Receives 10-Year Contract Extension from the Michigan
LONDON, U.K. (July 31, 2018) --
International Game Technology PLC (NYSE: IGT) announced that its subsidiary,
IGT Global Solutions Corporation (with International Game Technology PLC,
hereinafter "IGT"), has signed a 10-year contract extension with the Michigan
Lottery to provide new lottery technology and ongoing services through January
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...
"We are pleased to continue our
relationship with the Michigan Lottery, one that dates back to 1988," said
Jay Gendron, IGT COO, Lottery.
"As one of the most successful
lotteries in the United States, the Michigan Lottery continues to achieve
record sales and contributions to the Michigan School Aid fund, its
beneficiary. We look forward to providing industry-leading technology that will
assist the Michigan Lottery in managing and growing its business now and in the
Under the terms of the contract
extension, IGT will provide the Michigan Lottery with innovative tools from
IGT's Aurora platform, such as Aurora Navigator, and several of
IGT's BizApps lottery applications including Performance Wizard, Retailer
Wizard, Order Wizard, and Instant Tracking Wizard which enable the Lottery to
drive profitable growth.
IGT's new Retailer Pro terminals
will replace the 11,550 existing lottery terminals. WinCheck ticket
checkers will also be installed in retail locations allowing for players to
easily check whether their tickets are winners. In addition, the Lottery will
receive 2,100 GameTouch self-service touch-screen lottery vending
IGT will maintain its primary data
center in Lansing, Michigan, and will continue providing services for the
Michigan Lottery including installation and maintenance of the new central
system and terminals; maintenance of the communications network; retailer
training; field merchandisers; marketing support; call center services; field
services; and instant ticket warehousing and distribution. IGT is also
providing backup data center services from its Data Center of the Americas
facility located in Austin, Texas.
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 Digital
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 www.igt.com.
Robert K. Vincent,
toll free in U.S./Canada (844)
IGT-7452; outside U.S./Canada (401) 392-7452
T: (401) 392-7190
Italian media inquiries,
T: (+39) 06 51899030
SOURCE: International Game
Technology PLC (IGT)
Laboratories International (GLI®) First Test Lab to Achieve Accreditation
by the Lottery of the City of Buenos Aires (LOTBA)
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (July 30,
2018) Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) has become the first
test laboratory to be accredited by the Lottery of the City of Buenos Aires
(LOTBA). The accreditation permits GLIs experts to perform crucial
functions for LOTBA including forensic investigations; gaming device, systems,
and RNG testing and certification; testing of betting and totalization systems;
and any other systems implemented for the administration, management, and
control of games of chance and skill. LOTBA has the competence to authorize,
organize, operate, collect, administer, and control games of chance, skill
games and pari-mutuel wagering, and connected activities in the territory of
the City of Buenos Aires.
They will procure the correct
operation of the Hipodromo Argentino de Palermo Sociedad Anónima
(HAPSA), Casino Buenos Aires and official agencies. GLI is very pleased
to have attained accreditation as a certification laboratory from the Lottery
of the City of Buenos Aires, said Karen Sierra-Hughes, GLIs
Director of Latin American and Caribbean Government Relations and Business
The evaluation performed by
LOTBA was a detailed, extensive, and thorough process wherein GLI provided
proof of its expertise and capabilities to the full satisfaction of the
investigating body. We are thankful to LOTBA for their trust in GLI and we look
forward to a committed and long-term relationship for the benefit of the City
of Buenos Aires industry.
In addition to supporting
the regulators plan, with this accreditation, GLI is also supporting the
suppliers and operators that continue to move forward with confidence knowing
that we are ready to support them in their testing and certification needs;
allowing for a fast and efficient entrance in the market, where our thorough
testing processes at the same time helps to maintain the public
trust, Sierra-Hughes added.
GLIs experts ensure licensing
is handled as a priority, resulting in fast response times to accreditation
requirements established by jurisdictions. The companys testing services
provide regulators, suppliers, and operators with significant risk mitigation.
