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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – March 29-April 4

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Welcome to our weekly roundup of American gambling news again! It was again an eventful week in the USA, despite the still-active virus attack.

Here, we are going through the weekly highlights of the American gambling industry which include the latest news, financial results and new partnerships. Read on and get updated.

Latest News

Playtech has announced that it has entered a long-term lease in Michigan to house its first live casino studio in the US. This state-of-the-art studio will feature Playtech’s best-in-class technology and video capabilities from its flagship Riga studio. The scale of Playtech’s offering means it can offer integrated live content across retail and online channels and across product verticals, delivering live iGaming entertainment never seen before in the US market.

PointsBet Holdings has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary PointsBet USA and Penn National Gaming have agreed to extend the Online Gaming Services Framework Agreement dated 31 July 2019 to provide PointsBet with online sports betting and iGaming market access in Pennsylvania and Mississippi, subject to enabling legislation and licensure in each of those States. Pennsylvania currently permits online sports betting and iGaming.

Daily Fantasy Sports operator PrizePicks has announced the addition of premier esports titles Call of Duty, Rocket League and Valorant to its marketplace, a major step towards solidifying PrizePicks as the premier fantasy esports operator in North America. PrizePicks already features iconic AAA titles Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) and League of Legends on its platform.

Airwaves Media Group has announced the launch of Airwaves Games Network, a multi-platform esports media and production company dedicated to live esports. AGN was founded by former OGN and CJ executives who produced premiere esports events including the 2019 Clash Royale League World Finals, PUBG Global Championship 2019 Group Stages and 2019 Summoners War World Arena Championships, among others.

Sportnco has taken its first step into the US iGaming market with the launch of the SuperDraft Free SportsBook App. The SuperDraft and Sportnco teams worked in close partnership to develop free-to-play betting product targeted at US sports fans. The app will offer players the opportunity to place bets and learn about sports betting without financial risk.

GAN has published its Q4 and full-year results for the period ended 31 December 2020, with full-year revenue up 17% to $35.2m. Annual Gross Operator Revenue increased by 73% to $545 million year-over-year and real money Internet gaming (RMiG) was up 6% to $25.6 million in 2020. Simulated (SIM) gaming revenue increased 66% to $9.5 million in 2020.

Partnerships

FOX Sports and the New York Racing Association (NYRA) have announced an expanded partnership agreement that establishes FOX Sports as the official wagering partner of NYRA Bets and the leading media provider for elite thoroughbred racing through the next decade. The prior FOX Sports/NYRA media rights agreement provided a FOX Sports subsidiary with an option to acquire a 25% stake in NYRA Bets. The FOX Sports subsidiary will exercise this option by the summer of 2021, pending final regulatory approval.

Simplicity Esports and Gaming Company has signed a two-year agreement to sublicense the Flamengo Esports brand to a team competing in the popular mobile game Free Fire. The licensing agreement includes a minimum fixed fee of $100,000, as well as 20% of all sponsorship and advertising revenue received by the team.

BetMGM has entered into a multi-year deal with Audacy. As per the deal, BetMGM has become the preferred sports betting partner of Audacy across all sports broadcast stations, digital platforms, BetQL app as well as BetQL Audio Network. The key partnership details include integrated content across Audacy’s broadcast sports stations, customer acquisition opportunities and talent endorsements across Audacy’s wide spectrum of local and national sports betting content.

PGA TOUR and theScore have entered into a content and marketing relationship designating theScore Bet as an Official Betting Operator of the PGA TOUR across the US and Canada. As part of the deal, PGA TOUR will begin to incorporate daily odds updates from theScore Bet within the TOUR’s live audio play-by-play, distributed via SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio and PGA TOUR Digital platforms.

DraftKings and WWE have announced that DraftKings will become an Official Gaming Partner of WWE, subject to regulatory approval in all applicable jurisdictions. The collaboration centers on DraftKings’ popular free-to-play pools product and will launch with an inaugural free-to-play pool at WWE’s two-night pop culture extravaganza, WrestleMania, on April 10 and 11.

