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Scientific Games And Pennsylvania Lottery Launch Virtual Sports

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Company’s Ongoing Investment in Innovation Is Powering Lottery’s Highly Successful Modernization Efforts to Increase Funding for Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

 

LAS VEGAS and ATLANTA, Aug, 2018 — Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) (“Scientific Games” or the “Company”) announced that the Company and the Pennsylvania Lottery (the “Lottery”) have successfully launched the distribution of virtual sports games at retailers across the state. Another ground-breaking technology project for the Lottery and Scientific Games, the new virtual sports entertainment is called Xpress Sports™, branded by the Pennsylvania Lottery, and initially includes Xpress Car Racing and Xpress Football content provided by Inspired Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: INSE). Integrated through Scientific Games’ central lottery and sports betting platform, point-of-sale terminals, and TV monitors at Pennsylvania Lottery retailers, the virtual sports offering officially went “live” on August 14, 2018. Xpress Sports may be played at any Pennsylvania Lottery retailer. Players can watch drawing results in real-time on monitors at nearly 1,500 locations, with more on the way.

“We are thrilled to continue the Pennsylvania Lottery’s modernization efforts with the launch of our new virtual sports brand, Xpress Sports,” said Pennsylvania Lottery Director Drew Svitko. “Virtual sports games appeal to Pennsylvanian’s passion for sports and, like all of our games, virtual sports games are supported by systems technology innovation. Our recent game entertainment expansion with Keno, iLottery and now virtual sports is already generating new funds to benefit older Pennsylvanians. Kudos to all those at the Lottery and Scientific Games who have worked so hard to introduce these new products to our players.”

Scientific Games invested in technology innovation to support the Lottery’s plan to modernize through new solutions and products including virtual sports. Virtual games, along with Keno, will be displayed through the Company’s technology solution at a mixture of Pennsylvania Lottery retail venues, bars and taverns across the state throughout the day. The virtual games feature ultra-realistic animation that depicts the outcome of random computerized drawings that take place every five minutes.

“Scientific Games’ continued investment in new games, technology, and services to maximize proceeds for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has made the successful launch of virtual sports, Keno and iLottery mobile/online games possible,” Pat McHugh, Senior Vice President, Global Lottery Systems for Scientific Games. “We are proud that our partnership with the Pennsylvania Lottery has resulted in one of the highest performing lotteries in the world.”

For Xpress Sports, Scientific Games integrated third-party virtual sports game graphics. Xpress Car Racing features racecars numbered 1-12, and players can wager $1 to $20 on what order the first three cars will finish. Xpress Football allows players to select from two teams on wagers such as touchdown run on first through fifth play, touchdown pass on first through fifth play, turnovers or field goal. Elements of the game change every draw, such as teams, home or away, starting line for the drive, defense and offense strengths, etc. Players can wager from $1 to $20 per drive.

Following Keno’s very strong start, the Pennsylvania iLottery online/mobile games launch is the most commercially successful in the U.S., generating $51.3 million in play since going on sale May 22. Recently, the Lottery announced record total sales of $4.2 billion in fiscal year 2017-18, and its seventh consecutive year of generating more than $1 billion in profits for senior citizen programs in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

A provider to more than 150 lotteries globally, including nearly every North American lottery, Scientific Games is known for game innovation and complex, integrated systems technology implementations. The Company is currently the fastest growing lottery systems supplier in the U.S., and the leading lottery systems supplier in Europe.

© 2018 Scientific Games Corporation.  All Rights Reserved.

About Scientific Games
Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) is a world leader in gaming entertainment offering the industry’s broadest and most integrated portfolio of game content, advanced systems, cutting-edge platforms and professional services. The company is #1 in technology-based gaming systems, digital real-money gaming and sports betting platforms, casino table games and utility products and lottery instant games, and a leading provider of games, systems and services for casino, lottery and social gaming. Committed to responsible gaming, Scientific Games delivers what customers and players value most: trusted security, engaging entertainment content, operating efficiencies and innovative technology. For more information, please visit www.scientificgames.com

Company Contacts

SG Lottery Communications:
Therese Minella, APR  +1 770-825-4219
Director, Lottery Communications
[email protected]

Corporate Communications:
Susan Cartwright  +1 702-532-7981
Vice President, Corporate Communications
[email protected]

