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Philip Springuel Named WLA Executive Director

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BASEL, Switzerland (September 29, 2016) -- After a long and comprehensive search, the WLA is pleased to announce the appointment of Philip Springuel as the new WLA Executive Director, effective October 1, 2016 Philip brings with him a solid background in corporate affairs and association management. Owing to his background in international association management, Philip has a profound understanding of, and respect for, the needs of a modern association.

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As a passionate communicator, he knows the value of listening and appreciates the important role that an association plays in purveying professional knowledge to its members.

Before joining the WLA, Philip served as Head of Corporate Affairs at the European Food Information Council (EUFIC), a non-profit association. At EUFIC, Philip was responsible for corporate, media, and government relations and he also headed new membership and business development. Simultaneously, he also served as coordinator of the Risk & Crisis Working Group at the European Association of Communication Directors.

Prior to joining EUFIC, he was the global Project Director for the launch and development of World Kidney Day from 2006 to 2008 and held communications and outreach assignments with EuropeAid and Avocats Sans Frontières (lawyers without borders).

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Philip has more than 20 years of EU policy experience inside media, public affairs, and association management.

His writing has been widely published in specialized trade publications, such as HQ Europe – a magazine that serves the needs of international associations organizing worldwide congresses. Philip has been invited to speak or offer training on issues ranging from corporate responsibility, project and association management, business intelligence, and fundraising.

Commenting on Philip's appointment, WLA President, Jean-Luc Moner-Banet said, “We are very pleased to have attracted such a high-caliber professional as Philip. His extensive experience in the area of international association management will be a great asset to the WLA and will help us continue to grow as an association well into the future. Please join me in extending a warm welcome to Philip. I do hope that you have a chance to meet him at the World Lottery Summit 2016 in Singapore.”

SOURCE: World Lottery Association (WLA).

 

 

Vermont Lottery Director Resigns Position to Pursue Another Opportunity in the Midwest

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BARRE, Vermont (September 27, 2016) -- The Vermont Lottery Commission (VLC) announced today the resignation of Executive Director, Greg Smith, effective October 14th. Smith is pursuing another opportunity after running Vermont's Lottery for over four years.

During Smith's tenure, Vermont Lottery sales and profits have grown by almost 20%, resulting in over $26M being contributed to Vermont's Education Fund in the last fiscal year.  VLC Board Chairperson, Martha O'Connor, said, "We are sorry to see Greg go but understand his decision. The Board has had a strong working relationship with him and wish him success in his new position."

Smith added, "I have thoroughly enjoyed my four years working with the VLC Board and Lottery staff.  It makes me sad to think about leaving but I do not want to pass up this other offer. I hope my successor is able to reach the same satisfaction that I did in this job."

The Vermont Lottery Commission will begin a search for a new Executive Director and work closely with the remaining management team to ensure the smooth operation of the lottery continues.

SOURCE: The Vermont Lottery Commission.

 

 

INTRALOT’s Journey to the Future of the Playing Experience Presented at NASPL 2016

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ATHENS, Greece (September 29, 2016) -- INTRALOT will unveil its latest innovations at its Iconic Pavilion during the 2016 NASPL Business Development and Product Innovations Conference, the most important lottery event in North America, held October 4-6 in Atlanta, Georgia. INTRALOT’s team will present to lottery professionals its industry-leading solutions, reflecting the company’s strategic “Player at the Center” scope.

An exciting customer journey has been designed by our team, giving lottery operators and enthusiasts the chance to interact with our contemporary product portfolio. The journey progresses through four main areas, starting with Retail, Retail Plus, the Interactive area and VLTs. Participants will come across innovative hardware offerings and advanced software solutions based on consumer trends and insights from the gaming industry.

Setting off in the Retail area, visitors begin their journey by getting a feel of a traditional retail environment comprising of our popular on-counter clerk-operated devices and self-service vending terminals. Our new, advanced offerings further enrich the section with in-store as well as stand-alone solutions, all representing complete propositions for the retail environment. In this area, visitors will be presented with our brand-new multi-state instant win progressive jackpot draw game called Miss/Match™ that will go live in early April of 2017.

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Moving on to the Retail Plus area, visitors will get a first look at our soon-to-be-launched products and solutions including two self-service terminals, the FSST and the Kiosk, as well as our advanced lottery vending machine, the DREAMTOUCH. All three products feature full HD screens for digital advertising signage, exciting lottery content and user-friendly gameplay. They represent our next-generation retail offerings that address the needs of both operators and players with the intention to transform traditional locations into compelling and engaging entertainment spaces.

Our mobile lottery application, demonstrated in the Interactive area, is an innovative, patent awarded native application for iOS and Android. It encapsulates an exciting user interface that is back-end platform-agnostic, providing exciting on-the-go gaming and allowing operators to offer and monetize the complete lottery experience on mobile devices.

Next, participants will get to explore some of our Instant Win Games, which feature HTML5 technology, stunning visuals, striking sounds and exciting mechanics. With their innovative gaming concepts, they manage to further enhance the existing gaming portfolio, ensure customer retention as well as expand the current player bases. Powered by INTRALOT RGS, Instant Win Games are seamlessly localized and delivered on all devices and platforms whether played in-store or online.

In the Interactive area operators will also get familiarized with the capabilities of our two systems, Canvas and iGP CRM. Canvas is INTRALOT’s brand-new, omni-channel CMS that serves game-specific dynamic content though centralized management and advanced content delivery control mechanisms, thus providing a personalized User Experience in relation to each player’s access portal. To help operators achieve the highest level of customer engagement, INTRALOT Canvas is fully integrated with iGP CRM, our dynamic player account and relationship management system that meets the growing demands of the industry, enabling expansion of sales and services across all retail and online sales channels.

