MGM Resorts Plans to Expand its Online Operations Globally
MGM Resorts has outlined plans to expand its online gaming channels globally.
Speaking at the Bank of America Securities 2021 Gaming and Lodging Conference last Friday, MGM’s Chief Financial Officer Jonathan Halkyard said the company was actively steering itself towards an asset-light model that would see it focus primarily on gaming operations rather than ownership, while continuing expansion of its online gaming business BetMGM.
However, it is likely that this expansion will eventually continue overseas given the absence of substantial new land-based resort opportunities and MGM’s reluctance, outside of Macau and Japan, to invest in such resources.
MGM Resorts holds a controlling stake in MGM China, operator of MGM Macau and MGM Cotai, and is leading a consortium looking to develop an IR in Osaka, Japan.
“When I think about what this company needs to be, definitely the best-known brand, most trusted brand in gaming,” Halkyard said.
“Casual, high-end and hopefully in as many distribution points with the highest availability in this country.
“Then to the extent that it is regulated, online offerings internationally.
“Realistically the opportunity for integrated resorts is not going to be in a wide number of jurisdictions and the capital cost can be pretty extreme but in our spots – Macau and Japan – we would expect to be a player there. So the best brands, [most] trusted brands available anywhere and premier in gaming.”
Halkyard paid particular attention during his appearance at the Bank of America conference to the long-term prospects of the company’s online gaming entity BetMGM, a joint venture partnership with Entain PLC.
MGM is looking to implement an omni-channel strategy for BetMGM by which online customers globally would become members of MGM’s M life Rewards programme and, therefore, receive points and rewards for their online play.
Halkyard said the company would continue to simplify its business model in the coming years.
“MGM has in the past flirted with non-gaming instances of its brand and we have over the past six months, Bill (Hornbuckle, CEO) and I and some of the management team, been unwinding and shutting some of those investments,” he said.
“They’re all small but they take financial resources and management resources, so we’re getting out of those.
“We’ve been through the CityCenter [sale], the MGP (MGM Growth Properties LLC) deal, so less financial engineering and more simplified and clear about what we are, which is an OpCo.”
Better Collective Releases its Annual Report for 2022
Better Collective has released its annual report for the 2022 financial year.
In the report, the company reported total revenue growth of 52%, amounting to €269m ($292m), with organic growth totalling 34%. Recurring revenue accounted for 46% of total revenue and grew 54% to a total of €123m.
On 23 March 2022, Better Collective also acquired the full assets of the media company, Canada Sports Betting, for €21m. The company also acquired Futbin on 19 April for €105m and aims to make further partnerships through this brand in the esports scene.
Better Collective reported sending 1.7 million new depositing customers to its partners in 2022, of which 76% of these were on revenue share contracts. Out of these, 580,000 were sent during Q4, and just under 300,000 were during the World Cup.
The report also stated that the $100m target of revenue for Action Network was reached in US markets. The financial targets for 2023 include total revenue of €300m, with an EBITDA of €100m.
The company also announced its long-term financial targets, up to 2027. These include a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20% and an EBITDA margin excluding special items of 30-40%. The final long-term goal of Better Collective is to ensure any future mergers and acquisitions can be financed by their own cash flow.
Better Collective began 2023 with just under 40% reported growth, due to the launch of online sports betting in Ohio.
Two partnerships were also announced in early 2023, with sports media sites Goal and Wirtualna Polska.
How does WinSpirit Casino use AI tools to enhance gamblers’ experience
The gambling market does not stand still. As you know, there has been a boom in artificial intelligence technology, and gambling market companies are already starting to test it: in process automation, marketing, and customer communication.
Players are becoming increasingly demanding, and our common task as joy providers is to satisfy users by constantly improving the quality of the service. And this is where AI tools come in handy.
Here are 3 cases of how casinos, including WinSpirit Casino, utilize AIs.
#1 Ideas generation. There are several units in casino teams, just like in any other company. And each of them uses the AI in their own way. For example, the PR department uses ChatGPT to generate content strategy and potential distribution channels for publications. By the way, this text is also partly written by ChatGPT. CC uses AI tools to improve communication with clients: operators use AI to analyze a player’s dialect and give them a relevant answer — as clear and familiar as possible. Further, the promotional department generates ideas for new promo campaigns and their promotion online in such a highly competitive market.
#2 Visual creation. We all perceive 90% of information with our eyes. And the first thing the client sees when entering the website is a visual component. That’s why casinos try to get stunning images that will capture players’ attention. WinSpirit Casino’s designers also use renowned Midjourney to create individualized visuals for its website and marketing materials faster than ever before. Nowadays, personification is king. By the way, graphics for this text was also been generated by Midjourney.
#3 Freedom for growing. How free are the employees in your company? Sometimes not so much, right? In the gambling vertical, innovation and freshness of vision are very important. That’s why at WinSpirit Casino, the task is of paramount importance — and the way in which the employee completes it is up to them. C-Level, on the other hand, simply provides access to these tools. For example, to Futurepedia, a suite of AI tools that allows for completing tasks more accurately and efficiently. Furthermore, such tools help get a fresh view of the everyday routine and offer players a customer-focused experience.
In today’s world, you can’t ignore new technology. After all, they allow a company to become better for its customers. For instance, modern AI tools can analyze the players’ behavior and identify the preconditions for gambling addiction. Not to mention that modern technology attracts a young audience that the business needs for further development.
Changes in Management Positions for Scout Gaming Group
The Board of Directors of the Scout Gaming Group has appointed current acting CEO Niklas Jönsson as the company’s new CEO.
The Board of Directors has also decided to appoint Andreas Olsen, the current Head of Finance in Norway, as the Group CFO, with immediate effect.
Andreas Olsen joined Scout Gaming Group in July 2022 and has several years of experience in accounting and auditing. Andreas has four years of experience in auditing, with both listed and private companies, primarily at EY in Bergen where he also became a certified public auditor. Andreas holds a Master of Science degree in Accounting and Auditing as well as in Financial Economics, both from the University of Agder in Norway.
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