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IGT Launch Content from Legacy GTECH Game Portfolio on DoubleDown Casino

Treasures of the Pyramids now available for mobile and desktop

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LONDON, U.K. (December 22, 2015) -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) announced that it now offers content from the legacy GTECH game portfolio on its social gaming app, DoubleDown Casino®, with today's launch of Treasures of the Pyramids™ for mobile and desktop.

"Launching our first legacy GTECH title on DoubleDown Casino establishes a significant milestone for the new IGT, showcasing our combined strengths from the two legacy organizations," said Joe Sigrist, DoubleDown Interactive Senior Vice President and General Manager. 

"Treasures of the Pyramids is a well-known, top-performing title in land-based casinos.  Leveraging its popularity provides our social players with more engaging content as we continue IGT's momentum as the leader in cross-platform content creation and distribution."

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Treasures of the Pyramids features an Egyptian-themed symbol set with a familiar base game and bonus mechanics which players will recognize from the land-based game. 

Its five-reel, 40-payline configuration displays the legacy title's iconic wild panther symbol spread across two reels, and can give players the chance to trigger 100 free games in the bonus round with a variety of multipliers.

Play DoubleDown Casino games online at apps.facebook.com/doubledowncasino or on any mobile device via the free iOS and Android app.

For more information, visit IGT, go to Facebook at facebook.com/IGT, follow us on Twitter, twitter.com/IGTnews or watch IGT videos on YouTube, youtube.com/user/igt.

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 approximately 13,000 employees.

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

CONTACT: Ortal Dahan, IGT Corporate Communications, +1 (702) 669-7662.

SOURCE:  IGT.

 

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INTRALOT Fosters Its Presence in Africa; Entering the Kenyan Gaming Market

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ATHENS, Greece (December 22, 2015) -- INTRALOT Group announces its 10-year cooperation with Acumen Communications Limited (ACL) to organize sports betting in Kenya, under the brand name ‘mCHEZA’. ACL is a local company authorized and regulated by the Betting Control and Licencing Board of Kenya under the Betting, Lotteries and Gaming Act. ‘mCHEZA’ was launched on Friday, December 18th, 2015 and is initially available on mobile phones, while additional products and services will be offered soon.

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mCHEZA CEO, Mr. Peter Karimi and Mr. Antonis Markopoulos,VP Business Development, Europe and Africa of INTRALOT Group

ACL and INTRALOT are also partnering with Safaricom, the leading telecom operator in the region, through m-payment platform MPESA, data center and cloud services.

The new product ʽmCHEZAʼ, is deployed on INTRALOTʼs flagship sports betting platform, iFlex. It is an intuitive, multi-channel sports betting platform, which focuses on providing a complete betting management solution through a user-friendly environment. The overall solution will include a Mobile Native Application, which will be supported by iGC (iGaming Console), as well Player Account Management (PAM), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solutions together with INTRALOTʼs Horizon system.

During a press conference, held in Nairobi, where the two companies announced the launch of the operation, ‘mCHEZA’ Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Peter Karimi, noted: “We are very excited to launch ‘mCHEZA’, which will initially be a pre-game betting platform. Numerous sports, markets and betting modes will be incorporated on the platform in the first Quarter of 2016 with live betting to follow thereafter. The platform is working on a strategic expansion plan into other East African markets from 2016.

INTRALOT Group Vice-President Business Development, Europe and Africa, Mr. Antonis Markopoulos, added: “Our investment in Kenya comes just a few months after our project in Nigeria, ratifying our dedication to further penetrate to the African continent. Today’s partnership with Acumen and Safaricom through the MPESA platform guarantees a reliable, secure and eventually successful operation in the country."

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"INTRALOT’s iFlex platform will efficiently implement our expert know-how and offer to the Kenyan players a fully personalised, unique and entertaining game experience, while enhancing the principles of responsible gaming countrywide. Kenya sets the basis of the expansion of our presence in East Africa.