The company has worked closely with gaming regulators as well as government
lotteries around the world for nearly 30 years, offering an unparalleled range
of services designed to support its clients in creating the competitive edge of
a world-class organization with security and integrity. GLI has been working
with the Latin America and the Caribbean industry, regulators, and lotteries
for 20 years. Specific to Argentina, GLI had been providing services for the
City of Buenos Aires jurisdiction since 2004. GLI South America, which is the
firms laboratory based in La Plata Argentina, has been serving local
suppliers since 2008.
About Gaming Laboratories
Gaming Laboratories International,
LLC delivers the highest quality land-based, lottery and iGaming testing and
assessment services. GLIs laboratory locations are found on six
continents, and the company holds 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 gaminglabs.com.
CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice
President of Global Marketing, +1 (702) 914-2220 or E:
SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories
Skilrock Speaks on Industry Leading Innovations at CIBELAE
GURGAON, India (August 1, 2018) --
Skilrock is back from it's participation in the Cibelae Seminar, held recently
by the hosts CAIXA, in the beautiful city of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. The theme
of this seminar was Innovation & Sustainability of Lotteries.
The event was an amalgamation of key national lotteries of LATAM, service
providers as well as key industry experts.
There were mainly four panels and
the event was divided into: Product, Marketing, Security and Sales Network.
Skilrock featured in the product portfolio panel owing to its innovative
digital techniques and progressive future product strategy for lottery and
Skilrock shared its views on
digitization in the context of innovation and the various innovative product
offerings in its portfolio.
Mr. Sujit Lahiry, Executive Director
at Skilrock Technologies Pvt. Ltd, said We received an overwhelming
response with varied interests ranging from digital scratch, e-gaming on tablet
to mobile lottery. Skilrock has always been at the forefront of the global
lottery & gaming industry and presented its exciting content with
innovative solutions for lottery operators and their end customers. Skilrock
would like to thank all the Cibelae and Caixa members for organizing such an
amazing seminar with such a thought intriguing theme.
The event was attended by many
senior delegates from the Industry including the likes of national lotteries
representation from Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil, Panama, El Salvador and
There was key presence from
technology suppliers who all enthusiastically shared their new offerings in
bringing digitization and innovation to the use of lottery industry and making
it more advanced.
In the security panel, there was a
detailed discussion on applying security essentials to lotteries and the need
of certifications, regularization for all forms of lotteries which is only
possible through digitization.
About Skilrock Technologies
Skilrock Technologies is a leading
technology solution provider for the lottery, gaming and payment industry with
its R&D centres located at global IT hubs.
It is technology arm of $2 billion
Sugal & Damani Group, who are leaders of Indian lottery & gaming
The all-encompassing WEAVER Gaming
Platform of Skilrock serves RETAIL, iGAMING & SELF SERVICE channels with
equal ease, supporting a wide variety of games like Lotto, Keno, Bingo,
Instant, Sports, Poker, Rummy, Casino and Slots.
More than 120,000 retail touch
points and over 3 million iGaming players across 18 jurisdictions have been
serviced using Weaver Platform.
SOURCE: Skilrock Technologies.
Camelot Global Congratulates Arkansas and Illinois Lotteries on
Record-Breaking Sales and Increased Profits
Both lotteries reach new
performance results supported by Camelot Global, a leading provider of lottery
business managed solutions
CHICAGO, Illinois (July 30, 2018) --
Camelot Global congratulates its customers the Arkansas and Illinois Lotteries
for reaching critical performance benchmarks, with both lotteries advancing new
strategic initiatives to attract wider audiences and increase net profits.
The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery
recently announced record-breaking sales for the 2018 fiscal year, leading to
increased proceeds to scholarships totalling almost $92 million.
Our mission is to maximize
proceeds to scholarships in a responsible way, said Arkansas Lottery
Director Bishop Woosley.
Weve made it a
priority to identify new opportunities for growth, while also strengthening the
image and brand of the Lottery.
Camelot provides business consulting
services to the Arkansas Lottery, supporting the Lotterys business plan
aimed at improving sales and net revenue to benefit scholarship recipients.
