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LONDON, July 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) announced today that the Company is expanding its U.S. sports betting footprint to Washington to power sports betting at Snoqualmie Casino in Snoqualmie. As part of this agreement, IGT will deliver its proven PlaySports turnkey solution, including its trading advisory services, for retail and on-premise mobile sports betting.
"As Seattle's closest casino, Snoqualmie Casino is thrilled to offer our patrons new types of gaming experiences backed by IGT's proven PlaySports solution," said Stanford Le, Snoqualmie Casino Chief Executive Officer. "IGT's leading sports betting platform, products, trading advisory services and on-premise mobile solution will allow us to quickly and easily deploy an exceptional localized sports betting program. As the closest sportsbook to the Seahawks' and Mariners' stadiums, expanding our offering to include sports betting will enable us to further engage sports fans at our casino and complement the popular Seahawks Pit, our immersive Seahawks-branded table game experience."
"Extending our sports betting momentum to Washington state with Snoqualmie Casino is another significant milestone for the IGT PlaySports team," said Enrico Drago, IGT PlayDigital Senior Vice President. "IGT looks forward to helping the casino establish a best-in-class sports betting program and expand gaming experiences for its patrons and sports fans through our proven PlaySports technology and services."
For more information about IGT PlaySports, visit igt.com/playsports and follow us on LinkedIn.
Inspired will provide Virtual Plug & Play™ to New Jersey players, more states to follow
NEW YORK, July 12, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Inspired Entertainment, Inc. ("Inspired") (NASDAQ: INSE) announced today that it has launched its V-Play Plug & Play™ solution – a complete end-to-end online and mobile virtual sports offering – on BetMGM Casino, Borgata Casino, and Party Casino in New Jersey. As BetMGM strengthens its player-first experiences, its players in other states can also expect access to these Inspired offerings in the future.
"We are thrilled to be able to offer Inspired's leading virtual sports to BetMGM players – providing an engaging player experience and further complementing their casino and sports betting offerings," said Brooks Pierce, President and Chief Operating Officer of Inspired. "We have a longstanding relationship with BetMGM and they have built a great platform with recognized brands. We believe V-Play Plug & Play™ will thrive and we are looking forward to increasing our online presence in the States."
BetMGM Casino, Borgata Casino and Party Casino now offer New Jersey players a full suite of award-winning virtual sports, including NFL Alumni ("NFLA") football, basketball, soccer, horses, dogs, motor racing, and marbles.
"For many years, Inspired has continued to innovate and provide players with best-in-class virtual content," said Matthew Sunderland, Vice President of Gaming, BetMGM. "As we focus on serving players the best titles and most complete platform, we're thrilled to offer them Inspired's popular virtual sports."
Inspired's multi award-winning virtual sports are popular worldwide, appealing to a wide variety of players through more than 40,000 retail channels and 100+ websites in 35 countries. Trailers and demos of the latest virtual sports offerings are available at www.inseinc.com/virtuals/.
LONDON, July 12, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE:IGT) announced today that it will exhibit engaging new games and innovative solutions from its diverse product portfolio at the 2021 Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention ("NIGA") July 21-22 in Las Vegas, Nev.
"NIGA presents an incredible opportunity for IGT to demonstrate our commitment to tribal gaming, and we're excited to reconnect face-to-face with so many of our long-time tribal partners," said Renato Ascoli, IGT CEO Global Gaming. "Our NIGA portfolio is comprised of proven solutions such as new Class II games and for-sale core content for the PeakSlant49 cabinet that can help tribal operators maximize player engagement. Additionally, we'll highlight how IGT PlaySports and Resort Wallet with IGTPay can help operators offer more convenience and excitement through future-forward technologies that are proven in Indian country."
Under the theme, "A New Journey, Together," IGT's booth 1341 will demonstrate the following product highlights:
Proven hardware and performance-tested content: IGT's PeakSlant49™ cabinet is now available for purchase throughout the U.S. and offers some of IGT's Proven Performer core games on its 49-inch curved ultra-HD screen. At NIGA, top-performing games on this cabinet will be Regal Riches™ and Scarab Link™, along with the all-new Stinkin' Rich Skunks Gone Wild!™. Other proven core titles in IGT's booth will include Lucky Ox™, Wolf Peak™ and Wu Dragon™.
Expanded Class II content: IGT will also showcase an expanded portfolio of Class II content that comprises a mix of Proven Performers and games never seen before in Class III. The new games include Rosa's Fiesta on the CrystalDual® 27 cabinet, and Dangerous Beauty Revealed on the CrystalCurve™ cabinet. These themes will be featured at NIGA alongside Proven Performers such as Lucky Buddha®, Dragons vs Pandas™, Fortune Coin Boost!™ and Scarab Grand™. The stepper content will include Sizzling 7s™, a game highly requested by customers, on the S3000™ cabinet, along with the fan-favorite Gong Xi Fa Cai® on the CrystalCurve™ ULTRA cabinet.
Celebration of IGT's Wheel of Fortune® Slots: NIGA will mark the trade show debut celebration of the 25th anniversary of Wheel of Fortune Slots. An institution on casino gaming floors across the U.S., IGT's Wheel of Fortune Slots is the most successful slot theme of all time. The "millionaire making machine" has minted more than 1,100 millionaires over the last quarter century. Featured Wheel of Fortune games at NIGA will include Wheel of Fortune Gold Spin Deluxe™ Double Gold™ and Wheel of Fortune® Double Diamond®.
Advanced cashless technologies: IGT will demonstrate its leadership in cashless gaming technologies through its Resort Wallet™ with IGTPay™ modules for the IGT ADVANTAGE® casino management system. IGT's Resort Wallet with IGTPay is the industry's only fully integrated, turnkey cashless solution for land-based gaming. Resort Wallet with IGTPay provides a range of player and operator benefits such as enhanced player convenience and increased casino liquidity.
Proven IGT PlaySports solution: Also, on display at NIGA will be IGT's PlaySports technology and hardware, including its self-service kiosks. The proven PlaySports solution caters to operators of all sizes, including tribal casinos. IGT's flexible technology, along with its in-house trading advisory services team, can help tribal casino operators capture opportunities within the rapidly evolving U.S. sports betting market.
