legal virtual sports on the Turkish mainland, built on the strength of performance of Highlight’s games in Sisal venues in Italy and Morocco and the differentiated product we can offer which is specifically tailored to the market with archive Turkish League football footage.  I am confident that our lead football product will replicate the success of our Italian Serie A game in Italy, and I look forward to working with our partners in Turkey to bring additional products to market in the near future,’ he added.

‘Sisal Sans is delighted to be partnering with Highlight Games to bring its unique portfolio of content to Turkish retail venues,’ said Selim Ergün, CEO, Sisal Sans. Video virtual sports engage players like no other product in the virtual sports space and we are confident that our players in Turkey will respond to these games as they have in our Italian and Moroccan venues.’

 

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