International Game Technology PLC Appoint Fabio Celadon As
Senior Vice President, Gaming Portfolio
LONDON, UK (April 24, 2017) --
International Game Technology PLC (NYSE:IGT) ("IGT") announced the appointment
of Fabio Celadon as Senior Vice President, Gaming Portfolio. Reporting to IGT
PLC CEO Marco Sala, he will be responsible for five primary areas within IGT's
Gaming organization: technological advancements and market and competitive
trends; global research, development, and delivery consolidation, and related
allocation of budgets and resources; content portfolio evolution; hardware and
content roadmaps consolidation and execution; and product performance and
IGT is the global leader in gaming.
We enable players to experience their favourite 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...
"Fabio brings more than 15 years
of global gaming experience and expertise working in various management
capacities at IGT and its legacy companies," said IGT PLC CEO Marco
Sala. "His operational experience, coupled with his global perspective
and in-depth knowledge of the gaming industry having overseen the Strategy,
Competitive Intelligence, and Mergers & Acquisitions organizations for the
Company, makes him ideally suited to lead the Gaming Portfolio group for
Mr. Celadon most recently served as
Managing Director, IGT Greater China and Senior Vice President, IGT
International. In this role, he was responsible for managing IGT's business and
operations across lotteries, video lotteries, sports betting and interactive,
and mobile gaming in Greater China. He was also responsible for the strategic
development of IGT's business in Greater China, India, and Japan.
During his tenure with IGT and its
predecessor companies, Mr. Celadon served as Senior Vice President of Group
Strategy and Corporate Development for GTECH S.p.A., where he was responsible
for evaluating strategic growth initiatives and mergers and acquisitions.
In addition, he has held several
strategy, corporate development, and finance positions including CFO of
Lottomatica from 2002 to 2004. Following the acquisition of GTECH by
Lottomatica, he relocated to the U.S. where he held the position of GTECH Vice
President of New Market Development.
Prior to joining Lottomatica, Mr.
Celadon was a partner with Atlantis Capital Partners, a private equity firm,
and prior to that, he worked for Morgan Stanley in London in the mergers and
acquisitions department. He holds a Law Degree from LUISS Guido Carli
University in Rome and an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York. He and
his family will be relocating to Las Vegas, Nevada.
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 over 12,000 employees. For more information, please visit:
Robert K. Vincent,
toll free in U.S./Canada (844)
IGT-7452; outside U.S./Canada (401) 392-7452
T: (401) 392-7190
Italian media inquiries,
T: (+39) 06 51899030
Lottery Game Highlights Ohio-Made Products and Fun
CLEVELAND, Ohio (April 21, 2017) --
There are many places to explore without ever leaving Ohios borders, and
the Ohio Lottery is launching a limited run game that gives players the chance
to win great Buckeye State experiences.
The EZPlay® Discover Ohio game
launches on April 23 with sales ending June 11. Players can win up to
$10,000 or reveal a camper symbol to enter their ticket through MyLotto
Rewards for a chance to win Ohio based prizes and outdoor experiences.
The Ohio Lottery has partnered with
Ohio companies, including Airstream, to give players the chance to win a first
class travel trailer to explore the state. One lucky player will win an
Airstream 25' Front Bedroom Flying Cloud Camper. The second tier prize is an
Airstream Base Camp Camper. Both campers are manufactured at Airstreams
plant in Jackson Center, Ohio.
Were always excited
to offer new games, and this one gives us the chance to show off some of the
great tourist destinations and resources we have here in our state,
Ohio Lottery Director Dennis Berg said.
Additionally, five winners will be
selected for an Ohio adventure pack which includes an Ohio Department of
Natural Resources State Park gift certificate, four passes for Cedar Point in
Sandusky, four passes for Kings Island in Cincinnati, a Visa gift card, a gas
gift card and gift certificates for popular water parks and science centers
across the state.
Ten winners will win an Ohio
Department of Natural Resources State Park gift certificate, four passes for
Cedar Point in Sandusky, four passes for Kings Island in Cincinnati, a Visa
gift card and a gas gift card.
Discover Ohio is a $5 EZPlay®
game that can be purchased at any Ohio Lottery retailer. Sales begin April 23
and end June 11.
For more information about the Ohio
Lottery and its contribution to education, visit:
CONTACT: Danielle Frizzi-Babb,
or the Office of Communications, 216-774-5685.
SOURCE: Ohio Lottery.
Interactive Has Three Games in iGaming Tracker's Top 10; Rainbow Riches Ranks
LAS VEGAS, NV (April 20, 2017) --
SG Interactive, a division of Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS)
("Scientific Games" or the "Company"), saw three fan-favorite titles, Rainbow
Riches, Rainbow Riches Pick 'n' Mix and Spartacus Gladiator of Rome, in iGaming
Tracker's top 10 slot rankings, demonstrating the Company's unparalleled
expanse of distribution in the UK marketplace.
