Amendment to Merger Agreement Between GTECH S.P.A. and International
Game Technology (IGT)
ROME, Italy and PROVIDENCE, Rhode
Island (September 23, 2014) -- GTECH S.p.A. (ISE:GTK) and International Game Technology
(IGT) today announced that they have amended their previously announced
Agreement and Plan of Merger dated July 15, 2014.
While the aggregate amount of stock
and cash to be paid to IGT shareholders has remained unchanged, the amendment
eliminates the mechanism for IGT shareholders to elect all-stock, all-cash
consideration, or a mixed election, subject to proration. Upon completion
of the merger, all IGT shareholders will receive $13.69 in cash plus 0.1819
shares (subject to adjustment) of newly formed U.K. holding company NewCo, for
each share of IGT common stock.
The amendment also reflects a
reduced number of required approvals from gaming regulators as a condition
precedent to closing.
Additionally, De Agostini S.p.A.,
the majority GTECH shareholder, will continue to have the right to select seven
members to the 13-member combined company board, but the amendment reduces the
number of those directors who meet the independence standards of the New York
Stock Exchange from four to three.
GTECH and IGT entered into the
amendment with the overall intent of improving the timing and certainty of
completion of the transaction in the interests of both companies and their
shareholders. In particular, providing IGT shareholders with the aforementioned
election mechanism would have had the effect of imposing additional regulatory
and disclosure requirements that would have made the transaction process unduly
complex and burdensome and caused delays to its completion timetable.
The amendment and additional detail
regarding the amendment are available at
GTECH S.p.A. is a leading commercial
operator and provider of technology in the regulated worldwide gaming markets,
delivering best-in-class products and services, with a commitment to the
highest levels of integrity, responsibility, and shareholder value creation.
The Company is listed on the FTSE MIB at the Italian Stock Exchange under the
trading symbol GTK and is majority owned by De Agostini S.p.A. In
2013, GTECH had approximately 3.1 billion in revenues and 8,600 employees
with operations in approximately 100 countries on six continents. For more
information, please visit www.gtech.com.
For further information CONTACT:
Robert K. Vincent
T. (+1) 401 392 7452
T. (+39) 06 51899030
SOURCE: GTECH S.p.A.
WMS Gaming is Keeping Players in the Game at G2E®
CHICAGO, Illinois (September 24,
2014) -- Highlighting its commitment to helping casino operators engage core
players and attract newcomers through groundbreaking technologies, exciting
game content and innovative platforms,
WMS Gaming, a
Scientific Games (NASDAQ:
SGMS) company, will showcase a wide range of gaming solutions and cabinet
configurations that will be Keeping Players in the Game at the 2014
Global Gaming Expo (Booth #1116).
To view the multimedia assets
associated with this release, please click HERE:
At G2E® 2014, WMS will introduce
new player-focused mechanics that differentiate and elevate the gaming
experience, new top box enhancements for the Gamefield xD cabinet, and
showcase new game features for popular themes such as Goldfish®,
Zeus, Reel 'Em In!® and Life of Luxury®, that address player
preferences and current market requirements.
Highlights of new for sale and
gaming operations products on display at G2E include:
Extending the Video Game
A highlight of the Company's video
cabinet offerings at G2E 2014 will be the Blade cabinet, currently one of
the industry's strongest performing platforms thanks to superior graphics and
increased player engagement enabled by its next-generation CPU-NXT® 3
operating platform. WMS will demonstrate new for sale games for its expanding
video content library, including the Double Buffalo Spirit, Snow
Leopard, and Sweet Nothings themes. Follow-up themes to the
player-popular OMG! Kittens game OMG! Puppies and OMG!
Kittens Safari themes will also make their G2E debut.
Also on display at this year's G2E
on the Blade video platform is the Cool Jewels theme, which represents
the first theme WMS Gaming and Williams Interactive are simultaneously
launching for land-based, social and real money wagering.
Blade Stepper Brings Power
of Blade Platform to Mechanical Player
The Blade Stepper cabinet is a
natural evolution of the proven Blade platform, bringing the classic mechanical
reel game experience to the contemporary slot floor with the features stepper
players seek including vibrant mechanical reels that combine seamlessly
with HD touch screens and beautiful glass artwork. Among the new Blade Stepper
themes premiering at G2E 2014 are The Best Things in Life®, Hearts &
Dreams, and High Speed Turbo® themes.
Two New Next-Generation
Blade Hybrid Slant Cabinets
A key highlight of WMS' appearance
at G2E 2014 will be the debut of two new Blade cabinet configurations. The
result of WMS' most intensive player research development process ever, the new
player-focused hybrid slant Blade cabinets combine a revolutionary advance in
technology with an innovative form that falls outside the traditional hardware
platforms on casino slot floors today. The Blade s23 cabinet, a hybrid slant
cabinet that combines the key player-favorite features of the Blade cabinet and
dual 23" HD displays along with the latest Blade cabinet content.
The Blade s23 cabinet offers a
captivating bank appearance with dynamic game-driven direct and ambient
lighting effects across a broad array of content including Double
Buffalo Spirit, Eagle Maiden, and Exotic Butterfly-themes
designed to further drive player engagement.
The Blade s32 cabinet features dual
32" full HD Metascreen® technology displays and an ergonomically angled
Button Panel tablet with a projected capacitive multi-touch screen for improved
gameplay integration. This new cabinet will launch with two themes, the Hot Hot
8 and Dragons over Nanjing themes.