ACL Director, Ms. Julie Gichuru, noted: “Over and above being fun, ‘mCHEZA’ is nurturing local talent by identifying and sponsoring local sports initiatives that try to uplift the living standards of the marginalized through sport. We are also pleased that this partnership with INTRALOT will build credibility among our customers by holding high standards in gaming.

Kenya has 45 million inhabitants, while mobile penetration in the country exceeds 85%, according to the Communication Authority of Kenya. 

About INTRALOT (www.intralot.com)

INTRALOT, a public listed company, is the leading supplier of integrated gaming and transaction processing systems, innovative game content, sports betting management and interactive gaming services to state-licensed gaming organizations worldwide. Its broad portfolio of products & services, its know-how of Lottery, Betting, Racing & Video Lottery operations and its leading-edge technology, give INTRALOT a competitive advantage, which contributes directly to customers’ efficiency, profitability and growth. With presence in 57 jurisdictions, about 5.400 people and revenues of €1,85 billion for 2014, INTRALOT has established its presence on all 5 continents.

For more information please CONTACT: Ms. Persa Kartsoli, Group Director of Corporate Communications, Phone: +30-210-6156000, Fax: +30-210-6106800, email: kartsoli@intralot.com

SOURCE: INTRALOT media release.

 

 

William Griffin to Lead North Carolina Lottery Commission

RALEIGH, North Carolina (December 14, 2015) -- The Office of Governor Pat McCrory announced the following appointment today:

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William K. Griffin, Jr. (Durham County) - Griffin has been appointed as a member and chairman. Griffin is President/CEO of Griffin Associates Realtors.

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The company has been active in developing and serving the real estate needs of Durham since 1977.

Griffin assisted in the development of several communities across the state.

He served on the Durham City Council from 1979 to 1983 and is the past president for numerous boards including the Durham Regional Association of Realtors and the Sales and Marketing Executives of Durham.

In 2013, he was inducted into the C.E. Phillips, Jr. Wall of Fame by the Durham Regional Association of Realtors. He is a graduate of Guilford College.

The commission specifies the types of lottery games and gaming technology to be used; prescribes the nature of advertising; specifies the number and value of prizes for winning tickets or shares in lottery games; specifies the rules of the lottery games and the method of determining winners; specifies retail sales price for tickets or shares and establishes a system to claim prizes.

The commission approves and authorizes the Director to enter into agreements with other states to operate and promote multi-state lotteries and any other powers necessary for the commission to carry out its responsibilities.

SOURCE: Governor McCrory News Release.

 

 

United States Patent Approved for a Revolutionary Instant Online Alpha Numeric Lottery Game

Players Can Now Play A Personalized Word-Based Game

POWELL, Ohio (December 29, 2015) -- In a second major step forward, Inventors Craig Sedoris and Gary Kadlec have received Notice of Allowance on their second Patent Application. 

This time it is for a novel Alpha Numeric game system that enables Lottery players to enter Letters, Numbers and Symbols in virtually any combination, creating a personalized Instant Online Scratch-off game they call SCRATCHEZZ. 

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Players click on covered spots on the online card, trying to match some or all of those characters to win.  When the game is complete, players click a REVEAL ALL button to see where all of the winning characters were on the card.

This is certain to be an engaging game when Lottery players can play their Kids' or Spouses' names, a favourite pet, recording artist, movie star or a sports team name or player.  In fact there are more than 2.7 Billion combinations playable on the 6 character game available for fun at: www.phrazzeslottery.com.  "JOHNNY", "4PEACE", "@LANTA" and "MYKIDS" are examples of the virtually unlimited possibilities players can create.  "There is not another Lottery game giving players the ability to customize a game to their personal interests," Kadlec said.

This approval follows the September Patent approved on an AlphaNumeric Slot game system.  Both of the very flexible game concepts have applications in Lotteries and Casinos in addition to Regulated Online Gaming markets in the US and Internationally.

