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UK: Funding Boost for Nationwide Programme on Gambling and the Criminal Justice System

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Gambling harms are currently under-recognised across the UK Criminal Justice System (CJS), and support for those affected has been underfunded to date. GamCare will now receive two years’ funding to scale up the delivery of its programme to raise awareness and develop pathways to support people experiencing gambling harms across the CJS.

There are evidenced links between harmful gambling and crime, whether crime is committed to support gambling or to pay off gambling-related debts. Gambling-related offending may include fraud, theft, domestic and financial abuse, and links into wider criminality. However, there is a lack of funding, awareness, training, and pathways to support and treatment for people in the CJS experiencing gambling harms.

GamCare recently delivered a two-year pilot project funded by the Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner to introduce screening for gambling harms at key points across the CJS there, and identify the best mechanisms to deliver support for those affected. The charity will now be funded to deliver a larger programme of engagement and awareness raising, designed to raise the profile of gambling and offending, and to improve services for those in contact with the CJS. GamCare has secured funding, approved by the UK Gambling Commission, towards delivery of the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms, through a dedicated programme focused on gambling and the criminal justice system.

Recently awarded Organisation of the Year at the Howard League for Penal Reform Community Awards, GamCare is working to raise awareness of gambling harms amongst professionals across the CJS as well as developing and testing interventions that work best for clients across police, prison and probation services. The charity will facilitate thought leadership across the sector, as well as consult on and test new approaches, providing training to staff in all areas so they can best support their service users.

Anna Hemmings, CEO at GamCare, says: “As outlined in our recent submission to the Howard League Commission on Crime and Problem Gambling, our work focuses on a ‘whole systems’ approach – with initiatives to screen people at arrest and the early stages of the CJS, and responding to needs at various stages in their journey, be it through police, prison, or probation services as well as the courts.

Through our work in Hertfordshire, we’ve demonstrated that this work is scalable and can have positive impacts for those harmed by gambling across the CJS. I look forward to seeing this work develop across England, Scotland and Wales, to reduce the impact of gambling harms for individual offenders, victims, and their families.”

Julia Fazackerley, Head of Development at GamCare, says: “Existing data from our Helpline and treatment services shows us that around 5% of referrals across Great Britain are from people in touch with the CJS, but we know that criminality often goes unreported or undisclosed. Our work in this area indicates similar prevalence of gambling harm to recent data from the Forward Trust’s survey of prisoners, and we know that there is both a desire for knowledge and awareness, plus greater support for those experiencing harm.

The next phase of our programme will mean we can continue to provide a proactive and comprehensive programme of training for CJS professionals as well as developing and testing a range of support interventions specifically for this cohort. We will provide strategic direction for specialist gambling support and provide real value to all areas of the CJS.”

Tim Miller, Executive Director for the Gambling Commission, says: “We welcome the extension of this significant project, including the collaborative approach GamCare has taken to support a wide range of organisations working in the criminal justice sector. Together, these programmes of work have the opportunity to make a positive contribution to reducing harms as part of the National Strategy. We are pleased to be able to approve the funding, which was agreed through regulatory settlements.”

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SBC Summit Tbilisi 2024: The iGaming and Sports Betting Event where Eastern Europe Meets Central Asia

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The SBC Summit Tbilisi 2024 is set to bring together the key players in the iGaming and sports betting industries from June 25-26, 2024, at the Sheraton Grand Tbilisi Metechi Palace, Georgia. Organized by SBC Events in collaboration with Sports Media Holding, this event promises to be a pivotal gathering for professionals targeting the burgeoning markets of Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

A Gateway to Eastern Europe and Central Asia

The second edition of the SBC Summit Tbilisi is designed to offer unparalleled insights into the high-potential markets of the Black Sea, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. This premier conference is a must-attend for those looking to expand their business into complex and diverse regions such as Georgia, Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, and Slovenia. The event provides a unique platform to understand the local regulatory landscapes, cultural nuances, and market opportunities.

Comprehensive Conference Agenda

The SBC Summit Tbilisi 2024 will feature a rich conference agenda that brings together C-Level executives and industry experts to discuss a wide range of topics. Attendees can expect to gain valuable knowledge on:

  • iGaming trends and innovations
  • Emerging market opportunities
  • Regulatory updates and compliance strategies
  • Outsourcing and business relocation opportunities

Who Will Be There?

The summit is expected to attract over 1,500 delegates, including 600 operators, 150 affiliates, 60+ speakers, and 30 exhibitors. This diverse gathering offers a fantastic opportunity to network with key decision-makers, generate leads, and forge meaningful partnerships.

Networking Opportunities

SBC Events are renowned for their exceptional networking experiences, and the Tbilisi Summit will be no exception. From the moment attendees step into the venue, they will be treated to an all-inclusive networking environment. Designated areas on the show floor will provide hot refreshments, breakfast, and lunch, along with various bars offering favorite drinks throughout the venue.

Evening networking events will take place in some of Tbilisi’s most upscale locations, providing a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere to continue business discussions and build new connections.

Special Features

  • Keynote Speaker: Chris Bird, CEO of The Raheem Sterling Foundation and former COO of Manchester City, will share his insights and experiences, adding significant value to the event’s agenda.
  • VIP Networking: Attendees can look forward to an exclusive VIP networking experience, ensuring they can connect with the most influential figures in the industry.
  • Held in Collaboration with Sports Media Holding: As a leading service aggregator in the EE&CIS region, SMH Global brings a wealth of expertise and networking opportunities to the event.

Why Attend?

The SBC Summit Tbilisi 2024 offers an unmatched opportunity to gain a foothold in the promising markets of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. With a comprehensive agenda, top-tier speakers, and exclusive networking events, this summit is the ideal platform for industry professionals to learn, connect, and grow their businesses.

