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Vol. 94 No.11 - Monday March 15, 2021

 

 

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Totalizator Sportowy Sums Up 2020 - Record-Breaking Subsidies for the Development of Polish Sport and Culture

 

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POLAND (March 8, 2021) -- For another year in a row, Totalizator Sportowy has donated the highest-ever subsidies to number games and cash lotteries. In 2020, over PLN 1 billion was donated to sport and culture alone.

Polish sport and national culture received more money than in 2019. As the representatives of Totalizator Sportowy emphasize, thanks are due to LOTTO players, without whom there would be no increase in sales, and thus more funds going to the special purpose funds accounts.

In 2020, sales amounted to a total of PLN 15,380,989,795 (PLN 9,892,836,190 in 2019). If you add the record surcharges, which amounted to PLN 1,103,297,700 (PLN 1,101,023,321 in 2019), we are talking about revenues in the total amount of PLN 16,484,287,495 (PLN 10,993,859,511 in 2019).

The company also transferred a record PLN 1,182,819,491 in gaming tax (in 2019 it was PLN 1,082,373,529), not only once again exceeding the historical level of PLN 1 billion, but also transferring PLN 100 million more than in the year last. In total, revenues to the state budget in 2020 due to subsidies and tax on games amounted to PLN 2,286,117,191.

In January, a new game called Szyb 600 appeared at LOTTO points, which is also available at lotto.pl.

From the very beginning of a great popular were launched at the end of December, lotto.pl and card - a new segment LOTTO game. In the beginning, there were five cash lotteries (currently there are seven), which immediately won the sympathy of players. The first highest win, worth PLN 1,000,000, was won a few days after the start.

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A new website, lotto.pl , was also launched , and players using the mobile application were able to log in using a face image and fingerprint.

Last year was also important for customers of the only legal online casino in Poland, i.e. Total Casino. A live casino was introduced (April 2020), more payment methods, a refreshed website and a mobile application, as well as dozens of games, including from new providers.

On both platforms, a number of new bonuses have also been prepared for players and people who want to register.

It is worth reminding about the facilitation of registration of players playing both on lotto.pl and on the Total Casino website. It is about the mojeID service , introduced by Totalizator Sportowy thanks to cooperation with the National Clearing House. The owner of the LOTTO brand was the first company on the entertainment market to use mojeID.

In 2020, the company also launched over 350 new slot machine arcades outside of casinos - at the end of the year their number exceeded 520 throughout Poland. Totalizator Sportowy has thus become the largest legal operator of slot machine games in Poland.

A very important achievement last year was the selection of a new lottery platform provider, the implementation of which is currently underway, and the first phase will end in December 2021. The effect of this change will be a technological leap that will prepare the company for the future challenges and the changing needs of players. However, the approach of Totalizator Sportowy to the safety of the offered products will not change. This is confirmed by the Responsible Gaming certificate awarded in 2020, which for the first time covers not only the physical network of LOTTO points, but also the network of slot machine arcades and the e-commerce segment.

Let us also recall the launch of the ffVC Tech and Gaming fund. The fund was established on the initiative of Totalizator Sportowy and the managing partners of the American ffVC fund from New York with the support of PFR Ventures and the National Center for Research and Development. The goal is to invest up to PLN 100 million in startups from the gaming, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, drones, robotics, enterprise software, RegTech or FinTech industries.

Summing up the past year, one should also mention the Służewiec Horse Racing Track, which successfully opened and conducted the racing season. Importantly, horse racing started as the first sport discipline after the spring lockdown. In the 2020 season, 51 meetings were organized, and 459 races for thoroughbred English horses, Arabian horses, French trotters and half-bred horses. At the turn of August and September, Tor Służewiec also became the arena of struggles for the best Polish competitors in four equestrian competitions as part of Warsaw Jumping.

Totalizator Sportowy supports the fight against the pandemic

Totalizator Sportowy estimates that the total support provided for the fight against COVID-19 in 2020 amounted to over PLN 25 million. This amount includes mainly funds from the 10 percent transfer program from the sale of bets and lotto.pl tickets to fight the coronavirus and its consequences.

