New Irish Research Centre’s Study Claims Video Games Could Help in Mental Health Issues Treatment

New Irish Research Centre’s Study Claims Video Games Could Help in Mental Health Issues Treatment

A new study carried out by The Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre of Software, also known as Lero, has found that video games could actually help the treatment of some mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety. The report, which sought to answer the question of whether video games were good for people’s mental health, concluded that commercial video games could be an effective way to mitigate some mental health problems both with or without traditional therapeutic treatments. The finding has been announced at a time when there have…

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UK Gambling Operators Face Criticism for Leaving Problem Gambler Spend £1.3 Million of Misappropriated Funds as Bets

UK Gambling Operators Face Criticism for Leaving Problem Gambler Spend £1.3 Million of Misappropriated Funds as Bets

Gambling operators won £1.3 million in stolen funds from a problem gambler without making sure where the funds came from. The revelations once again fuelled concerns about whether the gambling firm’ due diligence to players who lose large amounts of money on their services. The beginning of the week saw a Norwich crown court sentenced the 44-year-old Andy May to four years in jail for fraud after the man confessed that he used to misappropriate funds from the company he worked at. As reported by The Guardian, Mr May siphoned…

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Full Ban on Gambling Ads Backed by the Wider Public in the UK, New Research Finds

Full Ban on Gambling Ads Backed by the Wider Public in the UK, New Research Finds

Nationwide research has found that the majority of the public in the UK supports a full ban on gambling advertising, while three-quarters of the public believe the authorities should impose take stricter measures in terms of the existing regime. The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), an independent, multi-disciplinary charity, cited the survey in which more than 12,000 people participated, and urged the UK Government to use the ongoing review of the country’s gambling legislative and regulatory framework and reduce the number of gambling adverts aired on various media channels,…

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ASA Reports a Decline in British Children’s Exposure to TV Gambling Ads from 2013 Figures

ASA Reports a Decline in British Children’s Exposure to TV Gambling Ads from 2013 Figures

A few days ago, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) released its latest report on the exposure of British children to TV gambling adverts. According to the authority’s report, the exposure of the local underage audiences reached its lowest point for the last 13 years in 2020. The UK advertising regulator published the updated figures about the children’s exposure to age-restricted TV adverts, especially ads for gambling and alcohol, in 2020. The coronavirus outbreak significantly changed the daily routines and behaviours of local consumers, especially considering the periods of lockdown during…

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UK Government to Increase Land-Based and Online Gambling Operators’ Licence and Application Fees

UK Government to Increase Land-Based and Online Gambling Operators’ Licence and Application Fees

The beginning of the week saw the UK Government publish its response to a consultation on a proposal seeking to increase the fees that gambling operators in the country are expected to pay to the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) for the right to offer their services. The last time when the fees applicable to gambling companies were revised was in 2017. The newly increased fees are expected to help the UK gambling regulatory body respond to new technological developments, risks and challenges, as well as the constantly increasing costs of…

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High-Profile Football Experts Criticised for Helping the UK Gambling Industry Lure Young Audiences to Their Services

High-Profile Football Experts Criticised for Helping the UK Gambling Industry Lure Young Audiences to Their Services

An ongoing social media campaign involving high-profile football experts from the BBC and ITV has faced accusations of making gambling look normal to young audiences. According to opponents, the campaign has also been encouraging problem gambling by promoting betting during the Euro 2020 tournament. Last week, SkyBet rolled out a number of videos featuring Roy Keane, the Irish football manager and an ITV Euro 2020 expert, and Micah Richards, a BBC Euro 2020 pundit, on a special trip to Wembley. The five videos, which are being aired under the SkyBet…

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Victorian Royal Commission to Get More Time and Money to Complete the Ongoing Investigation into Crown Melbourne

Victorian Royal Commission to Get More Time and Money to Complete the Ongoing Investigation into Crown Melbourne

Earlier today, the Victorian Government shared that it will provide the Royal Commission into the Melbourne operations of Crown Resorts with more time and money in order to allow it to expand the range of the issues that are being investigated. The announcement came as another step in the state’s regulatory scrutiny on the Australian gambling giant and was made at a time when Crown Resorts is dealing with the suspension of its new casino licence for its Sydney-based AU$2.2-billion facility. In a statement, issued on June 11th, the Victorian…

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Hamilton City Council Calls for Standard Minimum Contribution Rates for All Forms of Casino Gambling

Hamilton City Council Calls for Standard Minimum Contribution Rates for All Forms of Casino Gambling

Hamilton City Council wants to see SkyCity Hamilton start following suit of other gambling venues around the country and contribute 40% of its poker machine proceeds to the community. For the time being, the Victoria St casino contributes only 1.5% of its poker machine profits to the community on an annual basis. This inconsistency has been highlighted by the draft submission made by Hamilton City Council to the Gambling Commission’s upcoming review of casino licence conditions around the country. Currently, the gambling operators that hold the so-called Class 4 licence,…

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Sazka’s Allwyn Unit Appoints Gambling Addiction and Player Protection Specialist to Consult Its UK National Lottery Bid

Sazka’s Allwyn Unit Appoints Gambling Addiction and Player Protection Specialist to Consult Its UK National Lottery Bid

The UK division of Sazka Group – Allwyn – has appointed Dr Mark Griffiths, a psychologist and behavioural addiction specialist, to an advisory board for its takeover offer for the fourth operating licence of the National Lottery. Dr Griffiths will have advisory functions on player protection measures and is set to establish a close relationship not only with Allwyn bid chair Sir Keith Mills but also with other researchers who specialise in studying problem gambling. The company will count on his 34-year experience, during which Dr Griffiths has served as…

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ASA Says Normalisation of Gambling Could Be Predicted after the 2005 Gambling Act Deployment

ASA Says Normalisation of Gambling Could Be Predicted after the 2005 Gambling Act Deployment

In a submission to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the advertising regulator in the UK has noted that the normalisation of gambling came as a consequence of the 2005 Gambling Act and could have been predicted. Submitting its written opinion to the DCMS as part of the consultation on the 2005 Gambling Act, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has explained that the piece of legislation’s duty was to depict gambling advertising that makes potentially dangerous or irresponsible gambling behaviour as normal to the wider public. Within…

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