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MGM Resorts International And GVC Holdings Commit To Second Round Of Investment In US Sports Betting And Online Gaming Platform BetMGM

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ROAR Digital, LLC – the US sports betting and online gaming company operating as BetMGM and owned jointly by MGM Resorts International and GVC Holdings – announced that its shareholders have committed to a second round of investment, bringing the total to $450 million. This increase follows MGM Resorts’ and GVC’s total initial commitment of $200 million and underpins their commitment to BetMGM becoming a leading player in the rapidly growing US sports betting and iGaming markets. These two rounds of investment provide the Company with over $370 million of investable capital at present.

Since its launch in 2018, the Company has made significant progress and is on track to operate in 11 states by the end of 2020. In addition to the financial strength of both its shareholders, the Company benefits from MGM Resorts’ leading brand, iconic physical properties, and loyal customer base, along with GVC’s proprietary, globally-proven technology.

“We launched this business to combine the best of MGM Resorts and GVC, and establish BetMGM as a leading brand in the US sports betting and iGaming markets,” said Adam Greenblatt, CEO of ROAR Digital, LLC. “With broad market access secured, our long-term technology foundations now firmly established, and a high performing team in place, this further unequivocal support from our two shareholders will ensure we can achieve leading market positions in this exciting industry that is growing even faster than our initial expectations.”

Greenblatt concluded, “BetMGM is on track to generate over $130 million of net revenues this year predominantly from iGaming in New Jersey given the impact of COVID-19. With the return of sports and our growing operations across the US, we anticipate rapid growth in the coming year.”

The Company’s success will be built on its four core strategic tenets, each of which provide distinct competitive advantages:

1.  Market access:

The Company has already secured market access to 19 states1 which together reach approximately 50% of the US population. It has active operations in seven states with four more expected to launch by year end 2020.

With a best-in-class web, mobile, and desktop sportsbook platform as well as supporting MGM Resorts’ brick and mortar sportsbook destinations, BetMGM’s exclusive betting engine allows sports fans to place bets quickly, safely and easily in every channel. This superior experience, together with the Company’s demonstrated strength in player onboarding and management as well as GVC’s global sportsbook expertise, places BetMGM in a very strong position to achieve a leading share in the US sports betting market, estimated to achieve revenues of approximately $8.5 billion2 by 2025.

In iGaming, the Company has already achieved a leading market position in New Jersey with approximately 18% market share3 and gross gaming revenue growth of 210% in the second quarter of 2020 compared to the prior year quarter. The US iGaming market is estimated to achieve revenues of approximately $6.9 billion2 by 2025, and the Company believes that it can replicate this leading market position in other jurisdictions, as additional states legalize iGaming in the future.

2.  Customer reach:

The Company is uniquely positioned to access a wide range of customers through its partners, affiliates and its omni-channel approach.

MGM Resorts has an established portfolio of market-leading properties across the US, giving BetMGM access to market to millions of engaged and brand loyal customers. M life Rewards, MGM Resorts’ loyalty program, has over 34 million members, of which approximately 18% are located in states planned to be live on the BetMGM platform by the end of 2020.

The Company is integrating M life Rewards in support of an omni-channel strategy such that BetMGM customers will become M life Members to earn and enjoy Tier status, recognition and rewards based on their sports and iGaming wagers. Likewise, existing M life Rewards members will now have a new way to earn Tier Credits and status based on sports and iGaming wagers placed with BetMGM. This integration is expected to drive new customer acquisition, omni-channel activity, as well as ongoing customer loyalty and engagement for BetMGM.

In addition, the Company has exclusive partnerships with Yahoo Sports and Buffalo Wild Wings. Upon the imminent return of sports, the Company is looking forward to launching BetMGM to Yahoo’s 64 million monthly active users, including one of the largest fantasy sports player bases in the US.

3.  Product and technology:

BetMGM has exclusive access to GVC’s proven, highly flexible, and highly scalable in-house technology platform, which gives it world-class infrastructure, tools and content in both iGaming and sports betting.

Access to proprietary and vertically integrated technology is a key strategic advantage in delivering a leading sports and gaming proposition to customers. Core benefits include speed of development, reducing time to market on innovative new features, platform stability and flexibility, and ease of use.  The technology platform has been fully optimized ahead of the return of US sports, with the Company enjoying support from a team of over 2,000 IT specialists, including a dedicated team servicing the BetMGM product.

The Company also benefits from the maturity and rich features of GVC’s sports product, including an immersive in-play betting experience across an exhaustive range of sports as well as a range of industry leading bet management features such as Bet Rewards, Odds Boosts, Build-A-Bet, Edit-My-Bet and Auto Cash Out features. Combined with state-of-the-art engagement capabilities, best-in-class frictionless customer experience, as well as powerful omni-channel journeys and cross sell capabilities this gives BetMGM significant technological and experiential advantages. Internally developed, exclusive iGaming content has been key to BetMGM’s success in New Jersey. The current strength of product and technology, combined with the pace of improvement and innovation, strongly supports the Company’s leadership ambitions.

