first_img Tags: Online Gambling Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: People Sports betting Strategy Sports Information Group (SIG), the parent company of horse racing publication the Daily Racing Form, has named Itay Fisher as its new chief technology officer. Fisher joins from William Hill, where he served as chief information officer for the company’s online business. Prior to his time with William Hill, Fisher was product and gaming development director at Gala Coral Interactive, and also had spells as project and integration manager and UK program director at Playtech. “Daily Racing Form is widely regarded as the leading resource and content platform for the horse racing industry’s most dedicated fans,” Fisher said. “I am excited to begin working with Z Capital and the SIG team to continue advancing the company’s digital strategy and offerings.” The appointment comes almost one year after Z Capital Partners acquired SIG. James Zenni, president and chief executive of Z Capital Group, added: “Itay is a talented executive in the digital and online gaming space with significant experience building and scaling digital wagering platforms. “I am confident that he will be a strong addition to the SIG leadership team and will help drive our strategic vision of delivering unmatched online gaming offerings to our customers.”Related article: Z Capital Partners acquires Sports Information Group People Sports Information Group (SIG), the parent company of horse racing publication the Daily Racing Form, has named Itay Fisher as its new chief technology officercenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter SIG appoints Fisher as CTO 17th May 2018 | By contenteditor Email Addresslast_img read more


first_imgIt has 250 employees in seven offices, mostly in the Nordic area. Its websites provide professional tipping networks and product information to prospective gamblers. Inevitably, it is acquisitive and has launched US-facing products post PASPA.Better Collective demonstrates the next generation of affiliate business – customer- and content-centric rather than the historical focus on funnelling as much heavy user traffic as possible.While affiliates tend to get a bad press in the matrix of market maturity and domestic regulation, it is worth considering that many remain valuable, high-growth and with highly relevant assets. Better Collective will be a useful market bellwether of these developments. DisclaimerThe narrative provided represents the opinions of the authors. Any assessment of trends or change is necessarily subjective. The information and opinions provided are not intended to provide legal, accounting, investment or policy advice, nor should they be used as a forecast. Regulus Partners may act, or has acted, for any of the companies and other stakeholders mentioned in this report. The muted positivity of the index continues to be broad based. Twenty-one stocks reported gains, with 14 of these double digit (the same number as January). Again, there is little pattern in the behaviour, with strong results driving some outperformance (e.g., Evolution Gaming +29.5%; Scientific Games +14%).Four stocks fell by double digits, including NetEnt (-15.1%), Kambi (-17.8%) and Betsson (-12.5%), all of which produced results that did not impress investors. Gaming Realms (-8.3%) also announced its complete withdrawal from B2C gaming (via M&A), repositioning to B2B content only. RP iGaming Index: Not buying the story The Index rose 4% in February but Paul Leyland of Regulus Partners isn’t convinced the positive newsflow is cutting through to a suspicious and conservative investor community Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Card Rooms and Poker Mobile Online Gambling Casino & games 8th March 2019 | By Stephen Cartercenter_img Regions: Europe US AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter The Index rose 4% in February but Paul Leyland isn’t convinced the positive newsflow is cutting through to a suspicious and conservative investor community. The period also saw Cherry and Mr Green depart the Index, with new addition Better Collective the stock in focusThe RP iGaming Index has continued to perform positively in 2019 (+4.0% in February), but has also materially underperformed the benchmark NASDAQ (+7.8%).This follows the pattern of the last few months – in gambling, negative volatility currently counts for more than positive, even in the start of a reporting period of largely ‘in-line’ or better results. Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting Poker During February the market got clarity on Netherlands legislation, though regulatory detail is still scant. Sweden also vented its increasing frustration with the aggressive trading practices of many of its licensees, while Norway also escalated its ongoing attempts to disrupt dotcom businesses. However, these points of detail, while flagging up a number of significant risks in the medium term, have not materially affected the market’s view of risk.A similar observation can be made ahead of the FOBT B2 ban and Brexit, affecting much of the Index to some degree and 12% of it significantly (GVC, WH). However, volatility has not increased despite these seismic events now being less than a month away (on the current Brexit timetable).To an extent, this represents a functioning market – the risks