Rainbow Riches, the Company's
flagship title in the UK and one of the best-performing gaming slot brands in
the UK marketplace, rose to No. 1 on the list, knocking out NetEnt's Starburst
and ending their five-month streak. Its sequel, Rainbow Riches Pick 'n' Mix,
landed in the seventh slot and Spartacus Gladiator of Rome in 10th.
Both Rainbow Riches and Rainbow
Riches Pick 'n' Mix are available in UK betting shops, while Spartacus
Gladiator of Rome can be found in UK betting shops and land-based casinos
globally. Making games accessible to players online, via mobile, and in retail
betting locations is a key strategy for Scientific Games. The Company's
omni-channel delivery empowers players to enjoy their favorite titles in their
preferred format and environment, driving the content to become staples in the
UK player community.
Barry Cottle, SG Interactive's Group
Chief Executive, said, "Earning three of 10 spots in this ranking is a
testament to the power of our brands and our omni-channel strategy. Our games
are recognizable, reliable, and, most importantly, fun for the players. When
they perform this well, it sends a message that we're the content provider of
choice for the UK marketplace. Our success in regulated European markets is
continually growing, and we look forward to keeping that momentum going."
SG Interactive continues to see
great success with the Rainbow Riches brand. Additional titles include Rainbow
Riches Reels of Gold, Rainbow Riches Leapin' Leprechauns and Rainbow Riches
Free Spins, which launched in March.
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.
Vice President, Investor
T: +1 702-532-7663
T: +1 702-532-7981
SOURCE: Scientific Games
Exciting Week at the Tennessee Lottery!
CASH 4 LIFE Winner of
$1,000 a Week for Life, 16 Winners of a Total of More than $3.1 Million, Two
$150,000 Powerball Winners
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (April 23,
2017) -- The Tennessee Lotterys Nashville headquarters was full of tears,
smiles and hugs during the past week from a seemingly endless stream of
winners. A few of these were:
- A Greeneville CASH 4 LIFE player became
Tennessees first winner of $1,000 a week for life
- 16 lucky players from throughout the state won a
total of more than $3.1 million by entering non-winning tickets into the
Lotterys Play It Again! drawing, including a $1 million
winner from Kingsport
- A Powerball player in Gainesboro and one in
Chattanooga won $150,000 each
- A Franklin Powerball player won $50,000
- A Cleveland player won $300,000 from the Jumbo
Jumbo Bucks instant game
- A Giant Jumbo Bucks player in LaVergne
won $150,000 A Johnson City player won $100,000 playing the Mighty Jumbo
Bucks instant game
- A Tennessee Cash player in Crossville won
and the list goes on!
This is a life-changing
experience, said Richard Ramsey of Madisonville, who won $200,000 by
entering a non-winning ticket into Play It Again! The
program gives players a second chance to win through drawings for cash prizes
held approximately every three months. Richard wasnt sure yet what he
would do with his prize, although a lunch celebration with family and friends
was at the top of his list.
For Victor and Charlene Johnson of
Memphis, a $200,000 win was icing on the cake of their upcoming 40th wedding
anniversary. Fourteen other Play It Again! winners won prizes ranging from
$1,000 to $1,000,000, for a total of more than $3.1 million.
About the Tennessee Education
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 $4
billion to fund designated education programs, including college grants and
scholarships, after-school programs and Tennessee Promise.
In addition to the educational
beneficiaries, players have won more than $11.3 billion in prizes and Lottery
retailers have earned more than $1 billion in retailer commissions.
For additional information, visit
tnlottery.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.
Have Fun. Play Responsibly. For more
information, please visit: www.tnlottery.com.
CONTACT: Kym Gerlock, 615-324-6556,
SOURCE: The Tennessee Lottery.
Laboratories International (GLI®) Authorized by Michigan Gaming Control
Board (MGCB) as Designated Test Laboratory for the State of
LAKEWOOD, NJ (April 26, 2017)
Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) was recently authorized by the
Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) as a designated test laboratory for the
State of Michigan, effective July 1, 2017.
The MGCB is prepared to receive the
test results on electronic gaming devices or associated equipment that GLI
submits on behalf of manufacturers and suppliers. Test results for the
following will be accepted by the State of Michigan:
- Games and game variation
- Gaming devices and gaming device modifications
- Gaming associated equipment and gaming associated
- Cashless wagering systems and cashless wagering
- Inter-casino linked systems and inter-casino linked
- Mobile gaming systems and mobile gaming system
- Interactive gaming systems and interactive gaming
GLIs Vice President of
Government Relations and General Counsel Kevin P. Mullally said, We
are grateful for the opportunity to work in a more integrated way with the
Michigan Gaming Control Board. This initiative allows us to combine GLIs
global resources with the excellent work of the MGCB staff to assist them in
their efforts of ensuring the integrity of gaming.
For more information, please visit
gaminglabs.com or contact your local Client Service Representative.
