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GambleAware Appoints Four New Trustees to its Board

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GambleAware has appointed four new trustees to its Board.

The appointments focus on building public health, governance and commissioning expertise at GambleAware, to guide the delivery of the charity’s five-year organisational strategy and its vision of a society safe from gambling harm.

The trustees were selected following an extensive recruitment process. The new trustees joining the Board are:

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Baroness Hilary Armstrong, Labour member of the House of Lords, who has extensive experience in non-executive leadership roles including her role as a Board Member for Durham and Darlington Hospital Foundation Trust; Chair of Tony Blair Sports Foundation, and Trustee of Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales. Baroness Armstrong was, until 2018, also Chair of the charity Changing Lives, which supports people with complex needs, and continues to work with the organisation advising on their work with women.

Marina Gibbs, Policy Director within Ofcom’s Networks and Communications group who currently oversees Ofcom’s work in the postal sector and directs policy projects across Ofcom’s regulatory sectors. Marina brings over 20 years’ experience in operating at Board level in both executive and non-executive roles. Marina has served as Lay Non-Executive member on the Legal Services Board, the legal sector’s oversight regulator, and as Co-Chair of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications Remedies expert working group. Prior to moving to Ofcom, Marina was a Partner with Spectrum Strategy consultants.

Mubin Haq, Chief Executive of Standard Life Foundation, which funds and commissions research, policy work and advocacy activities focused on improving living standards and addressing financial problems of low-to-middle income earners, which will bring valuable insight, knowledge, and perspective to GambleAware. Mubin also has extensive Board-level experience, having served as Director at several organisations including London Strategic Migration Partnership, London Funders and serving on a committee of London & Quadrant Housing Association. He was also recently Director of Policy & Grants for Trust For London.

Dr. Koravangattu Valsraj, is a consultant psychiatrist at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Senior Clinical Lecturer at Kings College London. He is on the specialist register of the General Medical Council with dual accreditation in Psychiatry of Learning Disability and General Adult Psychiatry with specialty endorsement in Liaison Psychiatry. Valsraj has substantial experience in clinical leadership roles in different boroughs in London, has provided leadership services for two mental health trusts, and has been part of a senior leadership board for a leading University Hospital in India. He is currently serving as a Trustee at mental health charity Careif and will be instrumental in GambleAware’s efforts to increase access and support for gambling harms amongst minority communities and networks.

GambleAware’s Chair of trustees, Kate Lampard CBE, said: “We are very pleased to announce the appointment of four new trustees, each of whom bring with them skills and experience which will help guide and support GambleAware as it works to deliver its new five-year strategy.

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“Our current Board composition is strong on health and public health, but we recognised there was a clear need to increase the diversity of the Board and extend the skill base of trustees. With these new appointments, we look forward to building and expanding the Board’s expertise that will support the charity in the years ahead.”

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90 suspicious betting alerts reported by IBIA in Q2 2024

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The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) reported 90 alerts of suspicious betting to the relevant authorities in the second quarter (Q2) of 2024.

The Q2 2024 total is 3% less that the revised figure of 93 alerts in Q1 2024 and an increase of 80% when compared to the Q2 2023 total of 50 alerts. IBIA and its growing membership monitor over $300bn per annum in betting turnover (handle) across more than 125 sports betting brands globally, making IBIA the largest betting integrity monitor of its type in the world.

The 90 incidents of suspicious betting in Q2 concerned 8 sports, across 25 countries and 5 continents. Other key data for Q2 2024 includes:

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  • Three sports (eSports, football, table tennis) accounted for 84% of all alerts in Q2.
  • eSports provided around 50% of the Q2 total; however, the majority of those alerts concern a single linked case, which has also contributed to a revised Q1 figure of 43.
  • Poland had the highest number of country specific alerts with 6 cases.
  • The 19 alerts on sporting events in Europe in Q2 2024 is an increase of 15 on the 4 alerts in Q1, but a decrease on the 31 cases in Q2 2023.

Khalid Ali, IBIA CEO, said: “An increase in the Q2 and revised Q1 alerts compared to previous quarters is primarily related to a linked case in eSports. The situation is being monitored closely and heightened vigilance advocated as we seek to work with stakeholders to investigate. While the increase in alerts may understandably draw attention, it should be noted that eSports saw a significant reduction in annual alerts across IBIA’s membership in 2023. The case again highlights the importance and effectiveness of customer account monitoring in the detection of suspicious betting and the protection of sporting events, consumers and regulated betting markets.”

The Q2 integrity report includes a focus on Brazil ahead of the opening of the market to licensed operators which is expected to see $34bn in betting turnover onshore, creating $2.8bn in taxable revenue by 2028. IBIA has also recently called for other Latin American jurisdictions to adopt the Brazilian regulatory framework and integrity provisions, which include a requirement that licensed sports betting operators should join an independent integrity monitoring body.

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iDenfy designs an exclusive free identity verification application on Bubble

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iDenfy’s easily integrated KYC plugin is now available for download on the fastly-growing no-code platform

iDenfy, a Lithuania-based RegTech company offering automated identity verification and fraud prevention solutions, introduced a new addition to its variety of KYC integration options, this time, a unique application on Bubble. iDenfy’s Know Your Customer (KYC) plugin on the no-code platform is designed to serve as a straightforward, simple, and highly affordable identity verification option on the market, ideal for startups.

iDenfy presented a new opportunity for businesses looking to simplify their KYC compliance burdens with easier, more affordable, and accessible ID verification options. To stand out in the market, after building KYC plugins for WordPress, Magento, Zapier, and WooCommerce, iDenfy’s team announced its new KYC application on Bubble, a well-established no-code platform that facilitates app development through a drag-and-drop editor.

