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XLMedia feels strain of Google deranking

Affiliate marketing publisher XLMedia has continued to battle the effects of a Google deranking, with projected revenues expected to fall short of previous quarters. Publishing a trading update for the first six months of 2020, XLMedia predicts that revenues will amount to approximately £27.5 million, while EBITDA is forecasted to reach approximately £3.5 million. XLMedia said: “As anticipated, monthly revenue …

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BGC: Scottish government must reconsider ‘baffling’ gaming machines u-turn

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has expressed its disappointment in the Scottish government’s decision to tell bookmakers to switch off their gaming machines until further notice. It comes just days after Holyrood confirmed it would be lifting the ban on gaming machines, in-store chairs and live racing in betting shops from 22 July. In a letter to BGC chief …

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GambleAware forms ‘Lived Experience Group’ supporting treatment research

Supporting the UK’s National Gambling Treatment Service, GambleAware will form a ‘lived experience group’ to represent those affected by gambling-related harms and addiction. The group will provide real-life experiences on gambling-related risks, triggers, disorders and stigmas helping further develop the research of treatment support initiatives. GambleAware will form a core advisory group which will require participants to be abstinent from …

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Oddschecker: ‘Unusual circumstances’ fail to hinder Royal Ascot traffic

This year’s Royal Ascot Festival attracted 21.6% more traffic during the week when compared to last year’s event, according to the latest data released by Oddschecker. Despite taking place under ‘unusual circumstances’, Oddschecker confirmed that ‘interest was clear’ in the festival, with a 35% uptick in affiliated registrations versus 2019. Alongside the increase in traffic, the event was reported to …

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Rank outlines plans to reopen Grosvenor venues

Rank Group Plc has communicated its plans to reopen 44 Grosvenor Casino venues across England from 1 August, adhering to the government’s social distancing orders and public safety rules.  Grosvenor, the UK’s largest land-based casino operator, will begin the staggered reopening of a selected number of venues in England from Saturday 1 August – as Wales and Scotland’s casinos remain …

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IoM Digital appoints Chris Kissack as esports lead 

The Isle of Man Government has confirmed the appointment of Chris Kissack as Head of Esports for its digital agency –  Isle of Man Digital (IoM Digital). Taking office on 3 August, Kissack will be tasked with spearheading the Isle of Man’s launch of an esports enterprise programme, aimed at attracting new businesses to the self-governing British Crown jurisdiction.   A …

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223,000 customers activate Monzo gambling block

Digital bank Monzo has revealed that 223,000 of its customers have activated its gambling block feature, with the number of users having more than doubled in the past year. Reported on AltFi, the digital bank confirmed that approximately 5% of its total customer base had activated the gambling block feature which allows users to stop transactions to bookmakers, both in-person …

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Degree 53 expands technical and product development teams  

Industry design and innovation studio Degree 53 has strengthened its technical and product development team by promoting both Bav Patel and Peter Stringer to team directors.  The Manchester-based UX specialist has undertaken its decision following a period of sustained company growth under lockdown, in which Degree 53 hired a further 12 members of staff to help deliver ongoing projects. Updating …

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Jason Shiers, UKAT – Progress on problem gambling requires a deeper consciousness

Certified psychotherapist on addiction and mental health, Jason Shiers states that a change in the levels of consciousness is required to effectively tackle problem gambling as debate, discussion and research have been staggered by easy narratives.   ______________________ It is clear from the latest report from the House of Lords that a lot of time and effort has been spent considering …

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YGAM launches Parent Hub education service

The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) has committed to boosting education surrounding gambling-related harms with the launch of a new ‘Parent Hub’. The new service will provide families with ‘resources, information and activities to help build digital resilience and safeguard their children’. Amanda Atkinson, Head of Parental Engagement at YGAM said: “The enormous variety of games and in-app …

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