IGT continues diversity and inclusion leadership with perfect score on the 2022 Corporate Equality Index for workplace equality

LONDON, Jan. 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) announced today that it received a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation's 2022 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), earning the global company the coveted "Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality" designation. The nation's leading benchmarking survey for LGBTQ+ equality in the workplace, the CEI evaluates corporate policies and practices to measure an employer's commitment to workplace equality.

IGT joins the ranks of a record-breaking 842 U.S.-based companies to receive a perfect CEI score this year. The educational arm of the nation's largest LGBTQ+ civil rights advocacy group, the HRC Foundation rated businesses on detailed criteria across four central pillars:
- Non-discrimination policies across business entities.
- Equitable benefits for LGBTQ+ workers and their families.
- Supporting an inclusive culture.
- Corporate social responsibility.

"IGT earning the HRC Foundation's 'Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality' designation is a reflection of our commitment to provide a workplace culture that is welcoming, equitable and empowering to LGBTQ+ employees across the globe," said Vincent Sadusky, IGT CEO. "I wish to thank our approximately 11,000 employees worldwide, especially members of PRIDE with IGT, who together with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion embrace and activate IGT's core values and contributed to this milestone achievement."

"This designation reinforces that IGT's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is focused on impact," said Melissa Pursley, IGT Vice President and COO IGT Indiana and Co-Executive Sponsor of PRIDE with IGT. "Many in the LGBTQ+ community still struggle to thrive at work, and as a senior leader at IGT and a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I am proud that IGT has taken consistent steps to ensure that this is not the case for our colleagues."

"When the Human Rights Campaign Foundation created the Corporate Equality Index 20 years ago, we dreamed that LGBTQ+ workers—from the factory floor to corporate headquarters, in big cities and small towns—could have access to the policies and benefits needed to thrive and live life authentically," said Jay Brown, Human Rights Campaign Senior Vice President of Programs, Research and Training."We are proud that the Corporate Equality Index paved the way to that reality for countless LGBTQ+ workers in America and abroad. But there is still more to do, which is why we are raising the bar yet again to create more equitable workplaces and a better tomorrow for LGBTQ+ workers everywhere. Congratulations to IGT for achieving the title of 'Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality' and working to advance inclusion in the workplace."

Since 2018, IGT has implemented a range of programs, policy and systems changes, and leading practices that have promoted all dimensions of diversity to make the Company a more attractive and inclusive employer. Some of these actions include:
- Introducing gender affirming medical benefits for transgender employees.
- Offering competitive benefits for same sex partners, regardless of marital status.
- Creating gender neutral restrooms at major IGT campuses.
- Implementing more inclusive and equitable hiring processes.
- Establishing and supporting PRIDE with IGT, an employee-led and executive-sponsored Diversity and Inclusion Group.
- Facilitating both mandatory and elective employee training courses that help support IGT's diversity, equity, inclusion, sustainability, and anti-harassment commitments.


To learn more about IGT's commitment to diversity, inclusion, and sustainability, visit IGT.com or follow us on LinkedIn. To learn more about the HRC Foundation's Corporate Equality Index, visit www.hrc.org/cei.

Zitro has decided to cancel its participation as an exhibitor at this year's ICE London show. "It has not been an easy decision to make, and we had been looking forward to our participation, but there are many reasons that have caused us to withdraw from the event, being the main ones, the worldwide concern over the Omicron variant, the inconvenience of the new show dates clashing with Easter break, and the expected low attendance particularly of customers from other continents”.

“Zitro strongly believes in ICE London as the key international tradeshow for the European market and is enthusiastic about participating in the next edition of ICE’23, as we have always done over the last years. We are looking forward to reunite in the right circumstances and to showcase our amazing products to casino operators from all over the world”.
After numerous cancellations by major international show exhibitors and due to the ongoing challenging situation created by COVID in the UK and across Europe, the NOVOMATIC AG Group as the largest show exhibitor has taken the decision to withdraw from the planned participation at ICE 2022.

Gumpoldskirchen, January 27, 2022 – The NOVOMATIC Executive Board has not taken this decision lightly. Following the recent weeks’ uncertainties and after detailed analysis and risk assessment, the decision has been taken to withdraw from ICE 2022 for various reasons.

A multitude of adverse aspects – including the pandemic, logistical challenges and, last but not least, the unfavourable and unavoidable alternative date – have culminated in a situation in which participating in the show is no longer viable. The situation remains difficult to assess, due to the pandemic creating conditions that continue to prevent safe travel as well as a safe stay and participation at this gaming show – circumstances that have ultimately led to several cancellations by leading show exhibitors and participants. NOVOMATIC considers the health of its employees as well as customers and partners a top priority and has therefore decided to take this unfortunate but measured and considered step.

ICE is a key trade show for the entire gaming industry and NOVOMATIC hopes that the successful cooperation can be continued under more favourable conditions in 2023.
LAS VEGAS, January 27, 2022 - PlayAGS, Incorporated (NYSE: AGS) ("AGS" or the "Company") today announced plans to refinance its outstanding credit facilities and extend debt maturities. AGS intends to fully refinance its $521.2 million Term Loan Facility due 2024 and its $93.6 million Term Loan Facility due 2024. As part of the refinancing transaction, AGS intends to seek a new $575.0 million Term Loan Facility due 2029 and use a portion of the cash on its balance sheet. Additionally, the Company intends to refinance and upsize its undrawn $30 million Revolving Credit Facility due 2023 to a $40.0 million Revolving Credit Facility due 2027, which is expected to be undrawn at closing.



Company Overview

AGS is a global company focused on creating a diverse mix of entertaining gaming experiences for every kind of player. Our roots are firmly planted in the Class II tribal gaming market, but our customer-centric culture and remarkable growth have helped us branch out to become one of the most all-inclusive commercial gaming equipment suppliers in the world. Powered by high-performing Class II and Class III slot products, an expansive table products portfolio, highly rated social casino, real-money gaming solutions for players and operators, and best-in-class service, we offer an unmatched value proposition for our casino partners. Learn more at playags.com.


AGS Investor & Media Contacts:

Brad Boyer, Senior Vice President Corporate Operations and Investor Relations

bboyer@playags.com


Julia Boguslawski, Chief Marketing Officer

jboguslawski@playags.com

Greentube, the NOVOMATIC Interactive division, has partnered with Rush Street Interactive (NYSE: RSI) (“RSI”), a U.S. based gaming company, to take its content live in New Jersey on PlaySugarHouse.com.

Rush Street’s customers are now able to play a selection of Greentube’s most iconic slot releases, as well as more recent content, including titles from its popular Diamond Cash™ series – Diamond Cash™: Mighty Elephant, Diamond Cash™: Mighty Sevens and Diamond Cash™: Mighty Santa.

Other slots now available on the PlaySugarHouse online gaming site include the supplier’s high-performing land-based games Apollo God of the Sun™ and Prized Panda™.

Founded in 2012, Rush Street Interactive is a market leader in online casino and sports betting in the U.S. and Latin America.  RSI is currently live with real-money mobile, online operations in twelve U.S. states: Pennsylvania, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Michigan, Indiana, Virginia, Colorado, Iowa, West Virginia and Arizona. RSI is also active internationally, where the company offers its online casino and sportsbook in the regulated gaming market of Colombia on RushBet.co.

The partnership with leading operator Rush Street Interactive is a key part of Greentube’s future growth trajectory in the U.S.

Markus Antl, Head of Sales and Key Account Management at Greentube, said: “We are excited to go live with Rush Street Interactive in New Jersey. This is a big milestone for our long-term partnership with RSI and it’s exciting to bring our top performing and market proven game content, like the Diamond Cash Series, to players in the U.S.”

Richard Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer at RSI, said: “We’re delighted to have partnered with Greentube to bring these top quality and popular slot games to our players. We’re confident our customers will thoroughly enjoy the fantastic portfolio of games Greentube has to offer, and we look forward to further collaborating with them in other markets throughout the U.S.”

27 January 2022 – Inspired Entertainment, Inc. (“Inspired”) (NASDAQ: INSE) is pleased to announce the launch of GO FISH!™, a fishing-themed online and mobile slot game, which offers players a wealth of fishing fun with 1,024 thrilling ways to win.

With a reel configuration of 6×4, GO FISH! has a unique reel spin mechanic that will keep players fishing for more. Set in a colorful coral reef, GO FISH!’s vibrant backdrop and exotic fish symbols, coupled with its tropical steel drum soundtrack gives players an entertaining and immersive iGaming experience.

