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LONDON, U.K. – Jan.15, 2019 – International Game Technology PLC (“IGT”) (NYSE: IGT) today announced that Luke Orchard, IGT Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance & Risk Management Officer was recently elected President of the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (“AGEM”) for a two-year term effective immediately. Orchard previously held various leadership roles within AGEM and other key gaming advocacy groups, most recently as AGEM Vice President.
“Luke is an outstanding gaming and lottery leader who continues to leverage his extensive industry knowledge and influence to further AGEM’s mission of promoting the interests of gaming equipment suppliers throughout the world,” said Marcus Prater, AGEM Executive Director. “Luke has been an integral member of the AGEM leadership team for many years and we are excited the Board of Directors asked him to expand the scope of his influence as he takes on the role of AGEM President.”
“I am honored to represent AGEM and my many talented gaming industry colleagues from around the world as the organization’s President,” said Orchard. “The work that AGEM does is meaningful to the short and long-term success of the gaming industry. I look forward to collaborating with industry leaders to collectively navigate complex regulatory issues and legislative processes that can impact the gaming industry and our 167 member companies from around the world.”
LAS VEGAS and ATLANTA, Jan. 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") today announced that Lotto Brandenburg (the "Lottery") has selected the Company to supply next-generation WAVETM retail point-of-sale terminals and software following a highly competitive procurement. The Lottery also awarded Scientific Games a five-year contract for related services, with the opportunity to extend the contract up to five additional years. A longtime business partner to all 16 German lotteries, Scientific Games has provided Lotto Brandenburg with products and technology since 1996.
Scientific Games will provide Lotto Brandenburg with advanced systems software, as well as a suite of 700 WAVE retail point-of-sale terminals to lottery retailers across the northeast German state following a highly competitive procurement.
"Scientific Games is a proven innovator of lottery point-of-sale technology and continues to advance the lottery retail environment," said Anja Bohms, Managing Director for Lotto Brandenburg. "We chose the WAVE terminals because they are built for the future, they are an excellent overall technology fit for our retailers and the best value for the Lottery."
To date, the Company has deployed nearly 80,000 WAVE terminals globally. The next generation WAVE terminal features a modernized revision of the classic sleek and ergonomic WAVE design and delivers improved performance and reliability. The new full high-definition touchscreen will provide retailer's unparalleled clarity and touch response for ease of use and speed-of-service. Additionally, the Company will supply a number of terminals from Diebold Nixdorf suitable for lower volume retailers.
"We're honored that Lotto Brandenburg selected Scientific Games technology, and we believe retailers and players will be very pleased with the overall retail experience," said Matthias Müller, Managing Director for Germany for Scientific Games. "The next generation WAVE offers the combination of performance, compact design, and full HD touchscreen."
"We are continually investing in technologies that innovate in the lottery retail environment. Our WAVE technology and our understanding of the German market have resulted in a great solution for Lotto Brandenburg," said Pat McHugh, Group Chief Executive, Lottery for Scientific Games. "We look forward to continuing our very successful partnership with Lotto Brandenburg with these new contracts."
The Company also provides Lotto Brandenburg with a lottery central system, instant games and its world-leading instant game management services.
Scientific Games provides games, technology and services to more than 150 lotteries globally. The Company is the largest lottery systems provider in Europe, and the fastest growing lottery systems provider in the U.S.
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When: Friday, January 11, 2019
Where: IGT Las Vegas
More: “IGT was proud to host Governor Sisolak and Ambassador Varricchio at our Las Vegas campus. IGT has a strong presence in both Nevada and Italy, with operating and manufacturing facilities and several thousand employees in those locations. We look forward to continuing our strong relationships with Nevada and Italy for many years to come.” – Renato Ascoli, IGT CEO North America.
Las Vegas - January 14, 2019 - Shark Trap is on the verge of several major breakthroughs that will be announced in 2019. With shufflers just weeks away from submitting to GLI for certification and patents filed for our revolutionary Baccarat and Punto Banco Security System—eliminates the need for preshuffled cards!—Shark Trap has finally forged ahead after an unfortunate delay due to a change in engineering firms.
Today, Shark Trap takes another giant step forward. We are proud to announce that we have entered into an agreement with Aces Up Gaming for the exclusive right to distribute Shark Trap’s complete line of super shufflers in the United States.
After several meetings with the principles of Aces Up Gaming, headed by their president, Charlie Drennan, we found them to be the perfect match for our shufflers and most importantly, our vision.
Aces Up Gaming brings several notable attributes and assets to the table. In addition to the obvious—licenses in virtually all US jurisdictions—they have a fierce, competitive mindset and desire to offer only the very best gaming products to the industry, an innate understanding of the industry, and an impressive suite of new games and progressive system that will compliment our shufflers.
Aces Up Gaming’s product development manager, Todd Taylor, had this to say about the partnership:
“I believe this is the most revolutionary gaming product in the last twenty years. To say it is a game-changer would be an understatement. It has the ability and capacity to be on every gaming floor in the world.”
A partnership with Aces Up Gaming is a pivotal step for Shark Trap and we are excited about joining forces and capitalizing on the synergy between our companies.
We expect the next important announcement to be GLI approval, which we anticipate to be a straightforward process, given that we’re employing the most sophisticated RNG technology ever implemented into casino shuffling machines.
Until next time, please be patient . . . Shark Trap is almost to the finish line.
LONDON and LAS VEGAS, 10 January 2019 – Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) (“Scientific Games” or the “Company”) today announced that the Company’s UK division, SG Gaming, has agreed to a five-year deal with Praesepe to supply over 700 new gaming products across its Cashinoand Beacon Bingo brands, which will ultimately see over 1,800 SG Gaming terminals across the total estate.
The new deal sees the existing partnership with Praesepe, which now spans over a decade, strengthened even further with the roll-out of 581 of SG Gaming’s premium Equinox® 2.7 terminals. In addition, SG Gaming will add to the existing suite of player-popular T8™ terminals currently in operation. The roll-out is expected to be completed by the end of Q1 2019 and is an example of the commitment and investment from SG Gaming to both Praesepe and the Arcade and Bingo sectors as a whole.
Praesepe’s investment in SG Gaming products will enable them to benefit from the on-terminal promotional functionality and intelligent multi-game menus that SG Gaming’s advanced, server-based platform offers. This range of functionality will allow Praesepe to tailor their offerings, customise the players’ experience and integrate SG Gaming product into their existing systems. As part of the agreement, the terminals will also be enabled to run Gambling Business Group (GBG) approved TITO and BACTA Dataport functionalities. Praesepe’s partnership extension with SG Gaming demonstrates the Companies’ joint commitment to supporting the player journey across the arcade sector.