Additional product highlights within IGT's NIGA booth will include:
- Compelling premium titles such as multi-level progressive games Ying Cai Shen™, Bubble Blast Link Trials of Atlantis™ and Bubble Blast Link Spells 'n Whistles™ on the PeakSlant49 cabinet. Additionally, Money Mania Cleopatra and Money Mania Pharaoh's Fortune will be featured on the PeakSlant32™ cabinet.
- New central determination system (CDS) games showcasing IGT's commitment to the Washington State market. These games include Solar Disc Grand™ and Samurai 888 Takeo and Katsumi™ on IGT's CrystalCurve cabinet and King and Queen of Olympus™, Texas Tea Strike It Rich™ and Secrets of the Forest® on the PeakSlant32 cabinet.
- IGT's PeakBarTop™ cabinet with Game King® X and Super Star Poker® II. This high-performing cabinet elevates the player experience with its 23-inch curved display, USB charging ports, enhanced audio and more.
- The latest Dynasty Electronic Table Games (ETG) with the brand new concurrent RNG offering, allowing players to place bets on multiple tables simultaneously from the same terminal. The lineup includes triple zero roulette with an automatic wheel, baccarat, and single hand and triple hand blackjack.
IGT has been a print vendor for the Ohio Lottery since 2015. During this time, IGT has worked with the Lottery to launch highly successful tickets such as $5 Wheel of Fortune®, $5 Double Your Money, $2 Triple 777 Red Hot™ Slots, $2 Winter Doubler, and $2 Three Stooges®.
“As a dedicated partner of the Ohio Lottery, IGT delivers high-quality, innovative instant tickets for players,” said Jay Gendron, IGT Chief Operating Officer, Lottery. “Our top-tier instant ticket games are based on extensive research, game planning, and strategic marketing, and we look forward to delivering fresh game concepts and content over the next two years."
Under the terms of the agreement, IGT will continue providing a range of instant ticket services for the Ohio Lottery such as game planning and marketing, research and analytics, graphics support, and production and printing through June 30, 2023. Ohio Lottery profits support primary, secondary, vocational and special education in Ohio.
For more information about IGT’s lottery business, visit igt.com and follow us on LinkedIn.
LAS VEGAS, JULY 9, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Galaxy Gaming, Inc. (OTC: GLXZ), the world’s largest independent developer and distributor of casino table games and technology, announced that they have installed the first Perfect Pairs live gaming dual progressive jackpots across 11 tables with Aspers Westfield, Stratford. Galaxy Gaming delivered this new progressive as part of their partnership agreement with John Wicks, creator of Perfect Pairs, to exclusively provide a Perfect Pairs live gaming progressive jackpot on land-based table games in the United Kingdom.
When asked about the project, Gavin Wright, Galaxy Gaming’s Europe Sales Consultant commented, “Aspers have seen the value that a Perfect Pairs Progressive can bring to their casino floor, together with the initiative to go all-in with a dual jackpot offering. This new and exciting product adds to the player experience and builds on the value of the Perfect Pairs brand that Galaxy has first-hand knowledge and understanding of through its partnership with John Wicks in the iGaming space.” Gavin added “As a result of Galaxy’s omnichannel expertise, we hold a wealth of experience when it comes to game and paytable design. Galaxy Gaming delivers solutions that work for both the casino and player.”
Steve Bailey, General Manager at Aspers Casino, Westfield Stratford City, London shared “We are excited to work together with both Galaxy Gaming and their new partnership with John Wicks to introduce the first Perfect Pairs progressive in a land-based UK casino. Having always offered the Perfect Pairs side bet since the opening of our Stratford casino in December 2011 and working with Galaxy Gaming over the years with various other games and side bets, I feel this is a really exciting time to bring together such a popular side bet in a progressive format and look forward to adding this unique offering for our guests.”
About Galaxy Gaming
Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, Galaxy Gaming (galaxygaming.com) develops and distributes innovative games, bonusing systems, and technology solutions to physical and online casinos worldwide. Galaxy Gaming offers games that are proven to perform developed by gaming experts and backed by the highest level of customer support. Through its subsidiary, Progressive Games Partners, Galaxy Gaming is the world’s leading licensor of proprietary table games to the online gaming industry. Connect with Galaxy Gaming on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter.
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This implementation unifies the new Bally brand look with its sophisticated loyalty program
House Advantage, a leading loyalty and gaming operations technology provider, today announced the deployment of the new Bally’s Black Hawk branding implemented across the Bally Rewards loyalty framework. This announcement signifies the unification of the three Colorado-based Bally’s brick-and-mortar properties under their now combined visual brand and name.
The rebrand is both operations and patron-facing and includes unifying the visual components used by casino operations, as well as the player portal where patrons access their Bally Rewards account information and offers. Launching across Bally’s loyalty framework and systems in lockstep with the company’s rebrand announcement was a milestone achievement for the project and required the collaboration of both House Advantage and Bally’s teams to fully execute.
“This is one of several exciting projects the Bally’s and House Advantage teams have undertaken together, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to deploy the brand unification of the loyalty program quickly and efficiently,” said Jon Wolfe, Chief Executive Officer at House Advantage. “Our teams’ abilities to work together to exceed deadline and project expectations is a testament to the sophistication and knowledge of both companies and our dedication to consistency and presentation.”
The new program allows Bally’s Reward Card members to earn points and use rewards cards at each of the Colorado properties and extends the Bally Rewards program to its Bally Bet mobile sports betting players. With the rebrand, Bally’s operations employees and player base will have a unified experience regardless of the location or device being used.
“We deeply value a consistent, sophisticated user and customer experience, and share that philosophy with Bally’s,” said Wolfe. “We are proud to work with Bally’s and introduce this incredible rebrand to the employees and players throughout Colorado.”