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The collected money supports institutions and projects that are part of the mission related to improving the health of Poles. So far, 17 medical facilities or institutions have used the funds. In addition, from the pool of PLN 5 million collected in this way, it went to the ministerial program Sports Holidays +, aimed at counteracting the negative effects of the pandemic in the field of mental and physical health of the youngest and supporting non-governmental organizations.

The amount of over PLN 25 million also includes a donation from March 2020 in the amount of PLN 4 million, provided through the LOTTO Foundation. Halina Konopacka to health care facilities. The funds were allocated to the purchase of specialist medical equipment and personal protection materials, which went to 8 hospitals: in Tychy, Lublin, Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Warsaw, Jarosław, Sanok, Poznań and Oświęcim. From this amount, the National Institute of Public Health - National Institute of Hygiene was also supported.

Additionally, through the LOTTO Foundation Halina Konopacka, 91 cars from the company's fleet were handed over, which were used to transport medical personnel, medicines and materials necessary to ensure the continuity of the functioning of medical and care facilities, as well as the evacuation of residents from nursing homes and other centers affected by coronavirus.

Regardless of the funds transferred above, the company joined the nationwide campaign # staywdomu, and initiated the proprietary program # MilionySposobówNaNudę, thanks to which, on a dedicated website, influencers and personalities from the world of sports encouraged responsible attitudes and creative spending of time at home.

Totalizator Sportowy also joined the organization of a temporary hospital for patients with COVID-19. The facility is being built in Radom.

65 years of playing together!

The year 2021 is a unique time in the history of Totalizator Sportowy - the company celebrates its 65th anniversary. In December 2020, the sports world was informed that   Robert Lewandowski, one of the best footballers in the world, became the Ambassador of the 65th Jubilee of Totalizator Sportowy . The motto of the celebrations is #WielkieChwile . The LOTTO brand also has its Ambassador. Last year it was Andrzej Bargiel. It is thanks to this cooperation that the #LOTTOBargielChallenge project was created.

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SOURCE: Totalizator Sportowy.

 

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Louisiana Lottery Announces Final Saints Second-Chance Drawing Entry Deadline

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (March 8, 2021) -- The Louisiana Lottery is making a final call for all New Orleans Saints fans to mail in at least $10 worth of nonwinning $5 Saints We Are Strong. We Are Loyal.

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We Are Family. and/or $2 Saints Geaux. Fight. Win. scratch-offs for its final second-chance drawing of the 2020 season to win a 2021 Saints Season Ticket Prize Package.

The two scratch-off games officially closed today. Players have until April 5 to enter any of their remaining nonwinning tickets from both games into the drawing and until July 3 to claim any instant prizes from either game.

During the final drawing, one entry will be randomly selected to win a 2021 Saints Season Ticket Prize Package, including four Plaza Sideline tickets and one parking pass to all preseason, regular season, and post-season home games in the 2021 football season; four pre-game field passes for preseason and regular season home games; and a VIP tour of the Saints practice facility. The winner and three guests will also receive round-trip limousine transportation to the Metairie facility (or overnight accommodations if the distance exceeds 75 miles) where they will view a team practice and have lunch in the team cafeteria.

To enter the final second-chance drawing, players should complete the information on the back of at least $10 worth of nonwinning $5 Saints We Are Strong. We Are Loyal. We Are Family. and/or $2 Saints Geaux. Fight. Win. scratch-off tickets and mail the entry in an envelope (no larger than 4.5" by 9.5") to the drawing address:

 

 

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P.O. Box 675

Port Allen, LA 70767

 

 

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Players can enter as many times as they wish, but each entry should be mailed in a separate envelope.

Complete game and second-chance drawing entry rules can be found on the Lottery's website, www.louisianalottery.com/saints.

Lottery ticket purchasers and second-chance drawing entrants must be at least 21 years of age.

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, help is available by calling 1-877-770-7867.

For security purposes, the Lottery encourages players to sign the back of their tickets immediately after purchasing.

The National Football League, its member professional football clubs, NFL Ventures, Inc., NFL Ventures, L.P., NFL Properties LLC, NFL Enterprises LLC and each of their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, shareholders, officers, directors, agents, representatives and employees (collectively, the NFL Entities) will have no liability or responsibility for any claim arising in connection with participation in this lottery or the prize awarded.

