Six-Year Contract Extension to Continue Providing Lottery Technology and
Software Support Services for Instituto Provincial De Loterias y Casinos in
Buenos Aires, Argentina
LONDON, U.K. (December 15, 2016) --
International Game Technology PLC (NYSE:IGT) announced that its subsidiary, IGT
Foreign Holdings Corporation (with International Game Technology PLC,
hereinafter "IGT" or "the Company"), has signed a six-year contract extension
to provide a lottery central system upgrade to Boldt Gaming SA, which, in turn,
will provide the system to Instituto Provincial De Loterias y Casinos of the
Province of Buenos Aires in Argentina ("Buenos Aires Lottery").
The central system will continue to
process the Buenos Aires Lottery's draw-based lottery transactions. IGT will
also provide hardware and software support through September 2022. IGT, through
its original agreement with Boldt Gaming, has been providing lottery products
and support services to the Buenos Aires Lottery since 1993.
IGT is the global leader in gaming.
We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and
regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Interactive and
Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial investment
in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise and
leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of
consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local
presence and relationships...
"IGT is committed to supporting
the growth of its customers," said Walter Bugno, IGT CEO, International.
"With this extension, we look forward to upgrading the Buenos Aires
Lottery's operating system and providing ongoing services necessary to support
their next phase of growth."
Under the upgrade, the Buenos Aires
Lottery's existing GOLS (Gaming On-Line System) central system will be replaced
with a new, modern, and functionally-enhanced central system that includes
hardware and software updates offering secure transaction processing as well as
associated back-office applications for managing the Lottery's business.
The IGT platform is a
fully-integrated platform that provides high performance, secure transaction
processing coupled with user-friendly back-office applications to drive
results. The platform consists of a modular layered component-based
architecture based upon open standards that provides substantial flexibility
for integration with third parties and future expansion. The central
system and back-office applications extensive functionality is based upon the
Company's numerous global installations and input garnered from hundreds of
IGT (NYSE:IGT) is the global leader
in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all
channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to
Interactive and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content,
substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence,
operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions
anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a
well-established local presence and relationships with governments and
regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by
adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility.
IGT has over 12,000 employees. For more information, please visit
Robert K. Vincent, Corporate
Communications, toll free in U.S./Canada (844) IGT-7452; outside U.S./Canada
James Hurley, Investor Relations,
Simone Cantagallo, (+39) 06
51899030; for Italian media inquiries.
Named Apparent Successful Vendor By The Idaho Lottery For A 10-Year
ATHENS, Greece (December 9, 2016) --
INTRALOT Inc, a subsidiary of INTRALOT Group in the United States, was selected
by the Idaho Lottery as the Apparent Successful Vendor, after an open and
highly competitive bidding process to provide Lottery Gaming System services
for the Idaho Lottery. The contract is for a ten year period, from October 1,
2017, through September 30, 2027, with an option to extend for up to a maximum
of two additional five-year terms.
The contract value for the initial
term is estimated at USD 60m and provides for a secure central gaming system
capable of delivering, managing, and accounting for all current in-state and
multi-state Draw Games, inventory control and logistics for the full complement
of Scratch Games, and other related services. INTRALOT has been supplying the
Idaho Lottery with Gaming systems services since 2007.
Idaho Lottery Director Jeff Anderson
said: This decision allows us the opportunity to improve our
technology, provide quality services to our players and retailers, and continue
protecting the security and integrity of our games here in the Gem State. There
has been a tremendous amount of work and research done by all the parties
involved during the process. I express my sincere gratitude to the
members of the evaluation team for their conscientious work that resulted in
this recommendation and to our valued industry colleagues who all seriously
came to the table to earn Idahos business.
Mr. Nikos Nikolakopoulos, Interim
CEO of INTRALOT Inc. and INTRALOT Group COO, stated: We are happy and
honoured to have submitted the most competitive offer and to have the
opportunity to continue to provide our services to our valued client. Since our
first awarded contract, we have had excellent and productive cooperation with
the lottery team. We are looking forward to building further on our experience
and our trusted relation by means of an enhanced products and services offering
that meets the modern era needs of the Idaho Lottery and helps our client
generate stronger returns for the Good Causes it supports while promoting and
serving the principles of Responsible Gaming.