July 7, 2021
Second quarter revenue expected to be between $34 million and $35 million, increases full year guidance to range of $125 to $135 million
IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- GAN Limited (the “Company” or “GAN”) (NASDAQ: GAN), a leading full-service internet gaming software-as-a-service (“SaaS”) provider to the real money internet gaming, online sports betting, and simulated gaming industries, today announced strong preliminary results for the second quarter of 2021 driven by its new Business-to-Consumer (“B2C”) segment, which comprises Coolbet. Based on preliminary financial results, the Company currently expects to report second quarter revenue of $34.0 million to $35.0 million and positive Adjusted EBITDA ranging from $3.0 million to $7.0 million, as higher than expected revenue more than offset strategic investments in talent and technology. The Company is also increasing full year revenue guidance to a range of $125 million to $135 million.
The Company’s results were primarily driven by stronger than expected performance from the Company’s B2C offering in Latin America and Northern Europe, with sports results benefitting from higher-than-expected sports betting margin (calculated by dividing Gross Gaming Revenue by Amount Wagered) of 9.7% for the quarter as compared to 6.8% in the first quarter, while also maintaining marketing spend efficiency. The Company noted that its revenue growth accelerated during the second half of the quarter driven by two major international sporting events.
This updated financial outlook is based on information available to the Company as of the date of this release and is subject to the completion of quarterly closing procedures. The Company will provide a more detailed update on the second quarter’s performance, as well as its 2021 fiscal year guidance, during its second quarter earnings call planned for August 16, 2021.
Dermot Smurfit, CEO of GAN, commented:
“Momentum has carried through the second quarter and driven continued sequential top-line growth for the business. The B2B business is performing in-line with our expectations and continuing to win new clients here in the U.S. while the B2C business is capitalizing on the Latin American market opportunity, equipped with a highly social sports offering delivering viral customer acquisition. Looking back, we identified and acquired a business at the outset of this year that is now performing significantly ahead of plan. We are very pleased with where we stand halfway through the year on both our segments and look forward to providing more detail next month.”
Fantini's Cavalcade of Innovation Features New Product Demo From Zitro
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The multigame progressive links four new games that combine its mechanics with Zitro’s most popular link bonus feature. Presented on the Allure cabinet, featuring three 27-inch LCD’s and the Synchro Screen system, which combines the upper screens on a bank configuration creating a visual spectacle that Zitro calls a sure eye-catcher on any casino floor.
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The Cavalcade of Innovation is sponsored by Ainsworth.
Companies also showcasing products on the Cavalcade include Aristocrat, Aruze, Eclipse Gaming, GAN, GameCo, Konami and others.
The Cavalcade of Innovation is a year-round series that features select innovative new products with quick video demos, all in one spot. All videos can be found at https://www.fantiniresearch.com/conventions/cavalcade-of-innovation.html.
Companies interested in displaying new products in the Cavalcade of Innovation
should contact VP of Fantini’s Gaming Show Dee Wild-Shyver at DWild@FantiniResearch.com or at +1 302 730 3793.
In addition to the Cavalcade of Innovation, Fantini’s Gaming Show site exhibits companies and products along with announcements of other corporate developments and news with 24/7/365 availability, at https://www.FantinisGamingShow.com. To become an exhibitor contact Dee Wild-Shyver using the above contact information.
LONDON, July 6, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT), announced today that it signed a contract with the Western Canada Lottery Corporation ("WCLC") to provide 700 CrystalDual® 27 video lottery terminals (VLTs). This marks the third time in five years that IGT has been awarded a significant VLT contract by WCLC following competitive procurements.
As part of the agreement, IGT will launch The Price is Right® VLT content for the first time in the Canadian market. Inspired by North America's highest-rated daytime television game show, The Price is Right is among the top player-favorite brands in IGT's game library. In addition, IGT will introduce a market-attuned content bundle so players can select which game they want to play from a variety of exciting titles available.
"IGT's cabinets and content have proven to entertain and engage players throughout the Saskatchewan VLT network since 1993," said Eric Karmark, WCLC Vice President, VLT Gaming & Operations. "By adding new IGT VLTs at our gaming venues, we're continuing in our commitment to provide our players an enjoyable gaming experience by offering popular themes on a modern platform."
"Extending IGT's relationship with WCLC through the delivery of 700 additional VLT units reinforces the depth of our commitment to the Lottery's continued growth, and the quality of IGT's content and cabinet for the Canadian market," said David Flinn, IGT Regional Vice President, Canada, South and Central America. "The CrystalDual 27 continues to prove its versatility and relevance in gaming markets around the world, and we're pleased to help WCLC elevate gaming throughout the province with this advanced cabinet."
The CrystalDual 27 VLT features two displays delivering high-definition graphics. The cabinet has a first-class audio package, ergonomic design, enhanced player interface and a mobile device charging port to provide exceptional player experiences.
In addition, the cabinets incorporate the Game to System (G2S) communication protocol, which enables new, advanced features for WCLC such as software download, remote configuration and software verification, and an embedded player user interface that delivers an interactive experience. These new VLTs will be connected by IGT's INTELLIGEN™ central system, operated by WCLC for machine accounting, event tracking, and system security.
Restaurant Operations Platform (ROP) and Focus on SMB Market Yields 16 New Accounts
HAMDEN, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 6, 2021-- TransAct® Technologies Incorporated (Nasdaq: TACT) (“TransAct” or “the Company”), a global leader in software-driven technology and printing solutions for high-growth markets, today announced significant traction from its new BOHA!® Restaurant Operations Platform (“ROP”) as well as the Company’s SMB initiatives, both of which were introduced for the second quarter of 2021. These new efforts resulted in winning 16 new accounts consisting of 69 total locations across the country, and the company expects to deploy all BOHA! systems by the end of 2022. In the second quarter, 3 new accounts will roll out a total of 18 BOHA! ROP systems with an average ARPU estimated at $1,500 and 13 new accounts will roll out a total of 51 BOHA! systems with an average ARPU estimated at $900.
