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Vol. 88 No.12 - Monday September 23, 2019

 

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Golden Casket Donates New Equipment to Bundaberg Base Hospital to Treat Sick Babies

QUEENSLAND (September 16, 2019) -- The care delivered to the Wide Bay’s sick children is receiving a boost, with the Lott, through Golden Casket, donating vital equipment for sick babies to the Bundaberg Base Hospital.

The Lott, through Golden Casket, has donated a $7,000 Giraffe Blue Spot PT Lite Phototherapy System to Bundaberg Base Hospital, equipment that provides intensive phototherapy to babies with jaundice, which if left untreated, can have severe health implications.

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The Bundaberg Base Hospital donation is part of a $100,000 donation the Lott has made to the Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Regional Hospitals Wishlist, funded from unclaimed prizemoney.

The Regional Hospitals Wishlist aims to improve the standard of care provided to sick children in Queensland by delivering vital equipment to hospitals throughout the state and therefore reducing the need for families to travel to major cities for ongoing treatment and support.

Bundaberg Hospital Paediatrician Dr Matt Wakeley said the donation would allow for the proper care of babies suffering from jaundice.

We are very thankful for the support of the Children’s Hospital Foundation and their donors who have supported the purchase of a Giraffe Blue Spot Lite Phototherapy system for our Paediatric Ward,” he said.

The system allows us to deliver an effective treatment for jaundice in babies, a common medical condition, which if not managed appropriately can result in severe long-term health effects.

Previously, we have had to access equipment for treating jaundice through our maternity unit, which can be problematic if newborn babies also require the treatment.

The Lott’s $100,000 donation, funded from unclaimed prize money, will supply a range of vital paediatric medical equipment to hospitals in Bundaberg, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, Gympie, Mount Isa, Rockhampton and Cairns.

Golden Casket General Manager Andrew Shepherd said the Lott was committed to supporting initiatives that focused on the health and wellbeing of Queensland families.

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We have a long history of supporting health initiatives across the country and we are proud to continue that tradition through our donation to the Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Regional Hospitals Wishlist,” he said.

Our donation will help children living in regional areas receive quality care in hospitals close to their homes and their families, reducing the need to travel.

Children’s Hospital Foundation Chief Executive Officer Rosie Simpson said the Lott and Golden Casket had been a long-time supporter of the Foundation.

“Golden Casket’s generous donation of $100,000 will allow us to expand our support for regional hospitals across the state to purchase much-needed equipment for some of Queensland’s sickest kids,” Ms Simpson said.

Everything we do for sick and injured kids is made possible by the generosity and support of our donors, partners and the community.

The home of Australia’s Official Lotteries, the Lott operates and markets Australia’s leading lottery games customers know and love creating everyday winners, winning every day.

In the 12 months to 30 June 2019, more than 131.8 million winners took home more than $3.19 billion in prize money from their favourite games at the Lott, including TattsLotto, Monday and Wednesday Lotto, Powerball, Oz Lotto, Set for Life, Lucky Lotteries, Keno, Super 66, Lotto Strike and Instant Scratch-Its.

In the 12 months to 30 June 2019, Australia’s Official Lotteries contributed more than $1.4 billion via state lottery taxes and donations to help community initiatives, such as hospitals, health research, disaster relief and education.

 

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L to R Melody Lakewood, Rosie Simpson, Andrew Shepherd, Kristen Napier

 

CONTACTS:

 

Ally Ramsamy

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Public Relations & Communications Coordinator

T: 07 3637 1983

E: ally.ramsamy@thelott.com

Lauren Cooney

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Public Relations Executive

T: 0457 759 945

E: lauren.cooney@thelott.com

 

SOURCE: the Lott.

 

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OPAP Q2 Delivers Further Growth Thanks to Continuing Positive Trends

ATHENS, Greece (September 11, 2019) – OPAP S.A. (OPAr.AT, OPAP:GA), the leading gaming operator in Greece, announces its consolidated financial results for the period ended June 30th, 2019, prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

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  • Revenues (GGR) higher by 5.7% at €779.6m in H1 2019 (H1 2018: €737.5m). GGR run rate increased in Q2 2019, leading to an increase of 6.5% at €383.6m (Q2 2018: €360.2m) on the back of rising VLTs contribution coupled with higher lottery performance.
  • Gross Profit (from gaming operations) increased by 7.0% at €308.4m (H1 2018: €288.1m). Q2 2019 gross profit (from gaming operations) stood at €152.3m (Q2 2018: €140.1m) higher by 8.6% y-o-y, once more demonstrating that revenue growth is bringing in higher profitability expansion.
  •  EBITDA in H1 2019 increased by 26.2% to €198.7m (H1 2018: €157.4m), or 21.2% on a LFL basis after excluding one-off items primarily related to a legal provision reversal in Q1. Q2 2019 EBITDA came in at €87.0m (Q2 2018: €70.2m) up by 24.0%, or up by 28.0% on LFL basis.
  • Operating Expenses in H1 2019 at €138.4m, lower by 5.9% y-o-y. Q2 2019 operating expenses declined by 6.7% at €74.4m (Q2 2018: €79.7m) mainly as a result of reduced IT costs following the conclusion of IT transformation project.
  • Net Profit in H1 2019 increased by 39.0% at €91.8m (H1 2018: €66.0m) or higher by 30.9% on a recurring basis. Q2 2019 Net Profit stood at €34.6m (Q2 2018: €26.2m) up by 32.2% or up by 39.9% on a LFL basis.
  • Strong financial position, with Net Debt at €361.9m, and Net Debt/LTM EBITDA ratio of 0.9x.
  • 20,035 VLTs in Greece and 6,487 SSBTs in Greece/Cyprus installed as of 30th June 2019.

