PRESS RELEASE  -  May 13, 2021

Fantini CEO Insights
One-On-One Interviews with the Gaming Industry’s Leaders


NYLÉN TALKS KAMBI’S US SPORTS BETTING POSITION

Kambi CEO Kristian Nylén discusses Kambi’s competitive advantage in the US sports betting market, the company sticking to its knitting, and the potential for a US stock listing.

Nylén’s interview: https://youtu.be/Dw9Kz9o7vDc.


Fantini’s CEO Insights are sponsored by IGT.


Some of the videos previously released in the series feature Tom Reeg of Caesars, Jay Snowden of Penn National, Greg Carlin of Rush Street, Renato Ascoli of IGT and Barry Cottle of Scientific Games.

All of these and others can be viewed at
https://www.fantiniresearch.com/conventions/ceo-insights.html



Other video interviews in the Insights series ¬– Emerging Insights, Investor Insights and Public Policy Insights – can be viewed at https://www.fantiniresearch.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10547


Questions about any series can be addressed to Associate Publisher Ashley Diem at ADiem@FantiniResearch.com or at +1 302 730 3793.
NEW YORK, May 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Inspired Entertainment, Inc. ("Inspired") (NASDAQ: INSE) announced today the pricing of its previously announced private offering of £235.0 million aggregate principal amount of its 7.875% senior secured notes due 2026 (the "2026 Senior Secured Notes"). The 2026 Senior Secured Notes will be issued by Inspired Entertainment (Financing) plc, a wholly owned finance subsidiary of Inspired, and will be guaranteed by Inspired and certain of its English and U.S. subsidiaries. The initial offering price to investors will be 100.00% of the principal amount thereof. The offering is expected to close on or about May 20, 2021, subject to customary closing conditions.

Inspired intends to use the proceeds from the offering of the 2026 Senior Secured Notes (i) to repay its existing £145.8 million senior secured term loan facility and €93.1 million senior secured term loan facility and accrued interest thereon, (ii) to pay fees, commissions and expenses incurred in connection with the refinancing, and (iii) for general corporate purposes, including to close-out derivative contracts entered into in connection with the existing term loan facilities. As part of the refinancing, Inspired will also be putting into place a new 4.5-year £20 million Super Priority Senior Secured Revolving Credit Facility.

About Inspired Entertainment, Inc.

Inspired offers an expanding portfolio of content, technology, hardware and services for regulated gaming, betting, lottery, social and leisure operators across land-based and mobile channels around the world. Inspired's gaming, virtual sports, interactive and leisure products appeal to a wide variety of players, creating new opportunities for operators to grow their revenue. Inspired operates in approximately 35 jurisdictions worldwide, supplying gaming systems with associated terminals and content for more than 50,000 gaming machines located in betting shops, pubs, gaming halls and other route operations; virtual sports products through more than 32,000 retail venues and various online websites; digital games for 170+ websites; and a variety of amusement entertainment solutions with a total installed base of more than 16,000 gaming terminals. Additional information can be found at www.inseinc.com.

Regulatory Notice

The 2026 Senior Secured Notes will be offered only to Qualified Institutional Buyers within the meaning of Rule 144A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and to certain non-U.S. persons in transactions outside the United States in compliance with Regulation S under the Securities Act. The issuance and sale of the 2026 Senior Secured Notes and related guarantees have not been, and will not be, registered under the Securities Act or the securities laws of any state of the United States or other jurisdiction, and the 2026 Senior Secured Notes and related guarantees may not be offered or sold within the United States except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state or local securities laws.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the 2026 Senior Secured Notes. The 2026 Senior Secured Notes offering is being made only by means of a private offering memorandum and is not being made to any person in any jurisdiction in which such offer, sale or solicitation is unlawful.

The 2026 Senior Secured Notes are not intended to be offered, sold or otherwise made available to and should not be offered, sold or otherwise made available to any "retail investor" in the United Kingdom or in member states of the European Economic Area and this notice is not addressed to or directed at any such person. A "retail investor" for these purposes in the United Kingdom means a person who is (i) a "retail client", as defined in point (8) of Article 2 of Regulation (EU) No 2017/565 as it forms part of the domestic law of the United Kingdom by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 ("EUWA"); or (ii) a "customer" within the meaning of the provisions of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, as amended (the "FSMA") and any rules or regulations made under the FSMA to implement Directive (EU) 2016/97, where that customer would not qualify as a "professional client", as defined in point (8) of Article 2(1) of Regulation (EU) No 600/2014 as it forms part of the domestic law of the United Kingdom by virtue of the EUWA. A "retail investor" for these purposes in the European Economic Area means a person who is: (i) a "retail client" as defined in point (11) of Article 4(1) of Directive 2014/65/EU (as amended, "MiFID II"); (ii) a "customer" within the meaning of Directive 2016/97/EU, where that "customer" would not qualify as a "professional client" as defined in point (10) of Article 4(1) of MiFID II.

In the United Kingdom, this notice is being distributed only to and is directed only at: (a) persons who are "investment professionals" falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, as amended (the "Order"), (b) high net worth companies, unincorporated associations and other bodies within the categories described in Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order and (c) any other persons to whom an invitation or inducement to engage in investment activity (within the meaning of Section 21 of the FSMA) in connection with the issue or sale of any notes may otherwise lawfully be communicated or caused to be communicated.

Solely for the purposes of the product approval process of the manufacturers (if any), the target market assessment in respect of the 2026 Senior Secured Notes has led to the conclusion that: (i) the target market for the notes is "eligible counterparties" and "professional clients" only, each as defined in the applicable product governance rules and regulations; and (ii) all channels for distribution of the notes to "eligible counterparties" and "professional clients" are appropriate.

Forward Looking Statements

This news release may contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "expect," "estimate," "plan," "will," "would" and "project" and other similar expressions that indicate future events or trends or are not statements of historical matters. These statements are based on Inspired's management's current expectations and beliefs, as well as a number of assumptions concerning future events.

Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other important factors, many of which are outside of Inspired's control and all of which could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. Accordingly, forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Inspired's views as of any subsequent date, and Inspired does not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date they were made, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. You are advised to review carefully the "Risk Factors" section of Inspired's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020, which is available, free of charge, on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's website at www.sec.gov.

Contact:

For Investors
Aimee Remey
aimee.remey@inseinc.com
+1 646 565-6938

For Press and Sales
inspiredsales@inseinc.com

SOURCE Inspired Entertainment, Inc.
LAS VEGAS (May 13, 2021) – NIGA Chairman and globally influential gaming industry figure Ernest Stevens, Jr. appears in the latest episode of Gaming Laboratories International’s (GLI®) web series Illuminating Conversations.
 
The episode premiered today and is available for on-demand streaming now exclusively at https://gaminglabs.com/illuminatingconversations.
 
As he talks with GLI President/CEO James Maida, the Chairman sets a surprisingly personal tone with thought-provoking stories about his journey to becoming Chairman, his family’s long relationship with Washington D.C. and advocacy for Native issues, and the lasting influence of his college professors.
Stevens also spoke about how his boxing career shapes his approach to strategy, saying, “(When I think about) my life and my career, you move around the ring, and you analyze, and you’re always using that left jab to pepper things. But when it comes time to drive it home, that’s what the right hand is for. That’s the whole analogy of life.”
 
The Chairman also shares his insights about Indian gaming’s approach to the pandemic, where we go from here, what’s next for new gaming technology, and his hopes for the new Interior Secretary.
 
Hosted by Maida, Illuminating Conversations is an on-demand monthly series of thought-provoking interviews. The series is one more way GLI helps regulators, suppliers, and operators navigate uncharted territory by providing insights from worldwide experts, empowering them to meet any challenge and get to the finish line.?
 
Binge-watch previous Illuminating Conversations episodes featuring Eilers & Krejcik’s Gaming Principal Todd Eilers; Jamaica Betting, Gaming Lottery Commission Executive Director Vitus Evans; and Managing Director of Gaming Consultants International Neil Spencer.
 