Stressing that the Games they have Trademarked as PHRAZZES are Revolutionary and something really New, not just Different the Inventors have initiated the process to protect the concept Internationally.  Dozens of played examples can be seen on Instagram at #phrazzes_lottery.

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Google Surveys of over 2,300 respondents showed that 62% of All Lottery Players liked a game offering Letters, Numbers and Characters versus just numbers and the interest was highest in the 18-34 age bracket reaching 71%.

For fun you can play SCRATCHEZZ 6 Character Instant Win game HERE.

Sedoris points out that this game includes the very novel feature of a REVEAL ALL Button.  After the player has clicked to "scratch off" a spot in each column and that specific game is complete, the player can click REVEAL ALL and see exactly where the winning characters in their personal phrase were for that game.

This clearly illustrates players actually have the chance to win every time they play the game.  The winner is not predetermined.

Promising something truly Revolutionary, not just Evolutionary, the Inventors are beginning to market the Patent Protected game concepts to Lottery and Slot Manufacturers interested in a Licensing Agreement.  That Licensing Agreement may be exclusive for a period of time.

As they say, "Players looking for Gaming Entertainment have many options.

We believe they will find PHRAZZES to be very New, Fun and Engaging.  It may be the next BIG thing!"

SOURCE:  Phrazzing Games, LLC (www.phrazzeslottery.com) media release.

 

 

Gus Bucks' is NOW on Sale, Celebrating Gus's Return to PA Lottery

MIDDLETOWN, Pennsylvania (December 30, 2015) -- The Pennsylvania Lottery's new Gus Bucks instant game is now on sale, celebrating the return of Pennsylvania's second most famous groundhog. This $5 instant game offers more than $40 million in total cash prizes, including 10 top prizes of $100,000.

"The response from our players has been overwhelmingly positive since Gus returned in early November," said Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko. "We hope that our players will continue to celebrate Gus's return by playing this exciting new instant game."

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Other new instant games launched this week include: Win It All Millionaire Edition ($20); Cupid's Cash ($5); YAHTZEE™ ($3); Lucky Heart$ ($2); and Winner Winner Chicken Dinner ($1).

Full details about Gus Bucks (Game 1184) and other instant games, including rules, available prizes and chances of winning, are found at palottery.com. Choose Games, then Instant Games. Players are encouraged to understand the chances of winning and play responsibly.

This is the sixth Gus-themed instant game to be offered by the Pennsylvania Lottery. The others were: HumonGUS Bucks (Game 612, issued 2006); Go For The Gus Dough (Game 692, issued 2007); Gus Bucks (Game 762, issued 2009); Gold Rush Gus (Game 0819; issued 2010); and Gus Bucks (Game 0876, issued 2011). 

About the Pennsylvania Lottery: The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery that designates all its proceeds to programs that benefit older residents. Since its inception in 1971, the Pennsylvania Lottery has contributed more than $25.8 billion to programs that include property tax and rent rebates; free transit and reduced-fare shared rides; the low-cost prescription drug programs PACE and PACENET; long-term living services; and the 52 Area Agencies on Aging, including full- and part-time senior centers throughout the state.

The Pennsylvania Lottery reminds players to check every ticket, every time. Players must be 18 or older. Please play responsibly. For help with a gambling problem, call 1-800-848-1880.

For drawings results, winning numbers, winners' stories and to subscribe to the Lottery's RSS news feed, visit: www.palottery.com.

Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/palottery or follow us at www.twitter.com/palottery.

CONTACT: Lottery Public Relations, 717-702-8008.

SOURCE: Pennsylvania Lottery.

 

 

Government Modifies Agreement with the ONCE, the Organization Now Has the Ability to Sell Lottery Tickets Inside and Outside Spain

Provides for Christmas Lottery and Strengthens the Merger and Operation of Social Enterprises Under the brand ILUNION

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MADRID, Spain (December 21, 2015) – El Consejo de Ministros (Council of Ministers) is reported to have approved a Royal Decree that the agreements with the Organización Nacional de Ciegos Españoles (ONCE), approved in November 2011,  will now be valid until the end of 2021, in order to ensure its financial stability and its social action is partially modified.

