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By nodding an agreement with Thunder Gaming, American Leisure Holdings, Inc.’s expands its access to technology and operational area

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American Leisure Holdings, Inc. which develops vacation real estate in Orlando and Florida has widely  expanded their access to technology and operational support areas via nodding an agreement with Thunder Gaming.  This agreement seems to be an added advantage for both Thunder Gaming and AMLH.

AMLH currently  has access to one of the largest production sites in the country as well as the most sophisticated technology for the production of Esports products and events.

Esports has emerged as a new medium for associating  with gaming operations. Infact the medium outshines the sports realm. It is called “sports” because “hero gamers” being recognised by masses of fans, follow  them on digital media and log in to view them in action.  These key gamers are idolised, and have a huge array of fan-following such as the  sports heroes like Michael Jordan, and LeBron of traditional sports.  It is a small wonder for a hero to have thousands, even tens of thousands, of people logged on to watch them play a game. The revenue stream is from the advertising that is presented during the games, split between the gamer and the distribution channel.  AMLH is now advancing aggressively into the distribution realm which holds unlimited revenue potential.

In 2018, the global Esports audience will exceed 250 million users, and the millennials make up 69% of American Esports fans.  The market currently generates $1.1 billion in revenue worldwide, and is projected to approach $1.5 billion by 2020, a 20% annual increase.

GG Media, a wholly owned subsidiary of AMLH, has been selected to manage and to produce three highly visible events in the next three months.  These events are premier gatherings of key players in the Esports gaming operations.  GG Media will receive payment for managing these operations, but more importantly they will develop invaluable contacts and obtain access to the leaders of this rapidly developing industry.

GG Media will have a unique opportunity to discuss their Esports content development and the events that are currently being managed by GG Media personnel with a wide variety of agencies, brand managers and industry leaders in the Esports industry.

The AMLH CEO, Christian Bishop, will lead the GG Media team for these events.

The three events are:

March 6, 2018:  Esports Activate, Sony PlayStation Theater, Times Square, New York City.

Esports Activate is designed for brands, marketers, media buyers and advertisers to better understand how to “activate” their media, experiential, digital and sponsorship dollars in Esports and Competitive Video Gaming.

This industry is moving at a speed and intensity that is unparalleled in entertainment business and in reaching Millennials and GenZ.  This further intersection between brands and Esports organisation offers valuable opportunities for increased revenue streams for the Esports industry.

As the Media Sponsor at Esports Activate, GG Media will demonstrate their broadcast, tournament, and activation capabilities through the new Thunder Esports Center.

April 2, 2018:  Xlive Esports Summit, Los Angeles, CA

The XLIVE Esports Summit is the first senior level forum of its kind that will bring together Esports industry stakeholders and traditional professional sports franchises to discuss the impact that Esports will have on the future of the sports and entertainment industries.

This event will convene Esports team owners/players, venue operators, tournament organisers, broadcasters, sponsors, agencies, legal experts, consultants, product developers, venture capitalists with professional sports teams investing in Esports for an intimate event focused on the business and technological evolution of the rapidly evolving Esports market.

This event will be monumental since many traditional sports enterprises have reached, or are approaching, their maximization of revenue streams utilizing current operational principles.  This is evident by the slow, but steady, reduction in viewers of professional sports especially with the younger generations.

Esports will provide new participation venues to the young people who will be users of the technology for decades to come.  It will become a major, and badly needed, future revenue stream to the professional, multi-billion dollar sports enterprises.

April 24, 2018, Cynopsis – Esports Unfront, New York.

April 12 8:30am – 10:30am

New York Athletic Club, NYC

Niji Narayan has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. He reports gaming industry headlines from all around the globe.

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Expectations on Online Gambling in the US

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The U.S. casinos have already entered into the list of the burning issues of the United States. Nevada is a national gambling symbol in the US, while some of the states impose strict restrictions even on the online casinos. The recent tendencies in the American online gambling market look quite promising.

