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Mark Thomas joins Luminosity Gaming

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Luminosity Gaming Inc., Canada’s largest professional esports organization, is proud to announce the addition of Mark Thomas as Vice President, Head of Marketing, effective April 1, 2019. Thomas joins the team after a recent stint leading CBC’s Sports Partnerships team, and brings a proven track record of building successful and award-winning marketing campaigns for major global brands.

Thomas’ addition comes as Luminosity enters the next phase of its global expansion. He will lead all efforts to grow the Luminosity brand globally, while also using his experience and skills to build a best-in-class brand partnerships team.

“Luminosity’s mission is to continue to build the biggest and most successful esports franchise in the world”, said Steve Maida, President of Luminosity Gaming. “A huge part of that is reaching both traditional and new esports audiences with the Luminosity brand, while also building innovative partnerships with brands that share our vision. Mark’s unique skillset is key to that, and is the first step in creating a team of innovators and creators.”

Thomas’ arrival comes amidst growth and success for the franchise. The Vancouver Titans, managed by Luminosity, and in partnership with Canucks Sports & Entertainment, were recently crowned Stage 1 Overwatch League Champions, after going undefeated with a Stage 1 record of 7-0. Luminosity Gaming were also crowned champions of the Call of Duty World League open event in Fort Worth, Texas last month, with a prize pool of $325,000.

The franchise also fields competitors in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Fortnite, SMITE, and Madden19, and is partnered with Universal Music Canada, SCUF Gaming, and META Threads.

 

Source: LUMINOSITY GAMING

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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Sightline Joins Forces with Responsible Gaming Solution GameSecure

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The partnership aims to connect payment solutions and a centralized real-time self-exclusion database for increased player protection

 

Las Vegas-based Sightline Payments (“Sightline”) and Vancouver based Bencon Technologies Inc. (“Bencon”) have entered into a partnership to bridge the current technological gap between digital self-exclusion functions and payment services. The goal of the partnership is to ensure at-risk patrons are denied access to content or payment services in real-time.

The first quarter of 2019 has resulted in a number of violations of self-excluded patrons gaining access to content in the US market, meaning regulator fines have been issued to non-compliant operators, unfortunately, the damage to the patron is already done. GameSecure’s real-time database solution will ensure these patrons do not gain access to digital content once self-excluded and by partnering with  it creates another barrier to a patron’s payment activity.

“The Sightline team has been committed to responsible gaming for more than 20 years and we are very excited to announce this important partnership,” said Cameron Conn, Co-Founder of Bencon Technologies Inc.

“We strongly believe there is not a singular solution to completely address all aspects of player protection and responsible gaming, however, partnerships like these allow for better solutions that will give continued insights into at-risk behavior for improved responsible gaming programs.”

“Sightline is in a unique position because our Play+ ecosystem, in the US, connects to nearly 100% of all digital platforms and 90%+ of all casino management systems, allowing for a uniform capability for a network-wide self-exclusion program through our SPAN Network,” said Kirk Sanford, CEO and Founder of Sightline Payments.

A primary goal of the partnership will be to work with the responsible and problem gambling communities to ensure these new solutions will work to enhance future programs for player protection.

“The Responsible Gambling Council is pleased to hear about the partnership between GameSecure and Sightline.  We believe that safeguards are imperative to the success of any self-exclusion program,” stated Shelley White, CEO of Responsible Gambling Council in Canada.

Keith Whyte, the Executive Director of the US National Council on Problem Gaming adding: “Congratulations to Bencon and Sightline for this step to further integrate responsible gaming into payment methods for the industry.  Streamlining player protection is an important goal for the National Council on Problem Gambling, and we are pleased to support this innovative effort.”

“Self-exclusion programs have been in existence for years with the on-premise ATM providers, however, until now nothing has existed for the digital world which is where the industry is moving,” added Sanford.

Bencon is currently working with multiple jurisdictions in the United States (and internationally) to integrate GameSecure into their Responsible Gaming Programs.

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Lotto Max Enters New Era: Record Jackpots of Up to $70M and Draws Twice a Week

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A new chapter in Canadian lottery history is about to begin, as Lotto Max players now have two opportunities each week to enjoy their favourite lottery game and jackpots will be able to grow bigger than ever before.