First Ever Community
Immersion Game on Gamefield xD Platform
The Gamefield xD cabinet continues
to be a strong performer for the gaming operations segment of the slot floor
and this year WMS is introducing the first ever Community Immersion game for
this popular cabinet. Offering never before seen differentiation, the Reel 'Em
In! Super Cast theme with wand technology has two Gamefield xD cabinet
bases paired with three vertical 46" LCD screens that display a single
World Class Entertainment
Brands Combined with Unique Game Play Action
WMS remains committed to expanding
its strong library of branded content by leveraging the built-in loyalty of
iconic entertainment brands with unique game play and player interaction, and
differentiated hardware to create new experiences. Top-performing brands such
as THE WIZARD OF OZ, MONOPOLY, THE LORD OF THE RINGS, and WILLY
WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY themes will return to the G2E 2014 show
floor and be joined by exciting new brands such as THE FLINTSTONES, MAD
MEN®, GREMLINS, ELTON JOHN, ELVIS® and AUSTIN POWERS
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:
http://www.scientificgames.com. AUSTIN POWERS & © New Line
Productions, Inc. (s14) ELVIS PRESLEY © Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.;
ELVIS PRESLEY Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off. G2E is a registered trademark of
the American Gaming Association and Reed Elsevier Inc. Used with permission.
GREMLINS & © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s14) MAD MEN is a
trademark of Lions Gate Television Inc. © 2014. All Rights Reserved.
www.amctv.com/originals/madmen MONOPOLY is a trademark of Hasbro. Used with
permission. ©2014 Hasbro. All rights reserved. THE FLINTSTONES &
© Hanna-Barbera. (s14) THE LORD OF THE RINGS © 2014 New Line
Productions, Inc. All rights reserved. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of
the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: The
Return of the King and the names of the characters, items, events and places
therein are trademarks of The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Middle-earth
Enterprises under license to New Line Productions, Inc. THE WIZARD OF OZ and
all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Turner
Entertainment Co. (s14) Judy Garland as Dorothy from THE WIZARD OF OZ. (s14)
WILLY WONKA & © Warner Bros. Entertainment. (s14)
SOURCE Scientific Games
Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Helps Regulators,
Suppliers and Operators Get More at G2E 2014
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (September 17,
2014) At G2E 2014, Gaming
Laboratories International (GLI®), which is currently celebrating its
25th anniversary, will show regulators, suppliers and operators how to get
more. For a preview, visit www.gaminglabs.com/G2E.
GLIs global Development team
is available to show you our latest technology and will be in booth #4430,
located at Paradise and Flamingo on the tradeshow floor. The team will be on
hand to meet with regulators, suppliers and operators about how GLI is so much
more than just testing. For example, in addition to its unsurpassed range of
services, including land-based, lottery and iGaming testing and certification,
GLI offers a wide range of services beyond testing such as training,
professional services, consultation, auditing, IT security audits, rule-writing
and field inspections.
GLI will also be conducting
demonstrations of its new GLiCloud® inventory tracking and control system
and the Kobetron line of products.
GLI is the leading test lab for
Tribal gaming and has been serving Tribal regulators across North America since
1989. GLI also hosts hundreds of Tribal and non-Tribal regulators at its
industry leading annual North American Regulators Roundtable.
GLI has a range of exclusive tools
created with a keen eye on helping regulators do their job more efficiently and
helping suppliers enter marketplace more quickly and cost-effectively. These
tools include the patented GLI Link® remote testing tool,
Point.Click.Transfer.® service, and the Gaming Labs Certified®
GLI also consults in the area of
Professional Services. Its Professional Services division has four main areas
of services: Project Management; Governance, Risk and Compliance, including
World Lottery Association Security Control Standards (WLASCS) and ISO 27001
Information Security audit and certification; GLI University® Training; and
Get more in GLIs G2E booth
#4430. Let us show you how GLI is so much more than just testing.
For 25 years, Gaming Laboratories
International, LLC has continuously delivered THE best quality land-based and
iGaming testing and consulting services with supreme accuracy while reducing
time to market. With 21 laboratory locations spread across Africa, Asia,
Australia, the Caribbean, Europe, North America and South America, GLI is the
only global organization of its kind to hold U.S. and international
accreditations for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020, and 17065 standards
for technical competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries. For
more information, visit www.gaminglabs.com.
CONTACT: Christie Eickelman,
VP of Marketing, +1 (702) 914-2220 or Email:
SOURCE: GLI press release
distributed by Paul Speirs-Hernandez, Steinbeck Communications, +1 (702)
Thorsborg Institute, LLC Announce Reorganization of their Propriety
ROSWELL, Georgia (Sept 22, 2014) --
LLC is proud to announce that they have completed the
reorganization of their propriety consultancy services into distinct products
that are available to the lottery, sports betting and gaming industries. This
proprietary formulation of historical program data and protocol methodology is
in anticipation of the forthcoming corporate headquarters relocation/expansion
and the augmentation of global staff to provide sustainable quality services to
the evolution of the lottery, sports betting and gaming industries
Thorsborg Institute, LLC offers more
than three decades of expertise from operations in 98 countries with the
following proprietary services to the lottery, sports betting and gaming
- FLID© proprietary quantifiable
management audit system
- SITAT® proprietary protocol for the
creation, adjudication and implementation of a global tender for
- SITREP® protocol for industry/financial
- PRIVAT® protocol for the privatization
of public institutions into the private sector
Thorsborg Institute, LLC
Thorsborg Institute, LLC is a
privately held consultancy corporation founded to be a global resource for
private and public sector organizations. Clientele have included multinational
corporations, NGOs, governments, financial institutions, and over 500
privately held companies in 98 countries.
Thorsborg Institute, LLC is the
oldest and most successful consultancy firm serving the global lottery/gaming
industry. Our staff has assisted in the start-up of 19 lottery and sports
betting operations throughout the world.
We have provided objective
management audit advisory services for jurisdictions who want to have a third
party expert provide an overview of their operations as compared to global
Our expertise in servicing the
financial community in the evaluation of the sustainability of the global
organizations operating in the lottery, sports betting and gaming is
Unlike other consultancies that have
experience in limited markets and perspectives, Thorsborg Institute, LLC has a
global expertise that is unique in the industry.
Thorsborg Institute, LLCs
consultancy division expansion is augmented by recent advances in its
Hydrospace Division which services governments, maritime organizations and
marine sciences/ industry research institutions.
