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Gambling Channels suffer from YouTube’s policy

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Brian Christopher, who runs BrianChristopherSlots, has recently found that YouTube has terminated his account. It happened exactly at the time when he was gearing up to start a month-long promotional tour for the channel. It was a big blow as most of his revenues were coming from that channel and he had worked hard to make it a success. He has made more than 1100 vlogs of himself gambling, mostly on slot machines, and amassed 50 million views and 80,000 subscribers.

He contacted YouTube for reasons. In an email, YouTube explained the suspension was due to “repeated or severe violations” of its community guidelines, which prohibit “violent or dangerous acts that have an inherent risk of serious physical harm or death.”

Like many top creators, Christopher makes his full-time living from YouTube, and he’s terrified of losing his primary income source. He said he’s careful to get approval from the casinos he vlogs from as well as the slot-machine manufacturers before publishing his videos. He does not swear, feature explicit content, or do anything else he thinks might be perceived as violating YouTube’s notoriously vague guidelines, which he and many creators can almost recite by heart.

Christopher and other top creators are in a precarious position: Though their videos provide a steady stream of income to YouTube via advertising, they do not work for YouTube directly, and the company has a long history of deleting channels, demonetising videos or accounts without warning, and leaving creators with little to no recourse or explanation.

In January, YouTube made sweeping, sudden changes to the qualifications it used to judge whether channels were eligible to earn money on the platform. Thousands of small channels lost their ability to generate money on YouTube overnight and had no way to appeal. For the vast majority of YouTube creators who are not members of YouTube’s top 3 per cent, there is almost no direct line of communication to the company: Creators get automated emails saying their channels are penalised. When they try to reach out to YouTube, rather than get a person, they get more automated responses. While some encourage their fans to tweet at YouTube’s various Twitter handles, that usually proves fruitless, too.

This spring, some creators attempted to ban together and start a union, hoping that collective bargaining might help them better reach the company. Others simply quit the job entirely.

Ben, a vetted volunteer “trusted flagger,” who helps YouTube identify problematic content and offensive channels, said that after four years as a volunteer for YouTube, he’s seen tensions between YouTube and its creators peak in the past year.

“YouTube needs to be more transparent in their policies and give in-depth information to creators,” he said. “If a YouTube Trusted Flagger can’t distinguish whether there has been a violation based on the public information they give out I cannot see how they could expect most users to do so either.”

The YouTube gambling community is not massive, but its biggest channels have tens and sometimes hundreds of thousands of loyal and active fans, which allows them to broker brand deals with big-time casinos, gambling-machine manufacturers, and online gambling sites in Europe. After his channel was taken down, Christopher spent days trying to renegotiate deals he had made with casinos throughout his tour.

“YouTube doing this stuff absolutely jeopardizes my business relationships,” Christopher said. “I’m in contact with the casinos I was supposed to visit, I’m trying to put them at ease and continue on Facebook. I know I haven’t lost my brand … but it’s tough.”

Christopher’s channel was reinstated shortly after he spoke to The Atlantic, but other popular gambling channels have received permanent or temporary bans, or have had features, such as the ability to live stream, revoked.

Kim Hultman, a Swedish YouTuber who runs the gambling channel LetsGiveitaspinTV said that he was mid live stream when he found out YouTube shut down his channel.

“I checked my channel and it was gone. YouTube had shut it down completely. No notice,” he said. “I appealed and said I’ve been doing this over two years, I don’t understand why you’d decide to shut me down right now. They sent another generic mail saying we reviewed your appeal.”

“This is my full-time job,” he added. “You spend so many years to build it up and they can just erase it with one button.”

Since the first wave of bans, YouTubers said that they’ve felt a familiar wave of panic, knowing that they could be next. Though many attempts to diversify, YouTube’s platform is unique and many creators have been unsuccessful in their attempts to build audiences on other platforms to a similar scale.

“You need something like YouTube to help people find your channel,” Raja, who runs the YouTube gambling channel Raja Slots said during a live stream shortly after his channel was deleted, then reinstated earlier this week. “We have explored other options, but those other platforms aren’t going to help grow a channel.”

Source: theatlantic.com

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NSoft and Casa Pariurilor expand cooperation

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NSoft, premium betting software provider and Casa Pariurilor, a part of the largest Central European betting operator, have extended their cooperation by agreeing on implementation of NSoft´s In-Play MTS betting solution into Casa Pariurilor’s retail network. The network numbers over 700 shops in Romania, positioning Casa Pariurilor amongst the top three betting companies in this country.

Karlo Kralj, NSoft’s Regional Sales Agent announces: “I am delighted to confirm the continuation of excellent cooperation with our client Casa Pariurilor. It is one of the oldest and the most respected betting companies on the Romanian market. Casa Pariurilor`s experts have profound understanding of their market and are great in deciphering the players` needs. The partnership with Casa has helped us significantly by providing the essential market-insights and up-to-date knowledge about Romanian market trends.”

