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IGT’s Responsible Gaming Leadership is Reaffirmed by Independent Assessors

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World Lottery Association Recertifies IGT for its Lottery and Digital Operations
Company Successfully Passes G4 Gaming Operations Intermediate Audit

 

International Game Technology PLC (“IGT”) (NYSE: IGT) announced that it has been recertified by the World Lottery Association (WLA) for its Corporate Social Responsibility Standards and Certification Framework. In addition, IGT successfully achieved an intermediate assessment by the Global Gaming Guidance Group (G4) for its Responsible Gaming accreditation. IGT was the first gaming supplier in the industry to receive both the WLA and G4 certifications, in 2015 and 2017, respectively.

WLA and G4 aim to minimize the impact of problem gambling by promoting a worldwide accreditation program for gaming industry operators and suppliers. Both certifications reinforce IGT’s commitment to be a responsible vendor and demonstrate the effectiveness of the responsible gaming technology it provides to gaming operators worldwide.

“IGT provides innovative technology, solutions, and services, and it’s our responsibility to create solutions that help our customers protect their players,” said Robert K. Vincent, IGT Executive Vice President, Administrative Services and External Relations. “IGT prides itself as an industry pioneer, and these re-assessments help demonstrate our leadership.”

Following IGT’s latest assessment, WLA Senior Corporate Social Responsibility Manager Mélissa Azam said, “Responsible gaming is clearly embedded into IGT’s goals, governance, and management process, and is a key component of its corporate culture. The WLA fully supports the recertification and congratulates IGT on its contribution to responsible gaming.”

A WLA-approved assessor, EY, conducted an informed, complete, and impartial assessment of IGT’s lottery and digital operations to determine its WLA recertification. EY provided an independent auditor’s report on the alignment with the eight sections of the WLA standards, including research, employee programs, product and service development, remote gaming environment, advertising and marketing communications, client awareness, stakeholder engagement, and reporting.

To maintain G4 certification, IGT was independently assessed to confirm that the company goes above the industry standards of providing player protection tools and responsible gaming information on gaming machines. G4 also requires vendors to make a commitment to research, dedicated policies, and employee training.

“G4 is proud to announce that after last year’s initial G4 accreditation, IGT has also passed the intermediate audit of 2018, which can only be achieved by showing a strong commitment to continuous improvement,” said Pieter Remmers, a member of the G4 Board of Directors. “It is a true testimony to the dedication of IGT and its employees at every level to working collaboratively on corporate sustainability and responsible gaming.”

IGT continues to reinforce its commitment to responsible gaming in its lottery, digital, and gaming operations by adhering to eight globally adopted Responsible Gaming Guidelines; working collaboratively with its Responsible Gaming Working Group; launching tailored employee e-learning courses on responsible gaming and problem gambling; and continually updating and following its global advertising and marketing communications Code of Principles.

 

About IGT:
IGT (NYSE:IGT) is the global leader in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Digital and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT has over 12,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.igt.com.

 

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Enlabs Reorganises its Senior Management Team

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Enlabs has made a number of changes to its management team. The company has appointed George Ustinov as its COO and Adam Jonsson as CFO. This is done as part of a larger reorganisation to further increase efficiency in the company.

George Ustinov, who has been employed since 2017 and CFO since 2018, will be given operational responsibility for the Group as a result of his new role as COO. Ustinov holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and management from the University of Latvia.

Adam Jonsson takes over the position as CFO after being employed since the beginning of 2018 as Controller and also Head of Investor Relations. Prior to Enlabs, Jonsson worked for three years at the PwC audit firm. Jonsson holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and management from Lander University, USA.

“George has done a very good job as CFO and has gradually become more involved in the operational work. As we now prepare for the next growth phase, I want George to be able to dedicate full time to developing the operational business as COO and deputy CEO. Adam has been responsible for many of the financial parts already and has been part of the management team for the past year as responsible for investor relations matters, so it feels natural that he assumes the CFO role,” Enlabs president and chief executive Robert Andersson said.

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ICU and Spectral technology take centre stage at EAG 2020

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The gaming exhibition calendar for 2020 kick starts with EAG in London which takes place on 14 – 16 January 2020 at the ExCeL convention centre.  Leaders in cash validation, Innovative Technology, plan to have their latest Spectral Technology products and ICU age verification device centre stage on the stand.

Andy Bullock, Senior Business Manager commented, “EAG provides a platform for us to showcase new and exciting products and essentially launches our exhibition plan for 2020.  This year we will be focussing on showing EAG visitors the advantages of using Spectral Technology when validating and recycling cash. We are looking forward to showcasing our new Spectral Payout recycler ideal for high volume applications requiring multi-denomination recycling at fast speeds.  This advanced version of the SMART Payout offers a huge 80 note recycling capacity and can store and recycle all denominations from a given currency helping to manage float levels more efficiently and keep machines operational. Using Spectral Technology, it has the added benefit of offering complete note image capture (highest spectral coverage) to authenticate banknote validity and protect against fraudulent and stained notes.”

Andy continued, “The NV9 Spectral is also now gaining momentum in the gaming and amusement industry and customers are eager to extend their recycling capabilities by adding a compatible note float module (NV11 Spectral). This gives a fast and secure means of note recycling to ensure float levels and downtime are reduced. Installing this unit in conjunction with the SMART Coin System (SCS) – a bulk coin validator, mixed coin hopper and recycler in one, results in fast, multi-denomination recycling for both notes and coins.  The SCS has a market leading coin hopper capacity with payout speeds of up to 12 coins per second, eliminating coin starvation, the need for multiple hoppers and improving cashflow.”

“Since the introduction of ICU age verification earlier in the year we have been developing this product to include facial recognition technology and look forward to demoing this to the industry at EAG. These new features use facial recognition to identify those who have willingly self-excluded or have been excluded.  Supporting responsible gambling is imperative for the gaming industry and should be a key part of any corporate social responsibility policy. ICU can help ensure compliance with age restrictions to safeguard children and prevent underage gambling plus provide easy implementation of the self-exclusion scheme.”

ICU boasts a high level of accuracy with a proven 96% success rate in detecting under 18’s and compared to a human accuracy rate of 69% it outperforms humans across all age ranges. ICU is also listed in first place (99.8% accuracy) on the Labeled Faces in the Wild (http://vis-www.cs.umass.edu/lfw/) – a public benchmark for face verification.  It uses artificial intelligence and ITL’s own algorithms to recognise faces and verify age.

Concluding Andy said, “We are looking forward to showcasing our latest products and technologies at EAG so make sure you come and see us on stand 400.”

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Microgaming ushers in a wave of diverse titles this December

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Microgaming is set to deliver an entertaining display of vibrant content this festive season, with new and exclusive titles forming a compelling showcase this month.

Throughout December, leading software supplier Microgaming is offering a diverse roster of exclusive high-quality games from its network of independent studios and game development partners, to meet the needs of its customers worldwide. Players can immerse themselves in all the captivating artwork and unique features of Microgaming’s December releases.

The adventure begun on 3 December in the jungles of West Asia with the release of Ivory Citadel™, developed exclusively by Just For The Win. Shrouded in mystery and adorned with marble, stone, ivory, and flames, the five-reel, 20-payline slot is filled with superb visuals and exciting features, including Mystery Symbols, free spins, and three wild symbols.

Staged in an ancient temple in the snowy mountains, North Storm™ (Rabcat) lures players into a mystical world full of treasures. Scheduled to launch on Microgaming’s award-winning platform on 5 December, this five-reel, 25-payline fantasy-themed slot offers a strong feature line-up, including Bonus Falls, where symbols in winning combinations disappear and new symbols fall down to close the gaps, and the Increasing Multiplier, which is doubled to 8x in the free spins feature, offering rewarding win potential.

Due for release on 10 December, Treasures of Lion City (Pulse 8 Studios) brings intriguing adventures to life in the form of a thrilling five-by-three reel, 25-payline online slot, where stone buildings, statues and temples lie hidden in the deepest sea in the East. The game features Microgaming’s popular Rolling Reels™ mechanic and a Win Meter feature, which includes multipliers of up to 27x, creating excellent win potential of up to 2,600x the initial bet.

The craic looks mighty in Stumpy McDoodles (Foxium), a five-by-four reel, Irish-themed slot bringing a unique slant through its party atmosphere, a pair of mischievous characters and a hatful of features, including a pot of gold in the base game that reveals Stumpy Random Wilds and Random Multipliers. Players can utilise Foxify™, which increases the multiplier values awarded during the feature. Players get a second chance at triggering free spins with Rainbow Re-spin. During free spins, players collect coins for wilds and multipliers that progress through the remainder of the feature up to a 34x multiplier. Set to launch on 17 December, Stumpy McDoodles is loaded with charm and offers a never-ending party, filled with great rewards.

With an array of spectacular content planned, along with a wealth of existing Christmas-themed games, Microgaming customers can expect even further variety and more targeted, engaging gameplay throughout the month of December.

“Microgaming continues to diversify its exclusive content offering this December, along with popular partner games. Each new release is packed with thrilling features, formats and unique themes, offering operators incredible choice. 2019 has been a particularly exciting and busy year for Microgaming, with more than 40 feature-rich exclusive new games released, including blockbuster branded titles such as the action-packed Lara Croft® Temples and Tombs™ and Village People® Macho Moves online slots. We’re looking forward to building on that momentum as we head into 2020, when we will be revealing another wave of exciting releases and announcements to shake up the new year.” – James Buchanan, Director of Global Operations at Microgaming.

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