Be the first to know when new Illuminating Conversations episodes are available by following GLI on LinkedInTwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

LONDON – May 12, 2021 – International Game Technology PLC (“IGT”) (NYSE: IGT) announced today that four massive jackpots totaling more than $16 million were awarded on its Megabucks®, Powerbucks®, and Wheel of Fortune® slots games in April.

Lucky slot players won the following million dollar-plus jackpots on IGT games:

  • On April 20, a Wheel of Fortune slots player won $1,914,302 playing Wheel of Fortune New Orleans at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla.  
  • On April 26, a Megabucks slots player won $10,453,269 playing Megabucks Triple Double Stars® Wheel at South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las Vegas, Nev.
  • On April 27, a Wheel of Fortune slots player won $2,946,337 playing Wheel of Fortune Double Times Pay 3X4X5X and Design® game at The Venetian® Resort Las Vegas.
  • Also on April 27, an online Powerbucks slots player won CA$1,334,516 playing Wheel of Fortune Hawaiian Getaway in Ontario, Canada.

The $10 million-plus Megabucks jackpot is the largest slots jackpot awarded in Nevada thus far in 2021. IGT Powerbucks Slots have paid 28 jackpots of $1 million or more since its Canadian debut in 2016. Wheel of Fortune slots have minted over 1,100 millionaires and awarded over $3.3 billion in jackpots since its launch in 1995.

Miss Kitty™ from Aristocrat Gaming™ is one of the most widely recognized and beloved characters in gaming. Now Miss Kitty is back for an all-new adventure, taking players out for a glamourous night on the town in the fun Miss Kitty Wild Ride™.
 
Miss Kitty Wild Ride is the purrrrrfect game for player of all types, thanks to its player-selectable denoms. Miss Kitty Wild Ride is housed on the landmark and award-winning flame55™ cabinet, which is just as stylish as Miss Kitty herself.
Click to download high-res game image

Miss Kitty’s newest adventure has an innovative Wild Ride feature, Sticky Wild™ feature, Jackpot Bonus, and frequent hitting base game wins.
 
The Wild Ride bonus has persistent wild stacks, reel growth, Sticky Wild™ feature, and wild multipliers. Stacked wild symbols make it easier to trigger Wild Ride.
 
A game known for the Sticky Wild™ mechanic, Miss Kitty lends itself well to the exciting Wild Ride feature, a random base game feature that occurs approximately once every 30 spins. During the Wild Ride feature, all Kitty and Diamond Symbols that land on the reels will persist for one additional paid spin, giving players the opportunity to line up huge wild wins!
Click to watch Miss Kitty Wild Ride bonus highlight video.
Other features include Sticky Wild Free Games with unlimited retriggers; Wild Multiplier Reveal with a chance for KITTY symbols that land on reel 5, to change into a x2, x3, x5, or x10 multiplier; and a Jackpot Bonus where a wheel spin awards a guaranteed grand SSP or major SAP jackpot. The grand jackpot resets at $10,000 on a penny configuration.
 
For more information about Miss Kitty Wild Ride or any of the games created specifically for the flame55 cabinet, contact your Aristocrat representative at (702) 270-1000.

Greentube, the NOVOMATIC Interactive division, has won a highly competitive tender to supply the state-owned National Lottery in Luxembourg with its omni-channel solution, Greentube Plurius.

 

Greentube, the NOVOMATIC Interactive division, has won a highly competitive tender to supply the state-owned National Lottery in Luxembourg with its omnichannel solution, Greentube Plurius.


The contract will see Greentube provide its Greentube Plurius technology to Loterie Nationale Luxembourg, enabling the lottery to combine its land-based, online and mobile VLT gaming operations and significantly strengthen its existing offering.

With Greentube Plurius, B2B suppliers, casino and VLT operators can connect their land-based terminals to the core system and retrieve games that are then played on an online game server.

Operators can launch games online and in land-based venues simultaneously, and Greentube Plurius enables customers to play with one single account across the verticals. Safe and quick deposits, cross-channel promotions and player tracking, and protection through responsible gaming features are all available.

Furthermore, the 360-degree solution can be easily adapted to certain markets, jurisdictions and customer needs, and offers operators access to real-time monitoring and accounting tools including financial data, game statistics and product usage.

The full integration with Loterie Nationale Luxembourg will be completed later this year.

Greentube was selected by the lottery operator following an extensive public procurement process in competition with leaders of the gaming industry. The contract is valid for seven years with the ability to extend the contract a further five years thereafter.

The agreement is testament to the quality and strength of Greentube’s technology and reinforces the company’s position as a trusted supplier to the lottery and gaming sectors.

Greentube already successfully provides its solutions and products to several national lottery operators across Europe, including in Austria, Greece, and Norway, as well as the British Columbia Lottery Corporation in Canada.

Georg Gubo, COO of Greentube, said: “After an extensive tender process we are delighted to be awarded this important contract from Loterie Nationale Luxembourg. The contract validates the competitiveness of our offering and demonstrates that we are a trusted supplier to the industry.

Our Greentube Plurius technology is at the forefront of gaming innovation and we are excited about the opportunity to streamline and strengthen Loterie Nationale Luxembourg’s offering.”

Léon Losch, CEO of Loterie Nationale Luxembourg, said: “We are pleased to select Greentube Plurius as a solution that not only meets all of our immediate requirements and future-proofs Responsible Gambling methods for all players online and land based, but also provides a long-term partnership to support our evolving needs.

Greentube has a strong reputation as a reliable and experienced technology provider with a proven track-record to deliver results and we are excited to join forces.”

HAMDEN, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 11, 2021-- TransAct® Technologies is saddened to announce the passing of longtime Board Member, Thomas R. Schwarz.

“Tom was not just a Board Member here at TransAct, he was an incredible mentor, a lifelong friend, and a true leader of the company. Tom served on the Board over 24 years as an independent director, and leaves behind a legacy of driving innovation and transformation here at TransAct that saw us through some of our most complex business challenges. We cannot be more thankful to him for his service to the company and he will be greatly missed by the TransAct family. Tom was an incredible teacher to me, and I am forever grateful to have had the opportunity to have known and learned from him,” stated Bart Shuldman, Chairman and CEO of TransAct.

Tom had been on the Board of Directors at TransAct for over 24 years. Previously, Tom held the position of Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Grossmans, a leading retailer of building materials in the Northeastern United States. Prior to that, Tom held a number of senior leadership positions including Chief Operating Officer & Director of Dunkin’ Donuts.

LAS VEGAS (May 6, 2021) – Ainsworth Game Technology (AX: AGI) has partnered with Slotegator, an iGaming aggregator, to distribute its video slot content in the Eastern European online casino market.

Slotegrator’s APIgrator solution makes it possible to easily integrate Ainsworth slots into online casino operators' platforms. The European-based company incorporates slots, card game and virtual sports from more than 60 game developers across the world.

Among the titles that will soon be available via Slotegrator are classic Ainsworth titles including the QuickSpin brand of wheel games, proven high performing High Denomination titles, as well as worldwide player favorites like Mustang Money.

Additionally, Ainsworth will provide a variety of new game content that has been successful in Australian and North American markets such as the Pan Chang, Lucky Break and Kanga Cash.

“We are continuing our strategy to expand Ainsworth offerings across regulated markets throughout Eastern Europe,” said Ainsworth Online General Manager Jason Lim.  “We are excited to begin working with Slotegrator to offer our proven games to a variety of new online casino operators within the Slotegrator distribution network.”  

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Greentube, the NOVOMATIC Interactive division, has teamed up with Casino Lugano in Switzerland to launch its games portfolio with the operator’s online casino.

Book of Ra Deluxe, Lucky Lady’s Charm Deluxe and Super Cherry will be among the first titles to launch on swiss4win.ch, providing a premium collection of content that already has a strong fanbase among both land-based and online audiences in the market. Players will also soon be able to enjoy new additions such as Super Cherry 5000 and Book of Ra Magic, as the supplier continues to expand the range of specially selected games available in the regulated jurisdiction.