More information can be obtained at
our website: WWW.Thorsborg.com
CONTACT: Thorsborg Institute,
LLCTelephone: 770 518-0704 Fax: 770 518-0752, E-mail:
SOURCE: Thorsborg Institute,
Swedish Sports Alliance Launch New Digital Lottery Platform on Mobile
SWEDEN (September 18, 2014)
The Swedish Gaming Board has given the Swedish Sports Alliance a license to
start Klubblo a new digital lottery platform on mobile and PCs designed
to boost funding for Swedish sport. Klubblo is open to all sports federations
and associations within the Alliance for Sport.
The deal to deliver bespoke lottery
gaming products is a joint venture between media partner Metro and casino
operator Cherry, with the games being provided by Yggdrasil Gaming.
Klubblo offers a variety of scratch
cards that are played online via mobile phone or PC. The fact that the lottery
games are digital means coaches, parents, children and young people do not have
to spend time knocking on doors to sell lottery tickets, but can use that time
for association development, sports and school work.
The players choose which
associations their money goes to safe in the knowledge that any money generated
by them will be distributed to a sports club that is close to their heart.
Each federation or association also
has the unique ability to easily create custom-specific lottery tickets via
Klubblo.se, ensuring their brand gets visibilty.
The Sports Alliance is currently
composed of 27 of the foundation's sports federations and the two alliance
unions, Djurgården IF and Hammarby IF. The Board includes representatives
of several sports federations.
Chairman Lars Liljegren, also
chairman of the Swedish Fencing Federation, said:
Through this initiative, we
are giving Swedish sport new opportunities for funding at a time when both the
state and local authorities are holding back on supporting sport. We can also
develop new ideas together in a sport driven organization and fully utilize the
strength of the Swedish sports brands.
Klubblo CEO Lasse Dilschmann,
We are really excited to
deliver this unique opportunity for Swedish sport. Lotteries around the world
help to fund certain elements of sport, but Klubblo gives the chance for
players to directly choose where their money goes.
We think this is really
going to capture the imagine of the Swedish people and we are confident that it
is going to have a significant impact on the funding of both small and large
sports clubs and associations in Sweden.
In cooperation with the Sports
Alliance, Klubblos business concept is to exclusively promote and power a
lottery with a Swedish license through digital distribution and have sports as
Swedish Sports has never before had
access to its own gaming product on a national scale, and has been reliant on
benevolence from other game operators. Klubblos advantage is that the
lottery benefits the sports industry directly, and the compound specifically. A
vision is that Klubblo will be the most important sponsor for Swedish sports,
by offering attractive games for computers and mobile phones.
For more information please CONTACT:
Ben Cleminson, Director, +44 (0) 20 3586 8267 | +44 (0) 7788 640 732, Email:
SOURCE: Swedish Sports Alliance.
Betting Industry Welcomes International Match-Fixing
BRUSSELS, Belgium (September 18,
2014) -- The European regulated betting industry welcomes the Council of
Europes Convention on match-fixing, which aims to prevent the
manipulation of sports results. The EGBA, ESSA, and the RGA, believe that it
represents a relatively positive and potentially significant development in the
fight against sport and betting related fraud. At the same time, certain
provisions raise concerns regarding their compatibility with EU law.
Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of
the EGBA, stated: The convention rightly addresses match-fixing as a
cross-border issue that requires international cooperation. It is our hope that
it will further set the tone for a more effective cooperation between all
stakeholders to eradicate match-fixing. However, we are aware that the CJEU has
rightly been asked to provide its opinion on the compatibility of the
definition of illegal sports betting with EU law, and consider that
the application of at least this provision should be postponed until the CJEU
has provided legal clarity.
Clive Hawkswood, Chief Executive of
the RGA concluded that: The Convention discussions were at times
challenging, with pressure from some stakeholders to introduce a sports betting
right and even blanket restrictions on certain bet types. The regulated betting
sector worked hard to explain why measures of this kind would not make any
material difference to the integrity of sport.
The fact those
provisions were not included is testament to the constructive policy adopted by
the Council of Europes secretariat and many of its Member States. What we
have now is a relatively balanced and workable framework, which rightly seeks
to reflect the range of existing national regulatory frameworks rather than
replace them. However there are still a small number of areas that we believe
could be improved upon and we hope there will be opportunities to review them
in due course.
Khalid Ali, Secretary General of
ESSA, added: The Convention is principally focused on addressing the
danger to sport and to the regulated betting markets from match-fixing, which
primarily emanates from organised international criminal gangs, corrupt
sportspeople and the unregulated betting sector. As one of the potential
victims of that criminal activity, the regulated betting sector welcomes the
aims of the Convention, however, it is important that it does impose any
unnecessary restrictions that could drive consumers to the unregulated
An evidence-based report on sports
betting was recently released by the three associations which found that the
proposal that new markets, such as in-play (or live) betting, offered
by regulated betting operators should be restricted or prohibited on sporting
integrity grounds does not, given the weight of independent data, appear to be
a policy generated from any firm evidence base.
Please find the sports betting
The EGBA is an association of
leading European gaming and betting operators Bet-at-home.com, BetClic,
bwinparty, Digibet, Expekt, and Unibet. The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming
Association (GBGA) is an affiliate member of EGBA. EGBA is a Brussels-based
non-profit association. It promotes the right of private gaming and betting
operators that are regulated and licensed in one Member State to a fair market
access throughout the European Union. Online gaming and betting is a fast
growing market, but will remain for the next decades a limited part of the
overall European gaming market in which the traditional land based offer is
expected to grow from 79.7 Billion GGR in 2012 to 83 Billion GGR
in 2015, thus keeping the lions share with 85% of the market. Source: H2
Gambling Capital, September 2013. www.egba.eu.
About the RGA
The RGA is the largest online
gambling trade association in the world representing the largest licensed and
stock market-listed remote gambling operators and software providers. Further
information and a full list of members can be found at www.rga.eu.com
For further information or comment
please contact Brian Wright, RGA Director of Business +44 (0) 20 3585 1241.
