The UK Charity Commission has opened a compliance case into gambling charity The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) over possible links to the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC).
First reported by iGamingBusiness, the site states that the Charity Commission didn’t state why it was launching a case into YGAM, but it did emphasize that the case isn’t an investigation, just a compliance case to establish facts on the issue.
The Charity Commission also stressed that the case does not mean any wrongdoing has occurred, and YGAM has insisted that the compliance case was a query, rather than an investigation into the two organisations.
A statement released by the Charity Commission reads: “We have opened a regulatory compliance case to assess the matter and are currently engaging with the trustees.”
YGAM also released a statement on the compliance case, stating: “Our board of trustees have answered a query from the Charity Commission with full confidence and transparency. It has provided an opportunity to evidence our independent, governance controls and approach to evaluation.
“We are incredibly proud of our dedicated team and the work they do to deliver our award-winning resources through the Young People’s Gambling Harm Prevention Programme.”
A spokesperson for the BGC said: “The BGC is proud to support the superb work being done by YGAM and GamCare through the Young People’s Gambling Harm Prevention Programme, which in its first year exceeded its targets for providing education for young people and training for those who work with them.”
Playtech Signs Content Agreements With Red Rake Gaming And Gamingtec
Game developer Red Rake Gaming has signed a content agreement with game aggregator and developer Playtech.
Under the partnership, Red Rake Gaming’s top-performing casino games have been made available via the Playtech Games Marketplace and through it, to some of the biggest gambling operators in numerous regulated jurisdictions.
The Playtech Games Marketplace provides gambling operators with over 700 casino games from studios such as Quickspin, Eyecon, Rarestone, Ash Gaming, and numerous others too.
Nick Barr, the Managing Director for Red Rake Malta, said in a statement: “The partnership with Playtech is an important collaboration for Red Rake Gaming, giving significant opportunities in enhancing our regulated market reach.
“Playtech are one of the most renowned providers in the industry and through their Playtech Games Marketplace product, operators will now be able to furnish their existing offering with our top-performing content. We are looking forward to working closely with Playtech and their significant client portfolio in delivering our extensive portfolio of high engagement and localised content across the globe.”
James Frendo, the Casino Director at Playtech, added: “We’re thrilled to be adding Red Rake Gaming to our growing list of distinguished content partners. The seamless integration provided by Playtech Games Marketplace gives developers the opportunity to deliver their content to audiences in regulated markets worldwide and we are confident that Red Rake Gaming’s highly innovative content range will be a big hit with operators and audiences the world over.”
In addition to signing a content agreement with Red Rake Gaming, the leading game developer also signed an agreement with gambling platform provider Gamingtec.
Under this agreement, Playtech has provided Gamingtec with its entire catalogue of live casino titles and video slots, expanding Gamingtec’s portfolio, which already includes over 10,000 titles.
Anastasiia Dylevska, the Casino Product Manager at Gamingtec, told iGamingBusiness: “Playtech is an industry pioneer, a technological leader and one of the biggest names in online gaming, so we’re thrilled to partner up.
“But for us, it’s really about offering our clients’ choice because that makes their lives easier. Our mission is to provide the most flexible, bespoke gaming solutions available, and now clients can choose from a portfolio of games that is among the biggest in the industry.”
James Frendo added: “We are very happy that Gamingtec has chosen Playtech as its technology partner, highlighting the continued strength of our casino and live casino games offering.
“Playtech’s innovative and entertainment-led games portfolio is a powerful offering for potential partners, and this is a great example of our commitment to partnering with the right companies to bring great content to new and growing markets.”
Liam Mulvaney, the Commercial Director at Gamingtec, commented: “The deal with Playtech shows our commitment to partnership with industry leaders, while at the same time supporting and nurturing some of the most exciting new startups in the gaming space through enabling technology like the CORE platform. We’re thrilled to be working together and hope it’s the start of a long and fruitful relationship.”
The news comes after Playtech announced in June that it’s signed up to the All-In Diversity Project, an initiative designed to benchmark diversity, equality, and inclusion within the gambling industry.
Yggdrasil Expands In Switzerland With Casino Davos Partnership
Also this week, game developer Yggdrasil has expanded in Switzerland after striking a content partnership with Casino Davos and its Casino777.ch website.
Under the partnership, Yggdrasil’s entire catalogue of casino games have been made available with the Swiss online casino, including Wolf Hunters, Holmes And The Stolen Stones, Valley of The Gods, and content based on Yggdrasil’s unique Gigablox, Gigarise, Multimax, and Splitz features too.
Björn Krantz, the Chief of Global Market Operations at Yggdrasil, said in a statement to European Gaming: “We are very proud to partner up with Casino Davos, one of the market leaders and most reputable operators in Switzerland.
“Our agreement with Casino Davos marks yet another milestone achievement and shows our organisational strength to deliver on our business strategy and commitment to expanding our footprint into high-value regulated markets in close collaboration with the most prominent and well-established local partners. Both parties are now working closely together on the integration and the planning for a successful launch to take place soon.”
Léonard Huguenin, the Online Casino Manager at Casino777.ch, added: “Yggdrasil is a market-leading slot supplier with a library of renowned titles that stand the test of time, as well as new and thrilling games that never fail to impress. We are delighted to soon be able to offer their best-in-class games portfolio to our entire network of players, and we look forward to a very successful long-term collaboration.”