For more information and to register, visit the SBC Summit Tbilisi website.

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eGaming Integrity Launches to Enhance Compliance for OGRA Licence Holders and CSPs

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We proudly announce the official launch of eGaming Integrity, a specialised compliance services provider exclusively dedicated to protecting OGRA licence holders and the CSPs that support them.

Our mission is to enable online gambling operators, and the CSPs that support them, with the tools they need to thrive in the Isle of Man, ensuring integrity, transparency, and adherence to industry standards.

The Isle of Man eGaming sector continues to grow at a rapid pace, with the number of OGRA licensees more than doubling in recent years. With the sector having grown so quickly, it has led to a shortage of highly qualified, well trained, and egaming experienced compliance and AML professionals locally. This skills shortage presents a significant challenge for online gambling operators licensed here.

With our team of industry experts and former regulators, eGaming Integrity enables businesses to remain compliant with the stringent regulatory requirements under the Isle of Man licence through our tailored services which include mock audits, remediation, and internal audits.

Speaking about the requirement for such services, Emma Shilling, eGaming Integrity director said “licensed online gambling operators and local Corporate Service Providers have been looking for a credible provider to offer specialist services beyond day-to-day compliance. We’ve already helped several CSPs navigate the sector in previous roles, where eGaming isn’t always the primary area of expertise so businesses have sought our experience and industry knowledge to help them service their clients more effectively.”

Fellow director, Nick Bowden added “our in-depth evaluations prepare operators for regulatory visits, remediation support to bring businesses back into good standing with the regulator, and independent assurance makes sure risk management, governance and internal control processes are operating effectively.

eGaming Integrity are now working with a number of OGRA licence holders and local CSPs, providing customised compliance and regulatory advisory services that align with business objectives and operational intricacies.

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Week 24/2024 slot games releases

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Here are this weeks latest slots releases compiled by European Gaming

ELA Games, announced the release of its conceptually new game “Joker Cashpot”. The new slot game aims to attract players with its exciting mechanics, a balance of strategy and randomness and traditional colourful design by the studio’s artists. Joker Cashpot is a rare example of a creatively modified slot where the player can accumulate and multiply rewards.

 

Yggdrasil has partnered with ReelPlay to offer up to 10,000 ways to win in feature-filled dystopian release Armageddon 10K WAYS™. The cascading slot transports players into a hellish oblivion where spinning the reels can stave off otherworldly invaders and rack up prizes by way of Bonus Respins, 10K Ways and four local jackpots. The Bonus Respins feature is triggered whenever players land six or more scatter symbols anywhere on the reels.

Yggdrasil and ReelPlay unleash hell on earth in Armageddon 10K WAYS™

 

Habanero brings fairytale magic to its latest slot Waltz Beauty, where mystery symbols and multiplier rewards await players. Set on a 6×4 grid, the game sets the scene with an enchanted palace where a host of princesses populate the board as its symbols which must form matching combinations across 25 paylines.

Habanero dances with the beast in new release Waltz Beauty

 

Booming Games is proud to announce that its highly-anticipated title, Ronaldinho Spins, is now available to players worldwide. Ronaldinho Spins is the first slot game ever created featuring the image of international football superstar Ronaldinho Gaucho. After months of development and refinement, the slot is now set to deliver entertainment and joy with its stunning visuals and exciting features.

 

Amusnet brings you a fruity delight with its new classical video slot. The 5-reel 10 fixed paylines game offers colourful and yummy-looking gameplay. Packed with fruity symbols, sizzling design and captivating sound effects, 10 Power Hope promises a thrilling gameplay experience filled with fiery wins.

Go Hot or Go Home with Amusnet's newest slot release 10 Power Hot

 

Thunderkick has released the newest addition to its expanding collection, Sword of Arthur, taking players on a journey to King Arthur’s Ancient Briton. King Arthur himself features as the game’s highest-paying symbol, followed by his armour and shield, while the low-paying icons are represented by fantasy-style playing card symbols. The legendary sword of Arthur takes centre stage as the Wild and Scatter, helping to form wins and trigger the Bonus Game.

Thunderkick reignites Arthurian legend in latest slot Sword of Arthur

 

With the cream of European football preparing to showcase their skills on the grass at Euro 2024 in Germany starting this week, Apparat Gaming icon, Jack Potter, has set out on a mission to spread the beautiful game to ancient Egypt in the quirky new adventure, Jack Potter and The Book of Football.

 

Triple Edge Studios, part of Games Global’s exclusive studio network, has launched its latest feature-filled title, Goal Strike Rising Rewards™, kicking off the excitement ahead of a big summer of football. Set within an electrifying football stadium and showcasing five reels with varying rows of 3-4-5-4-3, players spin the slot’s unique reelset that is adorned with football shirts, boots, and whistle symbols for the chance to unlock a variety of innovative multiplier and free spins features and win increasing jackpots via the Rising Rewards™ mechanic.

 

Not all pigs are happy in mud and that’s certainly the case for the two porkers in the latest slot from Fantasma Games. Gold Pigger is already live with a limited number of operators, and a truly flying start with initial key player KPIs up +100% from an already very successful 2024 game release performance.

 

 

PG Soft has released its highly infectious video slot, Zombie Outbreak. The game unfolds within an apocalyptic world where the undead rise on the 5 reels, featuring a layout with 4 rows on reels 1, 3, and 5, and 5 rows on reels 2 and 4. One of the many electrifying features of Zombie Outbreak is the Expanding Wild symbol, which replaces all symbols aside from the Scatter symbol.

The game unfolds within an apocalyptic world where the undead rise on the 5 reels

 

 

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