The Casino Lugano partnership cements Greentube’s footprint in Switzerland’s fast-growing online sector with the company having signed with a succession of tier one operators since the market opened for business in 2019.

Michael Bauer, CFO/CGO of Greentube, said: “Switzerland has quickly turned into one of our most successful markets to date and we are pleased to be furthering our reach with another well-respected brand in the country’s sector. Our market-leading games have proven to be a valuable addition to our partners’ platforms, and this collaboration will no doubt see Casino Lugano continue to gain traction in the online space.”

“We knew from the very start of launching swiss4win.ch that we wanted to offer Greentube’s renowned online casino games, since titles from the Book of Ra and Super Cherry series are already favorites in our land-based venues,” said Gianmaria Frapolli, CEO and Board Member of Casinò Lugano SA. “Our players are going to love playing their classic slots online and we look forward to launching more of the modern, interactive content that is promised from their exciting roadmap.”
Casino operators in U.S. can now purchase PeakSlant49™ cabinet with performance-tested IGT core games such as Regal Riches™ and Scarab® Link

LONDON, May 6, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) announced today that its high-performing, previously lease-only, PeakSlant49™ cabinet is now available for purchase throughout the U.S. This move gives casino operators across the U.S. the opportunity to own the PeakSlant49 cabinet and offer IGT's Proven Performer core games on dazzling, premium-caliber hardware.

"We're excited to introduce Stinkin' Rich® Skunks Gone Wild along with high-performing games including Regal Riches and Scarab Link on the spectacular PeakSlant49 cabinet," said Nick Khin, IGT Chief Operating Officer, Gaming. "IGT developed a specialized content pipeline for the PeakSlant49 cabinet that our customers can purchase with confidence knowing that the games have achieved significant performance metrics."

Celebrated for its superior ergonomic design and pristine presentation, the PeakSlant49 video slots cabinet is an attention-grabbing focal point on any casino floor. The cabinet's 49-inch, progressively curved Ultra-HD display is complemented with a 27-inch video topper. The cabinet's intelligent lighting and player-convenience features such as an inductive wireless charger, USB port and comfortable 13.3-inch dynamic player panel all contribute to the hardware's popularity and strong performance.

IGT initially launched the PeakSlant49 cabinet as a premium, for-lease cabinet in 2020. Anchored by premium marquee titles such Fortune Coin Boost!™ and Dragon Lights®, the PeakSlant49 will continue to showcase IGT's premium multi-level progressive  (MLP) entertainment in casinos throughout the U.S.

For more information, visit igt.com, go to Facebook at facebook.com/IGTGaming, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/IGTJackpots, or watch IGT videos on YouTube at youtube.com/igt.

AGS : Q1, 2021:

• Total Revenues Increased 1.9% Year-Over-Year and 18.7% Sequentially to $55.4 Million

• Net Loss Improved to $7.8 Million Compared to $14.4 Million in the Prior Year

• Adjusted EBITDA Grew 7.4% Year-Over-Year to $26.3 Million

• Domestic EGM RPD of $27.10 Was Up Nearly 30% Year-Over-Year and Approximately 3% Above the 2019 First Quarter

• Premium Game Initiative Continues to Progress with over 420 Orion Starwall Games Installed at Quarter End; Initial Orion Curve Premium Field Trial Underway

•Table Products Adjusted EBITDA Reached a New Quarterly Record of $1.4 Million

• Interactive Real Money Gaming Revenue More than Doubled to a Record $1.4 Million

• $107.3 Million of Available Liquidity as of March 31, 2021

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First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

• During March and April and continuing through mid-to-late May 2020, nearly all our customers either closed their facilities or dramatically curtailed operations to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We believe these actions significantly limit the year-over-year comparability of our reported financial metrics, including revenues, (loss) income from operations, net (loss) income, and Adjusted EBITDA.

• Consolidated revenue totaled $55.4 million compared to $54.3 million in the 2020 first quarter, representing a year-over-year increase of 1.9%. Growth within the recurring revenue channels of our EGM, Table Products and Interactive businesses helped to offset the impact of ongoing sluggishness in the North American slot replacement market on our reported revenue. Additionally, we recognized an additional $2.1 million in sales revenue related to units that were strategically pruned and subsequently sold as compared to the prior year's quarter.

• We estimate approximately 99% of our 15,456-unit domestic installed base and 51% of our 7,985-unit international installed base was active as of March 31, 2021. These figures compare to 90% and 36%, respectively, as of December 31, 2020.

• Gaming operations, or recurring revenue, increased 4.1% year-over-year to $44.4 million. The benefits realized through the easing of COVID-19 restrictions on our customers' operations, ongoing vaccination efforts, and continued growth within our premium unit footprint paced our improved EGM recurring revenue performance, while continued progressive penetration and improved execution supported year-over-year gaming operations revenue growth within our Table Products and Interactive segments, respectively. In aggregate, recurring revenue accounted for 80.2% of our consolidated revenue compared to 78.6% in the prior year's quarter.

• Our 2021 first quarter net loss of $7.8 million improved as compared to the $14.4 million net loss incurred in the 2020 first quarter. The year-over-year decline in our reported net loss reflects our improved revenue performance, led by our recurring revenue businesses, and recognition of lower depreciation and amortization expense as a result of several intangible assets reaching the end of their useful lives, partially offset by higher interest expense related to our incremental debt financing, which we closed upon in May 2020.

• Total Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP)(1) increased 7.4% year-over-year to $26.3 million. Adjusted EBITDA increased versus the prior year across all three of our operating segments, led by a $1.0 million, or 4.4%, year-over-year increase in our EGM Adjusted EBITDA.

• Total Adjusted EBITDA margin (non-GAAP)(1) improved to 47.5% in the first quarter of 2021 compared to 45.1% in the prior year, reflecting favorable mix of higher-margin recurring revenues and an increase in high-margin revenue generated as part of our ongoing strategic pruning initiative, partially offset by normalization in our operating expenses. Recall, we implemented cost savings initiatives in the latter part of the 2020 first quarter to preserve our liquidity in the face of the uncertainty brought upon by the COVID-19 outbreak. These initiatives temporarily reduced our operating expenses below normalized run-rate levels.

(1) Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin are non-GAAP measures, see non-GAAP reconciliation below.
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EGM Quarterly Results

Domestic Gaming Operations(2)

• Domestic gaming operations, or recurring revenue, increased 11.2% year-over-year to $37.6 million compared to $33.8 million in the prior year period. The year-over-year revenue increase reflects the combination of easing COVD-19-related restrictions on our customers' operations and ongoing vaccination efforts, which we believe allowed significant pent-up demand to get unlocked across the U.S. casino landscape as the quarter progressed. Additionally, growth within our premium game footprint continued to support our domestic gaming operations performance in the quarter.

• Our domestic EGM installed base decreased by approximately 2,350 units year-over-year, attributable to the strategic pruning of approximately 1,300 lower-yielding units, the end-of-lease buyout of approximately 500 lower-earning IL VLT units and the removal of approximately 550 units primarily associated with COVID-19-related floor reconfigurations.

• Domestic EGM revenue per day ("RPD") increased 28.6% year-over-year to $27.10. We attribute the improved RPD performance to a more accommodative casino operating environment supported by easing COVID-19-related operating restrictions and improved vaccine distribution, the continued growth of our premium game footprint, and the strategic pruning of lower-yielding units. Domestic EGM RPD increased approximately 3% as compared to the $26.42 realized in the 2019 first quarter.