4.  People: 

In addition to being able to draw on the outstanding talent within both MGM Resorts and GVC, the Company has built an industry-leading team across a range of functions, including marketing, technology, product development, and customer engagement and retention.

The team has been hand-picked and combines deep industry experience from around the globe with US specialists in areas where local expertise is vital such as VIP, product UI/UX and customer research.

The US-based trading leadership team has a track-record of building trading operations and winning market share from incumbent players in the sports betting market. The approach and techniques further support the Company’s growth agenda.

“Sports betting and iGaming are fundamental to what MGM Resorts does best,” said Bill Hornbuckle, Acting CEO & President of MGM Resorts. “Our investment in ROAR is a demonstration of our continued excitement about the unique benefit of offering unforgettable, premier entertainment experiences to millions of our loyal guests directly through BetMGM. We believe this competitive advantage places BetMGM at the forefront of the most dynamic growth opportunity in all of US gaming and will ultimately deliver meaningful long-term value for our shareholders.”

“These are exciting times for BetMGM, as it continues to expand its iGaming business while also offering customers an outstanding sports betting experience as live sports returns to the US,” said Kenny Alexander, CEO of GVC. “We see enormous potential for the US market and are delighted to have such a strong foothold in it through our partnership with MGM Resorts. Our stake in BetMGM is, by some distance, the most important and exciting investment that GVC has ever made. We are absolutely committed to ensuring that the Company has the funding and technical resources needed to achieve long-term market leadership, whilst delivering significant value for shareholders.”

 

SOURCE MGM Resorts International

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Happening next week, the Gaming Americas Q1 Meetup (26 January, 2022)

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The Gaming Americas Quarterly Meetups have proved to be of huge success for the gaming and gambling industry in North and Latin America, and the #hipthers are excited to send you a reminder that the Q1 Meetup of 2022 is taking place next week on 26 January.

Launched in 2021, the quarterly meetups are designed to keep you up-to-date with what is fresh in the North and Latin American gambling industry.

The meetups feature several panel discussions per region and topics that are joined by key industry experts, CEOs, C-Level Executives, Business Development Managers, and sometimes government officials/regulators.

All meetups offer the opportunity to network online in special break-out sessions, but also join a round table discussion which answers all burning questions of the industry at a certain point in time during the year. All this is done in a safe, virtual environment.

You can register here for free to receive updates about the speaker lineup and agenda.

As mentioned above, the first virtual quarterly meetup will take place next week on Wednesday, 26 January, and here is the lineup of discussions you can join via ZOOM, WireUp, HIPTHER TV, or YouTube:

Times are EST – (GMT -5) New York Time

  • 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM – Is the LatAm market emerging or maturing (11:30 – 12:30 – Buenos Aires Time)
  • 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM – Is responsible gambling being sufficiently prioritized in the US market?
  • 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM – Fireside chat: Applying different tactics to reaching bettors in North America and Europe
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – US Legislation Round-up
  • 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM – The Canadian Gaming Industry Updates with Chantal Cipriano
  • 1:45 PM – 2:15 PM – Fireside Chat: SeventySix Capital welcomes new guest
  • 2:15 PM – 3:00 PM – Crypto Catchup with Segev LLP

Among the confirmed experts who are taking part in the discussions you can find:

  • Brianne Doura-Schawohl – Founder and CEO, Doura-Schawohl Consulting LLC
  • Victoria Reed – Co-Founder at Better Change
  • Jenny Lu – General Manager North America of OtherLevels
  • Charmaine Hogan – Head of Regulatory Affairs at Playtech
  • Chantal Cipriano – Vice President of Legal, Compliance & People with PointsBet Canada
  • Gabriel Szlaifsztein – General Manager LATAM at Continent 8 Technologies
  • David Mann – Chief Commercial Officer at Swintt
  • David Charnock – Business Development Executive at FSB
  • Andrea Rossi – Commercial Director Southern Europe & LatAm at Betsson Group
  • David Plumi – Regional Managing Director Latam & Spain at PressEnter Group
  • Tony Ure – Head of e-Gaming, Isle of Man Digital Executive Agency, Department for Enterprise
  • Victor Pronk – Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at Incentive Game
  • Allan Petrilli – VP of Sales & Growth at Intelitics
  • Hugo Vint – Business Development and Growth for OtherLevels in Europe
  • Brandt Iden – Head of Government Affairs, US for Sportradar US
  • Martin Lycka – SVP for American Regulatory Affairs and Responsible Gambling, Entain
  • Christopher Hebert – Gaming Division Director, Louisiana Attorney Generals Office
  • William J. Pascrell, III, Esq – Partner at Princeton Public Affairs Group, Inc.
  • Ty Jackson – Sports Tech Investor at SeventySix Capital
  • Ron Segev – Founding Partner of Segev LLP

You can register here for free to receive updates about the speaker lineup, agenda, and all upcoming meetup-related information, including recordings.

