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NEW YORK, June 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Inspired Entertainment, Inc. ("Inspired") (INSE) announced today that it has been added to the list of public companies that comprise the Russell 2000® Index, the Russell 3000® Index, and the Russell Microcap® Index. Inspired's inclusion became effective upon the close of trading on Friday, June 23, 2017, following Russell Investments' annual reconstitution of their index lists. The Russell 2000® Index, a listing of the 1,001st through 3,000th largest U.S. public companies ranked by market capitalization, is a widely-used measure of the performance of the small-cap segment of the U.S. equity markets. The Russell 3000® Index, a listing of the 3,000 largest U.S. public companies ranked by market capitalization, is a widely-used measure of the performance of the overall U.S. equity markets. The Russell Microcap® Index, a listing of the smallest 1,000 companies in the Russell 2000® ranked by market capitalization, plus 1,000 smaller US-based listed stocks, is a widely-used measure of the performance of the smallest tradable securities listed on US stock exchanges.
"We are delighted to be included in this year's Russell 2000, 3000, and Microcap Indexes," said Lorne Weil, Executive Chairman. "We expect that being part of the Russell Indexes will serve to further elevate and broaden our company's profile among those investors who utilize the Russell Indexes in making their investment decisions," added Mr. Weil.
NEW YORK, June 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Inspired Entertainment, Inc. ("Inspired") (INSE), is presenting to investors at the 2017 Marcum MicroCap Conference today, June 15. The Marcum conference is a highlight on the annual investment community calendar in New York City.
“We are pleased to have the opportunity to introduce the compelling Inspired story to the investor community. In addition to our award-winning gaming content and cutting edge Virtual Sports products, our server-based gaming technology and mobile products position us to take advantage of the larger industry trends towards distributed gaming,” said Luke Alvarez, Chief Executive Officer and President.
Lorne Weil, Executive Chairman, added, “We are confident that when investors become familiar with our technology and products, they will share our optimism for our future growth.”
The Marcum MicroCap Conference (www.marcummicrocap.com) is a nationally recognized forum for publicly traded companies with less than $500 million in market capitalization to network with fund managers and high net worth investors who focus on small cap equities. More than 2000 investors and other participants from every segment of the microcap marketplace attend each year, including venture and lower middle-market private equity investors, institutional investors, directors, investment bankers, and buy- and sell-side analysts, as well as senior executive teams from presenting companies and service providers to the microcap marketplace.
The conference is presented by Marcum LLP, a top national accounting and advisory firm registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). Marcum's Assurance Division provides the most up-to-date service and guidance on SEC accounting and reporting issues. Services include Financial Statement Audits in accordance with PCAOB standards; Tax Compliance and Advisory Services; Due Diligence; Agreed-Upon Procedures and Other Attest Work; Internal Audit Services; Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 Compliance Services and Software; Technical Accounting Assistance; and IPO Assistance. For more information, visit www.marcumllp.com.
LAS VEGAS, Aug. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or "the Company") today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Scientific Games International, Inc. ("SGI"), completed an amendment to its credit agreement that extended the maturity of its $3.283 billion of existing term loans and reduced the applicable interest rate on the term loans to a rate of LIBOR plus 325 basis points with no LIBOR floor. All of the term loans under the credit agreement are now scheduled to mature on August 14, 2024 (subject to accelerated maturity under certain circumstances).
"Our ongoing attention toward improving operating execution, generating stronger cash flows and deleveraging our balance sheet has enabled us to amend our credit agreement on more favorable terms," said Kevin Sheehan, Chief Executive Officer of Scientific Games. "Moreover, by improving our capital structure, future cash flow is further strengthened."
LAS VEGAS, Aug. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/-- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") announced today the launch of the new slot game, ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY™ ("ANCHORMAN" or "Game"), designed exclusively for the dramatic new TwinStar® V24/43 cabinet.
Scientific Games Anchorman Slots Based on the beloved Paramount Pictures' comedy franchise, ANCHORMAN is a five-reel, 25-line video slot game that boasts a three-level Near-Area Progressive. The central game feature is the engaging Big Bonus Filmstrip Stop featuring Ron Burgundy and the rest of the comical Channel 4 News team. If the filmstrip stops on a character, a bonus game starring that character is triggered.
The options for the character bonus games include the Champ Kind Free Games, where Whammy symbols on the reels advance players up an award ladder; Ron's Giant Free Games, in which the reels expand to 20 lines; the Sex Panther Pick feature starring Brian Fantana; and Brick's Weather Wheels which awards credits and the chance to advance to another wheel level that awards even higher credit amounts or a multiplier. The action never stops in this highly entertaining game.