The Illinois Lottery is also seeing
positive returns and expects to increase revenues by almost four percent in the
upcoming year, with its focus on modernizing systems, investing in retail point
of sale equipment and responsibly growing its base of players across the state.
With Camelots proven global
operator credentials and experience providing business solutions and advisory
services to lotteries around the world, it was recently selected as private
manager of the Illinois Lottery.
"Our ambition is to create a
modern lottery that attracts new players and maximizes returns to the state in
a socially responsible way, said Camelot Illinois General Manager
We are looking forward to
the technology conversion and realizing a Camelot Global iLottery platform for
digital player engagement and brand marketing across multiple channels,
Camelot Global Chief Executive
Officer Wayne Pickup congratulated the Arkansas and Illinois Lotteries on the
successful performance of the customer-focused business plans.
Were thrilled with
the outstanding results delivered by the Arkansas Lottery for its scholarship
recipients, and the positive returns and increase in sales delivered by the
Illinois Lottery, said Mr. Pickup.
We look forward to
celebrating the continued success of both of these lotteries in the years to
ABOUT CAMELOT GLOBAL
Camelot operates lotteries in
Illinois, the U.K. and Ireland and serves as an adviser to multiple U.S. state
lotteries. Its sister company, Camelot U.K., has operated the U.K. National
Lottery since 1994 and has an unrivaled track record of success, helping the
U.K. National Lottery deliver over $92 billion to winners and $52 billion to
good causes (as of November 2017). Premier Lotteries Ireland (PLI) won a
20-year license to operate the Irish National Lottery in February 2014, with
Camelot providing a dedicated and specialist interactive managed service to
develop and grow the PLI digital channel. Over the three years to the end of
2017, PLI has grown overall sales by 16 percent and nearly tripled digital
SOURCE: Camelot Global press
Instant Game Offers $3.7 Million in Top Prizes
More Than $6.9 Million
Awarded Lottery Winners Last Week
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (July 30, 2018) --
The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery will launch four new instant scratch-off games
tomorrow, including $50K Blowout that offers more than $3.7 million in $50,000
There are 27 chances to win on one
$20 ticket, including two bonus spots.
The other three games are a family
of instant tickets that multiply winnings: $5 25X with a top prize of
$100,000; $2 15X with a top prize of $20,000 and $1 5X with a top prize of
Lottery players tend to
like instant tickets that offer lots of chances to win, said Lottery
Director Bishop Woosley.
Our instant ticket sales
continue to be very good because people are winning. In fact, last week we
awarded more than $5.4 million to instant ticket winners.
Woosley added that during the week
of July 23 a total of more than $6.9 million was awarded to players in all
That total included a $1 million
Play It Again® Second-Chance Drawing winner from Cabot; a $500,000 200X The
Money scratch-off ticket winner from Texas; a $70,000 Cash 10X scratch-off
winner from Nashville, Ark.; two $70,000 Match 7s scratch-off winners
one from Texarkana and one from Jonesboro; and a $50,000 Powerball®
winner from Little Rock.
The other winners had played Cash 3
and 4, Mega Millions® and the Arkansas Progressive Jackpot games.
Woosley reminds players that the
Natural State Jackpot (NSJ) has grown to $230,000 and is only sold in Arkansas.
NSJ drawings occur Monday through Saturday.
The Mega Millions® jackpot for
tomorrow nights drawing is $45 million, and Wednesdays
Powerball® jackpot stands at $187 million.
About the Arkansas Scholarship
More than 92 cents of every dollar
of Lottery revenue goes to prizes, scholarships, retailer commissions, and
other expenses in Arkansas.
Since 2009, the Lottery has provided
more than $781 million for more than 275,000 college scholarships, more than
$2.6 billion in prizes to players, about $224 million in retailer commissions
and more than $116 million state and federal tax revenue.
Follow the Arkansas Scholarship
Lottery on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Visit MyArkansasLottery.com for more
information on scholarships, winners, games, odds, promotions and to
join The Club for free. To hear winning numbers, call the Winning Numbers
Hotline at 501-682-IWON (4966).