 

Comment of OPAP’s CEO, Mr. Damian Cope, on the Q2 2019 results:

“I am pleased to report another set of satisfying results for OPAP in Q2, which were driven by a continuation of the good trends we saw in Q1. Solid GGR growth was led notably by VLTs, a resilient Lottery performance and the underlying improvement of our sportsbetting product. All of this despite tough comparables given the World Cup contribution in June 2018. Sustained cost management across the company delivered even better profitability growth despite various one-offs in the period.

The delivery of our 2020 Vision, and the transformation of OPAP into a world class gaming Entertainment Company, continues apace with further improvements being seen across every part of our business. In just the last three years we have succeeded in renewing or upgrading over a third of our large retail network in Greece, and we are very encouraged by the positive performance and customer reaction in these new, larger venues.

Online remains a key area of focus as we further develop our dual strategy, via OPAP Online and our investment in Stoiximan Group. We are seeing good growth in the customer bases of both operations and are confident that we will continue to see growth from both businesses for some time to come.

Overall, the OPAP Team has delivered a solid performance in the first half of 2019 and we all believe we are well placed to sustain this momentum for the rest of 2019 and successfully fulfil our targets for the year.”

 

CLICK HERE to download the complete financial report (pdf.)

 

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ECA Secretary General Philip Easthill Announces Departure After Years of Strong Growth

BRUSSELS, Belgium (September 13, 2019) -- The ECA’s Secretary-General Philip Easthill announced his departure from 1 September. He successfully led the association for the last three years and worked towards strengthening the positioning of the ECA in Brussels and beyond and ensuring the association’s commitment to key sector issues such as tackling illegal gambling, anti-money laundering and Corporate Social Responsibility. He also played an important role in improving the perception of the licensed land-based casino industry. Mr Easthill will pursue his career as Secretary General of the European Boating Industry, a position he starts immediately.

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Per Jaldung, Chairman of the ECA, commented “During his time at the ECA, Mr Easthill showed high levels of professionalism bringing the interests of ECA’s members and partners forward with commitment and dedication, achieving our goals and positioning the association as a key stakeholder. He leaves the ECA in a very strong position for future growth. While he will be missed, we believe that he will be a true asset for the European Boating Industry. We now look forward to advancing the good work and further defending and promoting the interest of our sector”.

The ECA wishes to extend its gratitude to Mr Easthill and wish him the best in his future endeavours.

The ECA has now implemented a new structure for its Secretariat. Ms Veronika Tisold will act as Executive Director with the support of Hermann Pamminger as Senior Advisor, who has a longstanding experience in the industry. For any questions during the transition period, please do not hesitate to reach out to the ECA Secretariat at info@europeancasinoassociation.org.

About the European Casino Association

The European Casino Association (ECA) represents licensed land-based casinos in Europe, with 30 members and over 70,000 direct employees supporting local economies across Europe. It has members from nearly all EU Member States, as well as non-EU countries. The main purpose and objective of the ECA is to address and promote issues related to casinos and promote the positive contribution of the industry. To find out more about the ECA, please click here.

SOURCE: The European Casino Association.

 

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BCLC Launches PlayPlanner Optional Time and Budgeting Tool at B.C. Casinos and Community Gaming Centres

VANCOUVER, BC (September 12, 2019) -- BCLC is introducing PlayPlanner to every casino and community gaming centre in B.C. as part of its commitment to encouraging positive play and informed decision-making. The optional budgeting tool allows Encore Rewards members to set and manage daily time and money limits when playing slot or eTable games.

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Many players already have a budget and timeline in mind when they visit a casino or community gaming centre. PlayPlanner encourages players, as they approach their pre-determined limits, to stay within the amount they intended. Players can track their daily play by creating a profile and personalized settings.

During each playing session, players receive reminders on how they are tracking against their settings through onscreen pop-up messages.

We’ve created PlayPlanner to make it easier for players to stay within personal limits by making decisions about time and money before gambling,” said Dr. Jamie Wiebe, BCLC Director, Player Health. “We are committed to ensuring that this tool meets the needs of our players now and into the future as part of our focus on supporting healthy play.”

PlayPlanner Enables Players To:

  • Voluntarily enroll at slots and eTables or at Guest Services/Player Clubs;
  • Set their own limits (time and/or spend);
  • Receive regular on-screen notifications as they progress toward their voluntary limits; and
  • Change their settings on the slot machine or eTable by accessing the PlayPlanner icon.

 

Financial pre-commitment has been a part of BCLC’s website, PlayNow.com, since its launch in 2004. Players are required to self-select a maximum weekly transfer-in limit between $1 and $9,999 and ‘play history’ is visible on the screen at all times.

BCLC offers socially responsible gambling entertainment while generating income to benefit British Columbians. Remember, play for fun, not to make money. Visit GameSense.com.

SOURCE: BCLC.

 

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Gauselmann Group is a New Premium Partner of Bergische HC

ESPELKAMP, Germany (September 13, 2019) -- As part of its partnership with Sportstadt Düsseldorf, the Gauselmann Group supports the Bergisch Handball Club 06 (Bergischer HC) as a premium partner.

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Just in time for the start of the season, the East Westphalian family business and the professional handball club of the mountainous towns of Wuppertal and Solingen agreed on a joint cooperation.

