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George Kliavkoff Joins MGM Resorts International As President Of Entertainment And Sports

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Kliavkoff to lead company’s evolving role within the sports and entertainment marketplace
Longtime Entertainment Executive Richard Sturm to form Entertainment Consulting firm to work exclusively with MGM Resorts

 

MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) (“MGM Resorts”) announced that George Kliavkoff has joined the company as President of Entertainment and Sports. Kliavkoff will drive MGM Resorts’ entertainment and sports operations and develop and maintain partnerships within the industry.

In his new role, Kliavkoff is responsible for the operations, finance, strategy, booking, marketing, sponsorships and ticketing for MGM Resorts‘ more than 30 theaters, showrooms and arenas, including T-Mobile Arena (home of the NHL Vegas Golden Knights), MGM Grand Garden, Mandalay Bay Events Center, the Mandalay Bay Beach, Park Theater, the Theater at MGM National Harbor and the MassMutual Center at MGM Springfield. Kliavkoff will be based in Las Vegas and report to MGM Resorts President Bill Hornbuckle.

MGM Resorts is one of the largest live events companies in the world, with offerings that include six Cirque du Soleil shows, hundreds of A-list concerts, magic and comedy shows every year, eSports, and traditional sporting events including boxing, UFC, rodeo, and MGM’s WNBA team, the Las Vegas Aces.

“George is joining our company at an exciting time and will play a key role as we both build on existing successful partnerships as well as continue to expand our industry-leading sports and entertainment offerings,” Hornbuckle said. “His innovative approach and knowledge in the entertainment and digital world will strengthen our reputation as a company that provides world-class experiences for our guests to enjoy.”

Hornbuckle also announced that MGM Resorts was thrilled to be able to continue its important business relationship with Richard Sturm, the company’s long-serving President of Entertainment and Sports, by securing an exclusive three-year consulting agreement with Sturm’s new company, Las Vegas Live Entertainment and Sports. As part of that agreement, Sturm will continue to personally provide invaluable business advice and oversee key relationships for the company.

“Richard is an icon in the Las Vegas sports and entertainment world and we are thrilled to continue his relationship with the MGM Resorts family. Many of the city’s most exciting and successful events over the last two decades can be attributed to Richard’s relationships and deep industry knowledge,” Hornbuckle said.

Kliavkoff joins MGM Resorts with more than 20 years of experience leading media and entertainment strategies. He most recently served as the CEO of Jaunt Inc., an augmented and virtual reality start-up that worked with clients like NFL, NBA, MLB, Manchester United, Uber, Disney and other leading companies to develop immersive content technologies. He previously served in executive roles with top media companies, including serving as Co-President at Hearst Entertainment & Syndication, Chief Digital Officer at NBC Universal and Executive Vice President of Business for Major League Baseball Advanced Media.

Kliavkoff holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Boston University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law.

 

ABOUT MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL

MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is an S&P 500® global entertainment company with national and international locations featuring best-in-class hotels and casinos, state-of-the-art meetings and conference spaces, incredible live and theatrical entertainment experiences, and an extensive array of restaurant, nightlife and retail offerings. MGM Resorts creates immersive, iconic experiences through its suite of Las Vegas-inspired brands. The MGM Resorts portfolio encompasses 28 unique hotel offerings including some of the most recognizable resort brands in the industry. Expanding throughout the U.S. and around the world, the company in 2018 opened MGM Springfield in Massachusetts, MGM COTAI in Macau, and the first Bellagio-branded hotel in Shanghai. The 81,000 global employees of MGM Resorts are proud of their company for being recognized as one of FORTUNE® Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies®.

Source: MGM Resorts International

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KPMG-led initiative raises funds for ALS Malta

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KPMG have raised funds worth €9,000 for the ALS Malta Foundation from a number of iGaming operators such as  GiG Gives, SiGMA, Microgaming and L&L Europe. A few months before, KPMG in Malta decided to assist the ALS Malta Foundation in its fundraising efforts to create a bigger and better ‘Dar Bjorn’. ‘Dar Bjorn’ has played an integral role in improving the lives of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) patients since its inception.

The requires funds to raise awareness, improve the lives of ALS sufferers, and improve ALS and Motor Neurone Disease (MND) research at the University of Malta.

Along with the Research Innovation and Development Trust (RIDT), the organisation is making great strides in its bid to improve the lives of ALS and MND sufferers.

The organisation offers significant support to ALS and MND sufferers on the island of Malta.

