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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – April 12-18

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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, new partnerships and compliance updates. Read on and get updated.

Latest News

Rush Street Interactive (RSI) has launched its flagship brand and award-winning online casino platform BetRivers.com in West Virginia. Through RSI’s partnership with Century Casinos Inc.’s (Nasdaq: CNTY) Mountaineer Park Inc., West Virginians can now play a fun array of online slot games and popular table games such as blackjack, roulette and baccarat. Similar to other markets where it operates, BetRivers.com plans to consistently add fan-favourite casino games to its site in West Virginia to provide players with fresh content and the same robust library of games it is known for in other states.

Rhode Island-based Bally’s Corp has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Tropicana Las Vegas Hotel and Casino from Gaming & Leisure Properties Inc for about $308 million. The agreement for the nearly 1500-room hotel, casino, theatre and convention property also involves a sale-and-leaseback transaction relating to Bally’s Black Hawk, Colorado and Rock Island, Illinois, casino properties. The Bally’s-Tropicana transaction is expected to close early next year.

Leaders from the global games industry who participated in #PlayApartTogether have committed to reactivate the initiative launched one year ago, which encourages gamers everywhere to follow World Health Organisation (WHO) health advice on COVID-19 prevention. As part of #PlayApartTogether, a large number of gaming companies agreed to disseminate evidence-based health messages from WHO to help slow the spread of COVID-19. To promote these messages, hundreds of game industry leaders in the interactive entertainment space have encouraged their vast network of users to follow the WHO’s health guidelines.

Wynn Las Vegas has announced a new COVID-19 vaccination and testing policy for its employees. As per the new policy, all employees must get vaccinated or undergo weekly COVID-19 tests. The company said that 60% of its employees have already been vaccinated. The announcement comes as the Nevada Gaming Control Board says it will only consider expanding capacity beyond the current 50% limit if casino-resorts take “measurable and material steps” to get employees vaccinated.

Financial Results

Sports wagering revenue in Iowa reached a new record of $13.5m in March, while the US state’s handle also hit a new monthly high of $161.4m. The revenue total represented a 1,025.0% increase on the $1.2m reported in the same month 2020, the month in which the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic shuttered the state’s casinos and saw major leagues suspended. It also marked a 75.3% month-over-month rise on the $7.7m posted in February this year, as well as breaking January’s $11.3m revenue record.

The casinos in Atlantic City saw an 80% drop in profits last year. According to the state Division of Gaming Enforcement, Atlantic City’s nine casinos collectively posted $117.5 million in gross operating profits in 2020, down from nearly $594m in 2019.

New Partnership

Online casino content developer Spinmatic has entered into a new partnership deal with the Mexican operator BigBola. Through the deal, Spinmatic has strengthened its presence in Latin America, particularly in Mexico, where Big Bola has twenty casinos, apart from the Big Bola Online platform. Spinmatic has a strong interest in the Mexican market, with several of its games already dedicated to this country’s culture. Some of these Mexican-themed slots are El Fuego, Mayanera Return, Día de los Muertos and the most recent 3 Amigos.

Appointments and Promotions

Leading US gaming company DraftKings has appointed Brian Angiolet as its first-ever Chief Media Officer. Most recently, Angiolet served as SVP and Chief Business Officer at Verizon Communications. During his tenure at Verizon, Angiolet spearheaded a number of high-profile, multi-billion-dollar content and advertising initiatives including broadcasting, sports and digital entertainment deals across Verizon’s Fios and media properties, partnerships with premier sports leagues like the NFL and NBA, and oversight of Verizon Wireless’ advertising and media portfolio.

Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) has announced multiple promotions within the company. Promoted to senior vice president are Christine Gallo, Compliance and Quality Assurance, and Kevin Mullally, Government Relations and General Counsel. Promoted to vice president are Elizabeth Harrison, Human Resources; Mackenzie Haugh, Engineering; Sangeeta Reddy, Engineering; and Angela Zografos, Vice President, Legal, Corporate and Regulatory Compliance. Throughout the company’s global laboratories, dozens of engineers have also been promoted.

Compliance Update

A pair of bills in the Florida Senate would create a state gaming commission and allow pari-mutuel facilities to offer certain forms of gambling without holding live horse races or jai alai games to bet on. Senate President Wilton Simpson announced that the Regulated Industries Committee will consider SB 7076 and SB 7080 during their meetings next week. The move comes while officials are engaged with negotiations with the Seminole Tribe over a new gaming compact. SB 7076 would create a five-member “Gaming Control Commission” which would oversee all of the state’s gaming activities. Currently, the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering oversees Florida’s commercial gambling market.

