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Vol. 94 No.7A - Monday February 15, 2021

 

 

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IGT Expands World-Class Content and Hardware Footprint with Historical Racing Machine Deployments in Virginia

Partnership with Exacta Systems creates IGT growth opportunity, elevates gaming in Commonwealth

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LONDON, Feb. 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) announced today that it recently expanded its position in the growing historical horse racing (HHR) segment with the Company's first historical racing machine (HRM) deployments in Virginia. Through a distribution agreement with Exacta Systems, IGT is providing players at Peninsula Pacific Entertainment-owned gaming venues throughout Virginia with HRM-versions of their favorite IGT video slot themes such as Fortune Coin®, Solar Disc™ and Red Hot Tamales! ® on the Company's proven CrystalCurve® and CrystalDual® 27 cabinets.

 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.

"As the historical horse racing segment continues to grow across the U.S., Exacta Systems is thrilled to partner with leading content provider IGT to ensure that players have access to the highest caliber game content and cabinets in the market," said Jeremy Stein, Exacta Systems CEO. "The recent deployment of IGT's historical racing machines in Virginia introduces a compelling, casino-style entertainment experience that is new to the Commonwealth and will help drive growth for our customers."

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"IGT's distribution agreement with Exacta Systems enables us to pursue exciting new growth opportunities like those offered in Virginia's expanding historical horse racing market," said Nick Khin, IGT Chief Operating Officer, Gaming. "With IGT's performance-tested content and proven hardware portfolio, we can offer a steady stream of new HHR experiences that engage players and elevate the profile and success of the entire HHR gaming segment."

"Introducing IGT's exceptional HRM content and cabinets to our gaming venues throughout Virginia has been a welcomed addition to the quality of entertainment that we can offer our players," said Aaron Gomes, Peninsula Pacific Entertainment Chief Operating Officer. "As we look to drive growth and differentiate our offering, IGT's video slot-style HRM games captured our players' attention and brought some of the gaming industry's most popular slot themes to our gaming floor."

Virginia joins Kentucky as the second jurisdiction where IGT has deployed its HRMs.

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

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.

About Exacta

Exacta Systems is a leader in the Historical Horse Racing and central determinate technology markets.  Its Exacta Connect product supports a "build once, deploy many" regulatory approved system that delivers engaging and entertaining games across different central determinate market segments.  Exacta's best of breed HHR library, combined with its open system platform that accommodates third party-manufacturer content, ensures that HHR customers enjoy a second to none entertainment experience.  For more information about the company and the Exacta historic horse racing system, visit www.exactasystems.com.

CONTACT:

Phil O'Shaughnessy, Global Communications, toll free in U.S./Canada +1 (844) IGT-7452; outside U.S./Canada +1 (401) 392-7452

Francesco Luti, +39 3485475493; for Italian media inquiries

James Hurley, Investor Relations, +1 (401) 392-7190

 

SOURCE: International Game Technology PLC.

 

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V1 Group Leads the Trillion-Yuan Sports Industry in China

Sports platform in Hainan and green channel in Beijing secure Drives the goal of becoming the most bullish stock for the Year of the Bull.

HONG KONG, Feb. 10, 2021-- V1 Group Limited, ("V1 Group" or the "Company", together with its subsidiaries, the "Group"; stock code: 00082.HK) announces that the Group's business reorganization has completed. Its new members of the Board of Directors had undergone a smooth transition in early January. The Group is now concentrating its resources on developing sports lottery information services and offline lottery retail terminal business for Crazy Sports in pursuit of its goal of becoming the largest sports lottery and entertainment community operator in China. It aspires to become the most bullish stock in the Year of the Bull!

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Since initiating its business restructuring, the Group has been accomplishing one major milestone development after another. At the beginning of 2021 Crazy Sports secured an approval from authorities to establish in Hainan a sports tournament platform and reward points system, through which quiz games on major sports events are conducted and winners will receive reward points to be redeemed into goods and services to stimulate tourism consumption in Hainan. Crazy Sports later secured official authorization from Fédération International de Footballeurs Professionels (FIFPro) to launch a soccer E-sports mobile game "Ace Soccer" featuring renowned international star soccer players from 54 countries and leagues, and names and portraits of professional players, attracting reservations from more than 1 million users. With the IP official authorization for China Super League secured earlier, Crazy Sports leveraged edges from the sport tournament platform in Hainan and launched a "Dream Super League" game under the "Fantasy" football game community. These are populating into a collection of excellent sports games in football, basketball, tennis, bowling, motor racing, etc., contributing to nurturing of Crazy Sports' leadership in feature sports IPs, core fan base and sports channel interconnectivity and global sports game development support system.