ESSA was established in 2005 by the
leading online sports book operators in Europe to monitor any irregular betting
patterns or possible insider betting from within each sport. To achieve this
goal ESSA implemented an early warning system between its members that
highlights any suspicious betting activity. The Early Warning System allows
ESSA to work with the sports regulators and their disciplinary and legal
department, ensuring that when an alert is given the regulator is informed
immediately which may prevent the possibility of any game manipulation on a
So far, ESSA has signed a Memorandum
of Understanding with FIFA, The FA, DFB, ATP, ITF, WTA and has established
close relations with the IOC and many other sports regulators. ESSA also has
information sharing agreements with a number of regulatory bodies such as the
UK Gambling Commission, the Gibraltar Gambling Commissioner and the Malta
Lotteries and Gaming Authority.
ESSA members include the ABB,
Bet365, Betclic, Bet-at-Home; Betsson, BetVictor, bwinparty, Digibet, Expekt;
the Hong Kong Jockey Club, Interwetten, Ladbrokes, Paddy Power, Stanleybet,
Unibet and William Hill. For more information please go to www.eu-ssa.org or
visit our Twitter page.
Camelot Builds New iLottery Platform
Web and mobile platform can be
plugged into host gaming systems worldwide
LONDON, U.K. (September 24, 2014) --
Camelot Global, working with Camelots in-house product development team,
has developed and built a new revolutionary iLottery platform that can be used
with any host gaming system worldwide. The new platform was launched in the UK
for The National Lottery (national-lottery.co.uk) at the beginning of September
and will be introduced in Ireland from next year.
Camelot has made a significant
investment in the new system, which has been developed using the latest methods
and technologies, and has the capability to help lotteries in two main ways.
Firstly, it will increase participation and revenues, because it allows players
the freedom to play anytime, anywhere. The new system provides a suite of
products that can be customized to any market and has been designed to give
players a tailored experience depending on what device they use to access the
site mobile, tablet, PC. The new platform also delivers a transactional
mobile service, allowing consumers to play a selection of Instant Win Games on
Secondly, the modern platform can be
rapidly enhanced to meet the needs of the individual lottery
significantly improving the speed to market and reducing the costs associated
with legacy platforms. The introduction of automation, which improves the
quality and timeframes associated with testing, will also allow lotteries to be
more agile and responsive to consumer needs ensuring that they can move
at the speed of their players.
Andy Duncan, Chief Executive
Designate of Camelot UK Lotteries Limited, said: The launch of this
new platform has been an overwhelming success that was delivered seamlessly by
the in-house team. The feedback from our players has also been very positive,
with most users loving the new design, layout and functionality
especially the ability to play Instant Win Games on their mobile phones, a
first in the UK. The new site has, and continues to, attract new registrations
and we have seen a significant uplift in incremental sales from mobile and
tablet devices, which is great news for National Lottery Good Causes across the
The launch of the iLottery platform
in the UK saw more than six million registered users and over 195 million
transactions moved across from the old site in the first 24 hours. The new
National Lottery site has also attracted over 20,000 new registrations in the
Nigel Railton, Chief Executive
Designate of Camelot Global Services, commented; We are extremely
pleased to announce that we have added iLottery services to our open lottery
platform, which can be implemented into the lottery market in any jurisdiction.
Achieving a multi-channel experience incorporating both retail and
digital sales is vital for the future health of lotteries worldwide.
This new platform enables lotteries to adapt quickly to consumer demands and
gives players the choice to play when they want on any device."
"Following its successful launch
in the UK, we will be installing the new platform in Ireland to ensure
that the Irish National Lottery can also offer a truly integrated player
experience. We look forward to working with other lotteries throughout the
world to implement our innovative iLottery and in-lane solutions
enabling them to satisfy untapped digital and retail expansion opportunities,
and return more money for beneficiaries.
For more information, please
CONTACT: Laura Pearson, T: 0044 (0) 7968 939 340, E:
About Camelot Global
Camelot Global is a leading advisor
and lottery solution provider to lotteries around the world. We are owned by
the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, the 100% shareholder of Camelot,
operator of the UK National Lottery (established 1994), and the majority
shareholder of Premier Lotteries Ireland, the new operator of the Irish
National Lottery (established 1986). Our mission is to help lotteries achieve
responsible, long-term growth.
Camelot Globals proven
strategies are founded on UK National Lottery expertise and international
experience that spans 20 years of operation, management and consulting
Camelot Global applies consumer
goods best practice to help lotteries realize their revenue potential to
beneficiaries. Whether in iLottery outsourcing, sales and marketing consulting,
or provision of IT and Operations, we use our practical experience to support
the lottery industry.
CONTACT: Sarah Icken, Communications
Manager, Camelot Business Solutions Limited, Tel: 020 7632 5711, Web:
SOURCE: Camelot Business Solutions
IPAP to Establish Specific Training Program within Lotería
(September 18, 2014) The Director of Lotería Chaqueña (http://loteria.chaco.gov.ar/) and the Instituto Provincial
de Administración Pública (IPAP), have signed a framework
agreement that establishes the creation of a specific training program within
the state gambling agency.
The creation of the Lotería
Chaqueña Training Area (ACILCH) is part of the Provincial Act 3827,
passed in 1992 with the aim of increasing rates of productivity, quality and
excellence of the state-owned gambling.
"This is part of an old dream of
Lotería Chaqueña and conforms to a policy decision by the
governor Juan Carlos Bacileff Ivanoff to contribute to building a more
efficient and effective state," said agency president Néstor
The head of the independent agency
also explained that this initiative responds to a series of goals set in the
context of the fiftieth anniversary of the organism, in order to "reposition
the Lotería Chaqueña in the national context", the growing
competitiveness and professionalization requires ongoing training of human
The agreement was signed by
Rolhaiser, and Undersecretary of Coordination and Public Management, Maris
Telma Gamon, during a ceremony held in the Obligor Hall Government House,
attended the official voice Lottery, Patricio Guillen Barn; and vocal by staff,
From the Directory Lotería
Chaqueña highlighted the excellent attitude of the authorities of the
IPAP, an organization that began operating in March to promote the
modernization of the different areas of the provincial government.
"For the IPAP is very important
that an organization like Chaco Lottery ask this scheme specific training,"
remarked Gamón secretary, and said that this process will be launched on
Friday at the headquarters of IPAP Chaco, located on the pedestrian
Perón 26 Resistance, "it will deepen over the next year."