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iDenfy’s new KYC plugin on Bubble allows businesses to meet KYC requirements by using a completely free identity verification service, eliminating the need to build the entire solution from scratch. According to iDenfy, by choosing this approach, startups, and SMBs can save costs and streamline KYC checks without having to worry about the hassle of heavy coding or handling large data volumes.

“Our new plugin on Bubble is a great alternative to other third-party solutions due to its simplicity and crucial long-term benefits, like time savings on manual resources and accelerated scalability,” says Domantas Ciulde, the CEO of iDenfy.

iDenfy’s KYC plugin provides built-in features for document verification, facial recognition, and 3D liveness detection. Additionally, it offers the option of real-time human supervision for manual identity verification checks, ensuring complete accuracy. According to iDenfy, their app on Bubble is the simplest and most cost-effective method to verify identities online, applicable to various business models such as e-commerce platforms, crypto exchanges, financial service providers, and more.

After analyzing the market, iDenfy chose to present its new application on Bubble due to its powerful workflows, flexible database, and, more importantly, the ability to build sophisticated applications without coding. Currently, Bubble Bubble positions itself as the go-to platform for everyone, including beginners without product-building experience, offering simplified full-stack app development through user-friendly drag-and-drop functionality.

With the same goal at its core, after installing iDenfy’s KYC plugin on Bubble, users will access it on their plugin tab. This simple process will be completed after ensuring proper functionality and enabling the Bubble data API by completing a few key fields: iDenfy API key, secret, Bubble application data API URL, and Token. As claimed by iDenfy, this plugin not only enables companies to confirm the identity of global users but also safeguards against fraudulent attacks, maintaining a consistent level of positive user experience for legitimate customers.

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iDenfy’s recently launched plugin on Bubble enables customization or extension of existing software applications without altering their core code. This functionality empowers developers to add new features or integrate with third-party services seamlessly. While suitable for entrepreneurs, business owners, and aspiring developers, the Bubble platform is recognized for its strengths in scalability, security, and ready-made integrations, such as iDenfy’s KYC app, which establishes a robust foundation for balancing user security and mandatory compliance.

With the new plugin, iDenfy aims to elevate its fraud prevention hub and provide a new level of easy integration and extensive functionality with a developer-friendly approach through pre-built elements. Domantas Ciulde, the CEO of iDenfy, adds: “We want to help businesses get started with identity verification in a fast, hassle-free, and compliant manner, which is the key to long-term success.”

It’s worth mentioning that iDenfy has gained recognition in recent years for its multi-level KYC/KYB/AML compliance solutions. With a 4.9-star rating from over 70 reviews, iDenfy is recognized as the leading identity verification service based on G2’s customer satisfaction rate. In the near future, the company plans to develop additional standardized, free, and easily integrated KYC plugins while maintaining a focus on other services, such as Business Verification for corporate clients.

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INSPIRED LAUNCHES ONLINE AND MOBILE GAMES: 20P BOOST ROULETTE™ AND WOLF IT UP!™

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Inspired Entertainment, Inc., a leading B2B provider of gaming content, systems and solutions, is pleased to announce its July line-up of mobile and online games: 20p Boost Roulette™ and Wolf It Up!™.

20p Boost Roulette™ is a thrilling new twist on Inspired’s classic table game, 20p Roulette™. This latest launch enhances the traditional roulette experience with its electrifying Boost Spinbar, offering players an exhilarating way to maximise their winnings from straight bets, spin after spin.

At the start of each game, players are invited to place their bets on the main betting table or on the neighbouring table, setting the stage for the game’s Spinbar to whirl into action. The Spinbar’s dynamic design, features three sections that determine a player’s odds for straight bets. Landing on the 50/1 section triggers the Boost, while hitting the 100/1 section activates the Super Boost, paving the way for potentially substantial wins.

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With a return to player (RTP) rate ranging between 95.07% and 97.3%, 20p Boost Roulette is the perfect game for roulette enthusiasts seeking both excitement and rewards.

Wolf It Up!™ featuring Cash Bank™ is a captivating, big bad wolf-themed successor to Inspired’s smash-hit slot, Big Piggy Bank™. With its vibrant, enchanted forest backdrop, the game’s eponymous Wolf takes players on a thrilling ride to fun and fortune.

Landing four or more apples with cash values in the base game triggers the Cash Bank Free Spins Bonus, awarding players with eight complimentary Free Spins. The game’s innovative pseudo-persistence feature ensures that every apple collected in the base game contributes to the apple pile, which can activate the exhilarating Wolf Wheel Bonus Game, at random. Players can spin the Wolf Wheel for a chance to enter the Cash Bank Bonus, win additional Free Spins, or hit one of four Prize Pots—Mini, Minor, Major, or Grand.

Depending on jurisdiction, players can activate Fortune Spins in the base game for an enhanced gameplay experience, where one in five spins will trigger bonuses or collections. Inspired’s Gamble feature is also available, allowing players to risk their base game wins for more cash or to increase their chances of triggering the Bonus.

With two available RTP rates of 92% and 94.5%, Wolf It Up!™ is a medium-volatility game designed to appeal to casual online slots players.

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Claire Osborne, Vice President of Interactive at Inspired, said: “Our summer games line up is brimming with superb iGaming content, and 20p Boost Roulette and Wolf It Up! are exciting additions to Inspired’s growing portfolio. Our hit table game, 20p Roulette has been given a boost with new enhanced features, set to take players on a fun journey, where every spin is a chance to boost their winnings. Wolf It Up! is packed with vibrant symbols and great features that offer players an entertaining adventure that’s filled with big potential wins and non-stop excitement for that perfect, fairy-tale ending.

“From table games to slots and more, Inspired’s got Operators covered. Watch this space for more great games launching throughout this year.”

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