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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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Pariplay® expands Ignite® program in North America by adding Reloaded Gaming content

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Exclusive deal provides Fusion® aggregation platform with entertaining and wide-ranging slots offering

NeoGames S.A (Nasdaq: NGMS) subsidiary Pariplay® has signed an exclusive agreement to add Reloaded Gaming as its latest Ignite® partner, as the leading aggregator and content provider continues to build on its unique proposition in the North American market.

Reloaded Gaming’s varied games offering will be supplied exclusively in North America, through the new deal, via the aggregator´s Fusion® platform. From classic Vegas-style slots to modern, casual themes, the studio’s impressive catalogue will be rolled out to players worldwide, including all five U.S. states Pariplay® is currently licensed in.

The studio will also now be able to create games through Pariplay’s turnkey development framework and have a smooth enter in the U.S. market thanks to Pariplay´s compliance services and exclusivity deals for Ignite® Partners. In addition to enhancing speed-to-market, launches will be supported through a complete suite of engagement solutions.

Reloaded Gaming offers entertainment-driven, feature-rich games that have been developed with a mobile-first approach, with a diverse portfolio that is easy to integrate through well-defined APIs. Created by a group of innovative gaming professionals with over 20 years of experience within the online gaming industry, Reloaded Gaming’s talented team has a passion for developing highly attractive, top-tier slots.

The addition of Reloaded Gaming to the Ignite® program serves to significantly boost the developer’s reach, while also adding to Pariplay’s unique content offering. Pariplay recently gained approval to become a supplier in Connecticut, adding to licenses in Pennsylvania, Michigan, West Virginia and New Jersey. In addition, the company is live in Alberta and Ontario, Canada, and will soon be available in five other Canadian provinces.

Ignite® supports all coding languages and allows for games to be built more quickly and with substantially lower costs, empowering game developers to reach global markets.

Callum Harris, Director of Partnership at Pariplay®, said: “As our presence in the United States continues to expand at a rapid rate, we are always on the lookout for games studios that can add a unique element to Pariplay’s Ignite® program offering.

“Reloaded Gaming’s wide-ranging slots catalogue contains every element that a player could wish for, from land-based classics to more modern feature-rich titles that have been proven to be successful in markets worldwide. It is fantastic to have signed Reloaded as an Ignite® partner on an exclusive basis and we look forward to entertaining players right across the US as we continue to grow together.”

Robert Skogh, CEO at Reloaded Gaming, said: “The Ignite® program provides us with a great opportunity to get our games in front of players across the United States, through Pariplay®’s partnerships with a host of leading operators.

“We are excited to see how our dedicated approach in delivering entertaining mobile-first slots content resonates with players across regulated states. I am certain this unique deal will help to accelerate our growth significantly.”

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – November 21-27

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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

Evolution’s Lightning Roulette U.S. has been named Gaming Product of the Year at the American Gambling Awards 2022. The American Gambling Awards are produced by Gambling.com Group Limited, a leading provider of player acquisition services for the regulated global online gambling industry.

Kambi, the world’s trusted sports betting partner, has been crowned Platform Provider of the Year at the 2022 American Gambling Awards which recognises the leading companies in the US online sports betting and gaming market.

Sightline Payments was chosen as the Payment Provider of the Year at Gambling.com’s 2022 edition of the American Gambling Awards. Sightline’s Play+ solution allows customers to instantly transfer funds from a wagering account into their Play+ account. As operators invest more heavily in live betting, judges cited that Sightline has given operators the ability to offer its customers both fast withdrawals and low cost of redeposits via Sightline’s proprietary SPAN Network.

RSI’s sportsbook BetRivers commenced its activities in Maryland. Bettors across the state were able to deposit funds and place bets during a controlled demonstration that took place on November 21 from 2 pm to 10 pm. BetRivers became fully live with online wagering activities on Wednesday, November 23.

Partnerships

We Are Technology Group, in collaboration with Inside the Pocket, announced a brand new partnership with legendary Brazilian operator – PixBet and its parent company PixStar. Built by Brazilians for Brazilians, pixbet.com has become a household name in the Brazilian world of iGaming and betting. We Are Technology Group will supply two top services to PixBet, their outstanding video product to pixbet.tv and their thrilling Fantasy League products to F2P site pixjogos.com.

AGON by AOC, a leader in gaming monitors and peripherals, announced its new two-year brand sponsorship with Esports Arena LLC. AOC will outfit and sell product inside Esports Arena locations within 18 Walmart stores nationwide starting November 2022. Through the end of 2023, 50 stores are expected to be added to its roster.

Vanta has partnered with Ultimate Gaming Championship (UGC). With Vanta as the official coaching partner of the UGC, the two organisations will work closely to provide coaching and development opportunities to organisations and gamers competing on UGC’s platform.

Appointments

Affinity Interactive announced the appointment of Andrei Scrivens as Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2023. Mr. Scrivens has served as AI’s Chief Financial Officer since 2019 and succeeds Mary Beth Higgins, who is retiring after a distinguished 25-year career in gaming. Higgins will stay on in an advisory role through June 2023 to help ensure a smooth transition.

ClutchBet has appointed Joshua Auriemma as its new Vice President of Engineering. An industry-leader in building and scaling sportsbooks, Josh joins Clutchbet from Penn Interactive, the online subsidiary of Penn Entertainment.

Great Canadian Entertainment has announced that Anthony ‘Tony’ Rodio, Chief Executive Officer, is retiring as CEO and director and the Board of Directors has appointed Matthew Anfinson, previously the Company’s Chief Operating Officer, to succeed Rodio as CEO. Great Canadian has also appointed Jordan Banks, a highly respected Canadian business leader as its first Executive Chairperson.

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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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