The authorization also granted that ONCE can hold a special draw on January 1, each year during the period that the current agreement is extended.

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In order to strengthen its international presence, the Government has extended the authorization for ONCE to sell lottery products ‘with qualified operators’ in countries within the European Union, or in the process of accession to the European Union.

ONCE will also be able to offer its products to other Latin countries, with a commitment to devote a portion of the results to programs for people with disabilities in these countries arises.

These measures, together with other lower impact provisions, will help ONCE ensure the achievement of its primary objective. It will also ensure institutional and financial stability for the ONCE so it can maintain the solvency and quality of social work through the  new business group in the resolution adopted by the Council of Ministers the creation of the "Grupo Empresarial ONCE and its Foundation," which will be formed through the merger of Grupo Empresarial ONCE (Ceosa) and Grupo Empresarial ONCE Foundation (Ilunion Group is contemplated, formerly called Fundosa).

This new business group is launched with a fully social-oriented job creation for people with disabilities in economically sustainable business projects in time basis.

Through the Protectorate Council of ONCE, the Administration will keep its ability to control and supervision in the economic, financial and social environment on the new Business Group of the ONCE and its Foundation, in order to ensure compliance with social goals for which it is created.

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The stability of the ONCE is assured by this Agreement, based on its institutional consolidation, in a clear social vocation and its recognition as a singular entity of social economy through the Law 5/2011 of Social Economy, it will ensure its continuity and its future as an organization for the blind, created for the welfare and social integration of its members, promoting their personal autonomy and their full integration into society, and the commitment to solidarity acquired with other people with disabilities through the ONCE Foundation.

68,000 workers are currently estimated to be working in ONCE institutions and companies. The ONCE Foundation now employs 5,500 more people than four years ago.

Of the 68,000 people employed by ONCE, 56 100 are disabled. Also, in the last twenty years ONCE has created another 99,500 jobs in other companies and entities (27,000 jobs over the past four years), of which 98 100 are jobs for people with disabilities.

The Government understands that the agreements adopted today favour the fulfilment of social purpose and solidarity entrusted to the ONCE, especially access to employment of people with disabilities, ensure legal and financial stability.

SOURCE: Organización Nacional de Ciegos Españoles (ONCE).

 

 

North America Casino Player Study Definitively Proves Electronic Table Games Players Play Longer and Play More Often

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (December 22, 2015) - A recently completed independent study of U.S. and Canadian casino players has definitively proven that electronic table games (ETGs) drive valuable benefits to casinos that have ETGs on their casino floor.

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The study, commissioned by luxury gaming manufacturer Interblock®, was conducted by Andrew Jones and Brand Outlook in July and August 2015 and surveyed more than 1,200 casino players from the United States and Canada.

"Interblock is the established thought leader in the electronic table game space, understands what appeals to this player, and continuously innovates in this space," Interblock President of North America Rob Bone said.

"Building on that foundation, we wanted to conduct an independent study, with the goals of helping our casino customers gain a greater understanding of their existing and potential electronic table games player base, and to leverage that data to drive future product decisions."

Among the study's key findings were:

  • ETGs drive incremental revenue because ETG players play more often. ETG players are more likely to be "core" players who play more often than non-ETG players. 46% of U.S. ETG players played six or more times in the last 12 months, compared to only 33% of non-ETG players. In Canada, the statistical significance is even stronger: 54% versus 34%.
  • ETGs drive incremental revenue because ETG players play longer per session than non-ETG players do. In the U.S., they play approximately 10.7% more per session than non-ETG players do. In Canada, that average is 15% more.
  • ETGs attract game-agnostic players who enjoy a variety of live and electronic games, meaning ETG players are willing to play something new or at least not leave when his/her favourite game is occupied. This means ETGs give players an option to turn to when they are bored with or have finished playing slots.
  • ETG players enjoy slots and table games in addition to ETGs more than non-ETG players do. Not having ETGs on the casino floor means the opportunity to extend the trip is lost.

