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Kambi all set to obtain US sports betting license

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Kambi Group, the Malta-based betting company, is close to obtaining five new US sports betting licenses, its chief commercial officer Max Meltzer said.

Last month, chief executive Kristian Nylén said that Kambi had applied for sports betting licenses in New Jersey and Mississippi, apart from planning to apply for licenses in New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

“Our US sales director in New York is, along with others in the commercial department, consistently evaluating and trying to establish partnerships with the right partners,” Meltzer told iGamingBusiness.com.

“A combination of our speed to market, quality of product and managed services in the US has certainly caught the attention of a number of operators. So too has our strong corporate probity, an element which is playing well with companies looking for a trusted partner.”

“In terms of licences, in our Q2 report we said we were in the process for five permits and we are closing in on those, but in terms of further licences we are limited, like everyone, by the pace of regulation in the US.”

Kambi has been linked with a sports betting partnership with Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment and its Parx Casino in Pennsylvania. Greenwood recently submitted an application for a licence to offer sports betting at Parx Casino and its South Philadelphia Turf Club off-track betting facility.

A Kambi spokesperson declined to comment on the possible partnership to iGamingBusiness.com.

However, one Kambi deal that has been confirmed is an agreement to provide its sportsbook and associated services to Global Gaming.

The service will be made available in all markets where Global Gaming holds a relevant licence, with plans to launch in the fourth quarter.

In addition to the core sportsbook, Kambi will provide its open-APIs and risk management processes as part of the deal.

Meltzer told iGamingBusiness.com that the new agreement tallies with Kambi’s focus on targeted clients.

“We are very selective about who we choose to work with – we have no interest in doing a stream of easy, white-label-style deals,” Meltzer said. “Essentially, prospective customers must share the same motivation we have – to offer customers the best sports betting experience possible, to be forward-thinkers, and to have the ambition to gain market leadership positions.”

Meltzer added: “In our discussions, Global Gaming displayed huge enthusiasm and detailed plans of how to succeed in sports betting, as well as an understanding of the differences between a Kambi Sportsbook and those of our competitors.”

“Having grown rapidly through its Ninja Casino brand, they now seek to do similar in sports betting by leveraging our flexible sportsbook, using our open APIs and empowerment features to offer their customers something truly unique.”

 

Source: igamingbusiness.com

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Evolution Selected for PointsBet US Live Casino Rollout

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Evolution Gaming, leading provider of Live Casino solutions, announced today that it has been selected by PointsBet, a premier global sportsbook operator, for its rollout of Live Casino services in the US online gambling market.

Originally founded in Australia, PointsBet is currently operational in New Jersey, Indiana, and Iowa, offering both online and land-based sports betting. PointsBet entered the US market in July 2018 when it gained a commercial licence to operate as an online corporate bookmaker in New Jersey and commenced taking bets in the Garden State in January 2019. Since then, PointsBet has built a national footprint by entering into a number of other agreements to expand US operations into other states, subject to the passing of enabling legislation.

Evolution opened its first US Live Casino studio in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in August 2018. A second Evolution studio is currently under construction in Pennsylvania with go-live scheduled for H2 2020, as well as a third in Michigan, scheduled for go-live in 2021.

Commenting on the partnership, Seth Young, Chief Innovation Officer at PointsBet, stated: “We are thrilled to partner with Evolution Gaming to launch Live Casino technology in US jurisdictions, where we plan to offer our proprietary online casino platform. The addition of Evolution Live Casino extends the appeal of PointsBet’s premium product in the rapidly growing US market.”

Sebastian Johannisson, Chief Commercial Officer at Evolution Gaming, added: “Evolution’s Live Casino portfolio offers PointsBet a rich mix of world-leading online Live Casino games including classic table games, online Poker variants that are big favourites with US players, and our new generation of award-winning, record-breaking game show games. In addition, PointsBet will have the option of exclusively branded dedicated tables and environments, should they require these.”

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Virginia Lottery launches IWG games becoming the Company’s 23rd WLA/NASPL iLottery launch

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Long-standing collaboration with NeoPollard produces fastest integration to-date

Today IWG digital instant win games launched on the Virginia Lottery’s iLottery gaming platform, making it the 23rd WLA/NASPL-member lottery to launch the instant win supplier’s games portfolio. The integration took just weeks to complete, a timeline made possible by the long-standing collaboration between IWG and NeoPollard Interactive, the Virginia Lottery’s iLottery platform provider.

Following the execution of a five-year contract agreement, the completion of a streamlined integration process, and the implementation of IWG’s locally-deployed Remote Game Server (RGS), the Virginia Lottery has elected to roll out the provider’s top-performing games. An extensive portfolio of games is planned into the Lottery’s roadmap.

Among the titles now available to Virginians is Cash Expander, a customized game from IWG that has been designed specifically for the Virginia Lottery. The gameplay, which utilizes the developer’s core ‘match three cluster’ mechanic, includes gold, silver and bronze Virginia state symbols that activate the bonus round when three appear on-screen.

The release of Virginia Cash Expander marks the fourth iteration of this instant win game appearing in the North American iLottery market, following previous localized versions in Michigan, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania. These custom-made releases have proven hugely successful, with players appreciating the content that’s been adapted for their own respective markets.

The launch of instant win games with the Virginia Lottery highlights the supplier’s impressive lottery client network, with its content already live across the growing North American iLottery markets, including Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania in the US, and the Atlantic Provinces, Québec, and British Columbia in Canada.

Rhydian Fisher, IWG CEO, said: “We’re so excited to be live in Virginia, our 23rd iLottery launch. The Virginia Lottery and its entrepreneurial approach to iLottery combined with the support of its platform vendor, NeoPollard, made it possible for us to execute a contract, integrate our RGS platform, and localize a set of games, all in a very short period of time. Clearly, the leading iLottery platforms have proven they can support the integration of independent game providers, like IWG, right during a program’s initial launch.”

Kevin Hall, Executive Director of Virginia Lottery, said: IWG has done a tremendous job delivering the first of many games from its portfolio to the Virginia Lottery. They, along with our partners at NeoPollard, completed this integration within a very demanding timeline. Having seen the success of Cash Expander with other lotteries in North America, we’re confident our own localized version will also appeal to a wide range of players here in Virginia.”

 

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AGA to Report on Q2 U.S. Commercial Casino Gaming Revenue

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The American Gaming Association (AGA) will host a press call on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. EDT to provide an overview and analysis of the commercial gaming industry’s financial performance during Q2 2020. Data discussed will include national and state gross gaming revenue (GGR) broken down by gaming vertical.

 

WHO:          Bill Miller, AGA president and CEO.

 

WHAT:        Press call to discuss commercial casino GGR from Q2 2020 and YTD.

 

WHEN:          Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. EDT.

 

WHERE:      Register for the Zoom call here.

 

About the Report

AGA’s new Commercial Gaming Revenue Tracker provides state-by-state and cumulative insight into the U.S. commercial gaming industry’s financial performance based on state revenue reports. The first issue highlights second quarter results, ending June 30 (Q2 2020), and year-to-date comparisons.

 

 

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