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As our visitors move on to the VLT section they will get acquainted with our two systems, iGEM and GLS. iGEM, is an integrated solution mainly for large-scale gaming network supervision that allows for the setting of rules and dynamically adjusting player pre-commitment behaviors in a socially responsible manner. On the other hand, GLS is our sophisticated workflow-based solution for end-to-end execution and management of all gaming Licensing and Compliance activities.

We are thrilled to showcase our line-up of player-centric, engaging products, designed to increase the lotteries’ player base and enhance their performance to responsively serve their important mission. We are looking forward to meeting North American lotteries and present them our vision of the future’s playing experience”, said Mr. Tom Little, President and CEO of INTRALOT, USA.

For a touch of fun, visitors may enjoy a hands-on demo of our new interactive game concept, Bet Rider. ‘More to be revealed… while playing.’

See you soon at the INTRALOT Iconic Pavilion at NASPL.

About INTRALOT

INTRALOT, a public listed company established in 1992, is a leading gaming solutions supplier and operator active in 57 regulated jurisdictions around the globe. With €1.91 billion ($2,153 billion) turnover and a global workforce of approximately 5,100 employees in 2015, INTRALOT is an innovation-driven corporation focusing its product development on customer experience. The company is uniquely positioned to offer market-tested solutions and retail operational expertise to lottery and gaming organizations across geographies. Through the use of a dynamic and omni-channel approach, INTRALOT offers an integrated portfolio of best-in-class gaming systems and product solutions & services that address all gaming verticals (Lottery, Betting, Interactive, VLT). Players can enjoy a seamless and personalized experience through exciting games and premium content across multiple delivery channels, both retail and interactive. INTRALOT has been awarded with the prestigious WLA Responsible Gaming Framework Certification by the World Lottery Association (WLA) for its global lottery operations.

For more information CONTACT: Ms. Dimitra Tzimou, Corporate Relations Manager, Phone: +30-210 6156000, Fax: +30-210 6106800, email: tzimou@intralot.com

SOURCE: INTRALOT (www.intralot.com).

 

 

Scientific Games Teams Up with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to Introduce SEINFELD Slot Game, Based on the Emmy Award-Winning Comedy TV Series, to be Unveiled at 2016 Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas

Game Captures Fun and Frivolity of the Fan-Favorite SEINFELD Sitcom and Brings the Cast of Characters to Life in a Bonus-Rich Engaging Experience

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LAS VEGAS, Nevada (September 26, 2016) -- Scientific Games (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") today announced that the Company's new SEINFELD slot game will be featured in its 21,094 square foot booth (No. 1126) at the Global Gaming Expo ("G2E"), September 27-29 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas. The new, highly interactive game takes what TV Guide called one of the "greatest TV programs of all time" and turns it into an immersive, virtual slot player experience.

Scientific Games, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, introduces SEINFELD slot game based on the 10-time Emmy Award-winning American sitcom that ran for nine seasons from 1989-1998. Since the final season aired, SEINFELD remains a fan favorite, holding the title of highest-grossing and fastest-selling television DVD of all time. The technologically advanced game boasts motion gesture technology, which enables players to use their hand to become a part of the game. During the "Big Wins" celebration, the motion gesture technology enables the player to see the enormous Man-Hands of Jerry's infamous date "catching" black-and-white cookies, oversized wallets, books and other favorite Seinfeld items.

In partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, the SEINFELD slot game is based on the 10-time Emmy Award-winning American sitcom that ran for nine seasons from 1989-1998. Since the final season aired, SEINFELD remains a fan favorite, holding the title of highest-grossing and fastest-selling television DVD of all time.

Seinfeld's apartment and his group of eccentric friends are the primary focus of the show and Scientific Games' SEINFELD slot game.

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The game merges the consumer-favorite hit TV series with the Company's revolutionary GAMESCAPE™ slot platform, which offers players a one-of-a-kind play experience. The feature-rich gameplay fully captures the SEINFELD characters' antics, timeless humor and quirky plotlines that continue to entertain fans worldwide.

Scientific Games Group Chief Executive of Gaming, Derik Mooberry, said, "We are ecstatic to unveil the SEINFELD slot game to attendees of G2E and entertain players on casino floors soon. The eccentric and fun-loving nature of one of America's treasured sitcoms, paired with the advanced technology of our groundbreaking GAMESCAPE cabinet, truly delivers an unforgettable slot experience that transports players all the way to 81st Street on New York City's Upper East Side."

The prominent five-screen cabinet features a tablet-sized touchscreen button panel and HD screens angled towards the player for the ultimate gaming and entertainment experience. Main characters Jerry Seinfeld, his ex-girlfriend Elaine Benes, George Costanza and Cosmo Kramer take center stage during bonus events that award a mystery number of random features, including WILDS, WILD reels, multipliers and more paylines. All bonuses are triggered by four oversized Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer character symbols, showcasing the personality and appearance of each unique character.

"We're pleased to showcase the wit, humor and antics of SEINFELD in an all-new and exciting format, as part of an interactive gaming experience which we know will appeal to all SEINFELD fans and newcomers alike," said Greg Paul, spokesperson for Castle Rock Entertainment.  "As part of the global lexicon, the hit television series is ingrained in our pop-culture with favorite moments and phrases – like Yada, Yada, Yada, Master of Your Domain, Man-Hands, Double-Dipping, The Costanza Wallet and so many more – this game is sure to reinvigorate these memories for fans."