About Gaming Laboratories
Gaming Laboratories International,
LLC delivers the highest quality land-based, lottery and iGaming testing and
assessment services. GLIs 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
CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice
President of Global Marketing, T: +1 (702) 914-2220 or E:
SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories
Maryland Lottery Launch $30 Scratch-Off Game Featuring Pollard
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (April 25, 2017)
-- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (Pollard Banknote)
congratulates the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency (Maryland
Lottery) on the launch of its first $30 instant ticket, $2,000,000
Fortune, which was launched on February 27, 2017.
The Lottery has had success with
instant games at the $20 price point, and its premiere $30 ticket is also
proving to drive sales. A comparison of the five weeks before and after the
launch of $2,000,000 Fortune shows that the Lotterys overall Scratch-Off
ticket sales increased by 23% following its launch. Additionally, when
comparing the games first five weeks in the market to the same period the
previous year, Scratch-Off sales are an incredible 24% higher!
Higher price point tickets often
attract players looking for a premium play experience, and this 4 x
11 ticket is enhanced by Pollard Banknotes patented Scratch FX®
innovation, giving the game a vibrant gold shimmer. The design leverages the
popular cash theme, with cash symbols in the game play area, and images of
money flying in the background.
To further entice players,
$2,000,000 Fortune features exciting prize options, with an alluring $2 million
dollar top prize, highlighted in a bright callout that is outlined with Scratch
FX®. The ticket also features additional callouts promoting 40 chances to
win and over $90 million in total cash prizes. In addition, the game is
supported by POS materials promoting these exciting prize opportunities.
Pollard Banknote is excited
to continue working with the Maryland Lottery to expand its instant game
portfolio with the introduction of a $30 price point, said Matthew
Isaac, Director, Sales & Retail Development, Pollard Banknote. Our
Scratch FX® innovation is a proven driver of sales at all price points, and
though weve been the Lotterys primary instant ticket contractor for
over ten years, were happy to be able to offer the Lottery our continued
support with new strategies and innovative products that help the Lottery drive
sales that support good causes.
The Maryland Lottery and Gaming
Control Agency generates revenue to help support good causes within Maryland.
Since its inception in 1973, the Lottery has generated $15 billion in revenue
to the State and awarded more than $23.3 billion in prizes to players. In
fiscal year 2016 the Maryland Lottery contributed $569.8 million in revenue to
the states General Fund, which supports education, public health, public
safety, human resources, and the environment.
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:
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Chief Financial Officer,
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
SOURCE: Pollard Banknote
AB Release Interim Report JanuaryMarch 2017
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (April 20, 2017)
-- Quote from Per Eriksson, President and CEO:
We continued to deliver on
our growth strategy in the first quarter and revenues increased in line with
our earlier comments about the quarter. For the first time, NetEnts games
were launched on the regulated market in Mexico and the Company announced that
the first game for Virtual Reality (VR) will be developed in 2017. For the rest
of 2017, we see conditions for continued solid growth supported by new games,
increasing market shares in the UK, mobile growth, many new customers to be
launched and our ongoing expansion in North America.
First quarter 2017
- Revenues for the first quarter increased by 15.2%
to SEK 398 (345) million
- Operating profit amounted to SEK 136 (128) million,
an increase of 6.3%
- Operating margin was 34.2 (37.1)%
- Profit after tax amounted to SEK 124 (122) million,
an increase of 1.8%
- Earnings per share amounted to SEK 0.52 (0.51)
before and after dilution
- 15 new customer agreements were signed, a new
record, and six new customers casinos were launched
Important events in the first
- Games were launched with Codere on the regulated
market in Mexico
- NetEnt announced that it will develop its first VR
game and revealed two new branded game titles for 2017: Planet of the Apes and
- The Live Casino product offering was strengthened
with the launch of Common Draw Black Jack for mobile
Comments by Per Eriksson,
President and CEO:
A good start to 2017
The first quarter of 2017 featured
continued growth and exciting product news for NetEnt. Compared to the very
strong quarter of last year, revenues increased by 15.2 percent (13.0 percent
in euro terms) to 398 SEKm, which corresponds to our earlier comments about the
quarter. Operating profit increased by 6.3 percent to 136 SEKm and the
operating margin was 34.2 percent, compared to 37.1 percent in the same quarter
of last year. Costs increased in the quarter in line with previous
communication about the future, mainly due to higher office rents and IT costs.
The number of gaming transactions in our games amounted to 9.8 billion in the
first quarter, representing an increase of 11 percent compared to the first
quarter of last year. During the quarter, we signed 15 new customers, which is
the highest number ever, and launched 6 new customers. We follow our growth
strategy focusing on regulated markets and the expansion continues both in
Europe and outside of Europe. In January, we launched our games on the
regulated market in Mexico with Codere, one of the leading operators.