Around 90% of the American gamblers easily switched from a traditional casino to the online platforms introducing the same services. At the same time, 85% of the US gambling niche income is generated by its online segment. On average, the industry of sports betting reaches the exorbitant figures – $400 billion a year.

It is obvious that the US cannot impose a strict federal ban on online gambling. The only obstacles may exist on the state level, where the situation is quite paradoxical. Depending on the state, the national operators have to satisfy a long list of the legal requirements to get a proper license.

It seems that the endless war between the operators and the state laws is getting tense: many of the gambling icons keep pushing the respective bills about partly legalisation of online casinos.

The milestone to block the decision-making process on a state level is taxation rates for the online casino operators. Some of the fees make it clear that the government would like to benefit from the business as much as the actual providers.

Despite a few legal opportunities, the online gambling niche in the US is blossoming. This business will soon reach its peak and will demand some more room for expanding its influence and audience.

In the nearest future, we can expect some further improvements. There is nothing to hold the industry from further development. Recognising the providers’ needs will resolve lots of issues related to illegal gambling. This should be a minimum benefit the federals cannot resist.

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DOJ Appeals the District Court Decision on Wire Act Case

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The Department of Justice has filed its intent to appeal a district court decision on the Wire Act to the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

In June, a federal judge in the New Hampshire District ruled that the Wire Act applies only to sports betting and not to other forms of interstate gaming.

The New Hampshire Lottery and its vendor had filed the federal case because of the DOJ’s change in stance on the interpretation of the Wire Act.

The DOJ in 2011 had stated that the Wire Act applied only to sports wagering. But it reversed the course with a memo from 2018, expanding the possible reach for federal prosecution which triggered worries about its applicability to online gambling, lotteries and other forms of gaming that potentially cross state lines.

The New Hampshire District judge had forecast that the case would likely reach the US Supreme Court. While the case is going on, the DOJ has said it would not enforce the new interpretation of the Wire Act until 2020.

“The Department’s action, while hardly unexpected, is certainly unwarranted. DOJ generally files appeals of adverse district court decisions as a matter of course. We hope that, rather than engaging in a protracted, expensive and ultimately unsuccessful legal fight, the Department will take this opportunity to negotiate a settlement which will focus the Wire Act and DOJ’s enforcement resources on the right targets – the unlicensed illegal offshore Internet gambling operators who do not create jobs or tax revenue in the U.S. and do not appropriately protect consumers,” Jeff Ifrah, founder of iDEA Growth (an online gambling lobbying group) said.

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NFL Issues Prohibitions on Sports Betting

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NFL has issued strict prohibitions on sports betting. In an email sent to NFL employees, vendors and contractors, the league made it clear that gambling on sports could lead to losing one’s job.

NFL’s communication said, in part:

“Gambling, particularly betting on NFL games or other sports, presents risks to the integrity of our competition and team cohesion, and can undermine the confidence and trust of our fans and colleagues in America’s greatest game. We therefore owe it to our fans and everyone associated with the League to take all appropriate steps to safeguard our game against possible threats from illegal gambling as well as gambling in a legal, regulated context.”

The memo spelled out forbidden activities and practices in detail. Prohibitions include:

Gambling at offshore sites or in states without legal sports betting

Gambling in any form on NFL games

Offering inside info or tips on a team or game

Setting foot in a sportsbook during the season

Betting in any form on anything in any NFL facility

Promoting any kind of gambling entity

Owning any part of a casino or sports betting operation

These restrictions are applied to owners, players and various vendors and contractors. Players are also implored to always give a “best effort” in any game to avoid the appearance of impropriety.

Non-sports wagering is allowed so long as employees do not physically enter a sportsbook to place the bet. Online or third-party wagers are allowed if done through state-approved operations. The league has made an exception for fantasy leagues with prizes under $250. Daily fantasy sports remain a violation of league policy.

The process of review and potential punishment for the rule violations lay at the feet of Commissioner Roger Goodell, who, according to the memo will make assessments on a case-by-case basis.

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