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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – May 25-31

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Welcome to our weekly roundup of American gambling news.

Last week, several gambling companies have re-entered into their businesses despite the ongoing pandemic. Here, we are going through the weekly highlights of the American gambling industry which includes casino reopening, new partnerships, product launches, award winnings, latest approvals, and recent announcements. Read on and get updated.

Casino Reopening

Most of the casinos have resumed their operations this week. Some are on the preparations to restart their business.

Rodney Butler, Chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, said that the plans to partially reopen Foxwoods Resort Casino on June 1 are still moving ahead despite opposition from Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont.

Rodney Butler told in an interview that Lamont is welcome to tour Foxwoods and see firsthand the safety precautions being taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, ranging from fewer open slot machines to air filtration systems.

New Deals

AGS announced a new partnership with the Kindred Group to provide its online, real-money games for the Kindred Group’s Unibet brand in New Jersey.

The Vancouver Titans esports team entered into a new partnership agreement with Pizza Hut Canada and designated Pizza Hut as the Official Pizza of the team and their fans.

Microgaming signed an exclusive distribution agreement with game design and development studio, Neko Games. The studio’s Super Showball video bingo game is live on Microgaming’s content aggregation platform from 26 May 2020.

Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) and Aristocrat Leisure entered into an agreement in principle to settle the Kater v. Churchill Downs, and Thimmegowda v. Big Fish Games lawsuits.

New Launchings

The igaming publishing company Oddschecker Global Media announced the launch of RacingPicks, a standalone horse racing site. The site’s purpose is to provide day-to-day expert content to the American racing community.

TransAct Technologies Incorporated launched its new Epicentral Clean2Play Sanitization Tracking System for casinos. This new casino product provides real-time printed proof that a slot machine has been cleaned, sanitized, and is ready for play.

The D.C. Lottery is set to launch its sports betting platform in the coming days. The online sportsbook GambetDC will take its first wagers in June, even though a large number of global sports events remain canceled due to COVID-19.

Awards

Michigan State Rep. Brandt Iden received an honorary American Gambling Award for his extraordinary efforts in legalizing sports betting, online poker, and online casino gaming throughout the state in 2019.

Latest Approvals

Illinois lawmakers have approved an approximately $40 billion state budget that largely maintains spending, along with a plan to push forward a Chicago casino.

The budget, which largely relies on federal funding, mostly maintains funding from the current budget, which the exception of health care agencies affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Legislators also approved a plan pushed by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot to change the tax structure for a casino in the city. The Chicago casino was included in last year’s gambling expansion authorizing six new casinos, part of a critical funding source for the state’s $45 billion capital plan.

Financial Help

Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) is going to receive a $500m loan from the Provincial Government.

With Ontario’s state of emergency shuttering casinos, slot machines, and racetracks for the past two months, the gaming monopoly was in dire need of a cash injection.

Announcements

Brazilian Deputy Bacelar has affirmed that the legalization of all gambling verticals could play a key role in economic stability in the country.

He stated that following the current health pandemic, he is in favor of legalizing all gambling verticals, including jogo do bicho, on the grounds that gambling could save Brazil from its current financial crisis and rejuvenate the economy.

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – May 2-8

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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, new partnerships and new appointments. Read on and get updated.

Latest News

Light & Wonder Inc has announced that the Company has completed the previously announced legal entity name change from Scientific Games Corporation to Light & Wonder Inc in connection with its recently announced rebranding pursuant to the sale of its Lottery business.

Beach Point Capital Management LP has announced a $30 million private credit investment in GAN Limited, a leading full-service internet gaming software-as-a-service provider.

Kings Entertainment has announced that the company’s common shares commenced trading on the OTCQB market under the ticker “JKPTF”. Kings Entertainment’s common shares will also continue to trade on the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE) under the ticker “JKPT”.

Brazil’s Senate has passed a cryptocurrency law project that seeks to give more clarity and protect users from different cryptocurrency-related scams that have happened in the country. The project will now advance to the Chamber of Deputies, which will be responsible for debating and approving or rejecting this new project.

The Massachusetts Senate has passed a bill that would allow legal sports betting – but with a prohibition on many forms of marketing – in the state. The chamber reviewed Senate Bill 2844, which added a clause to the Massachusetts General Laws clarifying that sports betting, whether online or land-based, was not a form of illegal gaming.

Aristocrat Gaming has broken ground on a new manufacturing facility in Henderson, Nevada. Henderson Mayor Debra March joined hundreds of Aristocrat team members for the groundbreaking celebration.

International Game Technology PLC (IGT) has announced that it has become the first U.S. supplier in the gaming industry to receive Global Gambling Guidance Group (G4) responsible gaming accreditation for its sports betting operations.

Maine governor Janet Mills has signed a bill that would allow for both retail and tribal-operated online sports betting into law. LD 585 would allow for the state’s four Native American tribes to apply for a license to operate online sports betting.

