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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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BetMGM Supports New Research Initiative on the Impact of Advertising on Problem Gambling

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The International Center for Responsible Gaming (ICRG) announced that it has received a $180,000 grant from BetMGM, a leading sports betting and iGaming company, in support of the organisation’s research and education on responsible gambling and the impact advertising has on problem gambling.

“We are pleased to accept this historic contribution from BetMGM. Findings from this evidence-based research study will allow us to better identify potential risks and guide best-practices for the gaming industry. We commend BetMGM for partnering with us to better inform the public, operators, regulators, legislators and the media,” Arthur Paikowsky, President of the ICRG, said.

“Investment into research around responsible gaming is key to our continued education and commitment to providing best-in-class experiences and programs, as well as to ensuring a sustainable industry. This groundbreaking research will not only provide valuable learnings to BetMGM but will also serve as a guide for the industry and key stakeholders,” Richard Taylor, Senior Manager of Responsible Gaming, said.

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – November 14-20

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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

FastPlay has been launched by Wyzia Financial in the regulated Ontarian market. The company noted that it will supply the Canadian province with a “fast registration and quick deposit solution,” the “first of its kind” in the country. The group added that FastPlay will help operators secure end users by not asking them to provide sensitive information.

The Chickasaw Nation has selected Shift4 to process payments across all of its casino locations, non-casino tribal-owned locations and third-party venues under contract with the Nation. This includes WinStar World Casino and Resort, the world’s largest casino with nearly 400,000 square feet of gaming space.

Caesars Sportsbook has launched a mobile app in Maryland ahead of the state’s long-awaited online sports wagering launch. Caesars Sportsbook app is now available for download on iOS and Android in the state and live on desktop. Sports fans in Maryland can take advantage of a special early offer when they register and deposit funds ahead of mobile sports betting’s debut.

Tipico has announced that its free-to-play game is now live in Ohio. Sports fans statewide can visit www.WinOhio.com to play a scratch-and-win contest to earn sportsbook bonuses, free bets and win an Ohio fan experience within the Tipico mobile app.

Partnerships

The Esports Awards has partnered with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). As a result of the partnership, LSS will become the official charity partner for this year’s event — and collaborate with the awards show to raise $50,000 during the ceremony with digital and on-site activations.

Paradox has teamed up with Root, an on-chain marketplace for financial, prediction and commerce markets, to work on the launch of a new parimutuel betting pool model for the FIFA World Cup 2022 that the parties claim “ensures all market participants get the best odds.”

Belong Gaming Arenas has partnered with scholastic-focused esports platform Generation Esports to provide in-person gaming experiences for schools to take part in. Using Belong’s state-of-the-art gaming arenas, Generation Esports will take LAN’s to the next level across a variety of events in the near and long-term future.

Pragmatic Play has signed a deal to integrate its content with NGX platform in the growing Brazilian market. Continuing Pragmatic Play’s spread across Brazil, Slots, Live Casino and Virtual Sports content will be available to NGX benefiting powerful online casino solution providing player favourite titles.

Appointments

Entourage Sport & Entertainment has announced that BRBet.com has signed boxing legend Mike Tyson as its Regional Ambassador for Brazil. The deal sees Tyson become BRBet.com’s exclusive ambassador for its sportsbook and betting services in Brazil.

GAN Limited has appointed Eric J. Green to its Board of Directors. Mr. Green’s appointment to GAN’s board brings deep investment management and public company gaming expertise, as well as new independent leadership.

BetMGM has appointed retired U.S. soccer star Tim Howard as its celebrity brand ambassador. Howard’s addition to the BetMGM team launches a series of free-to-play games and promotions, among other activations, that the sports betting leader is planning in conjunction with the upcoming 2022 international soccer events and matches.

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – November 7-13

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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

Everi Holdings Inc, a premier provider of land-based and digital casino gaming content and products, financial technology and player loyalty solutions, announced that the Company was recognised by the Austin American-Statesman with a “Greater Austin Top Workplaces 2022” award.

Golden Matrix Group, a developer and licensor of online gaming platforms, systems and gaming content, announced it had acquired the remaining 20% interest in RKings Competitions for a total of 165,444 restricted shares of GMGI’s common stock payable to the two former owners of RKings.

Entain, the global sports betting, gaming and interactive entertainment group, has been named as 2022 LatAm Socially Responsible Operator of the Year by leading industry experts at SBC.

The World Lottery Association (WLA) has paid tribute to Guy Simonis, the organisation’s “founding father”, who passed away on October 5 at the age of 91. Simonis played an instrumental role in the lottery industry, particularly in Canada where he developed the country’s first sports lottery to help fund the activities of the Manitoba Amateur Sports Federation he founded in the 1960s.

Betcris, the leading gaming operator in Latin America, has won the “Employer of the Year” and “Sponsorship of the Year” categories at the SBC Awards Latin America 2022.

Kindred Group, with its multi-product brand Unibet, has settled the largest bet in the Group’s history following the Houston Astros winning the World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies on November 5. The historic bet of USD 1.05 million was placed by Jim McIngvale, also known as Mattress Mack, in July for the Houston Astros to win the World Series at odds 6.00 (+500).

Jackpocket, the leading third-party app in the US to provide a secure way to order official state lottery tickets, has announced its launch in West Virginia, offering lottery fans a new way to play.

DraftKings Inc. and Bay Mills Resort & Casino celebrated the grand opening of a permanent retail DraftKings Sportsbook, which includes expanded amenities and entertainment options for sports fans to enjoy.

A new competition has arrived in Apex Legends. Realm, a new automated esports platform from Eric Faust (Co-Founder of Realm) and, Laura Wilson (Co-Founder of Realm), John Chase (Ex-Amazon, Abe Books) Carter Smith (Former Circus, acquired by Realm) and Ken McGaffey (Former owner of Third Impact Esports, Ex DARPA and Meta) is launching in Apex Legends, with over $150,000 in prize money offered in its first season.

Partnerships

Esports stadium company Glytch has announced a strategic partnership with Legends, the global experiences company and premier sports and entertainment venue and attractions operator.

Sports betting consultant firm SCCG has partnered with direct payments processor Full Flight Payments. Operating as a gaming industry branch of merchant service provider BankCard USA, Full Flight Payments has been in the business for more than 26 years now.

Operator Mansion has launched in Ontario with Playtech. This further strengthens the long-term strategic partnership between the two brands.

Scientific Games has signed a contract extension with the Idaho Lottery, which will see it continue to provide scratch games to players in the US state.

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