By end-January, Crazy Sports reached strategic cooperation with Lakala (Beijing) E-Billing Technology & Service Co., Ltd. ("E-Billing"). In the next three years, E-Billing will become a cooperation partner of Crazy Sports' sports lottery sales business, accelerates landing of Crazy Sports' new lottery retail business on brick-and-mortar retail points of sales, but also provides more convenient and intelligent lottery purchase services for the large lottery user base in China. Boosting Crazy Sport's reach to more than tens of thousands retail outlets, installation of sports lottery terminals will gather pace in convenience stores in different provinces and cities to offer lottery players more convenient access to the services.

In early February, Crazy Sports participated in the signing of the "two districts" under Beijing Economic and Technological Development Zone and thereby becomes a key enterprise introduced to the science and culture integration project segment of the "two districts" (namely "Beijing Economic and Technological Development Zone National Service Industry Expansion and Opening Comprehensive Demonstration Zone" and "China (Beijing) Free Trade High-End Industrial Pilot Zone").

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It is eligible for special financial support and green channel treatment for game version number registration from the Beijing Economic Development Zone's technological innovation research, key equipment research and development, and high-end talent introduction. This accomplishment injects momentum into further development of Crazy Sports' businesses.

Crazy Sports has developed a sports community and lottery business ecosystem that comprises Crazy Red Insights APP and Crazy Sports APP online and that integrate streaming dataflows and data sources to constitute an online content entertainment platform spanning the three major areas of sports, games, and lottery, serving a base of more than 200 million users. For offline presence, on the foundation of traditional specialty retail outlets, Crazy Sports continues to expand its network of chain convenience stores bundling terminal installation in pursuit of asset-light operation. The goal is to reach more younger lottery players and establish a closed loop of online sports lottery and entertainment services.

The Group will continue to accelerate the establishment of its nationwide network of sports lottery retail outlets; strengthen its leading position in paid content; leverage its core platform edges to develop new online games; invest in technology and data capabilities; implement marketing strategies to increase the brand awareness of Crazy Sports; and cross-selling between online and offline sports community lottery e-commerce ecosystems to improve cash conversion. Combining with big data accumulation of the Group's sports lottery entertainment community, Crazy Sports is set to secure a leading position in the trillion-yuan sports l market in China, with robust profitability for 2021. It is set to become the most bullish stock in the Year of the Bull!

The renaming of the Group as Crazy Sports Group Limited is expected to be approved in a forthcoming shareholder meeting in May, setting a strong note for its businesses and profitability to escalate to the next level in the years of major international sports events in 2021 and 2022.

SOURCE: V1 Group.

 

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Loto-Québec Launches a Lottery Ticket Made from 100% Recycled Materials

MONTRÉAL, Quebec (January 22, 2021) — Loto-Québec has just launched the first-ever lottery ticket printed on entirely recycled materials. With its Évasion scratch ticket, it becomes the first lottery corporation in the world to implement an environmental initiative of this kind.

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Post-consumer recycled content is an offshoot of the circular economy. It’s designed with recycled materials that have served their primary purpose and can be recycled once again. In fact, many of Loto-Québec’s products are made in part with post-consumer products.

As part of its commitment to social responsibility, Loto-Québec even went one step further—by creating a scratch ticket with the smallest environmental footprint in the industry. The Corporation also intends to launch other green products in coming months, including the Code secret scratch ticket, also made from 100% recycled materials.

Furthermore, all Loto-Québec lottery tickets are recyclable.

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In creating scratch tickets on a greener medium, Loto-Québec wanted to further reduce its environmental footprint by promoting the local economy. To do so, the Corporation called on two partners based in Québec.

The games are produced with environmentally friendly, water-based inks at Scientific Games’ highly secure Montréal instant game manufacturing facility. As for the recycled materials, it is produced by Rolland, an eco-friendly printing paper supplier located in Saint-Jérôme.