With the installation of the new gaming terminals, the Praesepe estate will evolve to provide a focused category C offering through community gaming titles such as Everybody Salsa™ and newly released Rainbow Riches Lucky Pots™. Alongside this, Equinox will provide the estate with a suite of terminals that offer a premium B3 gaming experience, complete with V-Deck™+, large HD screens and ‘Privacy Mode’ on a selection of games.
Andy Tipple, Head of Product for Praesepe, said, “The introduction of the new Equinox terminals is an exciting development for Praesepe and will help us elevate our gaming offer to the next level. We’re confident that players across our Cashino and Beacon Bingo venues will be thrilled by these new additions and the entertaining games available.
“Scientific Games’ continued hardware innovation and access to an unrivalled content offering has always impressed and proved popular with our players. As well as the new Equinox terminal, we are thrilled to expand on the number of ever popular T8 terminals across the business and look forward to working closer with the SG Gaming team, as we develop our retail gaming experience.”
Simon Johnson, Group Commercial Director of SG Gaming UK, said, “We’re delighted that Praesepe has chosen to strengthen this partnership further with the addition of our premium products and popular terminals across its estate. The agreement enables both Praesepe and its customers to benefit from our leading gaming content and the immersive gaming experience that our Equinox terminals provide.
“We believe that this comprehensive deal will help to drive cashbox performance and provide Praesepe with an innovative new set of tools to offer their players. Backed by the wider Scientific Games Group, SG Gaming continues to invest and grow its product and technology offer across the Arcade sector. This significant deal will enable both our teams to continue to work closely together to ensure that Praesepe has the best and most engaging gaming offer throughout their arcade venues across the country”.
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") cemented its relationship with the New Zealand Racing Board ("NZRB") today as they launched their sportsbook powered by the Company's OpenBet™ technology.
Now live and available to punters through the New Zealand TAB, the sportsbook lets punters place bets across mobile and digital platforms powered by SG Digital's OpenBet sports betting technology. The new sportsbook built on OpenBet's new modular technology solutions that also powers SG Digital's US customers is amplified with player account management capabilities, sophisticated feeds aggregation system and latest user experience technology. Integrating with NZRB's retail and pools operations and enabling enhanced features such as Cashout, improved In-Play and fewer suspensions, TAB punters will now have access to a modern and fully featured sportsbook, rich with betting opportunities.
Keith O'Loughlin, SVP Sportsbook at SG Digital, said, "The New Zealand Racing Board fully understands their punters, so they know the value of Scientific Games' user insight-driven experiences built on a reliable and stable platform. We're proud to support them with our OpenBet technology and create a revolutionary product for punters in the market via a front-end player experience built on the latest technology also available to our US customers."
John Allen, CEO of New Zealand Racing Board, said, "This is the most ambitious and technically complex project our organisation has ever undertaken, and together with SG Digital, we've delivered a sophisticated, world class betting experience for our customers. Our new OpenBet platform has the proven capability to deliver real benefits to our customers and, importantly, enable us to deliver increased returns to the racing and sport industry in New Zealand."
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London & Dublin | January 10, 2019: 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 signing of a material long-term deal with the FanDuel Group ("FDG") to be FDG's Platform for rapid deployment of Internet casino, and account services for Internet sports betting in Pennsylvania (pop. 13M) and West Virginia (pop. 1.8M), in addition to the existing services provided since 2013 by GAN to FDG in the State of New Jersey (pop. 9M).
This expanded contract represents a material increase in the value of the partnership to GAN across revenue share, professional services and patent licensing fees.
As part of the contract expansion FDG has agreed to license GAN's US Patent. GAN's patented technology allows land-based casino patrons enrolled in on-property loyalty programs to link existing loyalty cards to Internet gambling accounts and receive loyalty points in exchange for online gambling. Linking of patrons' loyalty cards is proven to greatly enhance online engagement by US casino patrons as well as substantially increasing lifetime value realized online through increased monetization and retention. Management believes that the recognition of GAN's US Patent significantly underpins GAN's intangible asset value and could potentially lead to further client partnerships and US Patent licensing revenue opportunities
· Second client in the State of Pennsylvania (FanDuel Group) in addition to Parx Casino
· Two additional US States (PA, WV) represent a combined population of approximately 14.8M
· Licensure of strategic US Patent for linking US casino patrons' loyalty cards to their online gambling accounts, greatly enhancing GAN's IP licensing & enforcement program
· Initial rapid deployment of FanDuel into both West Virginia and Pennsylvania
· Five-year contract term extension commencing in 2019 and ending in 2024
Dermot Smurfit, CEO of GAN commented:
"The contract extension combined with US Patent licensing represents a significant milestone in GAN's US evolution and reinforces our view that in the heavily regulated US online gambling market, effective and compliant 'platforms' are a premium component of the supply chain rather than a commodity. GAN is therefore very well placed to capitalize on the growth in US online gambling markets in terms of new operator clients, new States and underlying growth momentum."
- AGS is the only gaming equipment supplier named to the prestigious list
- Company honored in 2018 and 2017 with national and Atlanta wins for commitment to employees, exceptional corporate culture
- AGS employees completed confidential survey as part of evaluation to win award
LAS VEGAS – January 8, 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 won the ‘Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in the Nation®’ award for 2018 –the second year in a row that AGS has won this coveted distinction.
AGS also won Atlanta’s 2018 and 2017 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®, a testament to the Company’s employee-focused culture at its R&D centers in the Atlanta, Georgia metro area.
Out of the 2,400 companies that submitted nominations for the 2018 Best and Brightest national award, only 512 were named to prestigious Best and Brightest list.
AGS was selected by an independent research firm following a confidential survey of all U.S. employees that evaluated key measures in various categories, including compensation, benefits, and employee solutions; employee enrichment, engagement, and retention; employee education and development; recruitment, selection, and orientation; employee achievements and recognition; communication and shared vision; diversity and inclusion; work-life balance; community initiatives; and strategic company performance.
AGS President and Chief Executive Officer David Lopez said, “We are elated to win the nation’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® two years in a row and dedicate this award to our employees. 2018 was an incredible year for AGS. We took the Company public and are now listed on the New York Stock Exchange, received key approvals that are fueling our growth, and announced several strategic acquisitions that will accelerate our momentum. But few events are as meaningful for us as this win, which underscores and recognizes our focus on having a great corporate culture in which our team loves coming to work every day, takes great pride in contributing to our shared success, and passionately believes in our mission and values.”
Sponsored by the National Association of Business Resources, the 8th annual ‘Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® in the Nation’ not only honors organizations as Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®, but also celebrates achievement and success in empowering employees’ lives through culture, diversity, and community engagement.