The training delivered by
professionals from the IPAP will be divided into different items, such as the
user excellent service, teamwork and self-motivation, leadership and management
of teams, and effective personal communication.
Rolhaiser highlighted not only the
work of the preceding Lotería Chaqueña Directories, but also the
efforts of the vowel Torres, who was appropriately one of the supporters of
Torres, in turn, thanked "the
support of Governor Bacileff Ivanoff and Lottery Board members to realize this
goal, which corresponds to the dream of institutionalizing this process of
"This step begins the journey of
Lottery business profile, which we have been struggling for years," said
the voice on the staff, who also highlighted the extraordinary institutional
and financial recovery Lotería Chaqueña evidenced during the
CAIXA Lotteries Celebrate 52nd Anniversary
BRAZIL (September 18, 2014) --The
first draw of CAIXA Lotteries occurred on September 15, 1962. On the occasion
of the first draw of the Federal Lottery, the numbers 5.349, 38.031, 26.492,
25.151 and 1.416 were drawn. The principal prize of 15 million cruzeiros
(Brazils currency at that time) was paid to a winner from Rio de
Now, with 10 products in the game
portfolio and many achievements in its background, CAIXA Lotteries is
celebrating its 52nd anniversary. This is a time to rejoice, not only for the
passage of another year, but especially for the results achieved.
The excellence of the products and
processes managed by CAIXA Lotteries is internationally recognized. Since 2013,
we have been certified to level 2 of the
WLA Security Control Standard
and, as part of the process of continuous improvement of the Federal Lottery,
we are focusing our efforts to attain level 4 by the end of 2014.
proactivity, creativity, technical ability, and competence are some of our
greatest qualities. These qualities are essential to the Lottery in meeting
market demands, whether in prize payments, or in the social activities
performed with the resources from the lottery.
All this puts CAIXA Lotteries at the
forefront of the lottery business in the world (12th in the world ranking of
2013, according to data compiled by the WLA) and affirms its role as an
effective member of the Corporación Iberoamericana de Loterías y Apuestas
de Estado (CIBELAE) and the WLA.
We are as big as Brazil: large in
numbers, diversity, reach, and effectiveness. This is highlighted by the
millions of prizes distributed by the lottery. Adding together the 10 types of
games of CAIXA Lotteries, in the last year alone more than BRL 4 billion
(US$1.7 billion) was paid out in prizes to more than 263 million players. This
means that the prizes distributed by the Federal Lotteries exceeded by two and
a half times the economically active population in Brazil.
About 48% of the Federal
Lotterys revenue returns to the population through transfer of this
amount to the legal beneficiaries of the lottery for investment in: sport,
education, security, social assistance, culture and other resources.
To do this, we rely on the strength
of more than thirteen thousand points of sale, spread out over the country,
which are responsible for much more than registering bets on lottery games. The
performance of our partners is strategic to CAIXA and to the Brazilian state,
given the range of banking services, payment of social benefits, and the offer
of financial services to the entire population.
The lotteries from CAIXA have an
even greater importance to the outcome of the company. In 2013, revenue from
the lotteries reached BRL 1.1 billion (US$470.4 million), which generated a net
profit of about BRL 526 million (US$224.9 million), representing about 7.8% of
the results of CAIXA that year.
Without any doubt, CAIXA Lotteries
are a national patrimony. The past 52 years have seen the consolidation of the
efforts of this company to make lotteries a safe, transparent, cost-effective,
and sustainable product of great national acceptance. We are also developing
new products, with the goal of reaching new players and to implement new
channels that make easy to play, such as over the Internet and through
self-service lottery machines.
On this special day, is very
gratifying to find that the work done with such care has generated solid and
lasting results. This motivates us every day to hold new draws, distribute
prizes to new millionaires, and to contribute in making the dreams of millions
of Brazilian people come true.
* Currency rates from the Brazilian
Central Bank: R$ 1,00 = U$ 0,42
CONTACT: National Management of
Lottery Business, Caixa Econômica Federal, +55 61 3206-4330, Email:
SOURCE: Caixa Econômica
eCOGRA Self-Regulatory Requirements Keep Pace with Global Best
Latest consumer protection and
information security standards included in new updates
LONDON, U.K. (September 19, 2014) --
The independent online gambling regulatory adviser and testing agency eCOGRA,
an organisation accredited by twelve different European regulatory
jurisdictions, has announced the latest updates to its self-regulatory
The changes have been made as part
of a programme that routinely reviews and renews the company's eGAP
Requirements to ensure they are in line with international best practice at all
Chief Executive Andrew Beveridge
said this week that eCOGRA continues to refine and improve its self-regulation
requirements in order to provide ongoing assurance that its seal holders behave
responsibly, players are protected and games are fair.
The changes focus primarily on
consumer protection and information security, and comprise:
security provisions as outlined in ISO/IEC 27001:2013 and;
The European Commission's
published recommendation for the common protection of consumers of online
gambling services in the EU, along with the European Parliament's approved
draft legislation for a Fourth European Union Anti-Money Laundering
Jeanne Ferreira, Regulatory
Compliance and eGAP Manager at eCOGRA said : "Demand for the eCOGRA Safe and
Fair seal continues to grow, complementing the introduction of mandatory
technical standards and other compliance requirements from national licensing
"The latest amendments to the
eGAP Requirements provide confidence that eCOGRA's requirements are keeping
pace with international developments, and remain relevant in a rapidly evolving
eCOGRA currently accredits and
closely monitors over 200 tier one online gambling sites owned by many of the
world's most established and successful operators, including Fortune Lounge,
Casino Rewards, Unibet, bwin.party, 32Red, 888, Betway, Betclic Everest and
Founded in 2003 to set and improve
operational standards and player safety in the online gambling space, eCOGRA
has amassed a wealth of experience in implementing international best practice
standards and requirements and ensuring these are maintained through regular
review and monitoring.
