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Vol. 71 No.13 - Monday July 6, 2015

A weekly snapshot of the top lottery and gaming news stories

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  • International Game Technology Sign Player Services E-Commerce Platform Agreement with Veikkaus Oy in Finland. Full Story.
  • Belgium National Lottery Embrace Kraft Paper Trend with Pollard Banknote's ECO Scratch™ Instant Tickets. Full Story.
  • Commonwealth Casino Commission Adopt Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Standards, Recognizes GLI as Test Lab. Full Story.
  • Playtech Win Prized Norwegian Lottery Contract. Full Story.
  • Celebrated Farewell to Austria Lotteries CEO Friedrich Stickler. Full Story.
  • Building the Brand! NASPL 2015 Dallas Texas. Full Story.
  • Camelot Global Build US Team with the Appointment of Duncan Malyon as Senior Vice-President of North America. Full Story.
  • Playscan AB Merge Into Svenska Spel AB. Full Story.
  • Inspired Sign Long-Term Virtuals Contract with Leading Italian Gaming Operator. Full Story.
  • Genera Win New Norsk Tipping IVT Contract. Full Story.
  • Ladbrokes Launch Inspired Virtuals on Mobile. Full Story.
  • NetEnt Games Now Available on Danske Spil’s Online Casino Network. Full Story.
  • Charitable Bingo and Gaming Revitalization to Benefit Local Charities. Full Story.
  • Surf Life Saving Lotteries Launches New Website. Full Story.
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International Game Technology Sign Player Services E-Commerce Platform Agreement with Veikkaus Oy in Finland

LONDON, U.K. (July 2, 2015) -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE:IGT) announced that it has signed an agreement with Finnish lottery operator Veikkaus Oy to deliver an enhanced Player Services e-commerce solution, while also extending the support and service it provides to Veikkaus' current Internet and mobile platform until 2018.

"Based on IGT's comprehensive experience in the government-regulated Internet market, we are able to provide pioneering lotteries such as Veikkaus Oy with a platform that powers one of the most successful government e-commerce businesses in the industry," said Declan Harkin, IGT Senior Vice President & COO, International. "We believe this vote of confidence by Veikkaus proves the strength of IGT services, and should further provide a meaningful reference point for other lotteries."

"Veikkaus is already successfully offering Internet and mobile-based services and products to players in Finland. Through this agreement, we will now gain even further flexibility with continued stability," said Juha Koponen, Veikkaus Oy CEO.

"Our players deserve and expect a world-class customer interactive and mobile experience equivalent to their experience with other established e-commerce leaders that offer products outside of Lottery."

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"Customer personalization is key in the current marketplace, and through the Player Services e-commerce module delivered by IGT, Veikkaus will gain a much more agile way of maintaining customer interaction in our interactive and mobile channels."

The Player Services e-commerce solution provides Veikkaus with the ability to take one-to-one marketing capabilities to a new level, giving Veikkaus full access to all player data from all channels, including retail, interactive, and mobile, in real time. This omni-channel view of the player enables Veikkaus to target personalized, accurate and relevant marketing material that heightens the player experience and extends player loyalty, regardless of which device is being used to play.

In parallel, IGT will continue to provide the robust and reliable Enterprise Series Anywhere interfaces to the Player Services solution to allow future expansion of features and game engines.

IGT is established in the Nordic region as a valued interactive and mobile partner that successfully supports some of the industry's leading government operators, including Veikkaus, Svenska Spel in Sweden, and Norsk Tipping in Norway.

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 Interactive 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 more than 13,000 employees.

For more information, please visit: www.merger.igt.com.

CONTACT: Rhonda Whittaker, Corporate Communications, +1 (506) 860-7867

SOURCE: IGT.

 

 

Belgium National Lottery Embrace Kraft Paper Trend with Pollard Banknote's ECO Scratch™ Instant Tickets

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba, (June 30, 2015) -- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) ("Pollard Banknote") is pleased to announce that the Belgium National Lottery (Loterie Nationale) has launched an instant ticket featuring one of Pollard Banknote's latest innovations-Eco Scratch™. This product is generating excitement among lotteries and players worldwide for its unique appearance and use of environmentally sustainable materials.

The game's name-Love Nature-ties in with the natural look of Eco Scratch™. This €2 ticket is adorned with playful art of a cartoon sheep that is knitting. The nature theme is also evident under the scratch-off material-play symbols include plants, animals, and a recycle logo.

Pollard's Love Nature Ticket

Pollard Banknote's Eco Scratch™ capitalizes on the latest package design trends-the use of kraft paper and a shift towards clean, simple design. Although the organic, recycled look and feel of Eco Scratch™ is perfect for vintage designs, it is also suitable for creating striking modern designs.