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NetEnt and Bethard combine to create exclusive virtual live casino

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Next generation casino and sportsbook Bethard has become the latest operator to launch an exclusive virtual casino with NetEnt.

 

The custom-built virtual casino product reflects Bethard’s bold and innovative style. In the casino, Next Level Live, players can move between three stunning external environments (underwater, volcano and space), depending on the action on the two blackjack and one roulette tables.

There is also a special sports roulette table which shows players a feed of live football results. This new joint venture between Bethard and NetEnt shows the vast potential of NetEnt Live’s proprietary live casino technology.

NetEnt’s exclusive virtual casinos are collaborative productions with partner casinos, allowing brands to fully leverage their identity.

NetEnt’s exclusive virtual casinos generate a virtual multi-table environment. Players enjoy a superior UX thanks to a multitude of camera positions that also provide visibility of the other tables. The virtual casino from NetEnt makes it easy for players to change games and tables, without having to return to the lobby.

Henrik Fagerlund, Chief Product Officer of NetEnt, said: “Bethard is a super-ambitious brand with aggressive growth plans to match. With Next Level Live, we have jointly created a unique live casino experience that perfectly fits their personality and is guaranteed to boost engagement.”

Bjørnar Heggernes, Casino Manager at Bethard, said. “Next Level Live allows us to have an unprecedented level of product ownership and control and the result is a live casino which is 100 percent Bethard. This authenticity means that players are getting the true and irreplaceable Bethard experience – we are sure our players will love it.”

Bethard joins Mr Green, Unibet and Ninja Casino as operators with an exclusive virtual casino from NetEnt.

 

 

NetEnt AB (publ) is a leading digital entertainment company, providing premium gaming solutions to the world’s most successful online casino operators. Visit www.games.netent.com to try our games. Since its inception in 1996, NetEnt has been a true pioneer in driving the market with thrilling games powered by their cutting-edge platform. With innovation at its core, NetEnt is committed to helping customers stay ahead of the competition. NetEnt is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm (NET-B), employs 900 people and has offices in Stockholm, Malta, Kiev, Gothenburg, New Jersey, Krakow and Gibraltar.

 

Bethard Group is a multifaceted group offering various iGaming related services including online casino, sports betting, white label services and gaming platform services. It is operating under a Maltese, UK and Danish licence, with applications pending for German, Swedish and Irish licenses.

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Red Tiger Gaming teams up with Hero Gaming

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Partnership in place ahead of Swedish market opening

 

Leading casino game and software provider Red Tiger Gaming has completed a deal to distribute its popular slots to Hero Gaming.

The deal will see the provider’s games made available on the operator’s Casino Heroes, CasiTabi, Betser, and Speedy Casino brands.

Gavin Hamilton, CEO of Red Tiger Gaming, said the timing of the deal, ahead of next month’s debut of Sweden’s newly-regulated market, was particularly important.

He added: “Hero Gaming operates brands that have a similar outlook to us and we are very pleased to be supplying them with our games. They like to wow their customers with real innovation and creativity and provide them with a great user experience.

“We’re looking forward to working with them in Sweden next year and building a long-term partnership with their casinos in other regulated markets around the world.”

Tomas Backman, Hero Gaming CEO, said: “Red Tiger Gaming’s products are among the most popular in the industry and we’re very excited about offering them to our players for the first time.

“We take great pride in our gaming content and how we present it to our players and I’m confident they will enjoy this latest addition to our market-leading portfolio.”

Hero Gaming was founded in 2014 by current CXO Georg Westin with the aim of making casino gaming more fun by combining it with new revolutionary features created within the company.

CasinoHeroes was launched, and soon after CasiTabi.com, with its focus on the Japanese market. Next up was alternative sportsbook, Betser.com launched in 2016.

2018 has seen continued growth with the launch of the so-called ‘Pay and Play’ brands SpeedyCasino.com and SpeedyBet.com.

 

About Red Tiger Gaming:

Red Tiger Gaming is a young and dynamic casino games developer offering top-performing HTML5 slots and table games, a bespoke progressive jackpot system and Smart Spins, an innovative bonus management application. Founded in late 2014 by a group of industry veterans from major B2B and B2C gaming brands, the company is growing fast and is now served by over 200 full time staff including mathematicians, graphic designers, software developers, audio engineers, gambling experts, QAs, account managers and secret magicians; all entirely dedicated to continuously improving the slots player experience. Learn more at: www.redtigergaming.com

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