It is with immense pride, and after an incredible amount of work, that Betblocker.org and ThePOGG can announce the arrival of the Responsible Gambling Directory (RGD). This incredible resource is a master index of the different organisations – free and commercial – around the world that can offer help and support to those experiencing gambling related harms. The RGD is supremely easy to navigate via its 6 master categories: Phone Lines, RG Information, Blocking Gambling, Support Groups, Therapy and Emergency Help. Geotargeting ensures that the user is only able to view those organisations that can actually support them from their country of residence meaning their pathway to help is a direct one.
A growing frustration at the lack of a central resource of support mechanisms for those with gambling addiction issues led to the co-development of the RGD by BetBlocker – the responsible gambling charity – and ThePOGG.
Most industry experts agree on the fact that blocking softwares – such as that offered free to all be BetBlocker – are vital in bringing about recovery – but fresh insight is highlighting the fact that they work most effectively as part of a raft of support measures. BetBlocker intends to give those with problem gambling tendencies links to all means of support out there so that they are able to take back control of their lives. The RGD is giant hub for these links.
We were interested to hear more on the RGD project from BetBlocker Trustee, Duncan Garvie.
“The Responsible Gaming Directory has been a vast undertaking due to the global scope of the data involved. We simply would not have been able to bring this to a successful conclusion without assistance from the team at ThePOGG.com.
We are delighted that we are able to create the RGD to help those with gambling addiction issues find the right type of support for them, with ease. Some players will merely require information on how to pre-empt problem gambling behaviours whilst others will be in the midst of a crisis precipitated by their addiction – regardless – the RGD will lead them to the appropriate category of help in the country in which they are resident.”
BetBlocker is now at the stage of offering the use of their resource to other institutions who have a need for it. There is no other tool like this out there and so it is invaluable to those organisations that take safer gambling seriously. The BetBlocker team is most willing to build unique branded versions of their tool for any charity, non-profit, public educational institution or regulatory entity wishing to aid their users by making it clear to them just how many problem gambling support mechanisms are out there providing support.
Should any commercial enterprise wish to procure a branded version of the tool (this will include their personal logo and custom colour scheme) then this is also possible by committing to an annual donation in support of the charity, and the important work it does every day of the year.*
We were keen to find out more about these personalised versions of the tool so asked Mr Garvie to explain:
“Well simply put, iGaming operators and other gambling related agencies have direct contact with thousands of players every single day. Way more than we do. There is the potential for any player to experience problem gambling habits, and by working with these other institutions, we can meet the needs of far more vulnerable players than if we insist on hosting this information ourselves. We aren’t naïve – we know that in reality commercial organisations and charitable agencies – want things on their sites to look “right”. They want their logos on the pages, the colours to match those of the branding on the rest of the site. That’s not a big deal to us if it means more players get the help they need more quickly than ever before. It’s an idea we were all behind.”
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ACX, the leading environmental markets exchange, is pleased to announce that it has won the Environmental Finance 2023 Best Voluntary Carbon Market Exchange award for the 3rd year running.
Votes by active market participants determine the winners of the Environmental Finance awards. This third win cements ACX’s position as the top-tier provider of environmental market trading.
“We are constantly improving and questioning our systems and strategies. I believe this is central to winning this award for the 3rd year running. We are always adapting, questioning, and learning. This keeps us nimble and humble. It is this mix that enables us to improve and reach new heights. I would like to thank our clients and colleagues who voted for us. You can rest assured that we will continue to push the envelope.” said William Pazos, co-CEO and co-Founder of ACX.
ACX would like to express its gratitude for the support it has received from those voting in the awards, and to Environmental Finance for showcasing the transformative work in the voluntary carbon market sector.
The exchange would also like to take this opportunity to thank Enterprise Singapore – a statutory board under Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry – for their continuous support. Enterprise Singapore has been a valued partner to ACX and played a critical role in supporting the early development of our platform.
The ACX team would also like to offer its thanks to Deutsche Börse AG for their support as shareholders.
“AirCarbon Exchange has played a key role by pioneering the Voluntary Carbon Market, with its fully digital carbon trading platform built on blockchain technology – enabling financial impact at greater scale on decarbonisation efforts. Sustainability requires a global effort, and we’re proud to work with such a collaborative industry partner in carbon markets,” notes Peter Reitz, CEO at EEX.
