French audiences will be warned of the risks of excessive gambling during the FIFA World Cup 2022, as l’Autorité Nationale des Jeux (ANJ) launches its first dedicated safer gambling campaign – ‘T’as vu, t’as perdu’ (‘You Saw, You Lost’).
The French gambling authority developed the campaign following research undertaken by Harris Interactive, which noted that “more than a third of French adults who plan to follow the World Cup intend to bet money during the competition”.
Set to be broadcast throughout World Cup 2022 (November 20–December 18), ‘T’as vu, t’as perdu’ aims to raise public awareness of excessive gambling and to combat myths around sports betting.
The ANJ believes that a winter World Cup will once again surpass French wagering records set by Euro 2020 (€435m) and World Cup 2018 (€366m) – underlining the need for its safer gambling campaign.
Of significance, the campaign targets engagement with male audiences under the age of 35, who are reported to wager the highest amount on football bets and are most prone to gambling excessively.
‘T’as vu, t’as perdu’ was developed by RosBeef, a Paris-based marketing agency that specialises in youth and millennial-targeted adverts and has created nationwide campaigns for Adidas France, Adobe and Heineken.
ANJ President Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin underlined the importance of the campaign to ensure that sports betting is maintained as a recreational activity during World Cup 2022.
“In addition to the campaigns carried out by the public authorities, the ANJ is launching its first prevention campaign,” Falque-Pierrotin explained.
“For the regulator, it is not a question of demonizing sports betting but of conveying to young people, by adopting their codes, a warning message on the risks of excessive gambling, when the practice of sports betting switches to the outside world.”
Everi’s Michael Rumbolz Elected American Gaming Association Chairman
The American Gaming Association (AGA) board of directors elected Michael Rumbolz, Executive Chair of the Board of Everi Holdings Inc., as the association’s new chairman. He will succeed Hard Rock International Chairman and Seminole Gaming CEO Jim Allen, who has served as AGA chairman since January 2022. Rumbolz begins his two-year term in January 2024.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to help shape gaming’s future as the AGA’s next chair,” said Rumbolz. “From stopping illegal gambling to evolving responsible gambling, the AGA is tackling transformational issues and I am eager to build on the progress made during Jim’s tenure.”
Working from a busboy to the c-suite, Rumbolz’s career spans all levels and aspects of the gaming industry with experience encompassing gaming equipment manufacturing and distribution; hotel and casino operations; casino fintech; digital gaming; and gaming legislation and regulation. Rumbolz previously served as President and CEO of Everi, Member and Chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, and Chief Deputy Attorney General of Nevada.
“It’s an honor to welcome Mike—an industry legend in his own right—as the next AGA chairman,” said AGA President and CEO Bill Miller. “Mike’s career as an operator, manufacturer and regulator is unparalleled and will be vital to driving meaningful progress on industry priorities.”
During Allen’s tenure as chairman, the AGA supported the industry’s record-setting COVID recovery while working to evolve the industry’s approach to responsible gaming and launching a new effort to stop illegal gambling.
“Jim’s knowledge, insight and guidance have helped the AGA advance our mission and maximize our impact for the industry. He’s been a trusted advisor to me, and I am thankful for his partnership over the last two years,” Miller continued.
“Our industry and this association have never been stronger. I am immensely proud of our success over the last two years accelerating gaming’s recovery while defining and advancing new priorities,” said Allen. “The AGA is well-positioned under Mike and Bill’s leadership.”
GREF Launches Anti-Money Laundering Working Group
The Gambling Regulators European Forum (GREF) Board has taken a significant step in enhancing the exchange of information among its members on the Anti-Money Laundering matters by establishing a new working group. The creation of this new working group underscores GREF’s commitment to a collaborative approach that strengthens the overall integrity and credibility of the industry.
The GREF Board has approved the appointment of Rachel Bezzina from the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) and Christophe Vidal from the French National Gambling Authority (ANJ) as co-chairs for the AML Working Group.
The AML Working Group marks the fifth addition to the existing working groups established by GREF. It joins the ranks of the Responsible Gambling, Digital & Innovation, InfoStat and Enforcement working groups. Each of these groups plays a crucial role in addressing specific aspects of the gambling industry, collectively contributing to the advancement and sustainability of the sector.
BetConstruct Receives German Licence for Virtual Slot Machine Games from GGL
Gaming technology and services provider BetConstruct has received a Virtual Slot Machines License from the GGL, Germany’s iGaming regulator.
By receiving this new licence, BetConstruct can now offer virtual online slot machines in compliance with German gambling laws and requirements. This opens up new horizons and opportunities for everyone interested in the German market, including slot game providers, BetConstruct operators and players alike.
Hermine Gevorgyan, Head of BetConstruct’s Licensing and Certification Department, said: “We are thrilled to announce our successful acquisition of the German virtual slot licence – a remarkable accomplishment that marks the culmination of a challenging and rewarding journey for our entire team.”
“Securing the German slot licence was undeniably a challenging journey, but today, we stand proud as we celebrate this significant achievement. With this licence in hand, we are poised to introduce a new niche to the market, setting higher standards and redefining excellence in the gaming industry with our innovative and award-winning products tailored for the German market,” Gor Mnatsakanyan, BetConstruct’s Regional Director in Germany, said.
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