NOVOMATIC signs distribution agreement with Indo Pacific Gaming

NOVOMATIC announces that it has entered into a distribution agreement with Indo Pacific Gaming (IPG) to supply its full range of gaming solutions into the Asia-Pacific region.

Under the agreement, Indo Pacific Gaming will provide sales distribution for its specialist markets of Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka, Goa, Nepal and Vietnam. The NOVOMATIC product suite consists of leading slot machines, market-focused games and multi-game mixes, electronic table games, systems, jackpots, sports betting and media technologies. The partnership will accelerate the expansion of NOVOMATIC in the Asia-Pacific region.

As part of an international growth strategy, NOVOMATIC continues to develop its footprint in Asia-Pacific with top-performing ETG installations and the introduction of its latest gaming technologies throughout the region. In addition, the portfolio of Asian-themed NOVOMATIC slot games is expanding and brand new titles such as Dragon Hits™ and Asian Dragon™ Hot were premiered at ICE 2019 in London last week.

Loren Stout, VP of Operations and Sales IPG, said: “This agreement with NOVOMATIC further strengthens our product portfolio for our valued customers. We look forward to a successful partnership with NOVOMATIC and providing their world leading suite of products throughout our territories in Asia.”

Robert Dijkstra, VP of Business Development and Sales, Asia-Pacific NOVOMATIC, said: “Partnering with IPG, who has a very respectable track record in these territories, NOVOMATIC will strengthen its presence and reach to provide products and services to new and existing customers.”

About NOVOMATIC

The NOVOMATIC Group is one of the biggest international producers and operators of gaming technologies and employs around 30,000 staff worldwide. Founded by entrepreneur Professor Johann F. Graf in 1980, the Group has locations in more than 50 countries and exports high-tech electronic gaming equipment and solutions to more than 70 countries. The Group operates around 255,000 gaming terminals and video lottery terminals (VLTs) in its some 2,100 plus gaming operations as well as via rental concepts.

Through its numerous international subsidiaries, the NOVOMATIC Group is fully active in all segments of the gaming industry and thus offers a diversified Omni-channel product portfolio to its partners and clients around the world. This product range includes land based gaming products and services, management systems and cash management, online/mobile and social gaming solutions as well as lottery and sports betting solutions together with a range of sophisticated ancillary products and services.
- Product highlights and solutions for the international markets on show

- Once again largest trade show presence with more than 5,000m² of stand space

- Expected consolidated Group revenues in 2018 rise to EUR 5.0 billion

- Number of employees remains constant at around 30,400, of which 3,200 are located in Austria


From February 5 to 7, 2019, Austria’s leading gaming company participated with more than 20 subsidiaries at the world’s largest gaming fair, ICE Totally Gaming, in London. NOVOMATIC presented product highlights for the various industry segments and specific markets, from land-based casinos to AWP and street markets as well as online & mobile. Also a range of solutions for sports betting, specific Bingo products, server-based systems, casino management systems and cash handling products, as well as market-specific products from Group subsidiaries in the UK, the Netherlands, Spain and Germany, were on show.

“NOVOMATIC offers one of the most comprehensive product portfolios in the industry, enabling us to cover every segment of the industry,” said Harald Neumann, CEO of NOVOMATIC AG at a press conference during ICE. “As a producer and operator of gaming technologies, we have the opportunity to test and optimize new products in our own gaming establishments and in various markets,” explained Mr. Neumann.

Casino and slot product highlights

In London, NOVOMATIC presented a number of brand new slot games such as the new game Lucky Lady’s Wild Spell™ which premiered on the PANTHERA™ Curve 1.43 and V.I.P. Lounge™ Curve 1.43 cabinets. This game features the popular Lucky Lady character in a big upright game format with an entirely new Wild feature. The show also saw the international launch of the IP game MacGyver™ on the NOVOSTAR® V.I.P. 3.50 and the compact V.I.P. Lounge™ 2.32 cabinets. Another new game that has already been highly successful in the online market, has now been transferred to the land-based offer: Apollo God of the Sun.

Also premiering at ICE was the new PAY DAY concept – with the first two titles, Prized Panda™ and Prize of the Nile™ – both featuring six progressive win levels. Linked Progressives continue to be a major topic at the NOVOMATIC stand and advancements to the NOVO LINE Novo Unity™ II electronic table games offering were also showcased at the fair. New modules for the Octavian myACP casino management system, such as GDPR and Anti Money Laundering functionalities, were also presented. Another highlight, specifically for the UK market, was the BIG BONUS WHEEL from Astra which made a standout appearance at the centre of the stand.

Online and biometrics are current topics

The digital interactive segment has been one of the fastest growing sectors in the gaming industry for years, driven by ever more powerful mobile devices for consumers. The NOVOMATIC Interactive division Greentube welcomed ICE visitors to the “Home of Games”, showcasing its strength in the interactive gaming space with new slot titles including the highlight launch of The Great Gambini’s Night Magic and the latest gaming solutions.

The innovative Greentube solution Plurius™ presented seamless gameplay and single wallet capabilities between land-based, online and mobile, demonstrating how players can switch between devices on the fly. “The customer should be able to play a game seamlessly on a mobile device, at a computer or in a gaming venue,” said Mr. Neumann.

Furthermore, the Plurius™ system was connected to the NOVOMATIC Biometrics Systems (NBS) solution and showcased a new multi-level jackpot at the show. By using biometric data in the gaming industry, NOVOMATIC is setting new trends in customer convenience and measures to prevent gaming addiction. The patented NBS technology is already being used on gaming machines in Europe. NOVOMATIC is thus one of the first gaming technology groups worldwide to have created the technical prerequisites for the introduction of a biometrics-based access and payment system.

Stable revenues

During the show, Mr. Neumann also traditionally gives an initial assessment of the previous fiscal year of the NOVOMATIC Group. As Mr. Neumann reported, the NOVOMATIC Group expects consolidated revenue of EUR 5.0 billion for the 2018 fiscal year (2017: EUR 4.9 billion). The NOVOMATIC Group includes – in addition to NOVOMATIC AG – the Swiss companies ACE Casino Holding AG and NOVO Swiss AG. The number of employees of the Group worldwide reached 30,400.

Focus on consolidation and optimization

In the current fiscal year, NOVOMATIC is focusing on growth in its core segments of gaming technologies and operations as well as on sports betting. NOVOMATIC is also pursuing a strategy of international expansion in this sector and plans to build on its already strong position in Europe. At the same time, NOVOMATIC’s sports betting activities are to be expanded in the US.

The NOVOMATIC Group has seen strong growth in recent times, primarily through strategic acquisitions. The company now has 300 shareholdings, around 220 of which are consolidated in the balance sheet of NOVOMATIC AG. “Following the strong growth of recent years, we will continue to focus on consolidation and increasing synergies between the companies in 2019,” highlighted Mr. Neumann.

About NOVOMATIC

The NOVOMATIC Group is one of the biggest international producers and operators of gaming technologies and employs around 30,000 staff worldwide. Founded by entrepreneur Professor Johann F. Graf in 1980, the Group has locations in more than 50 countries and exports high-tech electronic gaming equipment and solutions to more than 70 countries. The Group operates around 255,000 gaming terminals and video lottery terminals (VLTs) in its some 2,100 plus gaming operations as well as via rental concepts.

Through its numerous international subsidiaries, the NOVOMATIC Group is fully active in all segments of the gaming industry and thus offers a diversified Omni-channel product portfolio to its partners and clients around the world. This product range includes land based gaming products and services, management systems and cash management, online/mobile and social gaming solutions as well as lottery and sports betting solutions together with a range of sophisticated ancillary products and services.
Bob Vincent to Become Chairperson of IGT Global Solutions Corporation; Wendy Montgomery Named Senior Vice President of Global Brand, Marketing, and Communications; and Scott Gunn Appointed Senior Vice President of Corporate Public Affairs

LONDON, Feb. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) announced that it has expanded its senior leadership team with the appointments of three members to new roles.

Bob Vincent has been named Chairperson of IGT Global Solutions Corporation, the primary operating subsidiary for the U.S. lottery business, effective April 8, 2019. Bob will serve as a senior consultant to IGT Chief Executive Officer Marco Sala and the rest of IGT's senior leadership team. Bob began working as a consultant for IGT in 1990 and joined the Company in 1996. He has held several leadership roles, including his current role as Executive Vice President for Administrative Services and External Relations, which he will be leaving on the effective date of his new role. Bob is a member of several Rhode Island-based boards and committees, including the Rhode Island Hospital Foundation, the University of Rhode Island Foundation and the University's Harrington School of Communication and Media.