The NFL Entities have not offered or sponsored this lottery in any way.

SOURCE: Louisiana Lottery.

 

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Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Launches New Illuminating Conversations Streaming Series

 On-demand series features top gaming industry influencers

 LAKEWOOD, N.J.  (March 8, 2021) – What do the gaming industry’s top influencers and thought-leaders believe lies ahead? Get the inside view as Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) puts trailblazers in the spotlight in its new streaming series, Illuminating Conversations.

Hosted by GLI President/CEO James Maida, Illuminating Conversations is a monthly series of thought-provoking dialogs available on-demand at www.gaminglabs.com/illuminatingconversations

 

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“This is a time of significant change in the gaming industry and the world at large. We created the Illuminating Conversations series to bring gaming’s most innovative, ingenious and prescient leaders together for a discussion of what’s working now, what lies ahead in the near and distant future, and how we can work together to make the industry even better,” Maida said. “The series is meant to be informative and thought-provoking; we’ve been working hard to dig for deeper insights and fresh perspectives that we think will really be helpful to those in the industry.”

The Illuminating Conversations premiere episode stars Eilers & Krejcik’s Gaming Principal Todd Eilers in a discussion about the future of gaming in a post-pandemic world. What new tools have consumers been using to game during their time in isolation? How are regulators managing, monitoring, and controlling that behavior? Will funding shortages for states and tribes result in the opening of many more delivery channels for gaming products? The first episode is available for streaming on March 11 with answers to these questions and many others.

Subsequent episodes feature conversations with Jamaica Betting, Gaming Lottery Commission Executive Director Vitus Evans; NIGA Chairman Ernest Stevens, Jr.; and Managing Director of Gaming Consultants International Neil Spencer. More guests will be announced in the near future.

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“At GLI, each of our staff members in every one of our labs is doing everything possible to give our clients insight into existing and emerging jurisdictions worldwide and the newest technologies that will be deployed there. We are committed to ensuring clients have the information they need to confidently explore new business opportunities wherever they can be found, and the Illuminating Conversations series is part of that mission,” Maida said. “We want our clients to keep dreaming big, knowing that wherever their dreams take them, they will have a global partner ready to not only meet any challenge, but also to help them navigate the future of gaming. We’re excited about the future. We’re ready to go.”

About Gaming Laboratories International

Gaming Laboratories International, LLC is committed to delivering the highest quality land-based, lottery, and iGaming testing and assessment services around the world. GLI provides suppliers, operators, and regulators with expert guidance for navigating the future of gaming and ensuring gaming innovations meet regulatory standards with confidence. Since 1989, GLI has certified nearly 2 million items and has tested equipment for more than 480 jurisdictions. GLI has a global network of laboratory locations across six continents, with U.S. and international accreditations for compliance with ISO/IEC standards for technical competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries. GLI was named “Best Laboratory” in the SAGSE Awards 2020, “Best Test Lab in the Baltics,” and “Best Test Lab in the Nordics” in the Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards 2020. For more information, visit gaminglabs.com.

CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice President of Global Marketing, T: +1 702-914-2220 or Email: c.eickelman@gaminglabs.com

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International.

 

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International Gaming Standards Association (IGSA) Announces 2021 Board of Directors

LAS VEGAS, NV (March 1, 2021) – The International Gaming Standards Association (IGSA) has announced the results of its Board of Directors election.

Re-elected to lead the global organization are Roman Czubak, NOVOMATIC AG, Chair; Earle G. Hall, CEO of Axes.ai, Vice Chair; and Paul Burns, formerly Senior Manager Strategic Gaming Development at the Atlantic Lottery Corporation, and now an ex-officio member of the board appointed as Treasurer and Secretary.

Returning as Board Members are Adrian Marcu, Vice President of Architecture for International Game Technology; Bala Kuthyar, VP of Engineering, Scientific Games; Martin Pedak, Director of Technical Compliance Playtech; Nimish Purohit, Sr., Director of Technical Compliance at Aristocrat Technologies; and Syed Hussain, Chief Information Officer, State of Oregon Lottery.

Joining the Board as a new Member is Scott Cowan, Manager of Destination Gaming, Atlantic Lottery.