Pollard Banknote's Eco Scratch™ paper stock is not only creating a stir among lottery players for its appealing and trendy 'green' look, but also the fact that the product itself is environmentally-friendly, containing 60% recycled fibers (35% post-consumer).

"Pollard Banknote's Eco Scratch™ is perfect for the eco-friendly design of our Love Nature ticket. Eco Scratch™, with its natural, unrefined appearance is a fresh concept in the instant ticket world that stands out at retail," explained Stéphane Lefebvre, Director of Product Development, Loterie Nationale. "We are proud to be among the first lotteries worldwide to launch this product. We have leveraged our exclusive partnership with Pollard Banknote to bring our players new, unique instant products."

"Pollard Banknote's Eco Scratch™ tickets offer a one-of-a-kind appearance unlike anything else offered in the instant ticket market, while also catering to environmentally conscious players," said Nancy Bettcher, Vice President, Product Innovation & Development, Pollard Banknote. "More and more lotteries are joining Loterie Nationale in adding Eco Scratch™ to their instant ticket offerings. Eco Scratch™ is one of many Pollard Banknote innovative offerings that help lotteries raise revenues to support good causes."

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Loterie Nationale started in 1934 under the name 'Colonial Lottery' with the mandate of financing humanitarian and welfare work in Congo, Belgium's former colony. In 1962, the name was changed to Loterie Nationale and placed under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Finance. Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, Loterie Nationale is state-owned, and aims to offer entertaining and socially responsible games that appeal to a broad audience. Loterie Nationale allocates revenues to support various state activities such as sports, culture, and local social projects.

About Pollard Banknote

Pollard Banknote is a leading lottery partner to more than 50 lotteries worldwide, providing high quality instant ticket products, licensed games and strategic marketing and management services for both traditional instant games and the emerging iLottery space of web, mobile and social channels. 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 plays a major role in the charitable pull-tab and bingo markets in North America. Established in 1907, Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 73.5% by the Pollard family and 26.5% 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.

 

 

Commonwealth Casino Commission Adopt Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Standards, Recognizes GLI as Test Lab

SYDNEY, Australia (July 1, 2015) - The Commonwealth Casino Commission (CCC) of the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) has adopted Gaming Laboratories International's (GLI®) technical standards, known as the GLI Standards Series™.

The CCC has also recognized GLI as an independent test lab for a new Saipan-based casino, expected to open later this month.

The Commonwealth is a new gambling jurisdiction, and the temporary casino in Saipan will be the jurisdiction's first. GLI has worked closely with the CCC over the past several months to ensure it is empowered to execute a first-class regulatory model for the slot machines and other gambling equipment operated by Best Sunshine International Ltd., which will operate the new casino.

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GLI Australia Senior Manager of Regulation Compliance and QA Phil Harrison said, "We are honored to have been chosen by the CCC to lend our global expertise to this new jurisdiction. The GLI Standards Series is recognized worldwide for bringing clarity and structure to operators, suppliers and regulators. Beyond the Standards Series, we were privileged to consult with the jurisdiction and help to create a foundation for long-lasting success."

The news is the latest in a series of positive developments for GLI in the Asia Pacific region. GLI Australia physically expanded one of its Australia locations earlier this year, growing from 1,000 square meters to 1,600 square meters in Adelaide, and plans are in development for growth in the Sydney location.

GLI serves more than 475 global jurisdictions, more than 130 of which exclusively accept GLI certification letters.

About Gaming Laboratories International

For more than 25 years, Gaming Laboratories International, LLC has continuously delivered THE best quality land-based and iGaming testing and consulting services with supreme accuracy while reducing time to market.

With 21 laboratory locations spread across Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Europe, North America and South America, GLI is the only global organization of its kind to hold U.S. and international accreditations for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020, and 17065 standards for technical competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries.

For more information visit: www.gaminglabs.com.

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International.

 

 

Playtech Win Prized Norwegian Lottery Contract

LONDON, U.K. (June 30, 2015) -- Playtech, the world's leading omni-channel gaming software and services supplier, has won a coveted contract to supply Norway's state-owned gaming operator with locally adapted content across more than 4,300 interactive gaming terminals.

Playtech was one of eight competing suppliers during the procurement process, and one of three to win the contract. In partnership with Norsk Tipping, Playtech will further develop its interactive terminal games offering and, in August, will begin delivery of a suite of interactive retail gaming content designed specifically for the Norwegian Belago (bingo halls) and Multix (retail) environments.

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The company, under Playtech subsidiary Videobet Interactive Sweden, is one of three suppliers selected to provide new content for all Norsk Tipping interactive gaming terminals. The duration is for an initial two-year period that includes an option for two further one year extensions.

The deal is in addition to Playtech's current contract to provide Norsk Tipping with more than 4,300 gaming terminals as well as the innovative TruServ platform, the engine that powers the Norwegian retail and bingo hall gaming markets.