About INTRALOT (www.intralot.com)
INTRALOT, a public listed company
established in 1992, is a leading gaming solutions supplier and operator active
in 55 regulated jurisdictions around the globe. With 1.91 billion
turnover and a global workforce of more than 5,200 employees in 2015. INTRALOT
is an innovation driven corporation focusing its product development on
the customer experience. The company is uniquely positioned to offer to lottery
and gaming organizations across geographies market-tested solutions and retail
operational expertise. Through the use of a dynamic and omni-channel approach,
INTRALOT offers an integrated portfolio of best-in-class gaming systems and
product solutions & services addressing all gaming verticals (Lottery,
Betting, Interactive, VLT). Players can enjoy a seamless and personalized
experience through exciting games and premium content across multiple delivery
channels, both retail and interactive. INTRALOT has been awarded with the
prestigious WLA Responsible Gaming Framework Certification by the World Lottery
Association (WLA) for its global lottery operations.
For more information CONTACT: Ms.
Dimitra Tzimou, Corporate Relations Manager, Phone: +30-210 6156000, Fax:
+30-210 6106800, email: email@example.com.
About the IDAHO LOTTERY
The Idaho Lottery responsibly
provides a variety of entertaining games featuring Powerball, Mega Millions,
Scratch GamesTM, and PullTabs with a high degree of integrity to maximize the
dividend for Idaho public schools and the permanent building fund. Since their
inception in 1989, the Idaho Lottery has sold over $3.1 billion in products,
awarded over $1.9 billion in prizes to players, returned $186.5 million in
retail commissions, and distributed $744 million in Lottery dividends to Idaho
public schools and the Permanent Building Fund. Currently, the Idaho Lottery
operates 1,063 retail terminals, 319 full-service self-activated vending
machines, 60 self-service machines for draw games only, and 540 electronic
jackpot signs at 1,041 retail locations in 173 towns and cities across the Gem
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Scientific Games Launches Tetris-Themed Video Slot On
Innovative New TwinStar J43 Curved Portrait Game
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (December 14,
2016) -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the
"Company") today announced the launch of its first Tetris-themed slot
game, Tetris Super Jackpot.
Tetris Super Jackpot slot game on
Scientific Games new TwinStar J43 cabinet.
The game debuts on Scientific Games'
cutting-edge new TwinStar J43 gaming platform, featuring a 43-inch curved
portrait display; a cinematic, 4K Ultra High-Definition game-play experience;
highly integrated, game-synchronized, emotive lighting; and the latest stereo
surround sound; among numerous other features.
Maya Rogers, Chief Executive Officer
of Blue Planet Software, sole agent for the Tetris brand, said, "We are
thrilled to partner with Scientific Games on the first-ever launch of a
Tetris-themed slot machine. The popularity of Tetris, which spans generations
and has evolved into a lifestyle brand among fans worldwide, makes Tetris Super
Jackpot a fun, natural fit for a casino slot gaming experience."
Scientific Games' Tetris Super
Jackpot adds exciting visual features, a free games bonus, and the chance to
win a mystery progressive jackpot to an iconic brand that has been a player
favorite across the globe for more than 32 years.
Scientific Games Group Chief
Executive, Gaming Derik Mooberry said, "The launch of our new Tetris-themed
game is doubly exciting for Scientific Games because it infuses an incredibly
popular and enduring video game brand with our newest and most sophisticated
slot cabinet yet the TwinStar J43 with an attention-grabbing, ultra
high-definition and unique curved portrait display."
Game-play excitement is centered
around a Tetris-style free games bonus which highlights the brand's distinctive
Tetrimino playing pieces. During the bonus, the player watches in anticipation
as two Tetriminos fall on top of the reels before each free spin
awarding multipliers or the mystery jackpot depending on which symbol the
Tetriminos land on.
Scientific Games' Tetris Super
Jackpot slot machine was inspired by the popular electronic puzzle video game
which debuted in 1984 and has been called by many media and fans as one of the
'greatest games of all time'.
As one of the most recognizable and
influential video game brands in the world, there are hundreds of millions of
Tetris-branded products being played, worn, and enjoyed by fans in their
Tetris-branded games are currently
available for play on everything from smartphones, tablets and PCs to the
latest consoles such as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
About Scientific Games
Scientific Games Corporation
(NASDAQ:SGMS) is a leading developer of technology-based products and services
and associated content for worldwide gaming, lottery and interactive
The Company's portfolio includes
gaming machines, game content and systems; table games products and shufflers;
instant and draw-based lottery games; server-based lottery and gaming systems;
sports betting technology; loyalty and rewards programs; and interactive
content and services. For more information, please visit
About the Tetris®
The Tetris® brand is one of the
leading and most distinctive video game brands and franchises in the world. For
over 30 years, the brand has been loved globally by people of all ages and all
cultures. Billions of Tetris games are played online every year, and over 500
million Tetris mobile games have been downloaded to date.