Electrifying wild wins strike suddenly with lighting speed in the new Cube-X Innovator Deluxe® games Dazzling Thunder Deep Violet™ and Dazzling Thunder Wild Indigo™! These 5-reel, 30-line stepper games feature a 4-level progressive awarded through a wheel.
Three Spin symbols trigger the Dazzling Thunder Wheel, which contains both progressive jackpot awards and credit awards. If the Dazzling Thunder Wheel is awarded during Free Games, the credit awards are multiplied by the current multiplier in the free games. Both titles have Free Games triggered by three bonus symbols, awarding 12 free games. During the free games, Dazzling Thunder Deep Violet™ has a multiplier wheel that will spin every time one or more diamonds appear. This multiplier will apply to all wins and the Dazzling Thunder Wheel until the multiplier wheel is spun again. Dazzling Thunder Wild Indigo™ unlocks increasing wild multipliers every time one or more diamonds appear during free games. Prepare to be dazzled by the thundering wins in these exciting new titles!
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") has been selected to provide the Oneida Indian Nation's three leading casinos in upstate New York with unrivaled sports betting player experiences through its OpenBet™ technology, upon the launch of New York's sports betting market.
Scientific Games and the Oneida Indian Nation, owner of the award-winning Turning Stone Resort Casino, Yellow Brick Road Casino and Point Place Casino, have agreed that Scientific Games will bring its deep roots in casino gaming, and its strong record in supporting sports betting at leading casinos, to support Oneida's launch of its sportsbooks in New York as soon as sports betting is authorized in the state. Oneida will deploy SG Digital's sports betting technology platform, OpenBet, embedded with player centric technology, dynamic in-house pre-game and data feeds from its recent acquisition of Don Best Sports.
Scientific Games and Oneida will submit the agreement to the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) for review to ensure compliance with applicable laws. It will be among the first NIGC reviews of an Indian tribe's U.S. sports betting agreement.
"Being among the first Indian nations nationally to operate a sportsbook, and among the first to offer sports betting in New York, represents our commitment to entering this burgeoning market ready for rapid acceleration," said Ray Halbritter, Oneida Indian Nation Representative and Nation Enterprises CEO. "After rigorous assessment of the supplier market, we determined that partnering with Scientific Games and SG Digital will give our players the best sports betting experience starting on day one.
"With OpenBet, our players will benefit from a fast-to-market, flexible, and scalable technology platform. During our search for a top-notch partner, SG Digital, backed by OpenBet and Don Best, was the only partner who demonstrated years of U.S. sports experience with regard to odds, trading, and in-play data feeds. Further, this combined solution and expertise cemented our decision that SG Digital will offer the most intuitive and seamless U.S. sportsbook experience for our guests. We are already hard at work, planning to capitalize on the opportunity by partnering with the industry's top technology supplier. Simply put, the combination of our partnership with SG Digital and our previously announced alliance with Caesars Entertainment, positions us to win big in New York."
Jordan Levin, SG Digital's Group Chief Executive, said, "Sports betting is taking the U.S. by storm, with quick-to-market operators in early regulated states seeing huge success. By partnering with the Oneida Indian Nation who has secured the Caesars Entertainment brand, we're planning to mirror that success in New York as soon as sports betting is authorized there. As the race to capture market share ensues, we have taken great care in our approach to put our customers and their players at the core of our development and overall experience design. Winning players' hearts and minds is first and foremost in our thinking. Very often in consumer entertainment experiences, you get one chance to demonstrate your player-centricity, and a focus on getting this right straight out of the gate will decide the winners and losers in every state. We're thrilled to partner with Oneida in affiliation with the Caesars brand to bring sports betting to consumers in New York once authorized."
Scientific Games will leverage its comprehensive portfolio of sports solutions to ensure that the Oneida Indian Nation can offer all sports betting activities that become authorized in New York State. According to multiple analyst reports, New York State has the potential to be one of the largest states in terms of sports betting revenue. Scientific Games and Oneida share a common belief that market leaders will be determined by world-class player experiences built on stable and reliable technology.
Oneida Indian Nation and Scientific Games anticipate that sports betting in New York may be authorized in 2019. The agreement lends early momentum to the partnership, allowing SG Digital and Turning Stone to prepare for an anticipated launch when the market opens.
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LAS VEGAS (January 2, 2018) – Aristocrat has installed its first Tribal Lottery System (TLS) games in the State of Washington at the Tulalip Resort Casino and Quil Ceda Creek Casino. The new games – Birds of Pay™, Buffalo Gold Collection™, Wild Lepre’Coins™, and Wild Panda™ Gold – are the first games in the state provided by Aristocrat on the TLS platform.
The games come to Tulalip and Quil Ceda by means of the Tulalip Tribe of Washington’s sponsoring Aristocrat’s entrance into the TLS market. That sponsorship allowed the company to sell its cabinets and games in the State.
“We are excited for the Tulalip/Aristocrat partnership and what it means to the Washington market. Aristocrat has established solid product performance and will bring a superior library of content for our guests’ enjoyment,” said Don Hegnes, Tulalip Resort Casino Slots Director.
“Tulalip Resort Casino and Quil Ceda Creek Casino are excited to be the first properties to introduce Aristocrat cabinets and games into the Washington market. Since the first install, our guests continue to embrace the product,” said Belinda Hegnes, Quil Ceda Creek Casino Slots Director.
“We are very excited to bring these new games to Tulalip, Quil Ceda, and Washington State. We have worked diligently to create new games based on player-favorite titles that fully comply with TLS regulations, and we are grateful to The Tulalip Tribe of Washington for their sponsorship and encouragement throughout this process,” said Siobhan Lane, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Gaming Operations.
The games are the first in a series of titles Aristocrat plans to bring to the State over the next year. “Our product road map is strong and includes many titles from our Core product portfolio that players enjoy. We are committed to the Washington market and are excited to support our customers with a wide range of player-favorite titles,” said Lane.
LONDON, U.K. – Dec. 21, 2018 – IGT Global Solutions Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT), and William Hill U.S., a subsidiary of William Hill PLC (LON: WMH), announced today the expansion of sports betting to Twin River Casino Hotel’s all-new Sportsbook Bar & Grill. The new venue features more than 100 HD televisions showing live sporting events and dynamic betting lines. Fans can wager on an expansive selection of pre-game and InPlay bets for professional and college sports.
The expansion to the new venue represents a continuation of the successful partnership between IGT and William Hill to provide sports betting to the Rhode Island Lottery. IGT provides PlayShot™, an end-to-end sports betting platform with touchpoints through which bets are placed and settled. William Hill provides odds making services and risk management. IGT and William Hill also provide sports betting at Tiverton Casino Hotel, which began accepting bets on December 3. Twin River Casino Hotel started accepting bets from a temporary space on November 26 prior to the opening of the Sportsbook Bar & Grill.
