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BMM Testlabs may yet find out whether it will crack tough Illinois market

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These should be the best of times for BMM Testlabs.

By its own count, the independent gaming device testing laboratory is licensed in more than 420 jurisdictions. It is relied on to provide accurate examination of programs and gaming and lottery devices for a wide variety of markets.

But for some intriguing reason, it hasn’t been able to crack the Illinois casino market. On Friday in a hearing before the Illinois Gaming Board (IGB), the company hopes to change that after what figures to be a fascinating exchange of testimony. The licensing matter is officially called BMM Testlabs vs. Illinois Gaming Board.

If that sounds contentious, there’s be a good reason: BMM alleges it has been treated unfairly in its attempt to crack the lucrative Illinois market after losing out to rival Gaming Laboratories International (GLI), a behemoth in that end of the business. Following a 2016 bid for services, BMM found itself shut out of Illinois after the IGB issued an exclusive, three-year contract to GLI.

In a growing market at a time in history the gaming industry is exploding with technological advancement, it was a substantial knockdown. BMM is now attempting to rise from the canvas.

To say the least it’s coming back swinging. In raising the issue of potential favoritism by IGB staff members that have since resigned from the regulatory agency, BMM’s shots promise to sting.

Then there’s the exclusive agreement itself. BMM argues that Illinois is the only substantial jurisdiction in which it has been shut out. Of course, you might counter that GLI isn’t a heavyweight in the test lab business for nothing. It has generated a lot of satisfied customers across the country and beyond.

Of course, it’s also possible that two warring corporate entities aren’t above hitting below the belt to secure contracts. It’s clear BMM contends this is the case at GLI – an accusation denied by the lab giant.

But let’s just say BMM has been in this position before, several times, in fact. By its count, it came up against substantial opposition in Indiana, Arkansas, South Dakota, and Missouri before prevailing with regulators. In each of those states, it contends, its strongest opposition didn’t come from the governing bodies, but from representatives of GLI lobbying for exclusivity.

But did I say these should be good days for BMM?

CDC Gaming Reports reported that GLI had agreed to pay $125,000 in July to Nevada authorities to settle a three-count complaint it faced alleging a failure in testing and certification it performed on a product for Interblock. GLI’s attorney responded that the company was extremely efficient over the last six years and had a minuscule error rate.

Which is great news, overall, but lacks much meaning to real regulators. It’s like saying Mrs. O’Leary’s cow gave great milk until it kicked over a lantern and started the Great Chicago Fire.

It was the first time in Nevada history that an independent testing lab had been fined by the Gaming Control Board and Gaming Commission.

It’s not, however, the first time GLI has been fined.

Back in 2011, Tennessee lottery regulators entered into a substantial monetary settlement with the company after a civil dispute over quality control issues. In another settlement the following year in Missouri, gaming regulators in that state fined it $25,000 for testing errors.

In fairness, that’s still not much bad news for a company that tests thousands of devices and systems each year and controls nearly three-quarters of the industry’s independent testing lab market.

So, the idea that GLI is on the ropes is simply not true. In fact, the issue really isn’t about GLI at all. It’s about whether Illinois gaming authorities did credible due diligence and didn’t play politics before awarding an exclusive deal to a test lab giant.

Win or lose, if the BMM-IGB hearing establishes that much, it will have done a service not only to itself, but to the industry as a whole.

About BMM:
BMM is the longest established and most experienced private independent gaming certification lab in the world, providing professional technical and regulatory compliance services to the gaming industry since 1981.

At its core, BMM is a systems-expert company that has provided consulting for and tested many of the largest gaming networks and systems over the last 36 years. In addition, BMM has been successfully testing and certifying the full scope of Class III casino products for over two decades.

BMM authored the first set of independent gaming standards in 1992 and the first set of online gaming standards in 2001.

BMM employs some 325 people in 14 global locations and serves over 440 jurisdictions.

BMM’s world headquarters are in Las Vegas (USA), with offices in Mexico City (Mexico), Lima (Peru), Melbourne and Sydney (Australia), Singapore, Macau (SAR, China), Moncton (Canada), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Barcelona (Spain), Vienna (Austria), Bologna (Italy), Midrand (South Africa) and Bucharest (Romania).

For more information on BMM Testlabs, please visit bmm.com

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Hipther Agency partners with All-in Global for Live Interpreting at Gaming Americas Quarterly Meetups in 2021

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We are delighted to announce a new partnership with All-in Global, an awarded language solution provider dedicated to the iGaming, sports betting, Fintech, sports and eSports industry.

Through the new partnership, our company will benefit from All-in Global’s professional services during the Gaming Americas Quarterly Meetups, specifically during the Latin American panel discussion that will offer the option for delegates to listen to the original content in Spanish or opt for the English Live Interpreted version.