“After our virtual conference attended by restaurant and food service management companies in early April, where we officially launched BOHA! ROP, we began a focused advertising campaign across the restaurant, convenience store and contract food service management markets. At the same time, we assembled an inside sales team to handle the small to medium size (SMB) restaurant and contract food service companies as they responded to the ads. Each and every new account had their own unique business challenges that TransAct handled with ease. These newest wins really showcase the flexibility of our industry leading BOHA! platform,” said Bart C. Shuldman, Chairman and CEO of TransAct Technologies. “There is no restaurant or food service provider too small to benefit from our system and these early adopters of BOHA! ROP are experiencing the efficiencies and benefits that the system provides. We are encouraged by the strength of our new sales initiatives, and we are confident we can improve the employee and customer experience wherever fresh food is sold.”
BOHA! and BOHA! ROP are the first single-vendor cloud-based enterprise system to combine applications for Food Safety, Date Code and Grab n’ Go Labeling, Temperature Monitoring of Food and Equipment, Checklists & Task Management, Inventory Management, Timers, and Food Recall, in one integrated platform. Each BOHA! solution combines cloud-based SaaS applications with hardware and accessories to deliver superior results for critical back-of-house operations. BOHA! offers a one-stop solution for restaurants and food service companies to address their current back-of-house operating requirements while providing a future-ready platform capable of addressing back-of-house operations.
5 July 2021
Greentube, the NOVOMATIC Interactive division, has bolstered its presence in Canada after taking its content live with Loto-Quebec, a month after making its debut in the country.
Loto-Quebec’s customers now have access to top-performing Greentube titles including Book of Ra™ deluxe, Apollo God of the Sun™ and Lucky Ladies Charm™ deluxe following a successful integration through Scientific Games’ OpenGaming System (OGS).
The deal marks the second province that Greentube has entered in as many months after going live in British Columbia with BCLC in May.
Greentube’s extensive and diverse slot portfolio has already proven popular with local players in Canada and the new partnership underlines the demand for the content in the country.
Loto-Quebec was founded in 1969 by the Quebec government to organise games of chance in the province. The operator now offers a comprehensive online gaming site. All the operator’s profits are returned to the public in the form of services provided by the government.
David Bolas, Greentube UK Commercial Director, said: “This is an exciting time for Greentube in Canada as we celebrate our second Canadian province launch in as many months. Through this partnership with Loto-Quebec we will look to bring a broad range of thrilling and entertaining new content to the players of Quebec. This launch in Canada is another significant step in the delivery of Greentube’s wider North American market strategy and the deal also reaffirms our commitment to regulated markets.”
Stéphane Martel, Acting Senior Director of Products and Innovation at Loto-Quebec, said: “We are glad to now be able to offer Greentube’s premium titles, allowing us to vary our offer to our online customers. We look forward to a successful partnership.”
Digital gaming wallets are finally making their first inroads in Australia after years of stakeholder debate, with Australia’s first digital gaming wallet trial set to take place in an NSW club in the final quarter of 2021.
On the surface, it’s a technology that could bring Australia’s gaming sector in line with virtually all other sectors, allowing customers to use their digital wallets to supplement cash and cashless technologies. Until now, players have been required to bring physical cash into gaming venues, or onto player cards or tickets which are then loaded onto the machine.
On a deeper level, this cashless technology is set to bring responsible gaming and anti-money laundering (AML) capabilities out of the dark ages.
Nevada, which rivals NSW as the world’s biggest state-wide EGM market, finally made this step last year during the pandemic by approving the use of cashless wagering technology in casinos. The Covid-19 pandemic generated real concerns about physical bills being a vector for the virus.
On the other hand, Australia’s gaming industry push for cashless appears to come from a responsible gaming and AML front, issues that have become the centerpiece of discussion amid ongoing inquiries into Crown Resorts’ practices across the country.
Craig Butler, director of commercial strategy at Aristocrat Australia has been chosen to lead the digital wallet trial, which will take place at Wests Group New Lambton venue, in Newcastle NSW. Trial preparations will commence in August and the trial itself will occur in the final quarter of 2021.
“This is an exciting development for the industry. As you know, consumers are rapidly moving toward cashless and mobile payments. This is a global frictionless trend that has only been accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic with patrons seeking cleaner, contactless payment solutions,” according to Butler in an interview with Asia Gaming Brief.
“We know that governments and regulators are increasingly expecting cashless gaming to support industry integrity and stamp out any illegal activity, as well as offer new responsible gameplay functionality to patrons. Aristocrat believes that facilitating cashless payments is a key pillar that will underpin the ongoing sustainability of our industry.”
One of the key questions that will be answered by the trial is around digital wallets’ impact on a patron’s gambling behavior. Specifically, whether there is any exacerbation of gambling harm among other considerations.
“While a trial research scope is yet to be determined, we believe this will be a factor considered by the regulator in making its decision on whether the digital payment solution is suitable for approval in NSW,” Butler explains.
The cornerstone of the digital wallet technology used in the trial is Aristocrat’s PRIME Mobile system, which allows players to set up gaming limits and determine the venue response for when limits are reached.
Thresholds can also be established for session length, frequency of play, the amount spent or won, total bets, bet size, and staff intervention can be enabled.
Messages and push notifications are sent to the patron via the venue’s gaming management system. Credit cannot be used, there are limits on funds transfers to the player’s digital wallet, and topping-up on the gaming floor is not permitted. Players can also self-exclude using the app. Additionally, PRIME Mobile structure provides a quarantine wallet to allow players to prevent funds from being used for EGM play for a period of 24 hours.
It is a technology that gaming futurist Earle Hall, CEO of AxesNetwork says is imperative for responsible gaming.
“Responsible gaming is a fallacy without Know Your Client (KYC) empowerment. Anonymous responsible gaming policies only lock the barn door once the horse has been stolen,” said Hall in an interview with AGB last month.
“With KYC, responsible gaming is real, quantifiable, and traceable. Think cashless smart cards. There are a number of modern jurisdictions that already require players to be verified against some form of national identification. Once the player or patron has been identified, they are issued a player’s card and then can play. Then the fun starts.”
Thus a clear question remains. Why has it taken so long for Australia and other jurisdictions like it to take on digital wallets in gaming venues?