Investor Relations:
Michael Quartieri  +1 702-532-7658
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Forward-Looking Statements
In this press release, Scientific Games makes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as “will,” “may,” and “should.” These statements are based upon management’s current expectations, assumptions and estimates and are not guarantees of timing, future results or performance. Therefore, you should not rely on any of these forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Actual results may differ materially from those contemplated in these statements due to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors, including those factors described in our filings with the SEC, including the Company’s current reports on Form 8-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and its latest annual report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 1, 2018 (including under the headings “Forward Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors”). Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made and, except for Scientific Games’ ongoing obligations under the U.S. federal securities laws, Scientific Games undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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Allied Esports Partners with Esports Entertainment Group to Launch Inaugural VIE.gg CS:GO Legend Series Tournament

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Tournament Will Be Offered to Sports Bettors on the VIE.gg Platform

Allied Esports, a global esports entertainment company and a subsidiary of Allied Esports Entertainment, Inc., has signed a licensing and sponsorship agreement with Esports Entertainment Group, Inc., a licensed online gambling company with a focus on esports wagering and 18+ gaming, for the inaugural VIE.gg Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (“CS:GO”) Legend Series tournament beginning Monday, August 31, 2020.

The VIE.gg CS:GO Legend Series will feature 12 teams from multiple European countries competing online for €50,000 in total prize money. The 5v5 tournament, which will be offered to customers on the VIE.gg platform, will be produced by Allied Esports from its HyperX Esports Studio in Hamburg, Germany and broadcast live on Twitch.tv/AlliedEsports with a lineup of professional casters and analysts. Teams at Tier 2 or below that are interested in playing can apply online at AlliedEsports.gg/LegendSeries starting Wednesday, July 15. Invitations will be sent out to participating teams on Friday, July 17.

“We’re excited to partner with an industry leader, Allied Esports, as the title sponsor of their newest esports tournament,” said Grant Johnson, CEO of Esports Entertainment Group. “Title sponsorship places the VIE.gg brand front and center for teams, fans and influencers alike, further accelerating user adoption of the VIE.gg platform.”

Esports Entertainment Group offers bet exchange style wagering on esports events in a licensed, regulated and secure platform to the global esports audience at VIE.gg. The VIE.gg platform provides customers the ability to match bets against one another with Esports Entertainment Group taking a small commission on the winnings.

“We believe that esports tournaments should not just be fun for participants, but also have the ability to help sponsors achieve their business goals, and our knowhow and portfolio of esports brands, arenas, mobile trucks and studios uniquely meet that need in today’s ecosystem,” said Frank Ng, CEO of Allied Esports Entertainment. “The Legend Series has been one of our most successful original tournament brands and we are thrilled to work with Esports Entertainment Group and the VIE.gg platform to add a wagering component that will introduce Allied Esports to new consumers and elevate the brand even further.”

Created in 2017, Allied Esports’ original Legend Series tournament brand was designed to expand the competitive ecosystem and total prize pool for second and third tier teams. The VIE.gg CS:GO Legend Series will be Allied Esports’ sixth edition of the CS:GO Legend Series and the first to feature a licensing partner and title sponsor. Additional versions of the series have previously included Overwatch, League of Legends, FIFA, COD Blackout and Valorant.

Allied Esports’ two-week, high-intensity CS:GO Legend Series format includes 11 consecutive days of single matches where teams will accumulate points and prize money for each win. The top eight teams from the first round will advance to a best-of-three bracket played over the last three days of the tournament.

“We’re excited to play a role in providing a platform for smaller teams to compete for prize money,’’ commented Magnus Leppaniemi, VP of Marketing and Head of Esports at Esports Entertainment Group. “While the largest esports teams earned tens of millions of dollars in prize money last year, there are hundreds of smaller teams that get excluded from the flagship competitions. The VIE.gg CS:GO Legend Series is our first effort at working to fill this void, and we look forward to getting involved in more events like this moving forward.”

 

About Allied Esports

Named one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company, Allied Esports International, Inc. is at the forefront of esports entertainment with a global network of properties designed to serve as competition battlegrounds, community experience hubs and content production centers.

Through direct operation or membership in the Allied Esports Property Network, the world’s first esports affiliate program, Allied Esports’ facilities span North America, Europe, China and Australia, and include the world-renowned HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas, a fleet of mobile arenas, the HyperX Esports Trucks, and the HyperX Esports Studio in Hamburg, Germany.

Allied Esports’ properties serve as the home to a number of online and offline proprietary productions and events, including Friday Frags and Saturday Night Speedway, as well as original partner programs like the Simon Cup.

For more information about Allied Esports, visit AlliedEsports.gg and follow @AlliedEsports. Allied Esports International, Inc. is a subsidiary of Allied Esports Entertainment, Inc.

