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The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) has welcomed three new Trustees to its Board as part of a commitment to diversify leadership at the charity.

The Charity Commission has confirmed the appointments of Christina Okorocha, Anne Casey and Kwaku Owusu-Ansah. The additions are the result of a targeted recruitment drive with the objective of attracting education specialists as well as young professionals from ethnic minority communities.

Christina Okorocha, 27, is a successful entrepreneur who founded VAMP, the first agency to solely focus on the representation and development of black digital talent in the UK. Christina also launched TAG, a network for young black professional, creative and entrepreneurial women. She is an ambassador for the ‘Mayor’s Fund for London’.

Christina said: “I am honoured and excited to join YGAM as a trustee. I look forward to using my digital marketing experience and network to support YGAM in engaging and reaching vulnerable people and those from diverse communities.”

Anne Casey joins the YGAM board after over 30 years of education experience as a teacher, principal, local authority officer and senior civil servant. From 2013-2016, Anne was the Founding Principal for the UTC in Media City UK in Manchester, taking it from vision to reality. Anne is now a director of her own company, ACE Limited, an educational solutions company supporting MATs, free schools, universities and school boards. She is also a part-time Department for Education Adviser.

Anne said: “We have seen the power of technology in education, especially over the last year, and want to ensure that all young people understand their digital footprint and the lifelong impact of the choices they make. Every child should be entitled to live a healthy, safe, secure and well-educated life and I want YGAM to make a major contribution to that.”

Kwaku Owusu-Ansah is a recent Mechanical Engineering (MEng) graduate From University College London and he is currently working as an analyst in the Structured Finance, Investment Banking Division of Japanese bank, MUFG. Kwaku is a keen gamer and former footballer having played for Millwall FC, Leyton Orient FC and Colchester United FC.

Kwaku said: “I’m really looking forward to joining the board and being part of the YGAM journey. What YGAM has accomplished so far is fantastic. I think it’s important to continue to tackle the issues faced by young people caused by gambling and gaming. I’m a big gamer myself and I definitely believe more can be done to safeguard young people online and address issues such as excessive spending on loot boxes and gaming addiction.”

YGAM’s Chair, Mike Wojcik, welcomed the new board members saying: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have such talent joining the Board at such a pivotal time for YGAM. As we ambitiously look towards the future and develop our new strategic plan, it’s critical the make-up of our Board and team has greater representation and insight of our society. They all bring something different to the Board, which goes beyond the typical skills and experience, and we are already benefitting from their energised perspective.”

All members of the YGAM Board are independent from both the gaming and gambling industry and offer their time voluntarily. The new board will lead the charity through its continued growth and build the organisations strategy for the coming years.

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Football Manager and Wordle Amongst 2022’s Top 10 Fastest-Growing Mobile Games, Study Reveals

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A new study from Mozillion has revealed the mobile phone apps which are the fastest growing in 2022 so far, as well as those which have decreased in popularity most since 2021. Researchers from the mobile phone marketplace analysed data for more than 500 of the most popular apps currently on the market, to reveal which have shot up (or down) in popularity with mobile phone users. The study also revealed the mobile gaming apps which have increased and decreased in popularity most over the past six months. 

The top 20 fastest growing mobile games in 2022  

Delivery game Deliver It 3D was the mobile game which has shot up the charts most, increasing by 997 positions in the App Store over the past six months. Hugely popular mobile games including Angry Bird, Football Manager, Wordle and HeadsUp! also featured in the top ten fastest growing mobile games in 2022 so far.

Rank Mobile Game Increase in App Store Chart Position (Oct ’21 – Apr ’22)
1 Deliver It 3D 997
2 Rovio Classics: Angry Bird 996
3 Football Manager 2022 Mobile 994
4 Fill The Fridge 991
5 Wordle 986
6 Heads Up! 983
7 Football Manager 2021 Mobile 983
8 Tall Man Run 973
9 Total War: MEDIEVAL II 971
10 Poppy Playtime Chapter 1 959
11 Arcadia – Arcade Watch Games 958
12 Super Goal – Soccer Sticman 955
13 Coffee Inc 2 953
14 Worms3 950
15 Labyrinth City 949
16 Convenience Stories 947
17 Fishdom 942
18 Coloring Match 940
19 Papa’s Cluckeria 939
20 Slay the Spire 938

The top 20 mobile games that have decreased in popularity most in 2022 

Once-popular games Traffic Cop 3D and Paper Fold were found to be amongst the apps that have seen the biggest decreases in popularity in 2022 so far, dropping between 996 and 999 spots on the App Store charts since 2021.  