• On a quarterly sequential basis, our domestic EGM installed base decreased by approximately 800 units, including the planned removal and sale of approximately 430 lower-yielding units as part of our ongoing strategic pruning initiative, while our domestic EGM RPD increased 16.5% relative to the $23.26 achieved in the 2020 fourth quarter. Domestic EGM RPD improved month-over-month throughout the 2021 first quarter, with notable strength witnessed across several impactful geographies during the quarter's final month. We attribute the improving RPD trend to the release of significant pent-up casino patron demand, which immediately followed the easing of COVID-19-related operating restrictions and improving vaccination efforts.


International Gaming Operations

• International gaming operations revenue decreased to $2.0 million compared to $5.1 million in the prior year period. The year-over-year decline reflects the impact of measures implemented to slow the spread of COVID-19, such as temporary casino closures and capacity restrictions, on our business. Additionally, in contrast to the United States, Mexico has not provided any type of fiscal stimulus to support its post-COVID-19 economic recovery.

• International RPD was $2.94 compared to $6.89 in the 2020 first quarter, with the decline reflecting the degree to which COVID-19-related operating restrictions and facility closures impacted our business. International RPD improved approximately 15% on a quarterly sequential basis, supported by the reopening of additional casinos throughout the 2021 first quarter. Adjusted active unit international RPD was $7.83, down approximately 10% versus the $8.68 achieved in the 2019 first quarter.

• Our international installed base decreased by 301 units year-over-year because of permanent casino closures in Mexico and COVID-19-related floor reconfigurations. The international installed base was unchanged on a quarterly sequential basis.

Equipment Sales

• EGM unit sales decreased to 289 units in the 2021 first quarter, reflecting operators' preference to carefully manage capital expenditures as their businesses recover from COVID-19-related business disruption.

• Domestic average sales price ("ASP") of $17,520 was relatively consistent with the level achieved in Q1 2020.

• We sold units into 14 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces, with British Columbia, Virginia, and Ohio emerging as our top three sales markets.

• The Orion Curve accounted for 31% of units shipped in the quarter.

• EGM equipment sales revenue benefitted from the planned sale of approximately 430 previously leased, lower-yielding units to a distributor as part of our ongoing effort to strategically prune under-earning units from our Oklahoma installed base.(3)

Product Highlights

• Placed an additional 120 premium, lease-only Orion Starwall games, increasing our installed base to over 420 games at quarter end. Starwall games continue to perform well and the introduction of additional configuration options offering greater distance between players has the potential to further stimulate operator interest.

• Recently commenced our initial field trial of our Orion Curve Premium package featuring an extension of our player-favorite game theme, Rakin' Bacon.

• Subsequent to quarter end executed an omni-channel enterprise-wide agreement with a large multi-site operator involving our premium lease and for-sale EGM products and our online real money gaming ("RMG") content, set to go live later this year.

• Continue to leverage our exceptional game performance to further penetrate the Virginia and Kentucky Historical Horse Racing ("HHR") markets. Our HHR footprint increased by over 65 units in the 2021 first quarter.

• Expanded our Orion Curve footprint to comprise over 420 units as of March 31, 2021, representing a net quarterly sequential increase of approximately 95 units. The recent introduction of our strong-performing Ultimate Choice Jackpots family of games on the Orion Curve has received a strong reception in the market to date.

(2) "Domestic" includes both the United States and Canada.

(3) The 430 units were not included in our sold unit count or ASP for the current period.

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Table Products Quarterly Results

• Adjusted EBITDA increased 57.1% year-over-year to a quarterly record $1.4 million. Adjusted EBITDA improved 7.2% on a quarterly sequential basis. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 51.2% compared to 36.2% in the prior y ear period.

• Gaming operations, or recurring revenue, increased 17.3% year-over-year to a record $2.7 million, supported by continued growth in our installed base and customer adoption of our all-inclusive site license offering, the AGS Arsenal.

• Our installed base increased by 465 units year-over-year and 108 units on a quarterly sequential basis, aided by the growing appeal of our progressive and side bet product portfolio. We estimate approximately 90% of our installed base was active at quarter end.

• Operator interest in our industry-leading suite of table game progressive products continues to build, as evidenced by the 77 unit quarterly sequential increase in our progressive installed base to a record 1,619 units.

• We successfully launched our Bonus Spin Xtreme progressive in the 2021 first quarter and the pipeline continues to grow. Additionally, we continue to see growing demand for our Royal 9 Baccarat and Super 4 STAX progressives.

• We were live with six site licenses as of March 31, 2021 and interest levels remain high as operators look for ways to further enhance the efficiency of their table game operations.

• Equipment sales revenue decreased $0.1 million year-over-year, reflecting a decrease in DexS card shuffler and other table game product sales.
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Interactive Quarterly Results

• Total Interactive revenue increased 41.3% year-over-year to $2.1 million, while Adjusted EBITDA totaled $0.5 million, marking an approximately $0.3 million increase versus the prior year.

• Interactive achieved positive Adjusted EBITDA for the fifth consecutive quarter, supported by continued growth within our RMG business.

• Real Money Gaming ("RMG") revenue increased 110.4% year-over-year to a new quarterly record of $1.4 million, aided by our steadily improving game performance, successful launch into the Pennsylvania (Q2 20) and Michigan (Q1 21) iGaming markets, and back-end integrations with additional B2C iGaming operators. We also believe COVID-19 stay-at-home measures and other macroeconomic tailwinds further supported our quarterly performance. RMG revenue improved over 50% on a quarterly sequential basis.

• In Q2 21 we expect to launch our RMG platform with 11 new operator partners and introduce additional proprietary AGS content, including our first table game offering, to the iGaming market.

• Social gaming revenue declined 13.7% versus the prior year period. We believe our 2020 first quarter B2C Social gaming revenue benefitted from the consumers' preference to stay at home as COVID-19 began to spread, a benefit that was less pronounced in the 2021 first quarter as COVID-19 case counts declined and vaccination efforts progressed. Recently implemented cost savings initiatives helped to mitigate the impact of the Social gaming revenue decline on our reported Interactive Adjusted EBITDA.

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Liquidity and Capital Expenditures

As of March 31, 2021, we had $107.3 million of available liquidity compared to $111.7 million at December 31, 2020. The total principal amount of debt outstanding, as of March 31, 2021, was $620.9 million, predominantly comprised of $619.5 million in first lien term loans, which mature in 2024.

In May 2020, we issued an additional $95.0 million in secured term loans to increase the Company’s cash position and facilitate financial flexibility considering uncertainty in the gaming industry at the time resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. In conjunction with the $95.0 million offering, the Company negotiated a financial covenant relief period through December 31, 2020 related to its net first lien leverage ratio financial covenant and implemented a revised calculation of Adjusted EBITDA to measure the net first lien leverage ratio for the first three quarters of 2021. As of March 31, 2021, our net first lien leverage ratio, measured in accordance with the revised calculation of Adjusted EBITDA described above, was 4.0 times, putting us in compliance with our financial covenant.

Total net debt, which is the principal amount of debt outstanding less cash and cash equivalents, as of March 31, 2021, was approximately $543.6 million compared to $540.8 million at December 31, 2020. Our Total Net Debt Leverage Ratio decreased from 7.5 times at December 31, 2020 to 7.4 times at March 31, 2021 (see Total Net Debt Leverage Ratio Reconciliation below(4)).

Capital expenditures decreased by 6.9% year-over-year to $9.9 million in the current period, in line with our plans to conservatively manage the use of our cash and only invest in those projects providing the highest potential return on our investment. The current quarter's capital expenditures were primarily comprised of $5.2 million in growth capital expenditures, which reflect costs associated with the placement of additional units into our leased installed base, and $3.8 million in intangible capital expenditures, inclusive of capitalized internal software development costs.

(4) Total Adjusted EBITDA and total net debt leverage ratio are non-GAAP measures, see non-GAAP reconciliation below.

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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 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.

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AGS Investor & Media Contacts:

Brad Boyer, Vice President of Investor Relations, Corporate Development and Strategy
bboyer@playags.com

Julia Boguslawski, Chief Marketing Officer
jboguslawski@playags.com


©2021 PlayAGS, Inc. Products referenced herein are sold by AGS LLC or other subsidiaries of PlayAGS, Inc. Solely for convenience, marks, trademarks and trade names referred to in this press release appear without the ® and TM and SM symbols, but such references are not intended to indicate, in any way, that PlayAGS, Inc. will not assert, to the fullest extent under applicable law, its rights or the rights of the applicable licensor to these marks, trademarks and trade names.

Forward-Looking Statement

This release contains, and oral statements made from time to time by our representatives may contain, forward-looking statements based on management’s current expectations and projections, which are intended to qualify for the safe harbor of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding the proposed public offering and other statements identified by words such as “believe,” “will,” “may,” “might,” “likely,” “expect,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “seeks,” “estimates,” “believes,” “continues,” “projects” and similar references to future periods, or by the inclusion of forecasts or projections. All forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and projections of future events.

These forward-looking statements reflect the current views, models, and assumptions of AGS, and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that cannot be predicted or qualified and could cause actual results in AGS’s performance to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the ability of AGS to maintain strategic alliances, unit placements or installations, grow revenue, garner new market share, secure new licenses in new jurisdictions, successfully develop or place proprietary product, comply with regulations, have its games approved by relevant jurisdictions, the effects of COVID-19 on the Company’s business and results of operations and other factors set forth under Item 1. “Business,” Item 1A. “Risk Factors” in AGS’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements made herein are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements and there can be no assurance that the actual results, events or developments referenced herein will occur or be realized. Readers are cautioned that all forward-looking statements speak only to the facts and circumstances present as of the date of this press release. AGS expressly disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

COMPLETE PRESS RELEASE WITH FINANCIAL SPREADSHEET: http://investors.playags.com/news/press-releases/press-release-details/2021/AGS-Reports-First-Quarter-2021-Results/default.aspx

PRESENTATION AT http://s22.q4cdn.com/316621966/files/doc_financials/2021/q1/AGS-Earnings-Deck-Q1-21-FINAL.pdf.

PRESS RELEASE - May 6, 2021


Fantini CEO Insights

One-On-One Interviews with the Gaming Industry’s Leaders


DREITZER ON GROWTH PLANS FOR GAMING ARTS

New CEO Mike Dreitzer discusses plans by Gaming Arts to grow as a major games supplier and its unique new product, Casino Wizard, an electronic table game in a slot format.

Dreitzer’s interview: https://youtu.be/Agz7XR2kNtY.


Fantini’s CEO Insights are sponsored by IGT.


Some of the videos previously released in the series feature
Tom Reeg of Caesars, Jay Snowden of Penn National,
Greg Carlin of Rush Street, Renato Ascoli of IGT
and Barry Cottle of Scientific Games.

All of these and others can be viewed at
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Questions about the series can be addressed to Associate Publisher Ashley Diem at ADiem@FantiniResearch.com or at +1 302 730 3793.

Popular linked jackpot series by Konami Gaming offers a sea of wheel spin opportunities for players


Las Vegas, NV — May 5, 2021

Konami Gaming, Inc. announced the launch of its Ocean Spin video slot series for availability in North America, following high rates of ongoing performance across debut locations. The premium linked progressive game is featured on Konami’s award-winning DIMENSION 49J™ machine, which has seen widespread success since premiering last year with Konami’s popular All Aboard™ game.  Indexing as high as 5x house average, Ocean Spin’s starting performance has achieved even greater levels than All Aboard’s starting performance. Konami’s Ocean Spin is the industry’s No. 1 top performing New Premium Video Title, according to ReelMetric’s April 2021 ReelHot Index.

“Ocean Spin has shown an exceptionally strong arrival for initial casino sites in the U.S.,” said Tom Jingoli, executive vice president & chief operating officer at Konami Gaming, Inc. “The game’s eye-catching wheel spin bonus, transportive play environment, and outstanding presentation on the casino floor, all come together for a winning slot entertainment spotlight.”

Konami’s Ocean Spin is the second premium series released on its DIMENSION 49J cabinet, which features a 49-inch, J-curve display in 4K Ultra High-Definition (UHD). At the top of each game screen, animated bubbles float seamlessly across every connected machine, filled with potential bonus opportunities. During the game’s signature Ocean Spin Feature, the player is invited to spin the animated bonus prize bubbles by swiping across the large touchscreen display. Prize bubbles whiz across the entire bank or pod, until the spinner lands on a credit award, free games, or instant progressive jackpot with full-screen celebration.

“This premium linked series offers a wide mix of bonus experiences for players, including unique symbol-driven events for each of the compatible base games: Kingdom’s Treasures and Pirate’s Riches,” said Jingoli. “Konami is thrilled by the strong performance results and player response achieved with DIMENSION 49J, and we look forward to continued growth for this proven cabinet format.”

Ocean Spin is available now, with a variety of bank and pod configuration options. Those interested in learning more are encouraged to contact their Konami representative for the latest information.

For more information about Konami Gaming, Inc., please visit www.konamigaming.com.
Tuesday, 4th May 2021 - Inspired Entertainment, Inc (“Inspired”) (NASDAQ: INSE) is pleased to announce the launch of Scarab Gold™, an ancient Egyptian themed 6-reel, 5-row, Ways slot game available on mobile devices and online.

With vibrant graphics and an exotic Egyptian soundtrack, Scarab Gold’s high-spec game design and innovative Mystery Boost™ gameplay mechanics create a visually impactful and entertaining iGaming experience for players.

The game offers an enhanced portrait-play version with the Mystery Boost mechanic giving players additional chances to win. The Mystery Boost features blank symbols that if combined with a Scarab symbol, transform into a reel symbol.

The Free Spins Bonus, which is triggered by three or more scatters, offers players additional layers of engagement. It features an increasing unlimited multiplier on each cascade and mystery symbols that will reveal reel symbols, bonus coins or retriggers.

Claire Osborne, Vice President of Interactive at Inspired, said: “We’re delighted to be launching Scarab Gold, which transports players to the mysterious era of Ancient Egypt and gives them 15,625 cascading ways to potentially win big. Regarded as one of Ancient Egypt’s most popular amulets, the game’s jewelled Scarab represents good luck and fortune, which are welcome sentiments among all slot enthusiasts. Its beautiful, vibrant graphics coupled with the Mystery Boost™ gameplay mechanic and its free spins bonus will help make Scarab Gold a successful hit among players and our operator partners alike.”

Scarab Gold is a medium volatility game with a return to player (RTP) rate of 95%, aimed at the casual online casino player.

Head over to Inspired’s website to sample Scarab Gold here: https://inseinc.com/interactive/games/scarab-gold/

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

LONDON, May 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- International Game Technology PLC (IGT) (NYSE: IGT) announced that Walter Bugno, Executive Vice President of New Business and Strategic Initiatives, has resigned to pursue a new professional opportunity. Mr. Bugno will continue in his current position until May 14, 2021.

"I would like to thank Walter for his accomplishments over the course of more than 10 years of senior leadership at IGT. His efforts have made meaningful contributions to the strength of our global leadership," said IGT CEO Marco Sala"At every stage of his time with IGT, Walter successfully engaged teams across multiple regions, built significant customer relationships, fostered continued talent development and championed innovation throughout his organization. On behalf of everyone at IGT, I wish Walter well in his future endeavors."

Following Mr. Bugno's departure, IGT new business responsibilities will be divided among the Global Lottery and Global Gaming business units. Responsibilities for strategic initiatives will be assumed by the IGT Strategy and Corporate Development support function.

LAS VEGAS (April 30, 2021) – Tomorrow, Win-River Resort & Casino kicks off a month-long celebration of its 28th anniversary, and Aristocrat Gaming™ is helping to mark the special occasion with the grand opening of a Lightning Link Lounge™ and a Dragon Link Den™ at the thrilling northern California property.

Win-River’s Lightning Link Lounge is home to 38 of Aristocrat’s electrifying Lightning Link™ games and the Dragon Link Den has 20 player-favorite Dragon Link™ games.

Win-River’s Director of Gaming Gary Hayward, Jr. said, "Win-River is northern California's most exciting entertainment and gaming destination, and the new Lightning Link Lounge and Dragon Link Den will push the excitement level even higher. The opening of these two new slot areas – filled with games Win-River players love – is a fantastic way to start our 28th anniversary celebration.”

“Everyone at Aristocrat Gaming congratulates Win-River on 28 exciting years, and what better way to celebrate with their players than to create new spaces dedicated to their favorite games, Lightning Link and Dragon Link. Here’s to 28 more years of fun!” said Jon Hanlin, Aristocrat’s senior vice president of commercial strategy and business analytics.

Lightning Link and Dragon Link are global sensations, and their popularity led Aristocrat to create the Lounge and Den concept, where players can easily enjoy a high concentration of their favorite games all in one destination on the casino floor.

Since its launch in 2015, Aristocrat’s multiple award-winning Lightning Link struck a chord with players around the world and has grown in popularity year after year.

Dragon Link is a multi-denomination game with brilliant and colorful base games. Dragon Link Happy & Prosperous was named the year’s Top Performing Premium Game and the year’s Top Performing Proprietary Branded Game at the 2020 EKG Awards.

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LAKEWOOD, N.J. (April 28, 2021) – Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) has promoted three technology authorities to director positions. Joe Carlon is now Sr. Director of Engineering, N. America; John Owen is now Director of IT, EMEA; and Jesse Peterson is now Director of IT Security, N. America.
Carlon is widely considered one of the world’s leading iGaming and sports betting authorities and was recently named one of GGB Magazine’s “25 People to Watch for 2021.” Click here to listen to GGB’s podcast with Carlon.
 
Owen and Peterson lead GLI’s global IT teams, and their work helps to ensure GLI’s clients’ information and data is secure while in the lab, among other far-reaching IT-related responsibilities.
 
“GLI is a global company of incredibly skilled engineers and technology authorities. Joe, John, and Jesse are leaders in their field, and we are thrilled to announce their promotions,” said GLI Executive Vice President Paul Magno. “While we have promoted dozens of our team members, we are always seeking highly qualified technology experts to join our growing team.”
 
GLI recently announced promotions of dozens of team members throughout its network of international locations, including engineers and six new vice presidents. Additionally, GLI has added staff, from senior level to entry level positions. The staffing additions and moves further strengthen GLI’s abilities to serve regulators, suppliers, and perators in the more than 480 jurisdictions in which GLI operates.
LAS VEGAS, April 27, 2021 – AGS (or the “Company”) (NYSE: AGS) today announced it has signed a license agreement with the National Hockey League (“NHL”) for NHL-themed slot games and table product offerings in the U.S. and Canada. A Vegas Golden Knights-themed slot machine is the first in the collection, with a debut late last week at South Point Casino on Las Vegas Boulevard.

Players at South Point Casino will be able to take a spin on the new slot game – Vegas Golden Knights. This hockey-themed game is “Vegas Born” just like the Golden Knights and it’s larger than life – taking the space of three standard slot games at a gigantic eight feet wide and eight feet tall.

Located just outside the Big Sur Oyster Bar at South Point, the Vegas Golden Knights slot game delivers the ultimate power play experience, featuring multiplier wilds that maximize the win to as much as 10x the bet, and scatter pays that can deliver massive wins when players land one or two Vegas Stars, one or two Golden Knights, or one multiplier. With a roomy seat built for more than one player, the Vegas Golden Knights slot game encourages players to sit and enjoy the experience with family and friends.

South Point Slot Director Cliff Paige said, “We are elated to be the first casino to unveil the Vegas Golden Knights slot game, and look forward to offering our loyal players, many of whom are Las Vegas locals and huge Golden Knights fans, with a hockey-themed slot experience based on an enormously popular team. We expect the Vegas Golden Knights game to do very well; not only does the game offer a community-style play experience as people gather to watch those giant reels spin, but it also provides a great social media photo opp.”

AGS, a corporate partner of the Vegas Golden Knights, sponsors the Play of the Knight, which replays and highlights a key moment from each home game. Through its partnership with the team, AGS has been able to offer community outreach initiatives such as bringing Golden Knights team ambassadors to its adopted Griffith Elementary School, a Title 1 school located in Las Vegas, in addition to providing multiple brand engagement opportunities for its local employees.

AGS Chief Marketing Officer Julia Boguslawski said, “As a corporate partner of the Golden Knights and being headquartered in Las Vegas, it was the perfect opportunity for AGS to deliver an engaging and highly social gaming experience on an attention-grabbing slot cabinet to capitalize on the team’s enormous popularity and success.”

Successfully transitions Pennsylvania & Indiana onto platform, while concurrently launching mobile sports betting in Colorado

IRVINE, Calif. GAN Limited (the “Company” or “GAN”) (NASDAQ: GAN), a leading full-service internet gaming software-as-a-service provider to the real money internet gaming, online sports betting, and simulated gaming industries, today announced a successful multi-state transition onto its platform for Churchill Downs Incorporated’s TwinSpires branded sports betting and iGaming operations in Pennsylvania and sports betting operations in Indiana. Additionally, GAN launched inaugural mobile sports betting operations for TwinSpires in Colorado, which, when coupled with the previously launched solutions in Michigan and Tennessee, brings the GAN-powered TwinSpires brand to five total states. This provides for TwinSpires to leverage its strong brand across horse racing and sports customers in advance of the upcoming 147th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 1st.

Following the migration onto GAN’s technology platform the company is pleased to support TwinSpires Sportsbook in Michigan, Colorado, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Indiana with its leading player account management platform, in addition to powering TwinSpires’ Casino offering in Pennsylvania and Michigan. Both online casino and sports customers will be able to enjoy an uninterrupted playing experience with any product, in any state, on a single app leveraging GAN’s proprietary technology operating framework.

Dermot Smurfit, Chief Executive Officer of GAN, commented:

“The team did an amazing job of concurrently migrating and launching TwinSpires’ Sportsbook & iGaming offering in three states in the span of a week, which serves to highlight our speed to market and unique capabilities to seamlessly handle highly complex migrations. We remain humbled to work with an industry leading entertainment company with some of the most historic and diversified assets in the gaming industry. We look forward to our continued partnership to assist Churchill Downs Incorporated in its efforts to replicate their longstanding success in land-based gaming in online sports betting and iGaming.”

Ian Williams, President of Online Gaming, Churchill Downs Incorporated, commented:

“We set out an ambitious plan to migrate from our existing supplier and launch our TwinSpires brand in three new states before this year’s Kentucky Derby. Both teams have done a tremendous job in achieving this goal and we believe we are well-positioned for growth as we roll into Derby week, our busiest week of the year, with TwinSpires now available for betting on sports, iGaming and Kentucky Derby in five states.”

LAS VEGAS (April 26, 2021) – Aristocrat Gaming™ and the Las Vegas Aviators® have hit a home run with a new partnership announced today. The partnership makes Aristocrat an official partner of the Aviators and Las Vegas Ballpark, further deepening Aristocrat’s commitment to its host community of Las Vegas.
 
As a proud partner, Aristocrat will have several activations at Aviators home games. For example, each time the Aviators score a run, the audience will enjoy a “stampede” sound effect from Aristocrat’s globally popular Buffalo™ slot game. Furthermore, fans can look forward to 21+ audience participation event opportunities during certain home games.
 
“Each of us at Aristocrat is thrilled to be an official partner of the Las Vegas Aviators. Las Vegas is the host community for our Americas headquarters, and we are honored to give back to the town we call home, and to continue to bring joy to life through the power of play, on the field and on the casino floor,” said Hector Fernandez, president of Aristocrat Americas and EMEA.
 
“There is no better place than Las Vegas Ballpark to enjoy the American pastime of baseball, said Don Logan, president, chief operations officer, Las Vegas Aviators. “Community support of our team and Ballpark means everything to us, and we are excited to call Aristocrat a partner. We can’t wait to hear Aristocrat’s ‘stampede’ effect every time we score!”
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LAS VEGASApril 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Gaming Arts, LLC, a privately held, end-to-end gaming equipment and technology supplier today announced two major promotions within its executive team.

 

First, Mike Dreitzer, currently serving as President of Gaming Arts, has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer.

Mike Dreitzer

Secondly, Matt Heyerdahl, Chief Accounting Officer & Director of Finance, has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer.

Matt Heyerdahl Gaming Arts CFO adobespark

Matt Heyerdahl

 

David Colvin, founder of Gaming Arts, will continue to serve as its Chairman along with Eric Colvin who will maintain his role as CTO.

Gaming Arts' Founder and Chairman David Colvin commented, "Over the last several years, under the leadership of Mike Dreitzer, Gaming Arts has made tremendous strides in advancing its core product lines of Bingo and Keno, while simultaneously experiencing one of the fastest rollouts ever for a new slot machine market entrant, with more than 600 individual placements in less than two years. This all occurred despite the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis.

Also, during this period, Gaming Arts' list of licensed jurisdictions has continued to grow. The company now has upwards of 130 current gaming licenses. In addition, many more state, tribal and Canadian provincial licenses are in process, promising a continual expansion of market access for Gaming Arts.  Notably, the Company will also soon be entering both the Historical Horse Racing (HHR) and interactive gaming spaces, extending its market reach still further.  Mike Dreitzer, along with the entire Gaming Arts team, played a big role in this progress.

Colvin continued, "Matt Heyerdahl started right as pandemic closures began last year.  He has proven himself to be very effective under high-pressure circumstances and was key to our ability to weather the COVID-19 storm.  He has the capabilities, leadership qualities and correct approach for the role of CFO as we move to our next phase."

"Both Mike and Matt have distinguished themselves as true industry leaders by propelling Gaming Arts so rapidly and professionally. The company is now well positioned for great success, and I look forward to continuing to work with Mike and Matt and the team closely in the days ahead as they assume these new roles," Colvin concluded.

While receiving his promotion, Mike Dreitzer said, "I am thankful for the trust that David Colvin and his family have placed in me to lead Gaming Arts as its next CEO.  With lots of hard work and team work by our incredible group, it's clear that there are great things ahead for Gaming Arts.  I can't wait to see where we can go from here."

Matt Heyerdahl commented, "I am humbled and delighted by this promotion to CFO.  We've made great strides since the onset of the pandemic, yet there are many more challenges ahead.  I look forward to working with Mike and David and the team to continue to progress Gaming Arts as a key player in the gaming suppler space."

David Colvin, Chairman, will continue to lead Gaming Arts' intellectual property initiatives and remain very closely involved in finance and marketing efforts. Additionally, David will continue his leading role in the Company's R&D efforts along with Moises Navarrete, VP of Technology and Keith Kruczynski, VP of Game Development and Design.  In this capacity, Colvin, along with Navarrete, led the development of the amazing new line of VertX™ Grand gaming cabinets along with many other cutting-edge R&D projects.

The promotions are effective immediately.

Las Vegas, NV — April 21, 2021 Ainsworth Game Technology (ASX:AGI) (“Ainsworth”) has partnered with Konami Gaming, Inc. to launch historical horse racing machines (“HRMs”) for Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”).

Konami’s newly-engineered historical horse racing machines will operate on Ainsworth’s proprietary Historical Horse Racing System. Konami’s HRMs include a suite of popular game titles and cabinet platforms.

The machines will be deployed at CDI’s HRM facilities in Kentucky, including Derby City Gaming, Oak Grove Racing, Gaming & Hotel, and Newport Racing & Gaming. Players can experience a variety of Konami game play entertainment, with the potential for free games, progressive jackpots, bonus awards, and other exciting prizes.

“We have maintained strong and mutually beneficial relations with CDI since Ainsworth developed the systems and led the opening of Derby City Gaming with nearly 1,000 games about two years ago,” said Ainsworth Chief Commercial Officer Deron Hunsberger. “The addition of Konami content and platforms to our system will provide an even stronger product mix at the CDI properties.”

“This launch offers CDI guests even more opportunities to discover new game titles and enjoy a unique experience on the floor,” said Tom Jingoli, executive vice president & chief operating officer at Konami Gaming, Inc. “We are excited to work together to create more gaming possibilities for players and properties in the HRM space.”

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

LONDON, April 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- On April 20, 2021, Beatrice H. Bassey notified International Game Technology PLC (the "Company") of her intention not to stand for re-election as a member of the Company's Board of Directors. Ms. Bassey will serve out her remaining term and will depart from the Company's Board of Directors and its Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee effective immediately after the conclusion of the Company's annual general meeting of shareholders (the "AGM") to be held on May 11, 2021. Ms. Bassey has advised the Company that her intent not to stand for re-election is due to other professional commitments, as well as challenges posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Ms. Bassey further advised the Company that it was a privilege to work alongside the terrific Board and talented and dedicated staff of the Company, and that she remains supportive of the Company's operations, policies and strategy.

As a result, the proposed resolution for her continued appointment to the Board of Directors (resolution number 5) which was included in the notice of AGM and proxy materials distributed to shareholders on April 1, 2021, and which can be found in the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at www.igt.com, is now withdrawn. The withdrawal of resolution number 5 does not otherwise affect the validity of the notice of AGM, the proxy form or any proxy votes already submitted on other proposed resolutions. The numbering of all other proposed resolutions at the AGM will remain unchanged.

"On behalf of the IGT Board of Directors, I would like to thank Beatrice for her dedicated service and valuable contributions to the Board. We wish her well in her future endeavors," said Lorenzo Pellicioli, Chairman of the Company's Board of Directors.

The size of the Company's Board of Directors will be reduced to ten directors effective immediately after the conclusion of the Company's AGM on May 11, 2021.

Wednesday, 21st April 2021 - Inspired Entertainment, Inc (“Inspired”) (NASDAQ: INSE) is excited to announce the launch of Cops ‘n’ Robbers Megaways™, a six-reel Megaways™ slot title available on mobile devices and online.

Set in the city, Cops ‘n’ Robbers Megaways is an action-packed slot featuring the iconic branding of the classic Cops ‘n’ Robbers® game mixed with the popular Megaways™ game mechanic.

Giving players 117,649 ways to pull off a big win, Cops ‘n’ Robbers Megaways with its vibrant graphics, its innovative gameplay and its immersive outlaw soundtrack will have players on the edge of their seats trying to bag the loot. Watch out for red reels, which increase the Megaways available to players.

Packed with cascading wins and mystery symbols, the bonuses can be triggered by three, four, five or six scatters. When the bonus symbols land, players get a choice between Free Spins and the classic Chase Bonus. The game’s Free Spins Bonus features: Walking Wilds, Stacked Wilds, and an Unlimited Win Multiplier.

Offering multiple layers of engagement, Cops ‘n’ Robbers Megaways gives players the chance to build up cash winnings and avoid the Cop in the Chase Bonus. They’ll face the I.D. Parade if they get caught! Bonus Buy option is available in certain jurisdictions.

Steve Collett, Chief Product Officer at Inspired, said: “We’re thrilled to be setting the sirens off with the launch of Cops ‘n’ Robbers Megaways, a vibrant, action-packed slot offering players thousands of fun ways to bag the loot. We’ve been true to the brand and kept the game’s key iconic imagery intact while lifting the gameplay and added exciting new features, taking this version to another exhilarating level. The game offers a variety of players a fun and exciting gaming experience, making it a bonafide hit for us and our operator partners, at launch and beyond.”

Developed by Inspired’s Bell-Fruit Games team, Cops ‘n’ Robbers Megaways is aimed at the casual online casino player. With a return to player (RTP) rate of 95%, it is a medium volatility game, that offers players a socially responsible and robust gaming experience.