Paul Newson, principal at Senet Advisory and a former deputy secretary of the Department of Liquor and Gaming noted that Australia saw an active push for cashless between 2018 and 2019 – leading to the Liquor and Gaming NSW establishing a joint Technology Working Group to properly examine and inform advice around merits and options.
Though, he says that some regulators have been either resistant or uninterested in the technology.
“Perhaps concerns around the risk of aggravating gambling harm by removing existing friction and controls involved with accessing cash in venues has made regulators hesitant,” said Newson.
“Ideally it would provide the majority of players increased convenience and the discretion in their betting decisions, however, would also provide means to set voluntary controls or limits as well as mandatory threshold and flags for anomalous profile or betting behavior etc,” said Newson. “To my mind, it wouldn’t displace the responsible gambling role of attendants at venues, but would enhance monitoring and be alert to much richer data and flags than simple observation by an RCG training attendant.”
Newson has been a strong advocate for greater funding and more innovative technology to be at the disposal of gaming regulators in Australia.
Butler believes that governments and regulators are increasingly encouraging cashless gaming to address responsible gameplay, money laundering, and compliance concerns.
“Bringing forward options to support cashless gaming which address these regulatory considerations is therefore important to ensuring the long sustainability of the industry in Australian markets,” he said.
Looking ahead, Butler believes that the adoption of digital payments for gaming will increase in line with payment trends in Australian society.
“Australians are fast adopters of digital technology including payment and the use of digital wallets is commonplace… Whilst we believe cashless and existing card-based cashless technologies will continue to be utilized by players, we do see some real potential benefits for players adopting mobile technology.”
1 July 2021
StarGames, known in the online gaming industry as the first brand to offer the original Book of Ra™ to online players in Germany, is now live and available for players to enjoy in the German market.
Players from the whole country now have access to a wide range of content on StarGames, which was acquired by Greentube in 2018. This selection of titles includes famous NOVOLINE™ titles such as Book of Ra™ and Lucky Lady’s Charm™. The games are available in their original formats on a safe, secure, and entertaining website, and will also be rolled out on StarGames’ app, upon its launch.
The launch has been made possible due to the hard work of the teams at the brand’s owner Greentube, who implemented the requirements of the new Interstate Treaty 2021 and ensured that StarGames meets all Responsible Gaming directives while offering the best player experience. As a result, the StarGames.de site enters the market with a ‘reality check’ functionality, a €1 stake limit per spin, five-seconds spin intervals, cooling-off periods, a monthly deposit limit, stake and time limits as well as a ban on autoplay and progressive jackpots.
“We’re very proud of the team for showing such dedication and technical expertise to be able to complete all of these requirements,” said Trevor de Giorgio, Managing Director of Greentube Malta. “The StarGames website is safe, secure, and the perfect place for German players to enjoy the best NOVOLINE™ games.”
The StarGames website launches featuring more than 100 titles from the NOVOLINE™ portfolio, including new Greentube hits such as Diamond Link™: Mighty Elephant and Strike it Gold™: Win Ways™ besides all the classics. The offering is also strengthened with content from suppliers including Gamomat and it will be expanded even further in the near future. The brand also gives its customers a Welcome Offer including 100 exclusive Free Spins on the best NOVOLINE™ games together with a bonus in the form of Cashback up to €100.
Laszlo Pados, Brand Manager of StarGames, said: “Entering the newly-regulated German market with StarGames.de is a great opportunity for us. We’re extremely pleased with the product we’re able to offer and we’re confident that players are going to love the new site. Entering the market is just the first step for us. We have a plethora of exciting ideas, projects and new features that we’re working on which we hope to introduce incrementally to make StarGames.de a market leader of online slots in the German market”.
More information on new features, games releases and upcoming projects can be found on StarGames.de.
LONDON, July 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) announced today that the Company will power sports betting at Coushatta Casino Resort in Kinder, La., expanding IGT's U.S. market leadership position. As part of this agreement, IGT will deliver its proven PlaySports turnkey solution, including its trading advisory services.
"We're very excited to be one of the first casinos in Louisiana to secure a sports betting agreement, allowing us to offer our patrons new types of gaming experiences backed by IGT's reliable sports betting solution," said Jonathan Cernek, Chairman of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana. "IGT's bundled solution, consisting of its leading sports betting platform and products will allow us to quickly and easily deploy an exceptional localized sports betting program."
"Coushatta Casino Resort is Louisiana's largest casino resort and represents another significant milestone for IGT as we continue to drive our U.S. sports betting momentum," said Enrico Drago, IGT PlayDigital Senior Vice President. "We look forward to helping the casino establish a best-in-class sports betting program, leveraging IGT's proven technology and services to expand gaming experiences for its patrons."
LONDON, July 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE:IGT) has announced the release of its 2020 Sustainability Report, which outlines the Company's improved environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance year-over-year. IGT's 14th annual Sustainability Report demonstrates the Company's drive to create value, increase its socially responsible corporate citizenship and enhance reporting on its activities.
"IGT's 2020 Sustainability Report underscores and highlights our unwavering commitment to sustainability even while our business adjusted to new ways of working during the COVID-19 pandemic," said Marco Sala, IGT CEO. "Several of the most reputable ESG analysts and rating agencies recognized IGT for improving the quality of the information that we disclose and the sustainable activities and solutions that we implemented across the Company. We firmly believe that IGT's continued dedication to the well-being and development of our employees and high standards of corporate citizenship creates value for our stakeholders throughout the world."
IGT focuses its corporate social responsibility activities on four key pillars: Valuing and Protecting Our People, Advancing Responsibility, Supporting Our Communities and Fostering Sustainable Operations. The 2020 Sustainability Report illustrates IGT's achievements in generating value for a range of stakeholder groups including employees, customers, communities and suppliers.
Highlights of the report include:
- Valuing and Protecting Our People: IGT is dedicated to maintaining a fair, inclusive culture where all employees feel valued, respected, engaged and empowered to contribute to the business. IGT enriches employee development through career pathing and mentoring. The Company's Office of Diversity & Inclusion guides strategic diversity and inclusion initiatives and embeds these topics in our business processes.
