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Four in 10 frequent gamblers bet more now than before the Covid-19 pandemic

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For Safer Gambling Awareness Week, 1 – 7 November, NerdWallet research finds:

  • 38% of Brits who gamble at least once a month gamble more now than pre-pandemic
  • 63% of Brits who gamble every day are now gambling more than pre-pandemic, the highest of any category
  • 43% of British gamblers wish they could reduce the amount they gamble, but 42% of people don’t know how to do so
  • 42% think that marketing from gambling companies should be banned

New research from independent price comparison website NerdWallet, has discovered that 38% of frequent gamblers – classed here as gambling at least once a month – are gambling more than they did prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.

And the more frequently respondents gambled, the more likely they were to have seen their gambling habits increase – 63% of those Brits who gamble every day said they are gambling more than they did pre-Covid.

The easing of lockdown hasn’t necessarily caused gambling to revert to its pre-pandemic levels, either. Nearly 62% said their gambling had remained the same since lockdown ended, while almost 12% saw their gambling increase once restrictions were lifted.

At the same time, 43% of all survey respondents said they wanted to reduce the amount they gamble – rising to 57% for those who gamble every day. However, 42% of Brits didn’t know how they could do so.

“With a lack of distraction over the tough months of lockdown, it appears that people have found it much harder to manage their gambling. And the habits developed during the last 18 or so months have been difficult to unwind even as the UK opens up,” said Connor Campbell, a personal finance expert at NerdWallet.

“It speaks to the ongoing importance of Safer Gambling Awareness Week that so many wish to reduce their gambling, but either don’t know how to use the tools out there to help them, or are completely unaware of them. This is especially true at a time when households will be feeling financial pressures from all directions, be it climbing energy costs, rising food prices, or the impending increase in national insurance.”

The desire for greater awareness and support around the issue is echoed by the survey’s respondents, 63% of whom felt more could be done to help promote safer gambling and its related tools, such as self-exclusion and gambling site blockers.

It may also be on gambling companies themselves to do more to combat the issue. As gambling ads become harder to avoid, especially if you are a fan of live sport, 53% of Brits felt gambling companies were too aggressive in their marketing. Almost half (47%) of those polled claimed such promotions made it harder for them to manage their gambling and keep it under control.

This led to 42% of British gamblers saying that they believed marketing from gambling companies, including advertising, sponsorships, and celebrity endorsements, should be banned outright.

NerdWallet has information on managing gambling debt here.

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Week 40/2022 slot games releases

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Here are this weeks latest slots releases compiled by European Gaming!

Imperial Esports teamed up with Sportsbet.io and Gamdom, among others, to take a big step that brought about the most iconic Brazilian CS:GO players. Imperial: Operation Rio is a high-volatility slots game inspired by CS:GO and customised with arts and designs made especially for the team, with a maximum pay of 15000 times the total bet.

Caleta Gaming Partners with Imperial Sportsbet.io to Release the Slot “Imperial: Operation Rio”

 

Yggdrasil and ReelPlay have partnered to release Bad Dingo’s icy new adventure Arctic Sorcerer, a title featuring frosty big wins and the popular GigaBlox™ mechanic. The latest YG Masters creation sees the title’s main protagonist, the Arctic Sorcerer, attempting to release his mystical animal companions and treasures from the ice for big wins.

Yggdrasil and Bad Dingo break the ice with GigaBlox™ hit Arctic Sorcerer

 

Endorphina has released its newest slot, The Emirate 2. This new slot grants players with a magnificent lifestyle full of choices, custom yachts, cars and all the riches of anyone’s dreams. Players will find the Dubai skyline and Arab highlights among the symbols on the reels, such as the Burj Khalifa and the Emirates towers.

Endorphina Releases its Newest Slot, Emirate 2

 

New from Blue Guru Games, and hitting the Oryx platform tomorrow, comes Reel Big Fish. Nobody tells tall tales like a fisherman, and Blue Guru Games’ inventive new slot pays tribute to those mendacious men of the sea. This is a game that challenges players to go in search of big wins and to spin fishy yarns to anyone who’ll listen about the even bigger ones that got away.