Wendy Montgomery joins the senior leadership team as Senior Vice President of Global Brand, Marketing, and Communications, effective immediately. Reporting directly to Marco Sala, she will oversee the strategy for IGT's global brand, trade shows, and external communications, including community relations, responsible gaming, and corporate social responsibility. Prior to joining IGT in 2018 as Senior Vice President of Global Lottery Marketing, she spent 13 years at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation where she led marketing, sales, operations, policy and planning, and the iGaming business.

Scott Gunn also joins the senior leadership team as Senior Vice President of Corporate Public Affairs, effective immediately. Reporting directly to Marco Sala, Scott is responsible for public affairs related to government relations strategy, and is instrumental in directing and facilitating government relationships and public engagement to advance global business interests for the North American and International business units. Scott has been with the Company for more than 24 years and has held positions in operations, sales, business development, and public affairs. Scott serves on the Board of Advisors to Reviver Auto, is Chairperson of IGT's Political Action Committee, and is a member of IGT's Executive Diversity and Inclusion Council.

"Bob, Wendy, and Scott are all seasoned industry professionals with specialized individual skills who bring great value to IGT. I look forward to Bob's continued contribution as the new chairperson of our operating subsidiary, and I am pleased to have Wendy and Scott join our senior leadership team," said IGT Chief Executive Officer Marco Sala. "IGT is constantly evolving to maintain our position as the industry leader in gaming, and I am confident that these appointments will positively impact our business and serve us well in the coming years."

At the Global Gaming Awards in London, NOVOMATIC received the award for the second time in the category “Casino Supplier of the Year”.

Consecutive victory at the Global Gaming Awards on the sidelines of the world’s largest gaming fair, ICE Totally Gaming. NOVOMATIC came in first place as “Casino Supplier of the Year” for the second time. “We operate around 2,100 electronic casinos and casinos around the world and have 28 technology centers in 16 countries. This enables us to test our products in our own casinos and respond more quickly to industry developments and requests from international customers. This award confirms that we perform highly professional work and that this is also recognized by industry experts,” says NOVOMATIC CEO, Harald Neumann.

The Global Gaming Awards have been recognizing special milestones and achievements in the gaming industry since 2014. After four successful years in Las Vegas, the Global Gaming Awards were presented in London for the second time during the ICE.

NOVOMATIC AG was recognized in the segment “Casino Supplier of the Year” for its achievements as an internationally reliable and innovative technology supplier.

This prestigious prize is awarded in a total of 16 categories and honors companies for their product and service innovations. The judging panel, consisting of 50 of the world’s leading industry experts, selects the winners from 165 nominated candidates. It is not without reason that this award ranks among the fairest and most reputable in the entire gaming industry, as every vote is audited and awarded independently by KPMG, the world’s largest auditing and consulting firm.

About NOVOMATIC

The NOVOMATIC Group is one of the biggest international producers and operators of gaming technologies and employs around 30,000 staff worldwide. Founded by entrepreneur Professor Johann F. Graf in 1980, the Group has locations in more than 50 countries and exports high-tech electronic gaming equipment and solutions to more than 70 countries. The Group operates around 255,000 gaming terminals and video lottery terminals (VLTs) in its some 2,100 plus gaming operations as well as via rental concepts.

Through its numerous international subsidiaries, the NOVOMATIC Group is fully active in all segments of the gaming industry and thus offers a diversified Omni-channel product portfolio to its partners and clients around the world. This product range includes land based gaming products and services, management systems and cash management, online/mobile and social gaming solutions as well as lottery and sports betting solutions together with a range of sophisticated ancillary products and services.
LAS VEGAS, NV (February 11, 2019) – Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) has named Chris Kwon as iGaming Client Services Representative. In his role, Kwon is responsible for helping GLI’s valued clients obtain maximum benefit from its world-class iGaming and sports wagering testing, certification, and professional consultancy services. He will also support various clients’ professional services and security auditing needs. Kwon is based out of GLI’s Las Vegas laboratory.

“We are pleased to welcome Chris Kwon to our experienced global iGaming and sports wagering team,” said Salim Adatia, GLI’s Vice President of iGaming and Canadian Services. “Chris brings a solid background in iGaming, sports wagering, customer retention, and affiliate development. His understanding of the domestic and international land-based and online sports wagering markets and his proven track record of outstanding customer service will help us better serve our rapidly growing list of iGaming and event wagering clients across the country and around the world.”

Prior to joining GLI, Kwon was the Sales Manager/Customer Retention and Affiliate Director for SportsOptions, LLC, a sports wagering data feed supplier in Las Vegas. During his eight-year tenure with SportsOptions, Kwon exceeded multi-platform sales targets, cultivating new sales accounts and managing an affiliate program with more than 700 revenue-streaming accounts.

While at SportsOptions, Kwon developed detailed sales strategies and created promotional platforms focused on customer retention and development. He was also responsible for creating new domestic and international sports wagering clients, as well as maintaining a high level of customer service with Las Vegas sportsbooks and casinos. Additionally, Kwon managed promotional projects, customer outreach, and affiliate programs with sports information websites and sportsbooks.

Kwon graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Media Studies – Communications.
AGS will focus on maximizing performance and revenue of Integrity’s 2,700-game participation footprint

LAS VEGAS – February 11, 2019 – PlayAGS (NYSE: AGS) (“AGS”, or the “Company” or “our”), a leading designer and supplier of electronic gaming machines, table products, and interactive solutions for the gaming industry, today announced the successful completion of its acquisition of Integrity Gaming Corp. (TSX-V: IGAM) (OTCQX: IGAMF) (“Integrity”). This acquisition increases AGS’ recurring revenue footprint by more than 2,700 games and presents yield optimization opportunities.

AGS Senior Vice President of Slot Products Andrew Burke said, “We are thrilled to have so quickly closed this deal and are ready to provide Integrity’s customers with exceptional service and support. Every Integrity customer is also an AGS customer, so this should be a relatively seamless transition and one that gives us an opportunity to work with operators to ensure they are getting the best performance from their Integrity-placed games.”

Under the terms of the deal, AGS acquired all issued and outstanding common shares of Integrity Gaming Corp. for a cash payment of CAD$0.46 per share, reflecting a total transaction value of USD$49 million, which includes repaying USD$35 million of Integrity’s outstanding debt. The acquisition was funded with cash on the balance sheet.

Integrity’s installed base of more than 2,700 Class III and Class II games in Oklahoma and Texas includes slot machines manufactured by various slot suppliers, including AGS, in approximately 30 tribal casinos.

Now that the transaction has closed, Integrity’s brand, operations, and team will be integrated under AGS, with centralized service and support managed from AGS’ Oklahoma City, Oklahoma offices.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP served as legal advisors to AGS.
Three Company leaders named to HOT 50 Executives of 2019
LAS VEGAS – February 7, 2019 – Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS)
(“Scientific Games” or the “Company”) received international accolades from Gaming
Intelligence during the 2019 ICE Totally Gaming show in London. Following an extraordinarily
competitive year in the gaming and lottery industry, the Company won in the Lottery Supplier
of the Year category. Three Scientific Games leaders were named to Gaming Intelligence’s
HOT 50 executives of 2019: Barry Cottle, President and CEO; Dylan Slaney, SVP Casino for
SG Digital; and Cameron Garrett, VP Analytics and Insights, Lottery Group.

Gaming Intelligence noted, “Scientific Games had a stellar year, with growing European
dominance complimenting its market leadership in North America. This year, it launched the
first full-scale sports betting platform in the U.S. with the Delaware Lottery, and also rolled out
complete lottery solutions for Swisslos in Switzerland and Szerencsejáték Zrt in Hungary.”

This year’s win for Lottery Supplier of the Year marks Scientific Games’ fifth consecutive year
receiving the honor, underpinning the Company’s rich heritage of success in the global lottery
industry.

Additionally, Gaming Intelligence shared, “SG’s expertise allows it to develop highly innovative
digital lottery products such as the Pennsylvania Lottery’s first online/mobile games in May
2018, which recorded sales revenue of over $100 million by October and is considered the
most commercially successful iLottery launch in the U.S. The supplier’s sheer weight of
numbers and innovations like its new SCiQ® retail system keep it ahead of the competition.”

Pat McHugh, Group Chief Executive, Lottery at Scientific Games, said, “Our Gaming
Intelligence Awards at ICE 2019 reflect the momentum we’ve built and maintained in the
international gaming and lottery industry. Our people and our products are focused on
advancing technology and game content, and these recognitions are a testament to the
continual strides we’re making to create the world’s best gaming and lottery experiences
through our commitment to excellence and innovation.”

London/Gumpoldskirchen, February 8, 2019 (OTS) - Consecutive victory at the Global Gaming Awards on the sidelines of the world’s largest gaming fair, ICE Totally Gaming. NOVOMATIC came in first place as “Casino Supplier of the Year” for the second time. “We operate around 2,100 electronic casinos and casinos around the world and have 28 technology centers in 16 countries. This enables us to test our products in our own casinos and respond more quickly to industry developments and requests from international customers. This award confirms that we perform highly professional work and that this is also recognized by industry experts,” says NOVOMATIC CEO, Harald Neumann.