Three standard spinning reels in the center are surrounded by an innovative wrap-around reel that moves right to left around the three standard reels, creating a set of 20 symbols in view. Every winning symbol forms part of a dynamic cascade. The game’s eye-grabbing reel modifiers include the expanding wilds and the Whale Whirlpool, which is activated when the whale swims behind or in front of the reels and flips its tail creating a whirlpool and a new reel combination.

Three or more GO FISH! scatters anywhere in view during the base game award the Free Spins bonus. Each winning Cascade increases the unlimited multiplier by one. During Free Spins, water wheel symbols replace the GO FISH! scatters on the reels. Getting three or more water wheel symbols in view awards the Water Wheel Bonus for big wins and an eely great time!

Steve Collett, Chief Product Officer at Inspired said: “We’re thrilled to kick start the year with the launch of GO FISH!, a fun game with an engaging new reel spin mechanic that wraps fully around three standard spinning middle reels to create an innovative and refreshing new gaming experience. It is the latest installment of our fishing-themed slots within our diverse and thriving portfolio of player-favorite and successful titles. The game’s bright, warm colors and upbeat soundtrack will transport players to the tropics for some winter sun, while in the comfort of their homes, or on the go. GO FISH! is set to become this year’s most fintastic fishing game launched on the iGaming market. So clam-down and GO FISH!”

GO FISH! is a medium-volatility game with a return to player (RTP) rate of 95.01%, aimed at the casual online casino player.

Available on mobile and online.

Head over to Inspired’s website to sample GO FISH! here:

https://inseinc.com/interactive/games/go-fish

For all of Inspired’s other online and mobile games, head here: https://inseinc.com/interactive/games

Every issue we ask slot manufacturers what tools and strategies slot directors can benefit from that they might not be taking full advantage of. Check out our previous articles on: How to drive more revenue on the slot floor; Marketing solutions, progressive hit levels, and more.

In this article we interviewed Cody Herrick (CH), Senior Director of Game Design and Mike Trask (MT), Vice President of Product Marketing & Global Communications, Ainsworth Game Technology, and Dan Schrementi (DS), President of Gaming, Incredible Technologies

Screen_Shot_2022-01-26_at_8.09.20_PM.pngFrom left: Cody Herrick, Senior Director of Game Design, Ainsworth Game Technology; Mike Trask, Vice President of Product Marketing & Global Communications, Ainsworth Game Technology; Dan Schrementi, President of Gaming, Incredible Technologies

What should be the most significant change or strategy that Tribal casinos should focus on for their gaming product in 2022? (Is it more about connecting social gaming and on-property machines? Is it addressing new layouts due to social distancing? Is it changing up the slot floor mix?)

CH/Ainsworth: We are seeing new layouts and changes due to social distancing have an impact on game performance. Casinos and manufacturers both need to communicate better about floor changes. We want to make sure to provide the best options to fit a casino floor. Manufacturers and casino properties similarly must communicate better about how online gaming – both real money and social – are being used in Tribal markets. Both issues will significantly drive our product strategy.

DS/Incredible: Tribal operators have always been able to embrace innovation in gaming faster than large commercial operators can. Additionally, Tribal operators are the only operators who can run Class II games. 2022 should focus on the integrations of new, bold technologies to a Tribe’s operation – both with the games on the floor and online. Additionally, Tribes should look for opportunities to marry Class II opportunities into this strategy. Class II affords developers different ways to create gaming experiences that only Tribes can offer.

MT/Ainsworth: The success of our Showroom Live events has been tremendous. We have done dozens of live demos of our products, such as those in partnership with Tribal Gaming & Hospitality, but also one-on-one with customers who wouldn’t typically visit our Las Vegas headquarters or a big tradeshow. These have given our partners the chance to speak directly with our game developers, product managers and executives in real time while they see the products. We have done this both in our office, and at G2E and NIGA. Even as live events come back, I don’t see that kind of communication going away.

DS/Incredible: We have always offered custom video advertising integrated with our slot machines as a value-add of doing business with us. Most of our games ship with video signage that sits between the machines to create unique shapes and allow our art team to work with properties to collaborate on advertising for their floor. The pandemic brought on a new purpose for these separators – creating wider spacing and adding in pandemic-related messaging. Wider casino floors and bank layouts will be here to stay, and we will continue to offer this service for our customers.

During the last year, what have been the biggest “aha moments” from the slot vendor side, and will these change the way that you do business and develop products in 2022?

DS/Incredible: The biggest “aha moment” from our point of view is the emphasis on product diversification in our industry. Being a well-rounded vendor who can service multiple segments is more critical than trying to dominate the charts in one segment. COVID-19 shutdowns, supply chain delays, remote work – these are just some of the challenging examples that forced slot manufacturers like Incredible Technologies to pivot. Strengthening our portfolio with “Land-Based versus Online,” “Class III versus Class II, HHR,” “Slots versus Table Games” are just some of the ways that we have grown to prepare for the year ahead. Look across the industry and you will likely find similar examples from all of us on the vendor side.

Social distancing protocols shifted the layout of our gaming floors for a time. How are you as a gaming manufacturer addressing this in your product and layout? What are your clients asking for today?

MT/Ainsworth: The most tangible example of this is the launch of our A-STAR Curve XL cabinet. Our initial launch focuses on three-game pods with attractive infills between the games. This sort of configuration naturally provides social distancing. Perhaps in the past, we would have had launches with some kind of side-by-side seating.

DS/Incredible: Our industry has always known that smaller bank configurations in circular or triangular shapes were the best producing in a casino’s retail environment. Many operators have been space or power-constrained, preventing investment of time and money to reconfigure this way. The pandemic offered up the time for many operators to do these upgrades, and the effect is still carrying through today. Just this week, I heard my first request from an operator working on a large expansion saying, “our expansion area will only feature circular pods.” With time, the days of the long “grocery aisles” of games will be gone.

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This article was written by and appeared in Tribal Gaming and  Hospitality Magazine. 

LAS VEGASJan. 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Everi Holdings Inc. (NYSE: EVRI) ("Everi" or the "Company"), a premier provider of land-based and digital casino gaming content and products, financial technology, and player loyalty solutions, announced today that Secil Tabli Watson and Paul Finch have been appointed to the Company's Board of Directors (the "Board") effective February 1, 2022. Both Ms. Watson and Mr. Finch are well-respected, experienced business and financial executives who have been determined to satisfy the criteria for independent directors for the purposes of New York Stock Exchange rules, applicable Securities and Exchange Commission requirements, and the Company's Governance Guidelines. They have been appointed to serve as members of the Board's Audit Committee, Nominating and Governance Committee, and Compensation Committee. Their appointments, together with the previously announced addition of Randy Taylor to the Board in conjunction with becoming Chief Executive Officer on April 1, will expand the size of the Board to ten members.

Ronald Congemi, Lead Independent Director of the Board, has informed the Company he will retire from the Board and will not stand for reelection at the Company's 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which is currently scheduled for May 18, 2022. The Board has selected Atul Bali, a member of the Board for the last two years, to become Lead Independent Director upon Mr. Congemi's retirement.

Michael Rumbolz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Everi, said, "We are delighted to welcome Secil and Paul to Everi. Their achievements and distinguished experience make them ideal additions to the Board of Directors. Secil's global and digital experience as former Head of Digital Solutions at Wells Fargo and Paul's successful leadership of Early Warning Services and its collaborative launching of the banking industry's first real-time payments network Zelle® bring to the Board a wealth of business and financial industry knowledge. We look forward to benefiting from their insights and counsel as we focus on executing our growth strategies that will propel Everi on its path of building value for our stakeholders. At the same time, we want to thank Ron for his distinguished service to our Board. Everi will miss his insight and contributions."

Secil Tabli Watson
Ms. Watson has more than 25 years of experience in early start-up, large corporate and management consulting environments with deep understanding of digital, banking and financial technology. Until March 2021, as Executive Vice President and Head of Digital Solutions at Wells Fargo, she was responsible for digital transformation and oversaw innovations in payments, cyber-fraud and customer experience, including enhancing the bank's capabilities in the areas of mobile, authentication, fraud prevention, open banking APIs and P2P payments. During her 18 years at Wells Fargo, she transformed the bank's digital operations, managed key enterprise digital channels for consumers, businesses and commercial customers, and managed product P&Ls. She will bring to the Board a global perspective, having managed globally dispersed teams, including working in various geographies such as Australia and the United Kingdom.