are known, the impact estimated and therefore the best guess at the likely outcome has been priced in. However, while the market tends to be very good at understanding risk on narrow parameters with very liquid stocks (tens of billions, not the relative minnows of the gambling sector), this is not usually the case with gambling.There are three important reasons for this. First, gambling-specific risks are fiddly, difficult to predict and therefore can be very hard to price in accurately.Second, the gambling sector, in common with many other sectors, tends to talk up opportunities and talk down risks, which increases the risk of negative shocks (buy on hope; sell ahead of reality).Third, gambling stocks range from the very small to the upper end of midsized – liquidity is therefore relatively low (e.g., Vodafone trades an average of £100m worth of shares per day, GVC trades c. £4m, Kambi trades c. £40k).This means that even if investors wanted to take a view, it is difficult to do so efficiently – bad news is far more likely to create exiting disappointed holders than closing short positions, even when the market could see the bad news coming.This lack of liquidity also holds a bigger issue for gambling: outside the very largest stocks they are relatively easy for investors to ignore.In the good times, gambling companies can offer cash flow, growth and the frisson of regulatory excitement. In the bad times, even good quality stories can find it very hard to cut through a more suspicious and conservative investor community.Oversold regulatory upside and self-inflicted regulatory downside is likely to add to this risk. Unfortunately, in 2019 we see the balance of risks and emerging reality making it much more difficult for gambling companies to cut through to investors than the high-growth period up to 2016, flattering margins in 2017 and the US and World Cup-fuelled 2018.Stock in focus: Better CollectiveWith MRG leaving the Index, having been bought by William Hill, we have added Better Collective. Better Collective is a Stockholm-listed gambling affiliate and customer education business, founded in 2002, which listed in June last year. It has a market capitalisation of SEK3.0bn (£240m) and in 2018 it reported revenues of €40.5m (53% three-year CAGR; i.e. tripled in size), with EBITDA of €16.1m. Email Addresslast_img read more


first_img Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Sports betting Topics: Sports betting Strategy Tennis Integrity Unit alerts dip to record low in Q1 The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU), the sport’s anti-corruption body, has reported 21 match betting alerts for the first quarter of 2019, the lowest quarterly figure since the data was first made public in 2015. 5th April 2019 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU), the sport’s anti-corruption body, has reported 21 match betting alerts for the first quarter of 2019, the lowest quarterly figure since its integrity data was first made public in 2015.The total for the three months to March 31, 2019, represents a decline on the 38 reports that were filed in the corresponding period last year, as well as a sharp drop on 77 that were submitted in the final quarter of 2018.Of the 21 reports that were filed in Q1, 20 were in relation to events on either the ATP Challenger or ITF World Tennis Tour (WTT) circuits. ITF WTF Men’s $15k events produced the most alerts, with a total of eight submitted in the quarter.Five reports were put forward for the ATP Challenger series, in addition to four on ITF WTT women’s $15k events, two for the ITF WTT Men’s $25k series and one each for the ITF WTT Women’s $25k and WTA Tour circuits.The TIU did not receive a single report for any of its Grand Slam or ATP Tour events, nor its Hopman, Davis or Fed Cup competitions.Reports are registered when the unusual betting activity is reported through the TIU’s confidential Memorandums of Understanding with the regulated gambling industry.The TIU records, assesses and follows up each alert to investigate such activity, but not all reports are classed as evidence of match fixing, with some attributed to innocent factors such as incorrect odds-setting, well-informed betting, player fitness, fatigue and form, playing conditions and personal circumstances.When the TIU rules that a report does suggest corrupt activity, it carries out a full, confidential investigation to conclude how this happened, with the potential to hand out punishments such as bans to payers and officials.Also during the first quarter, the TIU moved enhance its investigative efforts with the appointment of former law enforcement officer Mark Fletcher, who joined after a 27-year career as a detective with the Metropolitan Police in London.Fletcher becomes the eighth member of the TIU’s dedicated investigative team and 17th member of staff overall.In February, the TIU also appointed former Sport England CEO Jennie Price as independent chair of its Supervisory Board. Price will have support from four other independent members in addition to four representatives from the governing bodies of tennis, with the TIU in the process of finalising its new independent members.The TIU team also carried out a series of new education initiatives for juniors, professional players, coaches and staff in an effort to extend the scope and reach of anti-corruption