Reel Big Fish has all the hallmarks of a classic, but you should have seen the one that got away

 

New from 1X2gaming comes Blood Rage, a dark and spooky vampire-themed slot that drops just in time for Halloween. This is a medium-high volatility, 5×3 slot with 243 ways to win. It’s also packed with tricks and treats. Vampires, witches, werewolves and bats populate the reels, along with Vampire Heart Wild symbols, and Dark Portal Scatters.

THIS HALLOWEEN, GORGE ON ‘BLOOD RAGE’ FROM 1X2GAMING

 

Relax Gaming, is offering players a taste of the high life in what is undoubtedly the most luxurious jackpot slot of the year, Dream Drop Diamonds. This grandiose 5×5 slot can see players win a maximum of 10,640x their stake by collecting hordes of priceless diamonds and a lucrative free spins bonus as well as the legendary Dream Drop Jackpot.

Relax Gaming unveils the most opulent release of the year Dream Drop Diamonds

 

Lightning Box, has added Crystal Vault to its portfolio, a slot that unlocks additional reel screens through play. This 5×3 reel game has symbols depicting intrepid adventurers, biplanes and ferocious beasts that must form matching combinations across the title’s 25 paylines to award a win.

Lightning Box unlocks a treasure trove in Crystal Vault

 

R. Franco Digital is taking players on an aquatic adventure with Treasure Keeper, a new online slot that sees players explore the ocean floor for big wins. Treasure Keeper’s five reels, three rows and 243 lines see players follow the mermaid Wild symbol as she moves through all the reels to obtain a multitude of prizes in a single spin.

R. Franco Digital ventures to the ocean depths with Treasure Keeper

 

Take a ‘holy dive’ into the latest edition of Play’n GO’s iconic music series with historic American rock band Dio. Players will join Dio’s legendary lead vocalist Ronnie James Dio and use the magic of his music to conquer deadly fire-breathing dragons, prowling wild wolves and more. While there is no question about Dio’s musical influence, one question now begs to be answered: Will Dio defeat the dragon?

Play’n GO slays with latest IP title, Dio - Killing the Dragon

 

Pragmatic Play, has expanded its popular John Hunter franchise of games with the release of John Hunter and the Book of Tut Respin™. Played across 5×3 reels, John Hunter and the Book of Tut Respin™ sees the return of synonymous symbols like King Tut, scarabs and John Hunter himself, which must form matching combinations across the game’s 10 paylines to award a win.

PRAGMATIC PLAY REVOLUTIONISES A POPULAR TITLE IN JOHN HUNTER AND THE BOOK OF TUT RESPIN™

 

Blueprint Gaming’s Limerick Lightning harnesses the power of its Lightning Spins mechanic to enhance its latest slot release. Utilising the ever-popular Irish theme, complete with charming animation and vivid colours, Limerick Lightning promises an engaging free-spins experience that offers one of four Cashpot prizes for enhanced win potential.

Blueprint Gaming strikes lucky with Limerick Lightning

 

Evoplay premium online slots provider has entered the realm of the deities to deliver a gripping experience in Blessed Flame, a mythical release that follows the never-ending conflict between fearless immortals and their powerful enemies. Stacked with Greek tradition and symbology, Blessed Flame depicts the battle between the habitants of Mount Olympus and their fabled foes, including the gigantic monsters Cthulhu, Hastur, and Nyarlathotep.

Brave the wrath of the gods in Evoplay’s Blessed Flame

 

Yggdrasil is sending brave and fearless warriors into battle beneath the depths of Earth in the second instalment of the Underworld series, Champion of the Underworld GigaBlox feat. Wild Fight™. The 6-reel, 4,096 ways to win slot is driven by Yggdrasil’s signature GEM mechanic, GigaBlox™, that sees symbols connect to create supersized icons 2×2, 3×3 and 4×4 large

Return to the depths in latest Yggdrasil release Champion of the Underworld GigaBlox™ feat. Wild Fight™

 

Stakelogic is inviting all players to join the Cash Express in the latest slot to depart its production line. The game of the same name promises a thrilling ride to the heart of a Wild West town where big win bounty awaits. Cash Express is a 5×3 reel, 25 win-line video slot that is all about chugging along the tracks of progression, and each time a Train Symbol lands in the base game the player takes a step towards unlocking the next Bonus Enhancer.

