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SAFER GAMBLING IS FOR EVERY WEEK OF THE YEAR SAYS BETTING AND GAMING COUNCIL, AS FIGURES SHOW RECORD SUCCESS OF SAFER GAMBLING WEEK


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SAFER GAMBLING IS FOR EVERY WEEK OF THE YEAR SAYS BETTING AND GAMING COUNCIL, AS FIGURES SHOW RECORD SUCCESS OF SAFER GAMBLING WEEK
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Data released following this year’s event – which ran from October 17 to 23 – has revealed a 21 per cent increase on 2021, when Safer Gambling Week messaging was displayed on major social media sites 25 million times.

The initiative, which ran for the fifth year, also saw tens of thousands of visits to the Safer Gambling Week website where people can access support and information about safer gambling tools.

A large number of cross-party senior MPs and peers – including gambling minister Damian Collins MP and several shadow ministers including the Shadow Gambling Minister Alex Davies Jones MP – also gave their backing to the ground-breaking campaign.

Among the well-known sporting figures to support Safer Gambling Week 2022 were former football manager Harry Redknapp and former Celtic striker John Hartson, who both recorded videos promoting safer betting.

The aim of Safer Gambling Week is to kickstart a national conversation between staff, customers and their friends and family, about safer gambling, as well as highlight the range of tools that are available to help people stay in control of their betting.

Latest figures from the Gambling Commission show the rate of problem gambling was 0.2 per cent of the adult population – down from 0.4 per cent the year previous.

BGC chief executive Michael Dugher said: “The campaign has once again raised awareness about safer gambling and showcased increasingly popular safer gambling tools – like time-outs and deposit limits – that only exist in the regulated industry.

“Importantly, we have also once again signposted all the professional help and support services, funded by the industry, that is available to those who need it, ensuring the millions of people who enjoy a regular flutter continue to do so in a safe and responsible environment.

“But the regulated industry’s commitment to safer gambling is not just for one week of the year. It is our mission for every week of the year.

“Millions of people enjoy a bet safely and responsibly, and the falling and low rates of problem gambling suggests that the work we have done at the BGC to promote safer gambling is having an impact.”

Every month 22.5million adults place a bet, and a growing number now at 20 per cent – around 4.5m – use safer gambling tools like time-outs and deposit limits.

The Safer Gambling Week campaign, organised by the Betting and Gaming Council, BACTA and the Bingo Association saw a blitz of safer gambling messages both online and in land-based venues, aiming to spark a nationwide conversation about betting responsibly.

EGR also hosted a Safer Gambling Forum which provided an opportunity for industry to share knowledge and best practice on their work on safer gambling, alongside hearing updates from safer gambling charities. The forum featured speakers from Kindred, Focal Research, GamCare, YGAM and Betknowmore.

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nanocosmos is kicking off its 25th anniversary at ICE London 2023 to present refined features for real-time streaming at booth N9-322

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The well-established and awarded provider for B2B interactive live streaming starts this year’s dedicated celebration of the company’s 25 years of innovation at ICE London.

Since nanocosmos joined ICE for the first time in 2018, the unique live video streaming platform nanoStream Cloud has raised the bar for live games and live bets being available anywhere at any given time on any device. Right from the beginning, the global gaming industry responded with fantastic feedback in regard to the ultra-low latency live streaming platform that delivers interactive content anywhere in the world on any device – even on mobile platforms, including iOS. The solution has matured and grown into a full featured end-to-end platform with a global network with hundreds of hosts for 24/7/365 operations. This includes unique live video streaming technology and additional tools for analytics and security. Clients from the iGaming and betting space particularly value the fact that the solution combines 100% stability with global access and allows platform operators to deliver interactive games with maximum quality of service and quality of experience for business applications around the world.

CEO and founder Oliver Lietz says: “In the midst of a rapidly changing industry, we noticed that next to the strong demand for games and betting to be available on any device anywhere in the world at ultra-low latency, it is incredibly important for our clients that they can rely on the stability of our platform. 25 years in the audio/video industry is a lot considering how we started in the video broadcast industry with software innovations from the ground off. I am proud that we can dedicate this year to celebrate sustainable innovation and partnerships, which have been our core values from the beginning.”

At booth N9-322, the nanocosmos team will showcase their product – nanoStream Cloud – with new features that highlight ease of use and refine the focus on Quality of Service and Quality of Experience.

 

New technical features to boost iGaming, betting and live casino include expanded global footprint, security, ease of use and the SRT launch

The smart spectrum of nanoStream Cloud delivers games in real-time, provides adaptive, data driven streaming for improved Quality of Service and Quality of Experience and relies on a strong Content Delivery Network, which has been significantly expanded over the last 12 months and which now further improves scalability to South America.

A series of new features make it easier and faster for stream administrators to manage and secure their streams: nanocosmos will launch nanoStream Guardian at ICE, which extends nanoStream Cloud’s security features to protect streams from misuse. Based on IP and referrer blocking, users can create blocklists for their organization and easily control which pages and users are allowed to play their streamed games.

In addition, new API routes are now available within Analytics: This allows customers to better observe their streams and to optimize the performance of their delivered content. Clients can now detect issues early during the ingestion of content, e.g., by receiving information about data not coming through or dropping bitrates. By contributing to a “healthy streaming workflow” right from the beginning, clients can optimize the quality of experience for their customers based on adaptive bitrate streaming on any device and network. Another highlight is the official launch of the SRT and Whip streaming protocols for improving live stream quality in bad network situations and from distant locations.

At ICE booth N9-322, the nanocosmos team plans to run special events and activities to celebrate 25 years of innovation.

 

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MGA Games presents Circus Mystery, the first slot game on the market featuring mini-games with hidden objects

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Jokers, cannons, and top hats welcome players to Circus Mystery, the new casino slot game from MGA Games. A game that invites you to explore the mystery behind its circus reels.

With great themed music, the slot game’s protagonist acts as the master of ceremonies and leads the players to the big circus stage. With its 5-reels, in the main game, artists, acrobats, and clowns present the most wonderful show in the world.

In addition, the slot game incorporates an outstanding innovation with its ‘hidden objects’ mini-games, which makes it the first slot game on the market with this new option. When a player gets 3 or more bonus symbols in the main game, they can access the Circus Mystery mini-games. There are 3 in total, the circus tent, the office full of mysterious objects, and the secret room of chests. Players are encouraged to play the different mini-games and find a hidden key. In two of them, players must locate the hidden objects, either manually or by allowing the game to do so automatically by clicking on the ‘play’ button.

Circus Mystery is a technologically perfect product, designed with MGA Games’ Triple View technology, that allows you to play from any device without waiting, thanks to sequential loading. MGA Games remain true to its philosophy of continually improving and offering better effects, graphics, and animations, as seen in this slot game. The moving birds, balloons, spotlights on the reels, and confetti celebrations all deliver the authentic magic of the circus.

Circus Mystery is a low-volatility game with 25 prize lines available in multiple languages. It will be available to international operators as of January 30th, 2023.

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Red Tiger’s Blood Suckers™ Megaways™ Allows Players to Hunt Down Creatures of the Night in Epic Revamp

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Red Tiger has launched Blood Suckers™ Megaways™, a chilling revamp of the renowned NetEnt classic enhanced by the industry-changing MegawaysTM mechanics. This macabre game, where players are advised to hang tight onto their wooden stakes as they slay the vampires, comes in addition to great Red Tiger remakes of further successful heritage NetEnt titles, such as Gonzo’s Quest™ Megaways™ and Piggy Riches™ Megaways™.

Creatures of the dark manifest onto the blood-soaked reels as the game’s noir ambience tests the player’s nerves. Sliding the top of the randomly appearing coffins aside, players must drive a wooden stake through the sleeping vampire’s hearts for valuable rewards.

Random and Super Wilds will either summon symbols to complement Megaways™ matches or evoke random Ways Multipliers onto the reels, respectively. If at least 3 Scatters club together on the reels, they will take the player to Free Spins—the more Scatters, the more coffins the lucky players can open at the beginning of the Bonus Round. Unveiling the rewards in the coffins by killing the undead monsters, players can enter the moldy mausoleum for Free Spins, where they may be empowered by random Wilds, Super Wilds, Bonus Spins, and Wins Multipliers for potentially greater wins.

Gionata La Torre, Chief Executive Officer Europe at Evolution, said: “The sinister creatures of the classic NetEnt title make a second appearance in this epic revamp, spiced up with exciting new features. The team has done a fantastic job bringing together the best signature elements from our versatile brand portfolio to create a game that will thrill and entertain new and returning players alike. Better keep the garlic and holy water close – it’s time to go vampire hunting in Blood Suckers™ Megaways™!”

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