Rhode Island Lottery Celebrates 40 Years
CRANSTON, Rhode Island (May 30,
2014) -- Friday, May 30, 2014, marks the 40th Anniversary of the first Rhode
Island Lottery drawing. That momentous drawing took place at the State House
for the $.50 game called "The Lot". Since then, the Rhode Island Lottery has
exceeded $34.6 billion in sales and has transferred more than $5.3 billion to
the State General Fund.
To commemorate this anniversary, the
Lottery returns to the Statehouse this Friday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. with a
special program and exhibit on the Lottery's evolution and its impact on Rhode
Island. Wrapping up this celebration will be a live drawing of the recently
added midday draw of "The Numbers" Game.
The 40th Anniversary slogan, "40
Years of Fun", is also a celebration of 40 years of winning. In fact, more
than $26 billion in prizes have been awarded to players since the Lottery began
in 1974 - that's an average of $1.8 million in prizes won per day.
None of this success would be
possible without the Lottery's long-term partnership with GTECH Corporation,
the architects of the systems utilized by the Lottery to generate, sell, and
All that technology is put to use
every day by the more than 1,100 Lottery Retailers across the State, whose hard
work selling Lottery products has resulted in more than $379.6 million in
commissions earned since 1974 by the neighborhood "Mom and Pop" stores,
restaurants, taverns, and corporate chains. In fact, some of the original
Retailers from 1974 are still licensed Lottery Retailers today.
The Rhode Island Lottery remains
steadfast in its commitment to maximize revenues for the State, while
maintaining the trust and best interest of all Rhode Island citizens.
We would like to thank all of those
who have supported the Lottery over the years, especially the players who have
Played Responsibly and continue to enjoy the Lottery as it was intended when it
started 40 years ago - a fun, positive way to generate revenue for the State of
SOURCE: The Rhode Island
INTRALOT Sign IT Contract With OPAP S.A.
ATHENS, Greece (June 4, 2014) --
INTRALOT announces that it
has signed an IT contract with OPAP S.A. The company will undertake the
implementation of the new Data Centers, will provide hardware and system
software, as well as services for the operation, maintenance, technical support
and system evolution. The new contract is valid retrospectively as of 1/4/2014
and will expire on 31/7/2018.
The contract includes the provision
of the use of the hardware and system software of Data Centers, the migration
of all existing data and functionalities to the new Central System and upgrade
LOTOS O/S to Enhanced LOTOS O/S, the granting of the licenses to use its
software and, in particular, for the iFLEX Sports Betting Platform, the Data
Warehouse System and the Loyalty Program Players Club. Moreover, INTRALOT
will provide support services, including the maintenance of the Data Centers,
as well as the on site maintenance of Points of Sale equipment, Support Center
Services, Data Center Business Operation Support Services and the Continuous
Development Services of the Application Software, among others.
INTRALOT will also provide OPAP with
equipment for a new Central System.
INTRALOT Group CEO, Mr. Constantinos
Antonopoulos, stated: "We are glad to
continue offering to our longest
client our state-of-the-art technology. Our aim is to support the new
management of OPAP in their endeavour to continue to modernize the Greek gaming
market and offer to the players the most entertaining gaming experiences.
INTRALOT's cutting-edge solutions guarantee that OPAP enters a new era with the
most trusted and secure technology in the lottery sector".
INTRALOT, a public listed company,
is the leading supplier of integrated gaming and transaction processing
systems, innovative game content, sports betting management and interactive
gaming services to state-licensed gaming organizations worldwide. Its broad
portfolio of products & services, its know-how of Lottery, Betting, Racing
& Video Lottery operations and its leading-edge technology, give INTRALOT a
competitive advantage, which contributes directly to customers
efficiency, profitability and growth. With presence in 57 jurisdictions, more
than 5.500 people and revenues of 1,54 billion for 2013, INTRALOT has
established its presence on all 5 continents.