"ANCHORMAN has woven its way into our culture, often referred to and quoted, it has proven to be an excellent story to base a slot game on," said Derik Mooberry, Executive Vice President and Group Chief Executive of Gaming for Scientific Games. "Our development team worked diligently to stay true to the films and incorporate the comical nuances and favorite scenes. We are certain that players and fans will be laughing in their seats, captivated by this highly entertaining game."
The innovative TwinStar V24/43 cabinet features best-in-class processing power, eye-catching 24-inch and 43-inch HD displays, interactive touch controls, and an immersive sound system that makes for a superior player experience.
ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY will soon be available in various jurisdictions throughout North America.
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Lottery Positioned for Growth to Benefit Education
LAS VEGAS and ATLANTA – August 15, 2017 – Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) (“Scientific Games” or the “Company”) today announced that the Ohio Lottery Commission (“the Lottery”) has extended its primary instant games contract for two years with Scientific Games, the world’s leading supplier of lottery instant games.
In addition to instant games, the Company has begun rolling out SalesMaker™ in Ohio, a highly successful lottery retail development and training program. Scientific Games also provides the Lottery with research and consumer studies, licensed properties, and interactive services.
In fiscal year 2016, the Ohio Lottery ranked among the Top 20 lotteries worldwide for total instant game sales (La Fleur’s Almanac). Scientific Games has been the Lottery’s primary provider of instant games since 2001.
In September, the Lottery will launch Scientific Games’ blockbuster WILLY WONKA GOLDEN TICKET™ instant linked game, offering players a bonus second-chance opportunity to win trips to Las Vegas, where the luckiest will take part in the WILLY WONKA BILLION DOLLAR CHALLENGE™ event to win cash prizes from $1,000 up to a $1 billion annuity.
During its 16-year partnership, Scientific Games and the Ohio Lottery have innovated top-selling instant games together including Holiday Cash, Cash Explosion® 30th Anniversary, Luck of the Irish, and most recently — oversized Gigantix™ instant games.
Scientific Games’ John Schulz, Senior Vice President, Instant Products, said, “We are honored to continue working with the Ohio Lottery to grow instant game revenue, introducing exciting new games that appeal to players and that are supported by a best-in-class retail program.”
Currently, Scientific Games provides games, technology and services to more than 150 lotteries globally, including nearly every North American lottery.
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LONDON, U.K. – August 31, 2017 – IGT has signed a multi-year license agreement with Caesars Entertainment (NASDAQ: CZR), the world’s most diversified gaming and entertainment company. The agreement extends IGT’s rights to represent the Caesars®, Harrah’s®, Paris Las Vegas®, Rio®, Flamingo®, and Horseshoe® brands in the lottery industry within the United States, Canada, and Europe. IGT has represented many of these Caesars brands in the lottery industry since 2008.
“IGT is happy to extend our partnership with Caesars Entertainment and continue offering lotteries and their players relevant licensed content and unforgettable experiences,” said Michael Chambrello, IGT CEO, North America Lottery. “The Caesars Entertainment brands represent the ultimate in luxury and gaming and meaningfully resonate with our customers and their players.”
The Caesars Entertainment brands present a tremendous opportunity to offer lottery players experiences via second chance promotions. With operations in 13 U.S. states, Caesars Entertainment branded games offer lotteries the chance to deliver experiential prizes locally or on a grander scale in well-known resort cities including Las Vegas and Atlantic City.
"We look forward to continuing our partnership with IGT," said Annette Weishaar, Senior Vice President of Partnerships & Channel Marketing, Caesars Entertainment. “Together, we have already achieved great results in the lottery industry, and we are confident that IGT’s expertise and experience will continue to drive success.”
LONDON, U.K. – August 31, 2017 – IGT announced that its subsidiary, IGT Canada Solutions ULC, has signed a four-year contract extension to continue providing the Company’s INTELLIGEN™ video lottery terminal (VLT) central system to the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) in Canada. The contract extension runs through July 6, 2021. A central systems customer since 2003, AGLC monitors up to 6,000 VLTs in the province, of which more than 4,800 are provided by IGT.
“The INTELLIGEN VLT system provides the integrity, security, ease of management, and advanced reporting that the AGLC has come to expect of IGT’s solutions,” said Jay Gendron, IGT Senior Vice President, WLA North America Lottery. “INTELLIGEN was developed to respond to the unique needs of distributed VLT customers, and with its open-standard interfaces, it will enable the AGLC to continue managing its gaming program efficiently and effectively now, and in future years.”