Ainsworth Game Technology has successfully installed its award-winning Historical Horse Racing System (HHR) and 100 machines at The Brook in Seabrook, N.H. It marks the first time HHR machines have been utilised in the recently opened New Hampshire market.

The Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) has announced the addition of fantasy contest operator license applications to its official website. The agency may now issue two types of licenses.

FlowPlay has announced the launch of a new in-game fundraising campaign to benefit the American Cancer Society (ACS).

Partnerships

FanDuel Group has announced a multi-year partnership renewal to become an Official Sports Betting Partner of the New York Yankees.

playAWARDS has added experiential entertainment brand Lighthouse Immersive to its growing portfolio of reward partners.

New Appointment

FanDuel Group has appointed David Jennings as its Chief Financial Officer. Jennings will be responsible for oversight of all FanDuel’s finance functions including FP&A, strategy, accounting, procurement, tax and treasury in support of the company’s Sportsbook, Casino, Racing, Daily Fantasy, Retail and corporate functions.

New Acquisition

Playmaker Capital Inc. has acquired The Sports Drop, a US-based sports media company that focuses on NFL, NBA, MLB and collegiate sports coverage.

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EveryMatrix signs patent license agreement with IGT

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iGaming provider EveryMatrix has just signed a patent license agreement with IGT, holder of the largest slot game feature patents portfolio in North America.

This agreement will allow EveryMatrix to offer slots across North America that utilize patented game features within IGT’s portfolio and others in IGT’s game features patent licensing program, increasing EveryMatrix’s reach and strengthening its position in the U.S. and beyond.

Erik Nyman, President EveryMatrix Americas, comments: “Signing a patent license agreement with IGT was an important milestone in our U.S expansion. Through this agreement, EveryMatrix will have access to IGT’s game feature patents, allowing us to distribute our gaming content to partners across North America.”

Stephen Calogero, VP and Deputy General Counsel, Global Gaming and Intellectual Property at IGT said: “We are pleased to add EveryMatrix as a member of the game features licensing program which has fostered unprecedented innovation for game mechanics across the industry.”

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – April 25-May 1

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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, new partnerships and new appointments. Read on and get updated.

Latest News

Aruze Gaming America (AGA), a leading developer of gambling entertainment solutions for the global casino market, has announced its new Muso Curve 55—Midnight Edition Cabinet. Along with the cabinet, Aruze also announced two exclusive game titles.

Aspire Global’s BtoBet has obtained the Gaming Labs International “Events Wagering System” certification standard GLI-33. Aspire Global’s complete B2B iGaming offering is now fully certified in North America and ready for a broad launch.

Jackpocket announced its launch in New Mexico in partnership with Circle K. Lottery players in New Mexico can now use Jackpocket’s mobile app to place ticket orders for well-known lottery game favourites, including Mega Millions, Powerball, Lotto America, Pick 3, Pick 4 and Roadrunner Cash.

A plain curved wall has become a spectacular architectural art feature with a new digital signage installation from JCM Global (JCM) at Grand Casino Hotel & Resort. JCM installed its AirSlim Digital Signage Solution above the Grand Café. Stretching 40 feet wide and 10 feet tall at its highest point, the unique digital signage installation features a series of ultra slim panels spaced just two inches apart, allowing the display to perfectly follow the wall’s natural curvature.

Caesars Entertainment has raised the stakes once again, now offering more ways than ever to earn Caesars Rewards Tier Status with the new and improved Caesars Rewards Visa card, in partnership with Bread Financial. For the first time, new and existing Caesars Rewards members will earn not just Reward Credits but also have the opportunity to raise their Tier Status with every purchase made using their Caesars Rewards Visa card.

New Partnerships

Vegas Golden Knights announced a multi-year jersey entitlement partnership with Circa Las Vegas for Golden Knights jerseys worn during the team’s home games played at T-Mobile Arena. The home jersey patch will begin being worn at the start of the 2022-23 NHL season and signify the organisation’s first-official jersey entitlement partnership.

Cleveland Browns and Bally’s Interactive announced a long-term partnership that features various fan-focused elements and establishes the gaming leader as an official sports betting partner of the team.

Penn National Gaming has partnered with U.S. Integrity (USI) to strengthen operations for both companies across the Canadian and U.S. regulated markets.

Aristocrat Gaming has entered a first-of-its-kind partnership with the Fremont Street Experience, the six-block entertainment district located in historic downtown Las Vegas. Aristocrat is the world’s first slot manufacturer to create an invitation to play on the world’s largest single video screen – the 136,000-square foot canopy over the Fremont Street Experience.

New Appointments

National Council on Problem Gambling has appointed Jaime Costello as Director of Programmes. Costello is an experienced addiction and public health professional with nearly fifteen years of experience working in the problem gambling field.

PointsBet has appointed Brett Jackman as Vice President of Strategy for PointsBet Canada. Jackman holds nearly 15 years of professional experience as a strategy and transformation leader, advising large North American companies on their growth strategy initiatives and top priorities, including new market and product launches, enterprise transformations and M&A.

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