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Genting loses the race to obtain a new casino in Andorra

Niji Ng

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Genting Group, the Malaysia-based casino-operating company, was hoping to win a license to build and operate a casino in the Spanish region of Andorra. It was among the total 13 casino operators who submitted bids. In fact, Genting was one of the highest bidders, with $164.6 million. However, Genting’s construction proposal was not accepted, and the company was not chosen for the license.

Genting was disqualified from the bidding process over issues surrounding its purported ability to secure the land where it hoped to build, Spanish broadcaster Cadena Ser reported. The company had proposed a $162.8 million, 20-story tower, and Andorra was concerned that it had not proven that the land was already secured. Genting can challenge the decision if it so chooses.

The company who won the casino rights is Jocs SA. Jocs is a company already based in Andorra that has a technology alliance with Novomatic AG, a gaming equipment manufacturer out of Austria. The proposal by Jocs would include a six-story building – of which two would be built underground – at a price of $17.5 million (€15 million).

While the decision was certainly a little disappointing to Genting, it still has other opportunities. The company currently has operations in several parts of Asia, including the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore, and in the US, the UK, the Bahamas and Egypt. It also operates casino cruise ships through its Genting Hong Kong subsidiary. The company plans on launching several new vessels between now and 2021.

Jocs SA, also known as Joc Privat, started as a publication for the Spanish gambling industry. It provides information on a number of gaming activities, such as recreational machines, locations, online gaming and manufacturers and distributors. The company was launched in 1994 and publishes a paper magazine monthly, as well as maintains its digital version. The company is owned by the Andemar Catalunya Business Association, which is part of Foment del Treball.

Andorra has been working to improve tourism in the area, and believes that the recent increase in attention of the gambling industry is the best catalyst to increase the number of tourists that visit the region. The local government introduced a law two years ago that authorised casinos, with initial licenses valid for 20 years.

The law also stipulated that any company wishing to secure a license would be required to invest a minimum of $11.7 million and receive government approval. The Jocs casino will be the first in the area, pending final approval and construction, which could take more than a year and a half.

 

Source: CalvinAyre.com

Niji 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. Besides reporting industry headlines from all around the globe, Niji is also head of the content management team at Impressions Content Management, based in Kerala, India, which offers writing and editing services to clients around the world.

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Novomatic signs deal with Casino di Venezia

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Novomatic has signed an agreement with Casino di Venezia for developing slot machines and software. As per the agreement, Novomatic will develop software for the entire slot park in the two venues of the Venetian Casino, Ca` Vendramin Calergi, a 16th century historic building overlooking the Grand Canal, and Ca` Noghera, a modern venue located near Venice airport.

Novomatic Chief Operating Officer DI Ryszard Presch said: “With Casino di Venezia, we have gained an important partner who shares our dedication to expanding the range of services available to players and operators. For this reason, we constantly work to improve the gaming experience, so that the time spent at the Casino is more efficient and safe.”

Alessandro Catarossi, General Manager of Casino di Venezia said: “The new software, which will be installed in the medium and long term on a fleet of more than 600 machines, will enhance the services available to our customers and will help to make the slot machines even more efficient and secure.”

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AGEM inducts six more members

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The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM), an international trade association of gaming suppliers, has inducted six new companies. The association’s board of directors approved the membership of the new applicants. With this, the membership rose to 172 members.

The six new AGEM members are the following:

1. Acuris Risk Intelligence: Based in London, Acuris Risk Intelligence combines expert human analysts and state-of-the-art technology to help organisations manage risk in business relationships effectively;

2. CS-1 Transportation: a logistics provider based in Burlington, Ontario, Canada, with offices in Phoenix and Las Vegas. CS-1 specialises in the secure transport and movement of gaming equipment;

3. Eclipse Gaming: headquartered in Duluth, Georgia, Eclipse Gaming develops slot games and innovative solutions to engage the audience and deliver measurable results for its partners;

4. Fennemore Craig, P.C.: A law firm with a strong gaming and hospitality practice and a history of representing casino operators, tech companies and investors. Based in Phoenix with offices in Reno and Las Vegas;

5. Global Gambling Guidance Group (G4): Dutch-based G4 offers international accreditation and certification of responsible gambling standards for the global gambling industry; and

6. NRT Technology Corp.: a Toronto-based firm that designs and develops next-generation payment systems, financial and marketing kiosks and digital and mobile services.

 

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Blueprint Gaming integrates slots portfolio with SBTech

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Sports betting supplier significantly enhances casino offering

 

Leading slots developer Blueprint Gaming has further expanded its global reach after integrating its portfolio of games with sports betting solutions specialists SBTech.

As part of this new partnership, SBTech’s fast-growing operator network will now have access to one of the industry’s most diverse range of games for the first time.

Popular Blueprint releases such as Fishin’ Frenzy, King Kong Cash and Wish Upon A Jackpot, as well as its increasingly sought-after range of Megaways™ titles, under license from Big Time Gaming, have all been seamlessly integrated onto the SBTech platform.

This latest deal marks another important step in Blueprint Gaming’s strategic ambitions to increase its international footprint across the global gaming industry.

Siôr Walbyoff, Head of Business Development at Blueprint Gaming, said: “Partnering with SBTech gives us reach into new territories and customers across Europe, further solidifying our position as a premier content supplier across the iGaming industry.

“We’re excited about launching our latest content across the SBTech customer network.” 

Andrew Cochrane, Chief Development Officer of SBTech, said: “We’re delighted to add yet more leading casino content to our platform with our partnership with Blueprint Gaming and look forward to launching its core product content across our network of platform partners.

“The addition of branded games, such as Ted and Thundercats, along with its top performing Megaways™ titles, will complement our existing product offering and drive further casino revenue growth for our partners.”

 

About Blueprint Gaming

Blueprint Gaming is a leading UK based game studio and part of Germany’s Gauselmann Group. It creates exciting slot games for the global online and mobile markets and its games are also available to be played on over 100,000 land-based gaming terminals across the UK, Germany and Italy.As well as its original content, which has become hugely popular, it has developed successful slots based on a broad range of third party brands, offering players familiarity and operators unique marketing opportunities. Blueprint Gaming design and development team strives to push creative boundaries in the creation of slots that are as successful for its operating partners as they are entertaining and engaging for its players.

Blueprint is licensed to develop and supply online games by the UK Gambling Commission and Alderney Gambling Control Commission. The company’s slot release The Goonies picked up the “Game of the Year” crown at the Gaming Intelligence Awards 2019.

 

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