To get help with problem gambling,
contact the National Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-522-4700.
CONTACT: Kara Lee Ford at
501-683-1646 for more information.
SOURCE: The Arkansas Scholarship
Gaming System Positions Kansas Lottery for Continued Success and
TOPEKA, Kansas (July 30, 2018) --The
Kansas Lotterys new, advanced central gaming system is now
live at more than 1,700 Kansas Lottery retailers across the state.
This follows a successful conversion by the Lotterys new technology
partner Scientific Games as part of an overall plan to responsibly increase
returns to the State of Kansas.
The Lotterys data transfer and
official switch-over from the old systems technology took place July 29.
Careful planning started
more than two years ago for this complex technology project, said
Terry Presta, Executive Director of the Kansas Lottery. The entire
Lottery staff and hundreds of Scientific Games technologists and personnel have
worked closely together on this enormous effort. The expertise of all of these
lottery professionals and extensive quality testing has ensured the security
and integrity of the games Kansans enjoy so much.
Players can look forward to these
- New retail point-of-sale terminals and other
in-store equipment that offer convenience and speed-of-service.
- Modern new TV monitors for Keno have been installed
at Lottery retailers.
- Kansas players can enjoy an exciting portfolio of
draw games, plus a new electronic virtual race game called Racetrax that offers
the thrill of horseracing and the payout and prizes of a Keno game. All
Kansas Lottery retailers offer Racetrax, including more than 300 locations
where players can watch the races on TV monitors.
- Players who use play slips will need to fill out
new play slips available at every lottery retailer. Old play slips will no
- Draw game tickets (Powerball, Mega Millions, etc.)
printed before July 29 cannot be scanned on new Ticket Checkers. Clerks
will be able to scan these legacy tickets on lottery terminals,
however. To learn more about claiming legacy tickets, click
Lottery Legacy Tickets YouTube Video.
We are thrilled to welcome
the Kansas Lottery to the Scientific Games systems family. The new
enterprise gaming system and related services from Scientific Games will help
the Lottery achieve the strategic goals it set to maximize returns to State of
Kansas programs, said Pat McHugh, Senior Vice President of Global
Lottery Systems for Scientific Games.
We are honored to be the
provider of choice to help the Lottery grow over the next decade and serve its
players and retailers by continuously integrating the industrys most
innovative game content, products, and technology.
Kansas Lottery Video of Ceremonial Conversion Event
Since the Kansas Lotterys
start up in November 1987, lottery ticket sales have produced more than $1.8
billion in revenues transferred to the State of Kansas.
Where Does the Money Go?
Kansas Lottery Revenue goes into the
State Gaming Revenues Fund.
On a yearly basis, the first $50
million is divided by a formula which first transfers $80,000 to the Problem
Gambling and Addictions Grant Fund.
Then 85 percent of the balance is
transferred to the Economic Development Initiatives Fund, 10 percent to the
Correctional Institutions Building Fund, and 5 percent to the Juvenile
Detention Facilities Fund.
Any receipts in excess of $50
million must be transferred to the State General Fund.
The Economic Development Initiatives
Fund supports state programs that create and retain jobs in Kansas. Those
include Kansas Department of Commerce programs, Tourism and Parks programs in
the Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks, the Kansas Board of Regents for
vocational education programs, and many more.
CONTACT: Sally Lunsford, T:
(785) 296-5708, E: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: The Kansas Lottery.
Special Conditions for Society Lotteries Using Phone
PSA launches new Special
conditions for society lotteries
UNITED KINGDOM (August 1, 2018) --
New tailored conditions introduced to support services which raise money for
good causes through raffles and similar competitions.
The Phone-paid Services
Authority (PSA) has introduced new Special conditions for society lotteries
services using phone payment.
The new conditions are set to come
into effect on the 1st October 2018 and will complement the PSAs existing
Code of Practice. Several large charities and associations offered views during
the consultation phase.
Society lotteries are an emerging
service type in the phone-paid services market which allow charities and other
organisations such as local clubs and community centres to raise money by
charging supporters for entry to raffle-style competitions.