For more information CONTACT: Ms
Persa Kartsoli, Head of Corporate and Public Relations, Phone: +30-210 6156000,
Fax: +30-210 6106800, email:
Scientific Games to Provide Next Generation Central Monitoring
System in South Australia
12,500 Gaming Machines to be
Monitored by SGVideoTM System
NEW YORK, N.Y. (June 3, 2014) --
Corporation (Nasdaq: SGMS) today announced that the Company has signed a
ten-year contract with the Independent Gaming Corporation Limited of South
Australia to supply the Company's latest central monitoring and control system,
the SGVideoTM system. Unique in that it supports both G2S and QCOM
communication protocols, the new system will monitor approximately 12,500
gaming machines in more than 550 locations throughout South Australia. This
technically sophisticated, next-generation system, which replaces the AEGISTM
video system previously provided by the Company, will provide real-time
security monitoring and financial monitoring across the entire gaming machine
network, and will verify that only properly certified software is running on
connected gaming machines.
Harry Bourlotos, General Manager of
the Independent Gaming Corporation said, "After a comprehensive and
competitive procurement process, our selection of Scientific Games and their
SGVideo system allows us to provide participating hotels, clubs and the South
Australian government with a modern monitoring and accounting platform that
meets or exceeds our requirements. Additionally we are confident that its
secure, scalable and adaptable architecture will meet our growing needs and
expanding requirements for many years to come."
"The Independent Gaming
Corporation takes its role of ensuring the integrity of South Australia's
gaming machine business very seriously," said Bill Huntley, Executive Vice
President and Group Chief Executive of Gaming, of Scientific Games. "Being
chosen to deploy our next-generation SGVideo system is a tribute to the very
high standards by which the IGC operates and the powerful, yet cost-efficient
and flexible attributes of the SGVideo system."
About Independent Gaming
The Independent Gaming Corporation
has been established by the hotel and club industry to provide a centralized
computer monitoring facility for the management of gaming machines in South
Australia. Independent Gaming Corporation is a non-profit company, limited by
guarantee, with ownership fully vested with the Australian Hotels Association
(SA Branch) and the Licensed Clubs Association of South Australia.
About Scientific Games
Scientific Games Corporation is a
leading developer of technology-based products and services and associated
content for worldwide gaming and lottery markets. The Company's portfolio
includes instant and draw-based lottery games; electronic gaming machines and
game content; server-based lottery and gaming systems; sports betting
technology; loyalty and rewards programs; and social, mobile and interactive
content and services.
For more information, please visit:
SOURCE: Scientific Games
Kambi Enters Eastern European Sports Betting Market Through
Partnership with Iveriabet
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (May 31, 2014) --
Kambi Group plc. is pleased
to announce that it has signed an agreement to deliver its multi-channel, fully
managed sportsbook solution to Iveriabet, which is part of Casino Iveria, the
Georgian land-based casino group. This will enable Iveriabet to offer a world
class sports betting experience to its Georgian customer base.
This agreement builds on
Kambis recent entrance as a multi-channel B2B sportsbook provider.
Iveriabet is scheduled to go live prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Kristian Nylén, CEO of Kambi
Sports Solutions, commented:
I am delighted that
Iveriabet has chosen to partner with Kambi. This agreement is strategically
important as it provides an entry point into a newly regulated geographic
market. This further demonstrates Kambis ambition and focus on
This agreement will enable
Iveriabet to offer its customers a seamless multi-channel sportsbook
Sebastian Molina, Board Member of
Iveriabet aims to be in the
forefront of the online and mobile gaming experience. Partnering with Kambi,
the market leading B2B sportsbook provider, enable us to offer a first-class
product and bring a new quality in sports betting to our players. We very much
look forward to building up this partnership over the years, starting with the
2014 FIFA World Cup.
Kambi is a B2B supplier of fully
managed sports betting services on an in-house developed software platform,
providing premium turnkey sports betting solutions to B2C operators.