The Global Gaming Awards have been recognizing special milestones and achievements in the gaming industry since 2014. After four successful years in Las Vegas, the Global Gaming Awards were presented in London for the second time during the ICE.

NOVOMATIC AG was recognized in the segment “Casino Supplier of the Year” for its achievements as an internationally reliable and innovative technology supplier.

This prestigious prize is awarded in a total of 16 categories and honors companies for their product and service innovations. The judging panel, consisting of 50 of the world’s leading industry experts, selects the winners from 165 nominated candidates. It is not without reason that this award ranks among the fairest and most reputable in the entire gaming industry, as every vote is audited and awarded independently by KPMG, the world’s largest auditing and consulting firm.

Caption: Harald Neumann (CEO) and Thomas Graf (CTO) both NOVOMATIC are delighted to win the Global Gaming Awards in the category “Casino Supplier of the Year”. Photo credit: Thomas Meyer Photography

LONDON, Feb. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) announced that it won the Lottery Product of the Year for its GameTouch™ 20 self-service lottery vending machine at the 12th Annual International Gaming Awards in London. The International Gaming Awards recognize excellence and innovation for technology, products, and services that enhance the gaming experience. A panel of international gaming industry experts judged the awards.

IGT’s GameTouch™ 20 Wins Lottery Product of the Year at the International Gaming Awards

"To drive growth and reach a new generation of players, the expansion of retailer networks remains a priority for lottery operators. The GameTouch 20 was built to meet the unique size requirements to deploy self-service lottery to big-box retailers, a new category for many lotteries,"said Renato Ascoli, IGT CEO of North America. "This product was optimized for user experience and sales effectiveness based on extensive IGT research and player testing. We are honored that IGT has been recognized for innovation with the Lottery Product of the Year award for the second year in a row."

The GameTouch 20 was created based on focus-group testing and features an intuitive interface and a landscape-oriented screen tilted at an angle to ensure a natural and easy user experience for players. Standing at 54 inches tall, the cashless-enabled, touchscreen vending machine provides 20 bins for instant tickets, the greatest number of ticket bins currently available in this format. The product also sells draw-based games.

The first GameTouch 20 machine went live in North Carolina in November 2018, and IGT will roll out more than 1,500 machines in at least 10 states by the end of 2019.

The award was presented to IGT at a ceremony held in conjunction with ICE London. The International Gaming Award for the best lottery product goes to the company that has shown the best in practices over the last 12 months; demonstrated their offering to be innovative and engaging to customers; and delivered a range of lottery games and approaches with the best options for play.

SAN PABLO, Calif. (Feb. 7, 2019) – A man from Hayward, Calif., won big on Tuesday, February 5, when he hit a $923,165 at San Pablo Lytton Casino while playing Everi Holdings Inc. (NYSE: EVRI) (“Everi”) White Hot Diamonds®, one of eight popular three-reel mechanical game themes featured on Everi’s Jackpot Lockdown® wide-area progressive (“WAP”) link.

The local resident is a regular patron of San Pablo Lytton Casino and was getting ready to leave when he hit the jackpot. The winner intends to use the money to pay off his mortgage.

“You can come to San Pablo Lytton Casino any day and leave a millionaire,” said Michael Gorczynski, General Manager of San Pablo Lytton Casino. “Stop by. Start winning.”

“Our Jackpot Lockdown WAP link games continue to prove to be popular with casino patrons since the link’s introduction in early 2017 and we’re happy to see a lucky player at San Pablo Lytton Casino hit a life changing jackpot,” said Dean Ehrlich, Executive Vice President and Games Business Leader, at Everi.

Everi’s Jackpot Lockdown was one of the first WAP links designed exclusively for Class II markets going live for the first time in February 2017. The WAP link currently connects more than 550 original and premium licensed games and has paid out 14 jackpots totaling more than $4.4 million to date.

To learn more about gaming at San Pablo Lytton Casino, visit https://www.sanpablolytton.com/

The Lytton Band of Pomo Indians owns and operates San Pablo Lytton Casino. The casino employs over 500 people from the San Pablo area. The casino spends millions each year on local goods and services and provides over half of the City of San Pablo’s operational general fund.

LAS VEGAS – February 07, 2019 – Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS)
(“Scientific Games” or the “Company”) successfully launched the first in a series of online
slot games with National Lottery Bulgaria. Within 24 hours following the initial launch of nine
player-favorite digital games, the games generated over a half million Euros in sales.

Scientific Games’ partnership with National Lottery Bulgaria builds on the Company’s
presence in regulated European gaming markets, where it is reaching new players with a
portfolio of immersive online games. The launch in Bulgaria included globally renowned
favorites like 88 Fortunes®, Giant’s Gold® and Rainbow Riches™. Scientific Games plans to
launch more titles with National Lottery Bulgaria during Q1 2019 to entertain a broader
audience and drive player engagement.

Milen Ganev, Managing Partner for National Lottery Bulgaria, said, “Scientific Games’ digital
products have proven an excellent fit for National Lottery Bulgaria, outperforming our
expectations within the first 24 hours of launch. Our players are engaging with the games
immediately, and we see demand and repeat gameplay growing every day.”

Steve Schrier, Scientific Games’ Chief Commercial Officer, Digital, said, “Our success in
regulated European markets is made possible by customers like National Lottery Bulgaria,
who seek to give their players a world-class and responsible gaming experience. We’re
thrilled to work with them on additional game launches over the coming months, and we look
forward to being a part of their success.”

Scientific Games provides games, technology and services to more than 150 lotteries in 50
countries worldwide.

All ® notices signify marks registered in the United States. © 2019 Scientific Games
Corporation. All Rights Reserved

January 8, 2019

The phenomenon known as historical horse racing is proliferating in the United States, with the slot-like machines operating in Wyoming, Kentucky and soon Virginia, while proposed in others including Illinois.

Fantini Research outlines this subject in Historical Horse Racing, Examining the Potential of an Emerging Sector of the Gaming Industry, a special report.

This report by Public Policy Editor Laura Briggs describes the games, also called instant racing, and addresses the questions of how the games perform compared to conventional slot machines, where they are already legal and likely to become legal and whether the games are a stop-gap in markets without casinos or an important part of the future of the gaming and horse racing industries.

The $500 report can be purchased by contacting Alex Capitle at 302-730-3793 or ACapitle@FantiniResearch.com.

Additional information about historical horse racing is available from Laura Briggs at LBriggs@FantiniResearch.com.



About Fantini Research: Fantini Research publishes newsletters and provides research services to C-level executives, institutional investors and legal and regulatory professionals in the global gaming industry. The flagship product is the daily Fantini’s Gaming Report, the industry’s standard source of comprehensive and timely news and analysis.

Other publications include:

• Fantini’s Public Policy Review covering legislative, legal and regulatory developments in the gaming industry. Includes access to Fantini’s Legislative Tracking Service, enabling subscribers to track gaming legislation in all 50 states and Congress.

- The monthly Fantini’s National Revenue Report.

- The EILERS-FANTINI Quarterly Slot Survey, and the monthly EILERS-FANTINI
Game Performance Report, both in partnership with Eilers & Krejcik Gaming.

More information about Fantini Research is available from Associate Publisher Ashley Diem at 302-730-3793 or ADiem@FantiniResearch.com and online at https://www.FantiniResearch.com/.

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January 8, 2019

National Legislative Preview published by Fantini Research

Sports betting will be a hot topic in legislative sessions throughout the United States this year with bills expected to pop up in 20 states or more. Of those, Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, and Missouri will be among the first movers.

Nationwide sports betting expansion is one of many potential policy changes discussed in the National Legislative Preview published by Fantini Research, which examines legislative efforts on the various aspects of gaming in all 50 states and Congress.

Other issues occupying legislators will be authorizing online gaming, legalizing casinos in key states such as Georgia and Virginia, expanding casino gaming in big states like Illinois, the proliferation of slot routes, emergence of historical horse racing and authorization of lotteries or potential expansion of lottery offerings.

The National Legislative Preview includes a policy overview and recommendations to policy makers by Michael Pollock, managing director of international consultancy Spectrum Gaming.

The National Legislative Preview kicks off 2019 coverage for Fantini’s Public Policy Review, a comprehensive weekly report on all legislative, regulatory and legal action throughout the United States and Congress that includes real-time reports as important events unfold.

The Public Policy Review also includes a legislative tracker allowing subscribers to focus on specific areas of interest to create their own customized reports.

