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Safer Gambling Week Prompts Huge Rise in Use of Safer Gambling Tools

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The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has announced that a record-breaking number of bettors are now using the safer gambling tools available to them. The BGC attributed the increase to the success of the Safer Gambling Week initiative.

Analysis of last year’s hugely successful campaign revealed the number of deposit limits set during SG Week increased by a massive 18% compared to the same month in 2022.

Meanwhile, 54% of players setting deposit limits, did so for the first time.

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And the number of players actively setting a reality check during SGW rose by over 300% for the second year in a row.

The use of maximum stake limits also increased by over 300% during SG Week 2023.

Deposit limits were set by 83,242 unique account holders – an increase of 12.5% on the year previous.

Safer Gambling Week 2023 also smashed previous social media records, generating over 50 million impressions across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Data released following last year’s successful campaign – which ran from November 13 to 19 – revealed a huge 70% increase on 2022, when Safer Gambling Week messaging was displayed on major social media sites nearly 30 million times.

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Safer Gambling Week is an annual cross-sector initiative bringing together the UK and Irish regulated betting and gaming industry – including bookmakers, amusement arcades, bingo clubs, casinos and online gaming operators – with charities and stakeholders to encourage safe and responsible play.

The initiative was backed by a large number of cross-party senior MPs and peers – including gambling minister Stuart Andrew and several shadow ministers including the Shadow Gambling Minister Stephanie Peacock – who gave vocal support to the ground-breaking campaign.

This event also had the full support of the independent regulator, the Gambling Commission, and its Chief Executive Andrew Rhodes.

Safer Gambling Week 2024 will take place from 18-24 November 2024.

BGC CEO and Acting Chair Michael Dugher said: “These new figures show Safer Gambling Week continues to be a powerful advert for increasing use of safer gambling tools in the regulated industry.

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“Millions of customers now use safer gambling tools including deposit limits and time outs. This is a pillar of the regulated industry and is in marked contrast to the unsafe, unregulated and growing online gambling black market, which provides no safer gambling support, contributes zero tax and does not support sport.

“Our members promote these tools all year round, but a single dedicated week, bringing together the whole sector alongside huge support from cross-party MPs, from the Government and the independent regulator the Gambling Commission, really turbocharges that work – and these figures show it makes a real difference.

“The record numbers for both impressions and use of safer gambling tools show the industry has never been more committed to ensuring the many millions who enjoy a regular flutter continue to do so in a safe and responsible environment.”

The initiative, which ran for its seventh year, also received half a million visits to the Safer Gambling Week website which signposts help and advice for those who may be struggling as well as offering advice on safer gambling tools like deposit limits and time outs.

Among the well-known football clubs to support Safer Gambling Week 2023 were Premier League sides West Ham United and Brighton as well as EFL sides Southampton, Middlesborough and Blackpool. With the latter displaying the Safer Gambling Week logo on their shirt for their League One clash with Shrewsbury Town.

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The aim of Safer Gambling Week is to kickstart a national conversation between staff, customers and their friends and family, about safer gambling, as well as highlight the range of tools that are available to help people stay in control of their betting.

Each month around 22.5m adults in Britain enjoy a bet, whether it’s buying a lottery ticket, having a game of bingo, visiting a casino, playing online or having a wager on football, horseracing and other sports.

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INSPIRED DELIVERS BESPOKE GOLD CASH FREESPINS™ TITLE FOR BETFRED RETAIL

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Inspired Entertainment, Inc. (“Inspired” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: INSE), a leading B2B provider of gaming content, systems, and solutions along with The Betfred Group, UK based bookmaker proudly announce the launch of Betfred Gold Cash Freespins™.

Immersing players in the atmosphere of Betfred’s distinctive style, Betfred Gold Cash Freespins is a 5-reel, 4-row, 40-win line slot adorned with Betfred-branded Wilds and symbols. Enhanced by a Free spins Bonus and a gamble feature, this game promises excitement at every spin. Triggering the Free Spins bonus requires three bonus symbols in a single spin, rewarding players with eight free spins.

