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UK Gambling Commission publishes important new framework for measuring gambling harms among children and young people

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UK Gambling Commission publishes important new framework for measuring gambling harms among children and young people
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As part of the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms a new framework to understand gambling harms experienced by children and young people has been published today.

This report, which has been developed by Ipsos MORI in collaboration with the Gambling Commission, Advisory Board for Safer Gambling and GambleAware, presents a framework to better understand the ways that harms from gambling can impact upon the health, relationships and finances of young people. It builds on earlier work to develop a framework for gambling harms among adults.

The framework has been designed to cover the broad spectrum of harms that can impact young people and the next phase of work will test some survey questions for measuring gambling harms.  The questions have been included on Ipsos MORI’s Young Person’s Omnibus survey and the data will be analysed to explore which questions are most and least effective for further monitoring.

The launch of the new framework comes a week after the Commission launched the new National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms.

Helen Rhodes, the Gambling Commission’s Programme Director for Safer Gambling said: “Gaining a better understanding of the impact of gambling on children and young people is a key priority for the Commission.

“Childhood and adolescence is a key stage of development and any harms experienced at this stage in life can be detrimental to the future development, confidence and potential of young people.

“This newly released framework will provide critical insight into the range of harms that young people in Britain can experience and will help greatly in concentrating the National Strategy’s prevention and education initiatives where they will have the most impact.

“This will take time and the framework will evolve as we move into the next phase of this work. We encourage our partners in delivering the National Strategy, including public health officials and academics to feed back to us as we move into the next phase of work.”

Lead researcher at Ipsos MORI, Margaret Blake said: “This framework has been developed with professionals, young people and experts in gambling in a series of workshops, interviews and focus groups.  The initial questions cover just some of the harms in the framework and are intended to explore the entire range of harms that can be experienced from gambling, even where it would not be classified as problem gambling.  This work is just a starting point and we anticipate that the framework and measures will develop in the future.”

Director of Research and Evaluation at GambleAware, Clare Wyllie said: “This initial framework is designed to help guide and focus research and action to reduce gambling harms in children and young people. We encourage other researchers to build further evidence to develop the framework, so together we can move faster and go further to reduce gambling harms.”

The new strategy has a dedicated website and is available to view through www.reducinggamblingharms.org

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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BetWarrior launches leading mobile sports betting product

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Disruptive mobile gaming brand and platform BetWarrior has added a best-in-class sports betting product as it enters the next stage of its growth.

The fully-native BetWarrior app, which first launched in the summer, is now live with a customised Kambi-provided sportsbook in selected markets across Latin America.

Via an advanced suite of APIs, BetWarior has integrated the Kambi sportsbook into its Omega Core platform while leveraging its own AI and machine-learning tools to create a game-changing personalised mobile betting experience.

BetWarrior has spent the past weeks onboarding early users to road test the product; with sports betting now live, it will scale marketing as it targets regulated markets in Latin America and Europe.

Morten Tonnesen, co-founder and CEO of BetWarrior, said: “This is a major landmark in the development of BetWarrior, and we can now offer our users a complete mobile betting and gaming experience that stands apart from everything else out there.

“We set up BetWarrior with the intention of radically transforming the way people experience sports betting, and in partnership with Kambi, we have created a personalised mobile sportsbook like none other. We are hugely excited to watch the first players enjoying the action.”

BetWarrior has also recently been expanding its casino offering, adding content from the likes of MGA Games and Microgaming.

 

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The AskGamblers Awards Finalists’ Names Are In

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The AskGamblers team is happy to announce the AskGamblers Awards finalists’ names are in and ready to share.

For the past two months, the AskGamblers players’ have been nominating their Best Online Casino, Best New Casino and Best New Slot to enter the finals to win the AskGamblers Awards. Two additional categories in the race are the Best Software Provider and the Best Affiliate Partner.

The nomination period has been as exciting and intense as any race of this magnitude, with the accent placed on choosing the best among the best. Now, with the nomination period of two months over and the voting phase in its full speed, the finalists’ names are finally available for the world to hear.

Here are the top 10 finalists who have made the cut:

Best New Casino: 21.com, BaoCasino, MonteCryptos Casino, Maneki, Sportsbet.io, Spinia Casino, SlotWolf, Syndicate, Wishmaker, and Wazamba Casino.

In the category for Best Casino, the following 10 made the cut: Betsson Casino, Bitstarz Casino, CampeonBet, Everum Casino, EnergyCasino, Gunsbet Casino, King Billy Casino, Konung Casino, Mr.Play, and Platincasino.