The National Legislative Preview is available for purchase by calling 302-730-3793 or emailing either Alex Capitle at ACapitle@FantiniResearch.com or Cindy Konowitz at AKonowitz@FantiniResearch.com. For continued public policy coverage, ask for more information or a free trial to Fantini’s Public Policy Review.


About Fantini Research: Fantini Research publishes newsletters and provides research services to C-level executives, institutional investors and legal and regulatory professionals in the global gaming industry. The flagship product is the daily Fantini’s Gaming Report, the industry’s standard source of comprehensive and timely news and analysis.

Other publications:

- The monthly Fantini’s National Revenue Report

- The EILERS-FANTINI Quarterly Slot Survey and the monthly EILERS-FANTINI Game Performance Report, both in partnership with Eilers & Krejcik Gaming.

For more information about Fantini Research call 302-730-3793 or online at https://www.FantiniResearch.com.

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HAARLEM, The Netherlands (5 February 2019) – Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) has been awarded a contract to provide Lotto Hamburg with ongoing Quality Assurance (QA) and testing services for the various stages of the lottery’s strategic lottery central system renewal project.

Lotto Hamburg’s industry-first strategic system renewal development project will lead to considerably faster time-to-market; significantly lowering test efforts and, at the same time, reducing maintenance costs. This is mainly due to a completely modular software design and architecture that will enable the lottery to configure all types and combinations of lottery games in real time and for all sales channels with just a “click of the mouse.” The new system also allows multi-tenancy operation in support of multiple lottery operators utilizing the same core system. This novel approach represents a paradigm shift in lottery system architecture.

In the current phase of the project, GLI is supporting Lotto Hamburg in the development of business requirements together with the selected lottery systems vendor. This will lead to the creation of top-quality testing protocols, which GLI will then use to test the system being implemented against. This approach will ensure the utmost quality in the software delivery lifecycle of the vendor and a smooth development process, thus meeting project timelines, budget requirements, and the overall time-to-market objectives of the project.

“GLI brought its lottery systems renewal experience to this project, which helped us in looking past the shiny veneer of the solutions we were offered in the initial evaluation phase,” said Rainer Ballhausen, Lotto Hamburg’s head of IT. “We are also happy to have GLI support our QA team in the implementation phase, which adds significant value to our quality process and allows us to internally focus on the implementation of the new system and our processes, while GLI expertly leads the QA process with the vendor.”

“Lotto Hamburg is no doubt in the vanguard among European lotteries with this multi-tenancy capable system renewal,” said Thomas Bierbach, GLI’s Director of Lottery Services. “We are proud to support Lotto Hamburg in this industry-leading effort by offering them our decades of unparalleled expertise in lottery systems modernization and quality assurance services, delivered through our Bulletproof-branded QA labs and resources; whose experience in lottery systems renewal and QA testing is unmatched in the industry.”

The contract for QA and testing services was awarded to GLI after it successfully provided Lotto Hamburg with independent technical verification and validation (IV&V) of vendor-offered concepts, validating that the submitted concepts would indeed meet Lotto Hamburg’s technical requirements.

IGT announced today that the latest addition to its TRUE 4D™ family, Wheel of Fortune® 4D Featuring Vanna White Video Slots, is now live on casino floors in the United States.

Players at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino in Milwaukee, Wis., Coushatta Casino Resort in Kinder, La., and Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. can now be among the first to experience the game’s captivating graphics and interactive TRUE 4D features.

Offered on the CrystalCurve™ TRUE 4D™ gaming machine, this engaging game stands out on casino floors with its synchronized top LCD monitors that display the classic wheel image across up to six gaming machines. The game’s original audio and video of Wheel of Fortune personality Vanna White, along with its TRUE 4D technology that enables players to spin the iconic wheel in mid-air, put a new spin on a player-favorite theme.

“By placing this immersive game on casino floors, our customers are giving their players a gaming experience unlike any other,” said Nick Khin, IGT Chief Commercial Officer, Gaming. “From the large-scale digital wheel that can be seen from across a casino floor, to its immersive 4D technology, this engaging title is bringing player excitement to a whole new level.”

Since IGT launched Wheel of Fortune in 1995, the theme has created more than 1,000 millionaires and delivered more than $3 billion in jackpots.

For more information visit IGT.com

Company to provide its library of game content to Bede’s operator clients

LAS VEGAS – February 4, 2019 – AGS, (NYSE: AGS) (or the “Company”), a leading designer and supplier of electronic gaming machines, table products, and interactive solutions for the gaming industry, today announced that it has entered into an important partnership with Bede Gaming.

Under the terms of the agreement, AGS provide its real-money game content to Bede’s impressive client roster of some of the world’s most successful and prestigious online gaming brands, including 21.co.uk, Bet UK, Bingo Stars, Grosvenor Casinos, MECCA, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), Slot Boss, and Sun International – to name a few.

AGS’ AxSys Games Marketplace game aggregation platform will seamlessly integrate with Bede’s powerful gambling platform to offer Bede’s operator partners an even larger and more robust library of high-performing game content, including soon-to-launch AGS game content already proven in land-based casinos.

AGS Interactive Senior Vice President Bryan Bennett said, “We are thrilled to partner with such a well-respected firm as Bede Gaming, known for offering operators a comprehensive platform, true omni-channel solution, and large library of the most exciting game content. Their customer portfolio includes many of the world’s largest online operators, and now those operators will have access to the content we offer from our third-party suppliers, and soon, AGS-developed game content, to substantially increase Bede’s game library and significantly broaden our player reach. It’s a win-win, and we couldn’t be more pleased.”

Bede Gaming Commercial Director Ross Haselhurst added, “We are very much looking forward to offering AGS’ library of entertaining and feature-rich game content to our online operator partners for the ultimate enjoyment of the online player. We now offer operators one of the most extensive and diverse portfolios of content available, with over 3,000 game titles across our platforms. We are especially excited about the internally developed AGS game content, known for offering a high-volatility extended play experience that can be highly rewarding.”

AGS’ online game library is available now on Bede’s platform.

Player's Choice and Top Up™ Bonus are showcased in follow up to the Company's internationally successful Duo Fu Duo Cai® game series featuring 88 Fortunes®

 

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") announced today that the company launched Jin Ji Bao Xi, currently the number one linked slot product from Scientific Games in Asia, throughout the rest of its Class 3 gaming markets. Following on the Company's internationally successful Duo Fu Duo Cai series, Jin Ji Bao Xi was created by the same studio that developed the hit slot game, 88 Fortunes

Jin Ji Bao Xi is launching with the theme, Rising Fortunes® and showcases a unique Player's Choice bonus feature.  If six or more Red Gong symbols displaying credit prizes land on the reels, a Feature Selection is triggered and the sum of the credit prizes creates the Shou Bonus, which can be won in the feature selection options.  Players choose between a Free Games Bonus and the innovative Top Up Bonus in which Gold Gong symbols award the Shou Bonus and lucky Green Gong symbols award the sum of all Gong symbols, resulting in a rising fortune!

The Free Games Bonus awards 8 free games, during which additional free games can be won and each Gold Gong symbol that lands on the reels award the Shou Bonus. There is also an exciting Jackpot Feature where players pick from gold coins to match three lucky symbols that correspond to one of four jackpots, the top two jackpots being near-area progressives.

Jin Ji Bao Xi – Rising Fortunes is a 5-reel, 243-ways to win game and is now available on the hugely successful TwinStar J43® cabinet or the stunning, new TwinStar® Wave XL and can be found in casinos throughout North America, South America, Europe and Africa.

"Since Jin Ji Bao Xi was released in Asia and Australia, it has already proven to be a smash hit, attaining impressive sales and performance numbers," said Bob Parente, Senior Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer of Scientific Games. "We are thrilled at the initial performance of this game and are very excited to offer this outstanding game to our customers and players across the globe."

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LAS VEGAS, Jan. 31, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Everi Holdings Inc. (EVRI) (“Everi” or the “Company”), the casino gaming industry’s single source provider of gaming products and financial technology solutions, announced today it will showcase its industry-leading financial technology solutions and growing interactive gaming capabilities at ICE® London, Feb. 5-7, 2019, in stand N1-260 at the ExCel London.

Everi is teaming up with Atrient, a leading innovator in self-service loyalty and enrollment kiosks for the gaming industry, to demonstrate how Atrient’s PowerKiosk™ and Everi’s multi-function CXC 5.0 L kiosk can combine to enhance player loyalty and drive more funds to the gaming floor. Atrient will also have a number of their enrollment kiosks for demonstrations at the companies’ shared stand (N1-260).

“We are excited to attend ICE London this year in partnership with Atrient, providing us with the opportunity to connect with long standing customers and new customers,” said Edward Peters, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, at Everi. “Our product demonstrations will reflect the significant investments we are making to further enhance our leading financial technology solutions that enable operators to maximize funds to their floor while providing a premium experience for their guests. We are also excited to showcase our interactive gaming capabilities, including our deep library of award-winning, tier one content that we can bring directly from our land-based game development to our new Remote Game Server.”

