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Betsson Malta Ltd establishes annual student award and cash prize to the best gaming related dissertation.

With a long history in the gaming industry and established in Malta since 2006 Betsson has decided to create a Student Award that focuses on recognising achievement in gaming research.

Social responsibility is an important aspect of Betsson's day to day operations in relation to customers as well as employees. In fact Betsson won the Most Socially Responsible Operator of the year award in London, 2009.

Betsson already supports research into gambling and problem gambling and is very happy to announce the launch of the student award in Malta. Betsson is working in association with the University of Malta and has the support of the Malta Lotteries and Gaming Authority (LGA). The Malta University Student Council (KSU) is helping to raise awareness of the award amongst students.

The University recognises social responsibility as one of its main missions and views its collaboration with Betsson as an important contribution towards this objective. It invites other companies involved in the industry to participate in similar initiatives by supporting collaborative research with the University in related areas. The University also welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with the LGA.

The LGA acknowledges its commitment towards responsible gaming and gives utmost priority to the social perspective of gaming. It is dedicated to preventing gambling addiction and protecting vulnerable groups, and encourages research and implementation of effective programs for prevention and education.

To be eligible, the applicant must have submitted their dissertation as part of their work towards a university degree at the University of Malta. Dissertations from all disciplines are welcome as long as the research relates in some way to gaming. (For the purpose of the award 'gaming' is defined according to the Malta Lotteries and Other Games Act, 2001, which implies that it relates to a game of chance and skill, that is 'a game for money and, or prizes with a monetary value, the results of which are not totally accidental but depend, to a certain extent on the skill of the participant'.) 

For this, the very first issue of The Betsson Gaming Award; submissions of all dissertations relating to gaming, irrelevant of which year they were approved and graded by the University of Malta, are welcome. All submissions must be sent in soft copy (in pdf format) by email together with a single page document providing the participant’s contact details and explaining the contribution of the dissertation to the field of gaming.

Deadline for submission for the 2010 award is 9 July.

The submissions will be assessed by an independent interdisciplinary panel of experts on the basis of their relevance and their applicability to the gaming industry. The panel will judge the overall quality of the dissertations with particular emphasis on the following points:

  • New research?
  • Relevance?
  • Applicability to practice?
  • Applicability to theory?
  • Demonstration of knowledge?
  • Analytical ability?
  • Is the dissertation stimulating and challenging?
The best candidates will be selected and invited to present their work to the panel at an event open to the public, which will be held during the last week of September 2010. The winner will be announced and the prize of €1500 will be awarded during this event.

The winner will be selected on the basis of both the dissertation and presentation, and the panel's decision will be final.

Kindly forward any questions regarding the award to:
Ms Hillevi Stuhrenberg
Manager for Responsible Gaming & CSR
Betsson
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