A reminder that the majority of Loto-Québec scratch tickets are FSC-certified. FSC labels deliver a guarantee to consumers that the products they buy support responsible forest management, and that the products are handled correctly at every stage of production – from forest to shelf.

SOURCE: Loto-Québec.

 

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Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Announces New IT Coordinator

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (February 10, 2021) -- Today, Lottery Director J. Eric Hagler announced the appointment of James (J.C.) Hedrick as IT Coordinator of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, which is a division of the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration.

“This IT Coordinator title is a newly established position for us,” said Hagler. “J.C. will be supervising all IT-related projects and initiatives. He and his team will be responsible for developing the lottery’s enterprise-wide IT strategies.”

Hedrick has been a part of the lottery family since 2017 as IT Security Analyst coordinating security issues related to IT infrastructure and monitoring user access physically and digitally.

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The five years before joining the lottery, he was Director of Operations at Compsys, Inc. He also worked as IT Branch Manager at the Arkansas Crime Information Center and as an Emergency Medical Technician.

Born in Arizona, Hedrick moved to Central Arkansas as a teenager. He graduated from the American Military University’s Emergency and Disaster Management Program and has his Emergency Medical Technician certification from the University of Arkansas School of Medicine.

“I’m excited to start my new position, and I appreciate Director Hagler for trusting me with this opportunity,” Hedrick said. “IT plays a huge role in the lottery, and I look forward to working with all divisions to provide the support and direction we need to achieve our goals.”

About the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery

More than 92 cents of every dollar of ASL revenue goes to prizes, scholarships, retailer commissions, and other expenses in Arkansas. Since 2009, the lottery has raised more than $1 billion in proceeds for scholarships. More than 600,000 college scholarships have been awarded to Arkansans. The lottery has awarded more than $3.5 billion in prizes to players, about $302 million in retailer commissions and provided more than $141 million in state and federal tax revenue.

Follow the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Visit MyArkansasLottery.com for more information on scholarships, winners, games, odds, promotions – and to join The Club for free. To hear winning numbers, call the Winning Numbers Hotline at 501-682-IWON (4966). To get help with problem gambling, contact the National Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-522-4700.

SOURCE: The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.

 

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Robert Chvátal Becomes the Executive Chairman of the Board of Sazka, Handing-Over the CEO Role to Aleš Veselý

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (January 2021) -- From February 1st, 2021, Sazka, the largest lottery company in the Czech Republic, is changing its Executive Chairman of the Board and CEO. Robert Chvátal, the company's current CEO, will become Executive Chairman of the Board of Sazka and in this role, he will keep overall responsibility for driving Sazka’s further growth strategy, regulatory and international relations and he will hand-over its CEO role to Aleš Veselý, the current Chief Marketing Officer and Deputy CEO.

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Robert Chvátal has been running Sazka since 2013 and during those eight years he and his team have managed to transform it into one of the fastest growing lottery companies in Europe. "I am very glad that I will continue to be part of the Sazka’s team in the role of the Executive Chairman of the Board and drive further strategic decisions, regulatory and international relations of Sazka from this position. At the same time, I am proud that I could help growing the Sazka Group in four other European countries," says Robert Chvátal.

The new CEO of Sazka will become Aleš Veselý who has been at Sazka since mid-2013 in the role of Chief Marketing Officer, and for the last three years he has also been Deputy CEO. He has played a fundamental role in the complete and successful transformation of Sazka.

"Over the past eight years, we have managed to take a traditional lottery company and build it into a modern entertainment company. Thanks to innovation and online transformation we can offer a broad portfolio of games that appeal to three quarters of the adult population of the Czech Republic. My main objective is for Sazka to not only maintain this established trend, but above all to develop its long-term strategy as an entertainment company," says Aleš Veselý.

A decision will be made on who will replace Aleš Veselý as Sazka's Chief Marketing Officer in the coming weeks.

SOURCE: SAZKA a.s. (www.sazka.cz) and (www.sazkagroup.com).

 

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Year-end Report 2020: Svenska Spel Strengthens Operating Margin Despite Closed Operations

VISBY, Sweden (February 10, 2021) -- Svenska Spel reports continued good growth for two of three business areas with increased revenues for sports games, number games and lotteries during the fourth quarter. The digital business is developing strongly and on the product side, the Group delivers improved gaming experiences as well as sales and sales records. However, the physical casinos are still closed, which has a major impact on the Group's total revenues and earnings. This is shown by Svenska Spel's year-end report for 2020, which is presented today.