The Best Slot category lists the following names in the finals: Book of Oz Slot by Microgaming; Cleopatra’s Diary Slot by Fugaso; Dead or Alive 2 Slot by NetEnt; Gold Canyon Slot by Betsoft; Mechanical Orange Slot by BGAMING; Pirates’ Plenty Slot by Red Tiger Gaming; Razor Shark Slot by Push Gaming; Solar Queen Slot by Playson; The Dog House Slot by Pragmatic Play; The Sword and The Grail Slot by Play’n GO.

In terms of the Best Software Provider, we have listed: Betsoft, BGAMING, Fugaso, Microgaming, NetEnt, Play’n GO, Playson, Pragmatic Play , Push Gaming, and Red Tiger Gaming.

The Best Affiliate Partner list goes as follows: LeoVegas Affiliate, Uffiliates, Betzest Partners, Stars Affiliate Club, RP Affiliates, JPJ Partners, Max Affiliates, PlayAttack Affiliates, IVY Affiliates, and Oshi Affiliates.

With the idea of giving the winners the acclaim they deserve, AskGamblers team is organizing the AskGamblers Awards gala night, third year in a row. The night of the final ceremony will be held on 17th January 2020 in Belgrade, allowing everyone absent to follow the event on live stream. The ceremony is expected to be the perfect blend of excitement, enthusiasm, and sweet anticipation – just as every other year before.

Being the most prestigious event in the iGaming industry, the AskGamblers Awards night is when the winners are chosen out of the following categories: Best Online Casino, Best New Casino and the Best New Slot with addition of Best Software Provider and the Best Affiliate Partner. Also, there will be a separate award called Players’ Choice.

As a crew of professionals whose primary mission is to keep its players happy and animated, AskGamblers has turned AskGamblers Awards night into a pure spectacle. By giving the players’ authority to choose the winners through nominations, AskGamblers is trusting and honouring their active dedication, trust, and commitment to the collective iGaming purpose.

AskGamblers’ Product Owner Denis Ristic reflected on the upcoming AskGamblers Awards event by saying: I am forever thrilled with the way AskGamblers team approaches improvement and innovation as well as with the way we manage to make our players feel in the process. Apart from our immense knowledge of the industry’s pitfalls and assets, I believe it is the unity of action, commitment, and creativity that keeps us pushing forward. The AskGamblers Awards night will be amazing, we can’t wait for the winners’ names to be announced!

By successfully keeping the players’ interest in the AskGamblers Awards nominations for a few years in a row, the AskGamblers team has once again proven itself worthy of everyone’s attention and trust. Pushing the envelope on more fronts than we can count has already become a fixed segment of the AskGamblers’s DNA.

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50 alerts reported by the International Betting Integrity Association in Q3

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IBIA PR: 50 alerts reported by the International Betting Integrity Association in Q3
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The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) reported 50 cases of suspicious betting to the relevant authorities during the third quarter (Q3) of 2019, bringing the annual total so far to 138 cases. Tennis (30) and football (15) constituted 90% of all alerts reported during Q3, with Europe (42%) and Asia (36%) maintaining their positions as the primary location of sporting events on which alerts were generated during that period.

Khalid Ali, Secretary General of the International Betting Integrity Association, stated: “The year to date has seen a significant downturn in alerts, notably on tennis. We welcome the ongoing efforts of the sport to work closely with us and to identify and impose sanctions on corrupt players. The scope of the association’s unique and global leading monitoring system has been boosted by four new members during 2019, with discussions ongoing with a number of other companies interested in investing in integrity and protecting their businesses from corruption.”

The 50 alerts reported during Q3 covered six sports, spanning five different continents. This is very similar to the 51 alerts reported in Q2 2019, but is a reduction of 30% on the 72 alerts in Q3 2018. Whilst the 30 tennis alerts reported in Q3 2019 represent a 40% reduction on the 50 tennis alerts reported in Q3 2018. The annual total to date of 138 cases represents a 25% drop on the 184 cases at the same point in 2018 and is primarily a result of the fall in tennis alerts, predominantly caused by a reduction in alerts at the ITF Tour level.

The International Betting Integrity Association is the leading global voice on integrity for the licensed betting industry. It is run by operators for operators, protecting its members from corruption through collective action. Its monitoring and alert platform is a highly effective anti-corruption tool that detects and reports suspicious activity on its members’ betting markets. The association has longstanding information sharing partnerships with leading sports and gambling regulators to utilise its data and prosecute corruption. It represents the sector at high-level policy discussion forums such as the IOC, UN, Council of Europe and European Commission.

The association publishes quarterly reports covering the integrity alerts reported through its monitoring and alert platform. The Q3 report can be viewed here along with previous reports.

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