education.These included working with Tennis Europe to deliver an educational video aimed at junior players, while the TIU app has been updated with a number of new features to inform both players and stakeholders of rule changes.Various TIU anti-corruption education content has also been incorporated into new modules of the ITF Academy, while TIU integrity criteria has been added to the ITF Recognition of National Training Centres programme.In addition, junior and professional players currently receiving the ITF or Grand Slam Development Fund grants are now required to undertake TIU education as part of their contracts.The news comes after tennis was cited as the main focus of suspicious betting activity by international integrity body ESSA in 2018. The organisation received 267 reports of unusual wagering activity from operator partners, with tennis responsible for more than half of these cases.last_img read more


first_img Email Address Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Lottery People Sports betting Tags: Mobile Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops A new survey commissioned by Novomatic Group subsidiary Löwen Entertainment claims that more that 70% of the German public supports the roll-out of a uniform regulatory framework for all forms of gambling.The study, conducted by market research consultancy smartcon, found that 71% of respondents were of the opinion that differing regulations for different verticals and channels should be replaced by a single, federal system.Smartcon noted that while the vast majority of the population supports the core objectives of the State Treaty on Gambling, many believed that there were issues in how it was being implemented.In particular it noted that restrictions placed on legal operators under the Treaty could ultimately see regulated offerings and operators lose business to unlicensed competitors. In total, 61% of those surveyed were of the opinion that if regulations made legal offers less attractive, the Treaty would fail to achieve its consumer protection goals.Löwen Entertainment, which manufactures gaming machines and operates gaming halls across the country, noted that regulations differed on a state by state basis. As a result, it said, consumers were shifting to unregulated products such as lottery betting and online casino.It estimated that more than 20% of gross gaming revenue in the German market was generated via unregulated operators.“Even today, the unregulated market is growing relatively and in absolute terms more strongly than the regulated gaming market,” it said.In particular advertising restrictions on legal operators were highlighted as a key issue. Illegal providers are able to advertise on TV, while licensed operators are subject to “strict, prohibitive advertising policies”. The survey found that a majority of the public was in favour of allowing legal operators to advertise their products.With the Amended State Treaty on Gambling entering into force from July 1, in place until June 30, 2021, politicians have a two-year window in which to develop a new, all-encompassing regulatory model for all products and channels.“The results of the gambling survey clearly show that we need attractive legal offers in all forms of gambling, otherwise the flow into the black market will never dry up,” Dr. Daniel Henzgen, Löwen Entertainment executive committee member and representative for policy and external relations, said.Smartcon conducted 1,000 interviews as part of the survey, with participants selected to provide a representative sample of the German population. A new survey commissioned by Novomatic Group subsidiary Löwen Entertainment claims that more that 70% of the German public supports the roll-out of a uniform regulatory framework for all forms of gambling. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: Europe Central and Eastern Europe Germany 9th July 2019 | By contenteditor Casino & games German public backs gambling reform, survey claims AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterlast_img read more


first_img Tags: Online Gambling STS brings BetGames.TV to Poland Polish bookmaker STS has struck an exclusive deal with BetGames.TV to launch the interactive gaming developer and distributor’s products in the country.BetGames.TV’s offering has already gone live on the STS.pl website, with mobile applications set to launch in the country next week, the bookmaker said.The length of STS’s deal with BetGames.TV was not disclosed. The provider is based in Lithuania and has gradually expanded its offering of fixed-odds betting products, as well as lotteries and table games, across the Baltic states and beyond since its launch seven years ago.“We implement modern solutions, developing our functionalities to ensure that our customers have access to a unique offer. The agreement with BetGames.TV has allowed us to introduce a wide range of TV games to our website,” STS chief executive Mateusz Juroszek said.With domestic market share of 47%, STS is the dominant force in the Polish sports betting sector, with 80% of its revenue generated by online and mobile channels.In February, Juroszek (pictured) outlined the bookmaker’s international expansion plans to iGamingBusiness.com.The company’s products are now available in the UK and Germany, as well as Iceland, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Andorra, San Marino, Gibraltar, Slovakia, Malta and Latvia.“The company has plans for further international expansion,” STS said today (22 August). 22nd August 2019 | By contenteditor Polish bookmaker STS has struck an exclusive deal with BetGames.TV to launch the interactive gaming developer and distributor’s products in the country. Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Tech & innovation AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: Europe Central and Eastern Europe Poland Tech & innovationlast_img read more