Shimon Akad, COO, Playtech, said: "We have an excellent relationship with Norsk Tipping and this news only serves to reinforce this. We're delighted both with the outcome of the procurement process and scoring highest among our competitors.

"The content agreement is in line with our regulated markets strategy and strengthens our market share in Norway alongside our existing software, systems and hardware provision."

Lene Finstad, EVP Product and Brands, Norsk Tipping, said: "We are excited to have Playtech as one of our three partners for the delivery of new interactive terminal games. In its tender the company demonstrated a deep understanding and a highly attractive games strategy for the Belago and Multix markets, and we look forward to bringing a wide range of new content to these markets to further develop them in a responsible, yet attractive way."

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About Playtech

Playtech is the gaming and financial trading industry's leading Omni-Channel software, systems and services supplier with more than 120 licensees in 20 countries.

Playtech is the pioneer of Omni-Channel gaming and, through the company's Playtech ONE brand, offers operators and their customers, a seamless, anytime, anywhere experience across any product, any channel (online, mobile, retail) and any device using a single account and single wallet.

Its leading product portfolio spans across gaming and financial trading and includes casino, bingo, poker, sports betting, live, mobile and social/casual gaming, fixed odds games and online CFDs and binary options.

Licensees include the world's leading online, retail and mobile operators, land-based casino groups, government sponsored entities such as lotteries, and new entrants opening operations in newly-regulated markets.

Founded in 1999 and listed on the main market of the London stock exchange, Playtech has more than 4,500 employees in 14 countries and a market capitalisation of £2.5 billion.

SOURCE: Playtech plc. (www.playtech.com).

 

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Celebrated Farewell to Austria Lotteries CEO Friedrich Stickler

  • Austria Lotto CEO Friedrich Stickler leaves Austrian lottery company at the end of the month.
  • VIPs from politics, economy and culture came into the studio 44 to honor Friedrich with " Lotto "to celebrate.
  • Stickler awarded Big Silver Medal for Services to the Republic of Austria.

 

AUSTRIA (June 29, 2015) -- 44 years have passed since Friedrich Stickler at the service of Casinos Austria - came - and later of the Austrian Lotteries. First, as a croupier in a casino ship, later held senior positions in international business and as an assistant to General Leo Wallner.

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1985 was to bless Austria with Lotto since a growing number of people made their Kreuzerl in neighboring Germany. Friedrich Stickler, who was then in charge of the project and the foundation for what is now a nearly 30-year-long success story, he is co-responsible in the role of Executive Director of the Austrian Lotteries.

By end of June Stickler will leave the company to pursue a new life with new tasks. It is now time for a lavish celebration, which looked at the sonorous title "Chapeau, Friedrich!"

The celebration looks to the past as well as a little forward, but above all in the depth of some previously well-kept secrets.

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The invitation of Casinos- and lotteries's Supervisory Board Chairman, CEO Walter Rothensteiner were followed numerous personalities from politics, business, media, culture, as well as personal companion of four decades.

Farewell party with lots of Austrian celebrities

Among the guests was Finance Minister Hans Jörg Schelling, further the Vienna Domkapitular Anton Faber, VÖZ CEO Gerald Grünberger, card complete CEO Heimo Hackel, Christian Helm Stone, chief economist of the Federation of Austrian Industry, lawyer Herbert Hübel, president of the Salzburg Football Association, the Deputy Director General of the RLB Wien-northeast Georg Kraft-Kinz, ÖFB general manager Alfred "Gigi" Ludwig, director general of the Swiss Loterie Romande Jean-Luc Moner-Banet, OeNB Governor Ewald Nowotny, Flughafen Wien Günther Ofner Board, football legend Herbert "Schneckerl "Prohaska, Carpet King Ali Rahimi, Swatch Austria CEO Rudolf Semrad, Chief Executive Officer of Erste Group Bank AG Andreas Treichl, ÖFB president Leo Windtner and the Director of the Technical Museum Gabriele Zuna-Kratky.

If a finance minister in times of tough negotiations with Greece can find the time to come to a farewell party, chances are the man of the moment is very honored.

Hans Jörg Schelling even had a surprise in store: He presented Friedrich Stickler, the Large Silver Medal for Services to the Republic of Austria. And his board colleague Bettina Glatz-Kremsner was honored: She received the Grand Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria.

SOURCE: Lotto News.de.

 

 

Building the Brand! NASPL 2015 Dallas Texas

From the NASPL President and Host Lottery Director

DALLAS, Texas (June 29, 2015) -- Over the years, Texas, the “Lone Star State,” has become its own distinct brand. In fact, Texas is the only state to enter the United States by treaty instead of territorial annexation. Based on its history of treaties and alliances, the state name generates from the Hasinai Indian word “tejas” meaning friends or allies.