The UK continues to contribute
significantly to our growth and the potential is still significant, considering
our relatively low market share in what is by far Europes largest gaming
market. Mobile games also remain an important growth factor and accounted for
47 percent of revenues in the quarter.
Exciting product news
At ICE, the gaming industry trade
fair in London, we revealed several exciting product news. We announced that we
will develop our first game for the fast-growing Virtual Reality (VR) market,
based on our previous game success Gonzos Quest. I am convinced that VR
will play an important role in future gaming and I am really pleased that
NetEnt is at the forefront of this development. We also revealed two new
branded game titles for 2017 Planet of the Apes and Emojis®
well-known brands that we expect to turn into truly unique and thrilling games.
For Live Casino, we showcased our new mobile product, Common Draw Black Jack,
which is strengthening our mobile offering. We also revealed an entirely new
bonus function called Live Rewards, set to be launched in the second
The proposed new gaming legislation
in Sweden supports a sustainable gaming industry
In March, the gaming commission
presented its proposal for new gaming legislation in Sweden. Overall, the
proposal seems to set commercially viable conditions for industry participants
while at the same time opening up for new, substantial tax income for the
government. We welcome such a new legislation. A modern gaming legislation that
leads to a high channelization to regulated gaming forms creates a more secure
environment for both players and the industry. We intend to apply for a
B2B-license as an industry supplier. Over the years, NetEnt has invested and
built up an organization and the expertise to obtain and maintain gaming
licenses. NetEnt has licenses and certifications in many European countries
such as Denmark, UK, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Bulgaria, Italy, Belgium,
Estonia and Spain. Regulated markets are an important part of our growth and
sustainability strategies and no other gaming supplier is present on so many
regulated markets like we are.
For the rest of 2017, we see
conditions for continued solid growth supported by new games, increasing market
shares in the UK, mobile growth, many new customers to launch and our ongoing
expansion in North America. We continue to hire more employees and develop our
platform. We strengthen the organization to increase our production capacity,
enter more regulated markets and integrate a large number of new customers.
With this in mind, we foresee an ongoing need to invest during 2017. We do this
to enable continued solid growth with increasing economies of scale for NetEnt
going forward the future outlooks remains bright.
For additional information please
CONTACT: Per Eriksson, President and CEO, Phone: +46 8 5785 4500, E:
SOURCE: NetEnt AB (publ).
Launch First Rounds of Florida Lottery Work
Tampa agency off and
running with nation's second-largest lottery
TAMPA, Florida (April 20, 2017) --
Since taking over the $150 million Florida Lottery account in November of 2016,
Tampa advertising agency, PPK, has been hard at work, creating multiple
product-focused campaigns for the nation's second-largest lottery.
To date, PPK has produced work for
the new CASH4LIFE Draw Game, the 10-Million-Dollar World Class Cash
Scratch-Off, and the 1-OFF play type for Pick 2 and Pick 5 Draw Games.
The fully integrated campaigns cover
television, radio, digital, out-of-home, in-store and social executions.
"We're excited to elevate the
quality of work for the Florida Lottery," said Tom Kenney, President of
PPK. "We're also extremely proud to help them raise even more funds for
education throughout Florida in the near future."
Current work can be viewed at
uniteppk.com. Look for new Florida Lottery creative to continue launching
across the state of Florida in the upcoming months.
PPK is a Tampa-based, full-service
advertising agency and production company that helps clients develop creative
solutions for business challenges. From initial concepts to final placements,
PPK specializes in the full spectrum of development, deployment and testing.
For more information, please visit
About the Florida Lottery
The Florida Lottery is responsible
for contributing more than $30 billion to education and sending more than
750,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The
Florida Lottery reinvests 98 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy
through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and
transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than
$52.4 billion in prizes and made more than 1,900 people millionaires. For more
information, please visit www.flalottery.com
Senate Votes Unanimously To Confirm Terry Rich As Lottery
CLIVE, Iowa (April 20, 2017) --
Terry Richs re-appointment as CEO of the Iowa Lottery has been completed
and he will continue to lead the organization for another four years.
The Iowa Senate voted 50-0 Wednesday
to confirm Richs re-appointment. His current term as CEO ends April 30
and he now will serve another four-year term that begins May 1. Iowa Gov. Terry
Branstad had nominated Rich for re-appointment on March 1, sending the
nomination to the state Senate for its vote.
Rich has served as CEO of the Iowa
Lottery since February 2009. During his first two terms at the lottery, he also
served as president of the North American Association of State and Provincial
Lotteries (NASPL) in 2014-2015.
CONTACT: Mary Neubauer, office:
515-725-7906, E: email@example.com.
SOURCE: Iowa Lottery.