“We have good profitability for the Group and strengthen the operating margin for both the quarter and the full year 2020, despite the fact that our physical casinos have been closed for three quarters. As in the previous quarter, revenues for our Sport & Casino and Tur business areas are increasing.

This shows strength and stability that two out of three business areas deliver growth despite the fact that they are also affected by covid-19 in the form of temporary gaming responsibility measures and reduced sales in stores,” says Patrik Hofbauer, President and CEO of Svenska Spel.

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The Group's net gaming revenues for the fourth quarter are SEK 2,128 million, which is eight percent lower than the same quarter last year. This excludes a non-recurring income corresponding to the quarter last year, which provides a fairer comparison. Net gaming revenue for the Sport & Casino business area increased by ten percent compared with the same quarter last year, excluding non-recurring revenue, and the Tur business area increased by three percent. The Casino Cosmopol & Vegas business area decreases by 62 percent.

Operating profit of SEK 690 M (775) is a decrease compared with the same quarter last year. This is due to closed physical casinos and the fact that the Vegas vending machines continue to be affected by restrictions on restaurants as well as by the temporary gambling liability measures. Our physical casinos, including restaurant operations, thus report a sharply deteriorating operating profit of just over SEK 137 million. This is partially offset by lower operating costs, which results in a stronger operating margin of 32 percent (31).

For the full year 2020, net gaming revenues are SEK 7,674 M (8,579), a decrease of 11 percent and excluding non-recurring revenues last year a decrease of 9 percent. The result for the Group is SEK 1,874 M (2,716). This should be seen in the light of the fact that the result for 2019 has been affected by an item affecting comparability of SEK 676 million which referred to a deferred tax income.

The digital business is growing strongly and accounts for 48 percent (34) of the Group's revenues during the quarter and 46 percent (35) during the full year. The Tur business area breaks sales records online during the quarter.

The quarter contains several records. Stryktipset delivered record sales of SEK 49 million on the second day of Christmas. The Poker-SM was held with a top mark in the number of participants in the Main Event. In number games and tickets, records were broken in both the number of gift tickets sold and total digital sales of tickets. During the full year, Svenska Spel also distributed a record number of million winnings to the Swedish people, a total of 455 million winnings totaling more than SEK 1.8 billion.

In gaming responsibility, Svenska Spel has launched Spelkoll to help customers have even better control of their gaming. Spelkoll includes the tools that customers find when they log in, the new Spelkoll technology that keeps track of changed behavior in the risk zone for gambling problems, and care communicators who call customers for indications of risky gambling behavior.

Summary of the fourth quarter

  • Net gaming revenues for the Group amounted to SEK 2,128 M (2,476), a decrease of SEK 348 M or 14%. During the fourth quarter of 2019, a non-recurring income affected net gaming income by SEK 163 million. Closed physical casinos during the quarter had a negative impact on net gaming revenues corresponding to SEK 250 million. Excluding the casino operations1) and taking into account the income of a non-recurring nature last year, we have an increase in net gaming revenues of SEK 65 million or 3%.
  • Operating profit amounted to SEK 690 M (775), a decrease of SEK 85 M or 11%. Closed physical casinos have charged operating profit with SEK 121 million.
  • The result for the Group amounted to SEK 547 M (667), a decrease of SEK 120 M or 18%.
  • The operating margin was 32% (31). Significantly lower costs compensate for lower net gaming revenues.
  • During the quarter, we launched Spelkoll to help our customers keep track of their gambling.
  • SEK 25 million has been paid to 8,814 associations through our Gräsroten initiative. A total of SEK 45 million was paid out during 2020.
  • A new agreement has been signed with the Swedish Sports Confederation. The agreement runs for two years to a value of SEK 42 million.
  • A decision has been made to reorganize Casino Cosmopol, which will affect more than 200 employees.

 

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Summary of the period January – December

  • Net gaming revenues for the Group amounted to SEK 7,674 M (8,579), a decrease of 11% or 9% excluding the 2019 revenue adjustment of SEK 163 M. Closed physical casinos during most of the period resulted in SEK 777 million in reduced net gaming revenues. Excluding the casino operations1) and taking into account the revenue of a non-recurring nature last year, we have an increase in net gaming revenues of SEK 34 million or 1%.
  • Operating profit for the Group amounted to SEK 2,395 M (2,466), a decrease of SEK 71 M or 3%. Closed physical casinos have charged operating profit with SEK 441 million.
  • The result for the Group amounted to SEK 1,874 M (2,716), a decrease of SEK 842 M or 31%.
  • The operating margin was 31% (29).
  • 455 million profits totaling SEK 1.8 billion were distributed during the year, a new record.
  • The Tur business area has launched a new variant of Triss with a profit - BilTriss.
  • The Sport & Casino business area has launched new games for trotting & galloping in collaboration with the French PMU (Pari Mutuel Urbain).
  • Svenska Spel's board has decided to wind up the casino operations in Sundsvall, which entails a non-recurring cost of SEK 81 million.

 

Click here to read Year-end report 2020.

SOURCE: Svenska Spel.

 

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Atlantic Lottery Board Announces Appointment of Patrick Daigle as Interim CEO

MONCTON, N.B. (February 9, 2021)) – The Board of Directors of Atlantic Lottery is pleased to announce the appointment of Patrick Daigle as the organization’s interim President and Chief Executive Officer. Daigle began his Atlantic Lottery career in 1997, and recently served as Chief Financial Officer. Daigle’s official start date is Feb. 8, 2021.

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Sean O’Connor, Chair of Atlantic Lottery’s Board of Directors, said Daigle’s nearly 25 years of proven senior leadership experience will be a valued asset to the organization during the transitional period.

“Patrick is a well-respected and accomplished executive leader at Atlantic Lottery, and we appreciate him stepping into this role.”

Daigle’s proven senior leadership experience includes finance, supply-chain management, legal services, risk management, Board governance and information security.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to lead the Atlantic Lottery team as we continue to deliver on an outstanding player experience while remaining firmly committed to operating in a socially responsible manner,” Daigle said.

Chris Keevill, who has served as President and CEO since April 2020, is resigning to return to the private sector.

“The Board of Directors would like to take this opportunity to thank Chris for his contributions to Atlantic Lottery over the past several months,” O’Connor said.

Atlantic Lottery’s Board of Directors is responsible for selecting and appointing the President and CEO.

In the coming months, the Board will begin an executive search process for a permanent CEO.

SOURCE: Atlantic Lottery Corporation.

 

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Don’t Ms. Out! Ms.PACMAN® Re-joins Pollard Banknote’s Licensed Brand Portfolio

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba, February 8, 2021 /CNW/ – Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (“Pollard Banknote”) is excited to announce that Ms.PAC-MAN®, the iconic pop-culture powerhouse, has re-joined its portfolio of licensed properties. Under license from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc., Ms.PAC-MAN® fits seamlessly into Pollard Banknote’s Retro Collection – an ever-growing and diversified selection of recognizable retro brands including PAC-MAN®, GALAGA™, and DIG DUG™.

Originally introduced in 1981, Ms.PAC-MAN® is credited as the first female arcade game character, and a key driver in the popularity of gaming among women. The game’s simple, yet exciting, play style contributed to the brand’s considerable success, eventually becoming the fourth highest selling arcade game of all time and placing fifth on Time Magazine’s list of “The 50 Best Video Games of All Time.” Ms.PAC-MAN® has multi-generational appeal, notably among the 22 to 54-year-old demographic, and 90% brand recognition, making an instant ticket featuring Ms.PAC-MAN® a perfect fit for any lottery.

This is particularly true for the over 20 North American lotteries that have previously launched a PAC-MAN® ticket and were rewarded with above average sales results!

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 “We are thrilled to re-introduce this strong female lead into the lottery market and know that lottery customers will eat up instant tickets featuring Ms.PAC-MAN®, like she ate up POWER-PELLETS in the original arcade classic.” said Brad Thompson, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Pollard Banknote. “Lotteries throughout North America have achieved great success when combining Pollard Banknote’s licensed games iconography with our stunning ticket art and entertaining gameplay, and we are certain that the same will be true with instant tickets that feature Ms.PAC-MAN®.” 

To support strong sales and engagement, Pollard Banknote’s Licensed Gaming team offers lotteries a comprehensive turnkey program that includes the design, programming, and printing of themed tickets, as well as various optional enhancements such as second chance draws, merchandise prizing, a POS program, and digital marketing. 

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About Pollard Banknote

Pollard Banknote is a leading lottery partner to more than 60 lotteries worldwide, providing high quality instant ticket products, licensed games, Schafer Systems and Fastrak retail merchandising solutions, and a full suite of digital offerings, ranging from world-class mkodo game apps to comprehensive player engagement and iLottery solutions, including strategic marketing and management services. 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 provides pull-tab tickets, bingo paper, and its Diamond Game and Compliant Gaming electronic games and devices to charitable and other gaming markets in North America. Established in 1907, Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 66.7% by the Pollard family and 33.3% by public shareholders and, is publicly traded on the TSX (PBL). For more information, please visit our website at www.pollardbanknote.com.

For More Information, CONTACT: Brad Thompson, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Telephone: (204) 474-2323, E-mail: bthompson@pbl.ca

SOURCE: Pollard Banknote.

 

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Habanero Seals Romanian Licence

Supplier granted coveted accreditation by national regulator

MALTA (February 8, 2021) -- Premium slots and table games provider Habanero has been awarded an online licence to supply Romanian-based operators with its immersive content offering.

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Following its accreditation by the Romanian gambling regulator (ONJN), the games studio can further expand its commercial footprint within the territory, where online gambling has been regulated since 2016.

The 69+ newly licensed games in Habanero’s highly regarded portfolio include widespread player favourites such as Wizards Want War, Egyptian Dreams Deluxe, Happiest Christmas Tree and 5 Lucky Lions.

Habanero’s latest certification follows on from its recent acquisition of an MGA licence, paving the way for it to secure new partnerships, in addition to those already signed.

Commenting on the accreditation, Arcangelo Lonoce, European Head of Business Development at Habanero, said: “We are thrilled that the team’s consistent diligence has been recognised by the regulatory body in Romania, a market which we believe to be one of the most interesting and dynamic in Europe.

“The news will help us further extend our ever-growing customer reach within the region, following on from a series of high-profile commercial agreements with a succession of Southern Europe’s foremost operators.”

Ready to build on an outstanding 2020, the studio has continued its rapid growth across Europe and South America by creating some of the industry’s highest quality content.

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SOURCE: Habanero Systems press release.

 

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Vermantia Launches the First Mobile-Optimised Virtual Football League

The new offering combines life-like action with the ease and fast-paced experience of a casino-type game in a mobile-first design

ATHENS, Greece (February 3, 2021) – Vermantia, a leader in omni-channel content solutions for lotteries, gaming and betting operators worldwide, has launched the first mobile-optimised Virtual Football League, a brand new virtual game, packed with casino-style features and a wide range of customisations which is now available for mobile and online.

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Following the great shift towards mobile betting, a trend that accelerated by the pandemic, Vermantia has designed its mobile-first Virtual Football League to meet the needs and expectations of today’s mobile and online players who are looking for fast draws, interactive betting experiences and high prizes. The game features all the casino-style modules from 2minute rounds and a “Skip” option for instant results to jackpots, providing users with the ease and fast-paced experience of casino-type games.

Designed as a plug n’ play standalone solution, Vermantia secures fast time to market for betting operators while also in line with its bespoke and localised approach, offers numerous customisation options comprised of branding elements, customisable daily schedules, as well as UI in multiple languages as per each operator’s requirements.

Bringing a new twist, the new game has developed specifically to add to the real-life look and feel with its HD graphics and top-tier football leagues, along with the most popular betting markets that complete a robust betting experience and seal the top spot in today’s players’ preferences.

Spyros Stavropoulos, Commercial Director at Vermantia, stated: “Our society has changed into a fast-paced race where everything is done on the move, and betting follows suit for a few years now. Player is heading towards the betting on the go, and this is why we developed our HD Virtual Football League with a mobile-optimised approach blended with casino-style, fast-paced features.

Our new hybrid game is the perfect mix that gives a flavour of the classic Virtual Football League to the more “traditional” sports betting players but also the thrill of a mobile-first, fast betting experience that the modern players’ crave for.”

SOURCE: Vermantia press release.

 

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Microgaming Propels Into February with the Release of a Staggering 20 New Games

Microgaming, the industry’s leading aggregator, is launching 20 new games this month, 10 from its exclusive independent studios and 10 from its content partners, each packed full of engaging features and mind-blowing game mechanics, not to mention a rogues’ gallery of gangsters, ghouls, jokers and pirates. With this ever-evolving carousel of ground-breaking new content, who said winter had to be bleak?

ISLE OF MAN (February 3, 2021) – Microgaming, the industry’s leading aggregator, is launching 20 new games this month, 10 from its exclusive independent studios and 10 from its content partners, each packed full of engaging features and mind-blowing game mechanics, not to mention a rogues’ gallery of gangsters, ghouls, jokers and pirates. With this ever-evolving carousel of ground-breaking new content, who said winter had to be bleak?

The month gets under way with Microgaming’s exclusivity announcement with PearFiction Studios and the launch of their glorious cartoon mobster caper Chicago Gold™. The backdrop for this 5-reel, 20 pay line video slot, is 1920s Prohibition-era Chicago, as organised crime gangs vie to control the streets under the watchful eye of the ‘Big Boss’. The Big Boss Jackpot Reveal Game is triggered when a jackpot symbol appears on the reels with any collect symbol. Players must match three of the same symbols to win one of four thrilling jackpots.

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Next, Microgaming and Just For The Win unleash Juicy Joker Mega Moolah, the latest incarnation of the world’s most famous progressive slot jackpot. True to form with Mega Moolah, it’s all about the bonus game and the thrill of spinning the jackpot wheel, which is triggered when three joker symbols land on the reels. The wheel offers the chance to win one of four jackpots: Mini, Minor, Major, and Mega. And Mega means Mega. Microgaming’s Mega Moolah network regularly pays seven figure sums to lucky players around the world.

Following this, comes 6 Tokens of Gold from All41 Studios and Microgaming, a game that includes many of the elements of a classic, old school fruit machine but with a fresh lick of paint. The modern twist comes in the form of the HyperHold™ mechanic, a streak respin bonus feature that’s triggered when six or more coins land on the reels in the base game or free spins round. Here, the player receives three spins on reels composed solely of gold coins and blanks. Land a gold coin and it’s locked in, while the respins reset to three. Fill all 15-coin positions and players will win the Mega jackpot!

Also embracing the HyperHold™ mechanic is Triple Edge Studios’ new pirate-themed slot, Adventures of Doubloon Island™, which comes swashing and buckling its way to Microgaming this month. The hunt is on for booty as a band of piratical ne’er do wells haunt the reels. Three or more scatters will yield wins of two, 15 or 100 times the total stake, while also triggering the free spins feature. Landing six or more HyperHold™ symbols on the reels triggers the HyperHold™ feature, during which skull symbols will reveal one of four jackpots and a chance for players to get their hands on the island’s fabled treasure.

Microgaming sticks with the treasure hunt with Incan Adventure from Gacha Games, an arcade-style casino game where players drill through blocks in search of lost Incan gold and jewels.

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Then it’s All41 Studios’ Ingots of Cai Shen, which promises some 243-ways action and a range of jackpots from Mini, Minor, Major and Mega. And a carnival atmosphere descends for Carnaval Jackpot from Pulse 8 Studios, a beautifully simple slot with a focus on jackpot respins.

Later in the month, it’s off to Hawaii for some Maui Mischief from Old Skool Studios, a high-volatility game with stacked wilds on every reel. Then who’s for a spot of diabolical pinball with Crazy Tooth Studio’s hellishly good 3 Devils Pinball? Sticking with the ghoulish theme, Microgaming celebrates the Mexican Day of the Dead in Skulls Heap from Gong Gaming Technologies.

Then players find themselves marooned on a tropical island with Rabcat Gambling’s Tropical Wilds™.

Finally, a nod to some of the great partner content hitting the Microgaming games platform this month. From Iron Dog Studio comes Blirix Workshop, a quirky 5-reel, 15-payline slot that introduces mad scientist character Blirix.

Then Inspired brings us Reel Lucky King Megaways™, a leprechaun-themed slot that’s packed full of features, while Golden Rock Studios offers Bar Slot, which recreates the experience of playing a slot machine in a favourite pub.

Look out, too, for Inspired’s Temple of Light, followed by Reel Diamonds from 1X2gaming. MGA’s Yola Berrocal hits the platform later in the month, while 2By2 takes players on a hunt for Cosmic Gems.

Then, rounding off a whirlwind month, Inspired is back again with Fruity Bonanza Scatter Drops™ while Big Time Gaming brings players Opal Fruits, two games that really ramp up the juice.

SOURCE: Microgaming (microgaming.co.uk).

 

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Vibra Gaming Certified by Gaming Laboratories International

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (February 4, 2021) -- The Argentine game and platform developer Vibra Gaming has recently received the approval of its RNG by Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®), the main worldwide gaming, lottery and gambling certification body.

It was a thorough and demanding process by the i-Gaming division, which is devoted to online gaming, the GLI lab focused on the RNG (Random Number Generator) of Vibra’s games. This is a key component that all games must have to ensure the unpredictability of results. The exhaustive analysis of the RNG guarantees that drawings are reliable for any platform.

This certification is a vital step for Vibra Gaming’s games to be made available for distribution by operators and in jurisdictions requiring this level of technical standards and compliance.

For example, the Lottery of the City of Buenos Aires (LotBA) has recently authorized operators to make use of the online gaming modality and Vibra has become the first Argentine content developer to be approved for online gaming thanks to this certificate obtained from GLI.

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This also constitutes an important requirement to further apply for the certification of Malta (MGA- Malta Gaming Authority), a world leader in terms of i-Gaming regulation, which definitely opens the door to European markets.

Ramiro Atucha, Vibra Gaming CEO, referring to this news for the Buenos Aires-located company: “At Vibra we are very pleased. We are a new company, made up of professionals with more than a decade of experience in the industry. Our products are backed by all this expertise, and this certification proves it. It constitutes a crucial step for our growth and expansion into new markets.”

On her part, Karen Sierra-Hughes, GLI’s vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean, stated: “We are very grateful to Vibra Gaming for the trust they have placed in GLI for this important step toward their expansion in Latin America. The certification process led by Ramiro Atucha and Marcelo Blanco [Vibra Gaming CTO] was completed successfully and quickly, assuring the compliance with the requirements set forth by the Lottery of the City of Buenos Aires. We appreciate the energy devoted by Vibra Gaming to allocate its resources for the purpose of accessing the jurisdiction, thus supporting the development of this new online gaming industry, as well as the efforts being made by the regulator to start the operations at a short term.”

Vibra Gaming is a game and platform development company made up of professionals with a solid experience in the industry. It is mainly focused on the Latin American market and, in the course of this year, has already launched a series of titles with international quality standards, among which we can mention original content as well as licenses of famous characters such as Popeye The Sailor® or The Phantom™. https://www.vibragaming.com/

CONTACT: sales@vibragaming.com

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Gaming Laboratories International, LLC provides high-quality testing and inspection services for online gambling and lotteries. https://gaminglabs.com/

SOURCE: Vibra Gaming.

 

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Lotería Nacional de Beneficencia Restarts Its Draws This Friday

PANAMA (February 10, 2021) -- The country's ticket sellers will be able to sell their chances and tickets, starting today, Wednesday, February 10, complying with the biosafety measures established by the Minsa.

This Friday, February 12, the first draw of the month, of Lotería Nacional de Beneficencia (National Charity Lottery), will be played at 1:00 in the afternoon, according to information provided by the entity, through a statement.

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The information detailed to the wallets and the general public that the restart of the activity will take place as of this Wednesday, February 10, complying with the biosecurity measures established by the Ministry of Health.

This Friday's draw, which will be held behind closed doors in the auditorium of the charity, corresponds to intermission number 2792-3032 of May 27, 2020, dedicated to International Women's Health Day.

The returns of chances and tickets are set for Thursday, February 11, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Friday 12, ticket holders can make the mandatory return, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

The National Charity Lottery also indicated in its statement that the wallets who have not withdrawn their product may do so this Tuesday, February 9.

The Ministry of Health (MINSA) reported that, starting this Tuesday, February 9, the National Charity Lottery (LNB) and the Presidente Remón Racetrack, in Juan Díaz, will be able to resume their activities.

"The administration of both entities must carry out their activities behind closed doors, establish their schedule for restarting activities and maintain at all costs the biosecurity measures established to prevent the contagion and spread of COVID-19," highlighted MINSA.

The draws will be televised, and the sale of chances and tickets will be held from Monday to Friday while the total quarantine lasts on weekends.

In the case of horse races, they will be held from Monday to Friday.

SOURCE: Lotería Nacional de Beneficencia.

 

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