- IGT prioritized the health and safety of employees, customers and partners in 2020. New ways of working were implemented at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure all employees were provided with a safe working environment, whether remotely or onsite, to minimize the potential spread of the virus.
- IGT was selected for the 2020 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index for the Company's commitment to progressing diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index distinguishes companies committed to advancing women's equality and transparently reporting gender data.
- Advancing Responsibility: IGT is committed to player protection and product integrity. Through its comprehensive responsible gaming program, IGT contributes features and capabilities to promote safer gambling and prevent underage play. A solid infrastructure of policies, guidelines and best practices support IGT's solutions to uphold industry standards and demonstrate reliability throughout its portfolio.
- In 2020, IGT's responsible gaming certification from the Global Gambling Guidance Group (G4) was attained for another three years. IGT remains the first gaming vendor in the world to achieve this accreditation for its land-based casino and digital operations.
- IGT also holds the certification for compliance with the World Lottery Association's Associate Member Corporate Social Responsibility Standards and Certification Framework for its lottery operations.
- Supporting Our Communities: IGT supports communities where it operates and where its employees live through corporate programs that align with the United Nations' sustainable development goals (SDGs). IGT's Community Ambassador program focuses on community engagement at the local level while aligning with global giving efforts. Employee-driven giving programs complement the corporate programs by supporting the local causes that are important to individual employees.
- IGT modified its Charitable Giving Guidelines in 2020 to focus on aiding community partners whose operations faced significant challenges due to COVID-19. IGT prioritized funding requests that aligned with the SDGs that supported basic needs. The Company held its first virtual volunteering week with an array of events that brought awareness of how community-based organizations became resilient in hard times and how employees could still support the various causes.
- Fostering Sustainable Operations: Interacting with customers is an essential element of IGT's sustainability practices. Sound business relations with suppliers and customers are essential to maintain quality goods and services. IGT ensures its suppliers meet high economic, ethical and environmental standards as outlined in IGT's Supplier Code of Conduct. In addition, IGT strives to continually improve its environmental management systems and processes to reduce its environmental impact.
- IGT's printing facility in Lakeland, Fla. implemented a waste reclamation program that removed approximately 7,175,050 pounds of waste from landfills in 2020, of which approximately 1,073,380 pounds was used to make alternative fuel. For this program, IGT's facility was recognized as the winner of the Sustainability Program in the 2021 FTA Sustainability Excellence Awards.
IGT continues to look ahead, connecting players around the world with best-in-class solutions that respect people and the environment, while delivering excellence to keep gaming fun and safe for all. The 2020 Sustainability Report is available online at www.IGT.com.
LAS VEGAS, June 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Everi Holdings Inc. (NYSE: EVRI) ("Everi" or the "Company"), a premier provider of land-based and digital casino gaming content and products, financial technology and player loyalty solutions, today announced it has successfully priced its previously announced offering of $400 million in aggregate principal amount of senior unsecured notes due 2029 (the "New Notes") at a rate of 5.000% and an issue price of par.
The New Notes will be guaranteed by certain of the Company's wholly-owned subsidiaries.
The Company intends to use a portion of the proceeds from the New Notes to (i) redeem in full its 7.50% Senior Unsecured Notes due 2025 and (ii) pay all related fees and expenses. Upon consummation of the closing of the Company's previously announced expected new credit facilities in August 2021, the Company intends to use the remaining proceeds from the New Notes, together with proceeds of such expected new credit facilities and cash on hand, to (i) repay all borrowings outstanding under, and terminate all commitments under, its existing credit facilities; and (ii) pay all related fees and expenses.
The offering is currently expected to close on July 15, 2021, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
The New Notes have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), or any state securities laws and, unless so registered, may not be offered or sold in the United States except pursuant to an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws. The New Notes are offered only to qualified institutional buyers in accordance with Rule 144A under the Securities Act, and to non-U.S. persons in accordance with Regulation S under the Securities Act.
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the New Notes or any other securities and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation, or sale in any jurisdiction in which, or to any person to whom, such an offer, solicitation or sale is unlawful. Any offers of the New Notes will be made only by means of a private offering memorandum. This press release is being issued pursuant to and in accordance with Rule 135c under the Securities Act. This press release contains information about pending transactions, and there can be no assurance that these transactions will be completed.
LONDON, June 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) announced today that it recently won the "Casino Supplier of the Year" award in the 2021 Global Gaming Awards London program.
Powered by Gambling Insider magazine, the Global Gaming Awards London is an annual, EMEA-focused awards program that recognizes excellence and performance across the casino gaming industry. Winners were selected by a panel of 50 gaming industry CEOs and announced via an online ceremony on June 28, 2021.
"IGT winning Casino Supplier of the Year in the 2021 Global Gaming Awards London is a byproduct of our commitment to our customers' success and leadership in delivering performance-driving innovation and service across our entire solutions portfolio," said Renato Ascoli, IGT CEO Global Gaming. "In a year full of unique challenges and opportunities, the business discipline, pioneering spirit and unbreakable focus of IGT employees worldwide enabled us to continue supplying industry-leading products and services to our global customers."
"Despite a difficult 2020 for the industry, IGT maintained its position as a leading global casino supplier. After a period of closures, casinos had to rely on suppliers more than ever so they could welcome back customers with new, exciting products. This well-deserved award reinforces IGT's commitment to delivering the best products and services," said Julian Perry, Gambling Insider Chief Operating Officer.
For more information on the Global Gaming Awards London, click here. For more information on IGT visit igt.com. Follow IGT on Facebook at facebook.com/IGT or watch IGT videos on YouTube at youtube.com/igt.
On 30 June 2021, the Austrian Brand Value Awards for the most valuable Austrian brand companies took place for the 18th time. NOVOMATIC was once again able to take an excellent 2nd place in this ranking of the European Brand Institute (EBI) and now ranks behind the undisputed winner Red Bull and ahead of the renowned B2C brand Swarovski.
