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Record sign-ups in 2021 push GAMSTOP registrants beyond 200,000



GAMSTOP 2021 annual review shows 28% annual increase in total registrations
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  • GAMSTOP recorded its highest ever day for registrations in February 2021
  • An average of 5,500 people per month have registered since launch in April 2018
  • 96% keep self-exclusion in place once the initial exclusion period has expired

More than 200,000 people are now registered with GAMSTOP, the free, independent national self-exclusion scheme for online gambling, after a spike in numbers during lockdown.

Registrations in February 2021 increased 21% year-on-year, with nearly 6,500 people choosing to exclude themselves from all UK-licensed sites, which followed a 14% year-on-year increase in January when more than 7,000 people registered. There were 326 registrations on February 22nd, the highest daily figure recorded in GAMSTOP’s history.

The 200,000 landmark, which was not expected to be reached until later in the year, coincides with the first anniversary of a shake-up in the self-exclusion system. From March 31st last year it became a licensing requirement for all online operators to be registered with GAMSTOP.

According to the Gambling Commission, the total number of online bets rose by 12% from November to December 2020, and the trend towards more online gambling may be leading to more vulnerable individuals choosing to exclude themselves from all sites.

In January 2021, 49,328 GAMSTOP-excluded individuals out of a possible 177,038 attempted to gamble and were successfully blocked by the scheme. While this demonstrates the effectiveness of GAMSTOP, it also highlights that self-exclusion is not a silver bullet for those with a gambling addiction, who should always seek treatment alongside blocks they have in place.

GAMSTOP advocates a layered approach to tackling problem gambling and is collaborating with GamCare and Gamban on the TalkBanStop campaign, which promotes the use of a range of practical tools and support via The National Gambling Helpline.

Registration with GAMSTOP is free, with people asked to fill in personal details and select an exclusion period of six months, one year or five years. More than 120,000 of those who have registered chose to put in place a five-year exclusion, the longest term possible.

GAMSTOP was launched in April 2018 and, of those who chose shorter self-exclusion periods, and therefore became eligible to remove themselves from the scheme from October 2018 onwards, 96% left the exclusion in place. Since that date, 15,400 have removed their exclusion only to reinstate it.

Recently, the number of women registered with GAMSTOP surpassed 50,000, and the gender split on the scheme is 71% male, 29% female. 18-34 year-olds are the most prolific age group using GAMSTOP, accounting for 59% of all registrants.

Fiona Palmer, CEO of GAMSTOP, said: “We’re pleased that GAMSTOP is serving as an effective safety net, providing crucial breathing space to those who are struggling with their gambling. With the rate of registrants continuing to rise, I would urge anybody putting self-exclusion from online gambling in place through GAMSTOP to also seek treatment. Awareness around self-exclusion schemes and blocking software has been increasing throughout the last year, and it is important that we continue to spread the message about what help is available to those who need it most.”

Matt Blanks, 35, is a recovering gambling addict who registered with GAMSTOP after his addiction led to him trying to take his own life. He now uses his experience to help other suffering with the addiction.

He said: “Signing up to GAMSTOP was a massive relief to me. I had previously had to self-exclude with each individual operator, and would simply move onto the next site who I hadn’t self-excluded from. It was like a game of whack-a-mole, and I kept relapsing. GAMSTOP helped me self-exclude from all online gambling sites in one go, giving me space to clear my head, seek support and kickstart my recovery journey.”


Michael Owen Announced as Brand Ambassador for Punt Casino



Michael Owen Announced as Brand Ambassador for Punt Casino
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English football icon and BT Sports pundit Michael Owen has officially joined the Punt Casino team as its new Brand Ambassador.

Michael Owen started a professional career in football with his Premier League debut in 1997 as a striker for Liverpool FC. Known as one of the “greatest living footballers” in Pelé’s FIFA 100, Owen is one of only 10 players to have scored 150 goals or more in his Premier League career.

Michael Owen has also received the most prestigious award in football, having claimed the Ballon d’Or trophy in 2001. He has played in three FIFA World Cups and even captained the England national team.

With this partnership in the bag and a true football icon on their side, Punt Casino is making 2022 a year to remember with the hottest action the industry has ever seen.

Hitting the back of the net

As a strong advocate for crypto and blockchain in general, Michael, along with his influential media presence and 3.7 million Twitter followers, will see Punt Casino secure its position as the fastest-growing crypto casino in the industry.

“Online casinos are more exciting than ever these days, but with its crypto focus, Punt Casino is doing something different – they really are changing the game,” said Owen, who has been involved with numerous crypto projects in the past.

He went on by saying “I’m a strong believer in the power of crypto, so teaming up with an innovative platform like Punt Casino feels like a natural fit.”

As a world-famous football commentator, respected businessman, and active media personality, Owen is the perfect representative to stand behind such an innovative crypto project. Digital currencies need every ounce of positive publicity they can get, and an endorsement from such a reputable name stands for a lot.

Michael Owen’s stamp of approval

The announcement comes with exciting news for crypto gaming enthusiasts, as Punt plans to take the industry by storm with huge prize-packed competitions.

With the 2022 FIFA World Cup fast approaching, Punt players can expect unique Michael Owen merchandise and football-related giveaways throughout the year in the build-up to the tournament.