With the sponsorship in Düsseldorf again top handball of the 1st Bundesliga will be on show, because the Bergische HC will play six home games against a large backdrop in the ISS Dome. The trademark of the Gauselmann Group will not be overlooked: the laughing MERKUR Sonne will be prominently represented in all games on the pants of the Bergische Löwen and on gangs in the ISS Dome.

"The Gauselmann Group is a sports-loving company that has been committed to handball for many years. From now on, we are pleased to actively support the impressive development of Bergische HC as part of our partnership with Sportstadt Düsseldorf, "explains Paul Gauselmann, founder and CEO of the Gauselmann Group.

Philipp Tychy, Marketing / Sales Director of Bergische HC, is also pleased about the new partnership: "With the Gauselmann Group, we have another top company as a strong partner by our side.

This cooperation is testimony to the fact that Bergische HC has gained in importance and attention in the last few years. We are very pleased about the partnership with this traditional company."

SOURCE: Gauselmann AG.

 

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Find Your Luck with the New $5,000,000 Luck Scratch-Off Game from the Florida Lottery

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (September 16, 2019) -- Following the success of the $1,000,000 LUCK Scratch-Off ticket that launched in February, the Florida Lottery is introducing the newest $20 Scratch-Off game, $5,000,000 LUCK! This new game features more than $329 million in total cash prizes, including six top prizes of $5 million. The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-2.97.

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The Florida Lottery is also launching three additional Scratch-Off games today that offer more than $87.5 million in total cash prizes. All Lottery retailers are expected to have these new tickets in stock and available for purchase within 72 hours.

The $5 game, $500,000 JACKPOT MULTIPLIER, features 12 top prizes of $500,000 and over $49 million in total cash prizes! The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-4.01.

For $2, players can win up to $30,000 with WINNER$ GALORE. There are over four million winning tickets totaling more than $27.4 million in cash prizes! The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-4.51.

The $1 game, CASH MONEY, offers 75 top prizes of $5,000 and more than $11 million in total cash prizes! It also features more than three million winning tickets; overall odds of winning are one-in-4.88.

Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Lottery's portfolio of games, comprising approximately 69 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $871 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2017-18.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $35 billion to education and sending more than 808,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program.

The Florida Lottery reinvests 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 $65 billion in prizes and made more than 2,500 people millionaires. For more information, please visit: www.flalottery.com.

CONTACT:  Florida Lottery Communications, T: (850) 487-7727.

SOURCE: Florida Lottery.

 

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Wanda Young Wilson, COO and General Counsel of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation, to Retire

NASHVILLE, TN (September 12, 2019) -- Wanda Young Wilson, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation, is retiring after 26 years of executive management service to the lottery industry, effective October 31, 2019.

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Wanda, who just celebrated 40 years in the legal profession, began her career in the lottery industry in 1993 with the inception of the Georgia Lottery Corporation.

She served as the Senior Vice President and General Counsel there for 10 years, after which she joined the start-up team of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.

Wanda played an integral role in Tennessee’s successful launch and continues to work tirelessly to help the organization raise billions for education.

Wanda has received numerous professional awards for her contributions to the lottery industry as well as her previous work in housing development and public finance.

She is very active in professional and civic organizations, and is passionate about helping the community.

Wanda earned her bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Minnesota, and attended Boston University School of Law.

Wilson has been licensed to practice law in the states of Georgia, Minnesota, and Tennessee.

Wanda will be greatly missed by her staff, who value her guidance and leadership, and her colleagues, who rely on her friendship and wise counsel.

SOURCE: WLA.

 

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Argentine State Lottery Association: “Its Origins”

ARGENTINA (September 12, 2019) -- In the tour of the people, facts and circumstances that defined the creation of ALEA, we look back towards the end of the 60s and about the situation in our country.

There was then an institutional political crisis, product of the irruption of the democratic system. The government of Dr. Arturo Illia had been overthrown and the absolute centralization of power in the hands of the military government in charge of the State constituted a threat to federalism. The contempt for the provincial institutions, among which were the lottery organizations, added to the threat of a possible lottery unique in the country, generated the logical concern of the provincial authorities.

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In July 1968, the President of the then Social Assistance Fund of the Province of Entre Ríos, Don Arturo Naveira, expressed his concerns in a note sent to the Auditor of the Popular Savings Bank of the Province of Córdoba, where he said '… the need to hold a congress or national meeting of all the provincial lotteries to exchange opinions and temperaments to be applied in everything concerning the eminently entrepreneurial aspect of the commercial development of the lotteries ... '. Naveira concludes '... the meeting at national level that I propose for your consideration would be useful and helpful, previously establishing a specific agenda for your treatment'.

This proposal is shared by the Cordoba authorities and supported by the majority of the provincial lotteries and, after several exchanges, the First National Lottery Convention is established, which took place from June 16 to 19, 1969, in the city of Córdoba .

This meeting was attended by representatives of twelve provincial lotteries and added the accessions of the provinces of Buenos Aires and San Juan that were unable to attend.

During four days of intense deliberations the creation of a permanent body is decided, which allows the coordination of information and background of the specific activity, both in the country and abroad, and establishes the need for everything collected to be known simultaneously by all issuing agencies '… It would be convenient to create a national organization that could be called the Lottery Coordinating Institute.'

This series of purposes are still part of the objectives of ALEA and are the basis of numerous initiatives, among which we highlight the Institutional Learning Visits that begin precisely this September.

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Shortly after, a plenary meeting held in the city of Corrientes, in April 1970 approves the draft Statutes of the organization and with the signing of twelve representatives of provincial lotteries, was raised for consideration of the Third Constitutive Meeting that is held in the city of San Miguel de Tucumán, on July 8, 1970. On that occasion, the representatives of twelve provincial lotteries approve the Statute and Regulations, giving birth to the Coordinating Association of Lottery Issuing Entities of the Argentine Republic (which a short time later he would take his current denomination And the first Board of Directors that had a mandate until December 31, 1971 (see box below) is formed.

