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Gambling websites declare: cartoon slot machine games are not for kids

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If you do a simple Google search on some of the betting websites, you could end up thinking that Google’s famed search algorithm has finally failed. You can see fluffy kittens, pink dragons and chubby pandas – some of the graphics appear to be coming straight out of a child’s storybook. But no. Google is correct. Those graphics do appear in some of the betting websites.

The betting websites are banned from directly targeting children, but some such websites still offer games filled with these fairy tale favourites. And some of these websites have no age checks in place either.

One slot-machine game featured on several websites is based around a cartoon Pied Piper, which seems appropriate considering that the Pied Piper lured kids to their doom.

It is freely available to play with no checks on betting sites including the Malta-registered videoslots.com.

Equally enchanting are the cuddly pets on the slot machine game OMG! Kittens on Slotboss.co.uk.

Anyone can have a go without checks in “free-play mode.”

The site is run by LeoVegas Gaming Ltd, a Swedish company based in Malta, while the game is made by WMS Gaming of Chicago – this is a global industry.

Other equally accessible gambling games on the site include Top Cat and Inspector Gadget, Monopoly, or feature pixies.

On Meccabingo.com there’s Fluffy Favourites, which boasts how it is “Packed with pink elephants, happy hippos and dinky dragons.”

You can sign up with a fake address, date of birth, and email address and tempt you to start playing you’re given on-site money. The only age verification is by checking a box.

The site is run by Rank Group – latest annual profits £83.5million.

Over on Betfair, there are slot machine games showing cartoon penguins, the children’s card game Top Trumps and the fairy tale character the Big Bad Wolf. Part of the same company as Paddy Power, Betfair had an online revenue of £898million last year.

“No one under the age of 18 is allowed to bet with Betfair, we have rigorous authentication procedures that kick in as soon as someone seeks to fund an account,” the company stated.

“All the games on our site are tightly controlled, and advertised in accordance with guidance issued by the Gambling Commission and the ASA.”

In theory, children cannot lose money on these sites but our sister newspaper the Sunday People told last week how easily a 13-year-old boy blew £60,000 in a week betting online after setting up an account using his father’s credit card. We contacted these companies for comment and were referred to the industry body Remote Gambling Association.

Spokesman Brian Wright said: “From an online gambling perspective there is always a risk of designing fun games for adults that might inadvertently attract children but it would never be the intention to deliberately target youngsters,” he insisted.

Contrast that with an adjudication published last week by the Advertising Standards Authority against m88.com, run by ProgressPlay Limited of Malta.

The watchdog’s ruling concerned three games and just look at their names: Fairytale Legends Red Riding Hood, Fairytale Legends Hansel and Gretel, and Fairies Forest.

M88, sponsors of Bournemouth FC, maintained that the games were made by a third party software company and appeared on other gambling sites, as if that makes it OK.

The company even insisted that they “did not feature any content that was likely to be of particular appeal to children.”

The ASA disagreed and ruled that the games violated multiple advertising codes.

Ian Angus, programme director at the Gambling Commission, said: “It is unacceptable for gambling websites to display freely accessible adverts, which feature images that are likely to appeal particularly to under-18s.”

“We support any action taken by the Advertising Standards Authority against firms that fail to protect ­children.”

“We recently consulted on strengthening our own rules on advertising. This would mean that gambling firms that break advertising rules could be subject to the full range of our regulatory powers, including fines.”

Recent figures published by the Government ­estimate 370,000 ­children gamble every week.

Source: mirror.co.uk

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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.

 Pariplay’s New Zombies Gone Wild Video Slot

 

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.

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