NASPL and its “tejas” at the Texas Lottery Commission have been working extremely hard to provide the entire lottery industry with a world-class conference and trade show this fall focused on “Building the Brand.” The conference will take place in Dallas at the Hilton Anatole from Monday, October 12 through Friday, October 16.

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You will be receiving regular reminders from NASPL regarding NASPL ‘15. Save the date! You don’t want to miss out.

Each one of the NASPL ‘15 education initiatives will offer industry professionals important instruction, training and networking opportunities. You will be able to increase your knowledge on important industry initiatives while creating and renewing long lasting professional relationships.

Located in the Dallas Design District, the Hilton Anatole hotel offers an array of indoor and outdoor facilities on over 45 lush acres just five minutes north of downtown Dallas attractions. Discover the many restaurants, museums and art galleries. Spend time browsing the Anatole’s valuable collection of over 1,000 fine art pieces and antiques dating back as early as 500 BC, featuring world-renowned artists such as J. Seward Johnson Jr. and Josiah Wedgwood. Just two miles from the hotel, The Sixth Floor Museum captures the legacy of John F. Kennedy through film, artifacts and photography.

Along with being held in a distinctive venue, the NASPL ‘15 educational track and keynote speakers will offer valuable insights and experiences for developing participants’ knowledge of our industry. Additionally, the inviting and engaging atmosphere of the trade show will facilitate communication, networking, and informative demonstrations with and by our valued industry suppliers of goods and services.

Working together in all aspects of our business is vital. Through the valuable training and networking offered in Dallas at NASPL ‘15, all of us can continue the effort of “Building the Brand.”

We encourage you to participate and look forward to seeing all of our “tejas” in Dallas!

SOURCE: NASPL 2015.

 

 

Florida Lottery Announce Historic Year of Record Sales and Revenue for Education

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (July 1, 2015) -- The Florida Lottery has reached a new record of $5.58 billion in annual sales and more than $1.5 billion in transfers to education during fiscal year 2014-15, which ended June 30.

The announcement was made today by Lottery Secretary Cynthia O'Connell, marking the fourth consecutive year of both record sales and record funding raised to benefit education.

Governor Scott said, "The Florida Lottery helps to provide more opportunities for our students to receive the best education possible. These important investments provided more than $100 million toward education every month, allowing schools to continue benefiting from their success."

The Florida Lottery's Scratch-Off game sales also broke records again this year, surpassing $3.7 billion and accounting for 67 percent of total sales. "

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Lottery Scratch-Off sales over the past four years have increased by more than 60 percent and have more than doubled over the past 12 years. The Florida Lottery has had record Scratch-Off sales weeks 13 times in the last five years, five of those in the last two years.

"The success accomplished by the Florida Lottery this year is a result of daily efforts made by our employees and retailers," said Secretary O'Connell.

"Florida Lottery players, stakeholders and the public also deserve thanks for their support, allowing the Lottery to fulfill its mission of maximizing revenue to support Florida students and schools."

We are proud to be a reliable source of additional funding for education, with Lottery contributions totaling more than $28 billion since 1988, including more than $1 billion annually for the past thirteen consecutive fiscal years."

The Florida Lottery reinvests nearly 98 percent of its revenue back into the state's economy.

With $1.5 billion generated for education, more than $3.6 billion paid to prizewinners and $313 million in retailer bonuses and commissions paid to Florida businesses, the contributions made by the Lottery this fiscal year will go a long way in moving the state forward.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $28 billion to education and sending more than 700,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program.

The Florida Lottery reinvests nearly 98 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to education.

Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $46 billion in prizes and made more than 1,400 people millionaires.

For more information, please visit: www.flalottery.com.

SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.

 

 

Camelot Global Build US Team with the Appointment of Duncan Malyon as Senior Vice-President of North America

LONDON, U.K. (June 30, 2015) -- Camelot Global ("Camelot") has today announced that Duncan Malyon will join as Senior Vice President of North America. Duncan's role at Camelot will be to continue to build the North American business in line with its global strategic business plans. One of his key areas of focus will be to further develop Camelot Global's future digital and retail channel strategy, to the benefit of its North American partners. Duncan will report directly to Nigel Railton, CEO of Camelot Global, when he joins in August.

Camelot Global has established its position as a leading technology and professional services provider to lotteries around the world. Duncan's experience and retail and digital expertise will enable Camelot to further develop and deliver industry-leading solutions to lotteries and lottery owners. He will also further build Camelot's commercial expertise as the business continues to grow internationally.

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Duncan joined Camelot UK as the Sales Director in April 2009, during his time in the UK business he has been responsible for developing and implementing Camelot UK's retail strategy and business plans. Duncan has overseen the growth in total National Lottery sales by 30% in his six years at Camelot; in-store sales have reached a record £5.9 billion ($9bn), while online sales have grown by 130%. Duncan has also overseen the successful expansion of Camelot's retail estate, taking it from 27,500 outlets to over 46,000 - greatly improving consumer access to The National Lottery across the whole of the UK. He has also been responsible for The UK National Lottery's customer service and distribution functions, where he has been responsible for improving both efficiency and customer service levels.