 

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Pictured, left to right: Peter DeRaedt and Roman Czubak

 

“IGSA Board members are volunteers, and we are grateful to each of them for their leadership and dedication in bringing forth standards that continually propel the global gaming industry forward in a positive direction.  I would also like to especially welcome back Roman, Earle, and Paul for another term. The 2020 Executive Committee was a vital part of our success last year,” said IGSA President Peter DeRaedt.

“Additionally, we thank each of our members, and we are proud to announce that, in spite of the very challenging times faced by our industry over the past year, nearly all of our members renewed. We give our sincere thanks to them for their ongoing support and commitment,” DeRaedt said.

There is an IGSA level of membership to fit every budget. For more information, visit IGSA at IGSA.org.

ABOUT IGSA

The International Gaming Standards Association (IGSA) is the largest technical professional organization in the Global Gaming Industry dedicated to the advancement of standards and protocols.

Through the creation and evolution of intellectual property, exclusively available to its distinguished membership, the IGSA ensures they enjoy a unique strategic advantage. IGSA is the Industry’s most recognized catalyst between the jurisdictional regulatory bodies and the online and land-based operators. This ensures its members a cross sectorial visibility and reach. 

IGSA boasts a prestigious platinum level membership including industry icons: Aristocrat Technologies Inc.; International Game Technology (IGT); NOVOMATIC AG; Playtech; Scientific Games International (SGMS).

For a complete list of IGSA Members and for information on becoming a member, visit www.IGSA.org.

SOURCE: The International Gaming Standards Association (IGSA).

 

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IGT Positioned for Sports Betting Expansion in Nevada with Recent Nevada Regulatory Approval

IGT PlaySports Retail and Mobile Technology Earns Critical State-Wide Approval

LONDON, U.K. (March 3, 2021) – International Game Technology PLC (“IGT”) (NYSE: IGT) announced today that it is positioned to expand its sports betting enterprise in Nevada with the recently achieved Nevada regulatory approval for its PlaySports platform for retail and online sports betting. With this approval, IGT’s next-generation sports betting technology stack is approved for deployment throughout the State, enabling more casino operators and their players to benefit from the most widely used sports betting platform in the gaming industry.

“Achieving Nevada Regulatory Approval for our PlaySports technology enables IGT to extend our sports betting expertise to our many, long-time customers throughout the State and notably differentiates IGT from many other B2B sports betting platform providers,” said Enrico Drago, IGT PlayDigital Senior Vice President.

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“IGT’s PlaySports platform is equipped with a high-performance betting engine that delivers an exceptional player experience, an integrated Player Account Management module that enables operators to drive player acquisition and retention through bespoke offers and promotions, and a modular design that enables our PlaySports customers to scale their offering with new market opportunities.”

IGT initiated the required Nevada field trial process for its PlaySports technology at Boyd Gaming properties in August 2020 and is currently powering Boyd Gaming’s entire sports betting enterprise in the State.

IGT PlaySports is deployed in 16 U.S. states. To learn more about IGT PlaySports visit igt.com/PlaySports.

About IGT

IGT (NYSE:IGT) is the global leader in gaming. We deliver entertaining and responsible gaming experiences for players across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Sports Betting and Digital. Leveraging a wealth of compelling content, substantial investment in innovation, player insights, operational expertise, and leading-edge technology, our solutions deliver unrivaled gaming experiences that engage players and drive growth.

We have a well-established local presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT has approximately 11,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.igt.com.

SOURCE: International Game Technology PLC.

 

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Aristocrat Gaming™ Helps Operators Improve Revenues with Exclusive RevMax Plus™ Performance Analytics

RevMax Plus further separates Aristocrat as technology and service leader

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LAS VEGAS, NV (March 8, 2021) – The new RevMax Plus performance optimization program from Aristocrat Gaming is the solution operators of all sizes have been searching for to help maximize game investment through custom and confidential data-driven analytics.

Created by Aristocrat’s robust data analytics team, RevMax Plus proactively monitors performance of Aristocrat games across the casino floor. RevMax Plus offers a dedicated analytics team which executes detailed reviews of performance data and current performance trends. This information allows for the development of customized product recommendations individualized to every operator resulting in casino floor adjustments that create the right product mix, aimed at optimizing performance and title diversification. RevMax Plus is further evidence of Aristocrat’s position as a leader in technology and customer service.