A growing number of these are being
offered digitally, with payments charged to participants phone
As the PSA is responsible for
regulating content, goods and services charged to a phone bill, the regulator
is supporting providers in bringing these services to market within a framework
that will help build consumer confidence.
A special shortcode operating on
numbers beginning 72 has been established for society lotteries. This follows
on from the introduction of the 70 shortcode for charity text donations, which
has successfully raised millions of pounds for good causes in the UK over the
last few years.
There were 10 responses to the PSA
policy consultation on the proposed Special conditions, which opened in
Following consideration of the
feedback received during the consultation period, the conditions have remained
largely the same as originally proposed.
There were some changes to the
proposed conditions governing promotional material, which can be read in the
document published today.
SOURCE: Phone-paid Services
Jersey Instant Ticket Players Celebrate a Joyous June
- Instant Games Players Received More Than
$108.4 Million in Prizes in June
- Local Flight Attendants Luck
TRENTON, NJ (July 26, 2018)
Linda Biernacki, a flight attendant living in Voorhees, often finds herself
traveling for work. She enjoys playing scratch-off tickets and recently
experienced a new type of sky-high feeling when she played a $250,000 Crossword
ticket from the New Jersey Lottery.
She uncovered letter by letter and
filled out the crossword puzzle on the ticket, watching word after word reveal
itself. When she finished scratching and counted up the words, she realized
there were ten words uncovered for the top prize of $250,000!
When asked what she will do with the
prize, Linda mentioned that it will help with costs associated with her son's
college, as well as providing some financial security for the future. Linda
purchased her lucky ticket at Speedy Mart on 715 Somerdale Rd., Blackwood in
Jan Balut of Manville is a fortunate
gambler, and he is very proud of a handful of four- and five-figure prizes that
he has won at casinos over the years. Those prizes were exciting enough on
their own, but Jan had his eyes on an even bigger prize. He recently purchased
a lucky $1,000,000 Gold Rush game at his local retailer, The Pantry Market on
7000 JFK Blvd., Guttenberg in Hudson County.
After purchasing the ticket, Jan
happily scratched away at his ticket, hoping for a gold rush of his own. By the
time he was done scratching, Jan saw his winning number match one of the
revealed numbers on his ticket. He uncovered the prize amount to see his first
ever seven-figure prize, an incredible $1,000,000 payday!
Jan has a handful of plans with his
seven-figure prize money, setting some aside for a house and a new car before
safely saving the rest for his future and his retirement.
New Jersey Lottery players claimed
more than $108.4 million in prizes playing Instant Games in June. Below is a
listing of the top prizes over $10,000 won for the month.
SOURCE: New Jersey Lottery.
Lottery General Counsel Wins Top Industry Honor
AUSTIN, Texas (July 31, 2018)
The Texas Lottery Commission today announced that Bob Biard, general counsel,
was a recipient of the 2018 Powers Award at the North American Association of
State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) seminar held recently in Orlando,
I want to congratulate Bob
on this prestigious honor, said Gary Grief, executive director of the
Bob's experience, along
with his sound legal advice, attention to detail, and ability to analyze our
legal challenges with an eye towards finding a solution have played a key role
in the Texas Lotterys ability to pursue unique opportunities over the
years. I can attest to the fact that Bob possesses all the traits that the
Powers Award represents.
Each year, the Powers Awards are
presented in recognition of the significant contributions lottery and lottery
vendor employees have made through exceptional job performance. These awards
are named in honor of the late Edward J. Powers, the Father of U.S.
Lotteries. Powers spent more than 25 years in the lottery industry
helping to define the most effective organizational structures that have become
a blueprint for todays lotteries. The drive, commitment and integrity
Powers demonstrated set the standard of excellence exhibited by lottery and
vendor employees nominated for this award.
Biard joined the Texas Lottery
Commission in December 2008 as assistant general counsel and was promoted to
general counsel in September 2012. He advises the commissioners, executive
director and senior agency management on legal issues impacting the
agencys regulatory and business initiatives, and in interactions with
vendors, players, legislators and other lottery organizations. Biard also
directs the Commissions Legal Services Division, which provides legal
support to all agency divisions.