The first meeting of the Board of Legal Representatives of the Association was held on November 26, 1970, at the headquarters of its Deliberative Council of the city of Santa Fe.

At the end of the term of the first Board of Directors, the association consisted of thirteen provincial lotteries: Córdoba, Corrientes, Chaco, Chubut, Entre Ríos, La Rioja, Neuquén, Salta, Santa Fe, San Juan, San Luís, Santiago de Estero and Tucumán And its headquarters had been established in the city of Córdoba, where it worked in the first time in an office assigned by the then Popular Savings Bank.

In the search for the common thread between the past and present of the association, it is worth returning to the principles that justify the existence of the ALEA, precisely, set forth in Article 6 of its Statute, in its first point:

'Defend and uphold the principles established in the National Constitution and, consequently, the inalienable right of the Nation and the provinces to exercise police power and regulate with autonomy the exploitation of gambling within the scope of their respective jurisdictions, such as likewise the power to legislate on the prevention and repression of illegal or clandestine gambling '.

SOURCE: CIBELAE.

 

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The Florida Lottery Joins Industry Leaders Celebrated Responsible Gaming Education Week

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (September 16, 2019) -- The Florida Lottery is proud to join the American Gaming Association (AGA), North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL), the World Lottery Association (WLA), and other industry leaders celebrated the 22nd Annual Responsible Gaming Education Week, September 16-20, 2019.

The purpose of this week is to increase awareness about problem gambling and promote responsible gaming. Florida Lottery Secretary Jim Poppell said, “We strive to protect the integrity of the Florida Lottery and will continue to create initiatives that educate our players, train our employees, and enhance our responsible play efforts across the board.

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The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling (FCCG) is pleased to join the Florida Lottery in recognition of Responsible Gaming Education Week," said David Griffin, President of the FCCG Board. "The FCCG works to educate Floridians about the importance of responsible gaming all year long, while raising awareness about our 24-hour statewide confidential and multilingual problem gambling HelpLine, 888-ADMIT-IT. The HelpLine provides thousands of callers with information, supportive intervention, population-specific materials, and resource referrals each year.

The Florida Lottery is committed to building responsible gaming best practices into all of its operations and is currently seeking responsible gaming certification from WLA. Last year, the Florida Lottery received responsible gaming certification from NASPL and National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG).

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, the Florida Lottery encourages you to contact the FCCG at 1-888-ADMIT-IT, or the National Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-522-4700 for confidential help

ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $35 billion to education and sending more than 808,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 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 $65 billion in prizes and made more than 2,500 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com

CONTACT:  Florida Lottery Communications, T: (850) 487-7727.

SOURCE: Florida Lottery.

 

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IGT Receives NASPL Standards Initiative Recertification for Quality Assurance Best Practices

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LONDON, U.K. (Sept. 17, 2019) -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE:IGT) announced its recertification for the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) Standards Initiative (NSI) certification program in Quality Assurance. The certification program, which is operated and managed by The Open Group in partnership with NASPL, ensures that quality management processes have been audited and that IGT has demonstrated conformance to the NSI Certification Program Conformance Requirements documents QA Development Process 1.0 and QA Requirements Definition for Vendors 1.0. IGT is listed as recertified for QA Development and QA Requirements Definition until June 2021.

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.

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To achieve this recertification, IGT showcased a pilot project for the California Lottery that marked a first for the State. While it can require up to six weeks for the lottery to process prize claims over $600, the project enabled claims under $1,000 to be paid out by check at the Sacramento District Office on the same day the claim is made. The project also included enhancements across several systems.

The NASPL-defined best practices are intended to provide both lotteries and vendors with simple, documented, and approved methods for ensuring quality in the software and requirements development processes. The Company was first certified in the NSI certification program for Quality Assurance in 2009. Recertification is required every two years.

"IGT is proud to once again demonstrate our commitment to quality through our voluntary participation in this NASPL recertification," said Rachel Barber, IGT Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. "As a result, our North American lottery customers can be confident that IGT's technology solutions adhere to industry best practices and conform to rigorous specifications."

The NSI is a collaborative development effort, with participation from lotteries, gaming vendors, and retail associations in the development of standards, best practices, and certification and verification programs for the lottery industry.  IGT is one of three lottery vendors to be certified; four NASPL member lottery jurisdictions are verified under the NSI practices.

The Open Group is a global consortium that enables the achievement of business objectives through technology standards. Its diverse membership of more than 700 organizations includes customers, systems and solutions suppliers, tool vendors, integrators, academics, and consultants across multiple industries. Further information on The Open Group can be found at www.opengroup.org.

About IGT

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.

IGT CONTACTS:

 

Phil O'Shaughnessy,

Global Communications,

toll free in U.S./Canada (844) IGT-7452; outside U.S./Canada (401) 392-7452

Francesco Luti,

T: +39 34 85475493;

Italian media inquiries

James Hurley,

Investor Relations,

T: (401) 392-7190

 

SOURCE: IGT.

 

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Pollard Banknote, Diamond Game, and Neopollard Interactive Showcase Innovative Products & Services at NASPL 2019!