Ms. Watson is an independent director of Bank of Marin Bancorp and Bank of Marin, Mclarend Technology Acquisition Corporation, a Special Purpose Acquisition Company focused on acquiring fintech companies, and Landed, a start-up whose mission is to help essential workers own their homes, and she advises Fortune 500 and growth companies on digital transformation and product strategy. She is a long-time practitioner of Diversity and Inclusion workplace programs, an advocate for conservation, and passionate about creating great customer experiences that deliver both business and community value.

Paul Finch
Mr. Finch is an accomplished entrepreneur and corporate leader. He was the chief executive officer of Early Warning Services, LLC from 2003 to 2019 and successfully guided Early Warning through several transformations, beginning with the transition to a bank-owned consortium model in 2006, and continuing with a series of strategic acquisitions and partnerships. In 2017, together with financial institutions across the U.S., Early Warning launched Zelle®, the banking industry's first real-time payments network. With more than 1,000 financial institutions, the Zelle Network includes small community banks and credit unions together with the largest national banks. Under his leadership, his team achieved consistent annual growth and established Early Warning as the pre-eminent provider of real-time payments, risk and authentication solutions to financial institutions nationwide.

Mr. Finch began his career in the payments industry as the founder and CEO of ACH Systems, an electronic payment technology outsourcing company specializing in the processing and settlement of U.S. ACH transactions. Subsequently, he headed global operations, technology and customer support at eFunds corporation. He is the president of the Finch Family Foundation, a non-profit organization in Phoenix dedicated to serving children and families in need, as well as an independent member of the Boards of FormFree Holdings Corporation, Capital Markets Gateway LLC, and Aiya Financial Technologies, innovative privately owned technology companies serving the financial industry. In 2017, Mr. Finch was named one of the 10 most innovative CEOs in Banking by Bank Innovation magazine

Atul Bali
Mr. Bali joined the Everi Board in 2019. He currently serves as Chairman of The Football Pools Ltd, the oldest pool betting organization in the world and Instant Win Gaming Ltd., a provider of mobile instant win games to state lottery operators in Europe and North America. In addition, Mr. Bali is an investor in, and advisor to, a range of privately held lottery, sports betting, igaming and fintech businesses. He also serves as a director on the board of Rainbow Rare Earths PLC, a UK listed producer of Rare Earth Metals with operations in South Africa and Burundi.

Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG, Mr. Bali joined GTECH Corporation (now IGT) in 1997, and over 13 years held various executive positions, including President and CEO of GTECH G2. Subsequently, he served as CEO of XEN Group from 2010 to 2012 and thereafter in divisional President & CEO roles at Aristocrat Technologies Inc. from 2012 to 2014, RealNetworks, Inc. from 2014 to 2015, Gaming Realms PLC where he served on the board of directors from 2014 to 2018 and held the position of Deputy Chairman from 2015 to 2018 and Chairman of the Board of Meridian Tech Holdings Ltd from 2016 to 2021.

Greentube, the NOVOMATIC Interactive division, is inviting players to luxuriate in elegant surroundings in its latest Asia-set title Power Prizes™ - Noble Peacock™.

A beautiful slot garden is the serene setting for a game that transports players to a feature-packed environment resplendent with lotus flowers and the stylish Noble Peacock itself.

Landing six or more coins across the five reels triggers the Power Prizes™ bonus feature, where the Grand Jackpot can be claimed. The number of triggering coins that appear determines the number of bonus spins awarded in Power Prizes™.

Three or more Lotus scatter symbols trigger the free spins feature, where up to 24 spins can be awarded, depending on the number of lotus symbols received. Bigger wins are also possible within the free spins feature, with all royal symbols (A, K, Q, J, T) removed from the reels.

Additionally, the Red Envelope landing on the third reel sets in motion a thrilling feature where up to four additional coin symbols are added to existing symbol positions on the reel set, potentially moving the player closer to the Grand Jackpot.

Steve Cross, Director of Games Development and Operations at Greentube, said: “Our Asia-inspired theme games have proven to be consistent performers and we are pleased to add to our portfolio with this latest example, which is packed with jackpot potential and engaging features.

“Our development team has performed great work in designing an immersive and beautiful playing environment that will be enjoyed by players around the world.”

A new location for 88 Link in Galicia, this time in the Boiro gaming hall of the well-known KIROLBET brand.

Zitro’s Allure cabinet includes three 27? Full HD screens. This cabinet also features the ‘SynchroScreens’ multimedia system that synchronizes the top screens creating an incomparable visual spectacle. 88 Link brings together in a single game such innovative features as the multiway game mechanics with Zitro’s popular bonus Link, providing players with an extra dose of entertainment.

According to KIROLBET’s managers, “Customers are receiving this novelty with great enthusiasm, since it is a different product that provides our customers with ways to play for multiple tastes”.

As Angel Montes, from Zitro, says, “88 Link is consolidating in Galicia every day a little more in new gaming properties, so I want to thank KIROLBET for being part of this consolidation”.

Zitro Digital, the online business unit of the global gaming industry provider Zitro, continues to extend its presence in virtual casinos of LATAM, introducing Video Bingo Games and Slot Games for online casinos in regulated markets.

Zitro’s library of Video Bingo games and the progressive multigame Pick & Win are available to players for the first time in the jurisdiction of the City of Buenos Aires, at the hand of the distinguished Codere Group. The Loteria de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Sociedad del Estado (LOTBA), the gaming regulatory body of the autonomous city of Buenos Aires, has approved Zitro’s Digital Games, in casinos licensed in this jurisdiction.

After years of roaring success throughout land-based casinos around the world, players in the autonomous city of Buenos Aires, can now enjoy these games from their mobile, tablet or desktop. Thanks to Zitro Digital, the thrill and excitement of these high-performing multigames are now just one click away.

Salo Leder, Regional Director for Codere Online said, “We are continuously working to bring the best entertainment offer to clients in Argentina, and for this we have a partner that provides us with a very broad portfolio of online video bingo and Zitro video slots games, which has proven to be a success in land-based casinos. We are convinced that players will enjoy the same success in the online channel and that it will support our omnichannel growth strategy”.

Alejandra Burato, Zitro’s Regional Director for Latin America, added: “It is an outstanding achievement to watch Zitro Digital growing steadily and opening the way to new online casino markets not only in Argentina but across all continents. Our goal is to create a product that is as successful and profitable to operators as our land-based games. It takes commitment and hard work to achieve this, and as a team we are proud to see it become a reality. Having our games approved by the LOBTA is another step towards the expansion of Zitro Digital with city operators, and we are confident that it will be followed by many other games that have made Zitro a global leading casino supplier throughout the years. We are extremely grateful to Codere Group for the trust they have placed in us, and we are truly excited about adding new game titles soon”.

- Lorenzo Pellicioli to retire as chairperson of the board of directors
- Marco Sala appointed executive chair of the board of directors
- Vincent Sadusky appointed CEO and executive director
- Maria Pinelli and Ashley Hunter appointed to the board of directors
- Maria Pinelli appointed chair of the audit committee

 

LONDON, Jan. 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- International Game Technology PLC (NYSE: IGT) ("IGT" or the "Company") today announced that on January 14, 2022 its board of directors implemented a number of changes to the Company's executive team and board.

Lorenzo Pellicioli will retire as chairperson of the IGT Board of Directors and will remain a non-executive director. Marco Sala, currently CEO of IGT, will become executive chair of the board. Vincent Sadusky will become CEO and executive director of the board. These changes will be effective January 24, 2022.

In a separate release today, B&D Holding S.p.A., the controlling shareholder of De Agostini S.p.A., announced that Marco Sala will be proposed at the June 2022 meeting of the corporate bodies of De Agostini as the next CEO of De Agostini, succeeding Lorenzo Pellicioli, who is retiring from the position.

"The changes to the IGT executive team and board are an important step in positioning the Company for the next phase of its evolution. The actions further strengthen IGT's capabilities to execute on its long-term strategy and the value creation initiatives identified in the Company's recent investor day. It is a natural evolution for Marco to lead the IGT board. More importantly, during his 19-years at IGT and its predecessor companies, he has a proven track record of success and has earned the trust and respect of IGT's customers, investors, business partners and regulators. As executive chair, Marco will focus on managing the board, corporate governance, including sustainability initiatives, and guiding the strategic direction of IGT. 