first_img Africa’s gaming market and the post Covid-19 era While Africa has avoided as devastating an impact from novel coronavirus (Covid-19) as Europe, North America and Asia, its effects have severely disrupted the continent’s gambling industry. This could provide an opportunity to expand and diversify the industry, writes Yahaya Maikori. While Africa has avoided as devastating an impact from novel coronavirus (Covid-19) as Europe, North America and Asia, its effects have severely disrupted the continent’s gambling industry. This could provide an opportunity to expand and diversify the industry, writes Yahaya Maikori.The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is one economic disrupter that was not envisaged by any economists. Before this pandemic, several disease outbreaks such as Sars, Ebola, chicken flu and meningitis have threatened our very human existence. Typically the predictions during every round of the epidemic have been catastrophic for Africa for reasons which range from poverty or poor healthcare to weak infrastructure.Fortunately, since the 1918 Spanish flu which wreaked global havoc, humanity, armed with science, has been able to contain, and in some cases extinguish, some of these diseases with speed and precision. But this pandemic, unlike previous outbreaks, has brought the global economy to its knees affecting almost every aspect of human and economic activity.So how has Africa faired during this pandemic? Surprisingly most of sub-Saharan Africa seemed readier to combat the pandemic than most of Europe and North America. Some argue this is connected to Africa’s experience of dealing with similar outbreaks, while others attribute low infection rates to the tropical climate.Regardless of what the reasons may be, most African countries have decisively put their populace under lockdown. Some have even imposed curfews, which have effectively led to the shut-down of almost every commercial activity.How have these actions affected the gambling industry in Africa? And what will the industry look like post Covid-19?Well, gambling was one of the first industries to feel the immediate impact of the pandemic through the indefinite suspension or outright cancellation of sporting events including the much-anticipated Olympics. The global suspension or cancellation of most sporting events has left punters without live games to bet on, aside from re-runs of filmed matches. The knock-on effect is that sports betting, which accounts for most of the industry’s revenue, has crashed to almost nil.While virtual games are a favourite in certain markets, it is still not a substitute for live games. It is at best a supplementary game. Also, other forms of gaming are not immune  – casinos have been forced to shut their doors to customers, while online gaming even in the best of times seldom accounts for more than 30% of the players.After two to three weeks of the shutdown, with a possible extension looming, many people have lost their livelihood and they are currently in survival mode. The industry itself, aside from the very few properly capitalised companies, cannot sustain more than a month’s wages if the lockdown continues beyond this period.With the industry effectively comatose, how would the interplay of these dynamics play out in the post Covid-19 era? First, one should bear in mind that there may be several waves of infection, leading to several rounds of global economic shutdown until a vaccine is discovered.I foresee a rash of regulatory, policy and legislative activity across the continent to amend online gaming laws, in a bid to block leakages associated with online gambling. South Africa will probably be at the forefront of legitimising online gambling, especially as the casinos – which are significant contributors to the economy – will lose revenue to countries such as Lesotho and Mauritius.The current situation will likely lead us to two drastic behavioural shifts. First there will be the loss of players as a result of them taking time away from gambling, and even stopping permanently. On the flip side, there will be an influx of economic refugees who need to rely on gambling for income. Depending on how things develop, the net result of these patterns remains to be seen.For operators which have been locked out of the booming business, this may be the perfect opportunity to introduce and promote games such as poker, esports, online casino, bingo and slots to a market which was fixated with football, and the social experience of retail betting.Mobile games providers and other non-retail technologies can take advantage of the social distancing policy which has curtailed movement, to catch the attention of the retail market as well as engage its customers in a new channel.In the last four weeks Europe and North America