Over 200 of the most established and
successful internet gambling websites are accredited and policed by the
independent, London-based company, which is staffed by professional auditors
with Big 4 auditing firm experience, information system experts and responsible
The company is an accredited testing
agency with several jurisdictions, and has been awarded the United Kingdom
Accreditation Service (UKAS) ISO approval ISO/IEC 17025:2005: General
Requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories.
This accreditation is one of the
quality assurance requirements for approval as a testing agency in various
European online gambling licensing jurisdictions.
Netherlands Government to Modernise Gambling
DEN HAAG, Netherlands (September
2014) -- The cabinet has approved a plan by Fred Teeven, State Secretary for
Security and Justice, to modernise policy on gambling. It has agreed to submit
a Remote Betting and Gaming Bill to the House of Representatives, along with
its broad view of the future of the lottery and casino markets.
Gambling policy will be modernised
in 3 areas. First, online gambling will be regulated from 2015 so that gamblers
can play safely and responsibly with supervised providers. Second, the lottery
and casino markets will be reformed: Holland Casino will be privatised in 2017,
and lottery providers will be given more scope to innovate. And third, more of
the profits will go to charities, which already receive more than 580
million annually from lotteries. Society, too, therefore has a strong interest
in an effective lottery system.
The government has chosen a system
whereby the objectives of gambling policy (to prevent gambling addiction,
protect consumers, and combat fraud and other crime) will no longer be pursued
by restricting the supply of gambling opportunities, but by tightening the
requirements for providers' licences and strengthening enforcement by the
Gaming Authority. These reforms mark a new chapter in the modernisation of
gambling policy, which began with the Gaming Authority's establishment in
From 2015, the Netherlands, like
many other EU member states, will permit the issue of licences to providers of
online games of chance like poker, casino games, and sports betting.
The current Betting and Gaming Act
is almost 50 years old and in need of modernisation. It currently prohibits the
provision of games of chance without a licence. It's not possible to obtain a
licence for providing online games of chance. Gamblers therefore become
dependent on illegal providers, who cannot be adequately supervised. The Remote
Betting and Gaming Bill aims to regulate online gambling, which already
attracts hundreds of thousands of Dutch people, unprotected and unsupervised.
The Bill creates the basis for a licensing system that from 2015 will enable
Dutch people to gamble online safely and responsibly. It will impose strict
requirements on online gambling providers, including measures to better protect
players against gambling addiction. Of their gross turnover, licensed providers
in the Netherlands will pay 20% in tax on games of chance, 0.5% as a
contribution to the Gambling Addiction Fund, and 1.5% as a contribution to the
This will make it easier to identify
problem gamblers and offer them assistance. As to high-risk games, whether
online or offline, the Authority will create a central registry that will
temporarily exclude problem gamblers from them. Online gambling providers will
also have to contribute to a fund for the prevention of gambling addiction. In
addition, the Bill expands the enforcement powers of the Gaming Authority.
The lottery system is of great
social value. The government is therefore keen to provide scope to new
initiatives with a social purpose starting in 2017, imposing strict
requirements to ensure that this purpose is served. The licences that expire at
the end of 2014 will be provisionally extended.
To provide more scope for
innovation, the lotteries that currently transfer 50% of their turnover to
charities will in future have to transfer only 40%. The lotteries say that the
amounts transferred will not fall during the next few years. The Staatsloterij
(National Lottery) and lottery provider De Lotto are currently examining
whether they can collaborate in the future, a move welcomed by Fred Teeven
(State Secretary for Security and Justice) and Eric Wiebes (State Secretary for
Holland Casino is currently the only
legal provider of casino gambling in the Netherlands, and the State of the
Netherlands its sole shareholder. Since state ownership and restricting the
number of casino providers are unnecessary for achieving the objectives of
gambling policy, Holland Casino will be privatised in 2017 and new casino
providers will be permitted. For this purpose, Holland Casino, with its 14
establishments, will be split up and sold. 10 of its establishments will be
sold together under the name 'Holland Casino', and the other 4 will be sold
separately to new providers. In addition, 2 licences will be granted for new
casinos, as a result of which, in 2017, the Netherlands may have a total of 16
The licences will be spread across 5
regions in order to avoid concentrations of casinos in some parts of the
country and illegal casinos in others. All the new casino providers must pursue
prevention policies that are at least as rigorous as that of Holland Casino.
The government aims to submit a bill to regulate the new casino system for
public consultation before the end of 2014.
SOURCE: Ministry of Security and
adesso AG and Software AG Announce
Sustainable portfolio for the
digitalisation of companies
DORTMUND, Germany (September 22,
2014) -- Companies optimising their business processes will in future benefit
from closer cooperation between adesso AG and Software AG. The new partnership
between the two IT companies ensures tailor-made solutions for digital business
IT service provider adesso AG and
company management solutions provider Software AG have signed a partnership
agreement. adesso and Software AG are now working together to supporting
companies in the digitalisation of core business processes.
Software AG offers modern
technologies and solutions for the digitalisation of businesses with its
market-leading product families. From the automation of business processes and
the integration of different applications and functions to the optimisation of
business processes, Software AGs high-end products provide an ideal basis
for businesses to make informed decisions and provide better services.
adesso offers extensive professional
and technical expertise in the fields of consulting and customised software
development for specific core industries, meaning that both IT companies
complement each other perfectly to meet customer requirements.
As part of the partnership, adesso
AG provides the necessary resources to develop industry-specific solutions. The
IT provider can also access licenses and training courses. The partnership
encompasses all of adessos target industries and begins initially in the
The two companies are already
cooperating on a project at BITMARCK, the IT markets largest full-service
provider for statutory health insurance. Software AG products are used as a
basis for 21c|ng, BITMARCKs new integrated overall system. Areas of
application related to master data management are relevant for central, unified
business management and more.
"The consistent representation of
master data of policy holders, sites, partners and service providers simplifies
the administration of material and inventory, says Diana Lee,
Software AG Head of Partner Sales Germany. Long-term BITMARCK partner adesso
contributes consulting and development services.