New Appointments

Intema Solutions has appointed Leigh Hughes to its newly-constituted advisory board. Leigh brings over 15 years of professional experience in integrated corporate and marketing communications and extensive experience in venture capital services and commercialisation of private and public companies across North America, Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

fuboTV Inc. has appointed Ali Ghanavati as head of regulatory technology for its new Fubo Gaming subsidiary. Ghanavati’s extensive gaming career includes roles as chief engineer and as deputy chief of the Technical Services Bureau of the State of New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, where he consulted with numerous state agencies and gaming jurisdictions regarding casino gaming regulation and standards.

Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) has appointed iGaming innovator and leader Joe Bunevith as its Director of Client Solutions. In this role, he will work closely with GLI’s sales, compliance and engineering teams on issues relating to new technologies, client onboarding, new jurisdictions and business solutions. Most recently, he served as Director of Interactive Gaming for Synergy Blue in Las Vegas.

Compliance Updates

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has imposed an $18,000 fine to MGM Springfield after finding three separate “unacceptable” failures that resulted in underage persons being allowed to gamble and, on one occasion, being served alcohol.

Score Media and Gaming Inc. has secured access to the Illinois sports betting market through an agreement with Harrah’s Joliet Hotel & Casino, a Caesars Entertainment property. Subject to receiving all relevant licenses and approvals from the Illinois Gaming Board, the Company anticipates launching its mobile sportsbook, theScore Bet, in Illinois in the second half of calendar 2021.

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – June 13-19

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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 appointments and new partnerships. Read on and get updated.

Latest News

Paysafe, a leading specialised payments platform, announced that Income Access, its marketing technology and services provider, won in the “Affiliate Tracking Software of the Year” category at the 2022 SiGMA Americas Awards.

GameSquare Esports will present at the Collision 2022 Conference, in Toronto, Ontario held between June 20 and 23. Justin Kenna, CEO of GameSquare, will be joined on stage by Leonard Fournette, running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a Complexity Stars Team Member, and Marissa Roberto, host of Digital SportsCentre at TSN Sports.

EBET, a leading global provider of advanced wagering products and technology, has received two prizes at the SiGMA Americas Awards. Its online casino and sportsbook brand Karamba won Online Casino of the Year, and EBET was named Esport Product of the Year.

Cherokee Nation Entertainment Gaming Holdings, a subsidiary of Cherokee Nation Businesses, has announced that it has signed an agreement with MGM Resorts International to purchase the operations of Gold Strike Tunica for $450 million in cash, subject to customary adjustments.

Elys Game Technology has announced the closing of the previously announced registered direct offering with a single institutional investor for the purchase and sale of 3,166,227 shares of the Company’s common stock (or common stock equivalents) at a purchase price of $0.9475 per share of common stock (or common stock equivalent) in a registered direct offering.

End 2 End authorities have confirmed the company’s participation in the next edition of the Brazilian iGaming Summit (BiS), an event that will take place on June 28-29 at the Espaço Boulevard JK in the city of São Paulo, Brazil.

Partnerships

BetMGM, a leading sports betting and iGaming operator, announced an agreement with PokerGO, the world’s largest poker content company, to host the BetMGM Poker Championship final table and a $25K freeroll tournament in the PokerGO Studio at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

San Diego Loyal Soccer Club has announced a strategic partnership with Sycuan Casino Resort, San Diego’s premier luxury hotel and world-class gaming destination. As per the deal, Sycuan is now the entitlement sponsor of the newly renamed “Sycuan Endline Suites” at Torero Stadium.

PointsBet Canada has entered into a partnership with ClubLink, Canada’s largest owner and operator of golf clubs. The multi-year partnership will see PointsBet Canada become the Official Sports Betting Partner of ClubLink which hosts over 1,000,000 rounds of golf annually at its clubs in Ontario.

UFC and DraftKings announced plans to launch a new iteration of DraftKings’ “Reignmakers” gamified digital collectibles franchise focused on UFC. Reignmakers UFC will allow fans to build collections of their favorite UFC fighters and utilise them in games to compete for prizes.

Appointments

Jamul Casino has appointed Ram Patrachari as its new Chief Information Officer. With more than two decades of IT and casino experience, Ram is a sought-after gaming technology industry expert, speaker and award-winning executive.

Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) has again expanded its Client Solutions and Client Services teams with the additions of Steve May as Client Solutions Executive and Samuel Grunther as Account Executive.