Working with Electronic Arts,
Ubisoft, Sega, Sony/GSN Games and many other licensing partners, the Tetris
franchise continues to be one of the most widely recognized video game brands
of all time.
Tetris Holding, LLC is the owner of
Tetris rights worldwide, and The Tetris Company, LLC is its exclusive licensee.
For the latest information about the Tetris brand and Tetris products, please
Become a fan of Tetris on Facebook
(www.facebook.com/Tetris) and follow Tetris on Twitter (@Tetris_Official) and
VP Investor Relations
T: +1 702-532-7663
The Tetris Brand:
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Banknote Awarded Players Loyalty Program Contract By The Kansas
New Playon® Loyalty
Program Powered by Leading Technology Partner, Stellar Loyalty
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (December 15,
2016) -- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (Pollard Banknote) is
pleased to announce it has been awarded a six-year contract to provide the
Kansas Lottery with a new Players Loyalty solution and program, including
development of new mobile and web apps, hosting, operating, and ongoing program
optimization of the Kansas Lotterys new PlayOn® Players Loyalty
Program. The contract also includes the option of four additional one-year
The Kansas Lotterys
Players Loyalty Program will leverage Pollard Banknotes PlayOn®
player engagement solution, which is powered by a modern, big data cloud and
mobile platform from Pollard Banknotes partner Stellar Loyalty. The
program is designed to support lotteries in achieving key business objectives
such as acquiring and engaging players before, during, and after ticket
purchases across all channels, including web, mobile, and social player
The program will evolve the Kansas
Lotterys existing program by providing a new points and rewards-based
player engagement solution, adding value to both winning and non-winning
instant and draw game tickets. Players will be able to use the Lotterys
new mobile app to scan tickets for easy points accumulation and entry into
second chance contests. Additional features include rewards for social
engagement, interactive surveys, fun free play, and more. PlayOn® enhances
the lottery experience by further engaging players, in particular a younger
tech-savvy demographic, across all lottery touchpoints.
As the most functionally-rich
loyalty and engagement platform on the market, the solution provides
sophisticated business analytics and insights, enabling the Lottery to capture
valuable player data and interactions. The accumulation of these insights can
then be transformed into personalized communications to deliver meaningful and
contextually-relevant communications, providing added value and incentives to
The primary objectives of
our Players Loyalty Program are to deliver more interactive features for
players, build our player base through increased player sign-ups, and support
our retail network by using the unique tools of the Players Loyalty
Program to drive players to retail, said Terry Presta, Executive
Director, Kansas Lottery. Pollard Banknote has proven experience
producing innovative entertainment products and services, and we are eager to
incorporate their technology to enrich our player experience.
We are excited to continue
our successful relationship with the Kansas Lottery on a new front as their
player loyalty partner, said Doug Pollard, Co-Chief Executive
Officer, Pollard Banknote. The lottery industry currently faces a
common barrieranonymous players. Unlike other industries that are able to
develop intimate levels of understanding about their consumers
preferences and purchase behaviors, lottery consumers remain largely unknown
due to the anonymity of purchases at retail. Our PlayOn® player engagement
solution acts as a first step to acquiring consumer information, capturing
interactions, and providing lotteries with in-depth insights and analytics
about their players preferences, behaviors, and expectations. This
information will enable the Kansas Lottery to better understand its customers
in order to market to them more effectively and interact with them in more
meaningful and personalized ways.
Pollard Banknotes PlayOn®
player engagement solution is powered by Stellar Loyaltythe worlds
most technologically-advanced loyalty software company. PlayOn® leverages
the companys Stellar Consumer Relationship Cloud applications to
facilitate the functionalities of the platform and provide analytical insights
to lotteries. Together, Pollard Banknote and Stellar Loyalty bring added value
to a lotterys customer experience by rewarding and engaging players and
delivering consumable/actionable business insights to our lottery partners.
We applaud the Kansas
Lotterys commitment to reimagining its consumer experience and bringing a
fresh new approach to lottery engagement, one thats built to keep pace
with digital consumer expectations, said Kevin Nix, CEO of Stellar
Loyalty. We are honored to have been selected along with Pollard
Banknote as their strategy and technology partner, applying our experience and
expertise from a host of consumer-facing industries, such as retail and
hospitality, to take player engagement to a whole new level with fast and agile
solutions. Together, we aim to redefine state lottery player engagement for the
Since its inauguration in 1987, the
Kansas Lottery has continuously provided revenue in support of several state
programs, including the Economic Development Initiatives Fund, which works to
create and retain jobs in Kansas. Lottery revenue also supports activities of
the Kansas Department of Commerce and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks
and Tourism. In addition, Lottery revenue provides direct funding for programs
that benefit Kansas military veterans, such as the Veterans Enhanced Service
Delivery Program, which brings services to veterans and their families where
they live. For more information about the Kansas Lottery, please visit
About Pollard Banknote
Pollard Banknote is a leading
lottery partner to more than 60 lotteries worldwide, providing high quality
instant ticket products, licensed games and strategic marketing and management
services for both traditional instant games and the emerging iLottery space of
web, mobile and social channels. The company is a proven innovator and
has decades of experience helping lotteries to maximize player engagement,
sales, and proceeds for good causes. Pollard Banknote also plays a major
role in the charitable pull-tab and bingo markets in North America. Established
in 1907, Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 73.5% by the Pollard family
and 26.5% by public shareholders and is publicly traded on the TSX (PBL). For
more information, please visit our website at
About Stellar Loyalty
Headquartered in Silicon Valley,
Stellar Loyalty is a fast-growing consumer relationship company with a
mobile-best SaaS loyalty and engagement solution. The companys mission is
to bring delight and value to every consumer experience by enabling brands to
instantly recognize, engage, and reward their loyal customers across the
network of digital, physical, and human interactions. Founded in 2014 and
funded by InterWest Partners and TDF Ventures, Stellar Loyalty is privately
held with offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. For more details please
visit www.stellarloyalty.com or follow Stellar Loyalty on LinkedIn, Facebook,
and Twitter @StellarLoyalty. Stellar Loyalty is a trademark of Stellar Loyalty
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Chief Financial Officer,
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Chief Marketing Officer,
Telephone: (415) 690-3381
SOURCE: Pollard Banknote Limited
Gaming Group Identifies Top Ten Casino Industry Trends for 2017
LINWOOD, New Jersey (December 13,
2016) -- Spectrum Gaming Group, an independent research and professional
services firm serving public- and private-sector clients worldwide, has
developed its 13th annual list of Most Important Gaming Trends for 2017.
New Jersey-based Spectrum, together
with its sister companies, Spectrum Asia, based in Bangkok, and Spectrum Gaming
Capital, based in New York City, tracks these and other trends on a regular
"Spectrum has a strong track
record, dating back to 2004, of peering into the future, and helping our
clients successfully identify opportunities," said Spectrum Managing
Director Michael Pollock. "We trust that this carefully considered list will
fill that role in 2017."
Click here to view
previous years' lists.
Top 10 Trends for 2017 (in order of
- Significant expansion opportunities are expected to
arise as legislation is crafted in Brazil, India and Japan.
- Lotteries and casinos will both seek online
opportunities -- sometimes with competing efforts in the same states and
countries, creating competitive challenges that legislators and regulators must
- Casinos will leverage their under-utilized square
footage to create special attractions for Millennials, including lounges,
entertainment, and skill-based gaming options.
- States will attempt to overcome stagnating gaming
receipts by proposing new forms of, or locations for, gaming such as retail
gaming (i.e., a limited number of electronic gaming devices in liquor-licensed
establishments), satellite casinos, and slots at airports.
- Proponents of legalized sports betting -- including
the American Gaming Association, state associations and individual operators --
will push their agenda more forcefully as state budgets continue to be
strained, and as major sports leagues seek to capture a substantial new revenue
- Macau will again become a growth story as gross
gaming revenues continue to climb and new integrated resorts open. The mass
market will dominate and VIP play will decline to less than 50 percent of GGR
for the first time since Macau reverted back to China.
- The trend toward private management and, in some
instances, private ownership of lotteries will accelerate in various countries
and US states.
- State legislatures will face pressure to reduce
gaming tax rates, as well as to amend or streamline regulations, in response to
increasing competition and the potential for saturation in various
- More casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City will
stage eSports events and contests, while Atlantic City will attempt to
reposition itself as an eSports hub.
- The South will be a focus of casino opportunities,
as the potential for legalization and expansion is debated in Alabama, Florida,
Georgia and Louisiana.
These trends and other important
issues will be examined at the Winter Meeting of the National Council of
Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS), January 6-8 at the Hotel Valley Ho in
Scottsdale, AZ. For more information and to register,
Spectrum is a non-partisan
consultancy that specializes in the economics, regulation and policy of
legalized gambling worldwide. We have provided independent research and
professional services to public- and private-sector clients since 1993. We
bring wide industry perspective to every engagement, having worked in 36 US
states and territories and in 46 countries. Employing renowned experts in every
facet of the gaming industry, Spectrum serves state, tribal and national
governments, casino operators, regulators, developers, investors, law firms,
and other gaming-related professionals and stakeholders.
Our array of services include market
study and financial analysis; investigations and due diligence (financial and
integrity); Internet gambling research and analysis; economic impact reports;
drafting of legislation and regulation; public-policy analysis; establishment
of investigative procedures; gaming regulatory services; and professional
services for Indian Nations. Our reports have been used by clients to shape
public policy, secure financing, formulate marketing plans, determine scope and
size of development, establish gaming regulations, and make licensing
decisions, among many other purposes. Spectrum produces several conferences
and, together with Fantini Research and Management Science Associates,
publishes SPECTRUMETRIX-Fantini, a comprehensive and dynamic suite of web-based
SOURCE: Spectrum Gaming Group.
Olympique Lyonnais Announce Partnership
FRANCE: (December 9, 2016) -- FDJ
and Olympique Lyonnais team up to offer an innovative betting experience for
spectators OL Park Upstream of the OL - PSG meeting which will be played on
November 27 OL Park in Décines
FDJ and Olympique Lyonnais Announce
Partnership that aims for the first time to offer spectators and fans
experience new and entertaining game in the stadium OL Park.
Now the OL Park spectators and fans
can bet before the game catch terminals game " ParionsSport Point of
Sale " located in shopping corridors of the stadium and in the Megastore
In addition, in the VIP lounge "
Circle OL ", a specific animation device will accompany the guests in a
space dedicated FDJ. Paris socket terminals will be operated by personnel OL
previously trained by FDJ.
In addition to this device, odds and
highlights the offer "ParionsSport Online" will be relayed on digital
information carriers of Olympique Lyonnais (website and social networks).
A PARTNERSHIP SERVING THE FDJ
For FDJ, this partnership fits into
its strategy FDJ 2020 affirms the will of the company to support the
development of sports in paris France. Sales of FDJ sports paris represented
2.3 billion in 2015, up 14%.
This partnership with OL also aims
to broadcast its games offer closer to customers by offering new meeting points
between the company and its 26.3 million customers in accordance with the
values and ethics of the game FDJ and responsible gaming practices.
A NEW SERVICE IN A HYPER
Olympique Lyonnais opened in early
2016, its 2.0 stage ultra connected, offering a unique customer experience to
its spectators with 20,000 simultaneous wireless connections 350 stores online,
paperless cashless payments, mobile app OL Park dedicated integrating paperless
tickets and entry cards. This partnership with FDJ thus offering a new service
to viewers OL Park in order to bear and digital at the heart of the stadium.
This partnership is a first in
France, an innovation that combines an operator of sports paris with a
professional football club and its stadium, to live an experience of mainstream
sports betting supporters.
French Games is the 4th global
lottery with 13.7 billion euros of bets in 2015. It offers its 26.3 million
customers lottery games and offer sports paris public, playful responsible and
The group with its subsidiaries
(FDP, LVS ...) is based on more than 1 800 employees, a local network of 31,900
outlets and a media channel that has attracted 1.3 million players.
In 2015, The French Games has
distributed 95% of its stakes, 9 billion to 3.1 billion players
to the community of which more than 230 million for sport for all, and
nearly 690 million for retailers.
About OL Park
Set in a 45 hectare park, the
stadium seats 59,186 including 6,000 VIP seats and 8,000 m² of reception
areas, is the third largest in France capacité.Ultra connected with Free
Wifi 20,000 simultaneous connections, and 300 connected displays, Lyonnais
Olympic Park is open 365 days a year.
Designed for large events, Lyonnais
Olympic Park has hosted the year of its opening, the European finals rugby and
6 meetings of the Euro 2016 including a semifinal. Multifunction Lyonnais
Olympic Park has also been the scene of show of international star Rihanna will
receive in July and in June 2017, Coldplay.
In another development, the stadium
will be equipped with an outdoor skating rink on which evolve hockey players
LHC - The Lions face the Wolf Burners during the Winter game on 30
Lyonnais Olympic Park is part of a
global project that meets economic and social commitment by integrating a city
of social innovation, which is particularly business support of Lyon is on
SOURCE: Olympique Lyonnais.
Sends $26.1 Million to Education in Past Month
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri (December
9, 2016) -- The Missouri Lottery today transferred $26.1 million in profits to
the Lottery Proceeds Fund.
The December transfer of $26,142,925
is based on ticket sales in November, and it brings the total for FY17 to more
than $143.7 million.
Since Missouri Lottery sales started
in 1986, the Lottery has generated more than $5.5 billion for the state and
Annual Lottery proceeds comprise
about 4 percent of the states funding for public education an
effort shared by local, state and federal governments.
Programs funded in FY17 include the
A+ Scholarship Program, the Foundation Program and Access Missouri, among many
For complete information about
Missouri Lottery proceeds, including maps of proceeds by program and by county,
see the Where the $ Goes section at MOLottery.com.
In addition to providing funds for
public education, the Lottery also benefits the state by collecting state taxes
on prizes of more than $600.
During FY16, the Lottery added $5.9
million in state tax collections from prize winnings to the General Revenue
SOURCE: The Missouri Lottery.
Gaming Authority Interim Performance Report for the Gaming Industry for the
Period January to June 2016 Finds Sector is Growing Rapidly
Gaming Sector Employment
Up By 31 Per Cent
MALTA (December 10, 2016) The
Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has published its interim performance report for
the period January to June 2016. The report reviews the performance of the
gaming industry under the governance of MGA in terms of economic value added,
employment, number of licensed operators and tax revenue together with
developments in demand trends and in the supply capabilities of operators. The
report includes an introductory section highlighting the key performance
indicators for the first half of 2016 as well as a medium term outlook into the
future followed by a detailed report explaining key statistics for land-based
and remote gaming sectors. Some key indicators include:
- During the period under review, the gaming industry
directly contributed 12.0% of the total economic value added generated in the
Maltese economy with employment in the gaming industry rising by 31% year on
year. Furthermore, Gross Value Added for the first six months of 2016 increased
by 11.9% compared to Jan to Jun 2015,
- Land-based activities generated over 250 new jobs
when compared to the second half of 2015 whilst new jobs in the remote gaming
business increased by eight times as much,
- Tax revenues amounted to 28 million during
the first half of 2016, which represented 4.6% of the total indirect tax intake
of the Maltese Government,
- As at the end of June 2016, there were 250
registered remote gaming operators, holding 490 licences collectively,
- The Authority developed a regulatory framework for
games of skill,
- MGA continued to work with the Financial
Intelligence Analysis Unit (FIAU) on the implementation of the new 4th Anti
Money Laundering Directive set to come into force next year,
- Remote gaming regulations were amended to
strengthen consumer protection and promote administrative simplification,
- MGA continued with the work on a regulatory
overhaul which should strengthen and future-proof the gaming industry in Malta
(to be brought into force in 2017),
- The gaming industry in Malta is expected to
continue growing robustly in 2017.
The MGA will publish a full year
industry performance report in May 2017 when it publishes its Annual Report for
the financial year ending 31 December 2016.
The 2016 Interim Performance Report
may be accessed from
SOURCE: Malta Gaming Authority.
National Lottery Launches Christmas Thank You
Campaign & Fantastic Festive Draws
LONDON, U.K. (December 14, 2016) --
The National Lottery has launched its Christmas campaign with a nationwide TV
advert. The 40-second animated ad celebrates the milestone of 500,000
lottery-funded projects which was reached in 2016 and thanks the
public for what they make possible across the nation by playing National
The ad builds on the momentum
generated by the success of this summers I Am Team GB and
I Am ParalympicsGB campaigns, and sees a flock of animated tickets
flying over famous lottery-funded landmarks like Cardiff Castle and the
The tickets then go on to revisit
the success in Rio soaring over a Team GB athlete as she crosses the
finish line before culminating in a festive village square, with a
childrens choir singing and people ice skating.