The technologically advanced game boasts motion gesture technology, which enables players to use their hand to become a part of the game. During the "Big Wins" celebration, the motion gesture technology enables the player to see the enormous Man-Hands of Jerry's infamous date "catching" black-and-white cookies, oversized wallets, books and other favorite Seinfeld items.

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A prime focus of the game is the "FESTIVUS WHEEL," a mechanical wheel that awards credit prizes and a life-changing, wide-area progressive jackpot. Featured in the FESTIVUS WHEEL bonus is one of the show's most popular characters, Frank Constanza – George's father and 'creator' of the non-commercial "fake" holiday Festivus, which is celebrated on December 23.

Other highlights include the "NO MORE SOUP FOR YOU BONUS," which displays a live video featuring "the Soup Nazi", and the "CONTEST BONUS," where the player will be immersed in the comedy with video clips from one of the most popular SEINFELD episodes of all time, "The Contest," and have an opportunity to earn extra WILDS.

The Company's G2E booth No. 1126 will showcase more than 200 slot games and 100 unique game themes, as well as an array of new products and solutions from Scientific Games' three business divisions: Gaming, Lottery and Interactive.

© 2016 Scientific Games Corporation. All Rights Reserved. All ® notices signify marks registered in the United States.

SEINFELD and all related characters and elements © & ™ Castle Rock Entertainment. (s16)

About Scientific Games

Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ:SGMS) is a leading developer of technology-based products and services and associated content for worldwide gaming, lottery and interactive markets. The Company's portfolio includes gaming machines, game content and systems; table games products and shufflers; instant and draw-based lottery games; server-based lottery and gaming systems; sports betting technology; loyalty and rewards programs; and interactive content and services. For more information, please visit ScientificGames.com.

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products

Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

COMPANY CONTACTS:

 

Investor Relations:

Bill Pfund

Vice President, Investor Relations

+1 702-532-7663

bill.pfund@scientificgames.com

Media Relations:

Mollie Cole

Director, Corporate Communications

+1 773-961-1194

mollie.cole@scientificgames.com

 

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

 

Pollard Banknote Brings Innovative Experience to NASPL Annual Conference

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba (September 27, 2016) -- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (“Pollard Banknote”) is excited to showcase its latest products and innovations at the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (“NASPL”) Business Development and Product Innovations Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, from October 4 to 6, 2016.

Keeping with the conference’s theme, “E is for Experiential!”, Pollard Banknote’s booth has been designed to provide an interactive experience that showcases innovative solutions to challenges lotteries face today.

Pollard Banknote will be unveiling several new innovations, including its new Pop ‘n’ Play™ tickets, which boast a creative design and innovative folded format that allows for double the play area of other tickets their size! This unique format is made possible by a perforation in the folded ticket that lets players pop it open to reveal the game play areas inside. The perforated format blends well with purse, wallet or envelope designs that tie-in perfectly with the ever-popular cash theme. Since Pop ‘n’ Play™ tickets are produced in fan-folded books, they are compatible with widely-used retail dispensers.

Also making its debut will be PlayBook® Mini, a smaller format of Pollard Banknote’s proven PlayBook® product, which is a booklet of themed games allowing players to try a variety of instant experiences at once. PlayBook® Mini fits in existing 8-inch PlayBook® dispensers, and is packed with play value, offering six $2 instant games for $10. For its small size, PlayBook® Mini packs a large value-proposition-punch!

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Another new product making its first appearance is Jumbo Pop ‘n’ Play™, a large-format folded ticket that builds on the success of Pollard Banknote’s other large-format products like Play Book®, Big Ticket and Scratch Tab™, which have been helping lotteries grow sales at higher price points for years. Jumbo Pop ‘n’ Play™ takes the Big Ticket format even further, and is perfect for lotteries’ highest price points -- $20 and beyond. The unique format invites players to pop open the ticket to reveal a jumbo spread of games, loaded with chances to win, and the double panels on the front integrate well with creative themes such as double doors.

Pollard Banknote’s innovations aren’t limited to physical products. Attendees should be sure to check their delegate bags for a picture frame insert which is part of an interactive experience that ties-in with Pollard Banknote’s PlayOn® player engagement solution, powered by Stellar Loyalty. This experience offers delegates a fun way to interact with the booth -- and win prizes while they’re at it!

Delegates will also be able to experience Pollard Banknote’s entire lineup of licensed brands, and can even try their hand at the latest version of the company’s Hold ‘Em Poker interactive game for a chance to win exciting branded merchandise. In addition, since Big Tickets are increasingly popular -- and successful -- Pollard Banknote will have several examples on hand, such as the Arcade Classics ticket that includes the popular Tetris®, Frogger and Pac Man™ brands all in one!

We are very excited about the upcoming NASPL conference,” said Jennifer Westbury, Executive Vice President, Sales & Customer Development, Pollard Banknote. “The conference’s theme of experience is inherent in everything we do at Pollard Banknote, both in terms of our player-focused products, and our long history in the industry that informs our customer recommendations. The booth’s focus on lottery challenges and solutions is further testament to our client-focused approach, which is why lotteries choose us as a partner. We’re looking forward to introducing conference attendees to our newest strategies aimed at helping lotteries grow sales.

Pollard Banknote Limited will be sharing its NASPL 2016 booth with NeoPollard Interactive LLC, which is jointly-owned by Pollard Banknote Limited and NeoGames S.A.R.L.. NeoPollard Interactive will demonstrate its entire iLottery 360° solution and expertise in iLottery operations, showcasing successful applications of the company’s commitment to supporting lotteries across retail and digital channels through innovative payments and promotions.

