Brief about us

It all started in the early days of 2016 when the Responsible Gaming Team at Kindred Group (then Unibet Group) teamed up with Agenzija Sedqa, (the national executive and non-profit Agency whose remit covers the field of substance abuse, compulsive gambling and other dependencies) to discuss ways they can come together and contribute to the local community. For the first time ever in Malta, this joint venture launched the Responsible Gaming Conference bringing academics, researchers, gaming operators, psychologists, regulators, authorities and treatment agencies under one roof. In 2017 we intend to continue building on this success providing all stakeholders a highly-informative conference and setting the stage for a healthy debate on Responsible Gaming. 

Kindred is one of the largest online gambling companies in the world with over 16 million customers across 100 markets. Kindred is committed to offer our customers the best deal and user experience possible, while ensuring a safe and fair gambling environment. As a digital driven company we have the ability to create a digital fingerprint of our customers’ behaviours on our platform, allowing us to detect, monitor and follow-up on problematic gambling activities which enhances our ability to create a safe gambling environment

Aġenzija Sedqa aims to increase public awareness of the harm caused by addictive behaviours and imparts skills in order to prevent or to delay the development of such patterns. It also supports persons who have developed an addiction and their significant others to modify their lifestyles so as to lead a healthier and more satisfying life whilst becoming productive citizens within society.

Scroll below for more on this year’s edition of the Responsible Gaming Conference


Conference Programme

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  • Responsible Gaming Conference

    September 20, 2017

  • 09:30 - 09:45
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  • 09:45 - 10:00

  • 10:00 - 10:15

  • 10:15 - 10:30

  • 10:30 - 11:20
    There are many different factors involved in how and why people develop problems with gambling (e.g., individual characteristics, situational characteristics). One such set of factors concerns the structural characteristics of gambling (i.e., the elements and components of the games themselves such as stake size, jackpot size, prize structure, game speed, near misses, etc.). This talk briefly overviews the key structural characteristics in the acquisition, development and maintenance of gambling and problem gambling and examines the implications of these characteristics for responsible gambling and the prevention of problem gambling.

  • 11:45 - 12:20
    Abstract: In this presentation, Dr. Jonathan Parke will provide a fresh perspective on how industry-held player data can be utilised to better understand problematic play in internet gambling and how this can help to drive new ideas for responsible gambling strategies. He will present the very latest findings from a study commissioned by GambleAware using ‘small data analytics’ carried out in collaboration with Kindred. As part of this discussion, Dr. Parke will propose an emerging theory on how winning can affect risky behaviour among problem gamblers and critically examine the potential implications of this research for minimising risk and maximising fun for consumers.
    Industry Session

  • 11:45 - 12:20
    The Young Gamblers Education Trust (known as YGAM) is a UK-Registered Charity with a social purpose to inform, educate and safeguard young people against problematic gambling or social gaming. YGAM delivers this social purpose by (i) training teachers and practitioners to embed its accredited and quality-assured educational programme in to a wider curriculum around digital resilience and e-safety for young people and (ii) employing psychology students to embed the programme within the student services provision at UK universities. Dr Margaret Carran from City Law School in London will share her evaluation of the effectiveness of the YGAM programme and Lee Willows, Chief Executive and Anne Evans, Trustee will share their motivations for founding YGAM and its future vision.
    Treatment Session

  • 12:20 - 12:55
    Industry Session

  • 12:20 - 12:55
    Treatment Session

  • 12:55 - 13:30
    The panel will discuss a number of topics relating to the role of the regulator in the Responsible Gaming area. Regulatory challenges in the UK, Malta and other European jurisdictions will also be explored. Main speakers will be Michele Magro (Senior advisor to the Malta Gaming Authority ) and Helen Venn (Programme Director at the Gambling Commission responsible for the Compliance function )
    Industry Session

  • 12:55 - 13:30
    As a society, we struggle to understand what gambling addiction really is all about. We puzzle over why someone would choose to waste precious money and time gambling when it is obvious they should cut their losses and walk away. Is it greed or stupidity that drives their choices? What makes anyone choose gambling as a drug of choice? Why do women who become addicted favour different gambling products to men when craving their fix? Liz Karter answers these frequently asked questions by making sense of the seemingly crazy choice to keep gambling at all costs.
    Treatment Session

  • 14:30 - 15:30
    Panel: Ian Semel, Frankie Graham, John Hartson, and Paul Sciberras

Our Speakers

Conference Address

INTERCONTINENTAL MALTA
St George’s Bay
St Julian’s, STJ 3310
Malta

Tel : +356 21377600
www.malta.intercontinental.com