Highlights of the Company’s financial technology solutions and interactive gaming products on display at ICE London include:

Financial Technology Solutions
Everi will demonstrate a number of its intuitive, flexible financial technology solutions including:


Figur™ – CasinoDirect’s™ space efficient, feature-rich touchscreen kiosk with a portrait display provides patrons with a simple, secure interface to complete their cash advance transactions.


CXC 5.0 L – Everi’s newest full-service kiosk with a smaller footprint and lower price point offers enhanced security features including a real-time rear view camera as well as plentiful branding and marketing space.

CasinoDirect – the latest version of Everi’s cloud-based cash desk software platform is General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliant and arms cashiers with a single, easy-to-use dashboard that streamlines the retrieval of cash advance transactions.

CasinoDirect Concierge – a personalized mobile cash access service for VIPs and table game players that allows for transactions to take place in a convenient and private setting.


Interactive Gaming Products
Following the successful launch of its Remote Game Server (“RGS”) at the 2018 Global Gaming Expo, Everi will demonstrate how operators can leverage the RGS to seamlessly deliver online gaming entertainment uniquely tailored to their brand and player strategies. Everi’s RGS is a platform to develop and distribute new games, allowing operators to launch land-based, online real-money, and online social gaming channels with higher visibility and promotion. The Company will offer more than 50 game titles on its RGS in 2019 by replicating its premium land-based gaming experience for online players. At ICE London, discussions will focus on working with customers and partners to integrate with Everi’s RGS to bring proven, land-based content to interactive and online channels.

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") announced, in partnership with Carnival Corporation and Princess Cruises, that they awarded the grand prize of $100,000 in the MONOPOLY Cruise for Cash promotion. The winner, a lucky VIP player from Holland Casinos, was one of more than 400 players in the grand finale slot tournament which took place onboard Regal Princess in December. Another $100,000 in cash and free play in the ship's casino was shared among the top 40 finalists.

Scientific Games announced, in partnership with Carnival Corporation and Princess Cruises, that they awarded the grand prize of $100,000 in the MONOPOLY Cruise for Cash promotion.

Celebrating a 20-year relationship with Hasbro and the MONOPOLY brand, Scientific Games collaborated with Carnival Corporation and its premium line, Princess Cruises, to develop a nearly year-long promotion that included participants from more than 60 land-based, cruise, and online casinos, along with winners from a local Las Vegas television station promotion. Select VIP players were awarded certificates for a free cruise and a seat in the Grand Finale $200,000 MONOPOLY Cruise for Cash slot tournament.

"We were extremely pleased by the response to the MONOPOLY Cruise for Cash event onboard Regal Princess," said Anil Mansukhani, Vice President of Onboard Revenue and Business Development. "With Scientific Games we were able to introduce a new group of players to our iconic premium cruise line and offer all of the tournament participants a very energetic and fun-filled series of events throughout the cruise including the largest slot tournament ever hosted by Princess Cruises."

"The MONOPOLY Cruise for Cash promotion aboard the Princess Cruise line introduced hundreds of players to a unique way to engage with the classic brand," added Mark Blecher, SVP of Corporate Strategy and Business Affairs at Hasbro. "We're thrilled to have worked alongside Scientific Games to bring this tournament to life and are excited for what's ahead for MONOPOLY fans at sea."

To continue the momentum and the success of the inaugural MONOPOLY Cruise for Cash, Scientific Games, Carnival Corporation and Princess Cruises are planning a large-scale promotion based on the MONOPOLY brand for 2019, which will culminate with a grand finale event aboard the Royal Princess on November 16, 2019. More details will be released in the spring of 2019.

"The MONOPOLY Cruise for Cash promotion was the largest promotion of this type that Scientific Games has ever embarked on and we are thrilled that it was a smashing success!" said Bob Parente, Senior VP and Chief Revenue Officer for Scientific Games. "With so many of our casino customers participating, this promotion brought exposure of our successful library of MONOPOLY slot and gaming products to players all over the world."

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TULSA, Okla., Jan. 30, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- VGT has issued a jackpot alert as the grand jackpot on its $uper Hit$® Jackpot$ family of games tops $928,223.72.

$uper Hit$ Jackpot$ is a 3-reel mechanical wide area progressive appearing on top of player-favorite VGT game titles and has a starting jackpot of $250,000.

Games featuring $uper Hit$ Jackpot$ include Bourbon Street®, Ca$h Barn®, Crazy Cherry®, Gems & Jewels®, Hot Red Ruby®, The King of Coin®, Lucky Ducky®, Mr. Money Bags®, Reel Fever®, Smooth as Silk®, and Star Spangled Sevens®.

“Players everywhere have responded positively to VGT’s games because they offer a unique kind of entertaining game play. The $uper Hit$ Jackpot$ wide area progressive link adds to the fun, and we are very pleased to offer this progressive option to our customers for their players,” said Jay Sevigny, President, Video Gaming Technologies, Inc.

$uper Hit$ Jackpot$ games can be found at casinos throughout Oklahoma, and players can find where to play at vgt.net/players/casino-list. Player can also follow the fun with VGT on Facebook.

About Video Gaming Technologies, Inc.:
VGT — An Aristocrat Company is the leading designer/manufacturer/distributor of Class II games for Native American casinos and emerging markets. The company is headquartered in Franklin, Tenn., with a manufacturing facility in Tulsa, Okla., and design studios throughout the country. The VGT difference provides customers with exciting game titles that generate intense player loyalty, record-setting gaming revenues, the assurance of reliability and unmatched customer service. Visit www.vgt.net.

New York, January 28, 2019 - Inspired Entertainment, Inc. (“Inspired”) (NASDAQ: INSE) today announced the products that it will showcase at ICE London 2019, demonstrating what makes Inspired “Essential Entertainment”. Whether Virtual Sports, Server Based Gaming or Interactive, Inspired brings engaging and creative content and solutions that are proven performers for regulated operators globally.

VIRTUAL SPORTS

Virtual Sports have become a necessity for regulated operators around the globe. Virtual Sports create continual streams of betting content and a higher frequency complement to real sports betting.  The ease and simplicity make Virtual Sports accessible to both novice and experienced players, and the fast-paced action appeals to that hard-to-reach millennial demographic.  

As the pioneer of Virtual Sports, Inspired has recreated the action of the world’s most popular sports for more than 15 years. This year, ICE visitors will be in awe of the award-winning visual effects at Booth #S2-310.  There you can see Inspired’s most popular products, such as Rush Football® and Virtual Horse Racing, as well as its most recent launches, including 1st Down™ Football and Virtual Grand National.  

And the magic of Virtuals keeps getting better.  At this year’s ICE, Inspired will be introducing the latest Virtual Sport to join its line-up.  Its groundbreaking new Virtual Basketball game, using the latest in motion capture technology, brings Virtual Sports to a new level of realism, delivering an experience and not just a game.

SERVER BASED GAMING

With more than 33,000 video lottery terminals (“VLTs”) installed, Inspired is a leader in server based gaming, outperforming competitors in key jurisdictions throughout Europe.  ICE visitors will be able to see firsthand Inspired’s strong suite of customized content, which is GSA compliant for private or government operators.

In keeping with the theme of new product releases, Inspired will also be introducing a new server based gaming cabinet at ICE. The Valor™ cabinet boasts striking dual 27” ultra-high definition floating screens that deliver a unique and immersive player experience. Built-in screen frame lights offer enhanced front-facing contextual lighting and rear-facing ambient lighting. This cabinet also supports open standard G2S VLT protocol. Valor serves every type of player, allowing visitors to play the core slot games and blockbuster multi-bonus games. Valor will not only provide new player experiences for existing customers but will also take Inspired into new jurisdictions with specific content developed for North America and Europe.

INTERACTIVE GAMING

With the proliferation of online gaming and lottery, the ability to leverage top performing game titles and award-winning Virtual Sports content online and on mobile devices worldwide has made Inspired’s Interactive business a great growth driver for customers.  Visitors to this year’s ICE London will see a wider portfolio of top-performing Interactive content available across major regulated jurisdictions, with more than 60 slots, table and virtual on demand games. Inspired’s display will include its brand new Plug N Play™ solution, a complete end-to-end online Virtual sportsbook product that allows operators to access Inspired’s award-winning scheduled Virtual games with minimal integration effort and rapid speed-to-market.

With more than 33,000 visitors, ICE is the world’s biggest and most international gaming technology event, and a great opportunity to communicate the strength and breadth of Inspired’s product offerings, demonstrating why Inspired is “Essential Entertainment”.

