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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

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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PLANETWIN365 CUSTOMER SUPPORT IS DECLARED THE BEST IN GAMING INDUSTRY

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On 8 November the industry experts have gathered in Milan for the 2nd edition of European Gaming Congress, where they decided the winners in the 26 categories of the inaugural SEG (Southern European Gaming) Awards. Planetwin365 won two awards, one for Best Customer Support in Casino 2019 and the other for Best Customer Support in Sports Betting 2019.

The SEG Awards rewards both B2C operators and B2B providers for their commitment in Southern Europe, with categories ranging from customer service to social responsibility, future thinking, and development in all verticals of the industry.

We are really proud of the recognition we received at SEG Awards, that demonstrates the power of our customer-oriented strategy – said Anniina Rantala, Commercial Director Online – It also represents a further motivation to go on working hard in order to be always the best in class for customer service not only in our industry but across all industries“.

The 2019 Awards is part of European Gaming Congress, which is a huge international event that brings together industry experts, regulators, operators and service providers from all across Europe in order to discuss burning issues some of the markets are facing when dealing with compliance in licensing, operation and marketing.

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‘Century Siege: TD Battles’ Going Live

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Synergizing ‘Card Battlers’ with Tower Defense, MOBAs, and Mythology!

Goober Games, in collaboration with Stepico, announced that their ambitious PvP title, ​Century Siege ​, will be launching globally on November 20th, 2019, after spending several months in Soft Launch. “With Century Siege we originally set out to follow the road paved by Clash Royale. But we soon realized that this pathwas well-worn and, by listening to our community, we decided that the only way to stand-out was to take risks and differentiate” – ​Benjamin Andre, Project Director and Lead Design ​.

Through this planned progression of tweaks, optimizations, and feature additions, the dust has officially settled; leaving Century Siege with the ability to stand on its own two feet, with a face all its own. ​Yes​, it has the ‘Elixer’ and ‘Card’ (Summon) mechanics that have become genre-staples; but it also has many tricks up its sleeve that add a much deeper level of Strategy.

An Offensive Tower class called ‘ ​Spawners ​’ that create a constant stream of friendly units that travel down the lane to assault the Opponent.

Players also choose a ​‘General’ ​, each with their own Special Abilities, that will lead the troops in battle. With Abraham Lincoln, lay waste to enemies with a barrage of cannonfire. Or, select Ghenghis Khan and assault the opponent’s Crystals with hordes of Mongolian Archers.

Once an Enemy Crystal is destroyed, ​‘Rift Creeps’ ​ of the player’s choosing (Minotaurs, Werewolves, Zombies, etc) will begin to rush that lane in a fashion that ​MOBA ​ fans will be familiar with (they even drop gold!).

These features coalesce into an engaging ‘Tug-of-War’ experience that succeeds in its quest to be different. If that was all that was to be said, it would already be enough to recommend giving Century Siege a shot. But, the personality and the ​World ​ that the game creates through its subtexts of Time Travel, Mythology, and historical figures, place Century Siege in a position to be considered one of the most unique ‘Tower Defense’ games released into the Mobile App Market.

Given that the team already has plans for a Single-Player mode or standalone TD game, it is apparent that there is certainly a lot of room for exploration within the world of Century Siege; and we are excited to see which paths this community will travel down. Take a look for yourself on November 20th, available for free on the Google Play and App Stores.

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Pragmatic Play Enters A Whole New World In Aladdin And The Sorcerer

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Pragmatic Play, one of the leading software providers for video slots, live casino and bingo, invites players on an adventure with the exotic new title, Aladdin and the Sorcerer.

The 3×5 video slot welcomes players into the magical world of Aladdin, where jewels adorn the reels in a mystical desert city, as the hero battles an evil sorcerer for riches.

The bonus feature is triggered if both the wicked wizard and Aladdin land at the same time, and a terrifying battle takes place.

Both sides battle to the death, and if Aladdin wins, the hall of riches is open to him, leading to big wins.

Melissa Summerfield, Chief Commercial Officer at Pragmatic Play, said: “Aladdin and the Sorcerer is an enchanting new addition to our best-in-class slot portfolio.

“The action-packed title boasts exciting features, an immersive storyline and massive payouts, giving players a shot at their own fairytale ending.”

Aladdin and the Sorcerer is the latest creation to join Pragmatic Play’s award-winning collection of slot games, such as Fire Strike, Sweet Bonanza, Mustang Gold, and fan-favourite Wolf Gold.

The provider’s entire portfolio of video slots, bingo, scratchcards and live casino games is available to its operator partners via a single API.

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