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Kindred Group steps up fight on corruption in sports in the UK

Zoltan Tundik

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February 13, 2018 – Kindred Group strengthens its efforts in protecting sports betting integrity in the  United Kingdom by joining the Sports Betting Integrity Forum and also signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Rugby Football Union (RFU).

The Sports Betting Integrity Forum works to develop Britain’s approach to protecting sports and sports betting being corrupted. It brings together representatives from sports governing bodies, betting operators, sport and betting trade associations, law enforcement and gambling regulation. Kindred Group (previously Unibet Group) actively seeks to cooperate with national platforms where possible and is delighted to join this Forum.

Kindred has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the RFU of England. Under this agreement, RFU and Kindred will cooperate in keeping English rugby free of betting-related match-fixing. The agreement enables Kindred to pro-actively report suspicious betting patterns directly to RFU. Furthermore, Kindred and RFU, together with other key stakeholders in the fight against match-fixing, will collaborate on prevention and educational projects.

The RFU is the national governing body for grassroots and elite rugby in England, with 2,000 autonomous rugby clubs in its membership. The RFU works to protect the integrity of the game by ensuring that all matches are contested on a level playing field and are won on merit.

Eric Konings, Sports Betting Integrity Officer at Kindred Group, says: “Cooperation is key in the battle against betting-related match-fixing, and we actively seek engagement with all parties, especially law enforcement, involved to keep sports clean of these criminal influences. Therefore, we are glad about the opportunity to contribute to the success of the Sports Betting Integrity Forum, and to cooperate with the RFU. It is in the best interest of all parties involved to keep British sports clean from corruption, and we thank both the SBIF and the RFU for teaming up with us”.

Chris Watts, co-chair of the SBIF and Head of Integrity Assurance at the British Horseracing Authority, said “I welcome Kindred Group to becoming the newest member of the UK’s National Platform.  The SBIF supports and coordinates the efforts of its members to developing and delivering Britain’s Action Plan for enhancing integrity in sport and sports betting, whilst keeping pace with increasing complexities and focusing on prevention, disruption and deterrents.  With Kindred Group’s global reach, extensive brand portfolio and innovations in the online gambling industry, I look forward to them becoming an active member of the SBIF and making a positive contribution to the delivery of our Action Plan.”

 

For more information:

Eric Konings, Sports Betting Integrity Officer

+44 7 720 497 176

eric.konings@kindredgroup.com

Alexander Westrell, Group Head of Communications

+46 73 7071686

alexander.westrell@kindredgroup.com

About Kindred Group

Kindred Group is one of the world’s leading online gambling operators with business across Europe and Australia, offering over 20 million customers across 11 brands a great form of entertainment in a safe, fair and sustainable environment. The company, which employs about 1,400 people, is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm Large Cap and is a member of the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) and founding member of ESSA (sports betting integrity). Kindred Group is audited and certified by eCOGRA for compliance with the 2014 EU Recommendation on Consumer Protection and Responsible Gambling (2014/478/EU). Read more on www.kindredgroup.com.

After starting out as an affiliate in 2009 and developing some recognized review portals, I have moved deeper into journalism and media. My experience has lead me to move into the B2B sector and write about compliance updates and report around the happenings of the online and land based gaming sector.

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Inspired Announces Two New Board Members

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Desiree Rogers and Steve Saferin Named to Board of Directors

NEW YORK, Aug. 21, 2018 – Inspired Entertainment, Inc. (“Inspired”) (NASDAQ: INSE) announces the appointment of Desiree Rogers and Steve Saferin to its Board of Directors, effective immediately.  These appointments fill two vacancies on the Board and bring the total number of Board members to seven.

“We welcome Desiree Rogers and Steve Saferin to the board as new independent directors and look forward to the value their leadership will bring,” said Lorne Weil, Executive Chairman of Inspired Entertainment.  “As we continue our focus on North American expansion, the depth of knowledge and relevant experience of both Desiree and Steve will provide valuable perspective.