Speaking on the announcement, Alexander Bowring, Head of Marketing at Punt Casino, said: “Michael Owen is a football icon in every sense of the word, so to have him come on board as our brand ambassador is a major moment for us. Since launching last year, Punt Casino has been changing the game, delivering exciting crypto casino action that our rivals just can’t match. Expect big things from Punt Casino in 2022 and beyond.”

Punt Casino is revolutionizing crypto gaming

Punt Casino has quickly become a strong player in the crypto casino scene with its super-powered giveaways and outstanding online casino platform. Players also get to take advantage of 24/7 customer support available instantly from the site to answer any questions or queries.

With a next-level gaming experience delivered by over 200 crypto-friendly (and handpicked!) casino games, Punt offers its players the advantage of using leading cryptocurrencies to deposit, withdraw, and play.

As crypto enthusiasts know, this allows for faster, safer, and totally anonymous transactions, which is yet another reason why Punt has become such a prominent online casino destination.

#OWEN10 has arrived at Punt Casino

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Bidstack onboard Highbrow Interactive with 4 exclusive new partnerships



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Bidstack, the leading in-game advertising platform, is pleased to announce an exclusive new partnership with Highbrow Interactive which will see four exceptional simulation games added to their portfolio. Founded in 2013, Highbrow Interactive specialises in game production, virtual reality and augmented reality and has seen over 80 million installs across its library of games.

The first two new titles to be added to Bidstack’s portfolio are Euro Train Simulator alongside its successor Euro Train Simulator 2. Boasting over ten million and five million downloads respectively, both games have provided train aficionados with first-class gameplay faithful to real-life experiences, with Euro Train Simulator 2 being the first mobile train simulator to feature officially-licensed trains from Germany’s largest railway company Deutsche Bahn.


Indian Train Simulator also joins the Bidstack portfolio. A game with stunning attention to detail, it has seen over ten million lifetime installs and has enabled access to a more diverse player base through translations. Indonesian Train Simulator is the final game to be added. With high-quality graphics and sophisticated AI trains contributing to a comprehensively authentic railroad environment, it is no wonder the game has garnered over ten million installs.

Through Bidstack, Highbrow Interactive will be able to take advantage of their in-game, in-menu and rewarded video products creating a new revenue stream whilst also contributing to the accuracy of its games without compromising on the player’s experience.

The addition of these four games to their portfolio will see Bidstack’s simulation vertical continue to grow, allowing them to provide brands with a greater selection of high-quality inventory for them to reach and engage diverse audiences.

Of the partnership, CEO and Co Founder at Highbrow Interactive Jeno Manickam Durairaj said, “We’re excited to be taking this step forward with Bidstack in enhancing our players’ experience through the use of non-intrusive advertising. Bidstack’s revolutionary technology that makes advertising seamless and organic in open-world games perfectly fits our catalogue of simulation titles. We believe that this partnership will help our games grow closer to the thrill and reality of trains and railways whilst also diversifying our revenue streams. The Bidstack team has been consistently attentive making onboarding and integration simple and hassle-free.”

Bidstack’s VP of Gaming Antoine Jullemier added, “We’re delighted to be partnering exclusively with renowned game developer Highbrow Interactive. The addition of four of their high-quality games to our growing mobile vertical stands testament to the quality of our technology and gives our brand partners access to a rich global audience of gamers.

The highly detailed gaming environments provide optimal housing for seamless in-game ads, accurately simulating true train travel without detracting from the gaming experience. We look forward to a future of delivering first-class campaigns for our new partner.”

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N1 Partners shortlisted in two categories at AffPapa iGaming Awards 2022



N1 Partners shortlisted in two categories at AffPapa iGaming Awards 2022
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N1 Partners, an affiliate program, shortlisted for the AffPapa iGaming Awards in two categories at once – Affiliate Management of The Year and Multi-brand Affiliate Program.

The AffPapa iGaming Awards is an online event dedicated to affiliates and operators who have proven themselves to be excellent partners and contribute to the development of the industry.

N1 Partners is the nominees in two categories – Affiliate Management of The Year and Multi-brand Affiliate Program. Each of these nominations confirms the basic principles of N1 Partners – reliability, transparency, and honesty in relations with partners and clients. These principles are the platform for building long-term relationships with partners and strengthening the company’s position in the market.   In the first quarter of 2022, more than 800 new partner accounts increased to the program, and affiliates’ payouts doubled.

The nomination of N1 Partners in the Multi-brand affiliate program of the year underlines the company’s desire for continuous development and growth among other members in the iGaming market. The product portfolio of N1 Partners Group includes such brands as N1 Casino, Slot Hunter, Joo Casino, and others.

Online voting for the best brand in each category will begin on May 23 on the award website. And on June 27, the AffPapa team will announce the winners.


About N1 Partners Group

N1 Partners Group is a company with expertise in the sphere of online entertainment. The team’s goal is to provide high-quality casino and betting products that meet the needs and expectations of players and partners alike. Today, N1 Partners Group unites N1 Casino, N1 Bet, Slot Hunter, Fight Club, Joo Casino, DasistCasino, and the N1 Partners affiliate program.

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