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Studies find links between loot box spending and problem gambling

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New research has proved that there is a strong link between problematic gambling behaviours and spending money on loot boxes.

The results of the research are published in the journal PLOS One as two studies. The results indicate that people who spend more money on loot boxes are also more likely to be unable to keep their gambling habits in check.

“Loot boxes are extremely widespread. A recent analysis we did showed that they may feature in as many as 63% of mobile games. They’re extremely profitable, too: They’re estimated to have perhaps generated as much as $30 billion in revenue in 2018,” said study author David Zendle of York St. John University.

“They’re also highly worrying — there are clear parallels between loot boxes and potentially harmful activities like gambling. Given their prevalence, importance, and the lack of literature on them, I think a good question is ‘Why weren’t more people running these studies?’”

The researchers had 1172 gamers complete psychological surveys regarding problem gambling and loot box spending.

The participants all reported regularly playing at least of one of ten popular games that feature loot boxes: Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, League of Legends, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Counter-Strike: GO, FIFA 18, Rocket League, DOTA 2, Team Fortress 2, and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege.

“There is a link between loot box spending and problem gambling. However, we’re not sure if this means that loot boxes literally cause problem gambling, or if it means that people who are already problem gamblers spend significantly more money on loot boxes. In either case, though, it doesn’t look socially beneficial.”

On average, the participants reported spending $19.58 on loot boxes in the past month. But some had spent up to $2300.

The study replicates the finding of previous research conducted by Zendle and published in 2018. That study, which examined 7422 gamers, found that people with more severe gambling problems tended to spend more on loot boxes.

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Ganapati to Launch Manny Pacquiao Slot Game in September

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Ganapati PLC is going to launch boxing legend Manny Pacquiao themed slot game in September. Proceeds from the game will go to the Manny Pacquiao Foundation, supporting children’s education in the Philippines.

The game’s focus on fighting represents the local communities’ fight for a brighter future, something that Pacquiao strives for in his role as a senator of the Philippines. Elected to the Philippine Senate in 2016, he was firmly established as a leading figure in politics.

“This opportunity is extremely exciting for us as it represents Ganapati’s considerable growth within the industry. We’re delighted to be involved in this project with the octuple champion Manny Pacquiao – a true global superstar. It is wonderful to know the extent to which Ganapati is now being recognised in the industry,” Juliet Adelstein, CEO of Ganapati Europe Holding and Ganapati Malta said.

“Manny Pacquiao has defeated countless powerful players in the past – no matter how strong his opponent, he always faces them head on and without fear. This mental strength of his can be seen not only in his role as a pro-boxer, but also as a politician and future leader of the Philippines. Manny Pacquiao is the most successful and respected athlete in Asia and an incredibly skilled and determined politician. It is an honour to be able to produce his official game,” Hayato Terai, CLO of Ganapati PLC and Ganapati Malta said.

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iMovo becomes First Premier Implementation Partner for Zendesk in EMEA

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iMovo Ltd, an acknowledged leader in Customer Experience Management (CEM), Business Intelligence (BI), Workforce Management (WFM) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), is pleased to announce that it has achieved Zendesk Premier Implementation Partner status, the first such partner in the EMEA region to do so.

Building on its previous Premier Solution Provider status and having achieved a 100% successful track record of numerous implementations of the Zendesk customer service solution, iMovo’s Customer Service Engagement consultants underwent additional study and certification leading to the Premier Implementation Partner status.

With expertise across many industries and business functions, combined with a team of certified consultants, iMovo has helped organisations improve their customer service operations, foster satisfied customers and build loyal relationships as well as create new efficiencies and generate value and cost savings.

Commenting on this achievement, Emmanuel Buttigieg, Zendesk Line Advisor at iMovo said “This new status has us extremely happy and we see this as a clear sign of the commitment the two companies are making towards bringing cutting edge customer service across multiple markets including the UK, France, Malta, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, and Spain. Customer experience management has been a key focus for iMovo since its inception in 2010 and, with more than 60 successful projects under our belt, our team has demonstrated our vision, culture, and passion for customer experience and service management. As Premier Implementation Partners we look forward to continue working closely with Zendesk across the EMEA region.”

For more information please visit www.imovo.com.mt or send an email to info@imovo.com.mt.

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Rush Street Launches Online Sports Bets and Casino Games on iOS Devices in Pennsylvania

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Rush Street Interactive has launched online sports bets and play casino games on iOS devices in Pennsylvania. Players are finally able to place online sports bets and play casino games on iOS devices, via Rush Street Interactive’s BetRivers.com and PlaySugarHouse.com sites.

The launch has been facilitated by GeoGuard Location Validator, a new app launched through a partnership between GeoComply, a geolocation specialist.

“As we launch our casino site today, we are excited to offer Apple users a way to enjoy the innovative experiences we offer by betting from their mobile devices in Pennsylvania. We’re pleased that players with Apple mobile devices will be able to use the mobile web to play with PlaySugarHouse.com,” Richard Schwartz, president of Rush Street Interactive said.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer loyal users with Apple devices, such as iPhones, a way to get online and begin playing on our award-winning platform,” Schwartz added.

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