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba (September 17, 2019) -- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (“Pollard Banknote”) is pleased to announce that it will once again showcase its outstanding games, retail excellence, and digital innovation at the 2019 North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (“NASPL”) annual conference, to be held this year in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Along with subsidiary company Diamond Game Enterprises Inc. (“Diamond Game”) and joint-venture company NeoPollard Interactive LLC (“NPi”), Pollard Banknote has created a unique and immersive experience for NASPL delegates featuring industry-leading lottery products and solutions that are guaranteed to attract and engage players by taking their gaming experience to new heights.

At our booth, you will get a first-hand look at our stunning Baltimore Ravens ScratchFXtra™ ticket, which combines holographic images with a ScratchFX® pattern to create a visual effect that will capture the imagination of lottery players. You can also experience our licensed brands through interactive displays. Challenge colleagues to a game on the world’s largest PAC-MAN® arcade, take a picture with the infamous Leg Lamp from A Christmas Story™, or put yourself in the ring with your favorite, life-sized WWE® superstar!

As a trusted supplier to more than 60 lotteries around the world, including 33 NASPL members, Pollard Banknote will use this conference to showcase its unsurpassed retail excellence. Visitors to our booth will experience cutting-edge solutions that help our clients conquer new in-lane and non-traditional retail frontiers. Our solutions not only help drive impulse purchases, but also expertly manage all facets of a new and winning lottery initiative at retail, including ticket activation, merchandising, redemption, and inventory tracking, all while keeping security aspects at the forefront of our efforts.

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Expanding the retail footprint is also a major focus for Diamond Game. Diamond Game’s unique offerings bring together compelling games and digital innovation that extend well beyond the current retail landscape to reach new players/audiences.

Pollard Banknote has also established itself as a leader in the world of digital innovation. In our booth, you will be able to try our unique digital games and learn about our industry-leading lottery optimization tools. For the first time ever, an augmented reality interface will allow you to see and hear exactly how your customers can enjoy a heightened retail environment experience. Tying all of this together are Pollard Banknote’s suite of powerful lottery optimization tools and related services, such as our sureTRACK™ inventory management tool and optiFORCE™ sales force management tool, among others, that help lotteries streamline their operations for maximum efficiency.

The digital innovation will continue with displays from NeoPollard Interactive. NPi has created the most sales-driving iLottery solutions in North America today. These solutions are based on the strategic combination of industry-leading technology, exceptional games, and unsurpassed services. Stop by the NPi Café for a coffee and a healthy serving of iLottery insights and solutions designed to appeal to a whole new generation of lottery players!

We are excited to be in Little Rock this year to introduce a number of impressive offerings that showcase our commitment to Outstanding Games, Retail Excellence, and Digital Innovation,” said Doug Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Pollard Banknote. “We look forward to spending time with our clients and demonstrating our position as a leader in providing lottery innovations that will help them maximize proceeds for the good causes they support, now and into the future.

About Pollard Banknote

Pollard Banknote is a leading lottery partner to more than 60 lotteries worldwide, providing high quality instant ticket products, licensed games, Schafer Systems and Fastrak retail merchandising solutions, and a full suite of digital offerings, ranging from game apps to comprehensive player engagement and iLottery solutions, including strategic marketing and management services. The company is a proven innovator and has decades of experience helping lotteries to maximize player engagement, sales, and proceeds for good causes. Pollard Banknote also provides pull-tab tickets, bingo paper, and its Diamond Game and Oasis-branded electronic ticket machines to charitable and other gaming markets in North America.  Established in 1907, Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 67.5% by the Pollard family and 32.5% by public shareholders, and is publicly traded on the TSX (PBL). For more information, please visit our website at www.pollardbanknote.com.

About Diamond Game

Diamond Game designs, produces, and services games, gaming systems, and tickets for the public gaming, Native American, and charity markets. Diamond Game maintains its corporate headquarters in Los Angeles, California and service facilities in Hamilton, Ontario, and Jefferson City, Missouri.  For more information, please visit our website at www.diamondgame.com.

About NeoPollard Interactive

NeoPollard Interactive LLC was established on July 31, 2014 and is jointly owned by two of the world’s most trusted and reputable companies in lottery and internet gaming—Pollard Banknote Limited (“Pollard Banknote”) and NeoGames S.A.R.L. (“NeoGames”). NPi combines the marketing expertise and extensive worldwide lottery experience of Pollard Banknote with the proven leadership and technology of NeoGames in launching new online and mobile gaming products and services in response to an ever-evolving marketplace. The company leverages the strengths of each partner company to develop, implement, operate, and maintain innovative online gaming services for regulated lottery clients in order to generate revenues for good causes.

For more information, please visit our website at www.neopollard.com.

CONTACT:

 

Doug Pollard,

Co-Chief Executive Officer,

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: dpollard@pbl.ca

John Pollard,

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: jpollard@pbl.ca

Rob Rose,

Chief Financial Officer,

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: rrose@pbl.ca

 

SOURCE: Pollard Banknote Limited.

 

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NeoPollard Interactive Congratulates Michigan Lottery on Being Shortlisted for Lottery Operator of the Year by 2019 EGR Operator Awards

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LANSING, Michigan (September 17, 2019) -- NeoPollard Interactive LLC (“NeoPollard Interactive” or “NPi”) congratulates the Michigan Lottery (“Lottery”) on being shortlisted for the Lottery Operator of the Year Award in the 2019 eGaming Review (“EGR”) Operator Awards. The Finalist will be announced at a ceremony to be held in London, England on October 24, 2019.

Hailed as “the Oscars of the eGaming sector,” the EGR Operator Awards recognize B2C operators for setting the standard in eGaming excellence, for achievements across all verticals, ranging from customer service to social responsibility. The Lottery Operator of the Year category celebrates operators that demonstrate success in the lottery sector, with particular regard for growth and commercial success, innovation and differentiation, quality of product, and branding and marketing.