In addition, bespoke in-store POS
including posters, bunting and counter cards and national print
ads will highlights a series of fantastic festive draws that National Lottery
retailers can make the most of, including:
- Christmas Eve Lotto draw, which will have 200 extra
raffle prizes of £20,000 (this is in addition to the 20 raffle prizes of
£20,000 and 1 raffle prize of £1 million in every Lotto draw)
- EuroMillions Christmas Mega Week draws on 20 and 23
December each of which will make 5 guaranteed UK Millionaires (10 in
total), with all of them also winning a luxury winter get-together
- New Years Eve Lotto draw, which will have 100
extra raffle prizes of £20,000 (this is in addition to the 20 raffle
prizes of £20,000 and 1 raffle prize of £1 million in every Lotto
There have also been a number of
Christmas-themed National Lottery Scratchcards on offer for the past few months
including the £2 Christmas Countdown and £5
Christmas Advent Calendar 2016. These still have some big prizes on
offer, and make the perfect Secret Santa gift or addition to a seasonal
Camelots Head of Retail
Channel, James Pearson, commented: Weve had a lot to celebrate
in 2016 not least of all half a million projects funded and the amazing
success of Rio. National Lottery retailers should feel rightly proud of this
and what better time of the year to say thank you than at Christmas.
Sales of our festive Scratchcards have been really strong and we hope our
retailers really get behind the fantastic Christmas-themed draws too. Id
like to take the opportunity to wish all our National Lottery retailers a
happy, prosperous New Year.
CONTACT: Nicola Campbell, Media
Relations Coordinator, T: 020 7632 5711, W:
Lottery and Scratch Tickets Responsibly this Holiday Season
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (December 13,
2016 The Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation
(NSPLCC) is reminding Nova Scotians to keep age in mind when giving lottery
products as gifts this holiday season.
"Lottery and Scratch 'N Win
tickets can be fun stocking stuffers for adults, but they are not child's
play," said Bob MacKinnon, NSPLCC's president and CEO. "Even though it
might seem innocent, lottery and scratch tickets are forms of gambling that are
only appropriate for adults."
Parents, caregivers and family
members are influential role models for children. It is important that they
help prevent youth from gambling.
"It is important for adults to
send a strong message to our kids," said MacKinnon. "No matter what the
season, minors should not take part in any gambling activity."
The NSPLCC and its ticket lottery
operator, Atlantic Lottery, continue to take measures to ensure adults and
youth understand this responsibility. This includes placing the age of majority
messaging on ticket lottery products and confirming ticket lottery retailers
are committed to enforcing the 19+ laws.
The NSPLCC also participates in
McGill University's Holiday Campaign, which is a way to remind people that they
can keep the fun in the holidays by gifting lottery tickets responsibly to
For more information CONTACT: Stacy
ORourke, Tel: 902-424-6853, Cell: 902-401-5949, Email:
SOURCE: Nova Scotia Provincial
Lotteries and Casino Corporation.
First Motorsport to Partner with Sportradar Integrity
Gallen, Switzerland (December 7,
2016) -- MotoGP have today announced that starting with the 2017 season, the
MotoGP, the Moto2 and the Moto3 seasons will be overseen by Sportradars
Integrity Services, as part of a wider, multi-year integrity partnership.
In what is a first for the
motorsport industry, Sportradar, a global leader in understand and leveraging
the power of sports data and content, will be providing a range of integrity
services across the most prominent motorcycles races worldwide.
The award-winning Fraud Detection
System will monitor and analyse betting movements and patterns across all 54
races of the 3 year-long seasons. In addition, Sportradar will deliver five
Education and Prevention Workshops to a wide range of participants and
stakeholders, as well as providing an e-learning program for all riders and
Asked why MotoGP decided to partner
with Sportradar, Dornas CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta said: Prevention of any
problem is always more prudent than cure and for sure betting related sport
fixing is a problem. It is a problem that thankfully has not hit our sport but
it is one that is causing real concern across other sports worldwide. We do not
want to get to the point where we are remedying a problem that has encroached
onto motorcycle racing, if we can avoid it by being proactive and resolute.
This is what this partnership is about: about education, about deterrence and
Andreas Krannich, Managing Director
Integrity Services at Sportradar added: We do speak to sports who feel
distant or immune to the problem of fixing. That is not MotoGPs stance.
They have been inquisitive, invested and definitive. They have sought the full
suite of our Integrity Services to ensure that no stone is left unturned and
that no compromises are made. We look forward to working with them and their
stakeholder for the next few years and helping them keep MotoGP an example of
best practice in the world of motorsports.
For more information about MotoGP,
please visit www.motogp.com.
Sportradar Integrity Services.