Prior to joining Camelot, Duncan held senior and directorial commercial roles with Coca-Cola, Kraft Foods and Coors Brewers. In these blue chip organisations he gained a wealth of experience in growing sales across all channels - convenience, multiples, forecourts and online.

Duncan Malyon commented; "I'm thrilled to be joining Camelot Global at such an exciting time. Over the last few years the company has established itself in the industry for offering its clients the very best strategic advice, managed service solutions and now industry-leading technology. As Camelot Global grows, it is imperative that we continue to innovate and lead the market, and I look forward to playing my role in further developing that process."

Nigel Railton, Chief Executive of Camelot Global, said; "Having someone of Duncan's experience and reputation in the retail industry is a great asset for Camelot Global. Duncan has great expertise, not only in all the retail aspects of our industry, but in working for a world leading multi-channel lottery. These attributes are of particular relevance in a time when the retail and digital worlds continue to merge. His experience in growing both channels will add real value to Camelot Global and our customers as we grow and develop internationally."

For more information please contact: Laura Pearson T: 0044 (0) 7968 939 340 Email: laura.pearson@camelotglobal.com.

SOURCE: Camelot Global.

 

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Playscan AB Merge Into Svenska Spel AB

The ambition of the Playscan team remains the same, as the development of the tool maintains its progress

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (July 2, 2015) -- Continuing its work with harm minimization and the prevention of problem gambling, Playscan AB now merges into Svenska Spel AB. Therefore; the product will no longer be commercially available.

Today, there are several variations of responsible gambling tools like Playscan on the market.

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"Behavioral tracking tools are a recognized responsible gambling methodology, used for consumer protection. Our solution has been ahead of this curve, leading the way, which is really inspiring. However, we see that many operators pursue their own solutions, making demand for an off the shelf solution low." says Andreas Holmström, CEO of Playscan AB.

He continues, "We will now continue to improve the tool together with Svenska Spel and all our other clients. We are also open for new forms of collaboration with the industry and the research community. We will carry on with educating operators, promote a mutual exchange of knowledge and share best practices on how to prevent problem gambling, throughout the industry."

Lennart Käll, CEO of Svenska Spel is convinced that all operators using Playscan are contributing to a safer gambling experience for their players.

He says, "Playscan is a core component of our responsible gambling strategy, and will remain so. I'm very proud to see how the product has evolved - and the hard work done by the dedicated team behind it. It will be exciting to follow its future development."

For more information, contact: Andreas Holmström, CEO Playscan AB Tel: +46 (0)709 703 700

Playscan AB

The story of the responsible gambling tool Playscan started in 2006. The tool is a result of a unique collaboration between the software company ICU Intelligence and Sustainable Interactions - a Swedish company, specialised in self help programs and diagnostic tools within the fields of social responsibility, addictions and psychosocial health. The first version of the tool, called "Spelkoll", was launched at the website of the Swedish state owned lottery, Svenska Spel, in 2007.

In 2010 Svenska Spel acquired ICU intelligence, and Playscan AB was created as an independent subsidiary to Svenska Spel. The key product line of Playscan AB included the software solution Playscan and consultancy offerings. Today the tool is active within a number of gambling operators, including Norsk Tipping, La Française des jeux and Miljonlotteriet.

SOURCE: Playscan AB.

 

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Inspired Sign Long-Term Virtuals Contract with Leading Italian Gaming Operator

Strategic partnership aligns SNAI's retail and digital expansion plans with Inspired's innovation roadmap

LONDON, U.K. (July 2, 2015) -- Inspired, the leading provider of Virtual Sports, Mobile Games and SBG Video Lottery, today announces that it has renewed its Virtual Sports contract with SNAI, the leading Italian gaming operator.

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Inspired currently provides SNAI with eight premium Virtual Sports across retail and online, and will soon add 'Rush Football 2' to the list, which promises to be the market-leading Virtual Football product. Rush Football 2 boasts lifelike Ultra HD graphics and over 25 bet markets - resulting in a more exciting and premium player experience.

The contract forms a strategic partnership between Inspired's Virtual Sports product roadmap and SNAI's retail and online gaming expansion and future mobile deployment. SNAI will benefit from future enhancements made to Inspired's Virtual Sports suite, as well as the addition of innovative new games and product features. Inspired is making significant investment into its Virtual Sports product roadmap. It has just completed an extensive omnichannel consumer research project to get greater insight into Italian player preferences.

Inspired currently supplies circa. 95% of the land-based, online and mobile Virtual Sports market in Italy. From a standing start, Inspired's software has supported the development of a €1billion p.a. market in Italy in just one year. Its Virtual Sports are now available to Italian players in over 7,000 betting venues, and on all of the main web and mobile sites.

