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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.”

Industry News

Biggest iGB L!VE on record opens in Amsterdam



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The 2024 edition of iGB L!VE, the last to be held in Amsterdam prior to its 2025 relocation to London, opened today (17 July) with attendees participating in the biggest edition of the show on record.

A sustained level of international interest has seen iGB L!VE registrations increase 40% year-on-year with industry professionals from 121 nations heading for Amsterdam.

Delegates will have access to 300+ exhibitors and sponsors occupying over 21,000 square metres of gross space, up 35% on the 2023 figure.


The iGB L!VE Conference Program features 50+ speakers across 21 sessions. Built around four core themes of: Markets and Convergence, Player Engagement, Building for the Future and Protecting Your Business – headline sessions include a live masterclass on ways to engage players in the world’s hottest online casino markets, innovation in slot game design, navigating cyber threats in the aftermath of an attack, the role of ESG in boosting M&A valuations, parasite SEO, surviving the search bar squeeze, link localisation in Spain and LatAm, and how affiliates should respond on player protection.

iGB L!VE got off to a dynamic start with Michel Groothuizen, the chair of the Dutch regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) making the opening address. The appearance was Michel Groothuizen’s first in front of an international igaming audience following his appointment as Chair of the KSA effective 1 July.

This was followed by a Keynote delivered by Sam Sadi, CEO of LiveScore Group. Sadi who has worked across the sports media and betting industries for more than 25-years presented how to drive growth through media partnerships and convergence.

In a number of ‘firsts’ iGB L!VE is hosting the ASCEND Women & Allyship Meet-Up, a new year-round mentoring and leadership initiative aimed at supporting women early in their gaming careers. The show will also witness the launch of the iGB LaunchPad which provides a platform for five trailblazing start-up businesses and the first Sustainable Gambling Zone showcasing the industry’s latest thinking and approach to safer gambling.



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SolutionsHub Appoints Frank Douthwaite as Director of Governance



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SolutionsHub has further strengthened its management team with the appointment of Frank Douthwaite as Director of Governance.

SolutionsHub, a leading provider of specialized eGaming services, is delighted to announce the appointment of Frank Douthwaite as the new Director of Governance. Frank brings over 15 years of extensive experience working with corporate and private clients globally to his new role.

Frank graduated from university with a BA degree in War Studies and and has since gone on to complete the STEP Diploma, becoming a qualified Trust and Estate Practitioner.


Frank’s proven track record of success with high-profile eGaming companies makes him a valuable addition to SolutionsHub’s expanding team. His expertise will be instrumental in furthering the company’s mission to provide the most efficient and effective advisory services in the eGaming sector.

Expressing his enthusiasm for the new role, Frank stated, “SolutionsHub has an excellent reputation in the industry for delivering effective and efficient solutions. I’m excited to join them during this period of expansion. The Isle of Man has a rich history in this sector, and we’re seeing more and more of the industry’s big names establishing a presence here.”

SolutionsHub’s CEO, Lee Hills, praised the appointment, noting, “Frank’s commitment to excellence aligns perfectly with our company values. His leadership will be pivotal as we continue to grow.”

The appointment of Frank Douthwaite reinforces SolutionsHub’s position as a trusted partner for eGaming businesses seeking expert guidance. His leadership is expected to drive the company’s continued success and innovation.



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New Game Release by Zillion Games: Buffalo’s Sun 2



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Buffalo’s Sun 2, a dynamic game that boasts stunning graphics and places the iconic buffalo symbol in the spotlight. With an incredible 4,096 ways to win, this beloved game promises endless excitement. Set in the heart of the Wild West, this classic 6×4 slot offers an immersive experience packed with thrilling adventures and big rewards.

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