Players have the opportunity to wager for additional Free Spins or to increase their cash winnings through the gamble feature. With a choice between two gamble wheels, players select their preferred wheel to activate this exciting feature. Featuring stacked Wilds on reels two, three, and four, these symbols act as substitutes for any other symbol on the reels, adding an element of excitement and anticipation to the gameplay.

Betfred Gold Cash Freespins seamlessly merges Betfred’s iconic branding with Inspired’s captivating gameplay from the Gold Cash Freespins theme, delivering an immersive and personalized gaming journey tailored to Betfred’s audience. This collaboration showcases Inspired’s expertise in crafting tailored gaming experiences that resonate with individual operator brands.

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Inspired’s UK Product Director, Richard Terry, said:  ‘We are proud and excited to be re-launching Gold Cash Freespins in partnership with our long-term customers Betfred. Gold Cash Freespins is extremely popular with players across all gaming verticals and has been transformed for retail with game optimisation functionality and the addition of the iconic Betfred branding.

Speaking ahead of the launch, Betfred’s Head of Retail Marketing, Clare Smith, said: “We’ve been delighted to work with Inspired to bring this new and innovative game to our loyal customers and believe they will be equally as excited by it as we are!”

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7777 gaming secures supplier license in Peru

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7777 gaming has been granted a supplier license in Peru, marking a significant step in the company’s expansion across Latin America. Granted by the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (MINCETUR), this new B2B license allows 7777 gaming to provide its online game content to locally licensed operators in the country. New legislation, which introduced a licensing system for online betting and gaming, came into force in Peru at the end of 2023, with the regulated market soon to go live.
7777 gaming is fully compliant with Peruvian regulations and will enable local operator partners to manage their entire product suite. The Peru B2B license for 7777 gaming is under its Gaming Innovation OOD company entity, registered by MINCETUR under license number PSV0208.
Elena Shaterova, Chief Commercial Officer at 7777 gaming, stated: “7777 gaming has a proven start of successful offerings in Latin American markets, and we are thrilled to be fully prepared and ready to provide our services immediately in the regulated Peruvian online market.”
“Peru holds great potential as a market, and we are eager to support our partners in launching competitive online game content. Our portfolio of premium games will provide an enjoyable experience for Peruvian players.” added Shaterova.
7777 gaming has already received positive feedback from several of the biggest operators and platform providers in the Peruvian market and is currently working to integrate its games with Kaizen Gaming, Betsson, bet365, Apuesta Total, VirtualSoft, UniversalSoft, and others.
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MGM Resorts International Announces Agreement to Acquire Tipico’s U.S. Sportsbook

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MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) (“MGM Resorts” or the “Company”) today announced that its subsidiary, LeoVegas Group (“LeoVegas”), has entered into an agreement to acquire the product and technology platform constituting the U.S sportsbook and online casino from Tipico Group Ltd (“Tipico”).

This acquisition is the second major investment by LeoVegas, following the acquisition of game developer Push Gaming in 2023. The acquisition will allow LeoVegas to operate a purpose-built proprietary sportsbook across all international markets and brands, with the exception of those exclusive to the BetMGM JV, with a focus on a clean, fast consumer experience with top-class product, pricing and functionality.

Tipico will wind down its U.S. operations prior to the closing of the acquisition. As part of the transaction, LeoVegas will acquire certain of Tipico’s U.S. facing management, technology and trading teams across the U.S., Colombia and Europe.

“The acquisition of Tipico’s award winning U.S. platform marks a significant milestone in the strategic development of MGM Resorts’ global digital gaming business, allowing us to operate a proprietary sports betting platform,” said Gary Fritz, President, MGM Resorts International Interactive, “This acquisition gives us control of our entire technology ecosystem, and we are delighted to bring Tipico’s U.S. team, with their track record of developing high quality product and pricing capabilities, into our business.”

LeoVegas CEO Gustaf Hagman added: “By controlling our own sportsbook technology, we ensure that we will deliver the world’s greatest iGaming experience to customers across all our markets and brands. Powering our strong brands with a competitive and innovative sports product will enable us to grow and strengthen our sportsbook offering in both new and existing markets. I look forward to welcoming the talented teams from Tipico’s U.S. business into the LeoVegas Group very soon.”

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The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2024.

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