NASPL 2016 is one of many lottery industry conferences and tradeshows that Pollard Banknote attends throughout the year.

About Pollard Banknote

Pollard Banknote is a leading lottery partner to more than 60 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.

 

Doug Pollard
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
E-mail: dpollard@pbl.ca

John Pollard
Co-Chief Executive

Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
E-mail: jpollard@pbl.ca

Rob Rose
Chief Financial Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
E-mail: rrose@pbl.ca

 

SOURCE: Pollard Banknote.

 

 

Neopollard Interactive Celebrates the Success of Its First Digital-Focused Client Conference -- Purely Digital Xchange

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LANSING, Michigan (September 26, 2016) -- NeoPollard Interactive LLC (“NeoPollard Interactive”) is pleased to announce that its Purely Digital XChange (PDX) conference, the first of its kind digital-focused event held September 21-22, 2016, was an enormous success. Michigan, the home of NeoPollard Interactive’s first iLottery client, provided the backdrop for the event.

The focus of the conference was helping lotteries to connect their digital ecosystems—how digital assets, including mobile app strategies, second chance and loyalty programs, and iLottery offerings can seamlessly integrate and work together by bringing digital insights from our lottery participants for other lotteries to consider for their own digital efforts.

The purpose was also to introduce tangible strategies that lotteries can deploy in the digital space today in order to bridge retail and online. In a time where retail and digital channels are converging, conference attendance, which exceeded all expectations, proves that lotteries are interested in learning how they can leverage the digital space to attract new players, foster engagement, and drive sales.

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Over the course of the two day event, delegates from over 20 lotteries from around the world were given the opportunity to tour NeoPollard Interactive’s operational headquarters and partake in presentations and discussions covering a wide variety of digital business opportunities for today’s evolving lottery. In addition, participants were delighted with the opportunity to exchange ideas and to share their experiences in deploying successful and engaging digital products, promotions, tactics, and strategies. The key message that participants understood was that regardless of what barriers or limitations exist in various lottery markets, each lottery is looking at digital through their own lens and finding ways to meet their players where they are.

We’re thrilled to bring together this forum for our clients and were overwhelmed with the response that we received from lotteries that attended the event. We are delighted that attendance was at 100% capacity. We are also very proud to demonstrate our expertise in this interactive space to our lottery customers, reinforcing the notion that NeoPollard is the best partner to help them down the path successfully. We will continue to foster the development of a community of lottery staff who are their lottery’s digital champions,” said Doug Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer, NeoPollard Interactive. “One of the resounding messages from this week’s event is that there is a significant role for retailers in the digital space – in fact, hearing from our lottery partners only solidifies that a strong retailer engagement strategy will drive success across both retail and digital channels.”

About NeoPollard Interactive

NeoPollard Interactive is a joint venture between Pollard Banknote Limited (“Pollard Banknote”) and NeoGames S.A.R.L. (“NeoGames”). NeoPollard Interactive combines the marketing expertise and extensive worldwide lottery experience of Pollard Banknote with the proven leadership and technology of NeoGames in launching new online and mobile gaming products and services in response to an ever-evolving marketplace. This joint venture leverages the strengths of each partner company to develop, implement, operate, and maintain innovative online gaming services for regulated lottery clients in order to generate revenues for good causes.

For more information about Neopollard Interactive, CONTACT:

 

Doug Pollard

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: doug.pollard@neopollard.com

Ilan Rosen

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Telephone: +356-2-2494832

E-mail: ilan.rosen@neopollard.com

 

SOURCE: NeoPollard Interactive.

 

 

NOVOMATIC Acquires Video Bingo Provider Otium

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GUMPOLDSKIRCHEN, Austria (September 23, 2016) -- NOVOMATIC Gaming Industries (NGI) has acquired a 60 percent stake in the video bingo company OtiumGI, S.L. and will present the new product offer at the upcoming G2E in Las Vegas.

Austrian gaming giant NOVOMATIC, via its subsidiary NOVOMATIC Gaming Industries (NGI), has purchased a 60 percent majority shareholding in the Spanish video bingo company OtiumGI, S.L. with headquarters in Barcelona. The deal instigates an initial business plan to provide a leading, state-of-the-art video bingo slot offer as well as service and support to the Mexican market via a local subsidiary company.

The new video bingo slots are a further expansion of the leading NOVOMATIC product portfolio and will be presented for the first time at G2E. With a distinctive look and premium quality design, the new bingo machines are expected to have an instant impact on the Mexican market and quickly gain significant market share. Future product development of the newly affiliated company will benefit from synergies and the vast experience of NOVOMATIC in international gaming markets.

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Lawrence Levy, Senior Vice President for Central and South America, NGI, said: “We are delighted to announce this acquisition that has the potential to establish an excellent position for NOVOMATIC in the Mexican bingo segment and beyond. It further broadens our highly diversified product offer for the region and perfectly correlates with the Group’s ongoing commitment and strategic expansion in the Latin American markets.”

Santiago López de Lamadrid, CTO OtiumGI, said: “We are very proud to have reached this agreement with NOVOMATIC. After gaining much experience over the last few years in Mexican and Filipino markets with our video bingo products, we believe that NOVOMATIC is the perfect partner to build our brand, with the intention of becoming an industry benchmark.

Fernando Ponce de León, COO OtiumGI, added: “For me, it is a great honour to partner with NOVOMATIC on this project, due to what the company represents internationally. We firmly believe that with our combined efforts, this project will exceed all expectations.”