INTELLIGEN offers stable, secure command and control capabilities uniquely tailored to operators of distributed and venue VLT environments, based on more than 20 years of proven central system experience. It interoperates with a wide range of VLTs using multiple protocols, including the Game to System® (G2S®) open standard protocol.
The AGLC conducts and manages all gaming in the Canadian Province of Alberta, including lotteries, VLTs, casino gaming terminals, and racing entertainment centers. Revenue received from gaming activities is returned to Albertans through licensed charities.
Desmond Glass to Depart in Q4 2017 as CFO role relocates to Las Vegas
GAN plc (“GAN” or the “Company”) a leading B2B supplier of Internet gaming enterprise software-as-a-service solutions to the US land-based casino Industry, today announces the Group’s Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) role will relocate from London to GAN’s US operations in Las Vegas commencing in Q4 2017 following interim H1 2017 results in September.
The CFO role transition better reflects GAN’s continued growth in the North American market. This follows the relocation of the CEO’s role to Las Vegas in Summer 2015; the relocation of the Chief Information Officer role to Las Vegas in Summer 2016; and the appointment of Las Vegas-resident Mr Seamus McGill as Chairman in April 2017, all of which have proven instrumental in accelerating growth of Simulated Gaming for GAN’s thirteen US casino clients coast-to-coast as well as GAN’s New Jersey real money Internet casino gaming services delivered to PaddyPower Betfair plc.
GAN’s CFO and Company Secretary Desmond Glass has decided not to transition to the United States at this time in order to pursue UK-based opportunities.
Dermot Smurfit, CEO of GAN commented:
“After a successful multi-year period with GAN, and having been instrumental in preparing the Group for its successful public listing in November 2013, Desmond leaves behind a strong legacy best represented by GAN’s growing business in the US and selected regulated Internet gaming markets in Europe. We wish Desmond every success in the future. The relocation of the CFO role from London to Las Vegas aligns with GAN’s medium term strategy to seek admission to the US capital markets. Desmond will remain CFO in London until October and I expect that the new US-based CFO will be announced with our interim results on or before September 30, 2017. I look forward to working with Desmond closely in the coming months to prepare for the transition of his responsibilities.”
Continued Strong Growth from its core US market and Simulated Gaming
London & Dublin | July 5, 2017: GAN plc ("GAN" or the "Company"), an award-winning developer and supplier of enterprise-level B2B Internet gaming software, services and online gaming content in the United States, today announced the release of quarterly key performance indicators for the second quarter of 2017. This allows the US and global institutional investment community to properly track progress of GAN's diverse business on a quarterly basis.
Over the past twelve months, GAN has begun to increase its institutional outreach to the United States, where the Company conducts the predominate portion of its business activities. The expanded financial information flow supports the increasing number of suitably-qualified US institutional investors who engaged with GAN's equity story in late 2016 and 2017 to date. This third Quarterly publication discloses the Active Player-Days and Average Revenue Per Active Player-Day (ARPDAU), in which GAN participates worldwide in regulated real money Internet gaming markets and Simulated Gaming™. Q3 2017 Key Performance Indicators will be released in October 2017.
Second Quarter 2017 Highlights
- Fourth successive Quarter of growth in Active Player-Days.
- +16.7% Quarter-on-Quarter growth in Active Player-Days in Q2 2017 over Q1 2017 to 2,600,842 Active Player-Days.
- -9.2% Quarter-on-Quarter decline in Average Revenue Per Daily Active User in Q2 2017 over Q1 2017 to $6.98 reflecting strong growth in higher-margin Simulated Gaming which proved modestly dilutive to ARPDAU across the enterprise.
Dermot Smurfit, CEO of GAN commented:
"GAN has now reported four successive quarters of growth more recently driven by Simulated Gaming in the Company's key market of the US. Overall 'GAN-enabled revenue' in which GAN participates increased +6% in Q2 2017 over Q1 2017. Moving 'bricks & mortar' US casinos online with GAN's Simulated Gaming continued to deliver growth quarter on quarter despite the onset of Summer seasonality which generally reduces players' levels of online engagement and propensity to spend money. GAN, like all Internet gaming companies with players principally located in the Northern Hemisphere, experiences Summer-related seasonality in both calendar Q2 and Q3 each year."
Gaming lounge houses most Lightning Link games in one space across the globe
Thackerville, Oklahoma (August 25, 2017) – The largest collection in the world of one of gaming’s most popular titles is open at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Oklahoma. The Lightning Link™ Lounge powered by Casino 360? features over 150 Lightning Link units across almost 4,000 square feet in the London Gaming Plaza of one of the world’s largest casinos.
