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SBTech named Sports Betting Supplier of the Year at EGR B2B Awards 2019

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Industry-leading technology company also wins In-play Betting Software Supplier award for fourth year in a row

 

SBTech has won two major prizes at the eGR B2B Awards 2019, claiming Sports Betting Supplier of the year and best In-play Betting Software, the fourth consecutive year the company has achieved this accolade.

The pioneering business has achieved a host of significant milestones in the last 12 months, winning some of the industry’s biggest sports betting and platform technology contracts across established and newly regulated markets including the UK, US and the Nordics.

SBTech created history by becoming the first supplier to announce sportsbook technology partnerships in the newly regulated US market with Churchill Downs, Golden Nugget and Resorts Casino, just weeks after the repeal of PASPA.

Since then it has rapidly become the go-to sportsbook platform supplier having won several major public procurement processes due to its innovative, proven, revenue-generating platform and sportsbook technology that is recognised as the number one for speed to market, localisation and flexibility.

In May this year SBTech launched of the most significant new brands into the competitive UK market, powering Gamesys’ new sportsbook brand Virgin Bet after agreeing a landmark five-year full platform deal. SBTech was selected by Gamesys due to the depth of next-generation platform and sportsbook API’s.

In January this year SBTech was also named Sports Betting Supplier of the year at the annual EGR Nordics Awards with judges praising its achievements in the region for providing highly innovative, best performing sportsbook products to several of the industry’s major brands for more than a decade.

Andrew Cochrane, Chief Development Officer at SBTech, said: “All the team’s hard work and commitment has paid off and we’re delighted to win the prize for the Sports Betting Supplier of the Year for the first time. We’ve secured some of the industry’s largest and most strategically significant deals in the last year and this is just reward for everyone’s efforts.

“To also win In-Play Betting Software Supplier for the fourth year in a row is testament to our innovative product suite of in-play sports betting products that continue to deliver a unique user experience for players and outstanding results for our customers.

“I’d like to thank EGR and the judging panel for the awards, and everyone at SBTech for enabling us to deliver outstanding technology and customer service to all our valued partners.”

 

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UNISON announce partnership with YGAM

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UNISON, the UKs largest trade union, has partnered with the national charity Young Gamers & Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) to provide their members with expert training on gambling and gaming-related harms.

As part of a £10 million National Gambling Education Programme supported by members of the Betting & Gaming Council, the charity is providing free accredited workshops and resources to anyone who works with or cares for young people. Research from the Children’s Commissioner shows 93% of children play video games and Gambling Commission research shows there 55,000 11-16 years olds classified as problem gamblers in England, Scotland and Wales.

Designed to build digital resilience, the workshops cover key information on gaming and gambling in the UK. The resources will provide UNISON members with the tools needed to safeguard young people from the potential risks of gambling and gaming-related harm, including lesson plans, activities, signs to look out for and information on where to go for advice and support. All training sessions have been externally evaluated and are assured by the principle awarding bodies, City & Guilds and ASDAN.

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, YGAM has accelerated the digital transformation of their training so it can be delivered online. UNISON members can book onto the free session by visiting the YGAM website – https://www.ygam.org/book-a-workshop/.

Commenting on the partnership Teresa Donegan, Head of Learning and Organising at UNISON said: “We are really pleased to have developed this relationship with YGAM, their training and resources are really excellent and will be an invaluable resource to our members to support them in their work with young people across public services whether it be in youth, community or social services or in the further or higher education sector.”

UNISON has over 1.3 million members and have initially organised for YGAM to run several national sessions and hope to follow this up with a host of regional training through the UNISON regional education teams across the country.

Stevie Milward one of UNISON’s national Learning and Workforce Development Officers recently attended the training and was shocked at how gambling-related behaviour is encouraged by many computer and mobile games and the ease with which young children can become accustomed to it. “Many parents won’t realise what their children are being subjected to on a regular basis and it is great to be able to have the ability to work with those practitioners that deal with children and young people (and their parents in some instances) on a daily basis, in their work, so that they can pass on the education they receive from the training to help keep those young people safer.” said Stevie.

