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Gambling Business Group urges DCMS to act on gaming regulation

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April 26, 2018 London – Peter Hannibal, Chief Executive of the cross sector strategic body, the Gambling Business Group, has called on the government to create a new organisation dedicated to the regulation of time loot boxes and skins, the in- video game cosmetics which change the appearance of weapons or characters. Frequently utilised as virtual currency for betting, skins are then cashed-in for real money via online trading platforms. A 2017 study by the UK Gambling Commission found that 11% of 11-16 year olds in the UK had placed bets with skins, a statistic that suggests around 500,000 children under the age of 15 could be using skins for gambling.

Hannibal’s request follows the publication of the report Daily Fantasy Sports & In-Game Gambling; Skins and Loot Boxes 2018-2022, by Juniper Research, which predicts that total spend will reach $50 billion by 2022, up from under $30 billion this year, growth of some 60 percent.

Research author Lauren Foye explained: “Skins are acquired both through playing video games and from opening purchased loot boxes. These items have value depending on rarity and popularity within game communities. On PCs, skins are traded for real money via Steam’s ‘Marketplace’; the platform has 125 million registered users globally.

According to the report issues arise where third-party websites facilitate wagering of skins on eSports matches and casino-style games in the process creating an unregulated gambling market, a development which it argues, should be of great concern to regulators.

Peter Hannibal explained: “The video gaming or eSports world is a good example of where addiction is on the increase, particularly with the young. The UK Gambling Commission has been struggling to reach a firm position on issues with gaming in a society where there is a natural propensity to conflate the two things. I would question whether it’s really for the Gambling Commission to regulate a completely separate sector.
“Instead the DCMS should ensure that gaming has its own industry regulator and the Gambling Commission should liaise with them as they do with other associated regulatory bodies. It’s not for the gambling sector to fix the problems surrounding addiction, fairness and transparency that are being created by another separate industry over which we have no control.

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Betway to celebrate New Year’s Day at Musselburgh

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Leading online bookmaker becomes race day sponsor at top Scottish racecourse

 

Leading online bookmaker Betway has been announced as the sponsor of Musselburgh Racecourse’s prestigious New Year’s Day race day.

The key fixture in the East Lothian track’s jumps season attracts a crowd of 5,000 racegoers and two races, both to be sponsored by Betway, will be broadcast live as part of ITV’s festive racing package which is anchored from Cheltenham.

The bookmaker will sponsor the feature races on the day, each valued at £30,000, the Betway Auld Reekie Steeple Chase and Betway Hogmaneigh Hurdle, as well as the remainder of the card.

It will also have naming and branding rights to the January 1 meeting and branding opportunities at two other Musselburgh fixtures on January 7 and 18.

Betway’s Alan Alger said: “With racing sponsorships already in place across England and in Ireland, we’re delighted to now be expanding into Scotland.

“Musselburgh has a deep and rich history of racing and we’re very pleased to be a part of its future, starting with a cracking day’s racing on New Year’s Day. With £30,000 up for grabs in both the Betway Auld Reekie Chase and the Betway Hogmaneigh Hurdle, and the ITV Racing cameras in attendance, hopefully we’ll see some hotly-contested renewals.”

Musselburgh Racecourse’s senior operations and commercial manager, Sarah Montgomery, said: “Our New Year’s Day meeting grows year-on-year and is now established as an important fixture in the UK racing calendar. We are delighted to secure the support of leading industry brand Betway and look forward to establishing a long-term mutually beneficial relationship.

“We have made significant investment in recent years to improve the raceday experience by introducing luxury marquees, top class entertainment and high quality locally sourced food and drinks suppliers, which all contributes to making New Year at Musselburgh an unforgettable way to welcome in the year.

“This exciting new partnership with Betway means we can crack on with our plans to strengthen the New Year’s Day meeting by improving the quality of racing on the track and enhancing the quality of off-track facilities and entertainment.”