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“RevMax Plus is a testament of Aristocrat’s commitment to our customers and symbolizes where our services meet our exceptional technological capabilities,” said Jon Hanlin, senior vice president of commercial strategy and business analytics. “As a former operator, I understand the importance of data to make critical decisions that directly affect revenue. RevMax Plus delivers solid, data-based recommendations that are unique to each operator’s individual floor.”

Operator response has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic. Thunder Valley Casino Resort Gaming Revenue Manager Patrick Crawley said, “Only Aristocrat has a program like RevMax that takes a data-driven approach to proactively identify opportunities for product improvement. When you’re managing thousands of games, it’s great to have a partner that cares enough to share the load!”

The January 2021 ReelHot Index showed Aristocrat with 19 of the 25 top performing core titles, and 20 of the top 25 best performing premium titles. Even with those outstanding performance numbers, Aristocrat wants operators to make the most of every game on the floor. “Our designers make the best games in the business, and independent research proves that performance. Still, we want operators to maximize revenue, and RevMax Plus is an ideal companion to our catalog of proven-performing games,” Hanlin said.

RevMax Plus is the latest version of Aristocrat’s RevMax solution, which has been helping customers boost performance since 2008. The new RevMax Plus includes multiple enhancements, such as:

  • dedicated data team provides holistic analysis and game optimization recommendations
  • comprehensive and confidential analysis
  • monthly performance reports and proactive enhancement solutions
  • enhanced and vetted data analytics

 

For more information about RevMax Plus or any of the technologically advanced and innovation solutions from Aristocrat, contact your BDE or reach out to Business.Analytics@aristocrat.com

SOURCE: Aristocrat Technologies Inc. press release.

 

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Forsman & Bodenfors' New Strategic and Creative Agency for Svenska Spel's Group Brand

VISBY, Sweden (March 9, 2021) -- In the autumn of 2020, Svenska Spel started a public procurement regarding strategic and creative agency for the group brand as the current agreement expires in 2021. The result of the procurement is ready and Forsman & Bodenfors has been awarded the contract.

“During the procurement, we have had the privilege of taking part in a large number of tenders of very high quality from some of Sweden's best agencies.

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After an intensive process and careful evaluation, we now look forward to signing an agreement with Forsman & Bodenfors, which will be awarded a contract for the procurement of a strategic and creative agency,” says Joakim Mörnefält, Communications Director of Svenska Spel.

The assignment as an agency for Svenska Spel's group brand includes being a strategic party in the long-term strengthening and development of the group brand's communication and advertising in both purchased and earned channels. The agreement is valid for two years starting in May and with the possibility of extension for 1 + 1 years. The current agreement with Bloomy Ideas and Jung then expires.

“Svenska Spel's group brand is strong, but we can become even better at communicating all the good things we do, both in gaming responsibility and sports. That is why we are very happy to have Forsman & Bodenfors as our partner. With their experience in branding, advertising and with a corporate culture that suits us, they will be a valuable partner for Svenska Spel,” says Anna Ekström, Head of Marketing Communication & Activation for the group brand Svenska Spel.

“Svenska Spel is in many ways an iconic Swedish brand. They stand for both joy and excitement in everyday life, at the same time as they take great social responsibility. It is inspiring to see their great commitment to supporting youth sports and club life, and their concrete actions to prevent gambling addiction. We are very much looking forward to working together,” says Jerk Zander, project manager and responsible business development Forsman & Bodenfors.

The tenderers were informed of the award decision in the procurement on 26 February 2021.

SOURCE: Svenska Spel.

 

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International Women's Day: CAIXA Highlights Actions to Enhance and Encourage Its Employees and Clients

For the celebration of the date, the bank offers special conditions on products and services

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BRAZIL (March 8, 2021) -- The celebration of International Women's Day has a special significance for CAIXA, the only financial institution with a female name and the first to serve and employ women. In recognition of the date, special conditions were prepared for the bank's products and services, such as insurance and pension plans, credit cards, access to shopping and promotion platforms, as well as facilities for contracting corporate credit.

