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GAMSTOP bi-annual review shows a 25% rise in registrations in first half of 2021

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GAMSTOP, the free national scheme for self-exclusion from online gambling, has reported a 25% increase in registrations in the first six months of 2021, comparative to the same period in 2020.

The surge in registrations is a key finding of the first GAMSTOP bi-annual review, which has been launched to give greater insight into trends on the GAMSTOP platform, and broader insight into gambling behaviours across the UK.

The review found that:

  • In total, more than 40,000 people registered with GAMSTOP in the first half of 2021, with March of 2021 the second biggest month for registrations on record.
  • By the end of June 2021, the total number of GAMSTOP registrants was more than 218,000
  • The gender split of those registered with GAMSTOP is 70% male and 30% female.
  • Of those registered with GAMSTOP, 58% select the maximum exclusion period of five years.
  • Younger people were most likely to register with GAMSTOP: 41% of registrants were in the 25-34 age bracket, a figure rising to 59% when taking into account the wider 18-34 age bracket.

Recent statistics from the Gambling Commission show that growth in online gambling remains the largest combined sector by GGY (Gross Gambling Yield). Online gambling makes up over 50% (52.3%) of the entire gambling market.

The first ever independent evaluation of GAMSTOP, conducted by research agency Sonnet, found that GAMSTOP is used by a broad cross section of ages, ethnicities and socio-economic groups, which suggests that people from all demographics are experiencing problems with their gambling. The survey of 3,300 registered users found that the ethnic makeup of GAMSTOP users corresponds with the broader UK population (89% white, 3% Asian, 2% Black, 1% Mixed).

The socio-economic situation of respondents also varied, with 29% living in households with a pre-tax income of more than £48,000 per annum and 48% in households earning more than £32,000 per annum. More than 75% were in full or part-time employment and 63% had no children in their household.

Fiona Palmer, GAMSTOP CEO, said:

“While it is encouraging to see that consumers are continuing to find GAMSTOP and use it as a crucial safety net in their recovery, this review reinforces the importance of continuing to raise awareness of practical tools that are available to those struggling with gambling-related harm.

Our evaluation results demonstrate that gambling-related harm is an issue that affects people from all walks of life, irrespective of income, location, or gender. It is imperative that we continue to reach people from across the UK, and to give them access to tools that can aid them in their recovery, or form an important preventative measure.”

Stacey Goodwin, a recovering problem gambler and GAMSTOP registrant, said:

“It’s encouraging to see that the number of registrations for a vital service like GAMSTOP is increasing, but it also shows the significant amount of gambling in our society. More needs to be done to support and get the word out about crucial safety nets and services, like GAMSTOP, to ensure that vulnerable people know about them, and most importantly that they use them.”

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Galaxy Racer signs YouTube sensation Noor Stars as new content creator

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One of the biggest female content creators from the Arab speaking world with a following of over 40 Million, Noor Stars will be representing Galaxy Racer across her many channels and creating a variety of content

Galaxy Racer (GXR), the biggest esports, gaming and lifestyle organisation, headquartered in Dubai, with market presence in the Middle East, North Africa, South-East Asia, Europe and South Asia, has announced it has signed one of the most popular content creators in the Arab speaking world, Noor Stars, as its new content creator.

As the latest addition to Galaxy Racer’s constantly growing content creator team, Noor Stars will be representing the organisation across her many channels and creating a variety of exciting and compelling content – which includes everything from music, videos and films to comics and product launches – for her millions of fans around the world.

Galaxy Racer launched in 2019 and has already become one of the biggest esports, gaming, and lifestyle organisations globally. The organisation prides itself on having five separate business offerings; Esports Teams, Content Creators, Tournament Management, Merchandising and Lifestyle and GXR Records, a newly established record label that already carries two signed artists from the MENA region and are looking to expand globally.

Galaxy Racer’s content creator team has enjoyed startling success in just two years, and Noor Stars will join a roster that features some of the biggest content creators in the MENA and Southeast Asia regions, including Abo Flah, the biggest and fastest-growing gaming channel in the Arabic speaking world. The organisation now carries over 100 content creators, with a total reach of over 370 million followers across all platforms and more than two billion views.

The first person in the region to reach 10 million subscribers on a social platform and one of the most popular content creators in the Arab speaking world, Noor Stars began her career on YouTube in 2015. Paving the path for female content creators in the region, Noor Stars had to overcome serious challenges early in her career for simply being an Arab woman on YouTube. Her success on the platform, with passionate fans and a devoted family behind her, has seen Noor Stars become an inspiration to aspiring female content creators in the region, and globally.