About the Texas Lottery
Beginning with the first ticket sold
in 1992, the Texas Lottery has generated $28 billion in revenue for the state
and distributed $56 billion in prizes to lottery players. Since 1997, the Texas
Lottery has contributed $22 billion to the Foundation School Fund, which
supports public education in Texas. As authorized by the Texas Legislature,
certain Texas Lottery revenues benefit state programs including the Fund for
As authorized by the Texas
Legislature, certain Texas Lottery revenues benefit state programs including
the Fund for Veterans Assistance. Since the first veterans themed
scratch ticket game was launched in 2009, the Texas Lottery has contributed
more than $99 million for programs supporting Texas veterans.
The Texas Lottery provides several
entertaining games for lottery players including Powerball®, Mega
Millions®, Lotto Texas®, All or Nothing, Texas Two Step®,
Pick 3, Daily 4, Cash Five® and scratch ticket games. For more
information visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or at
CONTACT: Media Relations, T:
512-344-5131, E: email@example.com.
SOURCE: Texas Lottery, Press
Report 62 Suspicious Betting Alerts in Q2 2018
BRUSSELS, Belgium (July 25, 2018) --
International betting integrity body ESSA (Sports Betting Integrity) reported
62 cases of suspicious betting to the relevant authorities during the second
quarter (Q2) of 2018. The Q2 cases involved 8 sports with: 44 cases in tennis,
12 cases in football, and one each in bowls, handball, boxing, basketball,
beach volleyball and eSports.
ESSA Secretary General Khalid Ali
said: We have played a crucial role in bringing transparency to betting
related match-fixing, which is why we have taken a keen interest in the recent
publication of the Interim Report into tennis by the Independent Review
We support many of the
recommendations made by the Panel and we wish to work with the sport to address
betting related issues.
However, we have serious concerns
about a blanket discontinuation of the sale of data for events at the lowest
level of tennis and whether that approach is proportionate to the issue and
will provide a practical and effective solution.
He added We are seeking to
deliver a number of alternative evidence-based options that we hope the Panel
and the various governing bodies within the sport will be willing to explore in
more detail and to reaching a position that is mutually beneficial, places
integrity to the fore and also serves to avoid any adverse commercial
The Q2 report includes an article
from the American Gaming Association (AGA), where they explain what the
legalised sports betting landscape will look like, now that the U.S. Supreme
Court has ruled that Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) is
ESSA holds positions on high-level
betting policy forums at the European Commission, Council of Europe and the
IOC. It is driving a number of important initiatives aimed at addressing
match-fixing and hosted an international betting integrity conference at Lords
Cricket Ground (see here) at the end of last year, attended by over 150 senior
officials from sports bodies, regulators and other key stakeholders. A copy of
ESSAs Q2 integrity report can be accessed here along with previous
ESSA represents many of the
worlds biggest regulated sports betting operators, serving over 40
million consumers in the EU alone. Concerned regulated bookmakers created ESSA
in 2005 to monitor betting markets and alert sporting bodies and national
regulators to suspicious betting patterns. The goal was, and is, to protect
consumers from potential fraud caused by manipulating sporting events. ESSA
helps to combat this with evidence-based intelligence it provides to sporting
bodies and regulators.
SOURCE: ESSA (Sports Betting
Gaming Authority - New Gaming Act Comes Into Force
MALTA (August 1, 2018) -- The new
Gaming Act, approved by Maltese Parliament on 8 March 2018, together with the
subsidiary legislation and Authority-issued binding instruments which establish
the detailed processes and procedures constituting the holistic regulatory
framework for the gaming sector, came into force today 1 August 2018 after
undergoing the EU Technical Regulation Information System (TRIS) process, in
line with European Union Directive 2015/1535.
The new framework elevates the
jurisdictional profile of Malta from a regulatory perspective by strengthening
the MGAs supervisory role, specifically the Authoritys compliance
and enforcement functions to better achieve its regulatory objectives.