All-in Global is an awarded language solution provider dedicated to the iGaming, sports betting, fintech, sports and esports industry. Their line-up of services includes localization, content creation, SEO and audiovisual solutions in over 80 languages so their clients can maximize on their offerings globally. They are currently working with approximately 300 companies, including game developers, operators, platform providers and affiliates. Everything they do is rooted in a passion for gaming and multilingual communication and driven by a genuine desire to make the industry more accessible and highly entertaining.

Tiago Aprigio, CEO at All-in Global, commented on the partnership: “The All-in Global partnership with the Hipther team will make sure that absolutely nothing gets lost in translation during the virtual Gaming Americas Quarterly meetups.

Our language professionals will do live interpreting in English and Spanish throughout the event. With over 400 qualified native interpreters, translators, and writers, all sharing a proven knowledge of and love for gaming, we are THE language solution you can bet on! Looking forward to being part of the action.”

Zoltán Tűndik, Co-Founder and Head of Business at Hipther Agency, also commented on the partnership: “In our attempt of hosting our first-ever bilingual panel discussions, we could not think of a better partner than the team at All-in Global. We take pride in the quality of our content and being able to bring quality information to those interested in entering the Latin American markets in two languages, means the world to us! Not to mention, all this happening in cyberspace at our first virtual meetup of the year.”

During the Gaming Americas Q1 Meetup, which will take place on the 28th of January delegates have the opportunity to access information from a wide range of markets such as North and Latin America, and a special focus on the Caribbean. See more details here | Register for free

As mentioned above, the Latin American and Caribbean-related panel discussions will be hosted in Spanish and participants will have the option to access the content in English as well.

The panel discussions dedicated to the LATAM region are the following:

  • Latin America – Regulation updates: Colombia experience, Panama, Argentina, Brazil
  • Emerging Latin American markets – Argentina (Province of Buenos Aires, Province of Mendoza) and Chile
  • Focus on the Caribbean region
  • Debate: Is Latin America learning from the European mistakes?

The discussions will be joined and moderated by some of the most well-known names of the industry in the region and beyond:

  • SEBASTIAN VIVOT – Head of Modernisation and Information Technology, Loter’a de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires
  • FERNANDO SAFFORES – Founder & Director at Focus Gaming News
  • OMAR GALDURRALDE – President of the Lottery of the Province of Buenos Aires and ALEA (Association of Argentinean State Lotteries)
  • IDA LÓPEZ – President, Provincial Institute of Games and Casinos of Mendoza, Argentina
  • VIVIEN VILLAGRÁN ACUÑA – Superintendent of Casinos, Chile
  • MARIA EMILIA CORRAL – Legal Advisor to the Board of Directors at the Lottery of the Province of Mendoza, Argentina
  • KAREN MARCELA SIERRA-HUGHES – Vice President, Latin America and Caribbean Government Relations and Business Development at Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®)
  • ALEX PARENTE – Corporate Senior Vice President Casino Operations at Hard Rock International
  • DAVID MONIZ – Country CFO at Cirsa Dominicana, President ADCJ, GM, MBA, MDMGC & CPC
  • ORLANDO RIVERA CARRIÓN – Executive Director at Puerto Rico Gaming Commission
  • JOSÉ CARLOS FIGUEROA-TROCHE – Caribbean Government Relations and Business Development Representative Gaming Laboratories International, LLC (GLI®)
  • FERNANDO GARITA – Gaming Consultant | Head of Business Development at Betcris
  • FRANCESCO RODANO – Chief Policy Officer at Playtech
  • ANGELO ALBERONI – Country Manager at Betmotion Brazil

To view the full schedule and times of the panel, visit the conference Program on the following link: https://gamingamericas.com/meetups/schedule-q1-meetup/

For further sponsorship/speaking and marketing inquiries, make sure to reach out to Andrada Marginean (B2B Sales Executive at Hipther Agency).

For media-related inquiries, please contact Alexandru Marginean (Marketing Specialist at Hipther Agency).

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Blockbuster line-up for Gaming Americas Q1 Meetup

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Save the date for the Gaming Americas Q1 Virtual Meetup (28 January 2021)
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2021’s first Pan-American virtual conference set for 28th January

Cutting-edge betting and gaming media platform GamingAmericas.com has announced its speaker list and sponsors ahead of its bitesize virtual conference, Gaming Americas Q1 Meetup.

Over 800 participants have already registered for the 28th January event, which features a host of leading industry figures from both sides of the Americas, spanning the casino, sports betting, lottery, data and regulatory industries.

Altenar and Play’n Go have been confirmed as the leading sponsors for the event, which takes place from 12-19.45pm EST. Panel discussions will cover the latest developments from both continents, with networking opportunities available through specially designed break-out sessions.

The assembled line-up is set to include Francesco Rodano, Chief Policy Officer at Playtech; Dr Laila Mintas, CEO of PlayUp US; Ernando Garita, Head of Business Development at Betcris; and Tim Dieonno, Casino & Gaming Lead at KPMG.