“The seamless experiences our technology provides to players and operators alike is a tremendous source of pride, and I believe it’s a critical factor in why multiple operators have partnered with us to launch sportsbooks this year,” said Enrico Drago, Senior Vice President of IGT PlayDigital. “In 2018 alone, PlayShot has processed more than $1 billion through multiple locations in five U.S. states. We look forward to further promoting the advantages of this innovative digital platform as sports betting continues its expansion across the country.”
“We are excited to partner with the Rhode Island Lottery and IGT to bring a world-class sports betting product to Twin River Casino,” said Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill US. “The lines have been out the door in the temporary facility, so we are glad the permanent sports book is now ready. William Hill is proud to be the only sports book to operate or provide services in all seven states that have authorized sports betting, with Rhode Island joining Nevada, Delaware, New Jersey, Mississippi, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.”
In August, the Rhode Island Lottery selected IGT and William Hill to be the sports betting service provider at the state’s licensed video lottery and table gaming establishments.
In September, IGT and William Hill announced a multi-year agreement to offer U.S. lotteries a full-service sports betting solution aimed at maximizing revenue while ensuring reliable, attractive, and innovative service for players.
Outside of Rhode Island, PlayShot powers sports wagers in Nevada, New Jersey, Mississippi, and West Virginia.
London & Dublin | December 21, 2018: GAN plc ("GAN" or the "Company") a leading B2B supplier of Internet gambling enterprise software-as-a-service solutions to the US land-based casino Industry, welcomes today's final approval by both the Michigan Senate and the Michigan House of Representatives of HB 4926 a bill that includes provisions for the legalisation of full real money Internet casino gaming in the state as well as Internet sports betting. The bill will now be presented to the Governor of Michigan and may then be signed into law at the Governor's discretion.
GAN anticipates serving one or more land-based casino operators in Michigan with real money Internet gambling technology and supporting services commencing in 2019.
With a population of 10.0 million, the State of Michigan materially increases the number of Americans who will be permitted to play Internet casino games and bet on sports online. The Michigan regulated Internet gambling market is now expected to commence in 2020 and GAN is strongly positioned to serve Michigan casino operators in that State following successful launch of Internet casino and sports betting in the State of New Jersey in September 2018 and the forthcoming launch in Pennsylvania in H1 2019.
Dermot Smurfit, CEO of GAN commented:
"Michigan is now America's sixth State to regulate Internet gambling, joining Nevada, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. This reinforces our belief that the regulatory cycle for Internet gambling in the US will now be rapid. GAN is one of only two fully licensed B2B-only platform vendors in New Jersey, the largest casino in Pennsylvania as a client and one of the very few B2B-only technology vendors with the requisite technical expertise and 'day one' New Jersey experience to credibly serve Michigan's land-based casinos."
London & Dublin | December 21, 2018: 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 signing of a material long-term deal with Czech Republic-based slot machine and gaming technology manufacturer, SYNOT with a contract value in excess of £400,000 ($500,000).
SYNOT is a major manufacturer of physical gaming machines and designer of diverse gaming software, with gaming business activities across Europe, Asia and Africa. Under the terms, GAN will distribute six SYNOT-designed premium casino games, including their flagship slot title, "Alchemist's Gold", to the US market through GAN's proprietary 'GameSTACK' Internet Gambling Platform (IGS). The multi-year deal includes paid-for development fees and ongoing revenue-share participation throughout the term. All games are expected to be launched and fully functional by the end of 2019 and will be released as both Simulated Gaming and Real Money Gaming titles contingent on US regulatory State laws.
Dermot Smurfit, CEO of GAN commented:
"We are excited to begin working with SYNOT and look forward to bringing their successful European slot titles to select US markets. The deal solidifies GAN's US market position as a viable route for international and domestic gaming companies to gain immediate access to the new and fast-growing regulated US online gaming market. We expect full US-integration of all 6 SYNOT titles to be completed by the end of 2019 and expect material impacts to GAN's 2019 EBITDA and revenue in the same period."
London & Dublin | December 21, 2018: GAN plc ("GAN" or the "Company"), announces today the exercise of options by Mr. Dermot Smurfit, Chief Executive Officer, who exercised 200,000 stock options on December 11, 2018 to acquire new ordinary shares at an exercise price of 25p per new ordinary share at a total cost of £50,000 which was subsequently received by the Company on December 21, 2018.
Dermot Smurfit, CEO of GAN commented:
"As the Company's CEO, a major long-term shareholder and substantial holder of options over additional ordinary shares, I expect to continue to invest in GAN through progressive future exercises of vested share options."
After the transaction, Mr. Smurfit holds a total of 8,863,447 ordinary shares in the Company, representing 10.42% of the Company's total issued share capital. Mr. Smurfit currently holds vested stock options to exercise and acquire up to an additional 416,564 new ordinary shares as per the company's 2017 Stock Options Plan together with a further 1,229,436 which have yet to vest.
The total number of extant options over ordinary shares issued to the Directors is 2,346,000 and represents 2.76% of the issued share capital of 80,051,924 ordinary shares.
"Since 1998, Scientific Games has worked collaboratively with Hasbro in using the MONOPOLY brand as a pillar for innovation, leveraging its popularity to become one of the industry's top game brands," said Scientific Games' President and CEO, Barry Cottle. "This new agreement signifies the strength of a great collaboration and celebrates the global endearment of the MONOPOLY brand as a leading slot brand and the top selling licensed brand for lottery tickets. The agreement grants us the privilege of extending and expanding the scope of the licensing into a wide range of new products and play styles. We're excited to continue working with Hasbro to take MONOPOLY to the next level in gaming."
The new extended agreement runs through 2025 and enables Scientific Games to use MONOPOLY branded content, and games based on many of Hasbro's iconic and extensive line of household favorites such as GAME OF LIFE, BATTLESHIP, CLUE, OUIJA, and YAHTZEE globally and SCRABBLE in the U.S. and Canada. The terms allow these gaming brands to be used for slots, systems, online digital gaming, lottery, social casino, eTables and expand the usage rights to include table games. The agreement also extends the highly successful licensing deal which is the broadest, most robust third-party licensing agreement in the gaming industry.
Mark Blecher, SVP of Corporate Strategy and Business Affairs at Hasbro said, "For more than 90 years, Hasbro has been committed to building play experiences that consumers trust. Our long-standing licensing partnership with Scientific Games has been a great way for Hasbro to enable our consumers to enjoy MONOPOLY experiences through lotteries, casinos, online, at retail and, now at table games across the globe. We're proud that our iconic brands have served as a catalyst for gaming innovation and look forward to our enhanced partnership with Scientific Games."
