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UK Gambling Commission launches three-year Corporate Strategy and annual Business Plan

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The Gambling Commission has unveiled its new three-year Corporate Strategy which sets out the Commission’s focus as it continues to protect the public and players from harm.

Launched alongside the Commission’s 2021 to 2022 Business Plan, the new Strategy will be delivered through five priority areas:

  • protecting children and vulnerable people from being harmed by gambling
  • a fairer market and more informed consumers
  • keeping crime out of gambling
  • optimising returns to good causes from the National Lottery
  • improving gambling regulation.

Protecting children and vulnerable people from being harmed by gambling

The Commission will continue to ensure licence holders minimise the risk of gambling harm to vulnerable groups as part of a coordinated effort to understand factors that influence behaviour. This will be achieved through improving conduct and competence, continuing to evolve the Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice, building a stronger evidence base, and focusing on preventative and regulatory action.

A fairer market and more informed consumers

Ensuring that products are fair and compliant is vital for the Commission – whilst also improving information for players and making it simpler for them to find information on operators they are gambling with. This also includes making licence holders’ complaints procedures easier to access and understand.

Keeping crime out of gambling

The Commission will persist in tackling those who offer illegal and unlicensed gambling to consumers in Great Britain, whilst also continuing, alongside partner agencies, to prevent activities which lead to money laundering. The Commission’s work to manage risks around sports betting integrity and event manipulation will also continue to be an important feature in future enforcement work.

Optimising returns to good causes from the National Lottery

The National Lottery continues to be one of the world’s largest and most popular with millions given to good causes each year. The Commission will ensure the effective management of the third licence continues, whilst also concluding the fair and open competition for the fourth licence – ensuring a smooth and effective transition.

Improving gambling regulation

Over the past year the organisation has been restructured to ensure effective regulation in the future. The Commission continues to support the Government in their Gambling Act Review whilst also building on work it is already undertaking following recommendations from three key reports in 2020 into gambling regulation. The Commission will work with DCMS to ensure it has the resources to regulate effectively, to ensure employees are continually developed and technology is harnessed to improve systems and processes.

Meanwhile, the Commission’s 2021-22 Business Plan sets out the priorities to accelerate progress in making gambling and safer for the public and players, including those at risk of harm and leisure gamblers. This includes a focus on improving the way the Commission regulates in parallel with other high-profile decisions to be announced later this year – such as the Government’s Gambling Review and a review of the Commission’s fees by DCMS.

Gambling Commission chair Bill Moyes said: “Our new three-year strategy maintains the ambition of our previous strategy and goes further in considering how best we can use our current resources.

“We launch the new Strategy and our Business Plan, which details our milestones during what is going to be a hugely important year for compliance and consumer protection as the country starts to move out of lockdown after a challenging 12 months.

“Covid-19 has meant a shift in gambling habits and is exactly why the new strategy focusses on protecting consumers from harm, holding operators to account, creating a fairer market for all, and protecting the National Lottery.

“Additionally, the launch of the Gambling Act Review was a pivotal moment earlier this year and whilst our work continues, we are aware that we must continue to adjust and challenge ourselves depending on the outcomes of the Review.

“Over the next three years we will see the gambling industry change further, especially as the pace of innovation accelerates. As the regulator we must keep pace with that change, be ready to adapt, and ensure that the millions of people who gamble in Great Britain can do so safely.”

You can read the Gambling Commission’s Corporate Strategy: 2021 to 2024 and to explain the Strategy further, a short animation video (opens in a new tab) has also been added to our YouTube channel.

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Three IPL Franchises Join Socios’s Network of Major Global Sporting Properties

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Chiliz, creators of the Chiliz Blockchain and Socios, the world’s leading sports tech fan engagement and monetization platform, have announced partnerships with three IPL franchises; Royal Challengers Bangalore, Punjab Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders.

The IPL is a Twenty20 cricket league contested by eight teams out of eight Indian cities with the highest attendance levels in world cricket and an overall brand value in excess of $6.5B.   The T20 season was suspended last week keeping the safety, health and wellbeing of all the stakeholders in mind.

With no games for the foreseeable future, all three teams and Socios.com are now taking the opportunity to explore common blockchain and digital initiatives aimed at improving fan engagement.

Socios is a direct-to-consumer (D2C) platform that leverages blockchain technology to provide the world’s leading sporting organizations with the tools to engage with and monetize their global fanbases. Chief among the solutions offered to these properties are Fan Tokens –  digital assets, minted on the Chiliz blockchain, that provide owners with access to voting rights in polls, VIP rewards, exclusive club and sponsor promotions, AR-enabled features, chat forums, games and competitions.

The announcement takes the total number of partners in the Socios.com network to more than 30.  The Socios.com roster consists of a host of major international sporting properties, including  European soccer giants FC Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, AC Milan and Manchester City and the UFC.

Chiliz $CHZ is a crypto unicorn with a market capitalization of $3B. The company has major global expansion plans and will continue to grow their existing presence in Europe, while increasing their global network with new partnerships in the US, UK, Asia and South America.  The company has multiple office locations around the world and will open new US, European and South American headquarters in New York, Madrid and Sao Paulo in 2021. Chiliz generated revenues of $30M in 2020 that was shared with partners and is targeting $200M in 2021.

Satish Menon, CEO – Punjab Kings, said: “The IPL is amongst the top leagues in the world today and

Cricket is the second most popular sport in the world  and is followed by fans universally.

“We are happy that Socios.com has recognized this and partnered with us. The partnership with Socios.com is a significant step towards a new genre of fan engagement that will emerge from this. We hope that the association benefits both the franchise and Socios.com and helps in the overall growth of the Franchise.”

Venky Mysore, CEO & MD of Kolkata Knight Riders, said, “The suspension of IPL was an unfortunate, but very much a necessary step to protect the safety of the players. We were keen to look at new ways of enhancing and optimizing how we engage with our fans, and Socios.com seemed like the right fit. Socios.com has already proven what a powerful tool it can be for fan engagement with some of the biggest sporting organisations in the world. Kolkata Knight Riders is honoured to be among the first IPL teams to forge a partnership with them and we’re excited to begin exploring all the possibilities this new partnership offers.”

Speaking of the partnership, Rajesh V Menon, Vice President & Head of Royal Challengers Bangalore, said, “RCB keeps the fan centre stage in everything we do. With the tournament paused for now and discontinued on-field entertainment, RCB has gladly partnered with Socios.com to bring some off-field engagement for our fans. With this partnership, we continue to look at new ways of enhancing and optimizing how we engage with our fans.”

Alexandre Dreyfus, CEO of Chiliz and Socios said: “The suspension of the league was a vital step in the fight against COVID-19 in India, but Royal Challengers Bangalore, Punjab Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders all see this period of on-field inactivity as an opportunity to begin exploring the range of possibilities partnering with Socios.com offers.

“Cricket is the second most popular sport in the world and transitioning passive fans into active fans is essential to its future.

“I’m very excited by the huge potential of these partnerships and future collaborations in this massive, vibrant market.”

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GambleAware: New gambling prevalence methodology review published

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GambleAware has today published commissioned research, authored by Professor Patrick Sturgis and Professor Jouni Kuha of the London School of Economics, which investigates how methodological differences between surveys affect the accuracy of estimates of gambling harms. The research was commissioned following a 2019 YouGov study which found substantially higher rates of gambling harms across Great Britain than had previously been reported by the 2016 and 2018 Health Surveys for England.

The research was commissioned to identify the best way to determine gambling participation and prevalence of gambling harms in Great Britain and to develop a better understanding of how methodological factors might account for the differences between the results of the YouGov study and the Health Survey for England’s results. The surveys reviewed in the report produced widely varying estimates of ‘problem gambling’[1] in Great Britain, indicated by a PGSI score[2] of 8+, ranging from 0.7% to 2.4% of adults.

The research reviewed eight different surveys into gambling participation and prevalence of gambling harms to identify differences in results and what causes them. The key finding is that surveys using predominantly, or exclusively online self-completion responses produce consistently higher estimates of gambling harm compared to surveys which use paper self-completion techniques as part of a face-to-face interview.

The primary cause of this discrepancy was found to be selection bias in online surveys.  Selection bias in this instance refers to the fact that online surveys skew towards people who are comfortable using online technologies and who use the internet regularly. These people are also more likely to be online and frequent gamblers, meaning online surveys tend to over-estimate gambling harm.

Given these findings, the researchers shared the following recommendations for future prevalence surveys:

  1. Given the high and rising cost of in person surveys, measurement of gambling prevalence and harm should move to online surveying.
  2. The move to online interviewing should be combined with a programme of methodological testing and development to mitigate selection bias.
  3. In person surveying should not be ceased completely; probability sampling and face-to-face interviewing should be used to provide periodic benchmarks.

GambleAware commissioned this study to better understand the true demand for treatment and support for gambling harms across Great Britain and will use the findings of this study to inform and direct the future Annual Great Britain Treatment and Support surveys. Data from the surveys will continue to be used to update GambleAware’s interactive maps, which show in visual format the prevalence of gambling participation and harms at local authority and ward level across Great Britain.

Professor Patrick Sturgis, Department of Methodology at the London School of Economics, said: “Our research has found that online surveys tend to systematically overestimate the prevalence of gambling harm compared to face-to-face interview surveys. However, given the very high and rising cost of in person surveying, and the limits this places on sample size and the frequency of surveys, we recommend a shift to predominantly online data collection in future, supplemented by periodic in person benchmarks.”

Alison Clare, Research, Information and Knowledge Director at GambleAware, said:  “We want our prevention, treatment, and support commissioning to be informed by the best available evidence, and having survey data we can be confident in, within the constraints of data collection in an increasingly online world, is key. GambleAware’s annual GB Treatment & Support survey is an important tool in building a picture of the stated demand for gambling harms support and treatment, and of the services, capacity and capability needed across Great Britain to meet that demand.

 

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Week 19/2021 slot games releases

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Here are this weeks latest slots releases!

GAMOMAT’s brand new title, Monkey Mania, is the perfect game for intrepid adventurers looking for excitement on the reels and cute jungle animals.Monkey Mania whisks players away for an inspiring journey beneath the canopy where a variety of fascinating animals are hanging out amongst the trees. The most lucrative creature that players can get is the cuddly Lion cub, while the other sought after symbols are the Monkey Mania Scatter and Monkey Wild.

Monkey Mania slot swings into the market

 

Yggdrasil, the leading worldwide publisher of online gambling content, and Bang Bang Games have teamed up to release scorching new hit, The Hot Offer. The game takes a classic Cash on Reels mechanic and adds an interactive twist on the 5×3 reels. In a manner reminiscent of the hit game show Deal or no Deal, cash chips land on the reels, each with either a shown or hidden value. If five or more chips land, the Hot Offer feature is triggered. This gives players the chance to take an offer where the game will supply an instant cash prize, or take the chips. Players can land the Mystery Chips to reveal if they beat the house, or the Mega Chips that are worth up to 2,500x stake.

Yggdrasil turns up the heat in latest YG Masters release The Hot Offer

 

 

Design Works Gaming is challenging players to discover a long-lost fortune in an innovative new online scratchcard including two features designed for the fearless adventurer. The Ancient Egyptian-themed scratchcard is built around an engaging base game where players must match winning numbers to land a prize. Players can also unlock the book feature for larger prizes, and an innovative wheel spin feature for large multipliers. The next-generation scratchcard is already a strong performer in the UK with leading casino William Hill, and is now available to all operators.

Uncover hidden treasures with DWG’s blockbuster scratchcard, Book of Giza Gold

2021 HIT SLOT is this year’s new legend and ready to leave a dazzling mark in history. This Endorphina gem is wrapped in red gold and juicy classics, ready to mesmerize those who can afford the most luxurious slot experience of all time. 2021 HIT SLOT brings its unique twist on fruity-themed traditions and unforgettable, modern success. The game has 3 reels, 3 rows, and 5 fixed pay lines, where every symbol has been crafted to perfection.

MESMERIZE YOURSELF IN 2021 HIT SLOT!