Betsoft Gaming to Exhibit Newest Games at G2E Asia
CYPRUS (April 24, 2017) -- Industry
innovator Betsoft Gaming, creators of the blockbuster Slots3 collection
of true 3D video slots, have announced that they will have a prominent stand at
this year's G2E Asia conference. Located at stand number 1809, Betsoft will be
exhibiting many of the newest games in the Slots3 collection, including
FA-FA TWINS, THE SLOTFATHER: PART II and THE ANGLER. Betsofts new
Vault download client will also be showcased at the event. Vault
will enable players to download Betsoft games directly to their desktop
computer rather than accessing them via a browser, creating near instant load
G2E Asia is Asia's premier
conference for operators and suppliers in the ever-growing iGaming industry.
This annual event will be hosted at the Venetian Macao from 16-18 May 2017. G2E
Asia boasts an attendance rate of over 95% of casino operators from all across
the continent, all converging for the latest developments and advances in
technology in the iGaming market. G2E Asia 2017 is expected to have exceptional
Betsoft Gaming will be showcasing
several of their latest Slots3 games, most notably among them THE
SLOTFATHER: PART II. This long-awaited sequel to the original smash hit THE
SLOTFATHER brings back the iconic characters of the seedy underworld, and
features an exciting bonus round where players can claim their own cut of the
Slotfathers ill-won earnings. Also to be shown is gorgeous, anime-styled
FA-FA TWINS, which pays 243 ways and is dominated by a special functionality
where reels will synchronise with adjacent reels to provide many opportunities
for winning. THE ANGLER, the newest addition to the Slots3 family, is
centered around a burly fisherman and a unique fishing mini game, where players
can fish up bonus credits.
"We always look forward to
attending G2E Asia," said Mark McKeown, Betsoft's VP of Sales and
Marketing. "This is an unmatched opportunity to let our Slots3 product
shine for the show's attendees. We are pleased to introduce Vault, our
new download client, as we believe it will create a better experience for all
players of Betsoft games. Our stand, 1809, at G2E Asia 2017 will be exhibiting
the best games available in the market today, alongside Vault, and we are
proud to offer these creations to the show's attendees as a taste of what
Betsoft has to offer."
About Betsoft Gaming:
Betsoft Gaming, broadly known as the
innovator and leader of true 3D cinematic gaming, is a Tier One developer and
provider of complete system online gaming software. With a game library of over
180 games including the iconic Slots3 series, Betsoft Gaming has met and
exceeded the quality found in console video games and animated feature films.
Starting in 2012, Betsoft initiated a concentrated push into the mobile gaming
sector, with many of their popular Slots3 games becoming available as the
ToGo collection. Betsoft began releasing the highly anticipated
Slots3 Interactive line of games in mid-2013, representing the
future of online slots gaming. Betsoft Gaming's extensive portfolio of clients
includes some of the top gaming operations in the industry.
For more information, please contact
Betsoft Gamings sales team at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
SOURCE: Betsoft Gaming.
Yggdrasil to Launch Revamped Platform iSENSE
MALTA (April 21, 2017) -- Yggdrasil
Gaming has announced it will launch a revamped version of its HTML client
framework over the coming weeks, with a host of upgrades designed to enhance
the user experience.
iSENSE 2.0+ will go fully live in
the summer, although some features will be available earlier on new titles,
including the upcoming Power Plant.
The upgrades include a new,
minimalistic UI for both mobile and desktop, that has been designed with a
sleek and modern feel in step with the latest trends in mobile app
From a UX perspective, the upgraded
framework facilitates in-game deposits, allowing players to go to the deposit
screen with a single click without leaving the game client.
Future games, starting with Power
Plant, will also support Retina Display screens and Force Touch, meaning
Yggdrasils renowned visuals will look even crisper on high definition
There will also be new splash
screens later in the year, based off formulas that have proved successful in
Krzysztof Opałka, Chief Product
Officer at Yggdrasil Gaming, said: iSENSE 2.0+ is yet another
game-changer from Yggdrasil, so we are delighted to announce its upcoming
Several of the new features
are already available for operators to trial, and we will be rolling out the
full framework in the coming months.
We are always looking at
ways to enhance the user experience, and iSENSE 2.0+ has been designed with
exactly this in mind.
Alongside the announced features,
iSENSE 2.0+ will continue to be upgraded, with the aim of keeping
Yggdrasils already popular UI at the pinnacle of both desktop and mobile
About Yggdrasil Gaming
Yggdrasil Gaming is a provider of
superior online and mobile casino games. It has emerged as one of the
industrys most respected and acclaimed suppliers and provides games for
some of the worlds biggest operators, including: bet365, Betsson Group,
bwin.party, Cherry, LeoVegas, Mr Green, Casumo and Unibet.
The company is headquartered in
Malta, with a major development office in Krakow, Poland and a regional office
in Gibraltar. The firm holds licences in Malta, Romania, Gibraltar and the
Yggdrasils slots are renowned
for their outstanding graphics and gameplay and many have become global hits.