MONOPOLY is beloved by players and continues to be one of the most popular brands in gaming, lottery and social gaming. There are MONOPOLY games in hundreds of casinos worldwide and players also enjoy the game on the go with SG Social app, MONOPOLY Slots. MONOPOLY Slots has more than 2.2 million players who have played more than 750 million minutes, or 6 billion spins. As Scientific Games continues to bring the most innovative and exciting games to players around the world, MONOPOLY and Hasbro's iconic games will continue to entertain players. This is extremely evident on the new MONOPOLY Evolution which is the first game to bring familiar slot content that players love to an electronic table game.
In addition to MONOPOLY Evolution, Scientific Games will be creating even more dynamic games for all gaming channels with many more iconic Hasbro games.
MONOPOLY, GAME OF LIFE, BATTLESHIP, CLUE, OUIJA, SCRABBLE and YAHTZEE are trademarks of Hasbro. Used with permission. ©2018 Hasbro. All rights reserved.
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Represents 14th Simulated Gaming™ Launch Throughout U.S.
London & Dublin | December 17, 2018: 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 launch of the Simulated Gaming Website for the Pearl River Resorts portfolio, consisting of 3 casinos in Choctaw, Mississippi. Customers can play at https://freeplay.pearlriverresort.com.
GAN previously announced the partnership with Mississippi's Choctaw Indians on April 30, 2018 and can be found here. The Company has since launched the Simulated Gaming Website on schedule and has seen a strong initial response from a new regional US gaming market. Pearl River has also agreed to license GAN's US Patent addressing loyalty awards linking, marking the 14th US client to do so.
Dermot Smurfit, CEO of GAN commented:
"Pearl River is one of America's largest Native American casino resort properties, and the largest casino resort in Mississippi. This represents a brand new, strategic market for GAN, and we look forward to working with Pearl River to grow their Simulated Gaming business in the coming months. In the first half of 2018, GAN grew gross purchases by players by over 52% due to both new launches and existing expansion. GAN now has successfully launched Simulated Gaming websites for 14 clients across 11 states, and we continue to see incremental opportunity to scale this segment through online/on-property marketing activity and working with our casino partners to expand user interaction and engagement."
Strategic Move Grows AGS's Recurring Footprint and Presents Opportunity for Yield Optimization
LAS VEGAS – December 17, 2018 – PlayAGS, Inc. (NYSE: AGS) (“AGS”, “us”, “we”, or the “Company”), a leading designer and supplier of electronic gaming machines, table products, and interactive solutions for the gaming industry, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement (the “Agreement”) to acquire all issued and outstanding common shares of Integrity Gaming Corp. (TSX-V: IGAM) (OTCQX: IGAMF) (“Integrity”) for a cash payment of CAD$0.46 per share or a total transaction value of USD$49 million, which includes repaying USD$36 million of Integrity’s outstanding debt.
The transaction is expected to be funded with cash on the balance sheet and to close in the first half of 2019, subject to approval by Integrity’s shareholders, receipt of applicable regulatory, court, and third-party approvals, and other customary closing conditions. In fiscal 2017, Integrity generated revenue of approximately USD$16 million and pre-synergy EBITDA of approximately USD$9 million. As a result of revenue optimization and other efficiencies, the Company expects that adjusted EBITDA will grow at approximately 15 percent on an annualized and non-GAAP basis, beginning in fiscal 2019.
AGS Senior Vice President of Slot Products Andrew Burke said, “The Integrity team has built a strong business, with an installed base of more than 2,700 Class III and Class II games in Oklahoma and Texas, partnering with some of the largest tribal gaming operators in the United States. AGS’ roots are in Oklahoma, and we are excited to invest further in a market we are so passionate about and where we already have strong sales and customer support networks. We look forward to working in partnership with the Integrity team to provide Integrity’s customers with an exceptional service and support experience and a continued focus on driving optimal game performance.”
Integrity Interim Chief Executive Officer Robert Miodunski said, “We strongly believe this is a good transaction for our company and that our customers will benefit from AGS’ deep roots in Oklahoma and its proven ability to successfully manage a large footprint of leased games to drive strong performance for gaming operators. We look forward to working closely with the AGS team to ensure a smooth transition and continuity of service and support for our customers. I am proud of the Integrity team and the success we have achieved over our more than 20 years.”
Integrity owns slot machines manufactured by various slot suppliers, including AGS, in approximately 30 tribal casinos in Oklahoma and Texas and also offers direct sales of other gaming products and supplies.
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP served as legal advisors to AGS.
SG Lottery Group Chief Executive and Industry Leader Jim Kennedy Elevated to Chairman, Lottery
25 Year Lottery Industry Veteran Patrick McHugh to become SG's New EVP and Group Chief Executive, Lottery
Jordan Levin, who Launched SG Interactive and Led Acquisition and Integration of NYX, to be SG's New EVP and Group Chief Executive, Digital
LAS VEGAS and ATLANTA, Dec. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") announced three executive promotions to solidify the Company's leadership team going into 2019. Jim Kennedy, currently Executive Vice President and Group Chief Executive, Lottery, will become Chairman, Lottery and Patrick ("Pat") McHugh, who currently serves as Senior Vice President Global Lottery Systems, has been appointed the Lottery's new Executive Vice President and Group Chief Executive. In addition, Jordan Levin has been named the new Executive Vice President and Group Chief Executive, Digital. Levin has extensive experience in interactive, digital gaming and sports betting, and is currently Senior Vice President for Corporate Development, where he led the acquisition and integration of NYX Gaming Group and previously launched and served as President of SG Interactive.
Barry Cottle, Scientific Games' President and CEO, said, "These globally-respected leaders and longtime members of our SG family are the best people to continue our growth trajectory, deliver operational excellence and inspire our employees. Pat will leverage his in-depth Lottery experience and proven success at Scientific Games to provide strong operational leadership and innovation. He will work with Jim to continue to execute our global growth strategies. For SG Digital, Jordan's digital experience will prove immensely valuable, as he formally takes over our rapidly accelerating digital gaming and sports betting businesses."
McHugh has a wealth of lottery experience, having been in the industry for more than 25 years. He has been with Scientific Games for the past 14 years and serves on the leadership executive team as Senior Vice President Global Lottery Systems. McHugh has unparalleled expertise in gaming systems technology in markets around the world directing complex technology deployments, operations, new business initiatives and strategic product development.