About NOVOMATIC

The NOVOMATIC Group is one of the biggest international producers and operators of gaming technologies and employs more than 24,000 staff worldwide. Founded by entrepreneur Professor Johann F. Graf in 1980, the Group has locations in more than 50 countries and exports innovative gaming equipment, system solutions, lottery systems and services to 80 countries. The Group operates more than 235,000 gaming terminals in its some 1,600 plus gaming operations as well as via rental concepts.

Through its numerous international subsidiaries the NOVOMATIC Group is fully active in all segments of the gaming industry and thus offers a diversified omni-channel product portfolio to its partners and clients around the world. This product range includes land based gaming products and services, management systems and cash management, online/mobile and social gaming solutions as well as lottery and sports betting solutions together with a range of sophisticated ancillary products and services.

SOURCE: NOVOMATIC.

 

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Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Helps China Lottery Online Develop Their First Gaming Standard

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MACAU, China (September 28, 2016) - Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) is proud to announce its successful involvement in developing China's first gaming technical standard -- "Technical Gaming Standards for Online Lottery Systems and Betting Terminals."

China Lottery Online (CLO) contracted GLI to develop their technical standard, which was recently released to the public. The release of this standard is extremely important because it demonstrates commitment to the People's Republic of China by ensuring that gaming products meet international standard, follow best-practice guidelines and remain secure, fair and auditable.

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GLI's Chief Operating Officer APAC Espee de Robillard, said, "China's lottery and gaming operator, CLO has a proud history of providing entertainment to its customers while maintaining the integrity of its system and preventing illegal gaming operations. With the public release of its first technical standard, CLO achieves a major milestone by establishing a world-class framework for local and international developers to supply betting terminals, games and other lottery system components. Gaming Laboratories International is proud to assist CLO in developing the first lottery system standard. GLI and CLO staff worked diligently together to deliver the new bilingual (English & Mandarin) technical standard that will drive CLO's system and game content development into the future. GLI acknowledges the participation and efforts of all those involved."

GLI has had a strong presence in Asia for 10 years, and the company group serves over 475 jurisdictions worldwide.

About Gaming Laboratories International

Gaming Laboratories International, LLC delivers the highest quality land-based, lottery and iGaming testing and assessment services. GLI's laboratory locations are found on six continents, and the company holds 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.

CONTACT INFORMATION

CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, T: +1 (702) 914-2220.

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International.

 

 

Mise-o-jeu is Launching Its All-New Hockey Pool

MONTRÉAL, Canada (September 26, 2016) – Big news for Québec’s many hockey fans: Mise-o-jeu is launching a hockey pool where the grand prize winner will take home a guaranteed minimum of $125,000.

Promotion: Participants who register for the annual pool on www.poolmiseojeu.com between September 26 and October 9, 2016, could win one of five pairs of box seats tickets to see a Habs game at Centre Bell.

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Ready for a hockey pool that promises big prizes?

  • Although many hockey pools are available in Québec, few of them offer a prize as big as Mise-o-jeu Pool.
  • The winner at the end of the season will take home a minimum guaranteed prize of $125,000.* The amount could be higher depending on the number of participants registered in the pool.
  • Prizes could be awarded up to the 750th position.
  • The cost of one entry is $25 for the season.

 

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  • Mise-o-jeu is expanding its offerings again with the launch of an annual hockey pool with a grand prize of at least $125,000.* Hockey fans were clamouring for it, and we have delivered,” said Louis Beaudet, Director, Sports Betting and Entertainment. “Bettors will be all the more pleased to learn that a new weekly hockey pool will be launched at the same time.
  • If they haven’t already done so, participants must sign up as Espacejeux.com customers to take part in either the annual or weekly pool,” he added.

 

Main rules

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  • Hockey fans create a team of 16 players (10 forwards, 4 defencemen and 2 goalies) while respecting the predetermined salary budget.
  • A total of five swaps are allowed during the season.
  • Points are attributed as follows:
    -- Forwards and defencemen: one point per goal and one point per pass.
    -- Goalies: two points per win and one extra point for a shutout.
  • The season will be divided into six periods. At the end of each period, participants who’ve earned the most points will win a prize worth at least $875.
  • Players must be Espacejeux.com customers to participate in Mise-o-jeu Pool.

 

A new way to pay

  • With the launch of Mise-o-jeu Pool, Loto-Québec is offering a new way to deposit funds called Argent Web. Espacejeux.com customers can now quickly add to their Espacejeux account without incurring charges or using a credit card.
  • Argent Web is a coupon issued on Loto-Québec retailers’ game terminals. Customers can then deposit the coupon amount like a gift certificate in their Espacejeux account, either by entering the alphanumeric code indicated on the coupon or scanning the printed QR code.

 

About Loto-Québec

Loto-Québec’s mission is to responsibly and efficiently manage games of chance in a controlled and measured fashion, in the interest of all Quebecers. Entertainment is at the heart of its activities.

 

* Shareable prize

** Amounts could be higher, depending on the number of registered participants.

 

SOURCE: Loto-Québec.

 

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Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Release 2015-2016 Annual Report

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (September 28, 2016) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has released its 2015-2016 Annual Report in electronic format.  The report can be downloaded by visiting the Gaming Control Board’s web site, gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov, and choosing the 2015-2016 PGCB Annual Report link under the Quick Links section of the homepage.

In addition to an encapsulation of state-wide casino gaming revenue generated during the fiscal year, the report also highlights:

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  • Breakdowns of slot machine and table game gross revenue and tax revenue for each casino including amounts distributed through the Local Share Fund to counties and municipalities that host a casino;
  • Reports and pertinent statistical figures from all of the Gaming Control Board’s key bureaus;
  • A list of all Executive Sessions held during the fiscal year;
  • Revenue and expenditures during the fiscal year by the Gaming Control Board, along with a breakdown of employment at the agency; and,
  • A report on the Gaming Control Board’s efforts to educate youth and parents about underage gaming.

