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Underdog launches GuardDog responsible gaming fund.

Underdog launches GuardDog responsible gaming fund.

Fantasy sports operator Underdog has launched GuardDog, a responsible gambling funding initiative.

GuardDog has launched with $1.0m (£818,839/€947,806) in initial funding. Underdog says that is also feeble to enhance startups engaged on choices to tackle trouble gambling and support responsible play. This can also span delusion, making a bet and proper-money gaming.

GuardDog aims to title and make investments in these startups. The startups will work with players and operators to procedure safer gambling skills and provide enhance.

To boot to receiving funding the startups will create fetch admission to to a chain of advisors and merchants across the industry. These encompass Adam Warrington, dilapidated vice president of responsible gaming at FanDuel, responsible gaming advocate Brianne Doura-Schawohl and Sara Tait, dilapidated govt director of the Indiana Gaming Rate.

“Innovating in duty”

Jeremy Levine, founder and co-CEO of Underdog stated GuardDog reflects on Underdog’s dedication to safer gambling.

“At Underdog, we constantly have faith to undertake simplest in class after which innovate extra,” he stated. “With GuardDog, we intend to spur innovation to attend companies that attend participants play the games they fancy — including all our games on Underdog — responsibly.”

“We know there are diverse dreamers, entrepreneurs and builders available that can attend procedure a stronger, more responsible ecosystem for all. We’re seeking to attend those innovating in duty by offering capital, mentorship and functional connections.

“We’re primarily exasperated to start out GuardDog and we are in a position to’t wait to attend some very ideally qualified companies.”

The news comes after the Novel York Notify Gaming Rate voted to ban delusion sports opt’em-sort games remaining week. Underdog is primarily primarily based in Novel York Metropolis.

Underdog and fellow delusion sports operator PrizePicks lobbied against this ban coming in. In August, Levine printed an start letter criticising DraftKings and FanDuel’s makes an try to bar the inclusion of day-to-day delusion sports in Novel York’s regulations.

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