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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – July 31-August 6

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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

Aristocrat Gaming and the National Football League released the first visuals of the new NFL-themed slot machines with the reveal of NFL Super Bowl Jackpots. This introductory new game will bring the largest sports brand in the US to casino floors across the country at the start of the 2023 NFL season.

Flutter Entertainment and Fox Corporation announced the decision to close the sports betting platform FOX Bet. A phased closure of FOX Bet’s operations will take place before August 31. Flutter operated FOX Bet as part of The Stars Group US along with the US-facing operations of PokerStars.

International Tennis Integrity Agency has confirmed that Bolivian tennis official Percy Flores has been suspended from the sport for 12 years and issued a $15,000 fine for multiple breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme. Flores, a white badge umpire who did not contest the ITIA’s charges, was found to have committed 31 breaches of the TACP between November 2021 and October 2022.

Jackpot.com, the online platform that allows lottery players to securely order official state lottery tickets from their mobile phone, tablet or desktop, launched in New York. Jackpot.com allows New Yorkers to order tickets for Powerball, Mega Millions, Cash4Life, New York Lotto and Pick 10.

Betr Holdings announced the launch of Betr Picks, a pick ’em style fantasy game to complement its existing real money and free-to-play online sports betting product, Betr Sportsbook.

A veteran gaming professional with experience in regulating sports betting in Massachusetts has joined the N.C. State Lottery Commission to lead its gaming compliance and sports betting division. Sterl Carpenter, who has more than 30 years of experience in the gaming industry, joined the commission in a new position, as deputy executive director of gaming compliance and sports betting.

Partnerships

eTeamSponsor has become the official fundraising partner of the National Esports Collegiate Conference. NECC schools can now use the eTeamSponsor digital fundraising system to raise funds for critical needs like faster computers, better internet speeds and the latest equipment to ensure the success of their esports programmes.

FanDuel has teamed up with former NFL tight end Rob Gronkowski to launch a new game named Gronk Spike Cornhole, which can be played for free or with real money. Based on Gronk’s favourite yard game, Gronk Spike Cornhole allows users to test their skills as they compete against Gronk throwing bags to the board by simply dragging their finger across the screen.

MGM Resorts announced the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will transition from its Identity loyalty programme to the company’s award-winning MGM Rewards loyalty programme beginning February 1, 2024, unlocking the ability for members to earn and redeem points across the company’s 20 premier U.S. destinations.

SportyBet has introduced a new video content feature to its sports betting product. In partnership with Sportradar, a renowned global sports technology company, and WSC Sports, a world leader in AI-powered sports video content, the video feature is designed to enhance the live sports betting experience for Brazilian users.

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – July 15-21

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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.

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Instant Win Gaming (IWG), a leading supplier of eInstant games to NASPL and WLA-member lotteries, has congratulated the Pennsylvania Lottery on becoming the first in the US to launch eFastPlay, a new eInstants category offered by IWG. In Pennsylvania, the Lottery is branding this new category as EZ “eInstants”. The Lottery’s new EZ category broadens the appeal of its online programme to players who prefer a more simplified instant play experience.

Advanced Casino Solutions (ACS), a leader in targeted marketing and player engagement solutions for the gaming industry, announced a significant upgrade to its cutting-edge product, the Precision Insights & Engagement (PIE) platform. This enhancement further refines the capabilities of PIE, providing even more detailed insights into visitor behaviour and setting a new industry standard for data-driven marketing.

Relativity Acquisition Corp. announced that it has entered a letter of intent (LOI) providing for a proposed business combination (the Transaction) that will result in Relativity acquiring 100% of the outstanding equity and equity equivalents of Mazaii Corp Ltd. The Transaction values the Company at an initial enterprise value of $500 million.

Innovative Technology Americas Inc. has appointed Jeff Tash as its Business Development Manager for North America. Jeff will focus on the amusement and vending industries, identifying and generating new sales opportunities. Innovative Technology specialises in note handling equipment and age and identity verification technology.

A subsidiary of Betsson AB has obtained its first local licenses for the newly regulated market in Peru. The licenses cover online casino and sports betting for the Betsson and Betsafe brands. Further, licenses for the Inkabet brand are expected to be obtained soon.

The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) has launched the Tribal Advisory Council. While NCPG has worked with Tribal gaming entities for many years, the formation of the Tribal Advisory Council represents a deeper level of collaboration to address matters of responsible gambling and problem gambling that are of importance to Native American communities.

Partnerships

Bally’s Twin River announced that it has partnered with nationally recognised Maverick Gaming to elevate the poker room experience and rebrand the poker area to the Bally’s Maverick Poker Room. The collaboration aims to create the ultimate poker experience for players of all levels, increase revenue generated by the Bally’s poker offering and create new jobs. Bally’s will continue to operate and manage the poker room which consists of approximately 23 tables, all located on the smoke-free second floor of the casino.