 

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"The results of this independent study are clear: ETG players play more often and longer, have larger gaming budgets, are more likely to spend more, and play games across the entire operation. These findings reinforce what Interblock has been telling casino customers for years -- ETGs are crucial to building successful casino revenue streams," Bone said.

When available, this full report will provide further detail into the motivations and behaviours of ETG players and Interblock welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with our customers to identify partnership opportunities that can leverage these findings into more profitable and long-term relationships.

Interblock offers a complete line of electronic table games.

View Interblock's portfolio today at: www.interblockgaming.com and join Interblock on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.

SOURCE: Interblock media release.

 

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Start-Up Company’s Mobile Technology Platform Now Offered by Almost All German Lotteries

Company Plans to Expand from Germany to Africa and Asia

ZAGREB, Croatia (December 26, 2015) -- Score Alarm, a start-up from Zagreb, has become the official technology platform used by mobile applications for Oddset, the most popular sports betting service in Germany. It is a service which is offered by almost all lotteries in Germany and is represented at more than 15,000 retail outlets, reports Poslovni.hr on December 26, 2015.

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Ivan Klarić, the founder and director of Score Alarm, said that he was pleased with the latest success of his company. “Now we can truly say that we do business with German lotteries, given that they are the ones which distribute the Oddset service whose mobile applications are running on our platform", Klarić said.

He added that currently they have eight large corporate clients, including Bet Live, the biggest provider of gaming services in Bosnia and Herzegovina, then the Romanian Casa Pariurilor and Hungarian state lottery Szerencsejatek.

With these clients, Score Alarm has become a platform used by more than 250,000 end users. By the end of 2016, they expect the number of end users to exceed one million.

Klarić explained that he could not go into details about his customers, but did say that the applications which are being used in Germany have been downloaded several thousand times and are achieving high growth.

The German market is one of the most valuable in the industry, and Oddset - Die Sportwette is one of the first and most recognizable sports betting games in that market. Together with new clients and technological solutions which we are going to present soon, that will enable us to reach a million end users of our platforms in 2016,” Klarić said.

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Score Alarm began its expansion in spring of 2012. A mobile application which displays results of sporting events appeared on Google Play and AppStore at a cost of two dollars.

Six months later, Score Alarm already had more than 13,000 paying customers and the Croatian Lottery expressed its interest. For 250,000 kuna, it bought exclusive rights to the Croatian market for a year.

Cooperation was continued in the following years, and Score Alarm in the meantime transformed from an application for end users into a platform, a specialized IT system for large national lotteries and other companies offering sports betting services.

Klarić said that he expected that most of the growth in the sports betting industry in the next few years will switch to mobile platforms.

This represents an opportunity for Score Alarm to become the market leader in this new and rapidly growing industry.

He added that they are now preparing for the ICE conference in London next year, which is the largest annual gathering of gaming industry.

"Once we achieve good results in the European market, we want to spread to Asia, where there are opportunities in the Far East, and to Africa, where there is also interest for our platform", Klarić concluded.

SOURCE: Score Alarm media release.

 

 

Amaya to Appeal Ruling by Kentucky Trial Court

MONTREAL, Quebec, Canada (December 24, 2015) – Amaya Inc. (NASDAQ:AYA; TSX: AYA) today announced it will appeal a judgment issued yesterday by a state judge in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and will avail itself of any and all remedies available to it.

The litigation was filed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 2010 and sought recovery of alleged losses by Kentucky residents who played real-money poker on PokerStars’ website during a period between 2006 and 2011. 

In the decision, the judge imposed an approximately US$290 million award, which he trebled to approximately US$870 million excluding interest and applicable costs, in favor of the Commonwealth.