"Likewise, we are delighted to announce that Vince Sadusky, a seasoned executive, long-time member of the current IGT board as well as that of its predecessor companies and the former chair of our audit committee will succeed Marco as CEO. Vince brings a unique set of skills to the role, where he combines his knowledge of IGT with his demonstrated ability to create shareholder value with decades in leadership roles in public and private companies in dynamic industries, including digital and media. His transition into the CEO role will be relatively seamless," said Lorenzo Pellicioli, chairperson of IGT

"I am looking forward to taking on the new role of executive chair at IGT and to partner with Vince, with whom I have worked extensively over the years, in leading IGT forward. I believe our skills and experiences are complementary and will serve our stakeholders well. In particular, Vince's vast experience with portfolio companies and capital markets will be valuable as we look to execute on our strategy," said Marco Sala, CEO of IGT. 

"IGT is well-positioned for the future, and I am very excited to join the Company as its next CEO. With a seasoned executive team and very talented group of employees across the world, it represents a great opportunity for me to support an industry leader in the next phase of its growth," said Vincent Sadusky.

The board of directors also appointed Maria Pinelli and Ashley Hunter as non-executive directors of the board. Ms. Hunter was also appointed to the Company's Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and Ms. Pinelli was appointed chair of the Company's Audit Committee, replacing Vincent Sadusky. These changes were effective January 14, 2022.

"We are delighted to have Maria and Ashley join our board. They both bring deep and diverse professional experiences to IGT to enhance our board composition. We are looking forward to their contributions," said Lorenzo Pellicioli, chairperson of IGT.

Executive & Director Biographies

Lorenzo Pellicioli served as chairperson of the IGT Board of Directors from November, 2018 to January, 2022 after serving as vice-chairperson since April 2015. From August 2006 to April 2015, he was chairperson of the GTECH S.p.A. (formerly Lottomatica Group) Board of Directors. He has served as CEO of De Agostini S.p.A. since November 2005. He has also served as a director of IDeA Alternative Investments S.p.A. and as managing director of DeA Factor S.p.A. Mr. Pellicioli serves as chairman of the board of directors of DeA Capital, as a director of Banijay Group SAS and LDH SAS, and he is also a member of the compensation committee and of the appointments and corporate governance committee and director of the board of directors of Assicurazioni Generali.

Marco Sala was CEO of IGT from April, 2015 to January, 2022. In addition to serving on the board of directors for IGT in his role as CEO, in May 2020 he was appointed to the board of directors for De Agostini S.p.A. Prior to April 2015, he served as CEO of GTECH S.p.A. (formerly Lottomatica Group) since April 2009 and was responsible for overseeing all of the Company's segments including the Americas, international, Italy, and products and services. He joined the Company as co-general manager in 2003 and has since served as a member of the board of directors. In August 2006, he was appointed managing director with responsibility for the Company's Italian operations and other European activities. Previously, he was CEO of Buffetti, Italy's leading office equipment and supply retail chain. Prior to Buffetti, Sala served as head of the business directories division for SEAT Pagine Gialle. Earlier in his career, he worked at Magneti Marelli (a Fiat Group company) and Kraft Foods.

Vincent Sadusky was CEO and board member of Univision Communications from 2018 to 2020, the largest Hispanic media company in the US, operating multiple broadcast and cable networks, local TV and radio stations, digital video and audio streaming. Prior to Univision, he was CEO and board member from 2014 to 2017 of Media General, a local TV station and digital media company with more than 50 TV stations and 5,000 employees. From 2006 to 2014, he was CEO and board member of LIN Media, a local TV station broadcaster and digital media company. He also served as CFO of LIN Media from 2004 to 2006 and was CFO of Telemundo Communications from 1999 to 2004. In addition to serving on the IGT board of directors since 2010 and most recently chairing its audit committee, Sadusky has served on the boards of the Paley Center for Media, the National Association of Broadcasters and was the treasurer for the NBC Affiliates Board. Earlier in his career, he worked at Ernst & Young, and co-founded JVB Financial Group and Zeus Financial, fixed-income securities trading firms.

Maria Pinelli is a global C-suite executive who currently serves as a member of the board of directors for Globant and board director and chair of the audit committee for Archer Aviation, Inc. and Clarim Acquisition Corp. She served in a variety of leadership roles at EY from October, 1986 to November, 2020, including consumer products and retail leader, global vice chair – strategic growth markets, global IPO leader, and Americas leader – strategic growth markets. In her role as an advisor at EY, she successfully led more than 20 IPOs in four different countries and more than 25 M&A transactions worldwide. Her experience includes strategic transactions and due diligence advice, Sarbanes-Oxley implementation and stakeholder management. She has served as an advisor to some of the world's most iconic e-commerce, consumer products, and retail brands.

Ashley Hunter has been a lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin School of Information since 2015, and is the founding partner of A. Hunter & Company, a leading risk management advisory firm. Previously she was managing director of HM Risk Group LLC where she assisted many startups and corporations with alternative risk transfer schemes and reinsurance placement, globally. Under her leadership, HM Risk Group became a leader in the development of niche insurance products for the sharing and assistive reproductive technology industry. Prior to founding HM Risk Group in 2006, she worked in various claims and underwriting management positions for State Farm Insurance Companies, The Hartford Insurance Company and AIG Insurance Company. 

Legacy of longtime gaming leader and philanthropist receives formal recognition from officers of the Mississippi Gaming & Hospitality Association


Las Vegas, NV — January 20, 2022

KONAMI HOLDINGS CORPORATION Founder, Chairman, and Representative Director Kagemasa Kozuki has been named in the Mississippi Gaming Hall of Fame, Class of 2022 by the Mississippi Gaming & Hospitality Association (MGHA). Mr. Kozuki established and expanded KONAMI’s presence across the state of Mississippi, as both a gaming provider and community supporter by leading global gaming developer and manufacturer, Konami Gaming, Inc. He will be officially inducted to the Mississippi Gaming Hall of Fame during the 2022 Southern Gaming Summit, on May 5, 2022 at Biloxi’s Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. 

“Mr. Kozuki is among the gaming pioneers that have helped develop this industry into a long-term material benefit for people and communities in the State of Mississippi,” said Larry Gregory, executive director of the MGHA. “We look forward to recognizing and celebrating his work as the official induction approaches.”

Mr. Kozuki founded KONAMI INDUSTRY CO., LTD in 1969 to lease and maintain jukeboxes. Under his leadership, the company has grown substantially over the past 50+ years to become a major international corporation operating four business segments: Digital Entertainment, Amusement, Gaming and Systems, and Sports. In addition to his success in business, Mr. Kozuki formed the Kozuki Foundation in 1982 to promote sports, educational, cultural, and social support related activities, and to improve the public good, creating a better society. 

“The future of gaming, whether here in the U.S. or in markets as far away as Japan, relies upon strong technology and strong communities. Mr. Kozuki has demonstrated a relentless personal commitment to both, and for that I’m thrilled to offer sincere congratulations for his naming to the Mississippi Gaming Hall of Fame,” said Bill Hornbuckle, CEO & president, MGM Resorts International, which operates 32 unique hotel and destination gaming offerings in the United States and Macau, including Beau Rivage and Gold Strike Tunica in Mississippi.

“Mr. Kozuki’s merits as a gaming technology leader and community advocate are seen in markets around the world,” said Tom Jingoli, executive vice president & chief operating officer at Konami Gaming, Inc. “This is an important and exciting time to see his contributions forever acknowledged in the Mississippi Gaming Hall of Fame.”

“In working under Mr. Kozuki on KONAMI’s gaming and systems expansion for more than two decades, he has held our focus on responsibility, success, and integrity. This has led to ongoing growth and enrichment for the people, communities, and customers we serve,” said Steve Sutherland, president & chief executive officer at Konami Gaming, Inc. “KONAMI is proud to celebrate Mr. Kozuki’s extraordinary contributions and accomplishments as he is added into the Hall of Fame.”

For more information about Konami Gaming, Inc., please visit www.konamigaming.com.

The new partnership has seen Greentube launch a range of specially selected games, based on research into US player preferences.

Greentube, the NOVOMATIC Interactive division, has enhanced its offering in the US after taking its social gaming content live with GameAccount Network (GAN) brands across the country.

The new partnership has seen Greentube launch a range of specially selected games, based on research into US player preferences, to GAN-powered operators The Chickasaw Nation (Oklahoma), San Manuel Digital LLC (California), The Snoqualmie Tribe (Washington), and Penn Interactive (nationwide).

These include successful land-based games as well as powerful, exclusive real-money and social titles that have proven majorly successful in other markets. Diamond Cash: Mighty Elephant, which is a top performer globally, is among the first batch of titles to go live, as well as land-based favourite Apollo God of the SunStrike it Gold Winways,and Fuzanlong.

In the coming months, further social titles will be added to 16 of GAN’s gaming sites as Greentube continues to strengthen its influence in the burgeoning US social gaming market.

Markus Antl, Head of Sales and Key Account Management at Greentube, said: “We are excited about our partnership in the US with GAN, in which we have furthered our relationship by launching social content via 16 of its gaming sites. The US is a hugely important market for us heading into 2022, and this alliance gives players from coast to coast the chance to access and enjoy a large selection of our most popular games.”

Dermot Smurfit, CEO of GAN, said: “Greentube is renowned across the world for its engaging and highly entertaining games, so the opportunity to be able to showcase a bespoke selection of social titles in the high-growth US market is a major boon for both our operator brands and the players who can now access iconic gaming experiences.”

The new partnership has seen Greentube launch a range of specially selected games, based on research into US player preferences.

Greentube, the NOVOMATIC Interactive division, has enhanced its offering in the US after taking its social gaming content live with GameAccount Network (GAN) brands across the country.

The new partnership has seen Greentube launch a range of specially selected games, based on research into US player preferences, to GAN-powered operators The Chickasaw Nation (Oklahoma), San Manuel Digital LLC (California), The Snoqualmie Tribe (Washington), and Penn Interactive (nationwide).

These include successful land-based games as well as powerful, exclusive real-money and social titles that have proven majorly successful in other markets. Diamond Cash: Mighty Elephant, which is a top performer globally, is among the first batch of titles to go live, as well as land-based favourite Apollo God of the SunStrike it Gold Winways,and Fuzanlong.

In the coming months, further social titles will be added to 16 of GAN’s gaming sites as Greentube continues to strengthen its influence in the burgeoning US social gaming market.

Markus Antl, Head of Sales and Key Account Management at Greentube, said: “We are excited about our partnership in the US with GAN, in which we have furthered our relationship by launching social content via 16 of its gaming sites. The US is a hugely important market for us heading into 2022, and this alliance gives players from coast to coast the chance to access and enjoy a large selection of our most popular games.”

Dermot Smurfit, CEO of GAN, said: “Greentube is renowned across the world for its engaging and highly entertaining games, so the opportunity to be able to showcase a bespoke selection of social titles in the high-growth US market is a major boon for both our operator brands and the players who can now access iconic gaming experiences.”

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (20 January 2022) - Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) in Africa has been awarded a certificate of recognition from the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) for maintaining its continuous accreditation for more than 20 years.
 
SANAS is recognised by the Accreditation for Conformity Assessment, Calibration and Good Laboratory Practice Act, 2006 (Act No. 19 of 2006) as the sole national accreditation body for providing an internationally recognised and effective accreditation.
 
GLI Africa is accredited by SANAS for Performance Testing (ISO/IEC 17025) and Inspection (ISO/IEC 17020), and the certificate recognises 20 uninterrupted years of accreditation for Performance Testing.
GLI Africa General Manager Devon Dalbock
 
Devon Dalbock, General Manager of GLI Africa said, “This is a fantastic achievement for GLI Africa and demonstrates the extremely high standards the GLI team in Africa and globally consistently work to. This is also great news for our clients and suppliers looking to certify their products for the South African market. By trusting GLI with their compliance testing requirements, they can be assured of the highest levels of integrity and secure in the knowledge that their products will conform to local technical standards.
 
“The GLI team in Africa has continued to expand throughout the last 12 months to meet the global demand for GLI services with the introduction of 43 new team members, bringing the total to more than 90. We have also launched the GLI complete suite of Integrated Compliance Solutions, which provides companies of all sizes with the tools they need to comply with their regulatory and technical obligations, all in one place.”
 
GLI is recognized by accreditation bodies worldwide for accreditations to ISO standards for testing (ISO/IEC 17025), field inspections (ISO/IEC 17020), product certification (ISO/IEC 17065) and certification of information systems management systems (ISO/IEC 17021).  This global scope of accreditations allows GLI the flexibility to serve our customers 24 days hours a day, seven days a week.
Global Payments Gaming Solutions Tuesday announced the launch of VIP Mobility at the Downstream Casino Resort in Quapaw, Oklahoma. VIP Mobility is billed as the gaming industry’s first mobile solution enabling true cashless gaming.

“Downstream strives to be ahead of the curve in regards to technology and to reach new heights of convenience for our patrons,” said Downstream Casino Resort Director of Marketing Christian McDaniel in a statement. “VIP Mobility allows our patrons to not worry about leaving their seat, wait in line for cash, or wonder about their check cashing limit. VIP Mobility has been well received by the patrons. Downstream is looking forward to the future with VIP Mobility and the impacts that it will have on the operation.”

Unlike traditional forms of Ticket In-Ticket Out (TITO), VIP Mobility creates a seamless cashless gaming experience from funding through cash-out. By harnessing Global Payments’ VIP Preferred plus functions like eCheck and Choice 4 deferred settlement, patrons can transfer funds from VIP Preferred balances to games with the touch of a screen.

Patrons also can use the same account throughout the resort property, including for hotel and restaurant transactions.

“The ability of technology to provide services in a digital and intuitive environment has transformed the way all industries view the customer experience, including the gaming sector,” said Global Payments Gaming Solutions President Christopher Justice in a statement. “Through the implementation of VIP Mobility, Downstream Casino Resort can establish a true customer-centric approach to gaming and provide patrons with an enhanced experience throughout the entire property.”
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Article written by Rege Behe; contributed to CDC Gaming Reports
19 January 2022 – Inspired Entertainment, Inc. (“Inspired”) (NASDAQ: INSE) is pleased to announce the launch of two of its most popular themes, Centurion™ and Catch of the Day™, on its Prismatic cabinet for the Category C pub markets in the UK.

Centurion and Catch of the Day, both instantly recognizable to players across the UK, debuted on the Prismatic cabinet in Category C in December 2021. Only a few weeks into 2022, those games are proving to be extremely popular with the pub players and support the omni-channel strategic approach in offering multi-faceted content deployment to our pub retail customers.

Centurion is an all-time player-favorite theme, with more than one billion lifetime plays. This 5X3 reels gaming experience offers pub players a mega-rich bonus experience with more than eight bonus games featuring the beloved Centurion character.

Catch of the Day is a fish-themed video slot game with a colorful coral reef setting, on 5x3 reels with 10 lines always in play. Players can trigger a free game feature by getting three or more scatter symbols in a single base game spin.

Peter Davies, Managing Director of Leisure at Inspired, said: “We’re thrilled to kickstart the year for our pub customers with these two high-performing themes, leveraging the extensive stable of high performing games available to us. Inspired is fully invested in developing exciting new content and products for our pub business and increasing our digital footprint to bring great games to pub players right across our customers’ estates.”

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla., Jan. 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Exacta Systems and Everi Holdings Inc. (NYSE: EVRI), a premier provider of land-based and digital casino gaming content and products, financial technology, and player loyalty solutions, announced today that they have signed an agreement to bring Everi's award-winning game content and cabinets onto Exacta's historical horse racing (HHR) system.

Ross O'Hanley, Chief Revenue Officer at Exacta Systems, remarked, "Exacta is proud to partner with Everi for the historical horse racing market. Adding Everi's high-performing game content and gaming cabinets to our Exacta CONNECT system creates a tremendous opportunity to increase player engagement at all of our customers' locations."

Dean Ehrlich, Executive Vice President and Games Business Leader at Everi, commented: "Collaborating with Exacta Systems is a significant opportunity to introduce our extensive library of proven mechanical reel and video gaming content into the growing HHR market. We are confident that our distinctive gaming cabinets and player-popular game content will resonate well with HHR patrons."

GAN has heaped praise on “an incredible opportunity” to scale its portfolio in the US, after linking-up with Relax Gaming to distribute content from its recently acquired Silverback Gaming studio.

The Bulgarian studio plans on doubling its headcount by 2023 as it aims to produce 50 mobile-first online slot games in the next three years, adding to the supplier’s portfolio which includes titles such as Aztec Luck and Mystery Stacks.

Relax now offers its partners more than 3,000 online casino games, featuring slots from its in-house studios alongside a collection of content aggregated through its Silver Bullet and Powered By Relax partnership programmes.