 

About the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board:

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board was established in 2004 and is tasked to oversee all aspects of the state’s casino industry. There are 10 stand-alone and racetrack casinos in operation, along with the two smaller resort casinos.  These facilities collectively employ 18,000 people and annually generate more than $1.4 billion in tax revenue from slot machine and table games play. The largest portion of that money is used for property tax reduction to all Pennsylvania homeowners with additional tax revenue going to the horse racing industry, economic development projects, fire companies, county fairs, water and sewer projects, the Commonwealth’s General Fund, and to local governments that host casinos.

Additional information about both the PGCB’s regulatory efforts and Pennsylvania’s casino gaming industry can be found at www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov.

You can also follow the agency on Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.

CONTACT: Doug Harbach or Richard McGarvey (717) 346-8321.

SOURCE: The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

 

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Inspired Enters Greek Virtual Sports Market with OPAP

Inspired to supply Virtuals to the Greek lottery operator with over 4,500 locations

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LONDON, U.K. (September 28, 2016) -- Inspired, a leading provider of Virtual Sports, Mobile Games and SBG Video Lottery, today announces that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with OPAP, the leading Greek betting and lottery operator, to supply its best-in-class virtual sports both online and across OPAP’s extensive retail network.

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  • Deployment of Inspired’s Virtual Sports into the Greek market is the first step towards developing a world-class portfolio of products and services, as recently outlined to shareholders within OPAP’s  ‘2020 Vision’.
  • Inspired’s Virtual Sports are expected to go live in more than 4,500 of OPAP’s shops from early 2017.
  • Inspired’s full suite of Virtual Sports products will be gradually available to OPAP’s customers, beginning with Rush Football 2 upon launch, as well as Rush Horses and Rush Greyhounds with many more soon after. OPAP will also offer Mike Tyson boxing and Virtual Basketball, featuring Shaquille O’Neal, as soon as they become commercially available.

 

Luke Alvarez, CEO, Inspired Gaming Group, commented: ‘The announcement of this deal is a significant one for Inspired and OPAP. Together we will bring best-in-class Virtual Sports to the Greek market, and I’m confident that this represents the commencement of a fruitful business relationship. Inspired’s Virtual Sports have driven material incremental income in several international markets, and we expect the same in Greece. We look forward to working with OPAP to deliver a premium player experience.’

Damian Cope, CEO, OPAP Group, added: ‘I am pleased to be announcing this deal, which is an important first step in building a world class portfolio of products for OPAP.  Inspired’s Virtual Sports is a proven product with players in many other European jurisdictions and I am confident that our own customers in Greece will also enjoy playing these entertaining games.  This will be one of the first new products that we will launch in line with our long-term 2020 Vision and we expect to make further announcements on additional product launches in the coming months.’

About Inspired

Inspired is a global games technology company, supplying Virtual Sports, Mobile Gaming and server-based gaming systems with associated terminals and digital content to regulated betting and gaming operators around the world.  Inspired currently operates more than 25,000 digital gaming terminals and supplies its Virtual Sports products in more than 30,000 venues and on over 200 websites in 30 countries. Inspired employs over 800 employees in the UK and elsewhere, developing and operating digital games and networks.

 Additional information can be found at www.inspiredgaminggroup.com.

SOURCE: Inspired.

 

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Chinese Lottery Operator to Change Name after Rebrand

Proposed Re-Branding and Strategic Investment

Repositioning of the Group, reflecting its strategy to become one of the leading mobile technology providers in China

  • DJI Holdings proposes name change to BNN Technology plc.
  • NewNet, which represents DJI's technology platform and marketing resources in China, has agreed to acquire a 10% stake in its joint venture partner Xinhuatong and transfers its lottery assets into the Xinhuacai joint venture.
  • Investment in Xinhuatong by NewNet offers DJI potential involvement in both the sizeable and lucrative payment processing industry in China, through its exclusive technology provider relationship, and other high growth sectors it operates in.
  • Rebrand and repositioning intended to reflect the Group's Chinese identity and cultural heritage and the Group's evolution into a technology provider in large high growth markets in China; timed to take place ahead of secondary listing on Nasdaq.
  • Nasdaq application to follow shortly after name change takes affect.
  • Intention for company industry classification to be re-classified with higher growth peer group on Nasdaq and AIM

 

 DJI Holdings plc (AIM: DJI, "the Group", "DJI"), the Chinese technology, content and services provider, is pleased to announce a proposed rebranding and change of name to BNN Technology plc. The Group will seek shareholder consent for the change at a general meeting that will take place on 7 October 2016.

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The proposed change in name reflects the broader changes this year in the Group, which has seen DJI Holdings diversify its model to become a dynamic technology platform provider that can facilitate mobile payments, deliver mobile content and provide data management to consumers throughout China, while preparing for a dual-listing on Nasdaq.

In addition, NewNet is making a cash and asset investment to acquire a 10% shareholding in its important trading partner Xinhuatong, the exclusive provider of mobile payments, information and other key services to the Xinhua News Mobile App owned by China's national news agency. NewNet will transfer its lottery assets into its Xinhuacai joint venture with Xinhuatong. DJI, as the technology platform provider to NewNet, is expected to benefit from enhanced revenues and profits as a result of NewNet's stronger partnership with Xinhuatong.