The first deal between NSoft and Casa Pariurilor was set in 2014 with the release of NSoft`s most popular product – Lucky Six, a draw-based game, together with Virtual Greyhound Races. Initially, the products were available in retail and afterwards, have extended to the client´s web.

“We have been working with NSoft for 5 years now and our cooperation is a role model of how B2B cooperation should look like. You know, you can buy a betting software anywhere, but the people make the difference. We witnessed the NSoft`s trustworthiness and reliability with excellent 24/7 support and great turnkey betting solution, thus the decision to use the advantages of NSoft`s Seven Betting Platform and its In-Play MTS solution in our retail network was a logical step forward,” concluded Lewis Findlay, General Manager Romania, Fortuna Entertainment Group.

NSoft`s Sportsbook solution driven by Betradar data provides clients with an extensive offer of up to 25,000 live events per month across 20+ sports. It is highly customizable sports betting platform requiring zero initial costs.

In addition, NSoft’s Seven Platform allows distribution of In-Play and Pre-Match offer through all available channels: retail, terminal, web, and mobile.

Source: Latest News at European Gaming Media
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Week 8 slot games releases

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Sit back, relax and check out this week’s latest slots releases!

 

First up it’s Wazdan‘s new game title, Space Gem – an intergalactic journey packed with colourful gems for collecting and cosmic prizes to be won, ready to inject a blast of colour to the middle of winter. Showcased earlier this month at ICE London 2019, Space Gem takes players on a ride through the galaxy, with the mission to collect colourful gems and access rich-space bounties with Expanding Wild symbol and Re-spins for a hyper engaging player experience.

Wazdan's Cosmic Slot Space Gem

 

Pariplay has released Zombies Gone Wildan original online video slot inspired by pop culture’s deep-rooted fascination with the living dead. Engaging characters, an atmospheric soundtrack and an array of exciting gameplay features, will have players of all experience players feeling like they are part of humanity’s last stand for survival. Pariplay’s Zombies Gone Wild features 50 lines that pay both ways for even bigger rewards as well as a collection of wilds, free spins and jackpots.

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NetEnt merges magic and mystery in it’s latest slot title Golden Grimoire! Moments of magic await in the 5-reel, 4-row, 20-fixed lines video slot, where symbols are transformed and can cover the whole row in winning combinations, thanks to a theme based around the Golden Grimoire, a powerful book of spells, sorcery and symbol transformation.

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Pragmatic Play, is whisking players away to the African savannah in its latest video slot Safari King. The 4×5, 50 payline game packs the reels with excitement, featuring elephants, zebras and rhinos as well as immersive sound design. Melissa Summerfield, Chief Commercial Officer at Pragmatic Play, said: “Players are sure to love the roar of Safari King, an excellent addition to our range of games bearing all the hallmarks of our flair for game design. Excellent central mechanics are combined with an engaging theme to create one of our most exciting products yet.”

 Pragmatic Play’s Latest Release: Safari King

 

Yggdrasil Gaming has released its heroic new slot, Champions of Rome, where mighty gladiators face off on the reels. Jonas Strandman, Head of Slots at Yggdrasil, said: “Champions of Rome is a visually impressive game where players are in control of how much they want to risk. Seasoned slot warriors can satisfy their thirst for adrenaline by choosing to risk it all, while more casual players can make a more conservative choice with guaranteed winnings.”

Yggdrasil - Champions of Rome

 

We finish this roundup with Microgaming, who has signed a long-term supplier agreement with game development studio, Crazy Tooth. The first game of the partnership is Arctic Valor™, a riveting new six-reel, 4,096 ways online slot. Crazy Tooth Studio® developed this exclusively for Microgaming. The new game involves fierce Valkyries and has a mythological background. David Reynolds, Games Publisher at Microgaming, added: “Arctic Valor provides a visually stunning journey into a land of ice and snow, complete with a fantastically vibrant, Norse-tinged atmosphere.“

Microgaming - Arctic Valor

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UK Gambling Commission mulls banning credit card for gambling transactions

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The UK Gambling Commission is considering a ban on credit cards for gambling-related transactions. The commission has invited recommendations and suggestions from the members of the public, gambling businesses and other stakeholders.

Paul Hope, an executive director at the Gambling Commission, said: “We are exploring measures that could help reduce the risk of harm to consumers who use their credit cards to gamble online, and to those who play on all Category B machines. We want consumers, gambling firms and other interested parties to have their say and provide evidence that will help us make gambling safer.”

UKGC has already agreed in principle that consumers should not gamble with money they do not have. Gambling with borrowed money is already well-established as a risk factor for harmful gambling.

Now it is seeking meaningful input to help determine if restrictions—potentially including an outright ban—are necessary to limit risks to consumers.

The other call for evidence gives an opportunity for gambling businesses to outline how they will meet the challenges set out in the UK Government’s Review of Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures over the protections for players using FOBTs.

Source: Latest News at European Gaming Media
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