Simon Hammon, CPO of Relax Gaming, explained: “Relax Gaming is delighted to continue its partnership with both Silverback and now GAN as part of its continued drive to work with innovative and promising studios under our Silver Bullet program.

“Silverback has delivered popular content that shows true potential and we are excited about the continuation of this successful partnership and Silverback Gaming’s packed roadmap.”

This distribution agreement comes after GAN purchased the online casino games developer in December 2021, which sees the group receive exclusive rights to all current and future Silverback titles.

The acquisition came as part of a strategy to increase the group’s overall ‘take rate’ on existing B2B gross operator revenue derived from igaming, as well as growing its share from B2C operators in the US who are not already platform clients.

Raph Di Guisto, SVP of Silverback Gaming at GAN, added: “Our partnership with a premier B2B partner like GAN and the ability to leverage their proven technological platform and distribution network presents an incredible opportunity to scale our portfolio into the US market.

“In addition, marrying our resources and teams of engineers will expedite our ability to bring new and exciting games to players over the coming years.

“We are very pleased to continue our relationship with Relax Gaming to ensure the best scope of distribution for our existing and upcoming content”

Greentube, the NOVOMATIC Interactive division, has taken a selection of its games portfolio live with Fonbet in Greece, further expanding its regulated market reach.

Six titles are initially available to Fonbet’s local players including fan-favourites Book of Ra™ deluxe, Lucky Lady’s Charm™ deluxe and Dolphin’s Pearl™ deluxe. Additional content including Greentube’s popular Diamond Link and Cash Connection series will soon be added to the selection.

Greentube’s content has been available in Greece for several years, but the country recently moved from an interim legal framework for online gambling to become fully regulated, enabling more operators to enter the territory.

Fonbet is a leading operator in Greece and the partnership sees Greentube significantly expand the reach of its engaging and entertaining content to a new audience.

The partnership is the latest in a string of deals that has enabled Greentube to bolster its presence in regulated markets in Europe, Latin America and North America.

Lisa Sandner, Greentube’s Sales & Key Account Manager for Greece said: “Our content is performing strongly in the Greek market and we are thrilled to reach even more local players through our partnership with Fonbet, a prominent and reputable operator. We continue our focus to expand in regulated markets and Greece plays an important part in our growth strategy.”

Yiannis Zafiratos, Vice Present of International Operations of Fonbet, said: “Greentube’s content needs no introduction, and we are pleased to now be able to offer a selection of their best performing titles to our customers. With more games to be added to our offering shortly, we look forward to a long and successful partnership.”

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- PlayAGS, Incorporated (NYSE: AGS) ("AGS" or the "Company") today announced selected preliminary financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2021 in conjunction with the Company's intention to explore a refinancing of its outstanding revolving credit facility and term loan credit facilities. A refinancing transaction could include increasing the size of the Company's revolving credit facility, extending its debt maturities and reducing its borrowing costs. Additionally, the Company could look to use a material amount of cash on the Company's balance sheet that could exceed $50 million in connection with such refinancing.

AGS President and Chief Executive Officer David Lopez said, "Our preliminary fourth quarter 2021 financial results further reflect the operating momentum we are witnessing across all three segments of our business. I continue to believe we have the best lineup of new products in our Company's history and am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead." 

 

Preliminary and Unaudited Summary of the Three Months and Twelve Months Ended
December 31, 2021 and 2020

 
 

(Amounts in thousands; except Adjusted EBITDA margin)

 
                                     
 

Three Months Ended December 31,

 

Twelve Months Ended December 31,

 
 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

 
 

Expected Range

 

Actual
Reported

 

Expected Range

 

Actual
Reported

 

Revenues:

                                   

EGM

$

63,000

 

$

65,000

 

$

42,396

 

$

237,000

 

$

239,000

 

$

151,789

 

Table Products

 

3,000

   

3,200

   

2,551

   

11,700

   

11,900

   

7,969

 

Interactive

 

2,400

   

2,600

   

1,675

   

9,900

   

10,100

   

7,249

 

Total Revenues

$

68,400

 

$

70,800

 

$

46,622

 

$

258,600

 

$

261,000

 

$

167,007

 
                                     

Net (loss) income

$

(11,625)

 

$

(6,075)

 

$

(17,242)

 

$

(24,750)

 

$

(19,200)

 

$

(85,378)

 
                                     

Adjusted EBITDA:

                                   

EGM

$

28,000

 

$

30,000

 

$

19,696

 

$

112,000

 

$

114,000

 

$

65,877

 

Table Products

 

1,900

   

2,000

   

1,316

   

6,350

   

6,450

   

3,360

 

Interactive

 

775

   

825

   

287

   

3,300

   

3,350

   

2,432

 

Total Adjusted EBITDA (1)

$

30,675

 

$

32,825

 

$

21,299

 

$

121,650

 

$

123,800

 

$

71,669

 

Total Adjusted EBITDA margin (1)

 

44.8%

   

46.4%

   

45.7%

   

47.0%

   

47.4%

   

42.9%

 
                                     

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

22,000

 

$

25,000

 

$

16,451

 

$

76,200

 

$

79,200

 

$

36,170

 
                                     

Free Cash Flow (1)

$

5,500

 

$

11,500

 

$

2,353

 

$

23,430

 

$

29,430

 

$

458

 
                                     

Total net debt leverage ratio  (1)

 

4.3x

   

4.2x

   

7.5x

   

4.3x

   

4.2x

   

7.5x

 
 

(1) Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, Free Cash Flow, and Total net debt leverage ratio are non-GAAP measures; see non-GAAP reconciliation below

   

Preliminary and Unaudited

 
   

Key Performance Indicators for the Three Months and Twelve Months Ended December 31,
2021 and 2020

 
                                                 
   

Three Months Ended December 31,

   

Twelve Months Ended December 31,

 
   

2021

   

2020

   

2021

   

2020

 
   

Expected Range

   

Actual
Reported

   

Expected Range

   

Actual
Reported

 

EGM Metrics:

                                               

Domestic installed base, end of period

   

15,850

     

15,950

     

16,268

     

15,850

     

15,950

     

16,268

 

Domestic revenue per day

 

$

29.50

   

$

30.50

   

$

23.26

   

$

29.50

   

$

30.50

   

$

17.66

 
                                                 

International installed base, end of period

   

7,550

     

7,650

     

7,985

     

7,550

     

7,650

     

7,985

 

International revenue per day

 

$

5.40

   

$

5.60

   

$

2.56

   

$

4.40

   

$

4.60

   

$

2.59

 
                                                 

Total EGM units sold

   

775

     

825

     

283

     

2,350

     

2,400

     

1,343

 

Domestic average sales price

 

$

19,000

   

$

19,500

   

$

18,035

   

$

18,000

   

$

18,500

   

$

18,068

 
                                                 

Table Products Metrics:

                                               

Table Products Installed Base, end of period

   

4,625

     

4,725

     

4,254

     

4,625

     

4,725

     

4,254

 

Average monthly lease price

 

$

215

   

$

225

   

$

182

   

$

205

   

$

215

   

$

149

 

The information for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2021 included in this release is preliminary, has been prepared by the Company's management, has not been reviewed or audited by the Company's auditors and represents the best estimates of management based on the information available to them as of the date of this release. The Company is in the process of completing its audit for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021 and currently anticipates releasing its 2021 fourth quarter and full year results on March 10, 2022, after the market close. As a result, the information for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2021 included in this release is subject to adjustments, and it is possible that the Company's actual reported financial results may differ from the estimates included in this release due to the completion of audit procedures and final adjustments that may arise between now and the time the Company's financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2021 are finalized, audited and reported. The Company cannot provide any assurances to you that when the estimated financial information for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2021 presented in this release is finalized, audited and reported that such financial information will not be materially different from the information presented herein. 

The Company is sharing these preliminary financial results with its prospective lenders in connection with a potential refinancing transaction. The Company has not committed to engage in any refinancing transaction and the pursuit of any refinancing transaction is subject to market conditions.

Introducing 2022 Net Leverage Target

Supported by the current operating momentum being witnessed across all three business segments, the Company is targeting to reach a net leverage ratio (Net Debt divided by trailing-12 month Adjusted EBITDA) of less than 4.0x by December 31, 2022. The Company's net leverage ratio target does not contemplate, nor is it dependent upon, a refinancing of its outstanding indebtedness.

The Company is not providing a quantitative reconciliation of its target for trailing 12-month Adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss), which is its corresponding GAAP measure, because this GAAP measure is difficult to reliably predict or estimate without unreasonable effort due to its dependence on future uncertainties, such as the adjustments or items discussed below under the heading "Non-GAAP Financial Measures." Additionally, information that is currently not available to the Company could have a potentially unpredictable and potentially significant impact on its future GAAP financial results. 

LONDON, Jan. 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) announced today that it furthered its leadership in cashless gaming technologies by completing the final stages of Nevada regulatory approval for its Resort Wallet™ module of the IGT ADVANTAGETM casino management system. With this achievement, IGT's entire cashless gaming solution, which includes the option for one-step external funding via IGTPay™ on personal mobile devices, is approved for deployment throughout the State.

"IGT earning Nevada regulatory approval for our award-winning, fully integrated cashless solution is a perfect bookend for a year marked with tremendous momentum for our Resort Wallet and IGTPay cashless gaming modules of the IGT ADVANTAGE system," said Ryan Reddy, IGT SVP Global PM VLT, Systems, Payments & Poker. "This milestone achievement will allow for players and operators throughout the State to enjoy the many benefits of cashless gaming and reinforces Nevada's reputation as a future-forward gaming jurisdiction that is committed to advancing the player experience."

With this approval, casinos in Nevada leveraging the IGT ADVANTAGE system can offer their players the option to fund their Cashless Wagering Accounts directly from their personal mobile devices, eliminating the need to handle cash or visit a casino cage, ATM or kiosk. With Resort Wallet and IGTPay, players can securely transfer funds to and from their Cashless Wagering Account from a range of external payment sources such as bank accounts, credit and debit cards or Sightline Play+ prepaid accounts. Funds within the PIN-protected Cashless Wagering Account can then be seamlessly transferred to and from a slot game with a simple tap of a smartphone when initiating or concluding cashless slot play.

IGT's Resort Wallet and IGTPay solutions were recently named "Product Innovation of the Year" in the 2021 Global Gaming Awards Las Vegas, and in September 2021, IGT was hailed "Technology Provider of the Year" in the International Gaming Awards for its achievements with Resort Wallet and IGTPay.

For more information on IGT visit IGT.com/cashless or follow us on LinkedIn.

To satisfy his own curiosity, John Acres recently compared the combined revenue from Google, Netflix and Facebook to gaming industry revenue between 1999 to 2019. Over that 20-year span, Acres found that the three tech giants increased revenue by a factor of 48,000. In comparison, gaming operators increase revenue by a factor of just 2.

The difference, according to the founder and CEO of the Las Vegas-based Acres Manufacturing, is that Google, Netflix and Facebook maximize their use of data, understand their customers and reach them primarily through mobile apps and mobile communications. In contrast, Acres reports, he can walk into some casinos and still find technology that was installed more than 20 years ago, all using only desktop computers...

“Mobile devices are not a meaningful part of the player experience,” he says. “The personalization we do is limited to the monthly mailers we send. We just have a tremendous opportunity to adapt technology, and while we might not be able to grow revenue by a factor of 48,000, I believe we can easily, easily double casinos revenues.”

A 2016 inductee to the American Gaming Association’s Gaming Hall of Fame, Acres began his career as a slot technician before becoming one of the industry’s most prolific innovators. Acres is responsible for innovations like progressive jackpots, free play and the first electronic loyalty system.

With Acres Manufacturing, he developed the company’s revolutionary product Foundation, technology that allows slot machines to connect to apps and produces real-time data, loyalty and cashless transaction through a single mobile interface.

But even as the gaming industry experiences unprecedented growth – according to the AGA, revenue for 2021 reached $44.15 billion at the end of October, surpassing the $43.65 billion generated in the record-setting 2019 —Acres thinks there’s money being left on the table.

The first step to achieve increased gaming industry growth is to recognize that change is necessary and that it won’t happen overnight.

“I think there’s a fear of change,” Acres says. “There is a fear of `what if I change the wrong thing?’ But you’re way better off to change now and start learning how to follow the data than to wait. I think to double revenue is going to be a five- or six-year journey, and it starts with a casino deciding that gathering information is their primary emphasis.”

That journey, he believes, starts with but is not limited to cashless payment systems. Cashless payments enable casino operators to cut operational costs. The federal government likes cashless because it removes the ills of money laundering through anonymous gambling.

“But also, we have a tremendous opportunity with cashless to do much deeper personalization, because we don’t even have to ask a player to use a card anymore when they move money onto the machine,” Acres says. “When they move money onto a machine, we know their identity. We can paint a much clearer picture of their desires and their behaviors and their histories than ever before, so cashless is more of a gateway than a destination.”

Acres thinks that even if only a small number of customers initially adopt cashless, having that option available provides gaming operators with a solid base of data, even if operators initially aren’t sure how to deploy such information.

“It’s incredibly important because you can always post-process that data and analyze it again,” he says.

While Foundation’s technology is similar to that employed by Netflix or Amazon when suggesting a movie or book that a customer may like based on prior selections, it covers newer and potentially more lucrative ground for gaming operators. The technology can not only recognize a player’s preferences, “but change their experience as they sit there,” Acres explains.

Instead of sending out monthly mailers with coupons for free play or food discounts, the technology recognizes players’ likes and dislikes, basing rewards on time of play and other factors. Players whose balances get low may be given more bonuses or other inducements.

“We have to surprise and delight those players at every turn, and that means showing them the games they know and love with one twist, and then another little twist,” he says, “and slowly migrate them to new experiences and new opportunities.”

Acres says reacting in real time to a player’s situation also can be applicable to sports betting and iGaming. But most gaming operators don’t have the necessary personnel and tools to deploy such technology; thus the need for systems like Foundation.

“The business of providing hospitality is huge, and people that must provide that and secure the systems are different than the people who must create and configure them,” he contends. “That’s part of the gap, that we as technology providers have not done enough to provide the assistance that casinos need. That’s one of the reasons we’re raising another $50 million so we can build a stronger team to provide those services.”

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article by Rege Behe, CDC Gaming Reports

Acres Manufacturing is unveiling the Foundation App Store, an ecosystem the company says will bring new ideas to the gaming industry by providing open and standard interfaces to third-party developers.

Foundation, the first-of-its-kind casino management system, provides casinos with real-time data from slot machines and a direct interface to the credit meter on any slot machine. Armed with a massive amount of real-time data, an adaptable credit meter on any game, and bonuses deployable to a player’s mobile device, casinos can use it to optimize every customer relationship and maximize long-term profitability.

“The Foundation App Store is a marketplace where casinos can discover new applications with guaranteed security and compatibility within the Foundation environment,” said Noah Acres, of Acres Manufacturing. “Any developer can create content for the Foundation platform. The speed and variety of new applications available on the platform will greatly increase casino profits for years to come.”

Foundation is a hardware device that installs into the slot machine and extracts all real-time data from the games. It can also be programmed to change the credit meters on command on any slot machine. And through a new breakthrough technology the company calls SAS-sharing, Foundation can be installed with no performance loss from the legacy casino management system.

“We take 100% of the raw SAS data and put it into an environment that the casinos have complete control over,” Acres explained. “Casino operators become the sole decider of which third parties are able to access their data. Foundation collects over a thousand times more data than casinos have ever accessed before. Instead of locking this data away in a closed ecosystem, we provide open APIs to any developer who wants to produce an application. Now, instead of a legacy system provider refusing to interface or charging an expensive interface fee, casinos are in complete control.

Acres said his company doesn’t have a monopoly on good ideas and welcomes anybody who wants to develop an application for the casino industry.

“That will bring a whole new scale and velocity of new ideas to the industry,” he assured. “We are getting ready to announce its first group of platform partners that have successfully interfaced to Foundation. These are companies that have products that have already been successfully tested and certified for compatibility with Foundation.”

Acres said the goal is to let casinos know that there’s a lot that can be done with their data. Acres is now able to tell them they have working products ready to deliver them a return on investment.

“Once the Foundation hardware is installed, additional applications can be downloaded to the existing hardware. There is no additional physical installation process.”

Acres noted that it’s been difficult historically for companies to bring in new products to casinos, and his company wanted to make that easier. They want to help anyone who has an idea for an application.

“Closed interfaces have dramatically slowed our growth as an industry. I remember when you couldn’t get Microsoft Word on an Apple computer because Apple had a closed environment. Once Apple evolved and started working with outside developers, they quickly became the most valuable company in the world. Apple’s App Store played an enormous role in that growth. We expect similar growth in the casino industry once Foundation is widely deployed.”