Since launching its iLottery program in 2014, the Michigan Lottery has been the industry leader in driving business performance and innovation within the iLottery domain. The Lottery achieved $799 million in annual revenue from its iLottery program in FY2018, a remarkable 26% increase from the previous year.

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The cross-channel marketing that is integral to Lottery’s strategic approach to iLottery also has helped boost the growth of its retail instant game sales. The Michigan Lottery’s instant game portfolio posted a 12.6% sales increase in FY2018, higher than the U.S. industry average of 7.6%. The successful iLottery program has generated more than $250 million in proceeds since its launch, providing a significant boost to the Michigan Lottery’s contributions to the state School Aid Fund.

The Michigan Lottery has embraced its position as a pioneer in the iLottery space, delivering several firsts to the U.S. iLottery industry in the process. These innovations include becoming the first iLottery operator in the U.S. to offer modern payment methods such as the Online Game Card and PayPal, launching retail convergence strategies with products and promotions that deliver an omnichannel experience to excite players and boost retail sales, and identifying unique acquisition channels such as the introduction of an affiliate marketing program. This dedication to innovation and continuous improvement has engaged the Lottery’s players via multiple channels and has contributed to the Michigan Lottery’s growing success.

Since teaming up with the Michigan Lottery, our goal has been to empower the Lottery with the technology, services, and games to operate an iLottery program that helps generate revenue in support of public schools,” said Liz Siver, General Manager, NPi. “NPi is thrilled that the Michigan Lottery has been recognized for its leadership and commitment to this goal. Our sincerest congratulations go out to the entire team at the Michigan Lottery.

About NeoPollard Interactive

NeoPollard Interactive LLC (“NeoPollard Interactive”) is jointly owned by two of the world’s most trusted and reputable companies in lottery and internet gaming—Pollard Banknote Limited (“Pollard Banknote”) and NeoGames S.a.r.L. (“NeoGames”). Established in 2014, NeoPollard Interactive combines the marketing expertise and extensive worldwide lottery experience of Pollard Banknote with the proven leadership and technology of NeoGames in launching new online and mobile gaming products and services suited to an ever-evolving marketplace. The company leverages the strengths of each partner company to develop, implement, operate, and maintain innovative online gaming services that enable regulated lottery clients to generate revenues for good causes.

For more information about Neopollard Interactive, CONTACT:

 

Doug Pollard

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Telephone: 204-474-2323

E-mail: doug.pollard@neopollard.com

Moti Malul

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Telephone: 1-734-353-4275

E-mail: moti.malul@neopollard.com

 

SOURCE: NeoPollard Interactive LLC.

 

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Texas Lottery Smashes All-Time Sales Records with New $6.25 Billion Mark in FY 2019

  • New records established for scratch ticket and draw games sales;
  • Record revenue transferred to Texas public schools and Texas veterans.

 

AUSTIN, Texas (September 17, 2019) – Innovative approaches to scratch tickets, new features for draw games and growing anticipation over large national jackpots led the Texas Lottery to achieve $6.25 billion in sales during its ninth-consecutive record-breaking year – resulting in a record total contribution of $1.637 billion for Texas education and veterans. The lottery’s new record sales total, a $625 million increase (11.1%) over FY 2018, was driven by a pair of independent records, as the Texas Lottery achieved its highest scratch ticket and draw game sales’ totals in its 27-year history.

“The Texas Lottery is very pleased to report it has achieved its top-selling year of all-time,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery. “We are even more thrilled to announce the Texas Lottery once again generated record revenue for Texas education and veterans during the last fiscal year. With the latest figures included, the Texas Lottery has seen sales growth of more than $1.8 billion – or more than 42 percent – over the last five years, making it one of the most successful in the nation over that time span. These accomplishments are due to the great dedication, attention to detail and hard work of our employees, retailers and vendor partners.”

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This year’s revenue transfer included $1.617 billion to the Foundation School Fund, equaling more than 7% of the state’s budgeted share of public education spending for FY 2019, and $19.4 million to the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance, the Texas Lottery’s largest contributions to Texas education and Texas veterans. The Texas Lottery has now contributed more than $24 billion to Texas public education and more than $120 million to Texas veterans since the dedication of such funds by the Texas Legislature.

Record Scratch Ticket Sales

Scratch ticket sales for FY 2019 totalled $4.846 billion, the highest scratch ticket sales mark in Texas Lottery history. Scratch ticket sales accounted for 77.5% of the portfolio’s total sales

saw a 9.7% increase over FY 2018. Sales in this category were driven by the continued growth of high price point games, the lottery’s focus to be culturally relevant to Texans through different scratch ticket products and new innovative second-chance promotional drawing concepts.

Games within the $10-$50 price points accounted for 59.3% of total scratch ticket game sales. During FY 2019, the Texas Lottery expanded its family of Loteria scratch ticket products to appeal to the Texas Lottery consumer by adding Million Dollar Loteria at the $20 price point. Since launching in November 2018, the game totalled $194.4 million in sales during FY 2019 and was one of the top 10 selling games each week.

The Multiplier and Gem 7s families of games were critical to the Texas Lottery’s FY 2019 gains, with the Gem 7s family introducing the pooling of second-chance drawing entries across all the games in the family. Gem 7s players also received a number of entries based on the price point of the entered ticket— e.g., a $20 ticket gave the player 20 entries in the drawing. Multiplier scratch ticket players were able to enter their non-winning tickets into the $5 Million Vegas Challenge™, while Gem 7s scratch ticket players could enter their non-winning tickets into the Big Cedar® Lodge Cash Adventure.

Record Draw Games Sales

In addition to record scratch ticket sales, strong performance for draw games generated a record sales total of $1.406 billion in sales for the Texas Lottery – a $197.4 million increase over FY 2018, breaking the former record mark of $1.388 billion set during FY 1997.

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Multi-state games (Powerball and Mega Millions) in Texas combined for a record amount of $750.1 million in FY 2019, the highest amount since the previous record set in FY 2016.

Fueled by a record $1.537 billion jackpot in October 2018, Mega Millions sales generated $407.5 million, marking its highest amount since the game was introduced in Texas in FY 2004.

In April 2019, the new FIREBALL add-on feature for Pick 3 and Daily 4 replaced Sum It Up!, providing players with the ability to create additional winning combinations in the Pick 3 and Daily 4 games. The new feature led Pick 3 and Daily 4 to a record combined sales total of $380.2 million, or more than 27% of the Texas Lottery’s draw game sales for FY 2019. For the second consecutive year, Daily 4 set an all-time sales record for the game, with $121.1 million in sales.

Lotto Extra!, the add-on feature for Lotto Texas®, also contributed to the agency’s draw games sales record with $26.8 million in total sales during FY 2019.

Record Year for Retailers

FY 2019 was also a record year for the Texas Lottery’s nearly 18,500 retailers across the state. Retailer commissions and incentives totaled $335.9 million combined, the highest payment to retailers in Texas Lottery history and amounting to an average of $18,402 for the Texas Lottery’s retail partners.

Record Year for Players

FY 2019 was also a big year for Texas Lottery players. Players collected $4.132 billion in prizes, the highest prize payment in Texas Lottery history. This total was a $394.2 million increase over the previous prize payout record amount of $3.737 billion set during FY 2018. The Texas Lottery paid an average of more than $11.3 million a day in prizes to players during FY 2019.

Careful Spending

The Texas Lottery continued to adhere to its conservative spending approach in FY 2019, as it reduced its FY 2018 administrative costs rate of 3.99% – one of the lowest administrative expenditure rates in the country – to just 3.97%.

“By the virtue of establishing another record sales year, the Texas Lottery continues to provide substantial support for Texas education and veterans,” said J. Winston Krause, chairman of the Texas Lottery Commission. “I want to thank our players for continuing to play the games of Texas, and want to also commend the employees for upholding the integrity and security of the Texas Lottery – both play a significant role in the Texas Lottery’s ability to achieve that feat for our beneficiaries.”

FY 19 by the Numbers

  • If it was a publicly traded company, $6.251 billion in annual sales would place the Texas Lottery at No. 472 on the 2019 Fortune 500 list, right behind Post Holdings and ahead of other well-known brands including Ralph Lauren, Clorox, Intuit, and Harley- Davidson.
  • This is the 16th consecutive year that the Texas Lottery generated more than $1 billion in revenue for Texas.
  • 97.6% of Texas Lottery sales are returned in the form of contributions to the Foundation School Fund, the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance and other state programs, and through prizes, retailer commissions, and incentives.

 

The Beneficiaries: Texas Education and Texas Veterans

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The Foundation School Fund, administered by the Texas Education Agency, funds the operational needs and special program services for Texas school districts including teacher salaries, utilities, equipment, bilingual education, special education, gifted and talented education, and career and technical education.

The Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance makes grants available to eligible charitable organizations, local government agencies, and Veterans Service Organizations that provide direct services to Texas veterans and their families. With 1.7 million veterans spread

across the state, these programs provide financial assistance, transportation services, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder counselling and housing assistance.

About the Texas Lottery

Beginning with the first ticket sold in 1992, the Texas Lottery has generated $29 billion in revenue for the state and distributed $61 billion in prizes to lottery players. Since 1997, the Texas Lottery has contributed $24 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 Veterans’ Assistance. Since the first veterans’ themed scratch ticket game was launched in 2009, the Texas Lottery has contributed more than $120 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 www.txlottery.org.

CONTACT: Media Relations, T: 512-344-5131, E: mediarelations@lottery.state.tx.us.

SOURCE: Texas Lottery.

 

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Registration for the XVII CIBELAE Costa Rica Congress from November 6 to 9, 2019

COSTA RICA (September 13, 2019) -- Iberoamerican Corporation of State Lotteries and Gambling - is a non-profit civil association of an international and non-governmental nature, created in 1988 and a member of the Executive Committee of the World Lottery Association (WLA).

CIBELAE - Iberoamerican Corporation of State Lotteries and Gambling - is a non-profit civil association of an international and non-governmental nature, created in 1988 and a member of the Executive Committee of the World Lottery Association (WLA).

CIBELAE brings together lottery regulators from the region and globally recognized supplier companies.

On this occasion, with great satisfaction, we are celebrating the  XVII biannual Congress  that we are pleased to participate, which will take place in the rooms of the DoubleTree by Hilton Cariari Hotel in the city of  San José, Costa Rica, from November 6 to 9  coming.

CIBELAE brings together lottery regulators in the region and globally recognized supplier companies.

On this occasion, with great satisfaction, we are holding the XVII biannual Congress that we are pleased to participate, which will be held in the halls of the DoubleTree by Hilton Cariari Hotel in the city of San José, Costa Rica, from 6 to November 9 next.

Convinced that diversity is an opportunity for development and growth, we hope to count on you in this event, which will be attended by more than twenty regulators, representatives of different regional organizations and widely recognized companies in the sector.

To know more about the event and its agenda please enter here.

Convinced that diversity is an opportunity for development and growth, we hope to count on you in this event, which will be attended by more than twenty regulators, representatives of different regional organizations and widely recognized companies in the sector.

To know more about the event and its agenda please enter here.

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Tabcorp and the NFL Partner to Bring NFL Action and Experiences to Australian Fans

AUSTRALIA (September 18, 2019) -- Tabcorp and the National Football League (NFL)  have established a ground-breaking partnership to bring NFL programming and experiences to fans in Australia.

As part of the multi-year agreement, TAB will be the exclusive Official Wagering Partner of the NFL in Australia. The partnership combines TAB’s position as Australia’s biggest and best-known multi-channel wagering brand with the NFL’s position as the premier global sporting brand.

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The partnership also enables Tabcorp to create unique NFL content and experiences for Australian fans across its digital platforms and venues. In addition, TAB and the NFL will combine to promote the NFL’s official Pick’em free-to-play football game. The game will provide NFL fans in Australia the chance to win weekly prizes, as well as a grand prize trip to the Pro Bowl. Fans can visit nflpickem.com.au to participate in the game.

Further, Tabcorp and Sky Channel will bring the NFL Network and six hours of NFL RedZone programming (Monday mornings Australian time) to Australian fans across its commercial network of more than 4,400 pubs, clubs and TAB agencies.

In addition to this, Sky will broadcast one game every Monday morning (Australian time) of the NFL season. The NFL rights allow Sky to complement its unrivalled racing coverage with US sports content, enhancing its offering for Tabcorp’s network of wagering venues.

Tabcorp Managing Director Wagering & Media Adam Rytenskild said:

We are proud to bring Australians NFL action to enhance our existing sports offering to customers and venues and complement Sky’s unrivalled coverage of Australian and international racing.

Our goal is to support the growing appetite for the NFL in Australia.

This gives fans more value in line with our strategy of using our assets to create unique experiences for customers.

We are looking forward to working with Tabcorp, the leading operator in Australia,” said Christopher Halpin, NFL Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy & Growth Officer. “We are excited about our growing popularity in Australia and this partnership will help further serve our fans there.

SOURCE: Tabcorp media release.

 

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The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee Has Published a Report Looking at Issues Related to “Immersive and Addictive Technologies”

LONDON, U.K. (September 19, 2019) -- Social media is fundamentally changing the way we interact and communicate with each other. This report considers the latest evidence in the battle being waged for our attention. Technologies like social media and many forms of video games are designed to stimulate users and reward them for spending as much time on them as possible. The 2019 Ofcom ‘Media Nations’ report shows that on average 18-to-34-year-olds spend more time each day on YouTube and playing video games than they do watching live television. Further to this, according to Ofcom, amongst all adults, people spend as much time each day watching YouTube as they do BBC 2, Channel 4 and Channel 5 combined.

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The arrival of 5G mobile technology is expected to further increase consumer demand for content. The recent ‘5G Consumer Potential’ report published by Ericsson, based on over 35,000 online interviews of people aged between 15 and 69 across 22 countries proposed that, “Three hours’ more video content will be consumed on mobile devices weekly when away from home, of which one hour will be on AR [augmented reality]/VR [virtual reality] glasses in a 5G future.”

The film director Steven Spielberg made VR a central feature of his 2018 film ‘Ready Player One’, set in a dystopian future where people spend more time in a virtual world than the real one. He said of this project, “I think in the future VR is going to be the super drug. The message of the film is simply, it’s your choice. Where do you want to spend the majority of your time? Do you want to spend it with real people in a real world, which is often harder than spending it in a virtual world where you can be the person you always wanted to be”.

Yet alongside the use of rapidly developing technologies such as virtual and augmented reality, people are becoming increasingly aware of the power of everyday digital platforms, including games and social media, to capture their attention and immerse them in a digital world—sometimes at the expense of other priorities. For many, these technologies serve an entirely positive function; however, for the minority who struggle to maintain control over their use of digital technologies, or that of another under their care, this can be a source of serious harm.

In this report we build on the newly established principle of ‘online harms’ by considering potential psychosocial and financial harms associated with the use of immersive technologies. Following the World Health Organisation’s formal designation of ‘gaming disorder’, we have heard calls from gamers, academics, and clinicians for urgent action to better understand and address the condition. While gaming disorder is a relatively new area of understanding, immersive technology providers also have clear responsibilities to protect users from well-established online harms including bullying and harmful content. We also consider the effects of disordered spending within games, and consider the links between game design mechanics such as loot boxes and gambling.

The potential harms outlined in this report can be considered the direct result of the way in which the ‘attention economy’ is driven by the objective of maximising user engagement. This report explores how data-rich immersive technologies are driven by business models that combine people’s data with design practices to have powerful psychological effects.

Our long and technically complex inquiry, which included 12 oral evidence sessions and four visits, broke new ground for Parliament in holding major games and social media platforms to account. For the first time, representatives of technology companies including Epic Games -- the makers of Fortnite -- Snapchat and Instagram appeared before a Select Committee to answer questions about the design of their games and platforms. While much of the discussion of the Government’s forthcoming online harms legislation has been framed around social media, there are many ways in which immersive technologies including games and virtual reality come under its scope. We intend for this report to inform understanding of, and the debate around, those technologies as the Government introduces a new regulatory framework to tackle online harms. Whilst we recognise that the vast majority of people gain pleasure from social media and online gaming, we must balance that against the potential harms that can occur.

Click here to read/download the complete report.

SOURCE: UK Parliament.

 

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