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AMIQUS & Ukie’s #RaiseTheGame launch new EDI Platform, Empower Up



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Award-winning specialist games recruitment agency Amiqus and Ukie’s #RaiseTheGame initiative have today launched Empower Up, a comprehensive platform to equip games companies of all sizes with the knowledge, frameworks, guidance and resources they need to establish, improve or grow their Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) policies, practices and processes.

Empower Up is suitable for all games companies, wherever they are on their EDI journey. For those looking to gain more understanding about what EDI is and why it’s important, the Intro To EDI section provides an overview. It also provides a summary of different Diversity Characteristics and Under-Represented Groups, along with some specific advice and guidance on each.

At the heart of Empower Up is a practical Health Check tool that enables games companies to benchmark where they are on their EDI journey. This will then signpost those companies and individuals to specific areas of the website where they can gain relevant advice and actionable steps on how to move forwards.


The EDI Journey section provides just that information and guidance, covering a number of areas, including:

  • Getting Started
  • Your Workplace Culture
  • Recruitment & Hiring
  • Staff Development & Retention
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Accessibility & Representation
  • Activities & Outreach
  • Legal Requirements

Meanwhile, a Resources section will provide inspirational Case Studies from studios already doing great work in EDI; a Directory of EDI organisations and initiatives; and a Glossary of Terms area. News and Events will also be regularly updated.

Studios and individuals are encouraged to sign up to become Empower Up Members, which will provide additional benefits, namely:

  • Take the Health Check and save results, allowing you to monitor your progress
  • Access to informative Case Studies from other games businesses and organisations
  • Bookmark articles to save in your personal Reading List
  • Downloadable resources, such as document and policy templates
  • Receive a monthly newsletter
  • VIP invitations to Empower Up events

Empower Up is a not-for-profit, industry-led platform from Amiqus and #RaiseTheGame.

Amiqus is headed up by Business Manager Liz Prince. With 20 years industry experience as a woman in games, she is also the force behind the G Into Gaming campaign, a pro bono initiative to drive more diversity and promote gender balance in the games industry. She is also a Women in Games Ambassador and a regular speaker on EDI topics at industry events. She said:

“There are many studios and employees who know that making their organisations a more inclusive, equal and welcoming place is the right thing to do – but often they just don’t know where to start, or how to progress. That is where the idea for Empower Up was created. There are some brilliant organisations and initiatives out there, but nothing that pulls everything together in one place to help studios to take actionable steps in this area. Empower Up has been a real labour of love, and we’re really proud and happy that it’s now ready to help games companies in the UK push forward with their EDI efforts.”

Ukie’s #RaiseTheGame initiative aims to get games businesses of all sizes to pledge to improve EDI through diverse recruiting practices, building inclusive working environments and representing voices in their games. Dom Shaw is the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator for Ukie, as well as managing #RaiseTheGame. He said:


“It’s really exciting to see Empower Up come to life, and we thank both Amiqus and our leading #RaiseTheGame partners for supporting this important project. We want the games industry to be a more diverse and inclusive community, in which people from all backgrounds are welcome, valued and can flourish in their careers. Empower Up exists to empower organisations and individuals in the UK games industry to take their EDI knowledge and practices to the next level, through measurable and actionable steps. We look forward to seeing it in action in studios around the UK.”

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2rbo Affiliates Shortlisted for Best Newcomer at iGB Affiliate Awards 2024



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2rbo Affiliates, a standout casino and sportsbook affiliate program, is thrilled to announce that it has been shortlisted for the Best Newcomer category at the iGB Affiliate Awards 2024. This recognition is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and strong partnerships that the team at 2rbo Affiliates has built since its launch in 2023.

Jonjo Walsh, Affiliate Manager at 2rbo Affiliates, said, “Being shortlisted for the Best Newcomer category is an incredible achievement for our team. We’ve put in a lot of effort, built strong connections with our partners, and it’s gratifying to see recognition for all our hard work. A big thank you to everyone involved, and to iGB Affiliate for shortlisting us.”

2rbo Affiliates, launched in 2023, operates under four licenses (SGA, MGA, DE, and IE) and manages seven licensed brands. The company offers a range of pricing models, flexible commissions, and no negative carryover, providing a reliable return on affiliates’ efforts. A stellar ReferOn platform ensures easy and efficient affiliate management.


The iGB Affiliate Awards 2024 are part of the iGB Affiliate London 2024 event, designed to celebrate individuals and teams in affiliate marketing and iGaming. The awards will take place following the second day of iGB Affiliate London on 8 February 2024.

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Hacksaw Gaming Debuts DraftKings Partnership in New Jersey





The launch celebrates another North American venture with DraftKings this quarter.

Hacksaw Gaming established its business relationship with DraftKings this time last year. The pair have embarked on a North American takeover since, having successfully set the collaboration in motion in West Virginia after receiving full regulatory approval in June. The studio has already set eager sights on Pennsylvania as another future target.

Gripping the charts as renowned industry lead in the US, DraftKings has rolled out Hacksaw’s classic slots, Chaos Crew and OmNom, alongside fan-favourite Dare2Win games Mines and Boxes. The games have received a warm welcome in the online casino lobby following a fruitful agreement to brand Hacksaw’s first 10 games with exclusivity in the market for the next 2 weeks.

“Having secured such a significant presence in the US in 2023 is something we are incredibly proud of,” said Marcus Cordes, CEO of Hacksaw Gaming, “our hard work takes form in our ever-increasing footprint”.

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ESA Gaming partners with Novibet for global distribution deal



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ESA Gaming, the innovative games provider, has joined forces with Novibet in a deal that has seen the EasySwipe™ portfolio go live with the operator globally.

ESA Gaming’s mobile-first content is now available to Novibet’s customers in numerous key markets such as Greece, Ireland, Finland, Mexico and Colombia.

Players can enjoy a selection of lightweight titles that integrate seamlessly into a sportsbook or gaming site. By simply swiping in and out of the two verticals, users have access to the best quality casino games without disrupting the sports betting experience.


Novibet will benefit from the games’ proven cross-selling capacity which helps sportsbooks to engage players for longer, increasing retention rates.

Top-performing titles include Pirate Mine, Fruitz & Spinz, Goal Mine, and ESA Gaming’s first crash-style games, Rocket Racers and Big Fish Bonanza.

The partnership sees ESA Gaming significantly expand its footprint in markets in Europe and LatAm, where Novibet has a wide customer base.

Thomas Smallwood, Head of Marketing at ESA Gaming, said: “Furthering our reach in markets around the globe together with Novibet is a fantastic achievement and testament to the growing interest in our portfolio of non-traditional content.

“As we continue to expand our product offering, we are grateful to have strong partners like Novibet to help further establish ourselves as a leading provider to online operators.”


Foteini Matthaiou, Casino Product & CRM Director at Novibet, said: “As new breed of customers and players with diverse demographics choose Novibet for their entertainment, we are always looking for alternatives to traditional slots and ESA Gaming provides just that.

“By integrating the EasySwipe™ portfolio we bolster our offering with unique content that is perfectly tailored to a growing mobile audience and that helps us cross-sell between different verticals.”

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