Gumpoldskirchen, June 30th 2021 – In spite of reduced revenues in its 40th anniversary year 2020 due to Corona, the global gaming technology big player NOVOMATIC was able to secure its excellent second place with a brand value of EUR 2.968 billion (-16.3%) thanks to its innovative strength and sustainable efficiency improvement measures across the entire group.
With the granting of a sports betting licence for ADMIRAL in Germany, growth in the online segment as well as renowned international awards – such as "Casino Supplier of the Year" for the third time in a row and top rankings in international ESG ratings – the world's leading full service provider for the gaming industry is well prepared for the future. "It fills us with great pride that despite the Corona pandemic we were able to maintain 2nd place in this renowned ranking. After all, with activities in about 90 countries and around 21,000 employees worldwide, a strong and uniform brand presence is essential for our international corporate success," emphasises NOVOMATIC Executive Board member Johannes Gratzl.
The Austrian Brand Value Study 2021 determined those domestic company brands, which are more than 45% owned by Austrians from the "trend-TOP500 companies with the highest turnover in Austria". The brand value was determined according to the current international standards ISO 10668 and ISO 20671 and analyses captured more than 180 Austrian brand companies in 16 industry segments. From these, the top 10 were finally selected and published.
GLI has been working on a myriad of technologies directly with Resorts World Las Vegas as well as with multiple suppliers. For example, GLI worked with Konami Gaming to test and certify its SYNKROS® system to ensure integration with a multitude of platforms and applications. Integration testing was completed for numerous systems to provide a connected and seamless guest experience, including NRT Technology’s Quick Touch 3 kiosk, Joingo’s mobile platform, and Genesis Gaming live table solutions.
Additionally, GLI worked closely with the Nevada Gaming Control Board to provide certification of gaming equipment and systems, working against Nevada’s regulatory requirements within a strict timeframe and using a mix of new technologies and applications.
“Working with GLI and Nevada Gaming Control Board to acquire approval of SYNKROS for the biggest opening Las Vegas has seen in a decade proved to be one of the smoothest and most professional projects I have worked on,” said Spencer Peterson, Vice President of Technical Compliance at Konami Gaming, Inc. “The cooperation among all involved provided great visibility throughout the entire test and approval process of these new and cutting-edge technologies.”
“This was an exciting and important project for all involved because of the rollout of the new technology, as well as the high level of collaboration between all stakeholders throughout the process,” said GLI Chief Commercial Officer, Ian Hughes. We are honored that Resorts World Las Vegas and Konami Gaming put their trust in GLI as a certification and evaluation partner.”
To complete the multiple layers of compliance, GLI used both automation and manual methods to evaluate systems and applications. The automations allowed GLI to turn testing cycles in a matter of days, along with testing whole accounting cycles. As a result of our investment in automation, GLI turned submissions around in a short period of time.
“I would also like to recognize the outstanding work of the team who worked so diligently on the integration process including, Dan Lewis, Sr. Engineering Manager; Mimi Tong, Engineering Manager; Sangeeta Reddy, Vice President of Engineering; Joseph Marchetti, Director of Systems and Audit, and their teams,” Hughes added.
Shark Trap Gaming & Security Systems is proud to announce that it will be in Booth 534 at NIGA Tradeshow from July 19-23.
We will showcase the shuffler which is a combination of 3 shufflers in one novelty game/single and double deck all in one unit. The units are tabletop and ergonomically suited for dealers.
We will be in the Aces Up Gaming booth who is our distributor in North America.
LAS VEGAS, June 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Everi Holdings Inc. (NYSE: EVRI) ("Everi" or the "Company"), a premier provider of land-based and digital casino gaming content and products, financial technology and player loyalty solutions, announced today it intends to offer, subject to market and other conditions, $400.0 million in aggregate principal amount of senior unsecured notes due 2029 (the "Notes") in a private offering. The Notes will be guaranteed on a senior unsecured basis by the Company and certain of the Company's direct and indirect domestic subsidiaries.
The Company intends to use the proceeds from the Notes to redeem in full its 7.50% Senior Unsecured Notes due 2025 and to pay related fees and expenses and, upon consummation of the credit facility refinancing described below, to repay a portion of the borrowings outstanding under its existing credit facilities.
Following the closing of the offering, the Company intends to enter into certain new credit facilities, the proceeds of which, together with cash on hand, are intended to be used to repay in full the remaining outstanding borrowings under its existing credit facilities (the "Credit Facility Refinancing"). The consummation of the offering of Notes is not conditioned upon the consummation of the Credit Facility Refinancing.
The Notes will be offered and sold only to qualified institutional buyers in accordance with Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and to non-U.S. persons in accordance with Regulation S under the Securities Act. The Notes and the guarantees thereof will not be registered under the Securities Act or state securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the Notes or any other securities and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation; or sale in any jurisdiction in which, or to any person to whom, such an offer, solicitation or sale is unlawful. Any offers of the Notes will be made only by means of a private offering memorandum. This press release is being issued pursuant to and in accordance with Rule 135c under the Securities Act. This press release contains information about pending transactions, and there can be no assurance that these transactions will be completed.
NEW YORK, June 24, 2021 – Inspired Entertainment, Inc. (“Inspired”) (NASDAQ: INSE) announced today that it has joined with OPAP S.A. (“OPAP”), the leading Greek betting and lottery operator, to launch V-Play Soccer 3.0 and Matchday 3.0 with enhanced graphics, new features and European Tournament, which offers never-before-seen functionality, across OPAP’s retail estate throughout Greece.
Inspired’s V-Play Soccer 3.0 offers new first scorer markets and increased goal opportunities. Inspired’s Matchday 3.0 offers betting opportunities across four concurrent soccer games every four minutes. Both V-Play Soccer 3.0 and Matchday 3.0 include new and enhanced graphics.
European Tournament leverages V-Play Soccer 3.0 graphics in a new seven-day knock-out competition offering tournament markets fully integrated with OPAP’s sportsbook platform, which is being scheduled during the European Football Championships. In addition to offering the most popular single match betting markets, the brand-new knock-out format enables players to bet on how teams will progress through the rounds of fixtures and who will ultimately win the European Tournament.