Cops n Robbers Megways

Head over to Inspired’s website to sample Cops ‘n’ Robbers here: https://inseinc.com/interactive/games/cops-n-robbers-megaways.

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

LONDON – April 20, 2021 – International Game Technology PLC (“IGT”) (NYSE: IGT) announced today that its omnichannel Powerbucks® Slots continued making millionaires by awarding two life-changing jackpots in March.

Lucky slot players won the following million dollar-plus jackpots on IGT games:

  • On March 17, an online Powerbucks player won CA$1,194,278 playing Wheel of Fortune® Hawaiian Getaway in Quebec, Canada.
  • On March 24, an online Powerbucks player won CA$1,000,000 playing Wheel of Fortune® Ruby Riches in Quebec, Canada.

 

IGT Powerbucks Slots have paid 27 jackpots of $1 million or more since its Canadian debut in 2016. 

Company to deploy its proven INTELLIGEN system as part of a seven-year contract with the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission

LONDON, April 20, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- International Game Technology PLC (IGT) (NYSE: IGT) announced today that its subsidiary, IGT Global Solutions Corporation (hereinafter "IGT"), was awarded a long-term contract from the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission to upgrade the video lottery central system that connects more than 11,500 video lottery terminals (VLTs) and electronic table games (ETGs) across the State's six casinos. The contract runs through September 2028 and includes the option to extend for up to an additional four years.

IGT will install its enhanced INTELLIGEN™ video lottery central system software that supports the volume, complexity and security of monitoring and controlling every VLT and ETG in Maryland. The upgrade features sophisticated site controllers that will maintain network diagnostics and communications between all gaming machines, and will provide advanced business intelligence tools for easy, day-to-day operations management and reporting, and new disaster recovery technology.

"IGT's INTELLIGEN system enables the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission to utilize advanced tools and industry-leading technology which is integral to the ongoing success of the VLT program," said Nick Khin, IGT Chief Operating Officer, Gaming. "IGT has been the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission's trusted partner and the sole provider of its VLT systems since the State's first casino opened in 2010. Maryland's VLT program is robust, and we look forward to contributing to its continued success throughout the next decade."

As the leader in the regulated video lottery industry, IGT deploys its INTELLIGEN systems worldwide, connecting a wide range of VLTs in a variety of gaming environments. The software is built on IGT's more than 25 years of central systems experience and offers stable, secure command and control capabilities.

For more information about IGT, visit igt.com. Follow IGT on Facebook at facebook.com/IGT, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/IGTnews, or watch IGT videos on YouTube at youtube.com/igt.

19 April 2021

Content from Greentube, the NOVOMATIC Interactive division, will be added to Pariplay’s leading aggregator platform Fusion™ following a multi-jurisdictional distribution agreement between the two suppliers.

Greentube’s extensive games portfolio including Book of Ra™ deluxe and fan-favourites Lucky Lady’s Charm™ deluxe and Sizzling Hot™ deluxe will be made available to Pariplay’s extensive operator network.

The agreement covers multiple regulated markets and will see the reach of Greentube’s content significantly extended.

Greentube’s diverse portfolio offers proven online adaptations of NOVOMATIC titles as well as new and innovative content designed and produced in-house. The supplier already has a strong foothold in several markets as its content is available with an array of leading operators.

Pariplay’s Fusion™ platform is licensed in more than 16 regulated markets and hosts one of the industry’s most comprehensive offerings.

Christine Lewis, Chief Commercial Officer at Pariplay, said: “Greentube’s content needs no introduction with some of the industry’s most popular games on offer that are loved by players all over the world.

Their slot catalogue has a wide appeal and makes a valuable addition to any operator’s casino lobby.”

Michael Bauer, CFO/CGO at Greentube, said: “Our content has gained a global following and we aim to offer as many players as possible our entertaining and engaging games. Pariplay is a leading aggregator, offering premium content to a vast number of industry operators, so joining forces with them made complete sense for us, and we are excited for what comes next.”

FANTINI RESEARCH  and  SPECTRUM GAMING GROUP   

PRESS RELEASE    APRIL 19, 2021                                       

Public Policy Insights

Interviews with Public Policy Leaders in Gaming

 
PUBLIC POLICY FOCUS: DISTRIBUTED GAMING

Michael Pollock, managing director of Spectrum Gaming, discusses his recommendations for public policy makers considering distributed gaming.

See Pollock’s interview at https://youtu.be/VhdVxOcTKmU.


Public Policy Insights is co-produced with Spectrum Gaming and sponsored by
Gaming Laboratories International.

The series of one-on-one interviews with public policy leaders is focused on legislative and regulatory issues facing the gaming industry.

Previously released in the series are those with
Laura Briggs, director of public policy at Fantini Research;
Keith Pickard, NCLGS President and Nevada State Senator;
Keith Whyte, executive director of the National Council on Problem Gambling;
Richard Kalm, Executive Director of the Michigan Gaming Control Board; and
Bill Miller, CEO of the American Gaming Association.

All Public Policy Insights are at
https://www.fantiniresearch.com/conventions/public-policy-insights.html.

Other Insights series:

CEO Insights, sponsored by IGT:
https://www.fantiniresearch.com/conventions/ceo-insights.html

Emerging Insights, sponsored by Everi Holdings: https://www.fantiniresearch.com/conventions/emerging-insights.html

Questions about any of the video series can be addressed to Associate Publisher Ashley Diem at  ADiem@FantiniResearch.com  or at +1 302 730 3793.

LAS VEGAS, April 19, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Everi Digital, the online gaming division of Everi Holdings Inc. (NYSE: EVRI) (“Everi” or the “Company), a premier provider of land-based and digital casino gaming content, financial technology and player loyalty solutions, announced a new contract with British Columbia Lottery Commission (“BCLC”). Pursuant to this contract, Everi Digital recently launched its online slot content on BCLC’s PlayNow.com. Everi Digital became the third slot content supplier to provide BCLC with both online and land-based slot games.

With this new agreement, Everi becomes the largest provider of three-reel stepper products to PlayNow.com’s online casino. With Everi’s extensive library of proven, player-popular stepper games, Everi will be able to expand by up to 10 times the amount of stepper content presently available to PlayNow.com players throughout British Columbia. Additionally, Everi will also be providing its latest successful video slot content for use on PlayNow.com’s online casino.

“We are extremely excited to continue working with BCLC to provide our high-performing game content that has proven popular with players in their land-based casinos to their growing audience of online players,” said David Lucchese, Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Digital for Everi. “Online players in a growing number of markets clearly enjoy the experience provided by our library of world-class games, and the expansion of our partnership with BCLC demonstrates our efforts to leverage our engaging content to further expand our Digital gaming business.”

PRESS RELEASE - April 15, 2021

 
Fantini CEO Insights
A Series of One-On-One Interviews with the Gaming Industry’s Leaders

 

TVB CEO TALKS CONVERGENCE OF MEDIA AND GAMING
Steve Lanzano, CEO of TVB, the trade association of America’s local TV industry, discusses the growing relationship between media and the impact as sports betting proliferates as well as what it means financially to investors.
Lanzano’s interview: https://youtu.be/OBR6c-QVeSo.

 

Fantini’s CEO Insights are sponsored by IGT.

 

Some of the videos previously released in the series feature Tom Reeg of Caesars, Jay Snowden of Penn National, Greg Carlin of Rush Street, Renato Ascoli of IGT and Barry Cottle of Scientific Games.

All of these and others can be viewed at https://www.fantiniresearch.com/conventions/ceo-insights.html

Video interviews for all of the Insights series ­– Emerging Insights, Investor Insights and Public Policy Insights – can be viewed at https://www.fantiniresearch.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10547

Any questions about the series can be addressed to Associate Publisher Ashley Diem at ADiem@FantiniResearch.com  or at +1 302 730 3793.