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Gaming Innovation Group Signs Sportsbook Contract With Hard Rock International

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Gaming Innovation Group Inc. (GiG) has signed a contract with Hard Rock International (Hard Rock) for the provision of its omni-channel Sportsbook solution in the newly opened US market of New Jersey. Launch date is estimated for Q1 2019. This agreement follows a Letter of Intent signed between GiG and Hard Rock on 12 October 2018.

This is a milestone agreement for GiG who, after nearly two years of development of its recently launched sports betting platform, has won a highly sought-after tender in competition with world-leading Sportsbook providers.

Hard Rock has chosen the full suite of GiG’s sports betting services including GiG Sports Connect, GiG Trader and GiG Goal. The offering is supplied as a full omni-channel solution with Over the Counter (OTC) wagering and Self Service Betting Terminals (SSBT) available in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City as well as online via desktop and mobile. There is potential to expand the partnership further in the future in other US states.

The supreme court in the US recently revoked the federal ban on US sports betting opening up for state-by-state regulation. More than 20 states with a total addressable market of around half of the US population are expected to open up by the end of 2023. The total middle market range is estimated at $6bn split 50/50 offline and online, where online will be dominated by mobile (source H2GC).

The recent update of the National Football League’s policy on commercial gaming lifted the restriction on Hard Rock’s future sportsbook operation in Atlantic City. Operators of casinos and sport books can now be naming rights partners of NFL venues, subject to certain conditions. Hard Rock International became Miami Dolphins stadium naming partner in 2016 with an 18 year agreement.

Hard Rock is an existing partner of GiG. To date this year GiG has provided Hard Rock with its flexible, robust and scalable technical platform service and its best-in-class front end website service GiG Magic, supporting Hard Rock to go live with its casino offering in New Jersey, US on 3 July 2018.

Kresimir Spajic, SVP Online Gaming at Hard Rock International, says: “The forthcoming launch of the Hard Rock Sportsbook in New Jersey will mark another step towards becoming a significant player in the national and international Sports Betting and Online Gaming industry. In the past few months GiG has proven to be an innovative, capable, flexible and trustworthy partner. Such qualities together with vanguard Sportsbook technology and services enabled GiG to win our New Jersey Sportsbook RFP. We are positive that the extension of our partnership with GiG together with “skin” partnerships with leading international operators will enable Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City to reach its ultimate goal of becoming New Jersey’s Sports Betting and Online Gaming market leader.”

Robin Reed, CEO of GiG, says: “I am proud and delighted to have signed this agreement with our partner Hard Rock, our first inroad to sports betting in the exciting US market. It also headlines our continually strengthening partnership with Hard Rock across our iGaming ecosystem. It was a highly competitive pitch against the best Sportsbooks in the world, all vying to open up the US market. Hard Rock choosing GiG to power its Sportsbook, is a clear statement as to the quality of our cutting-edge sports betting services at this very early stage of their roll-out. Hard Rock is a strong brand with scale, wide reach and with the same high ambitions as us. We look forward, with excitement, to continuing to support Hard Rock’s expansion and geographical growth.

GiG is expecting the Sportsbook agreement to start contributing to revenues in Q1 2019 and to increase from Q2 2019 onwards.

 

About Gaming Innovation Group (GiG):

Gaming Innovation Group Inc. is a technology company providing products and services throughout the entire value chain in the iGaming industry. Founded in 2012, Gaming Innovation Group’s vision is ‘To open up iGaming and make it fair and fun for all’. Through the ecosystem of products and services, GiG is connecting operators, suppliers and users, to create the best iGaming experiences in the world. Gaming Innovation Group operates out of Malta and is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol GIG.

For more information about GiG and our services also see: www.gig.com

About Hard Rock International:

With venues in 74 countries, including 185 cafes, 27 hotels and 12 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s most valuable collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, FL., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Atlantic City, Bali, Cancun, Daytona Beach, Ibiza, Orlando, Shenzhen and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include, Maldives, Manila, Malaga, Georgetown, Fortaleza, Rosario and Chengdu. New Hard Rock Hotel, Casino or Hotel & Casino projects include Berlin, Budapest, Dublin, London, Los Cabos, Maldives, New York City, Ottawa, Sacramento, Dalian and Haikou in China. In 2018, Hard Rock International was recognized as a Forbes Magazine Top Employer for Women.

 

Source: Gaming Innovation Group

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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Rush Street Interactive Named Mobile Operator Of The Year In North America

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PlaySugarHouse.com Celebrates Win at the EGR North America Awards 2019 and March’s Record Breaking Numbers

 

Rush Street Interactive (RSI) has been crowned ‘Mobile Operator of the Year’ at the EGR North America Awards 2019. The EGR Awards celebrate the best of the best in iGaming in North America and is one of the most prestigious recognitions in the online gaming and sports betting industry.

A panel of independent judges applauded RSI for clearly demonstrating market penetration and growth of its mobile user audience.  The judges commented that: “By owning, operating and creating the technology needed to make mobile gaming seamless, Rush Street Interactive (PlaySugarHouse.com) has designed a company and a strategy that will undoubtedly create further growth.”