There are several advantages:

  • Annuity exemption, reduced fees, specific design and access to promotions at Clube Elo for customers who hire the ELO Mulher Credit Card;
  • Access to Visa and Elo benefit platforms, which will offer partner promotions especially aimed at women. In addition, when purchasing the card, customers can choose from several benefits, such as: English classes, nutritional guidance, music app, car assistance, PET assistance, among others. Choose at https://www.elo.com.br/elo-flex/ ;
  • In the Life Insurance for Women, 40% of the premium of the first 6 months can be converted into products for hires carried out from March 8 to 12. In this insurance, compensation is provided in case of diagnosis of female cancer (breast or uterus and ovaries), in addition to exemption from payment also in these cases or unemployment, as well as free nutritional guidance and discounts on medications;
  • 10% discount on hiring Home Insurance for women between March 8 and 12;
  • The Previdencia Mulher counts on the coverage of savings, pregnancy awarded in the case of natural multiple gestation and free annual gynecological prevention;
  • Differentiated rates for companies with a majority shareholding in women when contracting the Special Company Credit and the Consumer Durable Consumer Credit (BCD). The conditions for legal entities are valid until the end of March.

 

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CAIXA, which 100 years ago started to include women in the workforce, with the admissions of Aurora Gouveia and Thereza Ciccaio, directs, for clients and employees, several initiatives regarding respect for representativeness, meritocracy and investments in specific structures for service the women.

Representativeness and meritocracy:

CAIXA's actions aimed at promoting a greater representation of women in management positions represent a real transformation in the professional valorization measures of the bank's employees. Altogether, there are more than 36 thousand employees in the bank's staff - 44% of the total staff.

The rise of more women in the bank had as its main instrument the evaluations based on meritocracy, which resulted in numbers that put CAIXA ahead of several companies with regard to female representation.

Heads of households:

During the Covid-19 pandemic, CAIXA led the largest social, banking and digital inclusion operation registered in our country, with the payment of Emergency Aid, which mostly benefited female heads of families.

The program emerged as an action by the Federal Government to confront the impacts caused by the coronavirus.

SOURCE: CAIXA.

 

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Just Weeks after Launch, the ICE Connect Digital Market-Place Secures Buyers with Budgets Totalling £100m

U.K. (March 9, 2021) -- ICE Connect, the algorithm based digital market-place that was unveiled by Clarion Gaming in February, has swiftly captured the imagination of the international gambling community. Within weeks of being announced, the platform, that scientifically matches senior level decision makers with industry leading solution providers, has signed-up vetted buyers with a combined cap ex budget of £100m. ICE Connect Europe takes place across 21- 25 June with the dedicated ICE Connect North America running from 28 June to 2 July.

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The invitation-only Executive Programme is being curated by California-based Quartz Events which was acquired by Clarion in 2020 and is the fastest growing producer of invitation-only executive summits, with 80% of Fortune 100 companies participating in their events last year.

Toby Harris, Founder and CEO of Quartz Events, believes ICE Connect is ideally positioned to meet the needs of the gambling industry and complement its early adopter status. He explained: “The launch of ICE Connect represents the third time in six-months that we’ve taken our market-leading platform into a new sector. We have some outstanding success stories, but our entry into the international gambling market has still surpassed all of our expectations.

“Early registrants for the European edition have committed a combined £100m to new technology over the upcoming 18 months - many of them representing organisations with annual revenues of more than £1bn.

“We are delighted to experience such a positive response so early on and to be receiving such a broad cross-section of registrations across land-based, online and omni-channel. The figures demonstrate both the community's trust in the ICE brand and the appetite that exists for this unique, solutions-driven service.”

The ICE Connect model uses highly sophisticated matching algorithms, ranking and scheduling software, to match operators with relevant, industry-leading solution providers who can solve their challenges and help them run their operations more efficiently. As a result, both delegates and solution providers spend 100% of their time in meaningful and productive meetings

Registration for ICE Connect is now open. ICE Connect Europe; 21 – 25 June 2021 – www.ice-connecteurope.com ICE Connect North America; 28 June – 2 July 2021 – www.ice-connectna.com.  Exhibitor/sponsorship:

ian.larcombe@clariongaming.com

SOURCE: A Press Release from Clarion Gaming.