Key topics on the agenda will focus on the latest in the US, the Canada gaming scene, the Caribbean and Central America, as well as a combination of Spanish and English panels covering all developments across Colombia, Panama, Argentina and Chile.

Zoltan Tuendik, Co-Founder of Gaming Americas, believes that the insights on offer at the bitesize conference will prove highly valuable:

“The number of sign-ups is testament to the high level of interest from the industry in a wide range of territories that we consider to offer some of the world’s biggest growth opportunities.

“This event may be slimmed-down, but there is certainly no shortage of quality within the line-up of speakers. With key regulatory updates from North America and a deep dive into Latin and Central America, anyone who is looking to gain traction in these markets cannot afford to miss out.”

Founded in March 2020 as an all-encompassing hub for the gambling and gaming sectors, GamingAmericas.com’s industry conferences have been chiefly developed by the publication’s advisory board.

Its collective leadership includes the former Deputy President of Sportradar US, Counsel to the Governor of New Jersey, and an ex-senior strategist for the Presidential campaigns of Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama.

For more information on the event, as well as topics to be discussed and details on how to sign up, please visit the event’s official website.

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – January 11-17

Niji Narayan

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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 new appointments. Read on and get updated.

Latest News

Online casino content provider Pragmatic Play has expanded its presence in Latin America through the launch of its slots and live casino products with Boldt’s Bplay brands in Argentina and Paraguay. Players registered at Bplay.com.ar and Bplay.com.py, are now able to enjoy leading slot titles such as Wolf Gold and Sweet Bonanza, as well as all Live Casino offering including its latest Game Show release – Mega Wheel.

Boyd Gaming Corporation has announced that it awarded more than $145,000 to non-profit organisations across the country in the Company’s annual holiday competition “Wreaths of Hope.” More than 135 non-profit organisations participated in the 2020 competition, decorating wreaths that were displayed online and at Boyd Gaming properties nationwide. Winners were decided directly by Boyd Gaming customers, who were invited to vote for their favourite charities online and in-person at select participating properties.

Partnerships

Shift4 Payments and Sightline Payments have entered into a strategic partnership to power online gaming and sports betting for casinos and sports venues. This partnership between the two leading fintech companies will deliver a seamless payment experience for patrons of hospitality, online/mobile gaming, on-premise gaming and sports betting venues. Sightline’s online/mobile gaming and betting solutions complement Shift4’s end-to-end payments offering to deliver an all-inclusive payment ecosystem for casinos, sports venues and other hospitality businesses.

BetRivers.com has entered into an exclusive content deal with former NBA coach George Karl. The new partnership makes George Karl an exclusive sports betting endorser of the BetRivers brand. Coach Karl will serve as the company’s brand ambassador and spokesperson and will be engaged in great upcoming promotions and events on BetRivers platforms.

Global esports organisation Gen.G has partnered with McDonald’s Southern California franchisees to organise a series of esports initiatives focused around Los Angeles, San Diego and Palm Springs. Specific events will include a multi-week play-in tournament for employees only and a three-day NBA 2K21 All-Star tournament to determine the best young players in Southern California.

Scientific Games Corporation has extended its existing seven-year instant games and hybrid lottery games contracts with Loto-Québec through 31 January 2022. Scientific Games is a trusted supplier to Loto-Québec for more than five decades, recently celebrating the Lottery’s 50th Anniversary and employing generations of workers from the east Montreal area of Québec. Scientific Games, creates and produces games for Loto-Québec and four Canadian provincial lotteries from its Montreal, Quebec manufacturing facility.

Appointment

Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc. has promoted Steven Ladany to the role of senior vice president and chief development officer. In his new role, Steven will lead the Company’s ongoing merger, acquisition and development efforts. Steven joined GLPI in September 2014 as Vice President, Finance and served in that role until March 2019, when he was promoted to Senior Vice President, Finance.

Compliance

Churchill Downs has secured approval for sports betting in Tennessee. Churchill Downs drew approval from the Tennessee Lottery’s Sports Wagering Committee, joining FanDuel, BetMGM, DraftKings and Tennessee Action 24/7. Churchill Downs’ sportsbook, BetAmerica, is rebranding as TwinSpires. BetAmerica is live in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Indiana.

Australian operator PlayUp has expanded its footprint across the US by acquiring a sports betting license in New Jersey. This is the second market access agreement that PlayUp has announced after the recent acquisition of their Colorado license. To gain the license, PlayUp entered into a multi-year deal with FR Park Racing (FRP) which is the sports wagering certificate holder and operator of the Freehold Racetrack. FRP is owned by Pennwood Racing, and the ultimate 50/50 partners of Pennwood are Greenwood Racing, Penn National Gaming, and Parx Casino.

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