 

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Innovative Technology Americas recruits new Office Manager

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Innovative Technology Americas, Inc. is pleased to welcome Beth Clark, Office Manager, to their Wisconsin office.  Beth joins Innovative Technology’s US operations at a crucial time of growth and is an integral part of ensuring excellent customer service provision to its extensive US customer base.

Rebecca White, VP of Sales & Business Development commented, “I am delighted to welcome Beth to the US team. Beth has been with us for a few months now and she has made a real difference to the running of the office. Beth has a long work history of office management in the manufacturing and distribution industries making her an ideal fit for the role. The role is varied with responsibility for customer service, order processing, data entry, accounts and sales assistance and Beth has made improvements in all areas already.”

Commenting on her new position Beth said, “I joined the company back in June and I am settling in well, enjoying the job and getting to know the broad range of cash validation products we offer. I am applying my extensive office management and purchasing skills to the role and I have already put in place new procedures to fulfil customer orders as efficiently as possible. I am excited about the opportunity and growth potential here at Innovative Technology Americas and look forward to working with the rest of the US team and my international colleagues as we to expand our reach in the region.”

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GameOn, A First-Of-Its-Kind, Free, Zero-Risk Sports Betting App With Real Cash Prizes, Available For Download Today

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GameOn’s 100% FREE App Allows Sports Fans of all Levels – Casual & Hardcore – to Compete, Watch and Win Prizes of up to $1 Million During LIVE Sports

 

Available on the App Store and Google Play, GameOn App Inc. has launched GameOn – a new and free way for fans to compete, watch and win during live sports! FREE to play with real cash prizes of up to $1 Million!

To celebrate Thanksgiving and Americans love of football, GameOn will give away a $1 million prize for Perfect Picks across all three Thanksgiving NFL games. Any players who get all picks right, including the game winners and first touchdown scorers, will take home a share of the $1 Million prize!

GameOn takes the free-to-play model of trivia apps and applies it to the sports world with game predictions. Unlike fantasy and gambling, GameOn is simple and completely free. No player drafting or hard-to-understand points systems.

Just three simple steps:

Before the game
Make picks from player and team-related questions. For example, “Who will win?”, “Who will score the first touchdown?” and “Who will hit the most three-pointers?”

During the game
Accumulate points for each correct pick. The riskier the picks, the more points up for grabs!

After the game
Fans with the most points wins cash and brand partner prizes. A tie-break question will split winners if multiple fans finish equal, so no $0.80 grand prizes like trivia apps.

GameOn’s free platform is also designed to be social, connecting you with other fans in your circle. The app features a group chat and leaderboard where you can follow, engage and keep tabs on how friends are tracking for bragging rights.

A recent GameOn player, Gabriel from Brooklyn NY, won $1,000 on his first time trying the app. Gabriel commented: “I played after a good friend of mine referred the app to me, and the experience was great. Real-time updates on the score, and being able to chat with other app users throughout the game was pretty cool, too.”

“We’re shaking up the sports and betting industries by providing a completely free and legal way for all sports fans – even casual” said Matt Bailey, Founder and CEO of GameOn App Inc. “We’re removing the barriers that casual fans experience when engaging in fantasy and gambling. GameOn is free, intuitive and riskless, with real cash prizes up for grabs thanks to our partnerships with major brands.”

GameOn’s exclusively advertiser-funded gameplay means no risk for players, only rewards, including real cash. Burger King and Motorola are the first brands to integrate the app as strategic partners, offering cash prizes and rewarding products – such as free Burger King menu items and Motorola devices. GameOn has also partnered with Global Sports Data Leader, Sportradar, as part of their Acceleradar program, leveraging their stats and scores data, as well as their relationships with major sports leagues.

In just two weeks since launching, GameOn has driven more than 5,000 installs, with 1,500+ playing in each game who’ve won a total of more than $10,000. The demographic is predominantly millennial, with 25% being female – significantly higher than seen in fantasy and gambling, and a testament to the casual fan-friendly gameplay.

To learn more or to download GameOn, visit gameon.app.

 

Source: GameOn App Inc.

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