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Black Fire Innovation Highlights Opening of Debut Building at Harry Reid Research and Technology Park

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Research and innovation in Southern Nevada have taken a major step forward with the opening of the debut building at the UNLV Harry Reid Research and Technology Park in Las Vegas.

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and a host of federal, state, and local officials joined leadership from Gardner Company, UNLV, and Caesars Entertainment to formally mark the completion of a building that will serve as a catalyst to unite business, stimulate research, and advance economic development efforts in Southern Nevada.

“The economic and academic benefits of the research park are strong. Black Fire Innovation will create opportunities for collaboration between industry and academia that simply aren’t possible on many college campuses today,” Governor Sisolak said.

The four-story, 111,000 square-foot innovation building is the first project completed by Gardner Company as part of a master-planned development envisioned by UNLV, the UNLV Research Foundation, and Gardner for the tech park.

“Gardner Company is immensely proud to commemorate the completion of Building One in the UNLV Tech Park. A campus of this magnitude will foster collaboration and innovation across businesses, UNLV students, innovators and entrepreneurs and will greatly help shape the research and innovation landscape here in Las Vegas and beyond. We are incredibly gracious for our partners and tenants who have allowed us to see our vision come to fruition,” Dan Stewart, partner and vice president of development at Gardner Company, said.

The centerpiece of the debut building is Black Fire Innovation, which brings UNLV and Caesars Entertainment, one of the world’s most diversified casino-entertainment providers, together in one space to advance current trends in hospitality and gaming technology. Black Fire is a technology hub where new gaming and hospitality concepts will be created and tested in a 43,000 square-foot innovation space that includes elements of mock hotel rooms, a casino floor and sportsbook, an esports studio, and virtual reality facilities.

“Black Fire Innovation, and the research park more broadly, exemplify the positive impact that can occur when the university and business community come together with a common goal. The park and its related partnerships provide a gateway for companies to enter our regional business ecosystem, which elevates our research potential, offers unparalleled opportunities for our students, and in turn strengthens our economy,” Zachary Miles, UNLV associate vice president for economic development and executive director of the UNLV Research Foundation, said.

Through partnerships like Black Fire Innovation, the tech park serves as a proving ground for new ideas that will expand Southern Nevada’s leadership role in hospitality and gaming. It’s also attracting the world’s leading technology companies, who want to have a presence in the region and partner with industry leaders from Caesars Entertainment and UNLV.

“Caesars Entertainment has been at the forefront of gaming and innovation for many years. Collaborating in partnership with UNLV, one of the nation’s top gaming research institutions, is the perfect recipe for success. Black Fire Innovation is unprecedented, bringing together top researchers and industry experts in a unique and dynamic environment that enables emerging student talent, technology partners and the community to work together. Caesars strives to provide the best possible guest experience, as technology evolves its exciting that these types of advancements could be conceived and perfected at Black Fire,” Caesars Entertainment CEO Tony Rodio said.

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – July 25-31

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Welcome to our weekly roundup of American gambling news again! Here, we are going through the weekly highlights of the American gambling industry which include the latest news and new partnerships. Read on and get updated.

Latest News

Internet Vikings has launched its iGaming hosting operations in Iowa, as the company works to further develop its US presence. Established in Sweden in 2008, Internet Vikings provides hosting and marketing solutions for iGaming operators.

The AGEM & AGA Annual Golf Classic, presented by JCM Global, has raised $180,000 for the International Centre for Responsible Gaming (ICRG). To date, the event has raised nearly $2.5 million to support the ICRG and its research into problem gambling.

MegaFans, the first open-source esports platform bridging Web2 and Web3, has announced that its Summer Extravaganza Tournament will have a $100,000 prize pool, an opportunity for its rapidly growing base of mobile gamers to win cash, gift cards, cryptocurrency, NFTs and more.

Penn National Gaming Inc has announced that its subsidiary Score Digital Sports Ventures (Canada) Inc has launched its proprietary risk and trading platform, the culmination of theScore Bet’s strategy to bring its sportsbook technology in-house.

