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Ygam host Parliamentary Reception to launch new strategy

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Ygam launched their new strategy at a Parliamentary Reception earlier this week, attended by MPs, Peers and a broad range of stakeholders.

Around 90 guests attended the event in the Houses of Parliament including representatives from Government, regulators, academia, charities, trade associations, and local authorities.

The reception was hosted by Damian Collins MP, the minister responsible for gambling in 2022 and the Chair of the DCMS Select Committee for three years between 2016 and 2019. As a passionate proponent of the prevention of online harms, the Conservative MP opened the event with a speech that praised the charity for the important work it does to safeguard children and young people.

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This was followed by a speech from Mike Wojcik, Chair of the Ygam board of trustees for the past six years and also Chief Executive of Queen Mary’s University London Student Union. He said: “I’ve seen the organisation grow and mature, and I couldn’t be prouder of where we are today. This year has been a transformative one for Ygam; we have defined our purpose, identified our unique remit and expertise, and worked to better understand the need so that we can offer the most effective programmes and services to those who have influence over the lives of young people, to enable them to safeguard against harm.”

MP’s and Peers from all political parties attended the reception to show their support for the charity, including Deputy Speaker Dame Rosie Winterton and Lord Clement-Jones. Organisations connected to the research, education and treatment of gaming and gambling harms were represented, as well as individuals with lived experience.

Ygam Chief Executive, Dr Jane Rigbye, addressed the reception outlining the charity’s new vision, mission, and ambitions. She said: “The digital world offers huge opportunities, but with those opportunities come risks, particularly for young people who live in an increasingly digitised world. We have a clear purpose, we deliver evidence-based programmes, and we are focused on understanding and continuously improving our impact.”

Dr Rigbye was clear on the important role of education saying “We want to ensure that universal education and prevention is seen as an essential part of the public health response to gambling and gaming, and that it is adequately funded over the long term. Ygam are here to demonstrate that delivering effective prevention education to all young people is achievable, worthwhile, and will save lives.”

Shadow DCMS Minister Jeff Smith MP closed the event with a keynote address, calling for the Government’s White Paper to support education and prevention. He said “It is absolutely vital that the White Paper gives a clear steer on funding for those in the sector, and we must also recognise that funding should not be limited to treatment provision alone. We need to be focused on preventing harm as well as tackling it when it has been able to develop. That is where charities like Ygam really come into their own, and part of the Government’s responsibilities in this White Paper is to address the concerns around the sustainability of their services and provisions.”

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The new strategy reiterates Ygam’s focus on educating children and young people aged between 7 and 25.  After appointing an independent facilitator to lead the strategic development process, Ygam has engaged with a diverse range of stakeholders and staff to develop a strategy which brings clarity and purpose to the future direction of the organisation.

The strategy outlines Ygam’s plans for the next three years and is a rolling strategy that will be reviewed and updated on an annual basis. This will enable the charity to adapt to the rapidly evolving context in which it operates, and to deliver its vision and mission beyond 2025. Ygam have committed to reporting on progress on a regular basis and intend to publish an annual impact report, and an annually refreshed strategic implementation plan.

Ygam also launched their new branding at the event which sees the charity change its logo, colours, and style. Daniel Bliss, Director of External Affairs at Ygam said: “The charity has evolved significantly since 2014 so we felt our branding should reflect where we are now. The new strategy was the perfect opportunity to refresh our look and we’re confident our new branding will to enable us to connect effectively with our audiences.”

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Endorphina completes another security milestone!

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Starting 2024 strong, the top casino game provider Endorphina successfully completed the external audit by the renowned Testing Laboratory, achieving another milestone in the form of an ISMS Certificate according to local requirements in Italy! This plays an important role in cementing Endorphina’s position in the iGaming world.

Earlier this year, the iGaming software provider Endorphina successfully passed an external information security audit according to regulations governed by ADM. The goal of the multi-day audit was to map out the overall setup within the company, examine every detail involving security, and ensure the company’s games are completely safe for every player.

Over three years ago, Endorphina set a goal to be authorized in all regulated jurisdictions and continues to campaign across markets. By 2024, the company has reached 28 regulated markets and continues progressing rapidly.
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n March 2024, Endorphina will organize a grand event, La Mistica dell’Endorphina, where guests can experience the true spirit of the innovative developer. The luxurious party promises to create the perfect networking opportunity for iGaming enthusiasts.

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PlayStar Casino and SGG Media Debut New Casino Livestream Show

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PlayStar Casino has teamed up with SGG Media to launch a new United States casino streaming show; one of the first fully-licensed streaming casino shows to reappear on Twitch

PlayStar Casino has made its first foray into the live streaming space with the launch of a new show, Casino Stream, in collaboration with SGG Media.

Casino Stream is one of the first fully-licensed streaming casino shows to reappear on Twitch. The show will see three New Jersey-based streamers take part in a weekly live action casino show, broadcast via Twitch. The hosts will play a range of games available via PlayStar Casino, bringing the excitement of legal casino and slots to be played online to the masses in ‘The Garden State’ all in real time.

Fully PlayStar-branded, the show will see a trio of New Jersey-based influencers immerse themselves in exciting slots and casinos available on the PlayStar website. The show hosts will be allocated a budget for each show, which they can use to play a diverse range of products during the live stream.

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“PlayStar Casino is excited to partner with SGG Media in allowing New Jersey casino enthusiasts to watch and play our online slots and games,” the Chief Marketing Officer for PlayStar Gaming Group AB, Jon Bowden, said. “We provide the excitement of live, legal, casino games to be played online by New Jersey residents while a large viewership can view the action in real time.”

This new show marks a new milestone for both PlayStar Casino and SGG Media. Back in October of 2022, live streaming platform Twitch. tv banned all United States gambling sites that aren’t gambling licensed in the United States. This new show will pave the way for future online casino streaming in the United States.

SGG Media launched its legal sports gambling streaming show, Live Drive, on October 1, 2023, to an audience of nearly 25,000 sports fan live viewers on Twitch, YouTube and other streaming platforms. That show was the first United States fully legal and licensed live sports betting streaming program.

“Our Casino Stream show is focused on being completely compliant with all state gambling laws,” the Chief Executive Officer for SGG Media, Troy Paul, said. “PlayStar Casino is a licensed New Jersey casino and we will only allow verified adult gamblers located in New Jersey to play. Our streaming show hosts bring the thrill of live bets and viewing big wins to our huge online audience.”

PlayStar Gaming Group AB (http :// www. PlayStar. com) offers a fully-licensed online casino in the United States. Managed by a team built exclusively from the most experienced talent in the industry across the United States and European Union, PlayStar Casino delivers a ‘casino first’ platform through award-winning slots, table games and promotions.

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SGG Media (https :// SGGMedia. com) features 2,000 sports content creator/influencers with a combined social media following of over 60 million sports and gambling fans.

“We create a huge audience for our streaming shows by generating exciting social media posts and videos of electrifying sports and gambling action,” Paul said.

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Slotmill live with Rush Street Interactive’s BetRivers in USA

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Slotmill has signed a multi-year agreement with Rush Street Interactive, Inc., a leading US-based gaming company that operates under the BetRivers brand, thereby further solidifying its presence in the North American market. The first game was launched earlier this week and RSI expects to add the full Slotmill suite of games to its offering over the months to come.

Distribution is made via the partnership with Pariplay Ignite.

Andreas Ternström, Director at Slotmill said: “I am super excited to welcome Rush Street Interactive, a respected leader and award winner in the online gaming industry, as a partner to not only grow our United States footprint with its BetRivers brand, but to also lead us into Canada and Latin America where they have significant operations in those regulated jurisdictions.”

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