This is in line with concurrent
developments relating to anti-money laundering and combating the funding of
The new regulatory framework also
empowers the Authority to be more agile in its decision-making, by removing
unnecessary regulatory burdens not conducive to the regulatory objectives,
whilst simultaneously strengthening supervision and focusing the
regulators efforts on areas which present a higher risk profile.
Furthermore, the reform enhances
consumer protection standards and responsible gaming measures, while promoting
a risk-based approach towards regulation. It provides the MGA with wider powers
in the fields of compliance and enforcement and establishes objective-oriented
standards to encourage innovation and development.
Underlining the importance of this
milestone the MGAs Chief Executive Officer Heathcliff Farrugia stated
that: "Today marks one of the most important days in the history of the
MGA. Years of hard work finally come to fruition. I would like to thank all
those involved in making the new regulatory framework a reality, in particular
my predecessor Mr Joseph Cuschieri for the foresight to initiate this project,
Parliamentary Secretary Hon. Silvio Schembri and the Maltese Government at
large for their ongoing support and commitment, and especially the MGA's
personnel for their relentless work in developing and implementing the new
This is the beginning of a new
chapter in Maltese gaming regulation. One which builds on the foundations of
the previous laws, and which empowers the Authority to further strengthen the
way it regulates the industry, and to continue being a thought leader for the
years the come.
Subject to the transitory provisions
envisaged therein, this framework is applicable for remote gaming operators as
of today 1 August 2018, whereas land-based operators shall become subject to
these new laws as of 1 January 2019.
SOURCE: Malta Gaming Authority press
Standards Association Invite Gaming Industry to its Technical Summit: Focus on
LAS VEGAS, NV (August 1, 2018)
The Gaming Standards Association (GSA) announces its first gaming
industry focused conference event: GSA Technical Summit Focus on
The event is scheduled for November
8 9, 2018 in the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, NV. GSA invites our
members and anyone active in the gaming industry - operators, regulators and
suppliers - to this informative summit around Blockchain.
The Blockchain technology - the
second phase of the Internet - will have a dramatic impact on our lives and
It is poised to revolutionize data
sharing, security and has the ability to provide regulatory authorities with
previously unobtainable levels of transparency.
Those looking at how this technology
will impact the gaming industry will be able to listen to companies that are
using the technology today and regulators as they debate the benefits
Blockchain provides them.
GSA President Peter DeRaedt said,
We have been approached for many years to bring more value to a
conference program by emphasizing real knowledge over a marketing
session. For this unique summit weve used our extensive
contacts within and outside the gaming industry to bring together speakers and
participants who have the experience and know-how to offer attendees a more
grounded foundation and education about this technology.
Current companies that have
committed to participate in the event are: Axes Network, Clear Poker, Dominode,
Gioco Ventures, LLC, Global Market Advisors, IBM, Innovum Technology, INTEL,
Loyra Abogados, Malta Gaming Authority, McDonald Carano, New Jersey Department
of Gaming Enforcement, Nevada Gaming Control Board, ORACLE, RedChalk Group,
Secure Communication, Berkeley Center for Law & Business, Unikrn.
Blockchain Committee Chair Earle G.
Hall said, Blockchain is the answer to so many of our inefficiencies.
It is inherently designed for transparent, secure and distributed information
flow. Blockchain will exponentially increase the potential for collaboration,
efficiency and connectivity. We look forward to this event and expect to truly
educate the industry on this topic.
For a detailed agenda, special rate
accommodation information and registration, please visit GSAs event
website at - GSA Technology Summit: FOCUS Blockchain. GSA also welcomes
companies interested in sponsoring this event to contact us.
There is a level of membership for
every type of company. Is your organization interested in working with GSA on
the creation of future standards? Please join us visit
www.gamingstandards.com to learn more, and follow GSA on
LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.
