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Gambling research in focus at IAGR2019

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Research into gambling behaviour will feature as part of the keynote sessions at the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR)’s annual conference held in Jamaica, from 30 September to 3 October.

IAGR2019 is the key annual event for gaming regulators, advisors and industry stakeholders. Regulatory thought-leaders, academics and industry experts participate in keynote sessions, presentations and panel discussions over the conference’s four-day program.

Aisling Ni Chonaire from the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) and Jack Wilson from 2CV Research will be presenting at the event to share up-to-date research on the role of behavioural biases in online gambling, as well as what motivates people to gamble.

Aisling leads BIT’s research into gambling behaviour, advising regulators, government departments, and non-government organisations on designing evidence-based policy. Her session will summarise BIT’s work to date and share recommendations for regulators, governments and practitioners.

‘Behavioural biases impact our lives daily, from our food choices to our savings habits (or lack thereof),’ said Aisling.

‘Our e-lives are no exception with these biases manifesting in rapidly evolving ways in online environments. As a result, we are acting more impulsively, taking more short-cuts, and spending less time reflecting on our decisions online.’

Aisling added, ‘While online gambling has grown exponentially over the past decade the same cannot be said of the evidence base outlining what works to protect gamblers online.

‘Over the past two years, BIT has been building this evidence base. As experimental and behavioural science experts, BIT has identified the risky practices that appear on online platforms, mapped the behavioural biases that people are exposed to, and run experiments with operators to increase safer play.’

Jack Wilson is Head of Digital at 2CV Research, working extensively in the gaming sector – both for commercial clients and in the regulatory space. He is currently leading a three-year qualitative research project on behalf of the UK gambling regulator.

‘What motivates people to gamble and how does gambling fit into the day to day life of the average person? This is the key question we set out to answer on behalf of the UK Gambling Commission,’ said Jack.

‘Over the last few months we’ve conducted an extensive program of qualitative and digital research with over 100 people across the UK, exploring what motivates people to gamble and the role it plays in their lives,’ Jack added.

‘We know that asking people “why they gamble” is never simple. A key part of our research involved using digital research tools to capture motivations and triggers for gambling at the point of play.’

Jack and Aisling join IAGR’s impressive speaker lineup and program for IAGR2019. As spaces are limited for this year’s conference, don’t leave it too late to book your spot.

 

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Digitain Appoints Peter Nolan as its New Strategic Consultant

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Casino platform provider Digitain has appointed Peter Nolan as its new Strategic Consultant. Peter Nolan is having more than 20 years of experience in the iGaming industry.

Peter’s responsibilities at Digitain will include managing media relations, as well as consulting on B2B marketing, sales and business strategy.

“Digitain is a renowned market-leader with a widely acclaimed offering, and I’m immensely proud to join such an enthusiastic and skilled team as their Strategic Consultant. I look forward to helping the Digitain team consolidate the remarkable achievements to date, and help them to drive innovation, improve quality and deliver best-in-class customer satisfaction,” Peter Nolan said.

“With a wealth of experience working internationally for some of the industry’s most established businesses, we are thrilled to welcome Peter into the Digitain family. The knowledge and experience he brings to Digitain, gained in a corporate environment and also as a consultant, will deliver fantastic added value to our teams and business,” Suren Khachatryan, CCO of Digitain said.

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IBIA and Speel Verantwoord sign cooperation agreement on betting and integrity

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The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) and the Netherlands online gambling trade body Stichting Speel Verantwoord (SSV) have signed a partnership agreement providing a framework for cooperation and coordination between the two bodies. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) will see the associations work on projects aimed at promoting and establishing viable regulated betting markets with high consumer channelling and related consumer, sports and operator integrity protection measures. Joint activity will be particularly focused on the Netherlands as it moves towards the opening of its online gambling market from mid-2021.

Peter-Paul de Goeij, Managing Director of the SSV, said “There are a significant number of companies that are members of both associations and there is clear benefit for our two bodies from working closely in the lead up to the introduction of the remote gambling law. Whilst both associations welcome the opening of the market, the law places a number of restrictions on certain betting products on integrity grounds, which both the SSV and IBIA have questioned; there is a general concern about the impact on consumer channelisation and market viability.”

Khalid Ali, CEO of IBIA, said: “The Netherlands law presents a number of opportunities and challenges for operators concerning the availability of betting and related integrity issues. We will be seeking to work closely with the SSV to establish a working relationship with policymakers and other stakeholders to discuss those issues in more detail and to ensure that the market opening is successful. This includes supporting the licensing requirement for all sports betting operators to be a member of an integrity monitoring body, and where the Dutch law specifically mentions IBIA as a best practice model.”

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Triple Cherry closes casino supply agreement with SekaBet

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Triple Cherry, the video slot supplier company, continues its expansion around the world. SekaBet casino welcomes Triple Cherry games thanks to the signing of a significant deal between both companies.

Triple Cherry has a proven experience developing casino games, this fact is reflected at the developer’s portfolio. Each slot has a story behind and this is what the company wants to transmit through the detailed graphics, animations, maths and music.

SekaBet users will have the opportunity to enjoy the entire portfolio of video slots from Triple Cherry among which are the latest titles such as Starfall Mission, Carnaval do Rio or Monsters fear Bullets.

Juan Antonio Galindo, CEO of Triple Cherry commented: “​We are really pleased with this collaboration.The work by the SekaBet team has been very efficient and fast at all times. We are excited to have a place in this great casino and we hope to continue working together for a long time. ​”

Andreas Zimmerman, CEO of Sekabet said “​We are very happy to include Triple Cherry Slots in our wide range of Casino products. We are sure that our players will choose Triple Cherry Slots over others as they have a great quality product. I also would like mention that Triple Cherry Slots have been great to work with throughout the integration process, and we hope to enjoy a long and successful relationship as we grow our businesses together​.”

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