Jenny Cross said the overhaul of the existing Casino 360? area was a collaborative effort between the casino and Gaming Capital Group – a long-standing partner of the casino.
“Since its opening, Casino 360? had grown to be a popular area in the casino with its vibrant lighting and immersive experience,” said Jenny Cross, WinStar’s assistant general manager. “We wanted to continue the momentum of this particular gaming area. The opportunity to reinvent the space into the Lightning Link Lounge powered by Casino 360? was a way for us to continue our partnership with GCG and enabled us to continue creating that unique patron experience for which we are known.”
Melissa Cox, Gaming Capital Group’s VP of Marketing and Customer Relations, said the performance of Lightning Link games at WinStar as well as in other markets made the project a natural fit for the state’s largest gaming facility.
“Our partnerships with both Winstar and Aristocrat are very important to our operation. At GCG, it’s our mission to place the best product for our customers and we are very fortunate to have a product like Lightning Link to offer,” said Cox. “We are confident the Lightning Link Lounge will perform well and our team is very excited to see more themes like Lightning Link from Aristocrat.”
Aristocrat’s Lightning Link gaming machines have struck a chord with players around the world, continuing to grow in popularity since the product’s launch in 2015 and garnering multiple industry awards.
In 2017, Lighting Link was named Best Slot Solution at the Asian Gaming Awards. It was named the industry’s top performing game in the Premium Leased category in the EILERS-FANTINI Quarterly Slot Survey and was given the Platinum Award from Casino Journal’s Top 20 Most Innovative Products in 2015.
With this addition, WinStar will be the only casino in Oklahoma to offer an extensive collection of the Lightning Link games with 151 machines in the new lounge, along with the other 50 that will remain on the casino’s main gaming floor. The games will continue to keep players engaged with free games, Hold & Spin bonuses, and a single bonus spin that could award multiple progressives and bonus values.
For more information about the Lightning Link Lounge powered by Casino 360?, visit www.winstarworldcasino.com.
The Dude will abide in casinos across North America as Aristocrat unveils The Big Lebowski™ Slot Game, its newest Class III video slot.
The Dude, Walter, Maude, and Donny are all here in Aristocrat’s fun and entertaining take on the cult classic film. Players take a front row seat as the action plays out on the big screens of Aristocrat’s Arc Double™ cabinet.
Not even the best Nihilist can ruin the fun of this entertainment-style game that is filled with every fan’s favorite scenes and quotes, and along with frequent game features, combine to create a thrilling play session. Songs by Sons of the Pioneers, Bob Dylan, and Kenny Rogers & The First Edition add to the atmosphere.
The Big Lebowski™ Slot Game has two great base game bonuses: Coffee Can Wilds™ and Take It Easy, Man™ that award random wilds and random reel growth with entire wild reels. Denominations range from 1c to $20; volatility is low and features hit frequently.
A single-site progressive jackpot can be awarded at any bet level. The top jackpot value starts at $2,000 when using 1c denomination, making it appealing to both destination and local jackpot chasers.
Other features include “The Dude Abides Free Spins,” which offers the action of Reel Growth with random wilds for up to 138 lines of exciting play; and “Over the Line Free Spins” with random wilds and multipliers.
Dude, everyone will want to take a spin, so contact your Aristocrat representative today at (702) 270-1000 and bring The Big Lebowski™ Slot Game to your rug.
LAS VEGAS (July 10, 2017) – Ainsworth Game Technology today announced that Tulalip Resorts Casino has agreed to serve as its sponsor for required central determination gaming system testing with the State of Washington.
Testing will take place on Ainsworth A600 cabinets featuring three of the Company’s most successful games -- Twice the Diamonds; Mustang Fortune; and Cash Cave. In addition to the A600, Ainsworth plans to offer the A560SL Noir cabinet to Washington casino operators.
“I’d like to thank to leadership of Tulalip Resorts Casino for offering us the opportunity to test our new central determination product,” said Ainsworth President – North America Mike Dreitzer. “We are excited to begin this process and to soon offer our unique and industry-leading titles to casino operators in Washington State.”
LAS VEGAS—The Las Vegas debut of the new PAC-MAN™ WILD EDITION video slot will take place at eight Boyd Gaming properties across Southern Nevada, including The Orleans, Gold Coast, Cannery and more. The machines will be rolled out to properties and available to play by June 1.
The iconic PAC-MAN character is one of the most recognizable figures in video game history and was the basis for the most successful arcade game of all time. Now, PAC-MAN will arrive on casino floors this month as the star of PAC-MAN WILD EDITION, a new game from Ainsworth Game Technologies.