Darren Mercer, Chief Executive of DJI Holdings, said:

"Now is the right time to begin building a new brand, with the BNN Technology name, as we broaden from lottery specialist to payment fulfilment, content-delivery, data management and value-added services on mobile internet.  We believe completing the pivot to a technology company will add substantial shareholder value as we enter high growth, multi-billion dollar markets in China.

"We are also tremendously excited about the opportunity to deepen our relationship with Xinhuatong through NewNet. NewNet's investment further secures a long term partnership in which we are one of the leading technology providers to the company, allowing us to benefit from its strong commercial relationships in major industries such as insurance and other key financial services markets.

"Xinhuatong has the exclusive rights to provide payment processing facilities within the Xinhua News Mobile App and is in the process of applying for a national payment processing licence. Upon a successful application, the benefits to our company will be significant, not only in allowing us to participate in one of China's largest industries, but also to substantially increase the net margin across our platform. I am therefore increasingly excited about both the future additional revenues and profits that our new relationship with Xinhuatong through NewNet will bring to the Group.

"The Board is hopeful that this repositioning of the Group will help us attain a new industry classification on AIM and in due course on NASDAQ which will reflect our future revenue streams and better positions the Company in a sector with similar high growth technology companies."

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Mr Dong Jinhua, Founder and Chief Executive of Xinhuatong, said:

"We are delighted to be strengthening and deepening our very important relationship with NewNet, which has been very successful to date. We look forward to extending our partnership with all parties as we work together to capitalise on several exciting opportunities in some of China's fastest growing industries, supported by our plans to develop one of the country's largest data platforms."

New Group Name and Rebranding

The Board believes that the proposed name change to BNN Technology, and rebranding that will follow, reflects the Chinese heritage and identity of the Group, as well as the completion of its transformation from lottery specialist to broad-based technology platform provider, with capabilities in mobile payment facilitation, mobile content and data management.  The name change has been timed to take place ahead of the Group's secondary listing on NASDAQ and it will promote a single identity to all of its stakeholders in China, the US, the UK and beyond.

A circular has been posted today to Shareholders to convene a general meeting to vote on and, if thought fit, approve the resolution proposing the change of name. The circular will be made available shortly on the Company's website and will provide the necessary information to Shareholders on how they can vote.  The general meeting will take place at the offices of Eversheds LLP, One Wood Street, London, EC2V 7WS on 7 October 2016 at 1 p.m.

As part of our re-branding, we are launching a new mission statement which is below.  We are also launching a new website which is due to be launched by mid-November.

New Mission Statement:

"Our mission is to enrich the lives of Chinese consumers, by utilising our technology to enable our partners to deliver first class value added services, content and new and evolving opportunities.

Alongside our partners we are committed to the betterment of Chinese citizens by delivering practical services, information and social participation programmes.  We are at the centre of the Chinese consumer's shift to a cashless society accelerated by mobile adoption.  At our core, we are a technology company that processes high volumes of transactions and delivers content. We have diversified our platform to process transactions and deliver content for partners ranging from public utility providers to banks, and online portals.

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The Chinese consumer shift to 'life on mobile' is only just beginning.  We aspire to enrich the lives of Chinese citizens and grow with China and our public and private sector partners by enabling more rural and urban communities across the country to access exclusive content and pay for more services online."

NewNet strategic investment in Xinhuatong and Repositioning

Beijing NewNet Science & Technology Development Co., Ltd ("NewNet") has agreed to acquire a 10% stake in Xinhuatong Network Co., Ltd. ("Xinhuatong").  Xinhuatong is a software development company and has the exclusive rights for payment processing and other key services on the Xinhua News mobile app.  Mr Dong Jinhua, a director of the Company, is also founder and CEO of Xinhuatong.   The key elements of the investment comprise:

  • A RMB 20m cash payment by NewNet (approximately GBP 2.3 million)
  • The transfer of NewNet's lottery assets, including technology, existing lottery JVs, lottery focused employees and unique content, into Xinhuacai.  Xinhuacai is a joint venture between NewNet and Xinhuatong, in which NewNet has a 49% stake and DJI provides technology to the joint venture
  • DJI will make available to NewNet, Xinhuacai and Xinhuatong its robust and secure technology platform and its sports content resources, including exclusive agreements with leading international football clubs

 

By making this investment and transfer of assets, NewNet, as the business partner and distributor of DJI in China, has significant potential for enhancing long-term shareholder value at DJI:

  • Xinhuatong is in the process of applying for a national payment processing licence.   If successful this gives Xinhuatong, and its partners, greater access to the rapidly growing mobile payments market in China worth USD235bn[1] in 2015, more than double the previous year's figure and expected to see significant growth over the coming years
  • With DJI providing the technology platform to Xinhuatong through NewNet, it potentially gives the company a foothold in another sizeable part of the Chinese payments value chain
  • If the licence application is successful, which would not be likely until 2017, as the technology platform provider it will increase DJI's share of wallet in a bigger and higher margin part of the payments market.  It is expected that it would also multiply the commission received on any new future payment services
  • In addition, Xinhuatong has strong commercial relationships in further consumer-facing service sectors attractive to DJI's technology, not least the retail insurance industry

 

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Furthermore, it is hoped that NewNet's transfer of assets into Xinhuacai will enable the enlarged Xinhuacai to be better positioned in the lottery market as it awaits new regulation and seeks new opportunities.  DJI, as the technology, sports content and game content provider to both NewNet and Xinhuacai, should therefore see greater long term prospects out of NewNet's investment.

NASDAQ Update

Our intention was to complete the NASDAQ listing by the end of this quarter, however due to the changes in the Groups business model in 2016 we have delayed making the application until the pivot to a technology company was complete.