 

Play’n GO are looking to tickle players funny bones with their latest release, the wacky clown slot, 3 Clown Monty. The 5×3 slot tells the story of the Monty Brothers, Bumbo, Schmucky and Whatda, three hapless clowns who run the worst circus ever. Even their star attraction, Bite-E the Gorilla, can’t save this terrible show! The slot has a unique theme, loosely connected to a circus theme, which has proven popular in slot markets. Still, it uses its detailed narrative and comedic premise to separate itself from other games within the genre, creating another Play’n GO slot that differentiates itself in the market.

Play’n GO put on a Show with new title 3 Clown Monty

 

Leander Studios’ new Savage Shark title emerged from the deep and went live exclusively with Videoslots. This thrilling ocean adventure invites players to brave the waves and earn the chance to win free spins and re-triggers, while keeping a close eye on circling fins whilst. Ideal for beach goers who enjoy medium-high volatility games, the title offers 1024 ways to win and is certified for Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Spain and the UK. Shark attack free spins are triggered by three, four and five bonus symbols in view and awards eight, 15 and 25 spins respectfully. During free spins, each wild symbol – including a glamourous Surfer – that leads to a winning combination will transform into an x2, x3 or x4 multiplier wild.

Videoslots gets its teeth into Leander Studios’ Savage Shark first

 

Yggdrasil and Peter & Sons have combined forces to release their latest YG Masters creation, transporting players on a magical journey to find the powerful Cauldron that is the source of all dreams. The game, powered by Yggdrasil’s state-of-the-art technology GATI, is set in the deep caves of Algroth many moons away where the blue wizard guards the Cauldron that players seek to discover hidden treasures and huge prizes. This 5×3, high-volatility mythical slot comes with free spins and super free spins which is unlocked by collecting scatter symbols. When three or more scatters land on the reels, it triggers up to 10 free spins. A win on a high paying symbol is upgraded for all subsequent spins and pays double. Each upgrade also awards an additional free spin.

Yggdrasil and Peter & Sons concoct mystical treat with new Cauldron slot

 

Classic slot has been developed in collaboration with Hurricane Games as part of developer’s Greenlogic® Program. Stakelogic, the in-demand developer behind some of this year’s most popular casino games, has added another classic slot to its already impressive portfolio of retro titles. Ultra Joker has been produced in collaboration with Hurricane Games via the developer’s Greenlogic® program that sees it team up with rising star studios on a series of game launches. Ultra Joker has been designed to appeal to fans of retro slots, taking a 5×3 reel grid format with 5 paylines and featuring the classic bar, star, x and fruit symbols. The game, which comes with three RTP versions, sits towards the high end of the volatility scale to deliver plenty of fast-paced action with every spin.

Stakelogic delivers fast paced thrills with Ultra Joker

 

Pariplay Ltd, the leading aggregator and content provider, is taking players deep into a world of magic with new release Phoenix Kingdom. With a mythological setting hidden deep in a mountain range, this 5-reel, 3-row fantasy video slot transports players into a place where phoenix birds have risen from the ashes to find safety and solitude from the outside world. Phoenix Kingdom truly gets the magic started when players discover the Special Reel prizes. Above each reel sits a prize of Credits, Free Spins or a Wild Bonus, triggered when the Phoenix Egg land on that respective reel. Stacked Wilds can also appear and when this happens, each Wild symbol has a credit value on it which is unlocked when the Phoenix Egg lands on the reel featuring the Wild Bonus prize.

Pariplay invites players to rise from the flames with Phoenix Kingdom

 

Pragmatic Play, has undertaken a quest for mystical riches in its latest hit Phoenix Forge. The 5×3 video slot sees players traverse the reels in search of the ancient and legendary phoenix, with the 20-payline game featuring tumbling reels with a built-in multiplier system for huge wins. Every time a symbol is part of a winning line, it will be removed from the reels, with an increasing multiplier being activated in the empty spot before new symbols tumble down to fill it. Every successful cascade that fills that spot will see the multiplier count increase by 1x on that spin.

Pragmatic Play Set for Massive Multipliers in Phoenix Forge

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