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UK Gambling Commission publishes latest combined Health Survey

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The Gambling Commission has published the latest combined Health Survey, which outlines participation, at-risk gambling and problem gambling rates across Great Britain. The data, drawn from field research carried out in 2016, shows that the rate of problem gambling across Britain was 0.7%

Tim Miller, Executive Director at the Gambling Commission said: “The Health Survey, along with all of our evidence and data, indicates that the problem gambling rate in Great Britain is stable. However, we want to see a sustained and significant reduction in the levels of problem gambling and will continue to drive the industry to build momentum towards this goal.

“Understanding the level of problem gambling is an important part of making gambling safer, but what this data won’t show is the extent of the harm someone may be experiencing, or the wider impact upon their families and their communities.”

Tim adds: “That is why, together with our expert advisers the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board, we recently published a ground-breaking approach to understanding the full range of harms gambling can have on society.”

This work, alongside the recently published research programme marks an important step in informing the direction of the next National Responsible Gambling Strategy, which will launch in April 2019. Comments on how the social cost of gambling-related harms can be measured and better understood, along with feedback on the research programme are welcomed by email: [email protected]

 

Key figures

  • 1.2% of gamblers were classed as problem gamblers (0.7% of the population) – this is statistically stable, and consistent with both 2012 and 2015 reports
  • 2.4% of people were classed as low risk gamblers, and 1.1% of people as moderate risk gamblers
  • Problem gambling was more prevalent among people who had participated in multiple gambling activities in the past year, than those that had just participated in one
  • 57% of adults (aged 16 and over) in Great Britain had gambled in the past year – this is down by 6% compared to 2015
  • Men (62%) are more likely to participate in gambling than women (52%)
    Most popular gambling activities were: National Lottery draws (41%), scratchcards (21%) and other lotteries (14%)
  • Gambling participation (excluding National Lottery draws only) was highest among 25 – 34 year olds
  • Gambling participation was lowest among non-drinkers (36%), followed by those who drank up to 14 units of alcohol per week (59%) and were highest for those who drank more than 14 units per week (69%)
  • Problem gambling rates were higher among those with probable mental ill health (according to the GHQ-12 score), than those that indicated no evidence of probable mental ill health.

 

Source: Gambling Commission

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ESPORTS AWARDS NAMES MAKE-A-WISH AS ITS OFFICIAL CHARITY PARTNER

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The Esports Awards, the most prestigious night in the esports calendar, is excited to reveal Make-A-Wish as its Official Charity Partner for 2021. The partnership will see the Esports Awards and Make-A-Wish work closely together on a whole host of activities including charity auctions, live streams, with lots more to be announced in the coming months.

This year the Esports Awards will return to the Esports Stadium Arlington, Texas on November 20th where it will celebrate and honour every corner of the industry on the biggest night in the esports calendar. The Esports Awards will work on a charity campaign in the run up to the awards to encourage its community to help raise funds for Make-A-Wish.

“When Make-A-Wish explained that gaming-related wishes had seen an increase we knew that we wanted to help facilitate as many wishes as possible. The Esports Awards aims to bring the esports and gaming industry community together under one roof and we are hoping to provide these incredibly brave young people with a fantastic experience and the opportunity to meet their heroes. We have lots planned in the coming months and we look forward to helping raise as much funding as we can,” said Michael Ashford, CEO, Esports Awards.

“This collaboration with Esports Awards came at an opportune time as we have seen an exponential increase of gaming-related wishes during the pandemic. We are delighted to be working with Esports Awards to bring hope, strength and joy to our wish children worldwide. Together, we are one step closer to being able to grant the wish of every eligible child”, says Luciano Manzo, President and CEO of Make-A- Wish® International.

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Continent 8 Technologies and Beeinfotech PH partner to deliver Cyber Security Services

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Global managed network and security service provider, Continent 8 Technologies, and the Philippines’ largest telco neutral data centre operator, Beeinfotech PH, have entered into a strategic partnership agreement to offer Continent 8’s suite of leading cyber security solutions to businesses in the Philippines and across Asia to better protect them from the growing risks of cyber threats. 

The partnership comes at a time when cyber attacks against businesses of all sizes and industries, and the costs associated with them are at an all-time high, with the average cost of a data breach at $3.86 million and global damage from cyber crime expected to hit $6 trillion this year.

Through this agreement, Beeinfotech PH will leverage Continent 8’s unique multi-layered threat prevention, detection and response solutions providing protection from the edge through endpoint and the cloud: DDoS perimeter protection against volumetric and persistent attacks; Cloud WAF defends applications against a wide range of OWASP threats; Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR) military-grade endpoint protection against ransomware, malware and phishing threats; Managed Detection & Response (MDR) security monitoring and incident response across corporate, cloud, and data center assets through Continent 8’s 24x7x365 Security Operations Center (SOC) and Security Incident and Event Management (SIEM) platform, the foundation of its cyber defence strategy.

Peter WilliamsManaging Director for Asia Pacific at Continent 8 Technologies, said: “Our decades of experience in protecting the world’s most attacked industry verticals, has given us vast knowledge and experience on how to best tackle the complex world of cyber security.

“By combining Continent 8’s market-leading security solutions with Beeinfotech’s local knowledge and support, we are able to protect Asian businesses of all sizes across all sectors.”

Reynaldo HuergasPresident and CEO of Beeinfotech PH, said: “Cyber security is a technology and support game. Through this agreement, Beeinfotech PH takes charge of the infrastructure, local manpower and coordination while Continent 8 brings in global managed security solutions and best practices. 

“This is a powerful combination that will allow businesses in the Philippines and across Asia to be confident they are fully prepared to mitigate the risk of falling victim to a security attack.”

Michael Tobin, CEO and Founder of Continent 8 Technologies, added: “At Continent 8 we employ a defensive, in-depth and comprehensive approach to all aspects of cyber security protection. It is a privilege to partner with Beeinfotech PH and their team, with whom Continent 8 have had a long standing relationship. We look forward to jointly bringing a truly unique and sophisticated suite of cyber security services to the Philippines and wider Asian market.”

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Wazdan games certified for Belarus

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Wazdan, the leading global slot supplier, has seen 30 of its top-performing and newest titles certified for the Belarussian market.

The provider’s complete collection of Hold the Jackpot games has been certified, including latest releases Midnight in Tokyo and Fortune Reels. Belarussian players will also be able to play such hugely popular hits as 9 Lions, Larry the Leprechaun, Telly Reels™, Choco Reels™, and Black Horse™ Deluxe.

Only land-based casino operators in Belarus can apply for an online licence in the country and all licensees now have the opportunity to offer Wazdan’s content.

The achievement marks yet another market debut for Wazdan, who in the last 12 months has entered Switzerland, Colombia, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Italy, and New Jersey, as the supplier continues to outline its credentials as a leading company in the regulated space.

Andrzej Hyla, Head of Sales at Wazdan, said: “We pride ourselves on our approach to regulated markets and we’re very excited to have a considerable array of games certified for Belarus.

“From our sought-after Hold the Jackpot games to top-performing staples, we’re very pleased with what we can bring to players in Belarus and look forward to making big strides in the market.”

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