Betsson 2011 Malta Student Gaming Award launched
Betsson Malta Ltd. has announced the second edition of its Gaming Award for University of Malta students, to recognise achievement in gaming research. It established the student award on an annual basis with a cash prize of €1,500 for the best gaming related dissertation.
The first edition of the Betsson Malta Student Gaming Award last year was won by Michele Sammut with the dissertation entitled: The Prevalence of Gambling Among University Students.
Betsson has been operating in Malta since 2006 and insists social responsibility is an important aspect of the company’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 2009 in London, and has been shortlisted for this award three years running.
Betsson is working in association with the University of Malta and has the support of the Malta Lotteries and Gaming Authority. The Malta University Student Council is helping to raise awareness of the award amongst students.
To be eligible for the Betsson Award, the applicant must have submitted the dissertation as part of 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 issue of The Betsson Gaming Award submissions of all relevant dissertations relating to gaming are welcome, irrespective of the year they were completed. All submissions must be sent in soft copy (in PDF format) by e-mail: [email protected], together with a single page document providing the participant’s contact details and explaining the contribution of the dissertation to the field of gaming.
Any dissertations previously submitted should not be re-submitted. The deadline for submission for the 2011 award is July 12.
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 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 towards the end of September 2011. The prize of €1,500 will be awarded at the event to the winning candidate.
The winner will be selected on the basis of both the dissertation and presentation, and the panel’s decision will be final.
More details are available from Hillevi Stuhrenberg, manager for corporate social responsibility at Betsson on e-mail [email protected]