Starting this week, Canadians can play the nation’s biggest lottery game twice each week. Thanks to a brand-new Tuesday draw added to the Friday draw, Lotto Max players will see jackpots grow more quickly than ever. What’s more, the main Lotto Max jackpot can now grow as large as $70 million – a jackpot offering not yet seen in Canada.

There is no change to the cost of a Lotto Max ticket, which remains $5 for three selections of seven numbers.

The main jackpot for the Tuesday, May 14 Lotto Max draw is estimated at $17 million.

Lotto Max was introduced in 2009 with a maximum jackpot of $50 million. In 2015, the maximum jackpot was increased to $60 million. Since its launch, Lotto Max players across Canada have won over $11 billion, including 116 jackpot wins and 1,021 Maxmillions prizes.

Quick facts:

  • The main Lotto Max jackpot can now grow as high as $70 million
  • Two draws a week: Tuesdays and Fridays
  • No change to the cost of play: $5 for three selections of seven numbers
  • $1 million Maxmillions prizes are still offered when the main jackpot reaches and exceeds $50 million
  • Two brand-new prize categories
    • Match 5/7+bonus
    • Match 4/7+bonus
  • Numbers now selected from 1 to 50
  • The odds of winning the main jackpot are 1 in 33,294,800 per $5 play
  • The overall odds to win a prize are 1 in 7 per $5 play
  • The Lotto Max changes were announced in November 2018

 

Source: Lotto Max

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Pollard Banknote Limited becomes WLA Platinum Contributor

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Pollard Banknote Limited is pleased to announce that it has elevated its World Lottery Association contributor status from Gold to Platinum, an important step in the company’s evolution in continuing to realize its position as one of the lottery world’s pre-eminent business partners.

Pollard Banknote has been a World Lottery Association (WLA) associate member since the organization was founded in 1999, and has participated in the WLA’s contributor program since 2002. Over the past two decades, Pollard Banknote has become a leading advocate for the world lottery community, providing speakers for the many WLA educational events, and actively participating in the World Lottery Summit’s business program and trade show.

“Pollard Banknote is proud to now be a Platinum Contributor to an organization that provides a wealth of support and resources to the lottery industry,” said Doug Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Pollard Banknote. “Our work with the WLA has definitely helped make our lottery partners around the world more successful.”

For more than 30 years, Pollard Banknote has helped lotteries to maximize player engagement, sales and, ultimately, generate proceeds to support good causes. Working in partnership with more than 60 lotteries worldwide, Pollard Banknote creates and markets high quality instant games while providing strategic marketing and management services for both traditional instant games and the emerging interactive space.

Pollard Banknote also provides services and solutions focused on helping lotteries heighten retail execution success. A proven innovator, Pollard Banknote has established industry-leading expertise with in-store strategies and retail effectiveness. The company’s interactive offerings range from web-based and mobile digital solutions that bridge brick-and-mortar products to full iLottery services.

“We welcome Pollard Banknote as a WLA Platinum Contributor,” said WLA President, Rebecca Hargrove. “Their continued support of the WLA’s mission, values, and vision, distinguishes them as a trusted partner to the global lottery sector. We look forward to serving Pollard Banknote as a WLA Platinum Contributor in the years to come.”

 

About Pollard Banknote:

Pollard Banknote is a leading lottery partner to more than 60 lotteries worldwide, providing high quality instant ticket products, licensed games, Schafer Systems retail merchandising solutions, and a full suite of digital offerings, ranging from game apps to comprehensive player engagement and iLottery solutions, including strategic marketing and management services. The company is a proven innovator and has decades of experience helping lotteries to maximize player engagement, sales, and proceeds for good causes. Pollard Banknote also provides pull-tab tickets, bingo paper, and its Diamond Game and Oasis-branded electronic ticket machines to charitable and other gaming markets in North America. Established in 1907, Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 67.5% by the Pollard family and 32.5% by public shareholders, and is publicly traded on the TSX (PBL). For more information, please visit our website at www.pollardbanknote.com.

 

Source: Pollard Banknote Limited

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