They are integrated via the industry-changing iSENSE 2.0 HTML5 framework which
allows for simultaneous launches on desktop and mobile, and are supported by
BOOST, a collection of promotional tools focused on engagement and
retention via concepts such as Super Free Spins, Missions and Cash Race,
and BRAG, an industry-first concept which allows for the promotion of games via
iSENSE 2.0 boasts a number of
industry-leading features including 16:9 aspect ratio, blazing-fast loading
times, a slick UI, advanced localisation, fast-play mode, a no screensaver mode
on mobile and games which can continue to play in an inactive tab.
Yggdrasil was the winner of
Innovator of the Year at the 2017 International Gaming Awards, Slot Provider of
the Year at the 2016 EGR B2B Awards, Gaming Software Supplier of the Year at
the 2016 International Gaming Awards and Software Rising Star at the 2015 EGR
SOURCE: Yggdrasil Gaming.
Authority Tightened Approach to Advertising Online
The Hague (April 24, 2017) -- The
Dutch Gaming Authority tightened its approach to advertising on Internet
gambling without a license. Under pressure from the Gaming Authority removed
now ten advertisers their illegal advertising on the Internet.
The Gaming Authority operates in the
enforcement of the principles that apply to providers of illegal remote
gambling (online). She continues this heightened enforcement to continually
reduce advertising on internet gambling online.
Vice Chairman Mr. HW (Henk) Kesler
of the Gaming Authority: "By advertising to combat illegal gambling online we
can as far as possible to reduce the risks involved, such as gambling
Major powers for
The Gaming Authority looks forward
to further consideration by the Senate of Parliament of the bill Remote Gaming
(KOA). This bill would allow online gambling under strict conditions which have
a license. Kesler: "As long as the legislature does not allow online
gambling can we not bound by strict rules to protect players. In addition, the
bill contains important additional powers for effective enforcement of laws and
regulations," said Kesler.
"Maintaining based prioritization
is now clear. Providers know very well how things stand. We therefore focus our
attention now on advertisements for illegal games that are posted on websites.
And that approach is successful, judging by the reaction of advertisers who
obtained illegal advertising on the internet."
The Gambling Authority does not that
easy. Everything is designed to protect consumers. Kesler: "We want to make
it harder for consumers become addicted to this. We therefore hold of the
promoters or affiliates' online gambling on. We previously have done in the
(illegal) gokapps we have removed from the app store last year. Advertising is
prohibited from illegal gambling. Moreover, we have a special advertising
Guidelines clear rules on what is and is not the advertising of gambling."
Kesler decision: "Follow the guidelines for advertising. If in doubt do not
About de Kansspelautoriteit (Gaming
As an independent regulator, the
Gaming Authority monitors a safe and reliable gaming offerings. it fights
illegal and criminal forms of gambling. it also protect consumers against
misleading and include gambling goes against.
Florida Lottery Sets New March Record for Contributions to
Second Highest Month in
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (April 24,
2017) -- The Florida Lottery today announces a new March record of $156 million
in contributions to the states Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF);
bringing the Lotterys total contributions to education for fiscal year
2016-17 to $1.2 billion with three months remaining in the current fiscal year.
This marks the 15th consecutive year that the Lottery has generated more than
$1 billion for Floridas students and schools.
The Lotterys sole
mission is to generate funds for students and schools in Florida, but we could
not reach these remarkable contributions without the support of our dedicated
players and loyal retailers, said Florida Lottery Secretary Tom
Delacenserie. Every time someone purchases a Florida Lottery product,
from the panhandle to the keys, theyre contributing to education in
Florida and that truly is a win for everyone.
This transfer marks the largest
contribution to the EETF this fiscal year, and the second largest single-month
contribution to the EETF in Lottery history behind January 2016 when transfers
reached $238 million during the world-record $1.58 billion POWERBALL jackpot.
Over the past 29 years, the Florida
Lottery has established itself as a dependable funding source for public
education, while remaining one of the most efficient lotteries in the nation.
Additionally, the Lottery has contributed more than $5 billion to the Bright
Futures Scholarship Program to send over 750,000 students to college.
Florida Lottery contributions
represent approximately six percent of the state's total education budget.
Lottery funds are appropriated by the Florida Legislature and are administered
by the Florida Department of Education.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY
The Florida Lottery is responsible
for contributing more than $31 billion to education and sending more than
750,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The
Florida Lottery reinvests 98 percent of its revenue back into Floridas
economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida
retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have
paid more than $52.4 billion in prizes and made more than 1,900 people
For more information, please visit:
CONTACT: Florida Lottery
Communications, T: (850) 487-7727, Web:
SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.
Nebraska Lottery to Join Lucky for Life®
The Game of a
Lifetime® offers a top prize of $1,000 a day for
LINCOLN, NE (April 24, 2017) --
Starting in August, Nebraska Lottery players will be able to play Lucky for
Life, a multi-state Lotto game offered by 23 lotteries across the United
Lucky for Life is a $2 Lotto game
with a top prize of $1,000 a day for life. Tickets will go on sale at retailers
across Nebraska on August 20.
