GPWA Times Magazine - Issue 52 - March 2021

QUOTABLES Q U O T A B L E S “This is themoney of the country’s poor population. 99% of the individuals who are engagedwith online gambling are socially vulnerable.” —Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili regarding a report that said about 1.5 billion GEL flows out of the country annually due to online casinos “Youmight not agreewith this decision, butwe believe that this is the right thing to do for the platform . . .Wewant to create an inclusive and respectful environmentwhere creators have the opportunity to succeed and feel safe to express themselves. This is just one ofmany stepswe are taking to continue to protect creators fromharassment.” —YouTube in response to its decision to make the “dislike” count on videos private while keeping the “dislike” button visible “Gambling is normal . . . But another fact we shouldn’t shy away from is that gambling - like other businesses - exists tomake a profit, takingmoney from its customers. An interesting statistic youmight not have heard before, at over £14 billion, gambling in Great Britain is the size of British agriculture. £450 per secondwas lost by people gambling in Great Britain in 2019/20. For millions this is the cost of having a good time.” —Sarah Gardner, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the U.K. Gambling Commission in a speech delivered at the 2021 Bacta Annual Convention in November “It’s encouraging to see themajority inour industrynow treating esports bettingwith the respect it deserves.We see it as a fully-fledged, tier-onebetting sport, capableof onboardingmillions of bettors fromoutside the sports bettingworld, and it appears that its commercial appeal is leading to increased investment industry-wide.” —Paris Smith, CEO of Pinnacle Sports, in interview with SBC News G P W A t i m e s . o r g 10