GambleAware, a leading charity dedicated to the prevention and treatment of gambling harms, has announced the appointment of Andy Boucher, a former partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), as a new trustee. Boucher’s appointment heralds a significant addition to the board, strengthening the charity’s commitment to commissioning best practice prevention, education, treatment, and support services for the Great Britain gambling market.
GambleAware enhances its leadership team!
Andy Boucher, with a distinguished career at PwC, joins as a trustee, set to amplify the charity’s impact.
Boucher, a retired senior professional services partner and chartered accountant, brings over 34 years of experience to GambleAware. During his illustrious career, he has held numerous senior roles, with his tenure as a partner at PwC standing out. In this role, Boucher specialized in aiding groups with tax strategy development and implementation, demonstrating his acumen in financial and strategic planning.
His extensive experience extends beyond traditional corporate roles. Boucher has been actively involved in social purpose initiatives, focusing on areas such as social mobility, homelessness prevention, and advocating for neurodiversity in the workplace. This blend of professional expertise and social responsibility aligns perfectly with GambleAware’s mission.
As a new member of the GambleAware board, Boucher joins a team of esteemed trustees, including Chair Baroness Kate Lampard. “We’re delighted to welcome Andy to the board,” said Lampard. “His skills and experience will guide our direction in the upcoming years, helping us achieve the best outcomes for those affected by gambling harms.”
Boucher’s arrival at GambleAware coincides with the charity’s recent publication of research linking problem gambling with discrimination. Conducted by Ipsos UK and ClearView Research, supported by the University of Manchester, the study reveals the relationship between problem gambling and discrimination, especially in minority communities.
This research emphasizes the need for targeted interventions, which GambleAware is addressing through a new funding programme. With £4.3m available to organizations in England, Scotland, and Wales, the charity aims to tackle the issues highlighted in the research, including the higher rate of gambling harm among minority groups compared to white British gamblers.
Andy Boucher’s appointment to GambleAware represents a strategic move to enhance the charity’s capabilities in addressing gambling-related issues. His expertise, combined with the board’s diverse skills, positions GambleAware to make significant strides in mitigating gambling harms and advancing their mission for a safer gambling environment.
SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator Sees 2.6x Surge in Bets: 2023 Report
In a dynamic year for the iGaming industry, the SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator has released its 2023 report, offering insights into significant trends and achievements.
Notably, the report reveals a staggering 2.6 times increase in bets participating in jackpots, shedding light on the growing appeal of these mechanics among operators and players alike.
A Year of Remarkable Growth
Throughout 2023, bets participating in jackpots experienced consistent quarterly growth, witnessing a remarkable 165% increase from January to December. By the end of the year, the total value of these bets had surged to an impressive 6.396 billion euros. Moreover, the number of jackpot campaigns witnessed a substantial growth of 3.8 times compared to the previous year, totaling 230 campaigns.
Expanding Reach and Impact
One of the standout achievements of 2023 was the expansion of the Jackpot Aggregator’s footprint. The number of brands utilizing its jackpot solution tripled within the year, culminating in over 70 active brands by year-end. This surge in adoption reflects a heightened level of market trust and interest in the product.
Introducing the Prime Jackpot Campaign
A significant milestone of 2023 was the introduction of the Prime Jackpot campaign, which debuted in Q4. This innovative feature garnered considerable attention and interest from players across various casinos. The Prime Jackpot campaign allows operators to participate in shared prize pools, ensuring that rewards are drawn from the collective pool rather than from a specific brand operator. This approach not only offers larger rewards to attract more players but also enhances player engagement and loyalty while optimizing operational costs for operators.
Insights from SOFTSWISS
Aliaksei Douhin, Head of SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator, shared his insights into the year’s achievements. He emphasized the noticeable increase in clients and connected casino brands, as well as the growing volume and value of bets in jackpots. He expressed satisfaction in witnessing clients actively embracing the Jackpot Aggregator and recognizing the added value it brings to their brand operations. The solution empowers operators to provide players with enhanced gaming experiences and more enticing winnings. Client feedback is actively collected and analyzed to ensure clients have access to the most sought-after tools and mechanics.
Looking Ahead to 2024
In 2024, the SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator is set to extend its reach to a wider spectrum of clients. This expansion will be guided by a customized approach, ensuring that each client can tailor the product’s capabilities to meet their specific requirements.
Meet SOFTSWISS at ICE London
The SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator team will be present at ICE London from February 6th to 8th, 2024. They are ready to showcase their latest advancements and engage in discussions with existing and potential clients.
SOFTSWISS is a renowned international iGaming company that offers certified software solutions for managing gambling operations. With a dedicated team of over 2000 employees spread across Malta, Poland, and Georgia, SOFTSWISS holds multiple gaming licenses and provides comprehensive iGaming software solutions. Their diverse product portfolio includes the Online Casino Platform, the Game Aggregator featuring thousands of casino games, the Affilka affiliate platform, the Sportsbook software, and the Jackpot Aggregator. In 2013, SOFTSWISS made history by introducing the world’s first Bitcoin-optimized online casino solution.
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