Acres said the casino industry has long faced pushback from companies with management systems that monopolize access to casino data by restricting outsiders.

“If a casino wants an application from a third-party developer, the systems provider will typically refuse to allow that application to interface because they want to be the one and only provider. We are tearing those walls down,” he said. “The data belongs to the casino. It doesn’t belong to us. It’s not our place to say what products can or can’t connect to the data. It’s the casino’s prerogative.”

More than 20 companies will be part of the first release, covering everything from data analytics and payment processing to game content.

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article by Buck Wargo, CDC Gaming Reports

It’s time to shine brighter with Zitro’s latest launch of Glare cabinet line that features the most advanced lighting motion and eye-catching graphics, enhancing an even brighter gameplay display for users. The new Glare Family consists of 4 unique form factors launched simultaneously – Altius Glare, Allure Glare, Fusion Glare, and Allure Glare – that shine on the inside and outside thanks to their LEDs that illuminate them more brightly than ever.

This compelling and innovative cabinet line features an ergonomic design compatible with the previous ONE platform and shows noticeable upgrades like accessibility, playability and exclusive game library. “We are confident that these latest additions to Zitro’s high-performance cabinet line, along with their high-definition graphics and back-lit screens will offer players a more vivid gaming experience”, commented Johnny Viveiros Ortiz, Founder of Zitro.

Fusion Glare is as a high-class cabinet equipped with two 27” Full HD screens, intelligent LED halo, next-gen processor, easy access to the interior, wireless mobile charger, surround sound system and a wide game library, making it a must-have in any gaming hall globally.

Allure Glare, includes three 27” Full HD screens, where the third screen acts as a sign thanks to its SyncroScreen system. Thanks to its surround sound system, intelligent LED halo, latest generation processor, easy access to the interior, wireless cellphone charger and extensive game library, Allure Glare is the perfect cabinet for players and operators.

Illusion Glare is a high-end portrait cabinet distinguished for its seamless 43” curved touch screen, which allows an enhanced gaming experience. It looks extremely bright thanks to its smart LED halo. With its next-gen processor, wireless mobile charger, easy access to the interior, spectacular surround sound system and exclusive game library. Illusion Glare brings elegance and playability to any casino floor.

Altius Glare, the tallest one of this family of cabinets, features impressive 55” and 27” Full HD displays providing huge real estate for exciting 4K graphics, and Intelligent LED halo. This high-class cabinet along with a digital smart deck keypad, wireless mobile charger, amazing surround sound system and easy access to the interior, make it the ideal form-factor for immersive gaming experiences.

Johnny Viveiros Ortiz, Founder of Zitro added “We are truly enthusiastic about introducing our high-quality and innovative products to casinos around the world: the new Glare cabinet line and its exclusive game titles. We couldn’t have done it without the great team behind at Zitro, who determinedly engineered and designed these first-class cabinets with the aim to offer an immersive, well-rounded experience to players. The whole team is proud to showcase our amazing content and we are confident it will be enjoyed amongst players worldwide”.

Zitro Digital, the online business unit of the global leading gaming supplier Zitro, increases its presence in virtual casinos with the latest addition to its library of Video Bingo Games and Slot Game: Pick & Win in the jurisdiction of the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The distinguished online brand of Boldt Group: bplay, has bet on Zitro to integrate these successful land-based games to their online gaming platform, with the approval of the Loteria de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires (LOTBA), the gaming regulatory body in this Argentine jurisdiction.

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Hernán Garritano, Manager at Boldt Group and responsible for managing the worldwide online gaming operation under the bplay brand commented, “We are thrilled to partner with Zitro to further our goal of offering our online casino clients the highest level of entertainment. We are confident that adding Zitro’s games to the bplay platform will contribute to the growth of our online brand and add value to our existing game portfolio, as was achieved in our online businesses in Paraguay and Santa Fe Province in Argentina. We are pleased to continue our close collaboration and look forward to integrating many more exciting games in the near future”.

Alejandra Burato, Zitro’s Regional Director for Latin America added, “Becoming a certified supplier with LOBTA is absolutely vital in our mission to expand our digital brand in regulated markets. We are grateful to bplay for offering our games in the city of Buenos Aires and giving us the opportunity to expand our online business in Argentina. We look forward to continuing our prosperous partnership and to keep incorporating Zitro’s games into Boldt’s Group exclusive game offering”.

Arizona Coyotes team up with IGT PlaySports technology to power "SaharaBets" sports betting in Arizona

 

LONDON, Jan. 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) announced today that the Company recently signed a strategic sports betting agreement with Meruelo Gaming LLC, an affiliate of the SAHARA Las Vegas and Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nev., and the Arizona Coyotes (National Hockey League team).

Under the terms of the agreement, Meruelo Gaming will leverage IGT's trading advisory services and PlaySports technology to power the SaharaBets statewide mobile sports betting app for Arizona.

"The scalable PlaySports technology, turnkey services, capabilities and vast sports betting experience make IGT SaharaBets' ideal sports betting growth partner in Arizona," said Alex Meruelo, Meruelo Group President & CEO."Giving Arizona Coyotes fans the option to place pre and in-game wagers online will increase fan engagement and boost the already contagious excitement of every play on the ice."

"Given Alex Meruelo's success in turning the Grand Sierra Resort into the vibrant, successful casino that it is today, and all the positive changes that he initiated with the SAHARA on the Las Vegas Strip, I am excited to see what he will do in Arizona as the owner of a professional sports team with its own sportsbook," said Joe AsherIGT President of Sports Betting. "I'm thrilled that Alex decided to partner with IGT for the hardware, software and trading services to make it happen."

IGT PlaySports is deployed at more than 60 gaming venues across the U.S. To learn more visit igt.com/playsports or follow us on LinkedIn.

Leading iGaming Group behind powerhouse casino brands PlayUZU and BacanaPlay has added more localised content for players in LatAm, Spain and Portugal

12 January 2022 – SkillOnNet (SON) continues to establish itself as the leading platform and content provider in the fast-growing Latin American market by announcing it has joined forces with Zitro Gaming adding the provider’s full suite of games to its portfolio.

Zitro Gaming is one of the biggest content providers across the LatAm region, with both land-based and online operators stocking its hugely popular video slots and video bingo slots. These games will now be made available to players at SkillOnNet’s PlayUZU and BacanaPlay brands.

PlayUZU and BacanaPlay have been fully tailored for LatAm markets. Players can enjoy a localised game portfolio, as well as banking methods and customer support. Both brands offer a “fair casino” experience with PlayUZU having no wagering requirements whatsoever.

Michael Golembo from SkillOnNet, said: “This is an important deal for SkillOnNet, allowing us to strengthen the game lobbies at both PlayUZU and BacanaPlay with proven content that players will recognise from land-based gambling venues across the region.

“We believe Latin America has tremendous potential so long as players are given a properly localised online casino offering, and we are doing just that with our Latin American casinos which are already proving to be big hits. We will also be taking these games to Spain and Portugal where we know they will be very well received by our casino players

“Zitro is a really strong addition to our game lobby and will provide our players with even more quality content to enjoy as we continue to grow our presence across the region.”

Sebastian Salat, CEO at Zitro, said “We are tremendously proud of this partnership and would like to thank SkillOnNet for choosing our online gaming library. We are confident this will help greatly both parties, and, particularly, Zitro Digital's rapid deployment and growth worldwide”.
Player Wins $1,045,153 After Winning $1,241,642 18 Days Prior

 
TAMPA, Fla. (January 11, 2021)  On Sunday, January 9, a lucky Clearwater, FL resident named Gloria visited Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa and won a $1,045,153 jackpot while playing Aristocrat Gaming’s Dragon Link™ progressive slot game. This jackpot comes just 18 days after she won $1,241,642 on Dragon Link, marking her second progressive jackpot over $1 million on the popular Aristocrat game.

 

The Dragon Link $1 million progressive jackpot can be found at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa and Seminole Coconut Creek Casino. The progressive jackpot starts at $1 million at each property, meaning players have three places to play for $1 million jackpots.
 
This is the third $1M jackpot to hit on the Dragon Link™ slot game at a Seminole property in less than 60 days.
 
Seminole Hard Rock Tampa has paid out over $1.6 billion in jackpots to more than 56,000 individuals in 2021. There have been over 581,000 jackpots awarded, which equates to over a jackpot paid per minute.