There are many details yet
to be determined, but we are excited to add Lucky for Life to our product
lineup, said Brian Rockey, Nebraska Lottery Director. The
prizes are unique and contrast well with our existing Lotto games. We think our
players will appreciate the opportunity to win a prize that will last their
lifetime. Plus, a portion of every ticket sold goes to support good causes
Proceeds from the sale of Lottery
tickets benefit the environment, education, the Nebraska State Fair, and
compulsive gamblers assistance. Over $637 million has been raised for the
Nebraska Lotterys beneficiary funds since the Lottery began in 1993.
Each Lucky for Life play costs $2.
Players select five white ball numbers from 1 to 48, and one yellow
lucky ball number from 1 to 18 for one play. To win the $1,000 a
day for life top prize, players must match all six winning numbers. A second
prize of $25,000 a year for life can be won by matching all five white ball
numbers. Other cash prizes range from $5,000 to $3. More information is
available at the official Lucky for Life website, LuckyforLife.us.
The odds of winning the $1,000 a day
for life prize are 1 in 30,821,472, while the overall odds of winning any prize
are 1 in 7.8. For Life prizes can be paid as an annuity for the
length of a winners natural life, or as a lump sum payment. A minimum of
20 years worth of payments is guaranteed with the annuity option.
Lucky for Life drawings are held
every Monday and Thursday night at 9:38 p.m. (CT). Winning numbers will be
available at the Nebraska Lottery website, nelottery.com, and on the Nebraska
Lottery Players Hotline at 800-224-LUCK (402-471-6139 in Lincoln).
The 23 lotteries currently offering
Lucky for Life are: Arkansas Lottery; Colorado Lottery; Connecticut Lottery
Corporation; D.C. Lottery & CGCB; Delaware State Lottery; Idaho Lottery;
Iowa Lottery; Kansas Lottery; Kentucky Lottery Corporation; Maine Lottery;
Massachusetts Lottery; Michigan Lottery; Minnesota State Lottery; Missouri
Lottery; Montana Lottery; North Carolina Education Lottery; North Dakota
Lottery; New Hampshire Lottery; Ohio Lottery; Rhode Island Lottery; South
Carolina Education Lottery; Vermont Lottery; and the Wyoming Lottery.
The mission of the Nebraska Lottery
is to generate proceeds for good causes while providing quality entertainment
options to Nebraskans. All 93 counties in Nebraska have benefited from projects
funded with these Nebraska Lottery proceeds.
CONTACT: Neil Watson, Phone: (402)
471-6120, Mobile: (402) 560-4580, E: email@example.com.
SOURCE: Nebraska Lottery.
GamCrowd Officially Launch Tech Week After Agreeing New
Innovative Partnership with Clarion Gaming
LONDON, UK (April 24, 2017) --
GamCrowd, the home of the gambling tech sector, is pleased to announce a new
strategic partnership has been agreed with Clarion Gaming, while also unveiling
the exciting launch of GamCrowd Tech Week.
GamCrowd Tech Week, which will be
held during London Tech Week on the 12th-16th June at the Hippodrome Casino,
Leicester Square, builds on the success of the inaugural conference in
The aim of the week is to build the
profile of the ever-expanding gamtech sector and, at the same time, create an
interface between the gambling industrys thought leaders and other tech
sectors, so the industry can help prepare for the fourth industrial
The action-packed week builds on
last years conference, where the GamCrowd team have expanded the event to
bring in experts from all tech sectors, including gambling, to share their
knowledge and experience.
Over 300 technical and gaming
industry leaders will be in attendance and in addition to the central
conference day there will be an AI meet-up, Digital Transformation chat,
Blockchain briefing and gamtech city tour amongst the agenda.
Some of the industrys best and
brightest talents will be at the forefront of Tech Week, with expert speakers
being welcomed from all different parts of the gaming sector, as GamCrowd
showcases breakthrough technologies that are transforming gambling.
The agreement with Clarion marks the
continued growth of GamCrowd, as they will now feature weekly on Totally Gaming
and monthly in iGaming Business magazine to provide a leading voice and opinion
on technology in the gaming sector.
Their relationship began back in
2014 after GamCrowd became a supporting partner for Clarions Start-Up
LaunchPad and Start-Up Village at EiG and GiGSE and organised the successful
Pitch ICE event.
Chris North, Managing Director and
co-founder of GamCrowd, said: Its truly an exciting time for
GamCrowd, as we announce our new partnership with Clarion Gaming, the
industrys leading event organisers, and the launch of GamCrowd Tech
Weve quickly positioned
ourselves at the forefront of the gambling tech sector and Tech Week just goes
to show how fast were expanding as a brand and we cant wait to see
what the rest of 2017 holds for GamCrowd.
Kate Chambers, Managing Director of
Clarion Gaming Division, said: Its been a real pleasure to work
alongside GamCrowd for the past three years, so to expand our relationship is
the next natural step for both brands.