The latest ruling is in stark contrast to the same trial court’s decision just last month when it determined that damages should be based on the net losses of players. Yesterday’s order applies a methodology that is not grounded in applicable law as it calculates damages based on gross losses of players without any reduction for winnings, bonuses or free play.

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This is a frivolous and egregious misuse of an antiquated state statute to enrich the contingent-fee plaintiff’s attorneys hired by the Commonwealth and not the people of Kentucky,” said Marlon Goldstein, Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and General Counsel of Amaya.  “Given that PokerStars only generated gross revenues of approximately US$18 million from Kentucky customers during the five years at issue, a damages award in excess of US$800 million is notable only for its absurdity.

To bring the action, Kentucky relied on a centuries old statute that was intended to allow individuals who incurred gaming losses to sue their opponents; it was never intended to authorize the Commonwealth to sue and collect such losses for its own benefit. 

In fact, no other state in the union has brought an action under this type of antiquated statute to recover alleged gaming losses in the name of a state.

Amaya intends to post a bond to stay the enforcement of the order and to appeal in early January.  The appeal will, among other arguments, raise factual and legal errors (including violations of the state and federal constitutions) that include, but are not limited to, the trial court’s ruling permitting the Commonwealth to assert standing, its failure to find facts that give rise to the violation of the statute, its clearly erroneous decisions of law, and its failure to properly apply the law to the facts.

Amaya will also vigorously challenge the trial court’s calculation of alleged gaming losses, which was based on an improper reading of a 100-year-old leading appellate decision.

Regardless of the dollar amount, to the extent the PokerStars entities may be ultimately obligated to pay any amounts following exhaustion of all appeals and other legal remedies, Amaya intends to seek recovery against the former owners of the PokerStars business.

Amaya has been a leader in promoting the regulation of online gaming in the United States.

Earlier this year, following an extensive review, Amaya received approval to begin operating its PokerStars brand in the regulated market of New Jersey, which it plans to launch in the first half of 2016. PokerStars is the world’s most licensed and heavily regulated online gaming brand.

SOURCE: Amaya Inc.

 

 

Scratch and Smell the Bacon with the Missouri Lottery's Newest Scented Ticket

Missouri (December 24, 2015) -- Missouri Lottery players will be bringing home the bacon with the Lottery’s newest scented Scratchers game, “Makin’ Bacon.” The $5 Scratchers game, which officially goes on sale Dec. 29, offers a top prize of $100,000 and a chance to win up to 15 times on a single ticket. But the best part might be the aroma.

The bacon craze is everywhere,” said May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery.

There’s bacon ice cream, bacon doughnuts and now, bacon-scented lottery tickets. It’s sure to be a big hit with our players. Who doesn’t love the smell of bacon?

Reardon said this is the second scented ticket the Lottery has offered. The first was a chocolate scented ticket called “Chocolate Cash,” which went on sale December 29, 2014.

For more information about Missouri Lottery Scratchers tickets, go to MOLottery.com.

SOURCE:  Missouri Lottery (http://www.molottery.com).

 

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Yahoo Sports and NBC Sports Group Renew and Expand Digital Sports Alliance

Partnership Provides Fans with Integrated Fantasy Sports Products, Original Video Programming, and Other Enhanced Digital Experiences

SUNNYVALE, Calif. & STAMFORD, Conn.(December 22, 2015)--Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) and NBC Sports Group today announced a renewal of their multi-faceted partnership that combines the content and experiences of Yahoo Sports, including its fantasy sports product, with NBC Sports Digital’s growing video assets and significant promotional power. This expanded partnership brings even more content to Yahoo/NBC Sports viewers, including Premier League highlights, NBC Sports Regional Network team reports, and Golf Channel. It also extends the reach of the digital and on-air experiences beyond desktop to mobile and Tumblr.

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Yahoo Sports and NBC Sports Digital will continue to collaborate on premium sports news and events coverage both online and on-air on NBC, NBCSN, Golf Channel, NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBCSports.com and Yahoo, while maintaining separate sites and editorial control of their respective newsrooms and digital properties.

