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YGAM win four national awards including prestigious PSHE Education Award

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The Young Gamers & Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) team are celebrating after receiving national recognition for their education programmes on gaming and gambling harm.

During an evening of two virtual award ceremonies, the charity picked up wins across four categories. YGAM started the evening by winning the PSHE Education Award at the Children & Young People Now Awards (hosted by the famous voice of Strictly Come Dancing, Alan Dedicoat). The PSHE Education Award honours organisations that ‘provide outstanding resources to educators for PSHE education, delivering materials and lesson plans that align cohesively with current national curriculum requirements.’ YGAM were up against some highly commended finalists including Aik Saath, MCR Pathways, Ormiston Academies Trust and Peer Productions.

The specific praise for YGAM relates to its City & Guilds Assured training and resources provided to teachers and youth workers through the Young Peoples Gambling Harm Prevention Programme. The four-year national programme is being delivered in partnership with GamCare and supported by members of the Betting and Gaming Council.

The evening got even better for YGAM when they scooped three more awards at the Digital Impact Awards. Alongside their design agency Me&You Creative, they picked up Silver Awards for ‘Best Communications during Covid-19’ and ‘Best use of Digital for Education’ followed by a Bronze Award for ‘Best use of Digital for a Charity’. These awards were in recognition of the substantial digital transformation of the YGAM resources which has enabled the team to continue to deliver their programmes during successive lockdowns.

Reflecting on a memorable evening for the charity, YGAM Head of the National Programme Linda Scollins Smith said: “Our dedicated Education Team are absolutely delighted to receive this award in recognition of our PSHE Resources. We, as qualified teachers, wanted to ensure our resources were practical and easy to use for teaching staff and enjoyable for children and young people whilst addressing difficult topics such as mental health and addiction. As part of the Young People’s Gambling Harm Prevention Programme, we have been able to roll out these resources to teachers in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. We receive consistently positive feedback from teachers and PSHE leads who say our purposeful resources allow them to address these topics meaningfully with the children they work with.”

Amy Bussey, YGAM’s Education Manager for Yorkshire & Humber said: “We are so honoured to receive this award and hope that it gives us a platform to reach even more young people. It’s fantastic to get this acknowledgement and such a wonderful reward for the hard work that the team have put into our Education Programme. I hope we can continue to work with youth facing professionals to inform, educate and safeguard our young people on such important topics.”

The awards come just six years after YGAM founders Anne and Keith Evans set up with the charity with Chief Executive Lee Willows.

Both YGAM and GamCare have surpassed the first-year targets for their joint Young People’s Gambling Harm Prevention Programme, despite significant challenges imposed by the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. Figures released by YGAM show that the education charity trained 2,906 practitioners in 2020 (up from its original target of 2,592). With this training, those practitioners have reached an impressive 184,700 young people to provide vital educational sessions on the harms associated with gambling and gaming (up from a target of 170,300).

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GSL group seeding for WePlay Academy League Season 2 is defined

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During the Group Stage, the participating teams will compete against each other within their groups for a place in the Playoff Stage.

Due to the recent changes in the organization format of the second season of the CS:GO tournament WePlay Academy League, eight participating teams were split into two GSL groups for the Group Stage of the competition. The teams that show the best results within their respective groups will automatically go to the Playoff Stage. Teams that take the second and third places in each group will fight each other for the last two spots in the Playoffs.

The first match will take place on September 28, at 5 p.m. CEST.

Group A:

  • Young Ninjas
  • Astralis Talent
  • BIG. OMEN Academy
  • NAVI Junior

Group B:

  • mouz NXT
  • FURIA Academy
  • VP.Prodigy
  • Fnatic Rising

The WePlay Academy League Season 2 will take place from September 28 till November 14, 2021. The total prize pool of the competition is $100,000.

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Optimove Raises $75 Million to Help Operators Deliver AI-Mapped Player Journeys and Personalized CRM at Scale

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Summit Partners’ investment will fuel Optimove’s M&A strategy, hiring and go-to-market of its SaaS application for customer-led growth and retention

 

Optimove, a leader in CRM marketing, today announced a $75 million investment led by global growth investor Summit Partners. The financing will support continued investment in strategic hiring and M&A, expansion of the company’s Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Marketing platform, and further acceleration of Optimove’s rapid growth. The company also announced the addition of Summit Partners’ Head of Europe, Han Sikkens, and Managing Director Steffan Peyer to its Board of Directors.