 

All aboard the Cash Express

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IESF Concludes World Esports Summit and Unites the World Esports Family

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Over 40 esports industry experts gathered in Busan to discuss the current state and future development of esports

The International Esports Federation (IESF) 2022 World Esports Summit wrapped up after two days and eight insightful panel discussions with key stakeholders in the World Esports Family and the wider esports ecosystem, including IESF President Vlad Marinescu and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Head of Virtual Sports Vincent Pereira. The 2022 edition of the WE Summit took place at the Busan Esports Arena in Busan, South Korea, as well as virtually online with support from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Busan Metropolitan City, and Busan IT Industry Promotion Agency.

This year was the seventh installment of the WE Summit, which debuted a refreshed branding and visual identity. Panelists included industry executives, global brands, government officials, and other esports leaders.

During the first day of the event, EA Sports Senior Program Manager Byungho Kang, KRAFTON Esports Lead Paul Kim, Nielsen Sports Commercial Leader Pelle Karlsso, IESF Athletes’ Committee Chairperson Tiffany Lim, Advance Learning Partnership Consultant Nesli Kolasinli and more shared their insights and determined the key esports factors of success such as unity, close collaboration, recognition, education, and strong leadership.

IESF President Vlad Marinescu said: “We had a spectacular two days of the World Esports Summit that shined a spotlight on the World Esports Family. IESF would like to thank all of our passionate panelists, moderators, and esports fans who joined us here in Busan and virtually from around the world, and everyone who helped make the summit possible. We are so proud to host this annual event to provide a platform for esports leaders and stakeholders from member federations to discuss key issues in esports and the future of responsible esports worldwide.”

To close out the final day of the WE Summit, IESF Secretary General Boban Totovski moderated a panel entitled “The Dynamic Roles of Esports Organizations,” which featured Marinescu and Pereira as well as World Esports Consortium President Daniel Cossi, Asian Electronic Sports Federation COO Steve Tae Hyung Kim and ESL FACEIT Group SVP Public Affairs David Neichel.

During the panel, when asked about the Olympic vision for the future of esports, Pereira said: “The Olympic Esports Week in 2023, which we announced last week, will be a physical event that will include competition in virtual sports, hybrid games that will engage in physical activity, but also mobile games, console games and PC games. We’ll also have exhibitions to showcase the best of esports aligned with the Olympic values and the Olympic spirit.”

In addition to eight discussion panels, the first day of the WE Summit closed with the Referee Summit, moderated by Nesli Kolasinli, where three panelists came together to learn and develop the highest standards of referee training for IESF’s 129 member federations to be used at events such as the annual World Esports Championships.

Day two of the WE Summit opened with the WE Academia Seminar. The winning research paper on this year’s Academia Competition subject, “Health Wellness and Well-being in Esports,” was presented. The submission entitled “Diversification of Esports Events for the Guarantee of Right for the Disabled” earned a grand prize of 4,000,000 KRW and a certificate from President Marinescu.

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BETSSON GROUP SHORTLISTED FOR 6 AWARDS AT EGR ITALY AWARDS 2022

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The EGR Italy Awards celebrate online gaming operators, affiliates, and service providers across the sector, shining a light on the incredible work carried out by organisations over the past 12 months. The Awards are designed to showcase the breadth and depth of the market across 20+ categories. The adjudication by a third party continues to be a part of EGR’s pledge to make the judging process the most stringent in the industry. This ensures that the judging process is completely transparent, and the winners will clearly demonstrate the innovation and commercial success required to be rewarded with this honour.

The organisers of the event, eGaming Review (EGR) have said that “the calibre of entries received this year was incredibly high.”

 

🏆 Operator of the year – StarCasinò

🏆 Casino Operator – StarCasinò

🏆 Customer services operator – Betsson Group

🏆 Employer of the Year – Betsson Group

🏆 Diversity & inclusion model – Betsson Group

🏆 Marketing campaign – StarCasinò Sport

 

The awards are taking place in Rome, Italy on 20th October

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