About Allied Esports Entertainment

Allied Esports Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: AESE) is a global leader in esports entertainment, providing innovative infrastructure, transformative live experiences, multiplatform content and interactive services to audiences worldwide through its strategic fusion of two powerful brands: Allied Esports and the World Poker Tour (WPT). For more information, visit AlliedEsportsEnt.com.

About Esports Entertainment Group

Esports Entertainment Group, Inc. is a licensed online gambling company with a specific focus on esports wagering and 18+ gaming. The Company holds a license to conduct online gambling and 18+ gaming on a global basis in Malta and Curacao, Kingdom of the Netherlands and is able to accept wagers from over 149 jurisdictions including Canada, Japan, Germany and South Africa. Esports Entertainment offers fantasy, pools, fixed odds and exchange style wagering on esports events in a licensed, regulated and secure platform to the global esports audience at vie.gg. In addition, Esports Entertainment intends to offer users from around the world the ability to participate in multi-player mobile and PC video game tournaments for cash prizes. Esports Entertainment is led by a team of industry professionals and technical experts from the online gambling and the video game industries, and esports. The Company maintains offices in Malta. For more information visit www.esportsentertainmentgroup.com

 

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Norsk Tipping Selects Stats Perform as Sole Live Streaming Supplier

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The Norwegian State Lottery’s sportsbook Norsk Tipping has chosen Stats Perform’s Watch & Bet service as its sole live streaming video supplier, in a competitive tender.

The service includes thousands of premium and well-timed streams for Norwegian bettors and is another endorsement for Stats Perform’s strong global live streaming package, which includes LaLiga and Ligue 1 amongst over 80 other football competitions, together with IIHF ice hockey, WTA and ATP tennis, EHF handball, basketball, darts, cricket, esports and many more.

State-owned Norsk Tipping is the latest Scandinavian lottery to integrate Stats Perform’s live streams into their online sportsbook, joining a high number of top tier sportsbooks and lotteries from across the globe.

Hans Erland Ringsvold, Head of Gaming operations at Norsk Tipping, said: “Providing live streams is something we look forward to be able to offer to our customers. Streaming provides live entertainment, gives bettors more insight into what they’re betting upon and makes Norsk Tipping an even more relevant site to spend time on. Stats Perform came through as the preferred streaming service provider after a competitive tender process with a strong portfolio of live vision rights, good 24/7 coverage and events with high attractivity for the Norwegian market. We look forward to working together.”

Andrew Ashenden, Chief Betting Officer, Stats Perform, added: “We are delighted to be announcing our partnership with Norsk Tipping. Live streaming creates the ultimate rounded, entertaining betting experience by putting high quality live real sport straight into the sportsbook. We’re proud to have been trusted to partner with another lottery and are looking forward to seeing the positive feedback from Norsk Tipping’s customers.”

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RubyPlay’s Quest of Gods In Tight Final of Slot Championship

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For the first time in their young history RubyPlay, entered their slot “Quest of Gods”, into the £100,000 Slots Championship at Lottoland. Being a newcomer they hoped for a good showing in its Quarter Final encounter against the legendary “Gonzo’s Quest” but it surpassed expectations by not only winning, but winning by a strong margin of 83% to 17%.

Next up in the Semi Final – an even tougher prospect – up against 2019 Champion, “Mustang Gold”. In a much tighter encounter, “Quest of Gods” again caused an upset by winning by 55% to 45% – setting up a final against “Holmes and the Stolen Stones”.

By this stage everyone was expecting a close run in the Final round – and it didn’t disappoint! “Quest of Gods” took an early lead on day one against Holmes and the Stolen Stones, but over the week, the game clawed back to eventually pip the RubyPlay game to the win by 51% to 49%.

Ittai Zur, Chief Operating Officer at RubyPlay said “As a new player in the slots market it was a great honour taking part in the Slots Championship with Lottoland. We also knew it would give us a good idea of how our games compare in terms of popularity with some of the biggest slot developers, competition that we have a lot of respect for.

We are delighted with how “Quest of Gods” resonated with Lottoland players, and to only just miss out on being the Lottoland Slots Champions of 2020 was incredible.”

Anthony Morris, VP Gaming & Sports at Lottoland had this to say “We knew that Quest of Gods was popular with our players at Lottoland, but to be honest we didn’t think it would do as well as it did against some smash hit content from other major providers. We look forward to more great games from the team at RubyPlay over the coming months and years”.

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