Galaxy Racer’s Content Creator and YouTube sensation, Noor Stars commented: “I am excited to be joining Galaxy Racer as their newest content creator! I am always looking to grow as a person and felt I wanted to expand into different verticals and create many more exciting content for my audience such as movies, films and product launches. I am confident at Galaxy Racer I will be able to create and provide fresh and engaging content to my followers. I hope my journey inspires more female content creators to build confidence in themselves and believe that if you truly enjoy doing something, that is a good enough reason to keep going. Never take no for an answer – the most important story to tell is yourself!”

Paul Roy, CEO and Founder of Galaxy Racer, commented: “We are thrilled to announce that Noor Stars will be joining Galaxy Racer as one of our content creators! With an impressive social media following and inspiring the next generation positively, we are excited with the content she will be creating. We have already signed some of the biggest content creators in the region and I believe that Noor Stars will be a great addition to our ever-growing list of content creators. Welcome to our galaxy, Noor Stars!”

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Cheers! Veloce launches official beer with partner 1936

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Gaming watch along event at prime Kings Road, London pub celebrates new launch

Veloce has revealed another exciting brand collaboration, this time with Swiss beer company 1936. The London-based pairing are set to launch Veloce’s very own branded beer that will be available at prestigious events around the world, for team members at the Veloce HQ in Fulham, London and across the UK for fans via The Drop Store.

1936 is the latest lifestyle brand to partner with Veloce’s sports and media entertainment platform, joining the likes of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Esports Team, Codemasters, Bang & Olufsen, Regatta Professional and TW Steel that were announced earlier in the year.

The newly-revealed beverage will also be stocked on board Extreme E’s floating paddock, the St. Helena ship, providing the crew and championship personnel with refreshing beer at selected X Prix around the globe.

1936 lager has already established itself as a firm favourite at some of the country’s most prestigious venues including The Ivy London, Burger and Lobster, The Hut in The Isle of Wight and Beast Restaurant London among others.

To mark the occasion, Veloce hosted an F1 Esports watch along at The Cadogan Arms pub in Chelsea where the world’s largest virtual motorsport competition was streamed throughout the venue.

At the event, attendees tried out the F1 2021 video game on a state-of-the-art Motion Simulation set-up as well as meeting fan-favourite influencers from Veloce’s pool of online talent.

Rupert Svendsen-Cook, CEO, Veloce Esports added: “It’s funny how this partnership has come about after discovering the beer via 1936 supplying our Veloce HQ’s draft beer during lockdown! We couldn’t be prouder to be launching a Veloce beer in collaboration with our good friends at 1936. We’re also delighted that Extreme E will be welcoming our beer on board the St. Helena!”

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GGPoker’s $7.25M-Guaranteed GGSOP To Launch October 23

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Ultra-affordable tournament series will include feature events with buy-ins from $2.50

GGPoker today announces that the next iteration of its ever-popular GGSOP online tournament series will run from October 23 through November 7, with certain Day 1 flights already underway.

GGSOP guarantees at least $7.25M in cash prizes across 54 events, with buy-ins ranging from $2.50 to $150. The GGSOP schedule closely mirrors that of the recently-hosted WSOP Online 2021, with buy-ins set at a fraction of those of that enormously popular series.

GGSOP headline events include:

  • $5 The Return NLH – $5 buy-in – October 23 [Final Day] – $100K guarantee

  • FLIP Ladies Championship – $25 buy-in – October 24 – $100K guarantee

  • $50 GGSOP MILLION$, $1M GTD – $50 buy-in – October 24, 31 & November 7 [Final Days] – Day 1s from Oct 17

  • $15 MILLIONAIRE MAKER Jr – $15 buy-in – October 30 [Final Day] – $250K guarantee (at least $50K for winner)

  • $50 GGSOP MAIN EVENT – $50 buy-in – November 6 – $200K guarantee

 

“GGSOP is a tournament series designed for every kind of poker player, with affordable buy-ins and lots of events to choose from,” said Paul Burke, Head of PR at GGPoker. “With millions in cash prizes up for grabs, we know GGPoker players will relish the chance to take down a GGSOP title!”

New GGPoker players are eligible to claim the poker room’s Welcome Bonus, earn even more rewards with the Honeymoon for Newcomers promotion and automatically join GGPoker’s Fish Buffet loyalty program, with regular cash prizes on offer.

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