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UKGC: Experts by Experience interim group created

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The UK Gambling Commission has announced that it is working with an interim Experts by Experience Group who will provide advice, evidence and recommendations to the Commission to help inform decision making and raise standards, along with co-creating a permanent Experts by Experience Advisory Group to advise the regulator on a more established basis.

The creation of the interim forum follows a workshop in March, in which people with lived  experience were asked to offer perspectives on key topics including High Value Customers,  Advertising Technology and Safe Game design – three areas the regulator had challenged the industry to make progress on quickly. The Commission also publishes a report on these areas of work which includes Expert by Experience input on progress made so far.

The group also discussed ideas about how the Commission could better work with people with lived experience and the need for more effective engagement and collaboration to benefit consumers, working together to prevent harm and make gambling safer.

Gambling Commission Chief Executive, Neil McArthur, said: “Our goal is to make gambling safer for consumers and the creation of the interim group is another important step in helping us bring a wider range of perspectives into our work.

“We will work with the interim group to co-create a formal Advisory Board, which will allow us to involve Experts by Experience more closely in the development of our regulatory framework.

“I am really grateful for the open and constructive way in which members of the interim group have shared their personal experiences of gambling related harm and for everyone’s commitment to work together to tackle these important issues.  It is early days and we are learning along the way to ensure that feedback and advice is utilised in the most effective way.  This week we looked at the subject of affordability and we’ll be focused on other areas of player protection online in the weeks ahead.’

A spokesperson for the Interim Group said: “The Interim Group comprises a group of people who have suffered a wide range of gambling harms, including recovering gambling addicts, family and partners of addicts, and those who have lost children to gambling suicides.

“The role that is too often allocated to Experts by Experience (EbEs) of telling our stories and commenting on narrowly defined questions is ineffective, so the establishment of the group is long overdue.

“We are determined that EbEs should play a continuing and much more active role in the deliberations and decision making across the whole remit of the Commission as part of the National Strategy to reduce gambling harms. We bring a new and vital perspective on key issues of regulation and even how the Commission itself works.

“We and they are learning how we can best work together, but we feel that there is a genuine commitment all round to make it work. Some of our comments were incorporated into the progress update on the industry-led working groups, but in future we may issue our own comments on issues that we have consulted with the Commission. We appreciate that the Commission recognises the value of our input, but we differ on certain key issues. Notably on how far and how fast improvements can be made. We look forward to working with the Commission.”

The interim group will be in place for at least the next six months, when the Commission plans to move to a permanent Advisory Group, which will add to other advice that the regulator receives through groups such as the Advisory Board for Safer Gambling and the Digital Advisory Panel.

This valuable input will add to the Commission’s other approaches currently used to include the views of consumers in their work. This includes information and feedback received from the consumer contact centre, online consumer research panels and engagement and consultations on regulatory changes.

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Singular Wins Rising Star in Baltic Sports Betting Technology at BSG Awards

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Singular has been awarded “Rising Star in Baltic Sports Betting Technology” at the Baltic and Scandinavian (BSG) Awards 2020 in Tallinn, Estonia.

Traditionally, the MARE Balticum Gaming Summit features the BSG Awards with the gala night moved online this year. Professionals from the sports betting field attending the Gaming Summit casted their vote for the companies that have made a substantial contribution to the industry in the passing year.

“We take particular pride in winning an award that highlights the technology of our Sports Betting Solution. Deep in its DNA, Singular has always been and continues to be a tech company working with gifted people and stellar technology to deliver an outstanding experience.” says Darko Gacov, Singular’s co-founder.

At the end of 2019, Singular released the 4th generation of their Sports Betting Platform that has given player personalization a new flavour. Accompanied by a pro-trading functionality and powerful risk management, the solution has positioned Singular as innovation leader within sports betting. The new upgraded solution has facilitated entry into three newly regulated markets for Singular. Details to be announced after the brands go live later this autumn.

The MARE Balticum Gaming Summit was the first live conference since lockdown measures and travel restrictions were lifted for the majority of the European countries. Adapting to the circumstances the event took a hybrid approach giving the community in the Baltic region an opportunity to meet in person, but also connect with the rest of the iGaming community online.

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Online Casino & Sportsbook BETZEST™ goes live with leading Casino provider JFTW™

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Online Casino & Sportsbook BETZEST™ goes live with leading Casino provider JFTW™
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Online Casino and Bookmaker Betzest™ increase their offering in a new partnership with leading casino provider JFTW™.

The agreement covers JFTW™ full collection of games including popular slots like Tiki Vikings, Amazing Aztecs, Shogun of Time, Goldwyns Fairies, Ruby Casino Queen, Lucky Links, Rainbrew, Sidewinder, Deco Diamonds, Treasure Skyland and many more.

This is another massive step in Betzest™ fast growth. The company is looking forward to announcing more cooperation’s with other leading providers lined up in Q3, 2020.

Marius Filip, Founder/CMO at Betzest, said: We are excited to conclude another cooperation with leading casino provider JFTW™. Their slot games matches our Betzest Casino profile perfectly. We are always looking to improve the Betzest™ Casino product for our players and we trust that their highly innovative and entertaining slot games will play an important part in making Betzest™ this year’s leading casino and sportsbook operator. A big thank you to our Betzest team for this great accomplishment and to JFTW™ team for their continuous support during the process. We’ve had an exceptionally fruitful 2020 already, with a remarkable collection of world-class casino providers and payment methods on the way, I’m certain the best is yet to come.”

 

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Betway increase La Liga presence with Real Betis shirt sponsorship

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Two-year deal increases company’s European football portfolio.

Global online betting and gaming company Betway has signed a two-year deal to become the official shirt sponsor of Spanish top-flight football club Real Betis Balompié.

The partnership will see the Betway logo appear on the famous green and white jersey from the start of the 2020/21 La Liga season as well as around the perimeter of their Benito Villamarin stadium.

Anthony Werkman, Betway, CEO said: “Real Betis play in one of the most popular leagues in the world, where we already have a tremendous presence. We couldn’t be happier to be partnering with one of the established clubs with a great history. We look forward to showcasing Betway to their fans and the people of Seville.”

Ramón Alarcón, General Director of Business of Real Betis Balompié added: “At Real Betis we have been working in the digital environment for many years to increase the value of our advertising assets. This sponsorship agreement, which is the most important quantitatively in our history, recognises this work, for which we are proud. In addition, the agreement comes with a leading company in the sector, with scrupulous compliance with current regulations.”

Betway have been prominent shirt sponsors and betting partners in La Liga since 2018, as well as sponsoring Premier League club West Ham United in England since 2015, in addition to many other deals in the sport throughout the continent.

 

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