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Hard Rock International Names Paul Pellizzari Vice President of Global Social Responsibility

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Hard Rock International announces the appointment of Paul Pellizzari as vice president of global social responsibility. In his new position, Pellizzari will hold overall accountability for the growing entertainment brand’s social responsibility programs and initiatives.

In his previous role, Pellizzari led social responsibility for Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) and developed a global leadership position for the corporation. This work included building and leading OLG’s responsible gaming program, which was named “Best Overall Responsible Gaming Program in the World” by the World Lottery Association in 2014 and won 16 other national and international awards.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Paul to our Hard Rock family,” said Jeff Hook, executive vice president of development and marketing, Hard Rock International. “Paul’s expertise and background will help contribute to the strength and development of the brand, as we strive every day to live out our brand mottos of Love All – Serve All, All is One, Take Time to be Kind and Save the Planet.”

Prior to leading social responsibility for the OLG, Pellizzari led a research consulting practice at EthicScan Canada, developed social purpose marketing strategies for J. Walter Thompson and worked in corporate communications for Noranda Inc. Throughout his career his work has led to collaborating with all orders of government, the United Nations and with international, national and local not-for-profit organizations.

Pellizzari has written two books and dozens of articles focusing on the topics of corporate social responsibility. Some of his published works include “Conscious Consumption: Corporate SR and Canada’s Grocery Giants” and “Shopping with A Conscience” as well as articles in Canadian Business magazine, The Globe & Mail, Corporate Knights magazine, NOW magazine, Corporate Ethics Monitor and Canadian Gaming Business. In 2015, Pellizzari was named “World’s Top 50 Social Responsibility Leadership Talents” by Global Corporate Social Responsibility Day.

Pellizzari holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Montréal and both a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University, where he has taught as an adjunct professor.

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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Pennsylvania not to allow online gambling inside casinos

Niji Ng

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In an interesting piece of legislation, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has clarified that it will not allow online gaming and sports betting inside casinos. Online gaming and sports betting will be soon available in the state. PGCB said geo-targeted software will be used to prohibit players from playing online poker, casino games or slots from within any land-based Pennsylvania casinos.

“The Gaming Control Board will put in place a system that, through the use of GPS software and IP Address identification, will block entry and play of Pennsylvania-licensed internet gaming if a user is outside of the state,” it was stated in a 2 page document from the PGCB. “In addition, participating in internet gaming when in a Pennsylvania casino will also be blocked.”

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MGM Springfield posts impressive revenue in September

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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) has announced the revenue figures for September. MGM Springfield made an impressive start by posting US$27 million in revenue during September, its first full month of operation. The gaming venue was started in August 24. It has so far amassed US$18 million in GGR from slot machines and another US$8.8 million from table games.

The state tax share from the revenue is US$6.7 million, 25 per cent of the venue’s GGR.

The MGC explained that only casino revenues, and no other proceeds from the 14-acre casino complex’s hotel, restaurants, bars and other non-gambling entertainment, are considered for the report.

According to MGM Springfield president Michael Mathis, September visitor volume was “solid” and the casino’s financial performance is “on track” with company expectations.

 

Source: FocusGN

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Cloud9 proposes eSports facility in Santa Monica

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Cloud9 Esports Inc., an eSports company based in Santa Monica has proposed to construct an eSports facility in the city. The company has already raised a $19.6 million in the first round of fund raising for the purpose.

The facility is likely to be spread over 20,000–30,000 square feet and to be completed by the end of 2019.

Jack and Paullie Etienne founded Cloud9 in November 2016. It operates e-sports gaming teams across multiple titles, including Daybreak Game Co.’s “H1Z1,” Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard Inc.’s “Overwatch,” and “League of Legends,” developed by Sawtelle-based Riot Games Inc.

Valor Equity Partners, based in Chicago, led the Series B. Venice-based Reimagined Ventures, TrueBridge Capital Partners and Glassdoor Inc. Founder Robert Hohman also participated. Valor Equity Partners Founder Antonio Gracias joins the Cloud9 board of directors.

 

Source: LABusinessJournal

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