Boyd Gaming properties will be the first in southern Nevada to offer the game, including The Orleans Hotel and Casino, Gold Coast Hotel and Casino, Suncoast Hotel and Casino, Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas; the Cannery Casino Hotel in North Las Vegas; and Fremont Hotel and Casino, California Hotel and Casino, and Main Street Station Casino Hotel Brewery in Downtown Las Vegas.
“Our customers expect the latest, hottest slot titles at our properties, and we’re excited to be able to offer Las Vegas locals and visitors alike the first opportunity to play PAC-MAN WILD EDITION,” said Matt Ryan, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Boyd Gaming.
The title provides all the recognizable PAC-MAN sounds and imagery loved by people around the globe. PAC-MAN WILD EDITION is the first offering as part of a strategic partnership between Ainsworth and BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
“This is the biggest brand we have ever offered at Ainsworth,” said Ainsworth President – North America Mike Dreitzer. “The game looks amazing and it’s packed with bonuses that will attract both slot fanatics and PAC-MAN fans. We are thrilled to introduce the product at Boyd Gaming’s amazing properties.”
PAC-MAN WILD EDITION offers players all the excitement of the classic arcade game. The game features a thrilling Free Games feature, a Wheel Spin feature and a progressive jackpot. PAC-MAN appears throughout the game, offering players wilds and other fun ways to win.
For more information on Boyd Gaming properties, please visit www.BoydGaming.com.
Eric Persson, General Manager and Senior Advisor of Product Development, states, “Aruze has some of the best game designers in the industry and is proud to stand behind our products. When you purchase hardware from us, we see it as the beginning of a relationship, and we want our customers to be 100% happy. We believe it’s the right thing to do.” Previously a slot machine buyer for one of the largest gaming companies in the world, Eric added, “I always thought there was something wrong when I’d make a significant slot machine purchase only to be forced to buy new software when the game they sold me didn’t perform. We at Aruze feel the same way and that is why all of our APX video platforms and any future video platforms will come with a 24-month performance guarantee.”
For more information, please contact an Aruze Regional Account Executive.
“Aruze is very fortunate to have secured the experience and skill-sets of such a talented gaming executive,” said Aruze’s Global COO Yugo Kinoshita. He added that, “the gaming industry has become very competitive, requiring a leader with strong product knowledge and an understanding of our customer’s customer, the player. There are very few people in the industry that can match Eric’s proven track record in this area.”
Eric’s career in the gaming industry spans 17 years, most recently as Corporate Senior Vice President of Global Slot Operations and Slot Marketing at Las Vegas Sands Corporation. In this position, Eric was responsible for slot operations and marketing at each of Las Vegas Sands’ and Sands China Limited casinos. This included all slot purchases and mass marketing programs via direct mail, Email, events and promotions. Prior to joining the Las Vegas Sands Corp., Eric held senior positions at Harrah’s Entertainment, Coast Resorts, Delaware North, and American Racing and Entertainment. His titles in these organizations included Director of Tables Games, President, and General Manager. While in these positions, Eric gained an in-depth knowledge of all regional gaming segments including Las Vegas Resorts, local casinos, Native American casinos, and local racinos. “I'm looking forward to being part of such a dynamic company and team,” said Eric.
Eric holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Criminal Justice, Sociology, Psychology and Communications from the University of Nevada Las Vegas as well as a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Aruze also announced that with Eric’s arrival, Richard Pennington will no longer maintain the title of CEO at Aruze Gaming America. Mr. Pennington will remain on the Board of Directors and focus on his global responsibilities, including Finance, Accounting, Legal, and Compliance as Global CFO and CAO. “Eric joins Aruze at a time when its financial stability and long term competitive advantages position it to build on a history of growth in the North American markets. I’m confident that with a strong staff at his side our sales momentum will kick into an even higher gear,” Mr. Pennington commented.
Melissa Sweitzer, Senior Vice President of Sales, states “As part of our continued efforts to expand Aruze’s market share, we are very happy to announce the receipt of our license in the State of Wisconsin. This milestone strengthens our strategy to provide innovative and cutting edge products to new customers as well as offering fun and exciting experiences to players.”
Aruze has a variety of game content for video and stepper slot games. Its well-known electronic table games have also gained a significant popularity among casino operators and players in recent years. With such a strong product offering, Aruze is excited to add more gaming options for the Wisconsin market.
For more information, visit go.aruzegaming.com or contact the Senior Vice President of Sales Melissa Sweitzer at email@example.com.