Following a successful shareholder vote on the Group's proposed change of name, DJI will begin its application for the secondary listing on NASDAQ. Two successful submissions are required: one to the NASDAQ exchange and a second, "F-1" application, to the US Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), with the latter being a detailed prospectus.  The Board have the intention to complete the application as quickly as the process will allow, however we will provide ongoing updates as we progress.

Importantly, and consistent with the Group's repositioning, we will be seeking a new industry classification on AIM and in due course NASDAQ, which will place us among a high growth peer group of companies.  Industry classifications are awarded according to a company's predominant source of revenue. Going forward for the Group, this will be the utilisation of its technology platform in payments, providing mobile content and data services.

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In compliance with US best practice in corporate governance, it is the Directors' intention to strengthen the Group's Board, increasing its number of experienced and commercial non-executive directors. Announcement on Board changes will be made in due course.

Appointment of Brunswick

DJI Holdings is delighted to announce our new corporate relations adviser Brunswick Group.  Brunswick is a global firm with 23 offices worldwide and has extensive experience working in the technology and financial services sector, with multi-national clients in China, UK and the US.

Interim Results

DJI Holdings will announce its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2016 on 30 September 2016.

SOURCE: DJI Holdings.

 

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Industry Leaders Confirm Their Attendance at MiGS16

John Andrews, Consulting Editor of Economist, is this year’s Keynote Speaker

MALTA (September 28, 2016) - MiGS16, the top iGaming conference in Malta for C-Level management is once again attracting the best crop in the universal igaming industry. To date some of the world’s top management operators, service providers, regulatory bodies and legal firms have confirmed their participation in this three-day conference, which will be taking place between the 7th and 9th November 2016 at the Grand Masters Suite, Hilton Malta.

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Together with top notch participants, the organisers have recently confirmed John Andrews, consulting editor of the Economist and author of the bestseller, “The World in Conflict ” as the keynote speaker for this year’s event.  On the day after the US presidential election, the veteran political journalist will be examining the challenges that await the new leader of the world's superpower and the political, social and economic pressures that will test governments from post-Brexit Europe to a China-dominated Asia.

Mark Blandford, Founder of Sportingbet plc and speaker on the panel “Century of Gaming” at MiGS last year said “I’m looking forward to this year’s MiGS.  I attended this seminar for the first time in 2015 and found it really useful both for networking with Malta based suppliers and also from other suppliers worldwide.”

This year’s agenda has been compressed into two full days, together with a welcome reception during the Battle of Malta Poker tournament on the eve, several other networking opportunities including the first ever iGaming Awards for employees entitled iGaming idol and the popular closing party on the final night. 

The Malta Gaming Authority and Malta Tourism Authority have also confirmed their support towards this premium event.  Mr Joseph Cuschieri, Executive Chairman of the MGA recently endorsed MIGS as one of the top events he has attended in Europe in terms of quality speakers, content as well as participants.  He said that “MIGS has been instrumental in placing Malta on the map as a destination for a quality iGaming conference. Their consistent contribution to the industry in delivering valuable content, networking opportunities through their high caliber speakers and attendees is one of the best platforms for international executives to network, learn and share relevant information and knowledge.”

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The Hon Chris Cardona, Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Business, Anatoliy Knyazev, Founder of BitCoin, Joseph Cuschieri, Executive Chairman of MGA, Martin Dreymann, Co-Founder of Ebettle, Mark Blandford, Founder of Sportingbet plc, Martha Sabol, Co-Chair Gaming Practice and Tim Rehder, CEO of Cubits, amongst others, will provide their insights into this year’s theme entitled “Navigating Unchartered Waters”. 

The topics being debated are growing costs from regulators, taxation, virtual currencies, player reactivation, eSports, Brexit and an IMGL Master Class that will cover new and changing markets amongst others.

Day 1 will be chaired by world iGaming expert Michael Caselli, while Day 2 will be chaired by iGaming Veteran AJ Thompson.

Sue Schneider, conference chair and iGaming veteran said that “MiGS16 was developed by professionals for professionals, it stands alone in terms of quality of content, speakers and networking.  Anyone serious about moving the industry or their operation forward will materially benefit from attending”.

The MiGS16 conference agenda evolves and improves every year utilizing input from trusted authorities, feedback from past attendees and the global industry at large.  One of the major elements that attract delegates to MiGS is the ability of the organisers to be innovative with their content delivery and networking, whilst the event annually retains the same high calibre expertise and experience with a major part of their annual speaker line-up being different. Over 93% of past delegates have expressed their intention to attend the next seminar.

For more information about attending MiGS16 go to www.maltaigamingseminar.com or send an email to info@maltaigamingseminar.com.

SOURCE: Malta iGaming Seminar (MiGS16).

 

 

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Welcome to the 2016 NASPL Business Development and Product Innovations Conference!

The Georgia Lottery Corporation and NASPL are very excited to host this year's event in the city of Atlanta, Georgia.
Our theme is "E is for Experiential!" In an all-new conference format, we will discuss the growing importance of creating a closer bond between the consumer and the brand by immersing them in memorable brand experiences at each stage of their path to purchase. We have a stellar lineup of speakers representing many major brands -- they will give riveting presentations!

Kathryn Cleary leads a team responsible for growing emerging verticals within the U.S. Market Development team of MasterCard. This strategic role works directly with merchants, acquirers and third party processors to gain card acceptance and to increase MasterCard market share within the key verticals. Cleary will detail how the lottery industry can engage with a cashless society during the 2016 NASPL Conference.
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