New gaming partnership announced between 888 and Hacksaw

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New gaming partnership announced between 888 and Hacksaw

One of the world’s leading online betting and gaming companies has announced a new distribution deal.

European Gaming reports that 888 has teamed up with Malta-based online casino games provider Hacksaw Gaming, which will see 888 host a selection of the suppliers’ titles on 888casino.

These include some player favourites like Chaos Crew, Mystery Motel, Scratch Bronze and Scratch Platinum.

Hacksaw Gaming was created to rethink the classic gaming products, with focus put into creating content for their portfolio that focuses on a mobile first approach.

All games are designed for the smallest screen and then revamped to be able to work on any mobile or desktop device.

Hacksaw Gaming was crucial in reinventing scratch card games, but has expanded its portfolio to include a range of slots and high fixed prize games.

888 vice president of business to casino Talya Benyamini said that 888 is excited to be partnering with Hacksaw Gaming.

“Hacksaw’s exciting titles will add to our existing diverse portfolio of casino games, helping us continue our commitment in delivering an entertaining and varied gaming experience for our players, within a safe and secure environment,” Ms Benyamini said.

Chief operating officer at Hacksaw Gaming Marcus Cordes said the games creator is thrilled to work with a leading online betting and gaming operator.

“We are confident that this partnership will grow over the next year and look forward to a successful launch this week,” Mr Cordes said.

Rise in gambling self exclusions in the UK 

There has been a rise in the number of gamblers trying to block themselves from using online casinos and bookmakers in Great Britain after a surge in internet betting during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Guardian reported in April that Gamstop, Great Britain’s national self-exclusion scheme for people wrestling with their gambling, recorded a 21 per cent increase in new exclusions during February.

The number of people who have signed up is on the verge of reaching 200,000, including 326 new registrations on February 22, a record for a single day since the service was launched in 2018.

Gamstop said the increase in efforts to avoid gambling appeared to have followed a rise in online betting volumes during November and December.

It said this indicated that “the trend towards more online gambling may be leading to more vulnerable individuals choosing to exclude themselves from all sites.”

More people than ever may have signed up to the scheme, but Gamstop’s figures also demonstrate the difficulty that many people have in staying away from gambling.

In January 2021, 49,328 people out of a possible 177.038 attempted to gamble and were stopped from doing so by their registration with Gamstop, which allows people to shut themselves out of internet gambling for a defined period.

The organisation said this showed that blocking software was not a “silver bullet”.

“With the rate of registrants continuing to rise, I would urge anybody putting self exclusion from online gambling in place through Gamstop to also seek treatment,” the organisation’s chief executive Fiona Palmer said.

“Awareness around self-exclusion schemes and blocking software has been increasing throughout the last year, and it’s important that we continue to spread the message about what help is available to those who need it most.”

Matt Blanks, a project manager at Peer Aid, a scheme that helps people who are addicted to gambling, began betting aged 11.

He lost more than 700,000 pounds and tried to take his own life.

He said being able to block himself from all online operators at once had been a lifesaver.

“It gives you that moment’s pause, that bit of breathing space, to ensure that when you have an urge or impulse, you can’t place a bet in that moment,” he said.

“That time to reflect can make all the difference.”

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