“We are thrilled to introduce these brand-new Virtual Sports products to OPAP’s customer base across Greece,” said Steve Rogers, Chief Commercial Officer Virtual Sports for Inspired. “Our Virtual Sports have proven to be successful in Greece, and we know these soccer products will deliver the engaging betting experience OPAP customers expect, further complementing their gaming and sports betting businesses. It’s particularly exciting to launch these products as retail betting returns to Greece and right in time for the European Football Championships.”
“Inspired has been a trusted supplier for years,” said Fotis Zisimopoulos, Product Director at OPAP. “Their Virtuals have proven to be very popular with customers in our retail venues. We are delighted to offer our customers these new products and deliver an improved betting experience in our stores.”
Inspired’s multi award-winning Virtual Sports are popular worldwide, appealing to a wide variety of players through more than 32,000 retail channels and various online websites in 35 countries. Trailers and demos of the latest Virtual Sports offerings are available at www.inseinc.com/virtuals/.
AGS has partnered with NexGen to distribute the Fast Cash solution to its customers as part of the AGS suite of table games and table products. The convenient solution is fully wireless, enabling players to stay comfortably seated at their favorite table game, where they can securely use their debit card to purchase chips through the Fast Cash wireless mobile device.
NexGen Technology President and Chief Operating Officer David Balmer said, “We are thrilled to be in partnership with AGS on placing Fast Cash, the right solution for the right time. It’s convenient for players, allowing uninterrupted gameplay while reducing the risk of contact with bacteria and viruses. And it’s easy for casino operators to implement, with no connectivity to a gaming system required.”
AGS Senior Vice President of Table Products John Hemberger added, “It’s been exciting to work with NexGen on placing Fast Cash at Morongo Casino. By providing convenience for the player and ease of installation, we are confident that demand for Fast Cash will increase as casinos seek to add more cashless, contactless solutions."
With the Fast Cash solution, players do not need to register or enroll. They simply insert their debit card into the Fast Cash unit to purchase chips quickly and easily. An integrated printer provides player and dealer receipts.
Morongo Casino Chief Operating Officer Richard St. Jean said, “Fast Cash offers our players the convenience of being able to quickly buy chips without having to leave a table game to walk to the cage, an ATM, or one of our kiosks. During the Fast Cash trials, our players clearly appreciated the simplicity and speed of the system, which aligns with Morongo’s history of employing state-of-the-art technology to enhance our gaming experience.”
Wednesday, 23rd June 2021 – Inspired Entertainment, Inc (“Inspired”) (NASDAQ: INSE) is pleased to announce the launch of Hot Bonus Joker™, a classic Joker-themed slot game, available on mobile and online.
With 50 lines and a 6×4 reel configuration, Hot Bonus Joker uses the mechanics and gameplay essence of Inspired’s top performing title, Big Bonus™.
The game’s vivid gameplay graphics and lively winning soundtrack will enhance the excitement as players pick their own big bonus win values. In the base game, landing three or more bonus scatters in view triggers the Free Spins bonus, which presents the game’s “Pick Me” feature. Each scatter that lands transforms into a pick option.
Brimming with gameplay excitement, players can continue winning until they have achieved a single win greater than or equal to their big bonus win value, collecting all the other wins along the way.
A successful hit in Europe, Big Bonus’ unique bonus mechanic has been incorporated into Hot Bonus Joker for players to enjoy.
Claire Osborne, Vice President of Interactive at Inspired, said: “Hot Bonus Joker is a welcome addition to our growing portfolio of medium-volatility games that offer a fun and relaxed gaming experience. This is the first of our Joker-themed games, which will no doubt be popular with players across Europe. Being a very close clone of our hit slot, Big Bonus, we expect great things from this game at launch and beyond.”
Hot Bonus Joker is a medium-volatility game with a return to player (RTP) rate of 95%, aimed at the casual online casino player.
Head over to Inspired’s website to sample Hot Bonus Joker here: https://inseinc.com/interactive/games/hot-bonus-joker
For all of Inspired’s other online and mobile games, head here: https://inseinc.com/interactive/games
LONDON, June 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) announced today that one of Greece's premier casinos, Regency Casino Thessaloniki recently deployed the IGT ADVANTAGE casino management system ("CMS") and a vast suite of compatible IGT bonusing, content and convenience systems modules. This pivotal deployment marks the first go-live of the Company's award-winning IGT ADVANTAGE CMS in Greece and the second IGT ADVANTAGE installation in Europe.
"Deploying IGT ADVANTAGE at Regency Casino Thessaloniki positions us to drive efficiencies and elevate the level of personalization, service and entertainment that we can offer Regency Club members," said Ian Gosling, Regency Entertainment Group, Chief Operating Officer. "IGT has been a trusted Regency Entertainment Group supplier for decades and by leveraging their sophisticated and scalable CMS, Regency Casino Thessaloniki can continue our legacy of prioritizing future-forward technologies that drive performance and keep us on the leading edge of casino entertainment."
"Regency Casino Thessaloniki will benefit from IGT ADVANTAGE's capacity to capture robust business analytics and can leverage those insights to optimize their gaming floor and create loyalty-driving bonuses, rewards and promotions," said Mark MacCombie, IGT Senior Vice President Sales, EMEA. "Greece is an important market to IGT and extending our IGT ADVANTAGE footprint to this region with a well-respected operator such as Regency Entertainment Group is a significant accomplishment for IGT and one that validates the relevance of the system for our customers in EMEA and beyond."
In addition to deploying IGT ADVANTAGE, Regency Casino Thessaloniki is leveraging an array of loyalty, service and content-enhancing modules and apps. For the first time, the casino will equip its slot machines with M5, IGT's versatile content management module that enables personalized promotions, offers and conveniences to be showcased in a slot game's service window.
In addition to leveraging performance-driving IGT bonuses such as Random Riches®, PointPlay®, XtraCredit® and Lucky Coin to elicit player excitement, the casino will drive convenience and efficiency through a variety of modules and apps. One such app is IGT's Mobile Responder, a solution that improves customer service by pushing automatic service alerts and carded-player event notifications to the casino staff's mobile devices in real time.