State Lottery first to go live with IWG and Inspired Entertainment-developed game

LONDON and NEW YORK, Jan.30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- IWG, the award-winning supplier of online, instant-win games, and Inspired Entertainment (INSE), a world leader in virtual sports, have delivered a new Instant-Virtual Football game, Endzone Payout, to the Michigan Lottery.

Launched ahead of the weekend's big game, Michigan is the first to roll out this brand-new vertical for North American lotteries.

The sports-themed virtual scratch ticket uses a video clip of a single football play as an exciting way to reveal the outcome of a simple symbol match lottery game.

Endzone Payout is a result of an innovative collaboration, which involves IWG leaning on its expertise to create unique and engaging instant win games that feature Inspired's award-winning ultra-realistic Virtual Sports graphics.

Shannon DeHaven, Deputy Commissioner of Digital Operations at Michigan Lottery, said: "We feel confident that the launch of this brand-new style of sports-themed digital instant ticket game will appeal to both our existing player base and new players."

Rhydian Fisher, IWG CEO, said: "It's exciting to see our first U.S. lottery customer go live with one of the most inventive games to hit the North American lottery market in recent times. Endzone Payout is the type of game that combines the best of instant win mechanics and virtual sports animations into an easy-to-understand concept."

Brooks Pierce, President and Chief Operation Officer at Inspired Entertainment, said: "We are very proud of this entertaining and engaging new product for lotteries and happy to launch it for the first time in Michigan. We look forward to seeing how this product supports the Michigan Lottery's mission of raising revenues for public education."

IWG has provided a full online instant win service to lotteries for more than 15 years, producing more than 250 high quality instant win games.

Inspired has more than 15 years of visual effects experience and has been the EGR Virtual Sports Provider of the Year for the past three years. Inspired's life-like games appeal to a new player genre, providing fun betting options and exciting new ways to reveal the win.

About IWG

IWG is a world leader in supplying online, instant-win games to lotteries and commercial brands and platforms in the online gaming industry. It has over 15 years' experience of making top selling, high quality instant-win games and the strategic know-how to make them work.

IWG has launched over 300 games that perform consistently at the highest level, engaging and retaining players while driving excellent results for customers. It has the knowledge to deliver a winning portfolio of games, the experience to make it grow and the sales figures and data to back this knowledge up.

IWG delivers an end-to-end solution covering all aspects of game development and portfolio management and a Remote Game Server (RGS) delivering content in multiple regulated jurisdictions from data centres in the UK, Gibraltar, Canada and North America. It has a broad library available via the RGS with games covering many proven themes and mechanics that can be developed into an ideal offering for a partner's instant win portal.

LONDON, U.K. – Jan. 29, 2019 – International Game Technology PLC (IGT) (NYSE: IGT) announced that its subsidiary IGT Global Solutions Corporation (hereinafter “IGT”) has signed a two-year contract with the Iowa Lottery to provide instant tickets and related services through December 31, 2020. The contract includes four one-year extension options.

“The Iowa Lottery looks forward to continuing to work with IGT to enhance our portfolio of instant-ticket games to support our growth,” said Iowa Lottery Executive Vice President Larry Loss.

“Over the course of our partnership with the Iowa Lottery, the Lottery has had tremendous success with many of our games,” said Jay Gendron, IGT Chief Operating Officer, Lottery. “Our games have generated more than $90 million in sales for the Lottery since 2015, and we look forward to continuing to help grow sales throughout the duration of this contract and in the future.”

IGT and the Iowa Lottery have worked together to develop key product strategies which have enhanced the Lottery’s portfolio of games and delivered increased sales. Since the contract began in 2015, IGT has printed the top-performing games at the $1, $5, and $10 price points. These games are $1 Holiday Lucky X3, $5 Ghostbusters, and $10 Super Triple 777.

NEW YORKJan. 29, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Inspired Entertainment, Inc. ("Inspired") (INSE) today announced that its subsidiary Inspired Gaming (UK) has signed a multi-year extension to provide its scheduled Virtual Sports online to bet365,  the world's largest online sports betting company with over 35 million customers worldwide.  This new contract includes the provision of four additional streams of Virtual Sports content on bet365's interactive platform and a roadmap of new content for 2019.

bet365's interactive platform currently includes Inspired's Horse Racing, European Football (soccer), Greyhounds, Speedway, Tennis, Motor Racing, Trotting, and Cycling, with two additional streams - Virtual Darts and Cricket – having launched in early January, and Rush Horses Sprints 2 and Rush Dogs 2 upgrades slated for later this quarter. In addition, Inspired will deliver new content throughout 2019.

Simon Betteley of bet365 said, "Innovation and technology are the lifeblood of our business and Inspired has always impressed us with their ultra-realistic and engaging games.  Our customers have enjoyed the 'Virtual Sports experience' and we are excited to introduce additional channels and new products in 2019."

"It is an honor to renew our contract with bet365, an instantly recognizable and trusted brand, and we are thrilled to extend and expand our relationship," said Steve Rogers, Chief Commercial Officer of Virtual Sports at Inspired.  "bet365 really knows what its customers want and we look forward to delivering new content throughout the contract."

- IGT PlayDigital™ organization makes international trade show debut; showcases solutions designed to accelerate digital growth
- Expands multi-level progressive portfolio to include Fortune Link™, Dragon Lights™, and Star Stax™ games
- Continues localization effort of player-tested core video content; introduces low-line, high-volatility video games
- Broadens multi-game content bundles for USwitch™ and diversity™ HD game families
- Leads gaming innovation through multi-sensory TRUE 4D™ games American Gods™ 4D and Wheel of Fortune® 4D More Money


LONDON, Jan. 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) announced today that the Company will present a comprehensive portfolio of gaming solutions for its casino, lottery, and digital customers from around the world at ICE London ("ICE"), Feb. 5-7 at ExCel London. The global event will serve as the international trade show debut for the IGT PlayDigital™ organization, and an opportunity for IGT to demonstrate why the Company and its gaming solutions are "Your Best Bet."

"IGT's ICE portfolio represents the Company's position as a performance-driven organization, and its success in leveraging global game studios to deliver highly localized content for our gaming, lottery, and digital customers from all geographies," said Walter Bugno, IGT CEO International. "At ICE IGT will demonstrate the depth and breadth of the Company's land-based and digital product roadmaps, and convey how IGT's performance-testing processes and focus on the player are helping drive our customers' growth."

IGT product highlights within the Company's stand N3-160 will include:

IGT PlayDigital: The recently formed IGT PlayDigital organization will demonstrate its capabilities as an end-to-end "go digital" solutions provider for its gaming and lottery customers. IGT PlayDigital will showcase its proven artificial intelligence (AI) solution that offers new tools to accelerate growth through digital data modeling. IGT's marquee content delivery solution, PlayRGS, will be displayed, including anticipated PlayCasino games such as Pixies of the Forest II™, Scarab™, and Diamond Spins™. IGT will also spotlight an upcoming PlayRGS feature that will enable players to compete for promotional jackpot prizes. IGT will also showcase the capabilities and many management tools of its PlayCommand™ digital wagering platform, and the engaging content within its PlayPoker and PlayBingo solutions.

IGT's PlayShot™ sports betting solution will be on display, demonstrating why the versatile technology is already the leading B2B sports betting platform in the U.S., and is of interest to sports book operators around the world. IGT will introduce a range of self-service betting solutions including the PlayShot QuickBet kiosk, the revolutionary PlayShot "Mobile Kiosk" technology and the immersive CrystalBetting™ Terminal to highlight the full capabilities of IGT's omni-channel sports betting offering.

Vast multi-level progressive (MLP) library: IGT will demonstrate the depth and breadth of its linked MLP game portfolio at ICE. IGT's Fortune Link game on the CrystalDual® 27 cabinet, and the high-volatility Dragon Lights game on the CrystalCurve™ cabinet will make their ICE debuts within IGT's stand. The Company will also demonstrate the next base game titles in the extensive roadmaps for the internationally relevant Fort Knox®, Fortune Gong™, and Golden Goddess® MLP games on the CrystalCurve cabinet. IGT's Star Stax game on the CrystalCurve cabinet will also make its ICE debut and will be joined by the Hyper Hits™ game on the CrystalDual 27 cabinet – both games continue to perform well in markets around the world and were recently adapted to meet broader, regional gameplay preferences.

Proven core video portfolio: IGT will showcase the strength of its core video content portfolio for the Crystal hardware series by demonstrating a multitude of games that excelled in the Company's internal and external performance testing programs. Standout titles for the single screen, CrystalCurve cabinet will include games such as Coin O Mania™, Golden Jungle Grand™, and Ocean Magic Grand®. High-performing core video titles on display for the dual-screen CrystalDual 27 and CrystalSlant cabinets will include Solar Disc™, Scarab, Mistress of Egypt™ and many more, while market-attuned, low-line, high-volatility video games such as Brilliant Wilds™, Mystery Fruits™, and Triple Red Hot 7 Strike® are additional must-see games in IGT's stand. IGT will also reveal how its customers can maximize the ROI of their Crystal series hardware investments through the MoneyStrike!TM bolt-on progressive and the high-energy IncrediBell! video tournament solution.