“Desiree is an accomplished business leader, a former Illinois Lottery Director, and an experienced Board member in both the public and nonprofit sector.  We are confident that Inspired will benefit from her insights, business acumen and counsel.

“Steve is a renowned innovator, having been recognized by the Lottery Hall of Fame for inventing and implementing licensed games in the lottery industry.  His creativity, entrepreneurial spirit, and demonstrated track record are sure to be assets for our Company.”

Desiree Rogers was the Chief Executive Officer of Johnson Publishing Company, LLC, a lifestyle company inspired by the African American experience, from August 2010 until May 2017. In 2016, Ms. Rogers sold the media assets of the company. Since May 2013, Ms. Rogers has served as the Chair of the Chicago tourism bureau, Choose Chicago.

Ms. Rogers joined Johnson Publishing Company after serving as the White House Social Secretary for President Obama from January 2009 to April 2010.  During her illustrious career, she held several leadership positions at Allstate Corporation and Peoples Energy Corporation (a public company acquired by Integrys Energy Group) and served as the Director of the Illinois Lottery from 1991 to 1997.

She currently serves on the boards of two public companies, Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. and MDC Partners Inc She also serves on the board of DonorsChoose, Northwestern Memorial Foundation, the Economic Club, the Commercial Club and World Business Chicago. She has also served on the board of Blue Cross Blue Shield, and as the Vice Chairman of the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Museum of Science and Industry. She has an undergraduate degree from Wellesley College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Steven Saferin founded Media Drop-In Productions (later named MDI Entertainment) in 1986, a licensed lottery games and promotions business, where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer until 2003, when he sold the company to Scientific Games Corporation. Following the sale, Mr. Saferin continued to lead MDI as a division president and also assumed the position of Chief Creative Officer for Scientific Games in 2009 until his retirement in 2016.

Prior to founding MDI, Mr. Saferin was the Director of Program Acquisitions at ESPN from 1982 to 1986 and served as a vice president with Viacom Communications and an assistant vice president with Warner Amex Cable from 1978 to 1982. Mr. Saferin was an attorney for the Federal Communications Commission and for Viacom International Inc. between 1974 and 1978.

Mr. Saferin serves on the Dean’s advisory committees for the School of Communication at American University and for the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia. He has a journalism degree from American University. He holds a law degree from the University of Maryland. He has been recognized by the Lottery Hall of Fame for innovations in lottery advertising and the invention and implementation of licensed games in the lottery industry.

About Inspired Entertainment, Inc.
Inspired is a global games technology company, supplying Virtual Sports, Mobile Gaming and Server Based Gaming systems with associated terminals and digital content to regulated lottery, betting and gaming operators around the world. Inspired currently operates approximately 30,000 digital gaming terminals and supplies its Virtual Sports products through more than 40,000 retail channels and over 100 websites, in approximately 35 gaming jurisdictions worldwide. Inspired employs approximately 800 employees in the UK and elsewhere, developing and operating digital games and networks. Additional information can be found at www.inseinc.com.

Forward Looking Statements
This news release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as “anticipate”, “believe”, “expect”, “estimate”, “plan”, “outlook”, and “project” and other similar expressions that indicate future events or trends or are not statements of historical matters. These statements are based on our management’s current expectations and beliefs, as well as a number of assumptions concerning future events.

Such forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other important factors, many of which are outside of our control and all of which could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. Accordingly, forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any subsequent date, and we do not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date they were made, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable securities laws. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in forward-looking statements can be found in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our annual report on Form 10-K, our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and our current reports on Form 8-K, which are available, free of charge, on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and on our site at www.inseinc.com.

Contact:
Aimee Remey
Aimee.remey@inseinc.com
+1 646 620-6737

SOURCE Inspired Entertainment, Inc.