Kev Clelland, Operations Director at YGAM, said: “We are delighted to be working with UNISON. We are constantly listening to the needs of practitioners and young people and it is very clear from these conversations that the workers that UNISON represents need and appreciate our resources more than ever.  YGAM’s vision is for all young and vulnerable people to be safe from gaming and gambling related harms and this collaboration will help us reach thousands of young people to raise awareness of the potential risks of gambling and gaming related harm.”

YGAM recently launched a new leading-edge ‘Parent Hub’ website to provide resources and expert advice around gaming and gambling to support families to build up their children’s resilience and establish a healthy online/offline balance. The new website has received endorsements from parents, teachers, safeguarding officers and the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) who labelled the resources ‘vitally important’ for parents. www.parents.ygam.org

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CT Gaming Interactive`s games go live with Parimatch

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CT Gaming Interactive`s games are now live with Parimatch as the international supplier provided the renowned betting platform with game content from its rich portfolio of slots.

Parimatch customers now have access to an innovative selection of our most played games, including Ramses the Great, Lucky Clover, Moon Lord, Fluff Tails, Bombay Gems. Our offerings provide immersive gaming experience, appealing graphics, and unique game mechanics and we are happy to provide it to Parimatch”, Lachezar Petrov, General Manager at CT Gaming Interactive commented.

By rolling out its games with Parimatch, CT Gaming Interactive sees the potential to significantly enhance its presence in the iGaming market and will continue to build on this promising partnership.

“We are happy to work with Parimatch who shares our passion for delivering top quality gaming experiences. We are thrilled of the potential this partnership has and looking forward to extending it further”, said Mr. Petrov.

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Marc Etches to step down as CEO of GambleAware

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After almost a decade as Chief Executive, Marc Etches has announced he will step down from his role as Chief Executive of GambleAware at the end of March 2021.

Under Marc Etches’ leadership, GambleAware has evolved to become the primary commissioner and convenor of services dedicated to reducing and preventing gambling harms in Great Britain. Formerly known as the Responsible Gambling Trust, the charity is now guided by a public health approach, overseen by a wholly independent and expert Board of Trustees, and works collaboratively with those in the public health sector, including the NHS, public health agencies, local authorities and voluntary sector organisations.

Marc Etches has led a substantial increase in funding and donations during his time as CEO and leading members of the Betting and Gaming Council have recently committed further funding of £100 million for the next four years. The charity now has £40m of grant funding under active management and the additional pledged funding will help GambleAware to continue to develop the National Gambling Treatment Service with its partners across England, Scotland and Wales.

The process to select a new Chief Executive will be led and overseen by GambleAware’s Board of Trustees. As GambleAware enters into the next stage of its evolution, the independent Board will look to appoint someone with appropriate expertise, including in commissioning healthcare services, who will be able to continue to ensure gambling harms are understood and tackled as a matter of public and individual health and wellbeing.

Commenting on Marc Etches’ departure, Kate Lampard CBE, Chair of GambleAware said:

“It has been a pleasure working with Marc over the past four years and he has taken the charity from strength to strength. As a result of his hard work, GambleAware has developed the expertise and sustainability to continue to deliver and work with partners across the healthcare spectrum to prevent and protect against gambling harms. I look forward to continuing this important work with a new Chief Executive next year.”

Marc Etches also commented: “It has been an extraordinary privilege to serve as CEO for nearly a decade and I am enormously proud of the charity’s development and the contribution it makes, in partnerships with others, to keeping people safe from gambling harms.

With the prospect of a new era of increased funding and wider commissioning responsibilities, it is the right time for the charity to find someone with the skills and expertise necessary to take it into the next stage of its evolution.

I want to thank the Board of trustees and the entire staff team at GambleAware for their hard work and commitment to the charity’s purpose as well as for their magnificent personal support of me.”

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