Last but not least, ACX would like to thank its growing team for working tirelessly with integrity, professionalism, and care to provide an ever improving and smoother service.
The award is the culmination of another busy year at ACX, with the exchange continuing to build new partnerships and expand its operations globally.
The ACX team’s relentless pursuit of excellence has led to significant milestones:
- September 2023: Partnership with Athens Stock Exchange (ATHEX) in Greece to develop Carbon Market in the region
- July 2023: Partnership with EcoRegistry, a blockchain-based registry platform, and Cercarbono, a voluntary carbon market standards group, to enhance carbon offsetting accessibility
- April 2023: Collaboration with Japan’s Natural Capital Credit Consortium to revitalize the carbon credit market, including boosting carbon market activity in Japan
- March 2023: A groundbreaking partnership with StoneX to launch a US digital carbon marketplace
More announcements will be made soon, with ACX continuing to make strides to grow its partnerships and provide new and better services for its users to facilitate the vital journey towards net zero.
Learn more about this year’s Voluntary Carbon Market Rankings and ACX’s win in this article by Environmental Finance.
Jonas Warrer appointed acting group CEO of GiG
Following September’s announcement of Richard Brown stepping down from the role of CEO, the GiG Board of Directors has appointed Jonas Warrer as the acting group CEO effective from today. Jonas Warrer is currently the CEO of GiG’s Media division and will take on dual responsibility until the proposed process of the entities split is complete. Richard Brown will continue to support the business in an advisory board position until 31st December 2023 while the Platform & Sportbook division has secured strong leadership of Richard Carter, appointed as its CEO back in August.
Mr Warrer joined GiG in September 2017 through the acquisition of Rebel Penguin Aps, where he was founder and managing director. He has since worked to build up GiG Media, stepping up as Managing Director for the business unit since October 2019. GiG Media has seen a strong and impressive development under his leadership.
GiG initiated a strategic review earlier this year with the intention to split the Company into two separate companies, GiG Media and Platform & Sportsbook, giving the business units the potential to grow faster than in the current corporate structure.
Petter Nylander, Executive Chairman of GiG says: “We are very pleased to appoint Jonas as acting CEO through the process of splitting GiG into two distinct entities to enhance future expansion and drive shareholder value, in addition to his role as head of GiG Media. He has long experience within GiG and the industry and has been part of GiG’s executive management for 4 years”.
For further information, please contact:
Petter Nylander, Executive Chairman of GiG, [email protected] +46 76 525 09 55
Pariplay® set for North American showcase with aggregation webinar
NeoGames S.A (Nasdaq: NGMS) subsidiary Pariplay®, the leading aggregator and content provider, is set to ramp up its preparation for G2E by hosting two webinars focused on the power of aggregation in North American markets.
Ran by VP of North America, Shivan Patel, and Ashley Bloor, Director of Partnerships, the discussion will look at how aggregation platforms can revolutionise North American gaming offerings, as well as how localised content developed by in-house, or boutique studios can gain cut through in the saturated market.
In addition, there will be insightful conversation regarding compliance, licences, and various ways aggregation offerings can assist with strategic expansion plans, by utilising local knowledge.
Shivan Patel, VP of North America at Pariplay®, said: “The potential of the North American market is still really only just being tapped, and with a number of major conferences coming up, not least G2E, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share some of the insight we have gathered since being live in the continent.
“We can’t wait to explore the opportunities over the course of the two webinars, and look forward to the discussion.”
Ashley Bloor, Head of Partnerships at Pariplay, said: “Pariplay®’s aggregation platform offers us unique insight into operator successes, player preferences, and so much more, and we think this webinar series gives up the perfect opportunity to share our learnings and support the industry.
“From compliance to content, it touches on a number of key sections of the market, and we’re looking forward to welcoming people to our webinar!”
The webinars will take place on Tuesday, 26th of September and Wednesday, 4th of October, at 4pm CET.
To register your interest, please visit this link – https://webinarkit.com/webinar/registration/64ee20692491b253a236f0f9
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