Optimove’s SaaS technology combines a Customer Data Platform (CDP) with a Multichannel Marketing Hub (MMH) designed to uniquely empower brands to deliver personalized marketing campaigns to connect and engage with existing customers. Unlike more traditional solutions that rely on common, rule-based orchestration, Optimove places customer data at its core, layering advanced AI-based campaign orchestration on top. This helps its users manage large-scale CRM marketing frameworks, personalizing thousands of campaigns to hundreds of segments and reaching each end player with the optimal message and promotion across email, mobile and other channels. The company’s solutions help operators achieve and attribute measurable improvement in key metrics such as churn, reactivation, conversion, and lifetime value per each player, campaign, set of campaigns, and across the entire customer base.

“In the last 18 months, digital consumption grew like never before. As a result, the cost of acquiring new customers has skyrocketed, while customer loyalty took a deep dive. Now, more than ever, brands understand the urgency to invest in existing customers to drive growth,” said Optimove Founder and CEO, Pini Yakuel. “We built Optimove to address the challenges operators face when attempting to deliver personalization at scale. Our solutions are designed to offer marketing teams direct access to their player data to build, test and optimize their CRM campaigns. Our AI engine helps ensure that every player receives the marketing treatment that increases their lifetime value, through the optimal channel, at any given time.”

According to data from Gartner’s Market Share Analysis: Customer Experience and Relationship Management Software Worldwide, the multichannel marketing market grew at a 3-year CAGR of 17% and is expected to reach $10B by end of 2021.

Headquartered in Tel Aviv and operating from offices in New York and London, Optimove was bootstrapped for its first five years and has scaled quickly, while maintaining healthy profit margins, since its founding in 2012. This new capital positions Optimove to further accelerate its growth and expand its global footprint. Today, the company’s CRM Marketing platform sends more than 23 billion optimized messages through email, mobile, ad platforms and other channels, to over 3 billion customers every year. Optimove serves more than 500 brands – including Entain, Gamesys, Kindred, Penn National, Sisal and others – and integrates with leading gaming platforms, such as Playtech, Pragmatic Solutions and SBTech, alongside leading execution channels, including Facebook, Google Ads, Dynamic Yield, and Attentive.

“The growth in e-commerce over the past decade has led to ever-increasing online competition, forcing brands to evolve their marketing strategies to deliver seamless, personalized omnichannel experiences that resonate and drive loyalty with consumers,” said Steffan Peyer, Managing Director at Summit Partners. “From its roots in Israel’s thriving and dynamic technology ecosystem, Optimove has grown into a truly global business, serving well-known brands across more than 40 countries. With strong technology, a strategic executive team, and the addition of growth capital, we believe Optimove is poised to build on its market leadership position.”

Over the last 12 months, Optimove generated revenue growth of more than 40% while continuing to maintain healthy profit margins. The company currently has 280 employees and plans to double its global headcount over the next 24 months, with hiring predominantly for its technology, customer, and commercial organizations.

Optimove is widely recognized as a category leader, with notable recognition as a Leader in “The Forrester Wave™: Cross-Channel Campaign Management (Independent Platforms), Q3 2021; a Challenger in Gartner’s 2021 Magic Quadrant for Multichannel Marketing Hubs; and one of the Top Five Leading Customer Data Platforms from G2’s Fall 2021 Grid® Report.

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Pariplay offers thrilling action with Rumble Rhino Megaways™

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New title offers huge win potential with popular Megaways™ mechanic

Aspire Global’s Pariplay Ltd, the leading aggregator and content provider, has released its latest thrilling slot adventure Rumble Rhino Megaways™.

The action-packed title offers exhilarating features and huge potential with 86,436 ways to win thanks to the popular Megaways™ mechanics.

Set in a sun-drenched African landscape, players trek across the savanna in hunt for majestic rhinos and big wins, surrounded by a beautiful backdrop and herds of wild animals.

The unique reel layout and 7×4 Mega symbols that can cover up to 28 reel positions puts players on the path to huge wins. Landing the Mystery Mask symbol will trigger a Rumbling Rhino stampede across the reels, flipping random symbols that convert into matching symbols for more winning combinations.

The Mega action doesn’t stop there because when a bonus symbol lands on reels 1 and 6, it awards 12 Free Spins. To keep the action coming and for the possibility to rack up even more rumbling big wins, the Free Spins can be retriggered during the feature.

Rumble Rhino Megaways™ is the latest addition to Pariplay’s proprietary games portfolio which contains 120+ innovative and entertaining titles for all player demographics and preferences.

Joey Hurtado, Managing Director of Games at Pariplay, said:Rumble Rhino Megaways™ offers exciting and fun gameplay with immersive features that will have players truly entertained as they hunt for big wins.

“Featuring the ground-breaking Megaways™ mechanic that offers 86,436 ways to win and is hugely popular with players around the globe, this title is a must have in all operator lobbies.”

As well as its own games, Pariplay aggregates thousands of others from some of the industry’s best-known studios on its Fusion™ platform, which is also equipped with a range of conversion, retention and tool mechanics. The platform is now licensed in more than 16 regulated markets.

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