CONTACT: Paul Speirs-Hernandez,
Steinbeck Communications/Red Wagon Institute, T: +1-702-413-4278, E:
SOURCE: The Gaming Standards
Technology and Innovation the Focus at Australasian Gaming Expo
SYDNEY, Australia (June 18, 2018) --
In Australia, gambling expenditure has increased from $22.7 billion in
20142015 to $23.6 billion in 20152016 (up 3.9 per cent) . The
Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE), from 14-16 August 2018, is an annual event run
by the Gaming Technologies Association, focusing on fostering a sustainable and
AGE is the largest event of its kind
in the Southern Hemisphere. This years program focuses on
technology and innovation across the entire sector, featuring over 200 local
and international exhibitors, as well as industry-led seminars covering new
technology, gaming, hospitality, service, and the end customer.
Ross Ferrar, CEO, Gaming
Technologies Association, shares his insights into the changing industry and
what that means for the future.
Our event is crucial for
the health of the industry we promote connections, education,
regulation, technology and trends, business and more, to casinos, pubs, clubs
and hotels. Its about empowering local businesses to thrive.
Weve got a jam-packed
show floor this year, featuring the latest innovations direct to the industry.
Its these new technologies driving the evolution of gaming and its
our job to embrace, explore, train and innovate alongside them. We are proud to
provide such a platform for our industry, said Mr Ferrar.
Key exhibitors confirmed from
the gaming technology sector include:
This years event will
incorporate technology into the visitor experience offering Teleportals, or
virtual assistants, across the show floor to aid guests with their
All AGE registered delegates will
also have a Konduko reader in their lanyard a small digital platform
that can be tapped at exhibitor stands they visit.
At the end of each day a
Daily Digest email containing a full round-up of information
from the day is delivered to the delegates inbox, in either PDF,
PowerPoint, or short video format.
For 2018, we are really
aiming to provide a 360 degree digital-focus, to elevate our event and provide
real ROI to our stakeholders. We want to be at the forefront of the industry,
to make Australasian gaming, global gaming, added Mr Ferrar.
Australasian Gaming Expo is
the worlds third largest hospitality and gaming tradeshow and will take
place at International Convention Centre Sydney, 14 16 August 2018.
For more information or to register,
 Queensland Government
Statistician's Office, Queensland Treasury, Australian Gambling Statistics,
SOURCE: Australasian Gaming
You Registered Yet for the WLS 2018 in Buenos Aires?
It is already July, and WLS 2018 in
Buenos Aires, the lottery event of the year, will soon kick-off in grand style.
If you have not yet registered for
this important event, we encourage you to do so today. As a member-based
association with a global reach, a key goal of the WLA is to provide our
members with a platform for learning international lottery best practice, as
well as a forum for networking with lottery colleagues from around the world.
There is no other event in the industry that meets these goals better than the
World Lottery Summit.
In the interest of our attendees, we
have negotiated excellent room rates. We recommend you to act now and take
advantage of this great offer, which will only last until October 12, 2018.
The WLA together with host ALEA look
forward to welcoming you in Buenos Aires for WLS 2018, the WLAs flagship
To register, please
Further information about the
convention can be found at the WLS 2018 website at:
See you in Buenos Aires!
APLA Regional Conference 8 - 12 October 2018 - Registration
Dear friends of APLA
Hurray! We are pleased to announce
that the Registration for the 2018 APLA Regional Conference is now open!
The details for this event are as
- Date: 8 - 12 October 2018
(Business Program on 9 - 11 October 2018)\
- Venue: Hilton Kuching Hotel,
Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Rumble in the Jungle
This Conference is being hosted and
organized by Magnum Corporation Sdn Bhd.
A very interesting and varied
business program has been drawn up to keep the attention of the delegates'
interests on all 2.5 days.
Have a read at the ebrochure
attached and you will find we have invited a Global Keynote Speaker, Guest
speakers with domain knowledge on the topics selected, our very own Panelists
from our peers to share their experiences, our popular debate with a
thought-provoking topic and a special half day workshop on Design Thinking. Not
forgetting the sharing from our valued Sponsors on their commitment and
direction towards embracing which new technologies.
Do keep checking the APLA website
for more announcements and updates (www.asiapacific-lotteries.com)
and note that the Closing Date for the Conference Registration and Hotel
booking is 24 September 2018.
See you all in Kuching!
Beh Swan Swan APLA Secretariat