Pragmatic Play, a leading content provider to the iGaming industry, has strengthened its position in Buenos Aires City, Argentina following the approval of its Live Casino content by the capital city’s regulator.

International Game Technology (IGT) has announced that its subsidiary, IGT Global Solutions Corporation, has signed an agreement to deliver engaging iLottery content through its high-performing remote gaming server (RGS) to the Michigan Lottery.

Magic Eden, the leading community-centric, NFT marketplace on Solana, introduced the Company’s first Semi-Fungible Token (SFT) marketplace in conjunction with the popular move-to-earn NFT game Genopets.

SciPlay Corporation, one of the world’s leading gaming companies, has launched a summer-long social media and advertising campaign for the top-ranked casino game Jackpot Party, starring actress and entrepreneur Sofia Vergara.

Partnerships

Lotería Nacional de Ecuador, the Ecuador National Lottery, has awarded a new, 10-year contract to Scientific Games that includes instant games, lottery systems, retail technology and a draw-based lottery game system that will launch Ecuador’s first-ever electronic draw games.

Ainsworth Interactive, the iGaming division of Ainsworth Latin America, has taken its iGaming content live in Peru with retail and online operator Apuesta Total. Games like Mustang Spirit and Vegas Fiesta Grand are now available at ApuestaTotal.com.

G2 Esports has entered into a partnership with Herman Miller Gaming. The partnership will provide G2 with Herman Miller Gaming equipment and create exclusive opportunities for the teams to collaborate on future products and research.

Betsoft Gaming has secured a content partnership with operator Condor Gaming Group’s new online casino, Gambeta10. The licensed casino will have access to Betsoft’s award-winning slots portfolio including the latest release Gemini Joker and classic comedy heist Take the Bank.

Brazilian top-flight club Fluminense has renewed its sponsorship arrangement with sports betting brand Betano. Running until June 2025, the sponsorship arrangement will focus on fan engagement, with various activations planned according to the duo, along with advertising and marketing provisions.

New Appointments

Pollard Banknote has appointed May Scheve Reardon as VP of government relations with responsibility for government and legislative affairs.

Bragg Gaming Group has announced that the Company’s Board of Directors has appointed Mark Clayton to the Board.

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – July 18-24

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Welcome to our weekly roundup of American gambling news again! Here, we are going through the weekly highlights of the American gambling industry which include the latest news and new partnerships. Read on and get updated.

Latest News

Esports portfolio company X1 Esports and Entertainment has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire digital influencer management company Tyrus Talent Services.

Casino officials for Elk Grove’s Sky River Casino have announced that the casino is set to open in early September, two months ahead of schedule. Casino officials did not specify a date in their announcement, but work on the 100,000-square-foot casino west of Highway 99 near Kammerer Road is nearly complete as hiring continues.

Caesars Entertainment has received a top score on this year’s Disability Equality Index (DEI), a joint initiative of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and DisabilityIN. Up from 80 on last year’s index, the company received a 100, marking it as one of the best places to work for disability inclusion.

Las Vegas Sands Corp has reported financial results for the quarter ended 30 June 2022. Net revenue was $1.05 billion, compared to $1.17 billion in the prior year quarter. Operating loss was $147 million, compared to $139 million in the prior year quarter.

FanDuel Casino has chosen Mischief @ No Fixed Address as its creative agency of record. Mischief is responsible for creative duties pertaining to FanDuel Casino.

FanDuel Group is expanding its online casino offerings through the introduction of its first-ever FanDuel-branded live dealer studios in Michigan and Pennsylvania in partnership with Evolution. All of FanDuel’s live dealer games, including blackjack and roulette will now be streamed for Michigan and Pennsylvania customers directly from FanDuel’s live dealer studios.

New Partnerships

PointsBet Canada has confirmed that it will continue to support curling in Canada, agreeing to a long-term partnership with Curling Canada and the newly formed Team Bottcher. The agreement will see PointsBet Canada become the official Team Bottcher sports betting partner.

ScoreBreak has announced a new, ground-breaking agreement with Genius Sports, the exclusive distributor of official NCAA data. ScoreBreak solutions, which can be delivered to the bench, sidelines, locker-room and the booth, will be powered by official NCAA game statistics across multiple sports.