 

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Inspired Delivers Its Portfolio of Key Online & Mobile Games to the Playtech Games Marketplace

United States (March 2, 2021) – Inspired Entertainment, Inc (“Inspired”) (NASDAQ: INSE) is pleased to announce it has partnered with Playtech plc (LSE: PTEC) to integrate more than 100 of its best-known online and mobile game titles into the Playtech Games Marketplace.

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Bolstering Inspired’s games distribution network, this partnership will enable Inspired to make its key games available to Playtech’s growing list of licensed operator customers via the Playtech Open Platform. Offering seamless configuration, the Playtech Games Marketplace will provide licensees with access to Inspired’s premium content on one unified platform.  It also offers operators a breadth of valuable insights and actionable intelligence to create the optimal player experience.

Serving content for an array of player tastes and preferences, the integration includes a diverse range of Inspired’s premium online and mobile games. Under the agreement, the collection of games includes more than 100 of its highly popular, legacy titles as well as its most recent high-performing games, such as: Reel King Megaways™, Centurion Megaways™, Gold Cash Free Spins™, Bonus Island™ and Vegas Cash Spins™, among others.

Claire Osborne, VP of Interactive at Inspired, said: “Playtech is a leading technology company in the gaming industry. It offers Inspired an exciting opportunity to increase our distribution network and brand exposure among a very valuable audience, across new and existing strategic markets. With plans to deliver more of our top titles throughout this year and beyond, we look forward to building a long and prosperous relationship with Playtech.”

Andrew Muir, Commercial Manager at Playtech, said: “Inspired’s growing portfolio of innovative online and mobile games content will undoubtedly strengthen our games offering. We have a growing list of customers across numerous markets whose content requirements differ significantly, from varying themes and graphics to mechanics and general gameplay. Inspired’s content covers multiple bases that will boost our customers’ games rosters across all our regulated markets. We’re thrilled to be adding Inspired to our flourishing list of distinguished content partners.”

To view Inspired’s growing collection of online and mobile games, head here.

SOURCE: Inspired Entertainment, Inc.

 

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Governor Lamont and Mohegan Tribe Reach Agreement on Future of Gaming in Connecticut

Press release: Office of Governor Ned Lamont

HARTFORD, CT March 5, 2021) – Governor Ned Lamont and Mohegan Tribe Chairman James Gessner Jr. today announced an agreement that would allow the State of Connecticut to modernize gaming options available to state residents, including allowing for sports wagering and online gaming. The agreement would generate tens of millions of dollars in new revenue for the state, while keeping Connecticut competitive with gaming changes currently being offered or considered in neighboring states. The agreement also provides the inclusion of the Connecticut Lottery Corporation as a partner in the effort to modernize the state’s gaming landscape.

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Key components of the agreement include:

  • A 20 percent tax rate on new online gaming, or “iGaming,” offerings
  • A 13.75 percent tax rate on sports wagering
  • Connecticut Lottery shall have the right to operate 15 retail sports betting locations, as well as operate an online sports betting skin
  • Connecticut Lottery shall have the right to sub-license some of those locations to the state-licensed pari-mutuel operator
  • Connecticut Lottery will undertake new retail sports betting venues in Hartford and Bridgeport
  • License agreement to be for ten years with a five-year extension option

 

“This agreement represents months of hard work and dedication to getting a deal that’s best for the residents of Connecticut and moves our state forward when it comes to the future of gaming,” Governor Lamont said. “We are incredibly fortunate to have such a devoted partner in these efforts like the Mohegan Tribe, as they have been open to negotiation, honest discussion, and a positive path forward that is beneficial for both their tribe and the State of Connecticut.”

“The Mohegan Tribe is proud to have reached this agreement with Governor Lamont and the State of Connecticut,” Chairman Gessner said. “This path will allow Connecticut to generate tax revenues from sports and online gaming that are competitive with other states, and help keep Connecticut with those states when it comes to growing our economy and benefiting the state budget. We’re thankful to Governor Lamont and his team, and we look forward to continued work with the General Assembly as this process continues.”

SOURCE: Office of Governor Ned Lamont.

 

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