We welcome any opportunity to
be involved in initiatives which showcase the gambling tech sector and which
introduce new tech to the industry, so for Clarion, it was a
For more information CONTACT:
GamCrowd MD Chris North, email firstname.lastname@example.org
About us GamCrowd
GamCrowd, the home of the gambling
tech sector was founded in 2013 when Chris North and Ian Hogg, two experienced
gambling industry entrepreneurs, launched the first crowdfunding and
crowdsourcing platform for the gambling industry.
Adjusting its model to respond to
the market, GamCrowd closed the crowdfunding element of the business in late
2015. It now focuses on promoting the gambling technology sector to the wider
tech community and covering tech trends that could be applied or disrupt the
GamCrowd is actively involved in
start-up and early stage business-focused events, including GamCrowd Pitch
ICE. GamCrowd is the global tech partner to Clarion gaming and also
supports the Launch Pad events at GIGSE and EIG run by its partner Clarion
addition, GamCrowds Tech Week
part of London Tech Week looks at promoting the gambling technology sector to
the wider tech community and to promote new tech trends back to the gambling
Lottery Launches First New Product Since the Year 1753
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (April 24, 2017)
-- One of the worlds oldest lotteries Det Danske Klasselotteri A/S
launches Genera Network's lottery format Nabor® under the local name
Nabolotteriet. The Danish lotterys first new product for more than 263
years will bring a new level of innovation for players and pick the fight in
the highly competitive Danish gaming market.
The product launch is the fifth
implementation of Nabor, which sets a world record in number of markets for a
lottery format. In 2016, more than 500000 players tried Nabor with
revenue exceeding 50 million for Genera Networks licensees.
As Genera Networks CEO Rickard
Strömberg states: Nabolotteriet will be a new lottery experience
fully integrated with Social Media, which will make it the choice of a new
generation of lottery players. Thats how we convinced Det Danske
Klasselotteri to launch their first new game in 260 years.
As of 24th April 2017, all Danes can
purchase Nabolotteriet on their smartphones or on the lotterys website
(www.nabolotteriet.dk). The first draw will take place on May 7th 2017 and
every week after that at least one new millionaire will be found.
Danes are recognized among
the happiest people in the world and now the Danish players want to
share their happiness between each other. In Nabolotteriet players win together
with their neighbours, which makes the social element a key part,
says Elisabeth Rask Jørgensen, CEO of Det Danske Klasselotteri A/S.
"We will continue to build our
success with Nabor, the worlds most licensed lottery format" says
Rickard Strömberg of Genera Networks. Nabor has in less than
three years generated over 3,4 million prizes in Scandinavia. We are very eager
to continue this success story in Denmark.
For more information about
Nabolotteriet, please refer to:
About Genera Networks
Genera Networks is a provider of
innovative lottery formats and gaming solutions. Genera works with regulated
operators to develop games that are unique in their combination of simplicity,
high entertainment value, broad distribution, and attractive winnings. The
lotteries are designed for the latest technology to reach both existing and new
target groups via internet, social media, mobile, web-TV and traditional TV, as
well as through traditional lottery retailers.
SOURCE: Genera Networks.
Fines Approved By the PA Gaming Control Board
HARRISBURG, PA (April 26, 2017) --
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today levied fines totaling $45,000
against two casinos for violations.
The fines were the result of Board
approvals at its public meeting of consent agreements between the PGCBs
Office of Enforcement Counsel and:
- SugarHouse HSP Gaming, LP, operator of the
SugarHouse casino in Philadelphia, which was fined $30,000 for regulatory
violations involving its surveillance operational protocols; and
- IOC-PA, LLC, operator of the Lady Luck Casino
Nemacolin in Fayette County, which was fined $15,000 for an instance in which
casino personnel failed to notify the Board and law enforcement of a patron who
was overserved alcohol.
The fine approved against SugarHouse
HSP Gaming, LP stemmed from findings by the PGCBs Bureau of Gaming
Operations during a regulatory compliance assessment audit. A subsequent
investigation found that SugarHouse Casino personnel violated internal controls
when they failed to enter or timely enter security department notifications of
surveillance camera malfunctions, failed to ensure proper log in procedures
were followed, and failed to ensure that system modifications operated
The fine against IOC-PA, LLC was the
result of a failure by Lady Luck Casino employees to provide proper
notification of the removal from the gaming floor of a patron who displayed
signs of intoxication after having been served twelve alcoholic beverages over
an approximate 8 hour period.
The next meeting of the Pennsylvania
Gaming Control Board is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 17, 2017 in
the PGCBs Public Hearing Room located on the second floor of Strawberry
Square in Harrisburg.
About the Pennsylvania Gaming
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control
Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of the states 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 approximately $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.
Additional information about both
the PGCBs regulatory efforts and Pennsylvanias 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, T: (717) 346-8321.
SOURCE: Pennsylvania Gaming