U.S. Integrity has announced a comprehensive partnership with Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment, which on February 11, 2022, launched their mobile sportsbook operation.

Jackpocket, the leading third-party app in the US to provide a secure way to order official state lottery tickets, and the New York Mets announced Jackpocket as the Official Digital Lottery Partner of the Mets.

New Appointments

Betsson has announced Zé Roberto as its newest brand ambassador. The Brazilian former football player, who has a successful career worldwide, signed a three-year global contract with all brands in Betsson Group’s portfolio.

Jackpocket has appointed iGaming veteran John Worthington as the company’s first-ever VP of Interactive Gaming.

FanDuel Group has announced two appointments reflecting each executive’s contributions to the success of the business. Effective immediately, Christian Genetski has been promoted to the role of President, FanDuel Group and Mike Raffensperger has been named to the newly created position of Chief Commercial Officer.

Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) has appointed Ginnie Hollis as Director of Engineering. Previously, she served as Senior Manager of Engineering.

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – July 11-17

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Welcome to our weekly roundup of American gambling news again! Here, we are going through the weekly highlights of the American gambling industry which include the latest news and new partnerships. Read on and get updated.

Latest News

Rush Street Interactive has announced that it has launched its RushBet online casino and sportsbook in Mexico. Residents in Mexico aged 18 or older can now sign up and place wagers on the RushBet platform through its website RushBet.mx and through its mobile apps on both iOS and Android.

FanDuel has officially opened its doors at Audi Field and is now accepting bets. Located just inside Gate A, the FanDuel Sportsbook stretches over 2700 square feet and features three wagering stations, 47 HD televisions, two large video walls, 18 self-service kiosks and an uninterrupted view to the field for fans to enjoy D.C. United matches and other sporting events.

Pragmatic Play has gone live with prominent Argentinian operator Pálpitos in Tucumán, to provide its award-winning Slots portfolio. As part of the deal, Pálpitos’ customers will now gain access to Pragmatic Play’s extensive slot portfolio.

PlayUp Limited has announced that it is working through completion of the certification process by GLI and, therefore, is closing in on approval to launch its proprietary Betting, Entertainment and Sports Technology Platform (BEST) in the US markets.

Star8 Corp has announced that it has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to acquire a group of St. Vincent operating under the name Pace Developments St. Vincent Inc. through a plan of exchange with an expected closing in the current quarter.

Table Trac Inc. announced that Stillwater Gaming’s Lucky Strike Casino, located at 444 E Williams Street, Carson City, Nevada, will soon have Table Trac Inc.’s CasinoTrac casino management system installed.

International Game Technology PLC (IGT) has announced that it has launched the highly anticipated DiamondRS mechanical reel cabinet.

New Partnerships

Nuvei Corporation and GAN Limited announced that they have entered a strategic partnership enabling gaming operators to access Nuvei’s full suite of payments solutions through an integration with GAN’s software-as-a-service gaming platform technology.

Pragmatic Play will further expand its presence across Latin America through its latest deal with leading operator MiCasino.com. MiCasino.com customers will gain access to three of Pragmatic Play’s leading verticals, including its award-winning slot titles which will see the delivery of recent hit titles such as Fortune of Giza and Zombie Carnival along with the multi-award-winning Gates of Olympus.

MGM Resorts International announced a multi-year agreement to become an Official Partner of MLB Players Inc., giving the company use of MLB Players’ branding and group marketing rights. The partnership also provides hospitality benefits to MLB Players with MGM Resorts’ properties serving as the host location for a variety of MLB player-related events.

The Cincinnati Bengals and Betfred announced a multi-year partnership to make Betfred the team’s official sports betting partner.

New Appointments

Aristocrat Gaming has appointed Deanne McKissick as its Chief Supply Chain Officer and Mark Wadley as Chief Marketing Officer. Reporting to CEO of Aristocrat Gaming Hector Fernandez, McKissick will oversee the entire global supply chain, ensuring that customers continue to have the best product purchasing experience while Wadley will oversee the comprehensive marketing efforts at a global level to maximise the value of the Gaming division and products.

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