Rank Mobile Game Decrease in App Store Chart Position (Oct ’21 – Apr ’22)
1 Traffic Cop 3D -999
2 Retro Bowl -998
3 Paper Fold -996
4 Moon Pioneer -994
5 Flex Run 3D -985
6 Candy Challenge 3D -983
7 Watersort Puzzle -978
8 Youtubers Life -977
9 MAD FUT 22 Draft & Pack -977
10 Shot Factor -976
11 Turn Left!! -975
12 Keyboard Art -972
13 Zen Match -966
14 Water Sort Puzzle -964
15 Stacky Dash -951
16 Call of Duty -950
17 Magic Tiles 3 -950
18 Stone Miner -946
19 The Cube -941
20 Survival Challenge 3D -939

The most consistent mobile games of 2022 

While some apps are only destined to spend a short time ruling the top positions of the App Store charts, others have remained consistent as we transitioned into the new year of 2022. Hugely popular mobile gaming app Minecraft remained in the top five of the charts over the six-month period, as did popular pizza game Papa’s Pizzeria.

Mobile Game Increase/Decrease in App Store Chart Position (Oct ’21 – Apr ’22) 
Minecraft  0 
Papa’s Pizzeria 0 

Founder at Mozillion, Len Leeson comments:    

“Apps are a huge part of everyday life for mobile phone owners in 2022. From tracking fitness and nutrition, mobile gaming or social networking with friends and family, checking the weather – or even finding your life partner! Apps are becoming more technologically advanced and user-friendly every year, allowing our mobile phones to help us become more efficient and connected in our day-to-day lives.  

Our research has shown that while some apps are just fleeting trends, others are very clearly here to stay and remain firm favourites amongst mobile phone users, year after year. 

There’s an amazing choice of apps that are out there now, and alongside the fun ones, some are increasingly important and useful. With this in mind, we recommend you look for at least 128GB or even 256GB of storage when buying a new phone, so that the capacity keeps pace with the (many) apps you may want to download.” 

To view the full list of the apps growing and decreasing in popularity in 2022, visit: https://www.mozillion.com/resources/the-mozillion-app-trends-report-2022/

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React Gaming to Offer LOOT.BET Esports Wagering Skin via HHRP in the Philippines

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Generationz Gaming Entertainment, a subsidiary of the React Gaming Group, has signed a white label revenue sharing agreement with HHRP Inc to operate LOOT.BET’s esports wagering platform in the Philippines, pending successful certification of the LOOT.BET platform by Gaming Laboratories International.

“We are thrilled to have HHRP as a partner for the Philippines market, HHRP being one of only four companies holding online gaming licences in a country of more than 109 million people,” Laurent Benezra, President and CEO of React Gaming, said.

“This agreement is part of our two-pronged growth strategy to expand LOOT.BET’s reach into the B2C and B2B markets. The advantage of the B2B market is that LOOT.BET’s platform will be offered to established customer bases, thus involving no customer acquisition cost on our part. Our partner will offer our white-label platform as its own to its customers and we will receive a portion of the revenue generated when those customers use the platform. The more popular our platform, the more revenue it will generate. The great thing about this model is that we can replicate it in multiple markets and with multiple online gaming providers at minimal cost,” Laurent Benezra added.

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PRAGMATIC PLAY JOINS FORCES WITH VERSUS IN SPAIN

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Pragmatic Play, a leading content provider to the iGaming industry, has further expanded its footprint in Spain, having partnered with VERSUS, the sports betting and online casino brand of Orenes Group.  

The agreement will see the provider’s complete slots portfolio go live on this casino brand, which has operated in the Spanish market since 2011. Its multi-channel presence ensures it possesses a powerful reach across the country. 

VERSUS customers will be able to enjoy leading slots from Pragmatic Play, including latest launch Fire Strike 2™ and Barn Festival™, as well as the multi-award-winning titles Gates of Olympus™ and Wolf Gold™. 

The deal follows a number of key commercial agreements signed by Pragmatic Play in recent weeks, including with Stake, Begame and Hollywoodbets, as the supplier continues its impressive commercial momentum.  

Yossi Barzely, Chief Business Development Officer at Pragmatic Play, said: “Spain is a leading regulated market in Europe, and we’re delighted to partner with a company as established as VERSUS in the territory. 

“VERSUS is a leading brand, and we are excited to bring our expansive slot offering to its players as we continue to collaborate with prominent operators, which aligns with our ethos of developing and delivering premium entertainment to users globally.” 

Juan José López, Sports Betting and Online Gambling Director at VERSUS, added: “Pragmatic Play’s impressive slot portfolio brings vibrant titles, retro hits and forward-looking mechanics together to deliver incredible player experiences.  

“It is an exciting moment for us as we broaden our potential player base with the world-class supplier’s content.” 

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