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Vitaliano Casalone, Presidente of Inspired Italia, comments: "There is a clear affinity between SNAI's and Inspired's growth plans. As SNAI increases its omnichannel offering, and increases the amount of events it runs each day, it will be supported by our evolving Virtual Sports product suite, which continues to lead the market with the most engaging and popular games."

For more information about this press release, please CONTACT: Email: marketing@ingg.com / Tel: +44 (0)20 7438 5800

About Inspired (www.inspiredgaminggroup.com)

Inspired is a global technology company, headquartered in London, creating the future of gaming and lottery entertainment. It offers unique Virtuals, Casino, Slots and Video Lottery games and technology in 35 countries around the world.

Having pioneered the invention of networked gaming in the UK over a decade ago, Inspired is at the forefront of the global digital gaming evolution with over 35,000 gaming terminals connected to its leading technology. Via this trusted network, Inspired provides fresh gaming and lottery content to operator-controlled devices in shop, online and on mobile.

Its Virtual Sports are the most original and trusted Virtuals in the world. Created by a BAFTA award-winning team of graphic designers and sports betting experts, Inspired is always pushing the boundaries to create ever more compelling virtual entertainment experiences.

Inspired's customer base includes regulated operators of lotteries, casinos, licensed betting offices, gaming halls, bingo halls and regulated online sportsbooks and casinos. Key customers include major regulated gaming companies such as Sisal, Lottomatica, William Hill, Gala Coral Group, Betfred, Ladbrokes, Genting, Paddy Power, Codere, Sky Vegas, PartyGaming, Fortuna, bet365 and Caliente.

SOURCE: Inspired Gaming.

 

 

Genera Win New Norsk Tipping IVT Contract

Market Leader Looks to Expand Success for Multix and Belago Systems

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (June 29, 2015) -- Genera Networks has done it again! After a lengthy public procurement process in competition with multiple other larger suppliers, the Stockholm-based provider of innovative game formats successfully secured a new contract with Norway's state lottery Norsk Tipping to provide game titles for up to 4 years for the operator's Multix and Belago interactive video terminals (IVT).

The contract is awarded to 3 suppliers in parallel and gives exclusive right to provide new content for all Norsk Tipping IVTs in the period.

Genera won a public tender with Norsk Tipping in 2011 and has since provided more titles for Multix than any other provider. Genera's current Multix titles had a 62% share of the market in 2014.

"We are very proud of this win, and welcome the opportunity to continue our relationship with Norsk Tipping and build on our achievements in the Norwegian IVT market," said Genera CEO Maria Sandell. "As one of the current game content providers to Multix, we look forward to replicating our successes with the Belago terminals, too."

Lene Finstad, EVP Product and Brands, Norsk Tipping, adds: "I am very pleased to continue to have Genera as one of our three partners for delivery of new games. Genera has already proven their ability to deliver content that our players want. In the tender Genera demonstrated a thorough understanding of the challenges facing the Multix and Belago markets. We look forward to continue our successful partnership to further develop our operation in a responsible, yet attractive way"

Launched in 2008, Norsk Tipping's street-level VLT brand, Multix, has over 2800 terminals across Norway. Its spin-off, Belago, is found exclusively in more than 200 of the country's licensed bingo halls.

While both brands run on the same technical system, they feature distinct game rules and content.

GENERA NETWORKS is a fast-growing provider of innovative lottery formats and gaming solutions.

SOURCE: Genera Networks.

 

 

Ladbrokes Launch Inspired Virtuals on Mobile

Revenues double following launch

LONDON, U.K. (June 29, 20150 -- Inspired, the leading provider of Virtual Sports, Mobile Games and SBG Video Lottery, today announces that Ladbrokes has deployed its Virtual Sports on mobile.

Ladbrokes is a leading British bookmaker and Online gaming operator. Ladbrokes launched Inspired's Virtual Sports across its 2,500 UK retail outlets in 2005, and then Online in 2007. By launching Inspired's Virtuals on mobile, Ladbrokes is now offering Inspired's Virtual Sports across all channels, embracing the industry shift and player demand to access content across all platforms.

Ladbrokes Virtuals revenues have doubled since launching Inspired's Virtual Horses and Virtual Greyhounds on mobile at the beginning of May this year.

Andy Bagguley, Digital MD, Ladbrokes: "I am pleased with the great customer response, it was important to add the Inspired Virtual content to our leading mobile platform, in preparation for our single digital desktop, tablet and mobile experience in July."

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Steve Rogers, SVP Virtual Sports, Inspired: "By launching our Virtual Sports on mobile, Ladbrokes players can now access their favourite games 24/7 on whatever medium suits them and be guaranteed a consistent high quality, premium experience on each channel.