“This award is one of the most respected in the industry,” said Richard Schwartz, President of Rush Street Interactive. “We’ve taken a differentiated and innovative approach at PlaySugarHouse.com to deliver a totally unique mobile user experience.   The fact that we ended 2018 with a mobile penetration rate over 90% validates that our mobile strategy is working.”

Since launching less than three years ago, PlaySugarHouse.com Sportsbook & Online Casino has achieved exceptional revenue growth and is a significant contributor to March’s record breaking numbers, released earlier today by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.

“Despite the New Jersey online casino and sportsbook market growing by a staggering 43.7% month over month, PlaySugarHouse.com still exceeded this market’s growth rate in March,” Schwartz added.

“The mobile operator of the year win, along with our record breaking financial performance in March, are testaments that our interactive teams, who deserve all the credit, are driving iGaming innovation and making us a respected leader in the emerging regulated industry in the Americas,” said Schwartz.  “Our strategy from the start has been to be the first and the best to offer a large variety of exciting and engaging sports betting and casino experiences.”

PlaySugarHouse.com’s sportsbook mobile platform is deeply integrated and operationalized to work seamlessly with Kambi’s sportsbook, which also was recognized by being named the Sportsbook Platform Provider of the year. The combination of Rush Street Interactive’s in-house mobile product & iGaming platform, leveraging the Kambi sports solution, makes for a winning combination as being proven in the New Jersey market.

The EGR North America Awards 2019 were announced at a reception in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

 

About Rush Street Interactive:
Rush Street Interactive (RSI) was founded by pioneers in the internet gaming industry with decades of collective experience in developing, supplying and operating online gaming sites. The Chicago-based business launched its first casino site, PlaySugarHouse.com in NJ, in September 2016 and, in August 2018, it added an integrated sportsbook. Rush Street Interactive is also the service provider of the sportsbooks at Rivers Casino Pittsburgh and SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia. Additionally, RSI was the first U.S. gaming company to launch a regulated online sportsbook in Latin America.  Rush Street Interactive is also the developer and operator of a leading social gaming platform that is currently deployed at Rush Street-affiliated casinos (Rivers Casino in PittsburghSugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia, Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, Illinois and Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady, New York), as well as selected third party partners.

For more information, visit https://rushstreetgaming.com/interactive

 

SOURCE Rush Street Interactive

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Official Shortlist for the inaugural Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards(BSG Awards) revealed

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It has been a hard and stressful period for some of the companies who battled daily by reaching out to their clients base and asking for feedback via votes to help them climb the charts and be included in the shortlist for inaugural Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards (BSG Awards).

During March, the industry had the chance to cast their votes online for their favorite operators, software suppliers, and connected service providers and help them reach the Top 5 for their respective categories.

The online voting closed on the 31st of March at midnight and we are happy to announce that a total of 28641 votes have been submitted during the session and all companies who made the shortlist should feel proud about this achievement.

With the inaugural Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards, which is part of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit, we have implemented a new voting system that has further increased the transparency of the session. We are happy to say that many companies have expressed their gratitude about the transparency of the awards and we would like to congratulate every company who has made it to the shortlist and even those who haven’t for their commitment to the awards. We now head to Vilnius for the final stage where the attending delegates of the conference will cast their votes to decide the winners of each category, continuing the mission of giving the jury authorship to the industry when it comes to deciding the winners.” commented Zoltán Tűndik, Co-Founder, Co-Owner and Head of Business at European Gaming Media and Events.

The shortlists for each category can be found below and as mentioned in the statement, the winners will be decided by the attending delegates via final voting session at the second edition of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit, which will take place on the 9th of May in Vilnius, Lithuania at Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel.

Register here or View the Agenda!

Here are the shortlists per category and per region:

Baltics – 11 Categories

1/11 – Casino Operators: Best Online Casino in the Baltics 2019

  • Bet365
  • Optibet
  • Maria Casino
  • Unibet
  • Betsafe

2/11 – Sportsbetting Operators: Best Sports Betting Operator in the Baltics 2019

  • Bet365
  • Tonybet
  • Unibet
  • Optibet
  • Betsafe

3/11 – B2B Providers (Sports): Best eSports Service Provider in the Baltics 2019

  • UltraPlay
  • PandaScore
  • Sportradar
  • Betgenius
  • Tain Betting Promotion Ltd

4/11 – B2B Providers (Sports): Best Fantasy Sports / Virtual Sports Provider in the Baltics 2019

  • EveryMatrix
  • BetConstruct
  • Golden Race
  • Betradar
  • Kiron Interactive

5/11 – B2B Providers (Sports): Rising Star in Baltic Sports Betting Technology 2019

  • Inplaynet
  • SoftGamings
  • EveryMatrix
  • BetConstruct
  • GiG (Gaming Innovation Group)

6/11 – B2B Providers (Sports): Best Sports Betting Innovation in the Baltics 2019