"The partnership allows us to
provide even more customised and comprehensive customer service, says
Andreas Hitzbleck, adesso Head of Line of Business Health. "The combination
of Software AGs industry-focused approach and high-end product portfolio
ensures that businesses receive customised solutions when implementing their
digitalisation strategies to optimise their core business processes.
"Our product suits support
companies full digitalisation. For more than 40 years, Software AG has
been providing innovations that focus on providing more benefits for customers.
We are leaders in 14 market sectors with our large range of product families
ideal conditions for an innovative partnership, adds Diana
Software AG helps companies achieve
their business targets faster. Thanks to Software AGs technologies,
companies improve their efficiency, modernise their systems and optimise their
processes for big data, integration and business process management, which
helps them make informed decisions and provide better services. For more than
40 years, Software AG has been providing innovations that focus on delivering
more benefits for customers. The company is market leader in 14 market sectors
with the product families Adabas-Natural, ARIS, Alfabet, Apama, Terracotta and
webMethods. Software AG employs over 5,200 people in 70 countries and generated
sales of around EUR 973 million in 2013.
adesso is one of the leading IT
service providers in the German-speaking area and focuses its consulting and
software development activities on a companys core business processes.
adessos strategy is based on three pillars: the deep industry-specific
know-how of its staff, the comprehensive expertise in technology and the
application of reliable methods in software implementation projects. Following
this approach, adesso develops superior IT solutions, which enhance the
competitive position of a company.
adesso was founded in Dortmund in
1997 and employs more than 1,200 members of staff in twelve offices. The share
is listed on the regulated market. Some of the most important customers are
Allianz, Hannover Rück, Union Investment, Westdeutsche Lotterie, Swisslos,
Zurich Versicherung, DEVK and DAK.
For additional information, please
visit www.adesso.de or:
SOURCE: adesso AG.
IGT Expands Jackpot Legacy with MegaHits in
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (September 22,
2014) -- The state dubbed "America in Miniature" makes a giant advancement in
its gaming landscape as global gaming entertainment leader IGT (NYSE: IGT)
announced that Maryland is introducing MegaHits®, a multi-jurisdictional
Wide Area Progressive jackpot.
Maryland is the fifth state to be
approved by the Video Lottery Game Group of the Multi-State Lottery Association
to facilitate the Wide Area Progressive between lottery jurisdictions Delaware,
Ohio, Rhode Island and West Virginia. Participating properties in
Maryland include Casino at Ocean Downs in Berlin, Hollywood Casino in
Perryville and Maryland Live! Casino in Hanover. Since Maryland opened
its first casino in 2010, IGT games have consistently been top performers and
represent the leading floor share of slot machines.
"With the addition of MegaHits to
Maryland, we're thrilled to expand IGT's legacy of creating more jackpot
winners, more often," said Tim Shortall, IGT VP Eastern Region Sales.
"The excitement building around Maryland casinos makes this the ideal time
for IGT to elevate casino floor appeal with MegaHits and continue our
leadership by creating a larger jackpot potential and offering the only Wide
Area Progressive available in those five states."
IGT's agreement with the Multi-State
Lottery Association to facilitate the Wide Area Progressive between lottery
jurisdictions gives players a chance at life-changing jackpots like none other.
With jackpots ranging from $100,000 to seven figures, MegaHits is available as
a penny or dollar denomination game. Themes on the link include IGT's
popular Emerald Seven®, Triple Ruby Riches®, Reel Gold® and Wild
Sapphires® and feature a local, four-level progressive plus the Wide Area
Progressive jackpot. Fans of the IGT Megabucks® line-up of games
enjoy the same exciting gameplay with the MegaHits Wide Area Progressive,
including Purple Passion® and Pink Ice®.
For more information on the vast
line-up of gaming solutions that IGT offers, please visit IGT.com. Join the
conversation at #IGTBlue.
International Game Technology (NYSE:
IGT) is a global leader in casino gaming entertainment and continues to
transform the industry by translating casino player experiences to social,
mobile and interactive environments for markets around the world. IGT's
acquisition of DoubleDown Interactive provides engaging social casino style
entertainment to approximately 6 million players monthly. More information
about IGT is available at IGT.com or connect with IGT at @IGTNews or
facebook.com/IGT. Anyone can play at the DoubleDown Casino by visiting
The Multi-State Lottery Association
(MUSL) is a non-profit, government-benefit association owned and operated by
its member lotteries. Each MUSL member offers one or more of the games
administered by MUSL. All profits are retained by the individual lotteries and
are used to fund projects approved by the legislature authorizing each lottery.
More information is available at www.musl.com.
CONTACT: Cherryl Kaopua, IGT
Public Relations, 1-702-669-7706, Email:
GSA Hold Successful European Workshop, Bringing Together Gaming
Industry and Regulatory Domain Leaders
LONDON, U.K. (September 22,
2014) The Gaming Standards
Association (GSA) hosted a well-attended and successful two-day workshop in
London to encourage an open dialogue between the gaming industry and regulatory
We were pleased with the
large attendance and the quality, depth and frank discussions of the
participants. There was recognition for the work accomplished by GSA to date
and a sense of excitement amongst the attendees for the unique opportunity to
have an open dialogue between regulators and industry participants,
said GSA President Peter DeRaedt. We are grateful to all those who
spoke at the meeting, lending their expertise, and those who participated and
voiced their thoughts and ideas.
Delivering the keynote address was
Dr. Jason Lane of the Jersey Gambling Commission and Chairman of the Gaming
Regulators European Forum (GREF). Dr. Lane gave an informative overview of the
current regulatory dialogue and collaboration within the industry and
specifically in the technical area of gaming.
GSA Protocol Director Ethan Tower
gave an overview of GSAs Online Gaming Committee (OGC) and the draft
online gaming standard. An abbreviated example of the standard was distributed
exclusively to attendees, and Phyllis Farrugia, GSAs Special
Representative in Europe, led an open discussion on the development of the
standard. Additionally, the OGC discussed differences and commonalities between
various regulatory requirements and established the committees approach
to satisfying those requirements.