New multi-game content bundles: IGT will debut new USwitch content bundles for the CrystalDual 27 and CrystalSlant cabinets, and new diversity HD game suites for the AXXIS® 23/23 cabinet. Aligned with regional market opportunities, IGT will launch USwitch bundles that include up to 24 in-demand IGT games. The new content bundles include heritage IGT game themes, along with recent "Proven Performer" graduates such as Scarab and Mistress of Egypt.

Multi-sensory TRUE 4D games: ICE attendees can look forward to innovation within IGT's award-winning TRUE 4D portfolio. American Gods 4D is based on the TV fantasy drama and the works of Neil Gaiman, and delivers a vibrant, multi-sensory gaming experience. American Gods 4D will be joined on-stand by Ghostbusters™ 4D and Wheel of Fortune 4D More Money, and games from IGT's TRUE 3D™ portfolio such as Little Green Men 3D and Phoenix Rising™ 3D slots.

Other product highlights within IGT's stand will include:

Chill Gaming's dynamic game concept Bloomtopia™, and the chance-skill hybrid game Fortunes of the Brave® that reward players with monetary and non-monetary rewards.
IGT Dynasty Electronic Table Games (ETG) and its robust content portfolio for Random Number Generated (RNG) baccarat and roulette. The Company will also showcase its growing library of baccarat ETG side bets.
The large-format S3000® XL cabinet and content. Making its ICE debut, the scaled-up version of the S3000 mechanical reel cabinet is backed by a large content library of proven games and will be displayed with the player-favorite, three-reel Red Hot Tamales™ game.
The IGT Advantage® casino management system and the new M5 media management technology. Both innovations help streamline operations and cultivate world-class player loyalty programs.
Building on the Company's video poker leadership, IGT will demonstrate several new video poker games, including the latest version of the wildly popular Game King® suite, along with exciting Keno games Ultimate X Keno® and Super Times Pay® Keno that leverage popular IGT video poker game mechanics.
IGT's Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) INTELLIGEN™ system including multiple value-added modules that help optimize operations and drive growth. IGT will also showcase a range of its VLT cabinets, including the CrystalDual 27 and Quasar® cabinets, with a variety of new titles from the Company's VLT content library.

The new Corona Resort and Casino on Phu Quoc, the largest island in Vietnam, selected NOVOMATIC as its premium supplier to provide a range of gaming terminals, the casino management system and media technology across its casino floor. The first of three casinos to trial local play, Corona Casino opened this month and marks the first time that Vietnamese can enter casinos in their country.

NOVOMATIC and Ainsworth represent some 35% of the entire slot floor, with a total of 200 state- of-the-art slot machines and 125 electronic table games terminals.

Featuring a variety of cutting-edge solutions, the NOVOMATIC and Ainsworth slot machines include an assortment of popular and market-attuned content, with a selection of leading multi- game mixes and games, set to excite tourists and local players alike.

A large NOVOMATIC electronic table games stadium acts as the centrepiece of the casino. Based on the NOVO LINE Novo UnityTM II platform, the ETG area consists of 125 gaming positions, featuring the sleek EXECUTIVE SLTM 1.24 terminals – and offers players the option of Baccarat, Roulette and Sic-Bo.

The casino houses a total of 1,000 slot machines from a range of manufacturers, all managed by the Octavian myACP casino management system. The luxurious venue also includes 100 gaming tables, offering eight types of games such as Baccarat, Roulette, Black Jack, Sic-Bo and several forms of Poker, as well as VIP facilities, a private sky casino and three restaurants.

Providing a first-rate media solution for the venue, NOVOMATIC Media Technologies has implemented an Absolute VisionTM system that controls more than 400 TV screens and monitors throughout the casino – as well as a custom-built and larger-than-life 45m2 LED video wall.

NOVOMATIC, supported by its Asian distributor Jade Entertainment and Gaming, carried out the installation in several phases ahead of the grand opening on January 19. Corona Resort and Casino is the first of three properties in Vietnam to be authorised by the government to allow economically-qualified locals to enter casinos, under a three-year trial scheme.

Peter Keijzer, General Manager Corona Casino, said: “Casinos these days are not just about slots and tables anymore. We selected NOVOMATIC because of their expertise and we believe in helping companies discover new territories. Phu Quoc Vietnam is Asia but also has a lot of European customers, which is why Upffinity Management Company created a mix of slot and table products from all over the world. We had to build this casino in seven months so we needed fast and short communication lines – NOVOMATIC and Jade Gaming performed and executed. It’s that simple.”

Lawrence Levy, VP Global Sales NOVOMATIC, added: “We are delighted to provide a range of leading NOVOMATIC and Ainsworth gaming machines, as well as the casino system and media solutions, to the new Corona Casino. The Southeast Asia region is a strong area of growth for NOVOMATIC, and we are extremely excited to play a major role in the development of Vietnam.”

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") and Caesars have enhanced their partnership through the launch of sports betting at Caesars' Harrah's Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack. The sportsbook, powered by the Company's OpenBet™ platform, features world-class sports betting retail solutions, allowing Harrah's players to place bets at the venue. Online and mobile sports betting will follow in the first quarter of 2019.

The launch represents Scientific Games and Caesars' joint commitment to bringing the best sports betting solution to players across regulated markets. The Pennsylvania sportsbook features a wide range of betting options, including professional and college sports coverage for football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, golf, and more to reach new and experienced bettors.

Further driving Caesars sportsbook to the next level, Scientific Games will provide ongoing managed trading services from its Don Best group, powering continuous evolution of the platform's pricing and data feeds.

Christian Stuart, Executive Vice President, Gaming and Interactive Entertainment at Caesars, said, "We're excited to open THE BOOK, which allows our players to wager on their favorite professional and college sports events at the region's most complete game-changing sports betting experience. We've worked seamlessly with Scientific Games to cement our sportsbook presence in new markets with great speed, and we're excited to usher in a new era of sports betting capabilities for Pennsylvania players at Caesars."

Jordan Levin, Executive Vice President and Group Chief Executive Digital at Scientific Games, said, "This is the third state in which we've launched sports betting with Caesars, following in the footsteps of New Jersey and Mississippi, and we're thrilled to see constant growth in our partnership. Sports betting builds more momentum every day, and we're proud to partner with Caesars to lead the charge and provide a top-notch solution to players in Pennsylvania."

© 2019 Scientific Games Corporation. All rights reserved.

GAN Expected to Post 2018 Year-End Financial Results Ahead of Expectations

London & Dublin - January 25, 2019: GAN plc ("GAN" or the "Company"), an award-winning developer and supplier of enterprise-level B2B Internet gambling software and services in the United States and Europe, today provides a trading update ahead of its preliminary results for the year ended December 31, 2018 (FY 2018) and guidance for 2019.

2018 Financial Highlights
Trading for FY 2018 is expected to be ahead of market expectations with revenue between £10.5M to £11.3M versus £9.1M for FY 2017. This result was primarily driven by real money Internet gambling which increased H2 2018 revenue by more than 40% over H1 2018. High quality recurring revenues represented approximately 85% of total revenue for the period, with almost two thirds originating from the US, the Company's key geographic market.

GAN ended the period with a strong debt-free balance sheet with £5.3M in cash as at December 31, 2018. EBITDA1 losses for the year are expected to be between £1.0M and £1.5M, due to continued investment in technical development resources throughout H2 2018 to enable the successful launch of the new Internet gambling services for clients in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey in H1 2019.

2019 Outlook
The outlook remains highly positive due to continued and rapid growth in real money Internet gambling delivered for clients in both the US and European markets. The Company therefore expects the strong momentum achieved during H2 2018 to continue into FY 2019. As such, management expects mid to high double digit percentage year on year revenue growth in FY 2019 and full year positive EBITDA1, based on the current fixed cost base.

The Board does not anticipate any additional capital requirement on the current business plan and the Company is therefore fully funded as it enters FY2019.

Management Commentary
Dermot Smurfit, CEO of GAN commented:

"We are delighted with our performance in 2018, which sets us up for strong growth in our business in 2019. Our intellectual property and technical expertise put us at the forefront of the internet sports betting and casino gaming market as demonstrated by our strong client base. Our recent contract announcements and expectation for further legislation to pass in new States in the US means that 2019 is set to be a very exciting year.

"We exceeded market expectations for revenue growth in 2018, having successfully launched Internet Sports betting in New Jersey. Our successful £7.5 million fund raising has enabled us to rapidly deliver for our clients and repay £2M in short term debt. Going into 2019, we are strategically well placed to deliver profitable growth in 2019."

