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UKGC Publishes Data Showing How Gambling Behaviour Reacts to Current Environmental Factors in Britain

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The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has published further data showing how gambling behaviour is reacting to current environmental factors in Great Britain.

The data, sourced from operators, reflects the period between March 2020 and December 2022, inclusive, and covers online and in-person gambling covering Licensed Betting Operators (LBOs) found on Britain’s high streets.

This release compares Quarter 3 (Q3) of the financial year 2022 to 2023, with Q3 of 2021 to 2022, looking at how the market has changed in comparative periods over a year.

The latest operator data shows:

  • online total Gross Gambling Yield (GGY) in Q3 (October to December) was £1.2 billion, a decrease of 2% from Q3 the previous year. The overall number of total bets and or spins increased 8% year-on-year, whilst the average monthly active accounts increased 13%
  • slots GGY increased 2% to £582 million between Q3 2021 to 2022 and Q3 2022 to 2023. The number of spins increased by 8%, while the average monthly active accounts increased 13% to 3.7 million per month year-on-year for the quarter
  • the number of online slots sessions lasting longer than an hour increased 11% year-on-year for Q3 to top 9 million for the first time in this dataset. The number of total sessions increased by 21% in the equivalent time period, with 6.5% of all sessions lasting in excess of one hour during Q3, the lowest percentage recorded since starting to collect data in March 2020. The average session length decreased 2 minutes to 17 minutes year-on-year
  • the number of customer interactions in Q3 decreased by 10% to 2.9 million compared to the same period last year, with the majority remaining automated in nature. The number of direct interactions undertaken by operators in this dataset has increased by 32% year-on-year
  • LBO GGY increased 5% to £560 million between Q3 2021 to 2022 and Q3 2022 to 2023, while the number of total bets and spins increased 2% to 3.4 billion.

“We continue to expect vigilance from operators as consumers are impacted in different ways by the current economic environment. Many people will feel vulnerable as they face further uncertainty about their personal or financial circumstances,” UKGC said.

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Mindspa launches free self-therapy course to combat gambling addiction during Paris 2024 Olympics

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As the 2024 Olympic Games kick off in Paris this week, Mindspa, a leading mental health app with over 1 million users worldwide, is thrilled to introduce a groundbreaking 40-lesson self-therapy course specifically designed to tackle gambling addiction.

Gambling addiction is a significant issue affecting millions of people globally. Despite its prevalence, many individuals hesitate to seek help due to the fear of judgment. The convenience of a mobile app ensures total privacy, a crucial element given the stigma surrounding the condition.

Mindspa’s therapeutic course, developed by leading psychologists, integrates principles from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Gestalt therapy, offering both theoretical lectures and practical exercises. It provides deep insights into various aspects of gambling addiction. Topics covered include understanding addiction, stages of habit formation, societal and cultural impacts, identifying triggers and resisting urges, the pleasure cycle, the role of emotions and needs in gambling, personal traits and predispositions, neural networks, cognitive biases, motivation, and behavioral strategies for building a sustainable path to recovery.

By addressing gambling addiction within the broader context of mental health, Mindspa offers a comprehensive tool to support overall emotional well-being.

Recognized by Apple as one of the top 5 mental health apps in Europe, Mindspa features a diary to track progress, hundreds of coping exercises for various feelings and emotions, a therapeutic chatbot for immediate support during stressful periods, and additional self-therapy courses on numerous other topics.

Special Significance During the Paris Olympics

The Paris Olympics represent a challenging time for those struggling with gambling addiction, filled with triggers and enticement that could lead to harmful gambling.

To support individuals during this high-risk period, Mindspa is offering this course for free throughout the duration of the games. This initiative underscores Mindspa’s commitment to helping those in need manage their addiction effectively during a time when problem gambling may surge.

“Major events like the Olympics can trigger increased gambling activity. By offering our course for free, we aim to provide accessible support to individuals at a critical time.” commented Maurizio Savino, co-founder of Mindspa.

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Spin Jackpot Capital Casino’s Paradise Carnival Treasure Wheel with Glamma

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Go on a unique carnival journey In Samba Jackpots, should players land a Samba dancer in green stacks on any reel, the Wild Reels feature comes to life. Watch her go Wild before holding her place on the reel while the others Re-Spin, giving you more shots at a payout. Land three or more Gold Coins anywhere to trigger the Quick Hit Jackpot feature, where you can win one of 10 corresponding prizes.

Mermaid Royale offers a 3×1 Bonus Row, which boosts your potential for prizes, as special symbols trigger Expanding Wilds, Free Games, Re-Spins, and Oversized symbols. Three different Scatters give you a wealth of ways to reel in Re-Spins and Free Games.

“The summer is the perfect time to visit Paradise Carnival. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to experience the magic of Carnival in paradise and potentially walk away with some incredible prizes at Jackpot Capital Casino. Join me for all the fun and spin the Bonus Treasure Wheel to get your prizes.” – Glamma commented excitedly.

At Jackpot Capital Casino, players can enjoy a wide selection of slots and table games, with many titles also available on the mobile casino for smartphones and tablets.

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Rollbit partners with Grace Media for UK launch

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Grace Media has helped launch innovative online casino brand Rollbit into the UK for the first time, under a white-label agreement.

Entering the UK market is a landmark for Rollbit, which has rapidly grown over the last few years by disrupting the casino space with product innovation and bold branding.

A spokesperson at Rollbit, said: “When we decided we wanted to bring the thrill of Rollbit to players in the United Kingdom, we needed a trusted, solutions-driven partner to work alongside. Grace Media has been next to us every step of the way, providing us with the tailored support required to turn this dream into a reality.”

Charlie Noble, COO at Grace Media, said“We are absolutely delighted to be the UK gaming partner of Rollbit. Their ambition and mindset aligns perfectly with our belief in delivering a safe place for the user to experience an entertaining product. This partnership perfectly illustrates the strength and versatility of our solutions, and we’ll be working closely with Rollbit to ensure future success in the UK.”

Ahead of its UK launch, Rollbit announced that it will be the official front-of-shirt partner of Premier League team Southampton FC for the 2024/25 season.

Grace Media continues to support a wide portfolio of operators across white labelling, customer support, CRM, fraud, payments and more.

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