Also presenting was Remote Gaming
Association Director of Projects and Policy Sue Rossiter who spoke about the
importance of technical standards and solutions, and why standards are
important to Operators.
The event also featured an important
roundtable discussion on the challenges of multi-jurisdiction supply,
interoperability, and integration and compliance. Moderating was Dr. Alan
Littler from Kalff, Katz & Franssen: Attorneys At Law. Panelists included
representatives from the diverse gaming industry: Mediatech Solutions Executive
Director Paulina Guzman; AMAYA Online Director of Compliance Anna Dearlove; and
OpenBet Director of Product Marketing Peter James.
A roundtable of regulators focused
on market structure and technical requirements, measuring compliance,
conformance versus performance monitoring and interoperability challenges and
solutions. Panelists were Juan Espinosa García, Deputy General Director
of Gambling Regulation, Directorate General for Gambling Regulation (Spain);
Roger Parkes, Senior Manager, Remote Sector & Thematic, UK Gambling
Commission; and Francesco Rodano, Head of Remote Gaming, AAMS. Wes Himes,
Partner at Instinctif Partners, moderated.
Visit GSA in booth #2709 at G2E or
visit www.gamingstandards.com for more information.
About the Gaming Standards
The Gaming Standards Association
(GSA) is an international trade association that creates benefits for gaming
manufacturers, suppliers, operators and regulators. We facilitate the
identification, definition, development, promotion and implementation of
standards to enable interoperability, innovation, education and communication
for the benefit of the entire industry.
Established in 1998, GSAs
members represent a wide cross section of the global gaming industry.
Global Gaming Business Magazine
named GSAs Game to System (G2S) Protocol the Best
Productivity-Enhancement Technology. Casino Journal magazine named it one
of the Top 3 Most Innovative Products and Casino Enterprise
Management put it on the list of Top 10 Slot Floor
For more information, visit
www.gamingstandards.com and join GSA on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
SOURCE: Gaming Standards Association
With the Florida Lottery, Winning is "Music" to Your
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (September 19,
2014) -- This week, the Florida Lottery
introduced a new "winning sound" to its terminal system. Whenever a winning
Scratch-Off or Terminal game ticket is presented for validation, the Terminal
will play a distinct sound indicating that the ticket is a winner.
"The Florida Lottery chose to
implement this safeguard as an added layer of protection for our players, and
to minimize confusion as to whether the ticket is a winner," said Secretary
Cynthia O'Connell. "The winning sound will notify the player, as well as the
retailer, that the player has won."
Now, when a player self checks his
or her ticket using an Express Check unit, the monitor will show the prize
amount won, including prizes of $600 or more. However, the Express Check units
will not play a "winning sound."
The Florida Lottery encourages
players to protect themselves and their tickets by signing the back of their
ticket upon purchase, checking their own ticket to see if it's a winner and
watching the monitor while the ticket is being validated at a retailer. If
there is a question about the ticket being a winner or the prize amount won,
players should ask that the original ticket be returned to them, then contact
the Florida Lottery Customer Service Office at (850) 487-7787.
About The Florida Lottery
The Florida Lottery is responsible
for contributing more than $27 billion to education and sending more than
650,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The
Florida Lottery reinvests nearly 98 percent of its revenue back into Florida's
economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida
retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have
paid more than $37 billion in prizes and made more than 1,300 people
For more information, please visit:
SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.
Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Expands Development
Team, Further Extending Companys Reach Across North
Swimmer has joined GLI as Tribal Development
LAS VEGAS (September 25, 2014)
Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) has expanded its Supplier
and Tribal Development Teams, adding seasoned sales professionals to its global
staff. The expansion further enables GLI to bring its full range of testing and
professional services and exclusive tools to its clients across North America.
Jerad Swimmer has joined GLI
as Tribal Development Representative
Swimmer brings more than 23 years of
diverse Tribal gaming regulatory and operational experience to GLI. Most
recently, he served as Compliance Manager for the Eastern Shawnee Tribe in
Oklahoma. Previously, he served as the Assistant Deputy Gaming Commissioner for
the Tribe. He has also served as Compliance Supervisor for the Quapaw Tribal
Gaming Agency and held casino management and various casino staff
Next, Courtney Swissman has
joined GLI as Supplier Development Representative
Swissman has an accomplished sales
and management career.
Swissman has joined GLI as Supplier Development
Most recently she served as Business
Development Specialist for Aviva Canada, where she oversaw 40 insurance
brokerages across Southern Ontario. She has also owned her own business and has
worked internationally as an HR Manager and ESL Instructor at Coreum Language
School in Busan, Korea.
Additionally, Vik Shrestha
is now with GLI as a Supplier Development Representative.
Shrestha, who speaks English,
Bengali and Nepali, brings a history of strong sales accomplishments to GLI.
Previously, he was Territory Sales Manager for RJ Reynolds, expanding his
territory to 120 accounts. He has also served as a Marketing Associate for
Eaklife and as Sales Service Specialist for Bank of America.
Shrestha, Supplier Development Representative
Swimmer, Swissman and Shrestha will
be based in GLIs Las Vegas laboratory.
We are very happy to
welcome Jerad, Courtney and Vik to our Development team. Jerads layered
experience in gaming operations and compliance will be a tremendous asset to
our Tribal gaming clients. Courtney brings an international perspective and
experience that will be beneficial to our Supplier clients as well as to our
staff. Viks tenacity and innovative style are an exciting addition to our
team. We are very excited to welcome these three strong and capable team
members, said Ian Hughes, GLI Vice President of Global Services.
For 25 years, Gaming Laboratories
International, LLC has continuously delivered THE best quality land-based and
iGaming testing and consulting services with supreme accuracy while reducing
time to market.
With 21 laboratory locations spread
across Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Europe, North America and South
America, GLI is the only global organization of its kind to hold U.S. and
international accreditations for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020, and
17065 standards for technical competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery
industries. For more information, visit www.gaminglabs.com.
CONTACT: Gaming Laboratories
International, LLC, Christie Eickelman, Vice President of Marketing, +1 (702)
914-2220 or Email: email@example.com.
SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories