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Rootz is on an unstoppable path, earning the title of Best Online Casino Operator of the Year



Rootz Limited was formed in 2018 by highly experienced iGaming professionals with a focus on state-of-the-art systems and an emphasis on compliance, innovation and automation: a next-generation iGaming platform.
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Rootz continues on an unstoppable trajectory, securing the title of Best Online Casino Operator of the Year in the coveted Malta iGaming Excellence Awards (MiGEA) 2024. The awards ceremony, which took place at The Hilton, St Julian’s, Malta, saw Rootz joining industry leaders on the podium once again, underpinning the company’s mission to become one of the world’s leading provider of entertainment experiences.

Rootz was nominated in four categories, including Best Workplace of the Year, Best Employer Brand of the Year, Best Online Casino Operator of the Year, and Best Gaming Company of the Year, demonstrating its versatility as an online gaming all-rounder and a great place to work.

Hitting all the right notes

Earlier in 2024, Rootz not only celebrated five years of offering world-class products and services but also picked up the accolade of Mobile Operator of the Year at the International Gaming Awards in February. The relatively young company has proven itself capable of standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the industry’s biggest and oldest brands.

Rootz is better known as the parent company to online casino brands Wildz, Wheelz, Spinz, Caxino and Chipz, offering seamless entertainment via proprietorial software as well as striking brand differentiation, including the Wildz Granny and the notable presence of Wheelz ambassador The Hoff. Spinz continues to break new ground in the world of online streaming while Caxino and Chipz offer popular experiences in their respective markets.

The company has stated that its goal is to “deliver a ground-breaking experience that exceeds expectations, inspiring new standards as creators of the go-to digital playground, where simplicity meets adrenaline”.

Making an impact

Rootz team members represented the company at the event, which showcases organisations and individuals that continue to drive iGaming as one of the country’s leading business sectors. In recent years, Malta has maintained a premier position globally in the industry, owing largely to the Malta Gaming Authority’s reputation as a best-practice regulatory authority.

Despite Malta’s size geographically, the country is a dominant player in regional and international gambling, with many major companies maintaining either headquarters or large regional offices on the island. The MiGEA awards, recognising excellence in this competitive environment, typically honour companies that are challenging competitors on the world stage.

Rootz CEO Sam Brown says of this latest accolade: “We’re delighted to have won the title of Best Online Casino Operator; it’s a reminder that our peers recognise us as capable of making an impact in Malta and the global markets. As a company, we feel that we’re laying the foundation for long-term success, and we rely on our exceptional teams to bring those goals to life”.

The company has previously stated that it has its sights set on ambitious targets for the remainder of the year; the achievement of two impressive awards showcases its commitment to securing its leadership position.

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IGT CEO Global Lottery Renato Ascoli Inducted into Lottery Industry Hall of Fame



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International Game Technology PLC announced that Renato Ascoli, IGT CEO Global Lottery, will be inducted into the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2024. Ascoli will be honored later this year at an event hosted by the Public Gaming Research Institute (PGRI) in conjunction with the World Lottery Summit in Paris.

“With nearly 20 years of experience serving in high-level positions in the lottery and gaming industries, Renato Ascoli is an accomplished senior executive whose leadership has been paramount in driving new business and innovation. Renato has a keen ability to identify and realize business growth opportunities, and his contributions will benefit the lottery industry for years to come. IGT congratulates Renato on his well-deserved induction into this year’s Lottery Industry Hall of Fame,” Vince Sadusky, CEO of IGT, said.

“I am incredibly honored to be inducted into the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame’s Class of 2024. Working in the lottery industry with many great leaders and innovators has been an absolute privilege. The future of the lottery industry is bright, and I look forward to helping our customers propel the modernization of lottery worldwide while continuing to generate funds for philanthropic causes,” said Ascoli.

In his current role, Ascoli is responsible for global lottery and iLottery sales and operations, product and sales development, and technology and support for IGT’s 90-plus lottery customers worldwide. Since the merger of GTECH and IGT in 2015, Ascoli has successfully led both the Global Lottery and Global Gaming business units for the Company. Some of the key achievements within his tenure have been launching sports betting with the Rhode Island Lottery, partnering with the Mississippi Lottery to initiate operations, deploying lottery terminals in Walmart retail stores, and rolling out IGT’s proprietary Cash Pop draw game, which is now live in over 15 jurisdictions.

Ascoli previously served as General Manager of GTECH S.p.A. (formerly known as Lottomatica Group S.p.A. and Lottomatica S.p.A.) and President of GTECH Products and Services, where he was responsible for overseeing the design, development, and delivery of state-of-the-art platforms, products, and services. Renato had also served as Head of Italian Operations in which he was responsible for the strategic direction and operations of the Company’s Italian businesses.

During his tenure leading Lottomatica, one of the largest lotteries in the world, Ascoli sustained the launch of the Gratta e Vinci (Scratch & Win) instant ticket brand in Italy. Additionally, he was instrumental in gaining the exclusive Lotto concession in Italy with a consortium led by IGT, Lottoitalia S.r.l. The Italian Lotto, and its associated games 10eLotto and MillionDAY, which are among the most popular and successful games in Italy.

The Lottery Industry Hall of Fame was founded by PGRI in 2005 as a means of honoring those who have done the most to make the lottery industry the great success that it is today. Membership is reserved for lottery professionals who have promoted excellence and integrity throughout their careers. Each year, former inductees nominate and vote on the final recipients.

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IGT Named “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion” by the 2024 Disability Equality Index



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International Game Technology announced that it earned a top score in the 2024 Disability Equality Index and was named a “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion” for the second consecutive year in the US and the first time in the UK. In 2024, IGT received a score of 100 and was one of 542 corporations that utilised the Disability Equality Index to benchmark their disability inclusion efforts.

Now in its 10th year, the Disability Equality Index is the world’s most comprehensive benchmarking tool for Fortune 1000 scope companies to measure disability workplace inclusion inside their organisation and to assess performance across industry sectors. In assessing IGT, the Disability Equality Index measured culture and leadership; enterprise-wide access; employment practices including benefits, recruitment, employment, education, retention, advancement and accommodations; community engagement; supplier diversity; and responsible procurement (non-weighted).

“Earning the ‘Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion’ distinction by the Disability Equality Index reflects IGT’s commitment to creating a fair and inclusive culture where our global employees feel welcomed and can succeed in their careers. IGT strives to advance its diversity, equity and inclusion efforts for all employees, and values important benchmarking programs such as the Disability Equality Index that help us track progress, celebrate achievements and identify growth opportunities,” said Dorothy Costa, IGT Senior Vice President, People & Transformation.

“On the 10th anniversary of the Disability Equality Index, we’re extremely proud of the 542 national and international companies that are taking a proactive role in leading progress towards disability inclusion, setting a benchmark for others to follow. Their dedication to fostering inclusive workplaces not only attracts top talent but also drives innovation and creates sustainable performance in today’s global market. Together, we are creating a future where everyone can contribute and thrive,” said Jill Houghton, President and CEO of Disability:IN.

Since IGT’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion was established in 2018, the Company has implemented a range of programmes, policy and systems changes and leading practices that have promoted all dimensions of diversity to make it a more attractive and inclusive employer for people with disabilities. These actions include:

  • Implementing more inclusive and equitable hiring processes.
  • Offering benefits to accommodate visible and invisible disabilities.
  • Committing to work with and provide reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities.
  • Establishing and supporting SuperAbilities at IGT, an employee-led and executive-sponsored employee impact group.
  • Facilitating mandatory and elective employee training courses that help support IGT’s diversity, equity, inclusion, sustainability and anti-harassment commitments.
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Minimum Deposit Casinos Announces Completion of Full Website Revamp



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Minimum Deposit Casinos (MDC), a premier online resource for casino enthusiasts, has announced the completion of its comprehensive website redesign. Initiated in May, this ambitious project has seen the migration of all pages and regions to a sleek, modernised interface, enhancing the user experience across the board.

The revamped MDC website now features:

  1. Streamlined Navigation: Improved layout and intuitive menus facilitate easy access to game reviews, deposit guides, and casino recommendations, ensuring users can find the information they need quickly and efficiently.
  2. Enhanced Functionality: The new design boasts faster load times and a responsive interface, providing a seamless browsing experience on desktops, tablets and smartphones.
  3. Updated Logo and Streamlined Featured Images: The website now sports a refreshed logo and streamlined featured images, contributing to a cohesive and visually appealing design.
  4. Modern Aesthetic: The site’s fresh look incorporates vibrant colours, engaging visuals and a user-friendly interface, aligning with contemporary digital trends.

“We are thrilled to unveil the fully revamped Minimum Deposit Casinos website. Starting in May, our team worked tirelessly to migrate all pages and regions to the new design. Our primary goal is to provide an unparalleled user experience, and we are confident that our users will appreciate the improved functionality and aesthetic of the new site,” said Ian Dalgety, Senior SEO Analyst at MDC.

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