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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

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Lottoland Announces The 4th Biggest Global Jackpot In History

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MegaMillions jackpot rolls to 654m USD – and could reach a record $BILLION by the end of the week

One lucky Brit could be in line to claim a near 500million (GBP) prize* this week after Lottoland announced its second ever largest Mega Millions jackpot.

This week’s top prize has reached a whopping 654m in USD to become the 4th largest jackpot in history – and is just two rollovers away from reaching an eye watering $1billion.

UK Lottoland players keen to claim one of the world’s biggest prize pots ever – equal to £497,206,770 in sterling* – can do so via the online betting company.

Nigel Birrell, CEO at Lottoland, said: “As ‘landmark’ moments go this week has already brought us a few, and has the potential to deliver a great deal more.

“We are pretty well versed in dealing with ‘lifechanging’ moments here at Lottoland, but to be talking about hundreds of millions – and potentially in billions – it doesn’t get much more exciting than that.”

“We haven’t seen hysteria like this surrounding a jackpot since the Powerball reached $1billion in 2016,” Nigel added.

“Make no mistake, this is a once in a lifetime moment that is about to make somebody’s dreams out there come true – believe it, you might just be the one to achieve it.”

The Mega Millions jackpot has been rolling over since the 27th July and will continue to rise until it is won, with the overall total topping $1billion by the end of the week if not claimed beforehand.

About Lottoland:

Lottoland has grown rapidly to become a world leader in online lotto. Innovation, coupled with the freedom to offer players a unique and enhanced lottery experience, has been key to the company’s success. In June 2018, Lottoland paid out €90 million to one lucky winner in Germany – this win has been confirmed by Guinness World Records as the Largest online gambling payout. This is also the biggest payout for Lottoland to date.

The Gibraltar-based business is active in 13 markets, has over 350 employees, and more than 8 million customers worldwide. Lottoland is licensed and regulated by the Government of Gibraltar, the UK Gambling Commission, the Republic of Ireland National Excise License Office, the Agenzia delle Dogane e dei Monopoli in Italy and the Northern Territory’s Racing Commission in Australia.

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Betsoft Gaming signs deal with Supergame

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Betsoft Gaming, a Malta-based producer of igaming products, has signed a content partnership with Belgian casino operator Supergame. The comprehensive agreement will provide for the integration of a wide range of Betsoft titles complying with the regulations of Belgian Gaming Commission’s.

Headquartered in Antwerp, Supergame built its reputation in land-based casino over several decades, before entering Belgium’s tightly-regulated online market in 2013. Since then, the operator has distinguished itself from the competition through a commitment to world-class customer support and an emphasis on the casino user experience. As a B+ license holder, certain restrictions apply to the content that Supergame can offer to Belgian players, as Annamaria Anastasi, Marketing Director for Betsoft explains:

“The Belgian regulated market is complex, with various license tiers that govern the way games can be promoted and played. For Supergame, this meant finding a content partner who is agile and experienced enough to make sensitive adjustments to core mechanics, themes, and features to ensure that their games comply with regulations and resonate with the region’s players.”

The agreement also lays the foundation for future Betsoft game integrations, with further content also being adjusted for the Belgian market.

“Working with Betsoft, you feel straight away that they are a very professional company,” says Manou Coutard, Product Manager at Supergame. “Our team have been big fans of Betsoft’s games for some time. Their titles are visually stunning, and their 3D art is amongst the very best in the business. But more than that, we were thrilled to find a partner capable of adjusting their content to meet our unique requirements. We are confident that Betsoft will help elevate our casino to the next level.”

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A lively discussion on cards at inaugural social responsibility exchange

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Simon Bradbury, Head of Social Responsibility and Compliance at Bacta, has predicted a lively discussion at the Association’s Social Responsibility (SR) Exchange initiative. He bases his prediction on the high level of positive feedback so far. The SR Exchange, scheduled on 21 November, will focus on encouraging best practice and has already garnered support from many professionals operating in the field of Social Responsibility.

The free-to-attend event will break new ground by encouraging operators to bring their front-line staff to play their part in the discussions and workshops, guaranteeing a real world perspective. Simon will be playing a key role in the proceedings, including delivery of the welcome address and facilitating a session about dementia. Simon joined bacta four years ago, having previously retired as an Inspector in the police service. He leads the SR and compliance teams and still works with bacta members in the Midlands, the North West and Lincolnshire and Yorkshire regions. Simon also provides adjudication in gambling disputes.

Anticipating a highly productive event Simon explains: “I am excited by bacta’s first Social Responsibility Exchange. It will feature some interesting guest speakers on safer gambling issues and those from the industry with a social responsibility perspective. There is a focus on customer-facing staff but we also anticipate representation from operators, manufacturers and suppliers. Those attending will also have an opportunity to attend workshops and discussions around a number of subjects including self exclusion, safeguarding and supporting individuals who experience problem gambling. We hope to provide an interesting day where we can share good practice in the workplace and promote social responsibility,” confirms Simon.

Social Responsibility and protecting people from gambling-related harm are at the very heart of bacta and it is anticipated that the involvement of front-line staff in the event will facilitate a valuable two-way exchange of ideas and experience.

Those wishing to participate in this exciting event should contact Linda Malcolm at bacta on +44(0)20 7730 6444 or at Lindam@bacta.org.uk

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