Yahoo has been a great partner, and we are pleased to extend this very complementary alliance that will now include Golf Channel,” said Rick Cordella, SVP and GM, Digital Media, NBC Sports Group. “This partnership extends the digital reach of both sides, and allows us to collaborate on the creation of widely-consumed, cross-platform content, particularly around short-form video and fantasy sports.

We’re thrilled to not only continue our relationship with NBC Sports but also to expand the partnership as we work to bring more premium digital sports content to our users,” said Ian Weingarten, SVP of Corporate Development and Partnerships at Yahoo. “The addition of the Premier League and Golf Channel complements the current lineup, and we’re excited to extend the reach of NBC Sports content to Yahoo’s mobile and Tumblr users.

Additional features of the alliance include:

  • Live Sports: Yahoo will continue to offer its users access to NBC Sports’ lineup of live streaming properties, including Sunday Night Football, NHL, Notre Dame Football, NASCAR, Premier League, PGA TOUR, LPGA, and others, through NBC Sports Live Extra and Golf Live Extra.
  • Rotoworld + Yahoo Fantasy: NBCSports.com’s popular digital destination, the web’s premier fantasy news and information site, will contribute season-long fantasy content to Yahoo audiences in fantasy football, basketball, baseball, and hockey.
  • Golf Channel: The addition of Golf Channel will play a significant editorial role in Yahoo’s professional golf coverage.
  • NBC Sports Regional Networks: Local coverage will be contributed by NBC Sports Regional Networks who will provide daily topical video reports on the teams they cover in Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Portland and the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Fantasy Football Live: The franchise, started by Yahoo and now celebrating its 10th season, will continue to air every Tuesday through Thursday on NBCSN and every Sunday on Yahoo. Further, NBC Sports will continue promoting Yahoo’s best-in-class, season-long fantasy sports games.

 

Yahoo Sports and NBC Sports will continue to partner to provide scalable advertising solutions to reach engaged audiences through distinctive opportunities and sponsorships. In addition, Rotoworld.com will integrate with Yahoo Gemini for access to native advertising technology.

About NBC Sports Digital

A division of NBC Sports Group, NBC Sports Digital services sports fans around the clock and on the go by providing an array of best-in-class products that include live video streaming, short-form videos, sport-specific websites, and fantasy sports information. NBC Sports Digital consists of 15 websites and 13 apps, and distributes its content across desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs.

About Yahoo

Yahoo is a guide focused on informing, connecting, and entertaining our users. By creating highly personalized experiences for our users, we keep people connected to what matters most to them, across devices and around the world. In turn, we create value for advertisers by connecting them with the audiences that build their businesses. Yahoo is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, and has offices located throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific (APAC) and the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions. For more information, visit the pressroom (pressroom.yahoo.net) or the Company's blog (yahoo.tumblr.com).

CONTACTS:

 

NBC Sports Digital

Chris Mccloskey,

203-356-2781

Christopher.Mccloskey@nbcuni.com

Yahoo

Sean Hamel,

212-381-6877

shamel@yahoo-inc.com

 

SOURCE: Joint media release.

 

 

Gambling Commission Launch New Website to Clamp Down on Corruption in sport

BIRMINGHAM, U.K. (December 17, 2015) -- A website aimed at tackling betting-related corruption in sport has been launched.

The Sports Betting Integrity Forum website will form the hub of the Forum’s strategy to address the risks associated with match fixing to help preserve and protect sports betting integrity in the UK.

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Progress reports on the delivery of the Sports and Sports Betting Action Plan will be published on the website, along with news articles and updates related to betting integrity from sport, law enforcement agencies, the betting industry and the Gambling Commission. 

