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GambleAware Publishes Details of Donations Received in 2023/24

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GambleAware, the leading commissioner of programmes focused on gambling harms in Great Britain, has published the details of donations it received in the 2023/24 financial year.

The charity received £49.5 million in voluntary industry donations over the year. Of this, 94% of the voluntary donations came from the largest four gambling operators in Great Britain, who donated a total of £46.6 million. This represents an increase of £3.1m from the previous year’s contributions of £43.5m from these operators.

Voluntary donations are essential for GambleAware’s continuing commissioning work. The charity believes the gambling industry should be held accountable to contribute financially to the vital services that prevent gambling harms, which is why it has consistently advocated for a statutory levy. Until the implementation of the statutory levy, gambling operator funding remains the primary source of funding for research, prevention and treatment. Despite the donations received, as an independent charity, GambleAware has an extremely robust system of governance processes in place, works to hold the gambling industry to account, and the gambling industry has absolutely no input, influence or authority over any of its activity.

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GambleAware’s work includes commissioning the National Gambling Support Network (NGSN), which provides free, confidential treatment across Great Britain, as well as the National Gambling Helpline which takes around 52,000 calls and online chats a year. Funding is also used to enable GambleAware to commission research and evaluation to increase knowledge and understanding of the prevention of gambling harm, as well as reducing stigma associated with gambling harm, for public health campaigns, and for providing support, advice, and tools to help people make informed decisions about gambling.

The voluntary donations received in 2023/24 mark the last year of a four year commitment made in 2020 by the largest four operators to gradually increase the percentage of Gross Gambling Yield (GGY) donated as RET from 0.25% in 2019/20 to 1% in 2023/24.

There remains uncertainty of funding for the current financial year 2024/25 while the sector awaits clarity on the process and timing around implementation of the statutory levy. GambleAware continues to work with the Gambling Commission and the Department for Culture Media and Sport during this transition period.

Zoë Osmond, GambleAware Chief Executive, said: “While we await the implementation of the new statutory levy, donations from the voluntary funding system are key to ensure GambleAware can continue to deliver the essential gambling harm prevention and treatment programmes we commission.

“For many years we have been calling for the introduction of a statutory levy on the gambling industry and we are pleased the Government has committed to delivering this as part of the Gambling White Paper. However, during the transition period it is vital that steps continue to be taken to ensure there is no disruption to existing services and provisions in the wider system as they adapt to the new levy funding model.”

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As well as voluntary donations received, the Gambling Commission also allocated £33.5 million of regulatory settlement funds to GambleAware during the last financial year. These are managed as a restricted fund to be allocated to playing a part in stabilising the wider system of gambling harm prevention, support, and treatment during the transition period from a voluntary to a statutory levy system. The regulatory settlement funds were allocated to GambleAware by the Gambling Commission in accordance with its Statement of Principles for determining financial penalties.

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HAWKS TALON GC SET FOR THE TICKET ON JUNE 18 FOR CHANCE TO ENTER NBA 2K LEAGUE 5V5 PLAYOFFS

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Hawks Talon GC first game of THE TICKET will be Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. against Nets GC

Hawks Talon GC, the official NBA 2K League affiliate of the Atlanta Hawks, will begin play in the TICKET on Tuesday night against No. 5 Nets GC at 6:00 p.m.

Like the STEAL during the 3v3 portion of the season, the last-chance, single-elimination 5v5 tournament includes all 15 NBA 2K League teams that did not clinch a spot in the 5v5 playoffs. The final two teams in the TICKET will earn a spot in the 5v5 playoffs beginning June 26, with the winner of the playoffs receiving a winner-take-all cash prize. The full bracket can be found here.

“It’s going to be a really intense tournament,” said Hawks Talon GC point guard Christopher “Duck” Charles. “Every team has their back against the wall fighting to extend the season, but we’re equipped and have the right talent and roster to go out and win these types of games.”

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Hawks Talon finished 6-6 and collected 60 points through the TIPOFF and TURN, earning 30 points in the TIPOFF and 30 points in the TURN to earn the No. 4 seed heading into the TICKET.

Should the Talon win their first game, they would play the winner of No. 1 Knicks Gaming and No. 8 Hornets Venom GT the same night at 8:00 p.m. If the Talon win both games, they will advance to the final day of the TICKET on June 22, which will be on stage at District E Gaming in Washington, D.C. All games can be followed on the NBA 2K League’s Twitch and YouTube channels.

To stay up to date on Hawks Talon Gaming Club, visit HawksTalonGC.gg and follow the team’s social channels on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

 

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Digitain And SoftGamings Expand Partnership

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Digitain has expanded its partnership with SoftGamings through the integration of Virtual Sports.

Digitain, a global leader in Sportsbook and iGaming solutions, has expanded its partnership agreement with SoftGamings in order to include integration of Digitain’s In-House virtual sports products.

Through product expansion, SoftGamings is granted access to Digitain’s In-House Virtual Sports of Virtual Football, European Cup, Horse Racing, Greyhound Racing and more, with a new match/event every 2 minutes, 20,000+ daily events, 150+ betting markets, and 10+ extra markets.

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The product has been developed through the use of the latest cutting-edge technology to give players the feeling of authentic sports, with unique betting markets to drive player engagement, cross-sports betting within events, as well as revenue opportunities.

Ani Mkrtchyan, Digitain’s Chief Sales Officer, said: “SoftGamings is a highly respected platform provider in the iGaming industry. We are delighted to expand our partnership with SoftGamings in order to provide Digitain’s In-House Virtual Sports. Our virtual games portfolio continues to grow and will be available to more operators and their players via the SoftGamings platform.”

Anna Kiselova, Head of Partnerships at SoftGamings, commented: “As a platform provider in the iGaming industry, our company has entered into a strategically important partnership with Digitain. The games of the leading gambling platform provider for online casinos and Sportsbooks are now available for seamless integration through the unique API platform of SoftGamings.

In the future, we plan to expand our existing agreement with Digitain by adding their new products to our offerings as well. We strive to provide solutions of the highest quality and are excited to enrich the gaming portfolio for our clients.”

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EGT Digital in a “winning” partnership with Winner

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EGT Digital’s titles keep on expanding their presence in Romania. The popular winner.ro is the next betting site, where the top games from Clover Chance, Bell Link, High Cash and Single Progressive Jackpot are at the disposal of the local players.

Tsvetomira Drumeva, Head of Sales at EGT Digital, shared her impressions on the partnership: “We would like to thank Winner for adding our gaming content to their portfolio. I believe that we have launched a truly “win-win” partnership for the two parties, which will strengthen both our and their strong positions in the Romanian market.”

Panos Kritikakis, Head of Casino at Winner, said: “As a trustworthy and innovative operator established in the Romanian market, we are very happy with the performance of EGT Digital’s slots and looking forward to offering to our customers the upcoming titles from the Bulgarian provider”.

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