Kambis solution encompasses a broad offering from front-end through to
odds compiling and risk management. Kambi employs approximately 330 staff
across offices in Malta, London, Stockholm, and Manila. The companys
current coverage includes more than 100,000 live betting events and 200,000
pre-match events per year covering 65 different sports from all over the world.
Kambis clients include Unibet, 888, Paf, 32Red and Napoleon Games. Kambi
Group plc is listed on NASDAQ OMX First North Stockholm under the symbol
Kambis Certified Adviser on
NASDAQ OMX First North Stockholm is SEB Corporate Finance, Skandinaviska
Enskilda Banken AB.
For more information, please
CONTACT: Kristian Nylén, CEO Kambi, +44 7764 161 055.
The company description and more
information about the business can be found on:
SOURCE: Kambi Group plc.
Lottery Sales Continue to Stay Ahead of Last Years
LEXINGTON, Kentucky (May 31, 2014)
-- In todays meeting of the
Corporations (KLCs) board of directors, a budget for the next
fiscal year was approved and an update was given on sales so far in FY14.
For FY14 sales through April, $718.7
million in tickets have been sold. This is $18.8 million more than last year,
but $27.3 million short of budget due to lagging sales in the past two months
of some games. Year-to-date income before transfer of dividends has been $188.6
million, which is $3.7 million more than last year but $4.9 million less than
Were hoping a solid
Powerball run in the last few weeks of the fiscal year will help our sales
return to where they need to be, said the KLCs Sr. VP of
Finance Howard Kline.
For FY15, the board approved a
budget calling for $935 million in sales and $238 million in dividends back to
Kline said increased Keno sales and
the addition of a new multistate game should help draw game sales grow to $393
million next year.
"The sales growth we need to meet
the funds counted on by the Commonwealth next year is quite honestly the
largest challenge weve faced, said KLC President and CEO Arch
Its a stretch, but
the students who receive proceeds from the college scholarship and grant
programs we fund are counting on us. Im confident well make
In other business, the board
- The renewal of a lease with the Commonwealths
Office of Technology for the KLCs date back-up center
- A contract with
Gaming Laboratories International
(GLI) for lottery ball testing, random number generator evaluation and
- A contract renewal with Bandy Carroll Hellige for
advertising and related services, and;
- Rules and/or amended rules and regulations for 22
The next meeting of the KLCs
board of directors will be August 1. The meeting will begin at 9:30 AM EST, and
will be held at the KLC headquarters at 1011 West Main Street in Louisville.
Committee meetings will begin at 8:30 AM EST.
The Kentucky Lottery has earned more
than $4 billion for the Commonwealth since 1989. KLC dividends pay for
college scholarships, grants and literacy programs. Visit www.kheaa.com to find
out more about grants and scholarships paid for by the KLC.
For More Information CONTACT:
Chip Polston, Jennifer Cunningham or Sara Westerman: (502) 560-1675.
SOURCE: Kentucky Lottery
Special Limited Time Offer: Two for Twos-Day
Lottery Promotion Begins June 3
ROCKY HILL, Connecticut (May 30,
2014) -- If you've played the CT Lottery's new 5 Card Cash draw
game you know you get TWO games to win on one ticket. Now, on Tuesdays
from June 3rd through June 24th, 2014, it's even better with our new promotion,
Two for Two's-Day!
How to Play:
Buy one Powerball ticket of $6 or
more on Tuesdays, between 4pm and 7pm.
Get a FREE 5 Card Cash ticket (a $2
value) at any CT Lottery retailer location. Supplies are limited.
Since ticket sales for 5 Card Cash
began on May 4, 2014, the $255,555 has been won two times and over a half a
million winning tickets have been sold.
To learn about 5 Card Cash, visit
the CT Lotterys YouTube channel (YouTube.com/CTLottery), Facebook
(facebook.com/CTLottery) or Twitter (twitter.com/ctlottery) sites or stop by
any CT Lottery retailer location.