  • Inplaynet
  • SoftGamings
  • EveryMatrix
  • BetConstruct
  • Golden Race

7/11 – B2B Providers (Sports): Best Sports Betting Provider in the Baltics 2019

  • Inplaynet
  • SoftGamings
  • EveryMatrix
  • SBTech
  • BetConstruct

8/11 – B2B Providers (Casino): Best Online Casino Provider in the Baltics 2019

  • SoftGamings
  • EveryMatrix
  • BetConstruct
  • Tom Horn Gaming
  • Pragmatic Play

9/11 – B2B Providers (Casino): Best Online Casino Innovator in the Baltics 2019

  • SoftGamings
  • EveryMatrix
  • Tom Horn Gaming
  • Wazdan
  • BetConstruct

10/11 – B2B Providers (Casino): Rising Star in Baltic Online Casino Technology 2019

  • SoftGamings
  • Tom Horn Gaming
  • EveryMatrix
  • Pragmatic Play
  • BetConstruct

11/11 – Connected Services – Payment Providers: Best Payment Service Provider in the Baltics 2019

  • ConnectPay
  • MoneyMatrix
  • Trustly
  • Spliff
  • PaySafe

Nordics – 10 Categories

1/10 – Casino Operators: Best Online Casino in the Nordics 2019

  • Spela
  • 888
  • Bet365
  • Betsson
  • Mr. Green

2/10 – Sportsbetting Operators: Best Sports Betting Operator in the Nordics 2019

  • Bet365
  • Unibet
  • 888
  • Betsson
  • Betfair

3/10 – B2B Providers (Sports): Best eSports Service Provider in the Nordics 2019

  • UltraPlay
  • PandaScore
  • Sportradar
  • Betgenius
  • MTG esports

4/10 – B2B Providers (Sports): Best Fantasy Sports / Virtual Sports Provider in the Nordics 2019

  • EveryMatrix
  • BetConstruct
  • Fantasy Sports Interactive (FSI)
  • NSoft
  • Golden Race

5/10 – B2B Providers (Sports): Rising Star in Nordic Sports Betting Technology 2019

  • Inplaynet
  • EveryMatrix
  • BetConstruct
  • Golden Race
  • Altenar

6/10 – B2B Providers (Sports): Best Sports Betting Innovation in the Nordics 2019

  • Inplaynet
  • EveryMatrix
  • BetConstruct
  • GiG (Gaming Innovation Group)
  • Golden Race

7/10 – B2B Providers (Sports): Best Sports Betting Provider in the Nordics 2019

  • Inplaynet
  • EveryMatrix
  • SBTech
  • BetConstruct
  • Golden Race

8/10 – B2B Providers (Casino): Best Online Casino Provider in the Nordics 2019

  • NetEnt
  • EveryMatrix
  • Play’n GO
  • BetConstruct
  • Wazdan

9/10 – B2B Providers (Casino): Best Online Casino Innovator in the Nordics 2019

  • Play’n GO
  • EveryMatrix
  • BetConstruct
  • Wazdan
  • Ezugi

10/10 – Connected Services – Payment Providers: Best Payment Service Provider in the Nordics 2019

  • Trustly
  • MoneyMatrix
  • PaySafe
  • Hexopay
  • Euro Payment Group

 

You can also find the lists on the following page: www.marebalticumgaming.com/bsg-awards-2019-baltic-and-scandinavian-gaming-awards/

Final Vote: 9 May 2019

All attending delegates of the MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit will get the chance to vote for their favorites to determine the winners at the inaugural Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards.

All shortlisted companies are invited to register and attend the conference!

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NSoft’s DPO among top 5 Data Protection Officers

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GamblingCompliance has announced the official shortlist for the Global Regulatory Awards 2019.  NSoft is proud to announce that Mr. Zlatan Omerspahić, NSoft`s Data Protection Officer (DPO), has been shortlisted in the category: Data Protection Officer or Team of the year.

The nomination complements to all activities Mr. Omerspahić and NSoft, as a company, performed in order to not just be in compliance with the GDPR, but to promote the importance of data integrity and data protection per se.

Zlatan is an acknowledged expert within the legislation field and very fruitful panelist at expert conferences with specific know-how that he gladly shares with other industry professionals. Commenting on the nomination, he said: “This is very exciting! It is a great honor to be nominated for GamblingCompliance´s award and I am very emotional about it. NSoft put trust in me, and all I’ve accomplished in my field of expertise would not be possible without the great support from my colleagues.”

The GamblingCompliance Global Regulatory Awards 2019 will take place at De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in Central London on May 1st, 2019. This year’s event will host over 400 industry specialist who will celebrate the success of the best ones in 17 award categories.

“This nomination and the awarding ceremony will actually be a wonderful way to celebrate my work anniversary at NSoft which is also on May 1st. I am looking forward to the event,” concluded Mr. Zlatan Omerspahić.

 

To find out more on NSoft contact us at info@nsoft.com or visit NSoft web site and book a meeting.

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