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New research shows a quarter of all students who gamble may be experiencing harm



New research shows a quarter of all students who gamble may be experiencing harm
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One in four students who gamble may be experiencing harm and one in two say that gambling has affected their university experience, new research has found.

The survey of 2,000 students across the UK revealed that 71% had gambled in the last 12 months. Amongst those students who had gambled in the previous year, 28% were found to be at ‘moderate risk’ and 24% had behaviour categorised as ‘problem gambling’.

The independent research carried out by Censuswide is a follow up to last year’s survey commissioned by education charity Ygam and GAMSTOP, the national online self-exclusion service.

This year the survey included the Short-form PGSI – a widely used measure of ‘problem gambling’ in the UK population – which enabled the researchers to understand the level of risk experienced by students in the sample.

Half of all respondents reported that gambling had impacted their university experience, with 13% having trouble paying for food, 10% missing lectures and tutorials, 10% saying gambling affected their assignments and grades, and 9% struggling to pay bills or for accommodation. Despite this, 45% of those who gamble were unaware of the support available to them from their universities.

Almost one in two students who gamble (48%) say they gamble to make money, but only 11% report winning money in an average week. One in three say they spend £11-£20 per week on gambling; nearly one in four (23%) spend £21-£50; and 13% spend £51-£100. 4.5%, say they gamble because they are unable to stop.

Along with savings and their own earnings, some students are borrowing money to fund their gambling, with 8% borrowing from family and friends and 6% using payday loans.

More than 40% of students have bought cryptocurrency in the last year, which is much higher than the figure for the overall population. This is perhaps not surprising given the age profile of the student population, but in a year when cryptocurrency prices plunged this may have impacted the overall financial wellbeing of this group.

The full report has been published today and includes the results of questions asked both to respondents who had gambled in the last 12 months as well as those who had not. The questions to the latter group were rephrased to further understand their view on gambling behaviour and attitudes amongst their friends.

The report makes three key recommendations:

  • Invest in universal prevention education in schools to help prepare young people to be resilient to the risks related to gambling before their transition to university.
  • Gambling harms to be considered as part of every university’s health and wellbeing strategy.
  • Further research to be conducted to better understand the experiences of students who gamble and how harms can be better prevented.

Dr Jane Rigbye, Chief Executive Officer at Ygam said:

“These findings give us insight into the attitudes and behaviours of students towards gambling. Building on the data published last year, we can now see that not only are a large percentage of the student population gambling on a regular basis, many of them are doing so in a way that may cause them to experience harm.  

“The data further emphasises the importance of educating our young people on the risks associated with gambling. We’re working with our partners to tour university campuses across the UK to speak to students, deliver specialist training to university staff and to raise awareness. It is crucial that universities engage and take this issue seriously. We aim to work closely with many more universities to ensure they can help prevent the harms and support their students when they need it.” 

Bray Ash, 29, who spent many years battling a gambling addiction as a student and is now studying to become a Mental Health nurse, said:

“For many, the research commissioned by GAMSTOP & Ygam will come as a surprise. However, for me it’s a reminder of the seriousness and proximity to gambling addiction that students face on a daily basis. During my time at university, I dealt with a severe gambling addiction that saw me confined to my room for days at a time. I spent my time in my room, alone and isolated, gambling day and night. I only left my room to buy food and on the odd occasion, I would see a friend.  

“Propped up by the money from my student loan, I was able to fall into a gambling addiction that spiralled out of control until one day I managed to work up the courage to talk to my friends and family about it and get myself into rehab. At the time when I was first going through university, resources like GAMSTOP weren’t around. Now that they are and they are helping thousands of students, it’s always one of my first recommendations to anyone who feels that they might be experiencing gambling harms.” 

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ComeOn Group launches new bespoke live casino studio under the name Nordic Ruby Lounge



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Leading iGaming operator ComeOn Group announced the launch of Nordic Ruby Lounge, a new bespoke Live Casino environment from their Ruby Lounge portfolio. The live casino studio offers a local touch for a native customer entertainment experience and will be available to the Group’s core markets. Nordic Ruby Lounge taps into customisation and personalisation by offering a Scandinavian style live casino environment with native live dealers for a top of the line local customer experience.

Cristiano Blanco, Chief Product Officer at ComeOn Group, said: “We are extremely happy to see Nordic Ruby Lounge take things to the next level with our live casino offer. Our Nordic players can now enjoy a bespoke environment locally tailored around their preferences, with native dealers for that extra cherry on top. It’s been about great teamwork throughout all involved departments, which has landed us in a great quality product with a truly impressive design and functionality. For us, the launch of Nordic Ruby Lounge is a great milestone and with that said we are looking forward to seeing Nordic Ruby Lounge succeed and take things up a notch.”

Nordic Ruby Lounge is a part of the Group’s Ruby Lounge portfolio, which was launched early 2022 with a strong premium brand identity statement for an exclusive and safe entertainment experience. Ruby Lounge is a live casino studio with a “brands within brands” approach that offers live Blackjack and Roulette tables served by ComeOn’s team of dedicated live dealers.

The customised and personalised touch makes Nordic Ruby Lounge a one of a kind live casino product, setting the standards high against main competitors in the industry. Live casino is a strategic focus for ComeOn Group, making the launch of Nordic Ruby Lounge a great milestone in their growth track.

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Sky Bet fuels football fever with first-ever 3D creative at Wembley Boxpark



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Sky Bet welcomed fans arriving to the English Football League (EFL) Play-Off finals at Wembley Stadium with a reactive, dynamic 3D creative spread across Wembley Boxpark – becoming the first brand to bring 3D advertising to the site.

The creative reflected the match day result in real time, changing to depict the winning teams’ logo and colours as soon as the final whistle blew to provide a bespoke backdrop to the celebrations of the fans pouring out of the stadium.

Culminating at Wembley Stadium, the Sky Bet Out of Home campaign followed fans throughout their journey to the final, creating an extensive and impactful matchday experience.
Starting from the teams’ hometowns, the creatives saw the fans off and welcomed them as they arrived at key train and underground stations in London. Fans driving to Wembley could also spot roadside adverts along their routes and at service stations, where club coach trips were likely to stop.
Also, the winning team’s supporters enjoyed celebratory creatives that appeared in their hometown post-match.

The hero site at Wembley Boxpark, which thousands of fans pass before and after games, is at the heart of the activity, living and breathing the match day experience.

The creative reflected pre-game excitement, enabling supporters of both teams to tap into the matchday spirit once the match finished, to enhance the euphoria and give fans a great send-off.
The campaign celebrates ten years of Sky Bet’s EFL sponsorship and is its first 3D activation. The high-impact media plan was booked by EssenceMediacom, Sky Bet’s new media agency. EssenceMediacom played a key role in bringing the campaign to the fans, using its expertise to identify and secure the best sites to target along the fan journey, and working closely with the production team to help ensure testing of the creatives and organising content capture.

Leigh Peacock-Goodwin, Head of Brand and Sponsorship at Sky Bet, said about the campaign: “This high-impact creative is an exciting milestone in our ten-year sponsorship of the EFL. We’re proud to be the first to bring a 3D OOH experience to Boxpark and add a finishing touch to, what is already, an incredible matchday experience for football fans. By offering this reactive real-time creative, we’re able to share those moments that really matter to our audiences, and position ourselves as a brand that understands what football is all about.”

Hannah Cooper, OOH Director, EssenceMediacom, commented: “Getting Sky Bet to the heart of the action was integral to the media plan, and Boxpark is the perfect spot to unveil the eye-catching 3D creative which brings the whole OOH campaign together. As the first brand to leverage the possibilities of 3D at this site, Sky Bet is re-inventing what the visual match day experience looks like, and we are excited to help drive these breakthroughs for our clients.”

Mike Smith, CEO at OPEN Media, said: “In what’s been a campaign of firsts, we are delighted to have worked in partnership with Sky Bet to celebrate the milestone 10 year partnership between Sky Bet and the EFL. As OPEN Media’s first ever 3D Perspective campaign to be activated on our Wembley Boxpark site, the campaign further exemplifies our shared commitment to delivering media innovation, while strengthening our association with prominent sporting events and cultural moments”

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Divine treasures await in OneTouch’s God Hand Feature Buy



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Leading mobile games studio invites players on a mythological mayhem adventure offering massive wins

Mobile-first games developer OneTouch has released God Hand Feature Buy, a reboot of one of its hottest titles, offering players a chance to pay tribute to the Athenian deities.

In the feature-filled game with no reels or paylines, various coloured orbs are revealed from the rubble of smashed boulders hurled from above by the gods which can award wins up to 100x. With a strike of Zeus’ lightning, the chances of revealing the high paying symbols becomes even greater.

Inspired by Greek mythology, this one-of-a-kind slot game also offers players the chance to be awarded 10 free spins and the opportunity to win up to 15,000x the bet by revealing a golden orb. Massive wins can be achieved in the Bonus Game when the Last Judge Feature is summoned in the players final spin.

The Primitive Men’s Action feature sees mortals on the ground flocking to unbroken boulders, and the longer they swarm, the higher the win potential.

The strike of further fortune is on the horizon when players return to Mount Olympus in the Feature Buy for 262x the bet, instantly triggering the Gold Rush game, whilst a titanic 901x the bet will launch the feature game with an 80% chance of a retrigger.

Loaded with mythological mayhem elements, God Hand Feature Buy offers an exciting journey with massive win potential for all player demographics.

Madis Raus, Head of OneTouch, said: “With God Hand Feature Buy we introduce an enhanced version of one of our all-time favourite titles, offering players the gameplay they know and love but with even more exciting features, a buy option, and higher win potential as they join the Greek gods in this thrilling adventure.”

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