Nick Tofiluk, director of regulation, said: “We have already taken some very positive steps in Britain to address the risks to the integrity of sport and sports betting. I’m delighted that what we have achieved so far, along with our plans for the future is now accessible to all, in one place, via the SBIF website” 

Tracey Crouch, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Department for Culture, Media and Sport, added: “The integrity of sport is absolutely paramount and we have to do all that we can to protect it. The Sports Betting Integrity Action Plan is about ensuring that Britain remains a safe place to bet on sport and to tackle any threat of corruption that emerges.”

We cannot be complacent. The Gambling Commission, sports bodies, law enforcement agencies and betting operators are all well aligned on this with effective collaboration vital in the fight against match fixing.

Anyone wishing to contact the SBIF for advice or more information on the UK’s strategy to protect betting integrity can do so though the website’s contact us page.

CONTACT: Gambling Commission press office, Phone:0121 230 6700 or email: communications@gamblingcommission.gov.uk

SOURCE: Gambling Commission.

 

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Tennessee Lottery Recognized for Responsible Gaming Program; World Lottery Association Awards Level 3 Certification

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee (December 22, 2015)  —The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation (TELC) has been recognized for its Responsible Gaming program by one of the industry’s most respected associations, the World Lottery Association (WLA).

This international organization awarded the Lottery a Level 3 Certification based on the high standards of corporate and social responsibility seen throughout TELC operations and planning processes.

The TELC is one of only seven U.S. lotteries to have reached WLA Responsible Gaming Framework Level 3 Certification.

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An integral part of the Tennessee Lottery’s success is our commitment to the best practices and standards created by the WLA,” said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of TELC.

Operating in a socially responsible manner, creating new strategies that serve as models for other lotteries, and adhering to industry best practices is yet another way the TELC proves its commitment to education in Tennessee.

About the Tennessee Lottery

The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products. Since January 20, 2004, the Lottery has raised more than $3.5 billion for designated education programs to fund college grants and scholarships, a variety of after-school programs and the new Tennessee Promise initiative.

In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won more than $8.7 billion in prizes and Lottery retailer partners have earned more than $896 million in retailer commissions.

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CONTACT: Kym Gerlock, Director, Communications, Email: kym.gerlock@tnlottery.com

Phone: 615-324-6556 or 615-604-2827.

SOURCE: The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.

 

 

Gambling Integrity Completes WLA Responsible Gaming Level Four Certification Assessment for Hoosier Lottery

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LONDON, U.K. (December 20th, 2015) – Gambling Integrity has successfully completed a World Lottery Association Responsible Gaming (WLA-RG) Level Four Certification assessment for the Hoosier Lottery. The assessment was conducted by Malcolm Bruce (Director) and Sarah Ramanauskas (senior partner).

With the successful assessment, the Hoosier Lottery becomes  only the second lottery  in the United States to hold the WLA- Responsible Gaming Level Four Certification.

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We were very pleased the Hoosier Lottery chose Gambling Integrity to conduct this in-depth assessment of Hoosier’s commitment to corporate social responsibility,” Gambling Integrity Director Malcolm Bruce said.

This is our first WLA Assessment and we hope to do many more, particularly for lotteries where cost is an issue.

The WLA-RG framework is the lottery sector’s only internationally-recognized responsible gaming framework. The WLA-RG framework serves to integrate the Responsible Gaming Principles into the day-to-day operations of the member lotteries. It has been designed with four levels of achievement and enough flexibility so that member lotteries can build programs that are in accordance with the laws in their jurisdictions and that accommodate any organizational, cultural or regional differences.

"Responsible gaming is a core value of the Hoosier Lottery," said Sarah M. Taylor, Executive Director of the State Lottery Commission of Indiana. "Corporate social responsibility is put at equal value with driving sales, and we are pleased this has been recognized by the industry and international community."

Gambling Integrity provide a range of audit, training and consultancy services for lotteries and Gaming companies world-wide.

For more information about how Gambling Integrity can benefit your company, visit www.gamblingintegrity.com.

CONTACT: Malcolm Bruce, Gambling Integrity, Tel: +44 (0)1264 980509

SOURCE: Gambling Integrity.

 




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