The 2023 edition of the annual European Safer Gambling Week saw a record 8 million safer gambling messages shared on social media platforms across 20 European countries.
The annual European Safer Gambling Week, which took place from 13-19 November, brought together a record number of participants, and led to record levels of safer gambling promotion across many European countries, according to an analysis by the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA).
Various stakeholders from across Europe supported this year’s initiative to raise awareness about safer gambling and provide practical advice to players and the wider public. This third edition saw a series of engaging events across Europe, alongside a dedicated social media campaign, which covered major platforms and saw unprecedented levels of participation and engagement.
More than 160 different partners actively participated, including many operators, trade associations, harm-prevention organisations and national gambling authorities, signifying a notable increase in participation compared to the previous year. The campaign spanned 20 different countries, more than ever before, and delivered a record 8 million safer gambling messages to social media audiences, marking a massive 430% increase from 2022. These messages helped to signpost practical resources, such as safety tools and tips, to players and the wider public, and were translated into over 20 national languages to improve their accessibility.
The initiative also saw the successful coordination of 18 local safer gambling-themed events throughout Europe. These events provide a valuable platform for meaningful discussions and insights into the latest safer gambling practices, regulation, and research. Speakers included industry experts, academics, harm-prevention organisations, experts by experience and representatives from various national gambling authorities.
“We’re pleased to report that this year’s European Safer Gambling Week was a resounding success, setting new records for participation and engagement across Europe. From Spain to Latvia, organisations came together throughout the week with the common purpose of raising awareness about safer gambling. We’re encouraged by the increased participation and support from a range of stakeholders this year and we believe this reflects a growing recognition of the importance of safer gambling across Europe. At EGBA, we’re committed to promoting a strong culture of safer gambling, and the discussions we had during the week will help set our agenda for the next year. We’re looking forward to building on this momentum in 2024,” Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of EGBA, said.
Betsson Acquires Gaming Operator and Game Developer in the Netherlands
Betsson announced that the Group has acquired Holland Gaming Technology Ltd, a gaming operator with a license in the Netherlands, and Holland Power Gaming B.V., a game studio that develops casino games for Holland Gaming Technology Ltd. The total consideration amounts to EUR 27.5 million on a cash- and debt-free basis and is financed with own liquid assets.
Holland Gaming Technology Ltd is a gaming operator, which holds a gaming license for casino games in the Netherlands and offers games through the websites www.goldruncasino.nl and www.goldruncasino .com.
Holland Power Gaming B.V. is a game development company in the Netherlands that supplies casino games exclusively for Holland Gaming Technology Ltd.
The total consideration amounts to EUR 27.5 million, out of which EUR 16 million is paid upfront at closing, and deferred payments of EUR 9 million and EUR 2.5 million will be paid in six months and twelve months respectively.
The acquisition will over time contribute to a higher share of revenue from locally regulated markets and is in line with Betsson’s strategic ambition to deliver profitable growth through geographic expansion.
The acquisition is subject to post-closing approval by the Dutch gambling regulator KSA.
IGT Earns Gold Medal from Leading Sustainability Rating Agency EcoVadis
International Game Technology PLC announced that it has earned a gold medal sustainability rating from EcoVadis, a leading provider of business sustainability ratings. This gold medal rating positions IGT among the top five percent of global companies assessed by EcoVadis for its comprehensive sustainable business practices. IGT scored particularly well in the areas of environment, ethics and sustainable procurement.
IGT’s sustainability programme was assessed under the EcoVadis criteria using 21 benchmarks within the categories of environment, labour and human rights, ethics and sustainable procurement. EcoVadis methodically evaluates environmental, social and ethical performance using these international sustainability standards for more than 85,000 companies worldwide.
“Receiving a gold medal from EcoVadis validates IGT’s long-time commitment to continuously improving our ESG results and the effectiveness of our Sustainable Play initiatives. IGT will leverage the gold medal honor from EcoVadis as inspiration for enhanced sustainability innovation and performance, as we help contribute to a more sustainable future for our business and stakeholders,” said Wendy Montgomery, IGT SVP Marketing, Communications and Sustainability.
EcoVadis’ business sustainability ratings are based on international sustainability standards such as the Ten Principles of the UN Global Company, the International Labour Organisation conventions, the Global Reporting Initiative standards and the ISO 26000 standard. The ratings provide an evidenced-based analysis on performance and an actional roadmap for continuous improvement.
Kindred Continues Support for Women in Tech Sweden
Kindred has for the eighth time in a row signed up as Co-Creating Partner to Women in Tech Sweden and will take part in the conference on 17 April in Stockholm. Women in Tech Sweden is a non-profit organisation, supported by some of Sweden’s largest and most influential businesses who share the organisation’s mission to inspire more women to choose and stay in tech. This year’s theme Connect, Create, Innovate is truly supported by Kindred’s values.
“The mission of Women in Tech is to inspire women to choose a career in technology – and to keep those already in the industry which is as equal important. Being a part of this event and supporting this mission is very important for us at Kindred Group. There is a reason why we keep on supporting Women in Tech Sweden – the networking, the conversations and the face-to-face meetings are invaluable and something we at Kindred truly enjoy,” said Prachi Arya, Talent Acquisition Tech Development and Women in Tech-general at Kindred Group.
“It is so important that we do this together, that we long-term prioritize building teams with a higher diversity of perspectives. Because we know that it helps us develop better and smarter services and products. That’s why we are so pleased that Kindred is once again with us as a loyal partner on the journey towards a more inclusive industry,” said Åsa Johansen, Director of Women in Tech.
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