CT Interactive has launched its games on Juegalo.com, a prominent Chilean online casino brand. This partnership marks a significant step in CT Interactive’s strategic expansion within the Latin American market, extending the company’s footprint in Chile. The integration of CT Interactive’s diverse game portfolio on Juegalo.com offers players in Chile access to a wide range of high-quality, engaging and regulation-compliant gaming content.

Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation has entered into a partnership with the Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee and has become the Official Ontario Lottery Partner of Team Canada for the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – July 8-14

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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

The CT Lottery has launched its iLottery platform. Players can participate in the fun of online lottery and their favourite draw games by visiting ctilottery.org or by downloading the CT Lottery mobile app on the iOS platform (Android app to follow next month). The app comes with exciting new features that allow players to personalise their lottery experience, such as saving favorite numbers and wagers, grouping preferred games for easy purchasing and setting limits for wagering and time spent on the app.

Talking Stick Resort, an enterprise of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC), announced that it was named “Best Casino” in azcentral.com’s 2024 Community Choice Awards. The casino-resort was nominated along with three other casino properties in the Valley by the public as part of the East Valley, Best of the Desert portion of the awards programme.

International Game Technology PLC announced that IGT PlayDigital recently added the highly anticipated Prosperity Link game to its iGaming content library in the US. This development makes the widely recognised casino game available for commercial iGaming operators in Pennsylvania, Michigan, New Jersey, Connecticut and West Virginia.

Raketech has announced that the Company has reached an agreement to divest its non-core US advisory business. The total sale proceeds amount to USD 2.25 million settled partially on closing and via an ongoing revenue share agreement.

Partnerships

NetBet Mexico and popular online gaming provider Octoplay have announced an agreement that will make Octoplay’s games available for NetBet Mexico customers to enjoy. Despite only being founded in 2022, Octoplay has rapidly established itself as an influential member of the iGaming industry, developing multiple entertaining and popular slots such as Lollicat, Eternal Clash and Shaolin Panda Chaos Reels – which are among the flagship new Octoplay titles being made available to NetBet Mexico customers.

SCCG Management, a leading global advisory firm in the gaming industry, has announced a sponsorship partnership with Blurify, an award-winning expert in software development with a niche focus on the iGaming sector. This collaboration aims to leverage SCCG’s extensive client partner ecosystem and deep market insights with Blurify’s technological expertise to explore new opportunities and drive innovation in the gaming industry.

International Game Technology PLC has announced that its subsidiary, IGT Global Solutions Corporation, has signed a seven-year contract with the Colorado Lottery to install all-new world-class products and solutions. The contract is expected to run through July 12, 2032, and includes seven, one-year extension options. As part of the new contract, the Colorado Lottery will receive IGT’s Aurora central system, replacing the current lottery central system.

JCM Global (JCM) has installed its award-winning iVIZION bill validator and ICB Intelligent Cash Box system at the historic Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans. JCM upgraded its UBA bill validator to iVIZION and installed ICB on each of the 620 slots at Fair Grounds. Previously, JCM installed its GEN5 Thermal Printer at Fair Grounds, and now with iVIZION and ICB, the path is open for the property to take full advantage of JCM’s FUZION technology in the future.

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Innovative Technology Americas welcomes Jeff Tash, Business Development Manager

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Innovative Technology Americas, Inc. welcomes Jeff Tash, Business Development Manager for North America. Jeff will focus on the amusement and vending industries, identifying and generating new sales opportunities. Innovative Technology specializes in note handling equipment and age and identity verification technology.

Welcoming Jeff to the US team, Lauren Fabbri, Business Development Manager for the gaming side of the business, said, “Jeff joined us back in March and hit the ground running spending his first day in the Innovative booth at the Amusement Expo show in Las Vegas!  Jeff has settled into life at Innovative Technology and is already connecting with our amusement and vending customers across America and Canada.”

Commenting on his role, Tash said, “I am really enjoying working for Innovative! The overwhelming support and enthusiasm from both the team and our customers on my first day at Amusement Expo validated my choice to join ITL. I’m up to speed with all our products and really enthusiastic to share them with the many contacts I have in the industry.”

Fabbri continued, “Jeff has 15+ years in the amusement industry, primarily with OEMs in a sales and business development role, so has an extensive book of contacts including manufacturers, distributors, route operators and parts providers. He will be responsible for monitoring industry trends, identifying growth opportunities and emerging markets, conducting product demonstrations and facilitating strong client relationships.  Jeff has phenomenal relationships and has already demonstrated his ability to motivate decision makers when representing us at trade shows, meetings and events.”

Concluding Tash said, “I am eager to provide reliable and innovative product solutions to the amusement industry and customers, and continue to ensure note handling remains at the forefront of the amusement and vending industries. I am excited to collaborate with Lauren and the rest of the North American team in the growth of the GAV (Gaming, Amusement, Vending) markets. Innovative is an organization with a strong sense of purpose and a passion to support its employees, and I am privileged to be a part of this.”

 

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