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Bojoko doubles down in the US and Canada

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Award-winning gambling affiliate launches dedicated .us and .ca domains as part of efforts to deliver a truly localised user experience

Bojoko, the award-winning online gambling affiliate brand, has launched dedicated sites for players in the US and Canada under .us and .ca domains as it continues to work towards its goal of becoming the leading affiliate in North America.

Bojoko.us and Bojoko.ca have been completely redeveloped under the hood so that they provide players with accurate and up to date information about each of the online casino brands available to them in specific states and provinces across the US and Canada.

This allows Bojoko to offer a truly localised product to players across both markets. This includes expertly written content that covers everything players need to know about online casino in the US and Canada, as well as a selection of powerful filtering tools to help them find the best brands.

Bojoko has also rolled out its “double layer” testing and review process for all of the casinos listed in the US and Canada. Each brand is put through its paces by Bojoko’s team of independent testers who sign up, deposit and play at each casino before leaving feedback on the experience they receive.

This is combined with player reviews and ratings so that Bojoko members know exactly what to expect before they sign up and play at any of the casinos it lists.

Joonas Karhu from Bojoko, said: “Canada and the US are two of the largest online casino markets in the world and we wanted to offer players a truly localised version of Bojoko to help them learn more about online casino and find the brands that meet their preferences the most.

“We realised the only way to do this was to launch dedicated domains for the US and Canada. This was a significant undertaking, and certainly from a technical perspective, but our team has overcome all challenges faced and we now offer a superior user experience as a result.

“We have already gained great traction in both the US and Canada and now look forward to driving even more growth with our dedicated domains.”

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – June 6-12

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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

Accel Entertainment announced the completion of its previously announced transaction to acquire Century Gaming, one of the leading distributed gaming operators in the Western US, for $164.2 million in cash and stock, including Century’s working capital.

Video King Gaming Systems and Parlay Games announced the certification by Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) of their national, tribally linked, flagship Class II bingo product: Bingo Treasures. With the completion of GLI’S certification and filing of a patent application with the USPTO, Video King has commenced licensing this suite of Class II linked iGaming products to Tribal customers throughout the US.

HeadsUp Entertainment International has launched “multiple revenue platforms” in six US states and Ontario. This comes alongside a partnership with fellow Canadian brand Enteractive Media, which will see both companies collaborate on the first of a number of content production initiatives “to produce daily content for sports betting customer acquisition”.

Rush Street Interactive has announced that it is adding its industry-leading online sportsbook to its existing online casino at BetRivers in West Virginia. Now sports fans across the Mountain State, aged 21 and over, can join gaming enthusiasts to place bets quickly and securely from the integrated BetRivers iOS and Android apps and website.

Playtech has announced that it has launched its multichannel technology with NorthStar Bets, an Ontario-based brand that provides players with a uniquely local, premier user experience on their casino and sportsbook gaming platform.

Win Systems has announced the installation of its award-winning WIGOS casino management system at the Ocean Gaming Casino in Hampton, New Hampshire.

Paramount Commerce has launched its Instant Bank Transfer payment solution in Canada for iGaming and sports betting operators. The product, proven in the North American online gaming and sports betting markets, delivers industry-leading conversion, ubiquitous bank coverage and state-of-the-art risk management.

New Appointments

Churchill Downs Incorporated announced that Katherine Armstrong has been named SVP of Human Resources for the Company. Armstrong assumes the role from Chuck Kenyon who announced his retirement after 18 years of leading CDI’s HR department.

Tracy Bradford has been promoted to the position of President of Seminole Hard Rock Support Services. In her new role, she will be responsible for all management and operations of Support Services, Customer Care and Aviation.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City has appointed Alicia Magee as VP of Finance. In her new role, Magee will oversee overall responsibility for finance-related areas.

Mohegan has announced the appointment of Heather Menzano as VP, Web Communications to oversee corporate and casino branded website and app development in North America.

Rush Street Gaming has promoted Bill Keena and Marc Arndt as COO and CFO, respectively.

New Partnerships

Vanta has partnered with Association for Middle Level Education to become the new official esports platform and partner of AMLE. With this partnership, AMLE’s membership of 35,000 educators will now be able to bring esports to their students via a safe, COPPA compliant platform.

Jackpocket has become the official digital lottery partner of Colorado Rockies. The partnership is Jackpocket’s third with a Major League Baseball team.

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