"We are proud to be leading the gaming sector by creating unique multi-platform Virtual Sports entertainment experiences. Over the last 12 months we have seen a huge rise in the number of players choosing to play by mobile. This is driving significant incremental revenues for our customers."

Inspired is the leading worldwide supplier of Virtual Sports and has been supplying Virtual Sports content across all platforms for five years. Inspired provides 11 sports and four numbers games to land-based, online and mobile operators across 50,000 venues and over 300 web and mobile sites, across 35 countries.

For more information about this press release, please contact: marketing@ingg.com / Tel: +44 (0)20 7438 5800

About Inspired (www.inspiredgaminggroup.com)

Inspired is a global technology company, headquartered in London, creating the future of gaming and lottery entertainment. It offers unique Virtuals, Casino, Slots and Video Lottery games and technology in 35 countries around the world.

Having pioneered the invention of networked gaming in the UK over a decade ago, Inspired is at the forefront of the global digital gaming evolution with over 35,000 gaming terminals connected to its leading technology. Via this trusted network, Inspired provides fresh gaming and lottery content to operator-controlled devices in shop, online and on mobile.

Its Virtual Sports are the most original and trusted Virtuals in the world. Created by a BAFTA award-winning team of graphic designers and sports betting experts, Inspired is always pushing the boundaries to create ever more compelling virtual entertainment experiences.

Inspired's customer base includes regulated operators of lotteries, casinos, licensed betting offices, gaming halls, bingo halls and regulated online sportsbooks and casinos. Key customers include major regulated gaming companies such as Sisal, Lottomatica, SNAI, William Hill, Gala Coral Group, Betfred, Ladbrokes, Genting, Paddy Power, Codere, Sky Vegas, PartyGaming, Fortuna, bet365 and Caliente.

SOURCE: Inspired Gaming.

 

 

NetEnt Games Now Available on Danske Spil’s Online Casino Network

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (June 28, 2015) -- NetEnt has successfully completed the integration process and a selection of its games are now live and available on www.vegas.dk, a brand within Danske Spil’s online casino network.

In March this year NetEnt, leading provider of digital gaming solutions, signed an agreement with Danske Spil to supply the Danish regulated market with casino games for both mobile and desktop.

Danske Spil provides online and land-based gaming services to consumers in Denmark. It is owned by the Danish government and hence also a member of the World Lottery Association (WLA). Danske Spil is renowned as one of the leading lottery operators in the world.

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I am very pleased to announce that we have launched our games with Danske Spil, one of the leading WLA operators. I am confident that players in Denmark will enjoy our world-class thrilling games”, says Enrico Bradamante, MD of NetEnt Malta Ltd and Chief of European Market Operations.

For additional information please contact:

Enrico Bradamante, MD of NetEnt Malta Ltd and Chief of European Market Operations Phone: +356 79 676 868 enrico.bradamante@netent.com

Roland Glasfors, Investor Relations, NetEnt AB (publ) Phone: +46 760 024 863.

About NetEnt

NetEnt AB (publ), previously Net Entertainment, is a leading digital entertainment company, providing premium gaming solutions to the world’s most successful online casino operators. Since its inception in 1996, NetEnt has been a true pioneer in driving the market with thrilling games powered by a cutting-edge platform. NetEnt is committed to helping customers stay ahead of the competition, is listed on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm (NET–B) and employs more than 700 people in Stockholm, Malta, Kiev, Gothenburg and Gibraltar. www.netent.com.

About Danske Spil

Danske Spil A/S, previously known as Dansk Tipstjeneste A/S, was founded in 1948. Until 1989, football betting was the only product, but this changed in 1989 when the company was authorized to also offer lottery services. In 1992 the first scratch card, Quick, entered the market, and in 1994 sports betting (Oddset) was launched. Since 2000, Danske Spil has also offered betting on horse- and dograce. In 2001, the subsidiary Danske Automatspil was founded. This subsidiary handles slot machines and merged with Elite Gaming A/S in 2011. The following year, Danske Spil bought the remaining 50.1 percent of Elite Gaming, obtaining 100 percent ownership of the company. In 2010 the Danish parliament unanimously passed the partial liberalization of the Danish gaming legislation, which allowed other suppliers of games to apply for licenses to offer sports- and online gaming products. The law entered into force in 2012, which prompted Danske Spil to establish two subsidiaries: Danske Lotteri Spil A/S, which handles the monopolized games, and Danske Licens Spil A/S, which operates the liberalized games. Danske Lotteri Spil offers, among other things, Lotto, Onsdags Lotto, Joker, Eurojackpot, Keno, Quick, Bingo and Dantoto. Danske Licens Spil offers, among other things, Poker, Casino, Oddset, Tips and Zezam. The Danish State owns 80% of Danske Spil.

SOURCE: NetEnt. AB.