Further information regarding trading during the period can be found below:

New Jersey & Pennsylvania Internet Gambling
Internet sports betting has exceeded initial expectations in the first 143-day operating period (to 21 January 2019). The positive impact in trading has been reflected by the Company's reported Key Performance Indicators for Q4 2018 published on the 17th of January 2019.

GAN's second client in New Jersey, Ocean Resort Casino ("ORC"), opened its land-based casino in Atlantic City on the 28th of June 2018. The Internet casino was delivered to ORC by GAN and went live on July 10th, 2018. The growth of ORC's Internet casino has been driven by substantial innovation in both product and bonusing, resulting in ORC's out-performance with their Internet casino relative to their retail gaming market share.

In Pennsylvania, preparations for the launch of Internet sports betting and Internet casino gaming for clients substantially progressed with commercial market commencement expected in H1 2019. GAN's clients in Pennsylvania include the #1 casino operator in the State, Parx Casino and the #1 operator of Internet gambling in New Jersey, PPB's FanDuel Group.

Simulated Gaming
GAN's US-facing Simulated Gaming business continued to benefit from growth among existing major US casino operator clients of Simulated Gaming including Chickasaw Nation's WinStar World Casino and Resort in Oklahoma and San Manuel Band of Mission Indians in California launched in 2017 and 2015, respectively. In Q4 2018, Simulated Gaming was launched for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, the owners of two major casino properties in Mississippi. As at December 31, 2018 GAN operated Simulated Gaming for 13 clients comprising principally of major US casinos (December 31, 2017: 13).

Overseas Internet Casino & Italy
The Overseas Internet Casino delivered to the Chickasaw Nation, which is available online at http://casino.WinStar.com, was substantially developed by GAN throughout 2018 and is designed to target selected regulated markets in Europe and the rest of the world. It was developed to deliver a unique casino gaming experience, comprising of exclusive casino slot games recognised on retail gaming floors worldwide together with an innovative bonusing program designed to incentivise visitation by Europeans to our client's US casino properties.

On September 12th, 2018 user acquisition marketing of the Overseas Internet Casino commenced through GAN Digital, the Company's Israel-based marketing services agency principally established in H1 2018. A more detailed update will be provided as part of the earnings call and calendar year 2019 outlook on March 29, 2019.

The Italian market grew rapidly in H2 2018 despite the practical implementation of the ban on the advertising of gambling in Italy which favours GAN's Italian clients as substantial operators of retail gambling premises. The Italian business performed in line with the Board's expectations for the full year 2018 and growth has continued during the seasonally strong Winter period.

Patent
The US Patent2 comprises multiple claims, principally for linking on-property rewards accounts held within casino management systems to patrons' online accounts held within an Internet gaming system, in addition to delivering a converged online-to-on-property experience for US casino patrons.

On December 31, 2018 GAN entered into a material licensing agreement, which included a non-exclusive license of GAN's Patent for a five-year term. The financial terms of the patent license are not disclosed. This Patent has now been licensed more than a dozen times by GAN to major US casino operators for the conduct of both real money Regulated Gaming and Simulated Gaming in the United States.

GAN has now placed a selected number of US casino operators on notice of GAN's Patent and associated intellectual property and anticipates concluding additional commercial licensing arrangements which shall contribute to GAN's revenue and earnings in 2019.

US Regulatory Developments
With respect to online sports betting in the US, GAN welcomed the repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act 1992 ("PASPA") by the US Supreme Court on the 14th of May 2018. The reported success of the Internet sports betting market in New Jersey in H2 2018 has resulted in an increase in the speed of regulation of intra-State Internet gambling and it is believed that seven additional US States are now considering the rapid regulation of Internet gambling including Michigan, Oregon, New York, Indiana, Kansas and Louisiana3 together with Massachusetts4.

Aligned with Industry consensus5 it is GAN's belief that state authorized, intra-State online, non-sports wagering gambling is legally permissible under the Wire Act, even as construed in the Department of Justice's recent Memorandum Opinion released on January 14, 2019. GAN is in regular communication with State regulatory agencies in all jurisdictions in which it does business and goes to great lengths to ensure that it is in good standing and that it is fully compliant with all applicable legal and regulatory requirements. There is no expected impact on US operations or growth plans.

London Headquarter Relocation
On Monday, December 17, 2018 GAN's UK team, including management, officially relocated to London's financial district from its previous headquarter location in Kensington. The relocation will result in a UK rent expense annual savings of £0.75M for the Company in 2019. The Company's registered office address is now Axe & Bottle Court, 70 Newcomen Street, London SE1 1YT.

Notice of Results
The Company will release its results for the year ended December 31, 2018 on March 29, 2019 when additional context on the success of Internet gambling services will be provided.

GAN: Overview
GAN is a leading business-to-business ("B2B") supplier of internet gambling software-as-a-service solutions ("SaaS") to the US land-based casino industry. The Company has developed a proprietary internet gambling enterprise software system, GameSTACK™, which it licenses principally to land-based US casino operators as a turnkey technology solution for regulated real-money internet gambling, encompassing internet gaming, internet sports gaming and virtual Simulated Gaming. The Company has also launched digital user acquisition & retention marketing in support of the Internet Casino (https://casino.winstar.com) provided by GAN's Digital Marketing Agency in Tel Aviv, Israel.

GAN is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: GAN) and on the Irish Stock Exchange (ISE: GAME).

For more information please visit www.GAN.com

References
1 Clean EBITDA is a non-GAAP Company specific measure and excludes interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation, share based payment expenses and other items which the directors consider to be non-recurring and one time in nature.

2 Network Gaming System and Casino Management System Link, patent number 8,821,296 ("the Patent"), issued to GAN by the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") on September 2, 2014. The Patent was subjected to an ex parte re-examination process which successfully concluded in 2017 in favour of GAN with the issuance of a certificate by the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") confirming the validity of GAN's claims within the Patent.

3 Eilers & Krejcik Gaming LLC, January 10, 2019 report 'U.S. Sports Betting | 2019 Legislative Outlook'

4 Press reports on the introduction of Internet sports betting bills in Massachusetts
https://www.legalsportsreport.com/27721/massachusetts-sports-betting-bills-drop/
https://www.legalsportsreport.com/27757/massachusetts-sports-betting-bill-gov-baker/

5 American Gaming Association statement on January 18, 2019
https://www.americangaming.org/new/aga-statement-on-doj-reinterpretation-of-the-wire-act/

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 25, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Gaming Arts, LLC, ("Gaming Arts" or "the Company") an end-to-end gaming technology provider of electronic gaming machines, bingo, keno and interactive casino-wide promotions, today announced that Mike Dreitzer, President, has been named as one of '25 People to Watch' by Global Gaming Business Magazine ("GGB"), a leading trade magazine in the gaming industry.

Entering its 17th year, the '25 People to Watch' list recognizes gaming executives, regulators and influencers worldwide whose past experiences have positioned them to make major impacts and contributions to the gaming industry in 2019 and beyond.

Gaming Arts CEO and founder David Colvin said, "We are very proud that Mike has been named as one of '25 People to Watch' by GGB Magazine. Since joining Gaming Arts, Mike has been instrumental in growing the company and expanding our product offerings. The future is very bright for Gaming Arts as we enter 2019 with great momentum in the marketplace. We look forward to the significant milestones that Mike will help us accomplish on many key fronts in the months ahead."

Gaming Arts President Mike Dreitzer said, "I am delighted to have been named to this prestigious list. It has been a pleasure working with David and the entire team at Gaming Arts. Following a strong 2018 where we focused on developing and bringing new and innovative products to market, we expect great things for 2019."

With nearly 20 years of gaming manufacturing, technology and regulation experience, Dreitzer was named President of Gaming Arts in February 2018 to lead the Company in its expansion efforts in the bingo, keno and slot sectors. Under his leadership, the Company has expanded considerably and opened a new technology and innovation campus in Las Vegas last year. Moreover, Dreitzer has helped assemble a team of veteran slot developers with more than 100 combined years of experience in the slot industry.

Prior to joining Gaming Arts, Dreitzer was President of North America for Australia-based Ainsworth Game Technology. Under his tenure, the company produced more than $80 million in annual revenue.

About Gaming Arts
Gaming Arts, LLC, a privately owned and operated business headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, is the world leader in bingo and keno games and technology and is now entering the electronic gaming machine market with some of the world's most innovative slot games along with the world's first casino-wide interactive promotional system. Gaming Arts holds gaming licenses in approximately 80 jurisdictions, including North America, Latin America, the Pacific Rim, and South Africa. To learn more, visit http://www.gamingarts.com or call 702.818.8943. Join Gaming Arts on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.