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AGS Announces Agreement with PokerStars Play to Provide Social White-Label Casino

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LAS VEGASAug. 21, 2018 – PlayAGS, Inc. (NYSE: AGS) (“AGS” or the “Company”), a leading designer and supplier of electronic gaming machines, table games, and interactive products and services for the gaming industry, today announced that it entered an agreement to provide AGS’s Social White-Label Casino (“Social WLC“) to PokerStars Play, the play-money and social gaming brand of The Stars Group, as part of its slot-focused social casino portfolio. The Stars Group is a leading provider of technology-based products and services in the global gaming and interactive entertainment industries.

PokerStars Play will deploy AGS’s Social WLC, a powerful, turn-key mobile and web casino solution that delivers an interactive social gaming experience which players can enjoy at home, work, and on-the-go through iOS or Android devices and via the web.

Lloyd Melnick, Director of Social Gaming at PokerStars, said, “When we had the opportunity to work with AGS to extend our social casino portfolio, we were impressed with their proven, high-performing land-based content and broad range of non-slots games.  Their offering is a good fit with what our existing customers are looking for and we are excited to offer our community of millions of registered players an incredible AGS experience.”

AGS President and Chief Executive Officer David Lopez said, “It is an honor and an important milestone in the growth of our AGS Interactive business that The Stars Group, one of the largest online gaming businesses in the world, with millions of registered players, selected us to power their first social casino focused on slot content following their incredible success in online poker. We feel confident that this is just the beginning of our relationship with The Stars Group as we deliver a large library of proven social and land-based slot content through our Social WLC.

The AGS Social WLC delivers over 40 proven land-based and social slot games along with popular in-app features like tournaments, live events, charms, progressive jackpots, and VIP status. Social WLCstrengthens player relationships through highly segmented in-app messaging and push notifications and offers more monetization opportunities through targeted promotions and live events. Deep analytics, live operations, promotions, live events, and VIP management help ensure a solid, secure and long-lasting revenue stream.

About AGS
AGS is a global company focused on creating a diverse mix of entertaining gaming experiences for every kind of player. Our roots are firmly planted in the Class II Native American gaming market, but our customer-centric culture and growth have helped us branch out to become a leading all-inclusive commercial gaming supplier. Powered by high-performing Class II and Class III slot products, an expansive table products portfolio, highly rated social casino solutions for players and operators, and best-in-class service, we offer an unmatched value proposition for our casino partners. Learn more about us at www.playags.com.

AGS Contact:

Julia BoguslawskiChief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of Investor Relations
702-301-6090 Mobile
jboguslawski@PlayAGS.com

The Stars Group Contact:

press@pokerstars.com

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Oryx Gaming Adds To Partners With Aspire Deal

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Oryx Gaming Adds To Partners With Aspire Deal
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ORYX Gaming has signed a content distribution agreement with iGaming solution provider Aspire Global.

With a proven record of over 12 years, Aspire Global is one of the true iGaming platform pioneers.

Aspire, a public company, is listed on NASDAQ First North Premier Stockholm and fully regulated under licenses issued in the UK, Denmark, Belgium, Portugal, Italy & Malta (MGA).

This new deal sees ORYX’s proprietary games and top performing titles from Gamomat, Kalamba and a series of aggregated content added to Aspire Global’s platform and its network of brands.

Amongst the games are Gamomat’s Royal Seven XXL and a series of Red Hot Firepot and Golden Nights Jackpot Games, all key performers on ORYX’s RGS platform. Casino Patience, ORYX’s recently launched real money version of the world’s most played PC game, will also be made available for Aspire Global’s network.

Matevz Mazij, ORYX Gaming CEO said: “Aspire Global is one of the top solution providers in the market and we’re pleased to call them a partner following this latest deal. We’ll be delivering a range of our own classic titles and third-party content for Aspire Global.”

Dima Reiderman, Aspire Global COO said: “We are very happy to add ORYX Gaming to our portfolio, this addition will further expand our games offering for our partners white-label network and their players.”

 

Source: ORYX Gaming

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