have witnessed a spike in online gaming – it’s not a stretch to see this pattern replicated in Africa. However, such growth may be slower considering affordability issues related to broadband and smart gadgets.These concerns notwithstanding, this pandemic may be the tipping point for online gambling in Africa.The silver lining in all of this is that our industry is not alone in this crisis. It’s a global situation that affects everyone and every industry in one way or the other. The world is entering uncharted territory of which gambling is but a very small cog in the wheel.Yahaya Maikori is the senior partner of Law Allianz, a leading African gaming and entertainment law firm. He also co- founded Global Gaming Group, a business that has advised regulators, companies, and startups across key markets in Africa’s growing gaming industry. 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first_img Boyd Gaming slipped to a loss for the first quarter in 2019, as the closure of all its venues due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) resulted in revenue falling 17.7% year-on-year to $680.5m (£547.1m/€626.0m). Email Address Boyd slips to loss in Q1 after Covid-19 closures Regions: US Nevada 29th April 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Casino & gamescenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Boyd Gaming slipped to a loss for the first quarter in 2019, as the closure of all its venues due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) resulted in revenue falling 17.7% year-on-year to $680.5m (£547.1m/€626.0m).The operator’s casinos in the Midwest and South brought in $445.6m in revenue for the three months to March 31, down 17.7% from Q1 2019.Boyd’s Las Vegas local casinos brought in $180.8m, down 18.9%, while its Downtown Las Vegas properties brought in $54.1m, down 14.1%.Gaming brought in the vast majority of revenue, at $509.8m, a 17.8% year-on-year decline. Food and beverage revenue, meanwhile, fell 19.1% to $89.8m. Revenue from rooms fell 18.4% to $46.7m and other revenue declined 11.8% to $34.1m.Read more on iGB North America Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Casino & games Financelast_img read more


first_img Monthly deposit per player The average number of monthly deposits per player during April increased by 10% month-over-month (MoM) and by 12% year-on-year (YoY). Casino & games Average single deposit amount The average single deposit amount increased by 20% MoM and by 16% YoY. Retention rates The retention rate for casino players has decreased by 15% MoM and by 13% YoY. But the new player retention rate has increased by 9% MoM and 3% YoY. This shows that in general there are fewer active players MoM, and also that newly acquired players remain active in the month following their deposit (with 37% retained). About iGaming Pulse:iGaming Pulse is an industry benchmark tool for the gaming sector. iGaming Pulse enables gaming operators to accurately assess their overall performance against industry-wide key performance indicators.Its figures are updated on a monthly basis. It enables gaming operators to gain a clearer understanding of how their KPIs compare against the rest of the industry, broken down by geography and game type. This type of data, which is made publicly available for the first time, provides operators with the ability to conduct comparative analysis and derive insight into how their performance compares with industry averages.iGaming Pulse comprises of data collected from over 200 online casinos and sports betting companies, including industry giants and boutique operators, providing an accurate, statistically significant sample of the industry. Access to this information is vital for operators that are limited to only their own data. Optimove’s iGaming Pulse is now fully accessible, ensuring operators will have a clearer overview of how they compare to the industry.çImage by Tumisu from Pixabay AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Monthly revenue per player The average net gaming revenue per active player during April increased by 7% MoM and there has been no change in this amount since last year. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Monthly revenue per player The average net gaming revenue per active player during April increased by 36% MoM and by 16% YoY, now standing at €102. Topics: Casino & games Marketing & affiliates Sports betting Slots Two questions came to mind here. One, was the lockdown helping to generate new players just because more people found themselves stuck at home with nothing to do? Or was it driving back some previously churned players? According to our research across more than 50 European online casino brands, the answer is undoubtedly “yes” to both questions.Sports KPIs You would expect that in the absence of all major sporting events there would be a sharp decrease in numbers. But again, in online sports betting, we saw high numbers as only the most valuable players remained active. Average single deposit amount The average single deposit amount during April was €34, stable on the March figure but down by 6% YoY. Optimove iGaming Pulse – April 2020 Tags: Online Gambling Slot Machines April saw all monetary metrics on the rise as the global lockdown continued, even in fixture-starved online sports betting, where only the most valuable players remained active and spendingWhile the global lockdown drove an increase in the number of online gamers during April, we saw a decline in retention and conversion rates.Valuable players however remained active during the period, and therefore we saw a rise in all monetary amounts per player (deposits, net gaming amounts etc.)In this update, we drill further into the igaming activity of both online casino and sports players during the lockdown.Since some sports betters have already been migrated across to casino, this month we also provide you with some actionable insights for cross-selling players within casino games.Casino KPIs According to research we recently conducted, 88% of slots players have been playing only slots during the outbreak.Table game and live dealer players are however more diverse and tend to mix up their activity across other games, therefore, it will probably be easier for operators to cross-sell table game players, for instance, to spinning the reels.For live dealer players, the chances of playing table games are relatively low (4%). Live dealer games generate the highest revenue among the group in each player state. So, it may be wise for operators not to try and cross these players over at all. Conversion rates YoY conversion rates haven’t changed, remaining stable at 46% YoY. But MoM, conversion rates have increased by 2%. Retention rates Retention rates have decreased dramatically by 31% MoM and by 33% YoY. This is also due to the fact that there are barely any sporting events to bet on. New player retention rates also decreased by 10% MoM and by 14% YoY. 11th May 2020 | By Stephen Carter Monthly deposit per player The average number of monthly deposits per player during April increased by 26% MoM and by 24% YoY. That means that players, on average, are depositing 10 times a month. This high amount is most likely due to the coronavirus lockdown, which raises the question if this trend will persist when the global lockdown is eased? 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first_img17th June 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle National Football League franchise the Denver Broncos has announced in its second sports betting deal in as many days, with Betfred US becoming its latest official partner. Regions: US Colorado AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Marketing & affiliates Betfred agrees Broncos partnershipcenter_img National Football League franchise the Denver Broncos has announced in its second sports betting deal in as many days, with Betfred US becoming its latest official partner.This will see the operator open a sports betting lounge near the Broncos’ Mile High Stadium.The announcement comes as Betfred opens a sportsbook at Saratoga Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado today (June 17).“We’re extremely proud of our partnership with Saratoga and are excited to be part of the rich gaming community in Black Hawk,” Bryan Bennett, chief operating officer of Betfred USA Sports, said.Read more on iGB North America. Topics: Marketing & affiliates Sports betting Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more


first_img British gambling industry charities GamCare and the Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) are to launch a new education and support programme in Northern Ireland. Email Address 9th December 2020 | By Robert Fletcher Last week, GamCare also entered a partnership Gamban to offer a self-exclusion solution free of charge to all UK residents. Anyone in the UK experiencing gambling related harm can claim Gamban for free by speaking with a Gamcare National Gambling Helpline advisor. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: YGAM GamCare Staff will also be able to access City & Guilds assured training and education resources, which provide a full curriculum of lesson plans for primary and secondary age children, as well as youth work specific resources. YGAM founder and chief executive Lee Willows added: “As well as educating, informing, and safeguarding, it is also vital that we raise awareness and start a conversation about those very personal experiences of gambling related harms in communities across Northern Ireland.” GamCare and YGAM to launch new education initiative in Northern Ireland The launch comes after YGAM last month added James Matthewson, previously spokesperson for former Labour Party chairman Ian Lavery MP, and Jo Burnham to its communications team. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: UK & Ireland Responsible gambling Topics: Social responsibility Responsible gambling “The work we are doing with YGAM, working alongside GamCare, delivering their training and resources on the ground here in Belfast and across Northern Ireland is going to be a huge benefit to our local communities,” Youth Work Alliance chief executive Stephen Dallas said. “Gambling-related harms have been presented as a hidden issue in Northern Ireland for many years, which makes it even more vital for us to ensure children and vulnerable people are informed, educated and safeguarded against the potential harms associated with gambling and increasingly, gaming too.” The initiative will see Belfast-based charity Youth Work Alliance work with YGAM to deliver evidence-led and evaluated training to teachers and youth workers across the country.last_img read more