 

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Charitable Bingo and Gaming Revitalization to Benefit Local Charities

TORONTO, Canada (June 26, 2015) -- Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), together with the Ontario Charitable Gaming Association (OCGA) and Commercial Gaming Association of Ontario (CGAO), have made further progress in the revitalization of charitable bingo and gaming in Richmond Hill with the introduction of new electronic bingo games.

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The goal of this revitalization is to ensure local charities have a viable way to fundraise; to support local programs; to enhance local charitable operations; to support local employment at the gaming centres; and to offer customers a new entertainment experience.

We are pleased to partner with Bingo World to improve the bingo and gaming experience for our players,” said Rick Gray, Vice President of Charitable Gaming at OLG. “In addition to providing the bingo hall with new opportunities, this initiative also supports more than 30 local charities–organizations that provide vital services and supports in the community.”

Bingo World now offers customers the choice of new electronic bingo-themed games or the traditional paper-based games that have been played at bingo centres for years.

Adding new electronic products to our traditional paper-based games enables us to revitalize the charitable gaming industry and with the goal being to provide a sustainable source of revenue for our associated charities to continue their important work in Richmond Hill,” said Lynn Cassidy, Executive Director of the Ontario Charitable Gaming Association.

The introduction of these new electronic bingo devices follows a successful 2005 pilot program which introduced electronic bingo at six sites in five communities throughout the province which resulted in a significant increase of revenue raised for local communities. Since the launch of the pilot program, more than $87 million in additional funds have been raised for Ontario charities.

More charitable gaming centres across the province will complete their revitalization in the coming months.

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OLG is working closely with the CGAO and the OCGA to revitalize the province’s Charitable Bingo and Gaming industry. By developing and introducing new products and technologies that will invigorate the traditional charitable gaming experience, more money will be generated for thousands of local charities across the province. The revitalization initiative is intended to preserve and enhance funding for charities across Ontario while creating economic benefits, including employment opportunities, at local charitable gaming centres.

OLG introduced a pilot program in 2005 to test electronic versions of existing paper-based bingo games to six charity bingo centres in five communities in Ontario. These pilot centres in Barrie, Kingston, Peterborough, Sudbury and Windsor have since raised $87 million in additional money for local charities.

Following the success of this pilot project, OLG began a phased rollout of a new suite of electronic games to other charitable gaming sites in the province. This new suite of charitable games offers customers more choice and complements existing paper bingo games. Offerings include:

  • Electronic Bingo: Charitable Gaming Centres offer terminals with touch screens that allow players to touch the screen to dab the numbers and play along.
  • Play On Demand (POD): A collection of electronic games that can be played anytime, with great prizes to be won.
  • Tap Tix: The evolution of the classic Break Open Ticket features an interactive display screen on a ticket dispenser.

 

The new games allow Charitable Gaming Centres to offer more customer choice, be more competitive and appeal to a broader demographic, while providing a different gaming entertainment experience from traditional paper-based bingo.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the Province have helped support health care; education, research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities.

OLG is a Premier Sponsor of the TORONTO2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.

SOURCE: OLG.

 

 

Surf Life Saving Lotteries Launches New Website.

BRISBANE, Australia (June 26, 2015) -- Surf Life Saving Lotteries is excited to announce the launch of our brand new website which officially went live on Monday, 22 June 2015.

The change was brought about by the valuable feedback we received from our supporters and a need to create a user-friendly platform that is both easy to navigate and that provides the information our supporters require.

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Head of Foundation Steve Francia said “the improved user experience was a necessary change for Surf Life Saving Lotteries to ensure our supporter’s needs are being met. Our intention was to create an engaging platform that would further encourage our supporters to be active in each lottery and to also provide them with the sharing functionality features so they can spread our message and their good will.”

Supporters will now be able to login to a personalised dashboard which will contain their purchase history and their ticket allocations. And when purchasing online, not only will they have the chance to win online purchase prizes, they also will never have to worry about losing their tickets again. The dashboard is available to all supporters who purchase online. To register, simply follow the steps when making your purchase.

Users can now also benefit from a fully responsive website. Which means, you will we be able to access and easily navigate Surf Life Saving Lotteries on all your mobile devices.

Over the last 12 months we have noticed a significant shift in website traffic coming from mobile and tablet devices. With an increasing pace of lifestyle we wanted our supporters to be able to access our website at a time convenient to them and this means when they are on the move” said Steve Francia.

Supporters will notice the main navigation now runs along the top of the website for ease of use and clear accessibility. Users can now also scroll through and enjoy an extensive gallery, read up on the prize home features and scout the location of each prize home.

We are very excited to provide our supporters with an easier platform to purchase tickets in each prize home lottery and we thank you for helping support our volunteer surf life savers and keeping our beaches safe.

SOURCE: Surf Life Saving Lotteries.




 

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