Hipther Agency is the parent brand of European Gaming, PICANTE, WireUp Zone, and Gaming Americas, eSports Connect, the HIPTHER news app, and the WireUp networking app (in testing phase) found on the Play Store.

To receive constant updates from Hipther Agency and conference agenda updates, subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/hfyZxf

For sponsorship/speaking inquiries, make sure to reach out to Andrada Marginean (B2B Sales Manager at Hipther Agency) at [email protected]

For media-related inquiries, please contact Alexandru Marginean (Marketing Specialist at Hipther Agency) at [email protected]

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – January 10-16

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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 acquisitions. Read on and get updated.

Latest News

The wait for mobile sports betting to arrive in New York is officially over. After being named one of the first operators to receive a license for mobile sports wagering operations in the state, Caesars Entertainment made history with its online and mobile sports betting app, Caesars Sportsbook, accepting its first sports wagers in the Empire State.

MGM Rewards is the revamped loyalty rewards programme that MGM Resorts is set to launch on February 1. The “reimagined” programme offers new ways to earn for both gaming and non-gaming spend, plus enhanced guest experiences.

Caleta Gaming has announced that its full game portfolio is online at Foliatti Casino, the first online casino from Mexican Group Foliatti. Video bingos, video slots, kenos, lottos and scratch cards provided by Caleta are already available to Foliatti Casino players.

JCM Global has installed its core product suite at Penn National Gaming’s new Hollywood Casino Morgantown. The $110m Pennsylvania property opened in December 2021, with JCM having installed its product suite – which includes its iVIZION bill validator, GEN5 Thermal Printer and ICB Intelligent Cash Box system – in all 750 games on the casino floor.

Aristocrat Gaming’s Neptune Canopy is now live on casino floors and has made its eastern US debut at Mohegan Sun. Aristocrat’s Neptune Canopy cabinet is a landmark in casino game play. When placed back-to-back, two games create a connected canopy for a sweeping gaming experience unlike any other.

PayNearMe has announced that it has been granted approval by the New York Gaming Commission to provide its MoneyLine platform to licensed operators across the state.

Partnerships

PointsBet Canada has joined the NHL Alumni Association as their exclusive sports betting partner in Canada and official partner in the US.

Madison Square Garden Sports Corp has announced a multi-year marketing partnership with Socios.com, naming the all-in-one influence and rewards blockchain app for sports fans across the world an Official Partner of the New York Knicks and New York Rangers.

The PGA TOUR and FanDuel announced a three-year extension through 2024 to their content and marketing relationship designating FanDuel an Official Betting Operator of the PGA TOUR.

BestOdds.com, a leading sports betting and education brand, has signed affiliate-partnership agreements with Caesars and FanDuel, two of the major US online sports betting operators licensed in New York.

International Game Technology has signed a strategic sports betting agreement with Meruelo Gaming, an affiliate of the SAHARA Las Vegas and Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nev., and the Arizona Coyotes.

The New York Gaming Commission has officially legalised the operation of sports betting platforms in the state. The Game Day, an affiliate partner to the major sportsbook operators, has secured partnerships with the four sportsbooks and has begun to market NY-specific promotions and offerings to in-state gamblers and bettors.

New Acquisition

Eilers & Krejcik Gaming has acquired assets of Fantini Research, including its gaming news publications and virtual trade show business. Fantini Research will continue to operate under the Fantini Research brand and will be a separate division of Eilers & Krejcik Gaming.

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New horizons in the world of mobile: WakeApp agency received a license to promote gambling in the state of Arizona

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The mobile marketing agency WakeApp, which is a guide to the world of mobile, has received another license to promote products in the igaming and sports betting verticals from the Arizona Department of Gaming. This means that from now on, licensed clients of the company can use the services of the agency and get hundreds of thousands of new players in this state.

WakeApp is actively expanding its presence in promising countries and opening up new opportunities to promote products in their territories.

In the state of Arizona, the sports betting vertical was fully legalized only in September 2021.

According to the Arizona Department of Gaming, in the first 2 months after the legalization of betting in this state, players made more than $777 million in bets, most of which were made using mobile devices. This is almost double the previous record in Virginia, where more than $324 million in bets were made in the first 2 months after legalization.

“Right now is a great time to master this market! Structural advantages and unparalleled player enthusiasm will enable advertisers to make the most of the existing acquisition opportunity in the new region.” – CBDO Nikolay Belikov.

Already, the agency has received applications from regular advertisers for promotion in the state of Arizona and is actively preparing to launch new advertising campaigns.

Note: WakeApp is an international project and has been on the market for 7 years, it is also a leader in the development and promotion of gaming and non-gaming mobile applications in the e-com, video streaming, food delivery, sport, utilities, and finance verticals. Earlier in 2021, WakeApp was ranked in 5 categories in the 13th AppsFlyer Performance Index XIII. WakeApp has positioned itself amongst major international competitors such as Search Ads, Google Ads, Facebook Ads, TikTok and others, and also became the only agency represented in the ranking.

 

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