2017 is Already Setting New Records
SYDNEY, NSW, Australia (December 9,
2016) -- Visitor registration is open for AGE 2017, a full 7 months prior to
when we were able to open it for the 2016 Expo and as with last year, Social
Media is making registration a simplified process with auto-filled fields via
the most popular social networks on the planet. Registrants will be able to see
who is attending, identify the most meaningful and relevant Gaming Expo
contacts who theyll benefit from meeting at the Event. Weve also
considered returning visitors, with fields pre-populated, requiring just a
couple of clicks to complete the registration.
And of course by registering now
will save time by avoiding having to line up on the day. To complete the social
media registration just click on this link here.
In another milestone for AGE, with
20% more floor space than what we had in 2016, 90% of the floor space has
already been taken by 176 exhibitors. This is exciting news with 9 months to go
until the shows start date, which is the worlds third largest
casino gaming equipment exhibition.
Our optimism was further confirmed
recently about the event's future at the new ICC Sydney at Darling
Harbour. In November a group of 120 inquisitive exhibitors visited the
ICC for a sneak peek of what to expect. Comprising both large and small
exhibitors, with their exhibition contractors and their staff, along with the
AGE coordinating team, it was a chance to get a first-hand glimpse of what is
truly a world class venue for AGE 2017. The highlight of the visit was Hall 3
and while they saw only ½ of the massive 19,000 square metres of
floor space that AGE will be occupying in 2017, one visitor was still impressed
enough to describe the hall as Cavernous.
Taking advantage of the
multi-purpose seminar rooms complete with smart lecterns at the new ICC Sydney,
at AGE 2017 we will be running complimentary seminars for registered exhibition
visitors. The seminars will include a Global CEOs Forum, to be
moderated by Michael Pascoe and a Women in Gaming event, along with
a range of sessions about topical issues.
The Australasian Gaming Expo is on
the 15th to the 17th August, 2017.
NOTE: The Australasian Gaming
Expo is a trade exhibition, for management representatives of Gaming Industry
Organisations only including government, regulatory, research and support
bodies, clubs, hotels, casinos, resorts and similar Hospitality Industry
venues. Trade suppliers are not eligible to attend the event unless
The Gaming Technologies
Associations primary members are Ainsworth Game Technology, Aristocrat
Technologies, Aruze Gaming Australia, Scientific Games, Ebet Limited, IGT
Australia and Konami Australia.
For further information CONTACT:
SOURCE: Gaming Technologies
Association Limited (www.gamingta.com).
91 First Time Exhibitors
Confirmed for ICE
LONDON, U.K. (December 9, 2016) --
Kate Chambers, Managing Director of Clarions gaming division, has
described the large number of first time exhibitors attending ICE as being the
X Factor in the success story of the industrys biggest b2b
gaming event. Her assessment follows confirmation that a total of 91 gaming
organisations from 34 nations will be making their ICE debuts in February.
The most represented countries
comprise, the United Kingdom (17 new exhibitors), followed by Malta (13),
United States (6), China, Cyprus and Taiwan (all 4) and Philippines, Spain and
Serbia (all 3).
The remaining countries being
represented with first time exhibitors at ICE are: Belize, British Virgin
Islands, Curacao, Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Sweden and Ukraine
(2) and Armenia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Estonia, France, Germany,
Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Malaysia, Moldova and Switzerland
(1 new exhibitor each).
Kate Chambers commented:
Each year we undertake an extensive research programme amongst our
customer base of visitors and one of the top quoted reasons for attending ICE
is the opportunity it provides to meet and connect with new companies and
potential new suppliers. Large business to business events such as ICE provide
a valuable opportunity to expand horizons and forge new contacts as well as
meet with the better known innovators and suppliers in the business. "
"However, what I think makes ICE
unique is that our first time exhibitors, the X Factor in the ICE proposition,
are drawn from throughout the gaming world, thereby providing visitors with an
international perspective as opposed to a regional or a national one, in the
process bringing a new dimension and vitality to the show floor.
ICE Totally Gaming is the only b2b
gaming event that brings together the online and offline gaming sectors.
Featuring world-leading innovators
drawn from casino, betting, bingo, lottery, mobile, online and street gaming,
ICE provides the most comprehensive shop window on world gaming and in 2016
attracted a record attendance of 28,487 drawn from 150 nations.
Gaming professionals wishing to
secure their place at ICE Totally Gaming 2017 can register at
SOURCE: ICE Totally Gaming.