The overall odds of winning any 5
Card Cash prize are 1 in 4.1. The Instant Win overall odds are 1 in
4.2. Daily Drawing overall odds are 1 in 235.3. The top Drawing
prize is subject to split prize liability and may be lower than shown.
The CT Lottery reminds the public
that purchasers must be 18 or older and to please play responsibly. For
information about the CT Lottery, call (860) 713-2700 or visit
SOURCE: Connecticut Lottery.
Lotto24's Lotto App Helps Student Become Germany's First Mobile
HAMBURG, Germany (June 2, 2014) --
Shortly before the Saturday night draw of Germany's state-run lottery
»6aus49«, a Lotto24 customer quickly submitted his numbers via his
smartphone app. Lucky for him! Thanks to his six correct numbers, he can now
look forward to winnings of EUR 638,846.90.
The 27-year-old student from
Saxony-Anhalt can hardly believe his luck.
Petra von Strombeck, CEO of Lotto24
AG, states: 'We are delighted that a Lotto24 customer is the first mobile
lottery winner in Germany.
This first major win underlines the
trend towards submitting lottery numbers on the go. Playing the lottery has
never been so easy and convenient!'
Lotto24 AG acts as a broker of
lottery products and is the official partner of Deutscher Lottoblock (the
German association of state lottery companies). In addition to the classic
online purchase of lottery tickets via Lotto24.de, the company also offers its
customers the possibility to submit tickets via an app on their smartphone or
Lotto24 is Germany's leading online
broker of state-licensed lotteries (www.lotto24.de). On behalf of its
customers, the company enters into gaming contracts with the respective lottery
companies for lottery products such as 'Lotto 6aus49', 'Spiel 77', 'Super 6',
'EuroJackpot' and 'Glücksspirale'.
Following its foundation in 2010,
the company was one of the first private online lottery brokers to resume
activities on the German market and received all the necessary state permits in
2012, when the new State Treaty on Games of Chance came into effect.
Lotto24 AG has been listed in the
Prime Standard segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange since 3 July 2012.
Lotto24 aims to extend its position as Germany's leading online broker of
Press CONTACT: Lotto24 AG, Vanina
Hoffmann, Tel.: +49 (0) 40 / 82 22 39 501, E-mail:
SOURCE: Lotto24 AG.
Wyoming Lottery Still Seeking Retailer
CHEYENNE, Wyoming (June 3, 2014) --
Wyoming retail business owners interested in selling Powerball® and Mega
Millions® tickets at their retail locations when the Wyoming Lottery goes
live on August 24 still have time to submit an application to become a
According to Wyoming Lottery CEO,
Jon Clontz, despite the successful launch of the application process on May 21,
the lottery is encouraging interested retailers who haven't yet applied to
submit an application. "We've received around 300 applications online so
far, and several by mail, representing more than 500 locations," Clontz
"Our goal is to place a maximum
of 450 to 500 terminals statewide, but we'll certainly experience attrition as
a result of the vetting process. That means retailers who haven't applied yet
still have a good chance of becoming a WyoLotto ticket seller."
Clontz says the lottery wants to
ensure that players across the state have an opportunity to buy tickets, so
creating an adequately dispersed network of retail locations is important.
"We're extremely pleased with the response from retailers, so far," he
said. "Virtually every type of retail business is represented, from gas
stations and convenience stores to bowling alleys, bars, restaurants -- you
name it. That's important, because we want to make sure it's convenient for
people to play, even if they live in less-populated areas of the
Business owners who submit
applications must undergo a thorough review. The vetting process includes
financial and criminal background checks on all applicants. Lottery officials
say that a certain percentage may not pass the checks, so they encourage
additional applications until they've filled all of the available slots.
Clontz said the lottery will also
maintain a 90-day waiting list of approved applicants so he can quickly fill
future vacancies as they occur. "There's no downside to applying and we have
kept the process simple, so if a retailer's interested in selling lottery
tickets, it makes sense to get an application in."
Wyoming retail business owners have
several options for applying to become a WyoLotto retailer. Retailers
Fill out and submit an application
online at www.wyolotto.com/retailers.
Download and print a retailer
application at www.wyolotto.com/retailers and return it to the Wyoming
Lottery Corporation in person or by mail
Pick up an application in person at
the Lottery's office and return it to the Wyoming Lottery Corporation in person
or by mail
Request an application be sent by
mail by calling the Wyoming Lottery at 307.432.9300
Applications submitted in person or
by mail should be directed to: Wyoming Lottery Corporation, Attn: Retail
Contracts, 1620 Central Ave, Suite 100, Cheyenne, WY 82001.
Wyoming retailers with questions
about the WyoLotto application or the application process may contact the
Wyoming Lottery at 307.432.9300.
About the Wyoming Lottery
The Wyoming Lottery Corp. is a
corporate business entity established by House Bill 77 in the 2013 legislative
session and signed into law by Governor Matt Mead last March. The corporation
operates as a private business and does not employ state employees or use state
State law requires the first $6
million of Lottery revenue to be distributed to cities, towns and counties
based on Wyoming's sales tax formula. Any additional earnings will be deposited
into the state's Permanent Land Fund's Common School Account
SOURCE: Wyoming Lottery.
Lottery Game Spikes Single-Day Sales
New Mexico Lottery Scratcher
Sales Highest In Four Years
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (June 4,
2014) --The New Mexico
Lottery sold approximately $321,000 in Scratcher tickets yesterday, its
highest one-day sales since March 2010.
The lottery introduced six new
Scratchers yesterday, including the $2 I Love New
Mexico. The game features six iconic state landmarks
photographed by New Mexico residents.
Earlier this year, the lottery began
a strategy to launch multiple new Scratcher games on the first Tuesday of the
Tuesday goal is to create a more exciting marketplace for players and
generate more profit for Legislative Lottery Scholarships, said Karla
Wilkinson, the lotterys product manager. Yesterdays
sales were very strong, a sign that were on the right track.
The lotterys Fiscal Year 2014
goal is to sell approximately $135.3 million in tickets and generate
approximately $40.6 million in profit for the Legislative Lottery Scholarship
As of April, FY 2014 profits total
approximately $34.5 million. The fiscal year ends June 30.
Legislative Lottery Scholarships
Since its inception in 1996, the New
Mexico Lottery has raised $607 million for education and more than 90,000
students have attended college on Legislative Lottery Scholarships.
More information about Legislative
Lottery Scholarships is available at
Follow the New Mexico Lottery on
Facebook (www.facebook.com/nmlottery) and YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/NewMexicoLottery).
SOURCE: New Mexico Lottery.
Have A Super Summer with the Lotto 6/49 June Super
TORONTO, Ontario (June 2, 2014) --
Canadians have been longing for summer and now that June is finally here,
its time to celebrate with the LOTTO 6/49 JUNE SUPER DRAW. All eight
LOTTO 6/49 draws taking place in June will feature not one but two Guaranteed
$1 Million Prize Draws.
Thats a total of 16 Guaranteed
$1 Million Prize Draws to be won in addition to the main jackpots in the month
of June! Players will have three chances to win a top prize of $1 Million or
more with just one ticket.
Weve all been
dreaming about a little fun in the sun lately, so why not take that dream up to
Cloud 6/49? says Wendy Montgomery, OLG Vice President, Lottery
Marketing & Sales.
Offering TWO Guaranteed $1
Million Prize Draws plus the jackpot with each LOTTO 6/49 draw means there
could be many new millionaires living their summer dreams this month. With this
many chances to win a prize of $1 Million or more in June, someone is going to
win. It could be you!
Since LOTTO 6/49 was launched in
June 1982, Ontario players have won more than $10 billion in prizes, including
1,276 jackpot wins.
As of May 12, 2014, there have been
3,150 LOTTO 6/49 draws. For more information, please visit olg.ca and click on
OLG is a provincial agency
responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975,
OLG has provided nearly $38 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario.
OLGs annual payments to the
Province have helped support health care; education, research, prevention and
treatment of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold
program; and local and provincial charities.
Vermantia Presents 360 Virtual
New Mexico Lottery Launch Jackpot Game, Afternoon Pick 3
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (June 5,
2014) -- The New Mexico
Lottery is bringing more fun to two games played only in New Mexico.
Jackpot Quickster Game
On Sunday, a Quickster game called
Red Hot Jackpot Bingo goes on sale. The $5 game offers a starting
jackpot of $1,000 that will grow larger until hit. The game includes more
than 75,000 non-jackpot prizes ranging between $5 and $100.
In Red Hot Jackpot Bingo, players
look for the callers numbers on two Bingo cards. A prize legend at
the end of the ticket reveals winning patterns and prize values. The
games overall odds are 1 in 3.06.
The Quickster line launched in 2012
with top prizes of $100. Tickets print from the same machines that print
tickets for drawing games such as Powerball® and Mega Millions®.
Afternoon Pick 3 Drawing
Starting Monday, Pick 3 will offer a
1 p.m. drawing in addition to an evening drawing at 9:30. Players can
choose the mid-day drawing, the evening drawing or both.
In Pick 3, players win by matching
three numbers from zero to nine in one of three play styles selected when the
ticket is purchased.
Tickets cost $1 per play per
drawing. Drawings are Monday through Saturday. Prizes range between
$5 and $500.
"Our goal is keep lottery games
fresh and exciting because its important to players and its
important to Legislative Lottery Scholarships, said David Barden, New
Mexico Lottery CEO.
Since its inception in 1996, the New
Mexico Lottery has raised $607 million for education and more than 90,000
students have attended college on Legislative Lottery Scholarships.
More information about Legislative
Lottery Scholarships is available at
Follow the New Mexico Lottery on
Facebook (www.facebook.com/nmlottery) and (YouTube
SOURCE: New Mexico Lottery.
Australasian Gaming Expo; Mark These Dates: From 12 14
SYDNEY, Australia (June 3, 2014) --
In todays fast-paced gaming market, it is important for operators,
affiliates and developers to stay on the up-and-up on the latest trends and
regulations. In Australias gambling industry, key players can do so at
the Australasian Gaming Expo which will take place in August this year.
The exhibition will take place at
the Sydney Exhibition Centre at Glebe Island from 12 14 August,
So far, 160 different exhibitors
have signed up to show off their wares to members of the local gambling market.
The event will provide a cross-section of gaming industry professionals, such
as furniture, IT, building services, marketing, interior design, security and
point of sale systems.
For the first time, the Australasian
Gaming Expo will take place in a new location. It is a big change for the
event, but organisers are sure that attendees will be impressed with the new
Located a stones
throw from the iconic Glebe Island Bridge, changes include a venue that greets
visitors with breath-taking Harbour Views on two sides, alfresco cafes and once
inside the exhibition, the space takes advantage of a more naturally lit
interior, reads a statement from the Gaming Technology
A wide range of poker machine
manufacturers will be in attendance, including Aristocrat, Bally Technologies,
Ainsworth, Aruze Gaming, Konami, IGT and Atlas Gaming. So, attendees will be
able to learn more about the wide range of poker machine technology that is
available in the Australasian gambling market.
The host is expecting this
years event to build on the success of the 2013 Australasian Gaming expo,
which saw thousands of attendees and the introduction of many new and exciting
poker machines. In a new location and over 160 exhibitors planned, the 2014
event will be a big hit among Australian gaming industry professionals.
SOURCE: Online Poker Machines /
Gaming Technology Association.
Gaming in Holland Conference; Mark These Dates: June 23 &
EGBA's Secretary General,
Mr. Maarten Haijer, will be speaking at the conference
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (June 2,
2014) -- With online gaming in The Netherlands poised for regulation, now is
the time to expand your knowledge of the Dutch gaming market and get on the
inside track of the gaming industry. The Gaming in Holland Conference in
Amsterdam (June 23 & 24) offers you the opportunity to meet and learn from
the leaders in sports betting, lotteries, mobile gaming, gaming law, social
gaming, regulation and many other fields.
At the Gaming in Holland Conference,
youll be part of a community of innovative professionals who have created
the biggest success stories in online gaming yet and strive to be the winners
in the regulated market of tomorrow.
Register today at:
RESPONSIBLE GAMING on June 24th
Unibet believes that a
successfully regulated gambling market is the best warrant for the protection
of all Dutch customers and this is why RG is part of Unibets DNA and
contributes to the sustainability of the Dutch online gambling
Maris Bonello, responsible gaming
Suppliers on the Dutch
online gambling market will get the regulator they deserve.
Marja Appelman, director Dutch
Gaming Authority (KSA)
National regulation is an
important way to increase trust in online gambling which ensures investments, a
steady business growth as well as tax income.
Business Unit Manager, Responsible
Gaming, neccton ltd
In Tuesdays session on
Responsible Gaming, Pieter Remmers (Assissa) will lead a panel discussion on
the legal requirements with regards to responsible gaming. Pieter will also
share some of the insights he gained while working on a report on responsible
gaming for the Ministry of Justice earlier this year.
Responsible gaming is one of the
crucial topics defined by the regulator, and this session will be one of the
highlights of the two-day conference.
- Marja Appelman director Dutch Gaming
- Maris Bonello responsible gaming manager
- Michael Auer business unit manager at
Assissa Consultancy Europe works or
has worked on responsible gaming policies and programs in a number of
countries, including the Netherlands, South Africa, Germany, Switzerland,
Luxemburg, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Malaysia, Singapore, Canada, Malta and
At present, founder Pieter Remmers
is very much involved in the development and implementation of online education
programs (e-learning) on problem gambling and responsible gaming and
responsible gaming solutions to support players gaming decisions and
online treatment modules.
This is an exciting time,
lots of people playing online already and a regulated market coming soon, I am
happy and proud to be involved in the process. Pieter Remmers,
founder Assissa Consultancy Europe
SponsorTribune, the largest media
platform on sponsoring in The Netherlands, and Gaming in Holland will jointly
organize a seminar on the regulation of online gaming and its effects on
sponsoring on Monday morning June 23.
The seminar will kick off with an
overview of sports betting: how does it work? What sports are most popular?
What about matchfixing? Then well look into the critical success factors
for partnerships between sports clubs and gaming operators. The seminar will
conclude with a discussion on the opportunities and threats of gaming
This session will be held in Dutch
only. For more information, please visit:
SOURCE: Gaming In Holland
ISGA Launch Independent Research Into Social
LONDON, U.K. (May 27, 2014) -- ISGA
announces new independent academic research into the evolution, use and impact
of social games.
The global industry body
representing social games companies with over 300 million players, the
International Social Games Association (ISGA), has today released independent
academic research by Harvest Strategy into the evolution, use and impact of
social games. The report undertakes both a review of existing academic
literature and data surrounding social games as well as a survey of consumer
behaviour and perceptions across Australia, the UK, France and the US,
the 2014 Consumer Survey.
Social games are an increasingly
important part of the digital economy. The report states that the industry is
projected to reach US$7 billion in revenue by 2015 and it is estimated than 34%
of the total Internet population will be playing social games this year. Games
are far from just for young people. The researchers comprehensive review
of demographic data shows no gender bias and that the average player is 40
years old. This supports the ISGAs own recently collated data on the
audience for its members social games, which shows that 99.5% of users
are over 18.
The report demonstrates that social
games played on mobile devices are a natural technological evolution of
traditional games practices based around strategy, skill, chance and social
interaction, and that the rise of the freemium pricing model
has been driven by underlying changes in technology and consumer behaviour. The
ease of online digital distribution and the continuing problem of piracy have
forced downward pressure on prices. The diffusion of mobile technology (for
example smartphones and tablets) has driven demand for more flexible game
playing experiences. The freemium pricing model has enabled the video games
industry to successfully harness these changes in technology and consumer
Amongst the reports findings
are that in-game expenditure is typically low and that average players are
spending no money on games at all. According to the 2014 Consumer Survey, a
high proportion of people playing social games are not spending money on in-app
purchases. Less than 1 in 10 players spent money on a social game on their last
playing occasion. Those players that do make in-app purchases are spending low
amounts, typically less than one unit of local currency (i.e. 87% of French
transactions were less than 1, and 90% of UK transactions were less than
Contrary to speculation by
commentators, the research finds no evidence that social casino games are
converting people to real money gamblers or causing problem gambling. The
report concludes that social games are played for different reasons to gambling
such as social interaction and relationship building across social networks.
The consumer data also indicates that consumers are able to distinguish and
understand the difference between social games and real money gaming.
As part of its ongoing commitment
into researching the impact and reception of social games, the ISGA is also
pleased to announce the commissioning of a new independent research project,
which will focus specifically on issues of concern surrounding social games and
ISGA CEO Luc Delany said:
We have read Harvests report with great interest. As an industry
we are very pleased to have a new and robust piece of research to help put
context and facts into the discussion on social games. This report helps to
explain what the social games sector is and who are playing social games, and
that it will bring clarity to the discussion surrounding social games, forming
a solid basis for constructive dialogue between industry and key stakeholders.
We are reassured that Harvests research demonstrates that there is no
link between social casino games and real money gambling and that the two
practices are entirely separate, with very different audiences and player
demographics. We look forward to carrying on research of social games and their
impact in the future.
This independent report should
function as a resource to educate and inform policy makers and public alike on
the social games sector. Data and insights from the report will be used to
further develop and refine the ISGAs industry best practice principles,
released in first benchmark form in October 2013.
The academic report, entitled
A New Industrys Profile Digital + Social + Game =
Diģsogames was undertaken by Harvest Strategy, a research group
composed of academics from the University of Sydney and peer reviewed by
academics from the London Business School.
The full report and supporting
documents can be found at: www.i-sga.org/research
For more information, please
CONTACT: Luc Delany, CEO, ISGA / Tel: + 44 (0) 20 35427828 / Email:
The ISGA: The International Social
Games Association has been set up by a group of leading social games companies
to act as a voice for the fast-growing industry at a time when many changes in
the way millions of people access, play and pay for games are taking place.
Members include: Zynga, Slingo,
Plumbee, Playtika, PlayStudios, MGM, IGT, High 5 Games, Gamesys, Big Fish
Games, Bally Technologies, Aristocrat, Abzorba Games, & Akamon
Harvest Strategy is an Australian
based consulting and research firm specializing in the areas of public policy,
consumer behavior, communications and media, and strategy. The Harvest research
team has been led by Dr Rohan Miller, Senior Lecturer in Marketing at The
University of Sydney, with the assistance of a team of internationally
recognised academics including the London Business School.
What are social games? Many people
are more familiar with console games, which are typically large games with a
high upfront cost and played on a games console or PC. Social games are
typically played online or on mobile devices and have a social element. The
social element typically means people play with, or directly against their
friends or they participate in leader boards, chat rooms or share and compare
progress via a social network. They enhance game experiences by enabling people
to play with or against others, either at the same time or asynchronously.