As Executive Vice President and Group Chief Executive, Lottery, McHugh will be responsible for the global lottery business and will work with Kennedy to service existing relationships and grow the lottery business in the U.S. and around the world. McHugh has led many of Scientific Games' strategic industry firsts, including expanded distribution channels, cashless payments, sports betting, new network technology, iLottery and other digital platforms.
Jim Kennedy, SG's new Lottery Chairman said, "I'm incredibly proud of what we have built at Scientific Games, which I believe is the number one lottery company in the world. We provide our lottery customers the best games, products and services in the industry. I look forward to continuing to help our customers drive record growth for their states and countries as Chairman of the lottery business. Pat has been an invaluable leader in our lottery team and is respected across our industry. His years of experience, relentless work ethic and commitment to the highest quality products and services for our customers in the U.S. and around the world will ensure that we continue to execute our growth strategy for our existing lottery customers as well grow in new areas, including iLottery and sports betting. I look forward to working with him, the entire team, and our customers to continue to lead our industry into the future."
Since joining Scientific Games in 2006, Jordan Levin has been a driving force behind the Company's interactive and digital strategies, new business development and operations. A proven leader with more than 12 years in the industry, Levin has deepened the Company's portfolio of digital professionals, products and technologies for iGaming, iLottery and sports betting.
As SG's Executive Vice President and Group Chief Executive, Digital, Levin will be responsible for defining the business group's overall strategic direction and overseeing all functions of the business. Levin will leverage his executive management and leadership expertise, business acumen, in-depth knowledge of digital gaming and sports betting, and ability to foster a culture of success to help the Company capitalize on new opportunities and markets. With the integration of NYX now fully complete, Levin will officially take the reins from former NYX CEO Matt Davey at the end of the year.
LAS VEGAS (December 13, 2018) – Aristocrat was joined by a delegation of local, state, and international dignitaries to cut the ribbon at the company’s new two-building campus in the Las Vegas neighborhood Summerlin.
Participating in the ceremony were Aristocrat Leisure Limited Chairman Ian Blackburne, Aristocrat Leisure Limited CEO Trevor Croker, Managing Director of the Americas Matt Wilson and Kevin T. Orrock, President, Summerlin, The Howard Hughes Corporation.
The ceremony was attended by hundreds of Aristocrat employees, who hosted a warm clothing drive benefitting the Las Vegas Rescue Mission as part of the celebration. Additionally, Croker dedicated the campus’ outdoor park to Dr. Blackburne, who will soon be retiring from the Aristocrat Board, naming it Blackburne Park.
Wilson said, “Creating an inspiring environment for employees is critical to our success and to our culture, today and in the future. We are thrilled with our new campus where most of our Las Vegas-based employees will now be at home. Aristocrat has really moved to a people-first, customer-centric approach and we have many talented people working with us. The new building will further enhance our ability to work together by providing a functional environment that sparks collaboration and innovation.”
The new campus, located at 10200 Aristocrat Way, consists of two three-story, tilt-up concrete structures of approximately 90,000 square feet each, delivering total floor space of approximately 180,000 square feet. The size of the campus allows the company to bring most of its 1,100 Las Vegas-based employees together at one site, while also allowing space for additional hiring.
The building shell and interiors use environmentally friendly materials. An open floor plan allows for enhanced collaboration, and a state-of-the-art showroom features more than 100 of the company’s newest slot games.
The campus features many employee-friendly amenities such as sit-stand desks, ergonomically designed chairs, gym, meditation room, café, on-site barista, pantries on each floor, game room, bike path, and large outdoor patio/park.
The project architect is Ed Vance & Associates Architects; interior architect is HOK; core and shell general contractor is Martin-Harris Construction; tenant improvement general contractor is Bentar Development.
New York, December 13, 2018 - Inspired Entertainment, Inc. (“Inspired”) (NASDAQ: INSE) today
announced the first retail launch of their newest virtual horse racing product ‘The Virtual Grand
National’ with Paddy Power Betfair plc. across the bookmaker’s full retail estate of over 620 stores in
the UK and Ireland.
Paddy Power are the first operator to go live in retail venues with The Virtual Grand National, an
official licensed product with The Jockey Club featuring a full recreation of the iconic Aintree
racecourse. The Virtual Grand National is displayed on Paddy Power TV, alongside real live racing,
as a featured event where customers can place their bets in venue with new events approximately 10
times a day.
The Virtual Grand National provides new betting opportunities, larger prizes, and all the thrills and
spills of the world’s most famous steeplechase presented in the latest cutting-edge graphics and
“Paddy Power is a great partner and a long-time valued customer,” said Steve Rogers, Chief
Commercial Officer of Virtual Sports at Inspired. “We are very proud of the final product and hope
that Paddy Power customers will enjoy being able to experience the excitement of the Grand National
all year round.”
Every year, one in four Britons bet on the Grand National, the world’s most famous and prestigious
horse race, which attracts over 600 million viewers, making it one of the most watched televised
sporting events of the year.
For the last two years running, Inspired has teamed up with ITV and Carm productions for a broadcast
of The Virtual Grand National. With Inspired’s Virtual Horse Racing engine as the centerpiece, the
show attempts to predict the winner of the Grand National using mathematical algorithms.
Total Internet Gaming Win increased 30.7% from prior year monthly period
Total Internet Sports Wagering Handle increased 36.8% From October 2018
London & Dublin | December 13, 2018: 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 updated the market following the publication on December 12, 2018 by the New Jersey's Division of Gaming Enforcement ("DGE") of Internet gaming and Internet sports betting financial information for the calendar month of November 2018 in New Jersey.
Highlights from the DGE include:
· Internet Gaming Win was $26.9 million in November compared to $20.6 million in the prior year period, reflecting a year-over-year increase of 30.7%.
· Total Internet Sports Wagering Handle(1) was approximately $238.6 million for the month of November 2018, an increase of 36.8% from $174.4 million in October 2018.
· Sports Wagering Gross Revenues(2) (after payouts) were $21.2 million, compared to October's $11.7 million, for a month-over-month increase of 81.2%.
(1) Gross amount of money accepted in wagers
(2) Internet Sports Wagering Gross Revenues may vary from month to month due to the payouts for future events such as the Super Bowl occurring months after the original wager was made and unredeemed winning wagers from prior months will become deductible upon redemption in future months
This information will be updated and published each month, following publication by the DGE, in order to enable the investor community to readily monitor growth of Internet gambling in New Jersey, which remains a key market for GAN.
Company to Provide Entertaining Game Content to UK’s Leading Multi-Channel Gaming Operator
LAS VEGAS, December 13, 2018 – AGS (NYSE: AGS) (or the “Company”), a leading designer and supplier of electronic gaming machines, table games, and interactive products and services for the global gaming industry, today announced an agreement to provide third-party slot content aggregation for real-money wagering to the UK’s leading multi-channel gaming operator The Rank Group Plc. (“The Rank Group”) for its iconic brands Mecca and Grosvenor Casino.