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Spearhead Studios becomes new Fusion™ partner

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Aspire Global’s Pariplay Ltd, the leading aggregator and content provider, has taken content from Spearhead Studios live on its Fusion™ platform.

Games produced by Spearhead Studios, the gaming development company of EveryMatrix, are currently being rolled out in regulated markets worldwide through Fusion™, Pariplay’s innovative solution.

Spearhead Studios develops high-quality video slots, table games and other online real-money games, with a strong focus on localised and data-driven production. Its content is currently live with over 100 online casino operators in 14 markets across Europe, Latin America, and soon the U.S.

Pariplay’s Fusion™ aggregation platform incorporates a suite of back-office conversion and retention tools that enhance player value, while featuring thousands of titles from the industry’s leading games developers.

The Spearhead Studios content deal is the latest in a string of new partnerships as Pariplay furthers its growth in regulated markets globally.

Callum Harris, Director of Partnerships at Pariplay, said: “Spearhead Studios has carved out a deserved reputation for delivering slick content that is very carefully designed to appeal to local audiences.

“The addition of this innovative studio’s product portfolio on Fusion™ is the latest step within our mission to offer players a wide variety of content that appeals to a range of demographics in markets around the world.”

Mathias Larsson, Managing Director of Spearhead Studios, said: “By integrating with Pariplay’s aggregation platform, we are able to reach a significantly larger range of operators in regulated markets globally.

“We believe our content hits the sweet spot in terms of giving players in local markets experiences that resonate with them. We look forward to a long and successful partnership, characterised by mutual growth.”

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – January 17-23

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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

United Esports and the DFINITY Foundation have announced that independent game developers now have the opportunity to bring their dream game to life by applying to the first-ever game development competition series, with a $10 million prize pool, Achievement Unblocked. The revolutionary new series will be hosted by award-winning esports commentator Mitch “UberShouts” Leslie and is set to premiere in late 2022.

Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis (AGLC) is improving access to its Self-Exclusion Programme. As of January 10, patrons who wish to enroll or renew their agreements within AGLC’s Self-Exclusion Programme can do so through a virtual process instead of the previous requirement of going through an in-venue gaming facility or AGLC office.

PlayAGS announced selected preliminary financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2021 in conjunction with the Company’s intention to explore a refinancing of its outstanding revolving credit facility and term loan credit facilities.

Unibet has launched a new themed live-dealer game created by Evolution Gaming. The game is called “Eagles Live Dealer Black Jack”.

fuboTV Inc. has announced that it has acquired exclusive rights to the English Premier League in the Canadian market for the next three soccer seasons beginning in 2022/2023. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

JCM Global has installed the largest sports betting screen in Oregon at the Three Rivers Casino in Florence. The 200sq.ft LED wall is the centerpiece of Three Rivers’ recently opened sportsbook.

CR Vasco da Gama, in partnership with Chiliz, the leading blockchain providers for the sports and entertainment industry, have announced that they will launch a $VASCO Fan Token on the Socios.com app.

Nuvei Corporation has announced that it has been granted approval by the New York State Gaming Commission to process payments with recently licensed digital sports betting platforms launching in the state.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has awarded Parx Casino’s holding company a license to open a mini-casino in Shippensburg Township, Cumberland County.

Crypto investment firm Mechanism Capital has launched “Mechanism Play,” a $100 million fund dedicated to play-to-earn gaming.

Partnerships

Playtech has strengthened its partnership with Banijay Brands, part of the international content producer and distributor Banijay, after being granted exclusive rights for use of The Million Dollar Drop brand in the US and retaining its rights for Deal or No Deal Bingo for a further five years.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and BetPlay, the market-leading multi-channel sports betting operator, announced a multiyear partnership that makes BetPlay the Official Betting Partner of the NBA in Colombia.

DraftKings Inc. and the Tulalip Tribes of Washington announced an exclusive market access partnership that will bring the DraftKings retail sportsbook experience to the state of Washington.

New Appointments

Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) has promoted Ben Murr to president of online gaming and its TwinSpires sports betting brand. In this role, he will be responsible for the overall strategy and operations of these businesses.

Pragmatic Play has expanded its Latin American team with the addition of Javier Samel as new Argentina Country Director.

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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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