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Blueprint Gaming prepares to invade with Mars Attacks!™

Zoltan Tundik

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Games developer boosts licensed slots portfolio with sci-fi release

Blueprint Gaming, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, has unveiled its latest blockbuster video slot, Mars Attacks!™, inspired by the 1996 classic sci-fi film.

As well as engaging reel spins, Mars Attacks!™ features five out of this world progressive bonus rounds which build up to the final stand, while the game also contains an Alien Invasion Gamble enabling players to upgrade the feature and Martian Modifiers, which offer 3125 pay ways.

Mars Attacks!™ is the latest Blueprint game to contain the Jackpot King Deluxe progressive jackpot system. The advancement of the ever-popular Jackpot King multi-game system features two ‘must be won by’ pots that guarantee a fixed value payout.

Jo Purvis, Director of Marketing and Relationships at Blueprint Gaming, said: “We come in peace! Mars Attacks!™ is an iconic sci-fi film, and we are really excited to offer it to all of our partners and their players.

“It’s one of our most engaging titles yet, with a multitude of bonus features and the possibility of defending the world against the alien invasion in a bonus mode. Fans of the film will be able to battle through progressive bonus rounds, with a giant finale fitting of the comedy classic.”

The 5×3 slot is the fourth title released in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, following Top Cat, Thundercats and most recently The Goonies, which has been Blueprint’s most successful game launch ever.

 

About Blueprint Gaming

Blueprint Gaming is a leading UK based game studio and part of Germany’s Gauselmann Group. It creates exciting slot games for the global online and mobile markets and its games are also available to be played on over 100,000 land-based gaming terminals across the UK, Germany and Italy.

As well as its original content, which has become hugely popular, it has developed successful slots based on a broad range of third party brands, offering players familiarity and operators unique marketing opportunities.

The Blueprint Gaming design and development team strives to push creative boundaries in the creation of slots that are as successful for its operating partners as they are entertaining and engaging for its players.

Blueprint is licensed to develop and supply online games by the UK Gambling Commission and Alderney Gambling Control Commission.

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products

Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP), a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, extends the Studio’s powerful portfolio of entertainment brands and franchises into the lives of fans around the world.  WBCP partners with best-in-class licensees globally on an award-winning range of toys, fashion, home décor, and publishing inspired by franchises and properties such as DC, the Wizarding World, Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera. The division’s successful global themed entertainment business includes groundbreaking experiences such as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi. With innovative global licensing and merchandising programs, retail initiatives, promotional partnerships and themed experiences, WBCP is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

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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Gaming Associates Europe Ltd approves Betinvest Lottery

Niji Narayan

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Gaming Associates Europe Ltd approves Betinvest Lottery
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Gaming Associates Europe Limited, a reputable laboratory and accreditation agency in the UK, has approved the Betinvest’s new Lottery platform. With this certification, Betinvest can now supply its in-house Lottery solutions to both online and retail gaming operators in EU countries where local regulators do not require companies to carry out their own compliance checks.

“All of our games are developed in accordance with the applicable regulations and requirements. We are delighted to have been approved by Gaming Associates Europe Limited because the requirements that must be met to be granted UK certification are some of the most complicated. This confirms that our product is fair, secure, and has been tested to the appropriate standards,” commented the company’s VP of Business Development, Valentyn Kyrylenko.

Since becoming certified, Betinvest’s Lottery solutions have been integrated into the Stanleybet platform in Romania. Kyrylenko affirmed that the few first weeks of their cooperation have shown very impressive results and added, “Soon, the rest our games, such as Magic KENO, Roulette Lucky Wheel and Book of Six, will be certified too”.

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MGC publishes February GGR for Plainridge Park Casino and MGM Springfield

Niji Narayan

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MGC publishes February GGR for Plainridge Park Casino and MGM Springfield
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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) has released the financial results of Plainridge Park Casino (PPC) and MGM Springfield for February 2019. The overall Gross Gaming Revenue (GGR) is $34 million.

PPC, a category 2 slots facility, is taxed on 49 per cent of GGR. From the tax, 82 per cent is paid to Local Aid and 18 per cent is allotted to the Race Horse Development Fund. MGM Springfield, a category 1 resort-casino, is taxed on 25 per cent of GGR; those monies are allocated to several specific state funds as determined by the gaming statute.

To date, the Commonwealth has collected approximately $332 million in total taxes and assessments from PPC and MGM since the respective openings of each gaming facility. View comprehensive revenue reports for each gaming licensee here.

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Fantasy Contests revenue drops in Pennsylvania in February

Niji Narayan

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The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has published its Fantasy Contests Revenue Report for February. According to the report, overall Fantasy Contests revenue in February drops to $1,629,178 from $2,116,499 in January 2019.

The report also offers category-wise figures of fees collected from the play of Pennsylvania participants, Fantasy Contests Operators’ adjusted revenue, and tax revenue due to the Commonwealth. Tax revenue is derived through a 15 per cent assessment on the adjusted revenue reported by the Fantasy Contests Operators and is deposited into the Commonwealth General Fund. This resulted in tax revenue generated during February of $244,377.

Fantasy Contests revenue and tax revenue for each of the providers for February 2019 are provided in the following table:

Fantasy Contest Provider February 2019
Fantasy Contests
Adjusted Revenue
February 2019

State Tax Due

DraftKings $906,451.16 $135,967.67
FanDuel $622,815.68 $93,422.35
Fantasy Football Players Championship $47,744.12 $7,161.62
DRAFT $23,948.17 $3,592.23
Yahoo Fantasy Sports $9,726.97 $1,459.05
Sportshub Technologies $6,536.89 $980.53
Fantasy Draft $5,818.57 $872.79
Full Time Fantasy Sports $3,985.25 $597.79
Boom Fantasy $2,151.45 $322.72
Total $1,629,178.26 $244,376.75

 

The report can be found at http://gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov.

 

About the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board:
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of the state’s casino industry, including sports wagering offered currently at six locations. The oversight also includes other new gaming initiatives, expected to be launched in the coming months, which were created through Act 42 of 2017, an amendment to the Race Horse Development and Gaming Act.
The Commonwealth’s casino industry currently consists of 10 stand-alone and racetrack casinos in operation, along with the two smaller resort casinos. These facilities collectively employ over 16,000 people and annually generate approximately $1.4 billion in tax revenue from slot machine and table games play. The largest portion of that money is used for property tax reduction to Pennsylvania homeowners.

 

SOURCE Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

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