Under this agreement, AGS’s iGaming Platform will provide The Rank Group with a seamless aggregation solution and access to AGS’s full library of content partners, including more than 600 games from best-in-class game developers including 1x2 Gaming, Ainsworth Game Technology, Gaming Realms, and Reflex Gaming, among others. A large library of AGS games, designed by its global in-house creative studios and proven in land-based casinos, will soon be available as well.
AGS Interactive Senior Vice President Bryan Bennett said, “We’re thrilled to partner with The Rank Group and Mecca Bingo, one of the UK’s most recognizable and well-respected brands, to deliver world-class game content through our Remote Game Server and aggregation platform. Not only will we offer The Rank Group a large library of content suppliers who are world-recognized for delivering outstanding player experiences, but we will soon be including player-proven AGS game content, developed by our own passionate and creative studios.”
Bhotesh Maheshwari, Head of Product for The Rank Group, said, “AGS’s game library has a lot of content that we previously didn’t have access to. Their wide variety of games, coupled with our extensive player base and broad reach, will help ensure that we continue to deliver an outstanding player experience that consistently engages our customers.”
LONDON, Dec. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- International Game Technology PLC (IGT) (NYSE: IGT) announced that its subsidiary IGT Global Solutions Corporation (hereinafter "IGT"), will extend its contract with the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation. The Lottery's Board of Directors authorized the Lottery to exercise three out of seven extension years of its original contract. Pursuant to the extension, IGT will provide GameTouch™ 20 terminals and additional Keno-To-Go products. The extension will run through June 30, 2025.
The GameTouch 20 is IGT's newest self-service lottery vending machine, built specifically to meet big box retailer requirements. In addition to the GameTouch 20s, IGT will provide additional self-service lottery machines and Keno monitors and video controller units, giving lottery players greater game awareness of the Lottery's Keno-to-Go product in social environments throughout Tennessee.
"By installing the GameTouch 20 terminals into some of our biggest retailers in the state, IGT is helping us expand our sales footprint and attract new players with its latest innovations," saidRebecca Hargrove, Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation President and CEO. "We are excited to implement IGT's latest self-service vending machines and for the benefits it brings to our retailers and players. We look forward to continuing our valued partnership for years to come."
"We are committed to the Tennessee Lottery's long-term growth strategy, and as part of this contract extension, we will provide further convenience for retailers and players through the new GameTouch 20 vending machines and expanded Keno products," said Jay Gendron, IGT Chief Operating Officer, Lottery. "IGT has delivered cutting-edge lottery products and solutions to the Tennessee Lottery since the Lottery's inception in 2004, and has helped the Lottery return more than $4.7 billion to educational programs in the state. We are very pleased to be able to continue to work together to achieve its goals."
IGT also provides the Tennessee Lottery with lottery central systems, data center operations, network and field services, retail sales and support, call center, and marketing services.
NOVOMATIC’S latest in Sports Betting Kiosk Solutions Showcases Growth in U.S.
The NOVOMATIC F-V830 full-service Sports Betting Kiosk made its debut in North America on Tuesday, November 20th, following the opening of DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, confirming a clear focus of accelerated growth in the U.S.
The market-leading Sports Betting Kiosks, combined with Kambi’s sports betting products, proved to be a significant contributor to the overall guest experience. DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts features a dozen of these intuitive solutions in an intimate environment surrounded by 1,000 square feet of ultra-high definition digital video displays, creating the most modern and comfortable retail sports betting experience in New Jersey.
“We congratulate Resorts and are proud to provide our proven sports betting kiosk technology to help create this experiential sportsbook,” said Rick Meitzler, President and CEO of NOVOMATIC Americas. “This launch is of strategic importance for NOVOMATIC Americas as we continue to grow our business in North America.”
The NOVOMATIC kiosks and the sports betting expertise of Kambi, have combined to deliver a state-of-the-art, world-class sports betting environment. The retail space also includes five betting windows, stadium-style seating with chargers, VIP area, a full-service bar with food, drink and bar top video poker.
“This is a sports betting nirvana for avid sports gamers,” stated Kathleen McLaughlin, Vice President of Marketing and Product Management of NOVOMATIC Americas. “Every detail has been imagined and flawlessly executed. This retail space raises the bar for sports betting in New Jersey.”
The NOVOMATIC kiosk solution, fitted with the Kambi Sportsbook platform, are located inside and outside of DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts, offering sports fans efficient ways to place a bet.
“NOVOMATIC Americas kiosk and service team have been fantastic to work with on this opening,” said Joe Cavilla, Vice President of Casino Operations for Resorts. “They have gone above and beyond at every opportunity. The NOVOMATIC team worked tirelessly with our team to meet a very aggressive approval and installation schedule. The kiosk technology offers our customers a very convenient way to place bets and we’re very happy with the product and support received.”
The impressive DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts delivers on its promise of providing industry leading sports betting action in an unparalleled, comfortable environment that you can experience just steps from the New Jersey Boardwalk.
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Subtitle: The NOVOMATIC AG Supervisory Board has announced that Bartholomäus Czapkiewicz has been named as a new member of the Executive Board starting December 1, 2018.
Gumpoldskirchen, 6 December 2018 (OTS) – NOVOMATIC is one of the largest gaming technology groups in the world, on the cutting edge of developing innovative products and system solutions for the gaming industry. In order to drive expansion in this area, Bartholomäus Czapkiewicz has been appointed to the Executive Board as Chief Systems Officer (CSO).
Gumpoldskirchen, 6 December 2018 (OTS) – NOVOMATIC is one of the largest gaming technology groups in the world, on the cutting edge of developing innovative products and system solutions for the gaming industry. In order to drive expansion in this area, Bartholomäus Czapkiewicz has been appointed to the Executive Board as Chief Systems Officer (CSO).
“We are thrilled to have Bartholomäus Czapkiewicz as a new member of the Executive Board. He is an internationally-experienced Research and Development mathematician and computer scientist, with a focus on system and platform solutions. Over the past few years, Bartholomäus Czapkiewicz has played a decisive role in successfully expanding our innovative abilities. On behalf of the Supervisory Board, I would like to wish Mr. Czapkiewicz all the best and a great deal of success in his new role,” said Dr. Bernd Oswald, Head of the NOVOMATIC AG Supervisory Board.
Research and Development has always played a significant role in the NOVOMATIC success story, with 28 company-owned technology centers in 16 countries. “I am looking forward to the new challenge and would like to say thank you for the trust placed in me. Now, as part of the successful Executive Team, my goal, in particular, is to continue development in system and platform solutions, and ensure that our processes become even more efficient as we look towards the future,” emphasizes Czapkiewicz. Over the last three years alone, NOVOMATIC has invested around EUR 300 million in Research and Development.
Bartholomäus Czapkiewicz has been working at NOVOMATIC for more than 10 years and was responsible for coordinating international development projects, as well as for the Research and Development department in his role as Managing Director of the former NOVOMATIC Gaming Industries GmbH. Of course, Czapkiewicz also offers experience from his time before NOVOMATIC, a time in which he was responsible for designing a variety of development processes for a range of industries.
As of December 1, 2018, therefore, the NOVOMATIC AG Executive Board consists of Harald Neumann (CEO), Dr. Christian Widhalm (CIO), Ryszard Presch (COO), Thomas Graf (CTO), Peter Stein (CFO) and Bartholomäus Czapkiewicz (CSO).
LAS VEGAS, Dec. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") announces SG Digital has won Standalone Sportsbook Platform Provider of the Year and Best Live Betting Product at the SBC Awards 2018, further cementing its position as a leading sports betting supplier.
The judging panel, which comprised esteemed industry stakeholders, was impressed with the performance of SG Digital's OpenBet™ sportsbook, the Company's full-service sports betting technology that powers many of the industry's leading operators across the globe. OpenBet has grown in 2018 with the formation of a Sportsbook Operations team in Gibraltar and the acquisition of Don Best Sports, expanding the platform's capabilities to include managed trading and marketing services.
This year has marked several game-changing enhancements to SG Digital's sports betting offering enhancing its one-stop shop proposition which includes the creation of its Sportsbook Operations team in Gibraltar and the launch of its new Managed Trading Service powered by Don Best Sports®. The recent acquisition of Don Best Sports also brings additional betting and pricing services, along with valuable real-time event data solutions to its customers.
Keith O'Loughlin, SVP Sportsbook at SG Digital, said: "We're thrilled to have claimed these titles at the SBC Awards. The wins reflect the hard work the entire team at SG Digital has put in over the previous 12 months. Not only does it highlight our efforts in taking sports betting to the next level through innovation, but also our commitment to helping our customers achieve their ambitions through reliable and proven technology."
The SBC Awards recognises the achievements of operators, affiliates and suppliers from across the sports betting industry. The winners were announced on December 4, 2018 at an awards ceremony held at the Artillery Garden at the HAC London.
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LAS VEGAS and ATLANTA, Dec. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") today announced its newest multi-state lottery linked lottery game, DEAL OR NO DEAL™. In partnership with Endemol Shine Gaming, part of global content creator, producer and distributor Endemol Shine Group, the lottery game features a chance to play a non-broadcast version of DEAL OR NO DEAL™ game show for the chance to win up to $1 million.
DEAL OR NO DEAL launches tonight on CNBC in the U.S. after a 10-year hiatus. Fronted by original U.S. host Howie Mandel, the new series returns with 30 one-hour episodes featuring all the high energy and risk-reward that captivated audiences, with some exciting new twists. The series is produced for CNBC by Emmy-winning Production Company Truly Original, a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America.
The DEAL OR NO DEAL instant "scratch" game will be available at lottery retailers in participating jurisdictions beginning in 2019. The game features a promotion with a second-chance opportunity to enter non-winning DEAL OR NO DEAL tickets to win a theme park vacation for four to Orlando, Florida (5 days/4 nights) and attend a Million Dollar DEAL OR NO DEAL winner's event. Every player at the Million Dollar DEAL OR NO DEAL event will select a briefcase and battle "the Banker" for a chance to win up to $1 million.
"Scientific Games and our game creation teams congratulate DEAL OR NO DEAL on the return of the show to prime time television. We look forward to our partnership with this phenomenal brand in our next blockbuster multi-state lottery game and players event," said Kyle Rogers, Executive Vice President and General Manager Licensing for Scientific Games. "Like the television show, our lottery instant game and Million Dollar DEAL OR NO DEAL winner's event will offer the chance for players to achieve lifelong dreams with exciting risks and rewards along the way."
Mark Woollard, Commercial Director, Endemol Shine Gaming, added, "The relaunch of DEAL OR NO DEAL in the U.S. tonight is testament to the show's enduring appeal. There is a huge appetite from audiences to engage with the series off-air, and Scientific Games is perfectly placed to deliver the excitement of the series to fans across the U.S."
Scientific Games, a global leader in gaming entertainment, created WILLY WONKA GOLDEN TICKET™ linked game, which was beloved by players in 17 U.S. states in 2017-2018 and topped one billion dollars in tickets printed. The Company is the world's largest provider of lottery instant games, with products generating more than 70 percent of global instant game retail sales.
Endemol Shine Group's global gameshow phenomenon DEAL OR NO DEAL has been commissioned in 83 territories worldwide with 324 productions internationally. The U.S. version of DEAL OR NO DEAL is produced by Truly Original, a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America.
Deal or No Deal TM & © 2018 Endemol International B.V.
WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY and all related characters and elements © and ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s18)
© 2018 Scientific Games Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
"Don's expertise building and nurturing relationships with state and commercial partners around the world, along with his insights into complex geopolitical situations, have been important to IGT's continued expansion and leading market position," said IGT CEO Marco Sala. "I will always be grateful for his integrity, insight, and leadership. His achievements with IGT will continue to resonate far into the future."
"I am grateful to Marco Sala and the entire IGT family, our customers, and business partners for the extraordinary opportunities and meaningful relationships we have built together throughout the last 20 years," said Don. "I can honestly say I have enjoyed coming to work every single day during my time here, and I love the people in this company. It's now a good time in the business to retire on a positive note, with a spectacular future ahead for IGT."
Prior to his role as Chairman of IGT Global Solutions Corporation, Don was Senior Vice President of Global Business Development and Public Affairs. In this role, he identified and developed new business opportunities and supported the expansion of the Company's products and services in existing jurisdictions. He also continuously enhanced the Company's communications and services to its worldwide government and commercial clients.
Before joining the Company in 1998, Don served in prominent senior roles in federal and state politics. He was political director of the Democratic National Committee during the first term of former U.S. President Bill Clinton. He was also a trusted advisor to elected representatives, including Senators Edward M. Kennedy, D-Massachusetts and Howard M. Metzenbaum, D-Ohio. Don first became involved with politics when he was elected to public office, formerly serving as deputy town supervisor and councilman in East Greenbush, New York.
In addition, he has held roles on the boards of non-governmental organizations including current Co-Chair and past Chairman of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems and current board member of the Providence Performing Arts Center. Don is also a member of the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame.