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IWG to convert Microgaming slots for instant win market

Microgaming has announced details of an agreement that will see a selection of its most popular and successful slots transformed into instant win games by London-based supplier IWG.
IWG will adapt a range of new and classic releases by Microgaming for the instant win market, carefully tailoring each slot to create a unique instant win gaming experience for players. Combining trusted gameplay and exciting features with new prize structures and win mechanics, the converted games will be earmarked for distribution across Microgaming’s extensive operator base, which spans more than 800 of the world’s biggest gaming brands, later this year.
Through the deal, which represents the first partnership of its kind between the two suppliers, Microgaming aims to leverage IWG’s proven expertise in converting online casino slots into instant win games to extend its reach in this growing sector of the online gaming market.
John Quinn, Director of Content Strategy at Microgaming, said: “IWG has a strong reputation for delivering instant win slot games that keep the key characteristics of a popular title while adding a new dimension to the gameplay, which captures the attention of players around the world. We look forward to seeing this transformation of our popular releases and making them available to our ever-growing network of operators and their players.”


Isle of Man launches Software Supplier Licence

Software suppliers from around the world can now take advantage of the Isle of Man’s reputation for top tier regulation.
The Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission (GSC), has launched a new licence for software suppliers looking to demonstrate their high standards for corporate governance and game fairness.
The GSC’s Software Supplier Licence (B2B) has been developed over recent months after high demand from companies located around the world requesting to be licensed by the highly-experienced regulator.
Software suppliers who obtain a licence can ensure they meet the same high standards as the Isle of Man-licensed operators they supply their games to. While the licence is not mandatory to supply software to Isle of Man licensed operators, there are a host of benefits for those who choose to be licensed.
As part of the licensing process, the software supplier has its games tested and certified. It can then show the Gambling Supervision Commission the testing certificate for its games and this will allow them to be placed on the GSC games registry.
Any games on the registry can be used by Isle of Man licensees without the GSC requesting an additional testing certificate. This will drastically speed up the time it takes software suppliers to integrate their games with Isle of Man-licensed operators potentially resulting in significant cost savings.
Other benefits include the kudos that comes with holding an Isle of Man licence. This can really help software developers strike deals with licensed operators in markets around the world as well as with key business partners in areas such as finance, legal and more by providing testimony that the company is run to high standards of corporate governance.


AvatarUX Studios strengthens YGS Masters portfolio

Hong Kong-based business adds to diverse range of premier independent studios working to deliver unique Yggdrasil content.
Yggdrasil has announced that AvatarUX Studios will be the latest independent studio to partner with the innovative content provider through its flagship Yggdrasil Game Server (YGS) Masters programme.
AvatarUX is a real-money and social games studio that specialises in highly interactive, portrait-first casino games with an Asian DNA for the European market, featuring action-packed 3D graphics and state-of-the-art in-game gamification.
The Hong Kong-based business becomes the fourth studio to join YGS Masters following Rabcat, Northern Lights, and Fantasma Games with each one working collaboratively with Yggdrasil to develop and deliver unique content in line with Yggdrasil’s global content roadmap.
AvatarUX has a strong focus on user experience, merging video and casual game concepts with casino features, and delivers its games via Swedish born, Asia-based promoter and serial iGaming investor Carl Wahlin. The first game to be delivered is entitled Kingpin.
Through the YGS Masters programme, Yggdrasil will be the exclusive distributor of this new breed of game, while AvatarUX will gain access to BOOST®, Yggdrasil’s collection of proprietary in-game promotional tools.


Operator will use the innovative technology provider’s cutting-edge platform to take Indian poker market by storm

Connective Games, the innovative technology provider behind some of the world’s most successful poker networks, has signed a deal to provide Indian poker operator Baadshah Gaming with its powerful platform.
Connective Games has established itself as a true market leader by giving operators the power to localise their poker offerings by customising language, currency, payment gateways and even the game variants offered.
Baadshah Gaming will also be able to leverage the platform’s wide range of features to offer players a big range of tournaments. This will help to establish the brand as a leader in the fledgling Indian market.
Baadshah Gaming is a subsidiary of the Casino Pride Group known as an owner of one of the largest offshore casinos in India and Nepal.
Mr. Madhav Gupta, CEO of  Baadshah Gaming, said: “Connective Games is one of the most powerful and successful online poker technology providers in the world and was an obvious choice for us.
“We were particularly impressed with their mobile product which provides excellent player experiences we have ever witnessed.
“Powered by such innovative and outstanding technology, we believe we will take the Indian poker market by storm and look forward to a long and successful partnership.”
Mr. Serge Mukhanov, CEO of Connective Games, said: “We are proud to have been chosen by Baadshah Gaming to power their poker proposition. The Indian market offers huge potential and we believe our technology combined with their branding will be a winning formula.”
The announcement comes just weeks before the Connective Games team head to London for ICE 2019. Connective Games will be based at stand № N1-351and will be showcasing its poker and casino platforms, games and services.
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iSoftBet set for Czech expansion with major Sazka deal

State lottery to integrate provider’s powerful GAP solution via NeoGames platform – first deal in regulated Czech Republic.
Sazka, the largest state lottery in the Czech Republic, will power its next-generation online casino product using iSoftBet’s market-leading content, fully adjusted and compliant with local regulations.
The deal will see Sazka’s PGMS platform provider Neogames integrate iSoftBet’s complete suite of games that includes best-performing slot and table titles, giving the Czech market leader access to a diverse and comprehensive portfolio of products that are the best fit for Sazka’s DNA. Products that are subject to this deal have been specifically fine-tuned and customised to cater for Czech players in a rapidly emerging and heavily regulated online environment.
iSoftBet’s offering comes complete with supportive admin tools that set the industry benchmark when it comes to innovation. Sazka will be able to take advantage of various advanced marketing and real-time gamification tools as part of the agreement.
Games include best performing slots, table and video poker games, all of which have been designed, developed and certified for use in regulated markets, including the Czech Republic.
iSoftBet has created some of the best performing games of the last 12 months including popular titles such as Hot Spin and Pearl of the Orient, as well as latest releases The Nutcracker and Jumbo Stampede.
Michael Probert, Chief Commercial Officer at iSoftBet, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with such a well-established, market-leading brand such as Sazka. This marks an extremely exciting time for us and presents a tremendous opportunity to enhance our presence in a new and rapidly growing market.
“Our games continue to perform exceptionally well, and we are rapidly gaining market share with both existing and new operators in regulated and newly regulated markets.”
Jan Horyna, iGaming Director, Sazka, said: “iSoftBet has an excellent reputation for generating significant revenues for brands via its leading content platform and for producing high-quality games that perform consistently well across regulated markets. We are very excited to be partnering with iSoftBet and look forward for a long and fruitful partnership.”
iSoftBet is exhibiting at ICE 2019 at stand number N5-240 in London between 5th and 7th February.


RSPH and GambleAware join forces to establish a Gambling Health Alliance

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) is to establish a Gambling Health Alliance (GHA) with the support of GambleAware. The new Alliance will seek to ensure that gambling and the harms which arise from it are placed on an equal footing with other major public health challenges, focussing on prevention, early intervention, and increased community engagement.
The Alliance which will initially be established for three years, has the primary objective of bringing together organisations and individuals, specifically policy makers, who have a shared interest in reducing the damage caused to health and wellbeing from gambling.  The Alliance will seek to:
Highlight the rising concerns about gambling related harms;
Engage and influence policy makers, Government, NGOs and the public health community in order to encourage positive action;
Promote evidence so it can be translated into practical steps;
Undertake periodic surveys and polling to inform GHA campaigns to increase awareness of the health harms from gambling.
The Alliance will act as a signposting organisation to other resources relevant to preventing gambling related harm. By creating this network, the Alliance will support the development of a more coherent approach than currently exists, and both better understand gambling as a public health issue and the support which is required to address these issues.
Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive of RSPH, said: “While it is encouraging that gambling is rightly identified as a public health issue, more needs to be done to better understand the harms that arise from gambling, who is affected and what support can be provided to prevent harms from developing or escalating in the first place.
 We have long campaigned of the impact of gambling and issues such as debt on individual health and wellbeing, including the impact of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals in our Health on the High Street campaign, and the impact of High Cost Credit, in Life on Debt Row.  However, we also know that, as highlighted in our Health on the High Street report levels of gambling and gaming are increasing; for example, young people face an unprecedented level of exposure to gambling, with over 400,000 11-16 year olds spending their own money gambling each week.
We are delighted to announce the establishment of this Alliance, which we hope will have the same impact that other alliances concerned with issues impacting on the public’s health, such as obesity and alcohol, are having on raising consciousness and agreeing common goals for the public health and policy-making community to rally behind.  The GHA will provide a forum where we can foster collaboration and share good practice amongst all relevant stakeholders to increase our understanding of the social, economic and cultural factors that contribute to gambling harms and the inequalities in health caused by this.”
Carolyn Harris MP, Chair of the APPG on Gambling Related Harm, said: “As Chair of the APPG on Gambling Related Harm I am delighted to welcome the establishment of a Gambling Health Alliance. This Alliance will provide a vital platform for a wide coalition of organisations to join forces in ensuring that action is taken to tackle problem gambling and the many related harms.
We look forward to working closely with the Alliance and in particular, the public health community, in order to ensure that problem gambling and the harms which arise from it are placed on an equal footing with other major public health challenges.”
Marc Etches, Chief Executive of GambleAware, said: “Gambling is increasingly being considered as a significant public health issue, and this new Alliance provides an opportunity for a wide range of organisations to act together to address it in a coordinated and more effective manner.  As research reveals more about the breadth and complexity of the harms associated with gambling, GambleAware sees clear value in forging new partnerships with those who share our objectives to reduce those harms through a multi-level public health response.”


Esports Entertainment Group Opens New Global Headquarters In Malta, Hires Two Key Executives

Esports Entertainment Group, Inc, a licensed online gambling company with a specific focus on esports wagering and 18+ gaming, is pleased to announce the hiring of two key executives and the opening of our new global headquarters in Malta.
Malta was chosen due to its strategic location within the European Union, as well as, access to a highly educated and multi-lingual workforce, especially in the fields of online gambling.  The Malta office launch includes two key executive hires and will serve as the new global headquarters of the Company, with additional personnel expected to be added through 2019 as the Company ramps up development of its esports betting operations through, the world’s first and most transparent esports betting exchange.
The Company is pleased to announce the hiring of the following two key executives:
Adrien J. Lefèvre – Chief Risk & Compliance Officer
Adrien has served as a Compliance Officer, including Regulatory Compliance Officer and Money Laundering Reporting Officer in the gaming industry since 2015, including his most recent position with The Multi Group Ltd.  He will be responsible for creating an integrated risk framework, assess risk, quantify risk limits, develop plans to mitigate risks and manage any new license applications in any regulated jurisdictions.  His extensive experience at all levels of compliance will be invaluable as Esports Entertainment Group pursues additional gambling licenses in 2019 to further strengthen its market position and rapidly expand into new geographic regions.
Jenny Pace – Head Of Payments
Jenny has specialized in payments processing for almost 25 years, including her most recent position as Country Manager and Director of Western Union Business Solutions in Malta since 2009, where she maintained full leadership and operational control.  Her list of responsibilities will be extensive, including but not limited to, managing our relationships with banks, credit card companies and payment processors, as well as, insuring provides its players with the most up to date payment options. Given the speed at which the payments world is changing, her extensive payments experience and industry relationships will be critical to the success of Esports Entertainment Group.
Grant Johnson, CEO of Esports Entertainment Group, stated, “The opening of our Malta office and the addition of our newest executives is a new milestone for Esports Entertainment Group. Malta is a full EU member nation that provides greater resources and the infrastructure necessary to continue our growth.  The addition of Jenny and Adrien significantly strengthens our regulatory and operational expertise.”


Chanticleer Holdings Durban South Africa Hooters Awarded Gaming License

Two Machines Installed and Live with Three Planned for January Install.
Chanticleer Holdings, Inc, owner, operator, and franchisor of multiple nationally recognized restaurant brands have announced that it has been awarded a gaming license for its Durban South Africa Hooters location.
Two gaming machines were successfully installed in December and are now live and contributing to revenues. The Company expects three additional machines to be fully installed and live in January bringing the total gaming machines to five for this location. The Company anticipates being awarded additional licenses for its other South Africa locations, excluding its Emperor’s Palace Casino location.
Mike Pruitt, Chanticleer Holdings Chief Executive Officer stated, “We are pleased to have been awarded a gaming license on the heels of a nearly yearlong process now allowing for the installation of gaming machines in our Durban Hooters location. We believe this license has the potential to pave the way to adding gaming to our remaining South Africa locations providing a strong and complementary new revenue vertical. Durban is our original flagship location and houses our South Africa corporate office.
Chanticleer owns and operates five Hooters restaurants in South Africa, one in Durban, three in Johannesburg and one in Pretoria.


National Football League selects Caesars Entertainment as first-ever official casino sponsor

Landmark sponsorship is the first-ever national casino agreement for the NFL. Caesars Entertainment will provide unique experiences for NFL fans by engaging its casino properties, celebrity chefs, premier music artists and a wide range of entertainers.
The National Football League have announced they have selected Caesars Entertainment Corporation as the first-ever Official Casino Sponsor of the NFL.
Beginning with the upcoming 2019 NFL playoffs, this multi-year sponsorship is focused on Caesars providing unique experiences for NFL fans by using its casino properties, celebrity chefs, premier music artists and a wide range of entertainment elements.
Caesars will have the exclusive right to use NFL trademarks in the United States and the United Kingdom to promote Caesars casino properties and activate at key NFL events including the Super Bowl and NFL Draft.
“We couldn’t be more excited to work with one of the world’s largest gaming and entertainment companies,” said Renie Anderson, Senior Vice President, NFL Partnerships, Sponsorship and Consumer Products. “Combining the NFL with Caesars’ expertise in world class entertainment will provide our fans unique experiences both here in the United States and abroad.”
“All of us at Caesars Entertainment are thrilled to be the first-ever casino partner of the NFL, the most prominent sports league in North America,” said Mark Frissora, President and CEO of Caesars Entertainment. “Combining the league’s 180 million fans with our 55 million Total Rewards loyalty program members will expose millions of people to the exclusive and exciting year-round opportunities at our properties.”
Seven NFL Clubs have relationships with Caesars Entertainment, including the Falcons, Ravens, Bears, Colts, Saints, Raiders and Eagles. These partnerships, along with the new League deal, are for the Casino category only and do not include sports betting, daily fantasy or hotels/resorts.
Caesars, alongside other properties on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, will host elements of the 2020 Draft in coordination with the City of Las Vegas to help create this historic event.


Thunderpick Targets US eSports Market with Unique Social Betting Platform

eSports betting operator Thunderpick is looking to bring its unique social betting platform to the United States after the removal of regulatory obstacles earlier this year. is one of the world’s fastest growing eSports betting platforms, boasting more than 275,000 customers wagering on eSports match-ups involving titles such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends and Dota 2. Having already reached profitability in 2018 since launching in 2016, Thunderpick is now looking to establish itself within burgeoning eSports betting markets in the US and beyond.
The platform is preparing for Series A funding to expand its operations and market share, becoming a household name in the global regulated eSports betting industry.
As one of the few licensed eSports-focused online betting operators, Thunderpick has grown impressively during the last two years, not only because of the expanding eSports audiences, but also due to the fact it does not resemble a traditional sports betting platform. Thunderpick’s mantra is that the needs of eSports enthusiasts aren’t best served by traditional online sportsbooks.
That’s why Thunderpick has sought to incorporate a host of real-time social functionality into its eSports betting platform, creating a community where eSports enthusiasts can watch and interact with other players in real time. It has also introduced a ranking and rewards system to the platform, with elements like a real-time leaderboard for players and social casino games that can be played with other eSports fanatics.
One of its most exciting new features in development is an interactive in-play betting functionality, allowing for real-time interactions with players, taking social gamification to the next level in eSports.
Before the end of this year, Thunderpick also plans to launch its exclusive mobile app, which will further enhance client engagement with the Thunderpick platform and allow eSports fanatics to keep abreast of live tournament action on the move.
Mateusz Jamiolkowski, co-founder of Thunderpick, believes the platform’s sustained success after just two years in operation underlines the potential for eSports betting.
“Unlike some cash-burning eSport start-ups, Thunderpick is already profitable. It confirms that we have secured a dedicated audience that puts trust in our products and integrity,” said Jamiolkowski.
“With the eSports market growing 14% year-on-year in terms of its fan base and over 27% year-on-year in revenue during the next three years, Thunderpick is ready for major investments to take eSports betting into the next decade and beyond.”
According to Newzoo, global eSports audiences are expected to rise from 380 million in 2018 to 550 million in 2021. Thunderpick’s approach to eSports betting – bringing together the social gamification that eSports fanatics thrive on – should enable the platform to scale new heights in the years to come.


eCOGRA explain why ICE London is ‘the one show that cannot be missed’

Shaun McCallaghan, CEO, eCOGRA
eCOGRA is a management owned company that was incorporated in the United Kingdom in 2003 with the purpose of establishing and improving operational standards and player safety requirements in the online gambling industry. Since then, eCOGRA has established itself as one of the industry’s leading testing and certification laboratories and acts as a regulatory audit partner to over 100 multi-jurisdictional operators, software providers and other relevant service providers. The organisation is the latest to make the transition from visitor to exhibitor. CEO Shaun McCallaghan explains what success will look like in London.
What is it about ICE London that makes the event so important?
ICE is widely recognised throughout the industry as the one show that cannot be missed and eCOGRA has been present as a visitor at every edition for the past 15 years.  We’ll be exhibiting for the first time in 2019, which is a very exciting prospect for our senior management and business development team that will be representing eCOGRA.
In layman’s terms, can you explain the business proposition and what success looks like?
Our objective is to engage with industry players that operate across multiple licensing jurisdictions, which take compliance seriously – this includes many organisations that are typically present at ICE.  ICE represents a unique opportunity for us to have face-to-face contact with many of our existing clients present at the show from all over the world.  We are looking forward to reflecting on activities from the past year and better understanding our clients’ future plans.  We are also expecting to create greater awareness of our organisation amongst new market entrants, as ICE is so well attended by the industry.
Which gaming sectors and jurisdictions are you targeting and why?
We are focused only on online gambling, which has enabled us to become highly specialised and experienced in all aspects of regulatory compliance in this sector of the industry.  The jurisdictions we target are those that require the services of independent and professional auditors and testing laboratories for the technical certification of licensees.  We are also firmly committed to servicing our clients in each of the regulated markets where they choose to license their online gambling products.
Why 2019? What was the impetus for your company to exhibit at ICE London at this time?
Due to continuous growth within our company and the significant number of our staff attending ICE, in order for us to manage back-to-back client meetings, it really just made sense for us to get a dedicated visible space which ensures that we have a working environment that is conducive to comfortable and productive meetings.
What sets you apart: is anyone else doing anything similar to your knowledge?
Since we focus only on online gambling, we consider ourselves experts in this particular field.  We are able to offer the most comprehensive suite of auditing services that an operator or software supplier licensed across multiple highly regulated jurisdictions would typically require.  eCOGRA is the only testing laboratory that is authorised to offer operators and service providers accredited ISO/IEC 27001 certifications for Information Security Management Systems. We are also the only laboratory that is approved to provide Alternative Dispute Resolution services as required by operators licensed in Great Britain and Malta.
As a first time exhibitor, what are you most looking forward to?
We are looking forward to being able to offer a comfortable meeting place for our existing clients and we’re excited about engaging with new people who are simply interested in what we do.  We also expect our first-time experience of exhibiting will provide us with a great opportunity to see how we can enhance our presence at future ICE shows.
eCOGRA is exhibiting at ICE London (5-7 February, ExCeL London, UK) on stand N1-120.
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Gary Platt Unveils New Line of Sportsbook Chairs

Whether players are playing the ponies all day or watching a 3-hour football game, seating comfort is a priority in sportsbooks. Now the casino seating comfort experts at Gary Platt have revealed their new line of chairs specifically for sportsbooks.
“Whether casinos have an existing sportsbook or are now creating a new sportsbook, we are proud to offer our new line of chairs that are the most comfortable on the planet,” said Gary Platt’s Vice President of Sales Joshua Corrick. “Think about it – unless they are standing and cheering a goal or a race result, sportsbook patrons are sitting, and our chairs are proven to provide a more comfortable experience that encourages patrons to stay and enjoy the game longer.”
Gary Platt’s sportsbook line features chairs from across the company’s portfolio that are field-proven to be player-favorites. Styles in the sportsbook line include Lido, Gazelle, Barona, Sierra, Monaco, San Remo, Riva, Bleu, Vue, Capri, and Ohio. Each chair is customizable to fit each individual casino’s design, with a wide range of upholstery, finishing, and base styles to choose from.
Operators can easily peruse seating solutions on Gary Platt’s newly designed website. Users can quickly search by use or by style to find the perfect fit for the sportsbook and every area of the property, on the casino floor, in the back office, and in the convention area.
Discover leading seating solutions for the sportsbook and more anytime at Join the company on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. granted Swedish licence, the award-winning online operator, has been granted a casino licence by the Swedish Gambling Authority (Lotteriinspektionen).
Commenting on the award in the newly-regulated market, Videoslots CEO Alexander Stevendahl, said: “We are delighted to be taking our unique casino offering to Swedish players and are grateful that the regulator has given us the opportunity.
 “Videoslots was among the very first operators to apply for a licence as we always saw the potential in a fully-regulated market. I am very pleased that all the hard work put in by the team has now been rewarded.” launches fastest loading casino site

Enhanced crypto casino 13 seconds quicker than largest competitor brands., the leading licensed Bitcoin casino operated by the Coingaming Group, has relaunched, offering players the fastest and most user-friendly casino experience on the market with load speeds up to eight times faster than its competitors.
The new mobile-first Bitcasino site loads in just two seconds and is eight times faster than some of the most well-known gaming brands, offering the new generation of tech savvy players the quickest route to the ultimate casino experience. Click here to see more.
Bitcasino’s philosophy is to put its customers at the ‘centre of the universe’, and its team of designers and developers have spent the last two months creating the most advanced, mobile-first and customer-friendly casino product.
The new site contains a host of features that enable players to completely personalise their experience. This includes an extensive range of configurable search filters, easy-to-use and control wallet options and a wide-range of new and improved promotions that will keep Bitcasino players engaged and able to play within a fast, fair and secure environment. Players new to crypto currency can also use BTCXE, the industry-first fiat-to-Bitcoin currency converter.
The site has been designed with Bitcasino players front of mind using machine learning to offer them games which suit their precise personal preferences. Bitcasino users can search for their favourite game by name, type, such as Macau, Egyptian or classic fruit-themed titles, and their favourite game provider.
The relaunch is the first release in a long list of new improvements due to be implemented as a direct result of player feedback.
One of the improvements users can expect in the coming weeks is an enhanced search allowing players to filter gameplay by parameters such as Return to Player (RTP) percentage, hit frequency and volatility. The site already contains games for every and any type of player, whether they prefer feature-rich games with smaller but more frequent wins, or classic high volatility slots with less hit frequency but huge payouts.
Tauri Tiitsaar, Head of Casino at, said: “Our philosophy is to put our customers at the centre of the universe and we have done exactly that with our relaunched Bitcasino product which truly is the ultimate, player-centric, mobile-first product.
“Our players wanted a faster loading site, with personalisation and a wide range of search parameters at the heart of the offering. We listen closely to every element of feedback we receive and have delivered on our promises with an exceptional product.”


Casino Barcelona Online signs a video slots agreement with Pragmatic Play

Casino Barcelona Online has signed a video slots agreement with Pragmatic Play, one of the leading software providers for video slots and live casino. is the online platform of Casino Barcelona, a landmark on the casino map in Europe. Being licensed by Spain’s National Gambling Commission enables to offer all games on their quickly growing platform to a large local customer base.
Pragmatic Play’s growing suite of content, which contains more than 100 HTML5 video slots including the award-winning Wolf Gold, will go live with for the first time.
Melissa Summerfield, Chief Commercial Officer at Pragmatic Play, said: “We are delighted to continue to enhance our footprint in Spain after agreeing this deal with We are always looking to grow in regulated markets, and we are very pleased that this deal with is the latest in a long line of agreements that we have signed in Spain this year.”
Xavier Ballester, Director of Casino Barcelona Online, said: “Pragmatic Play are consistently producing engaging and immersive content, by its thematic and with high quality production levels, to both online and land-based casino players. Also, Pragmatic Play games have proven to be a hit in other international markets. So, by the signature of that agreement, we hope to enjoy a long and successful partnership with them.”
Pragmatic Play recently entered the live casino vertical through its acquisition of Extreme Live Gaming from Novomatic Group, cementing its position as one of the iGaming industry’s leading providers.


Global Gaming granted licence in Sweden’s new regulated market

Global Gaming’s subsidiary SafeEnt Ltd was awarded a five-year casino (Ninja Casino and SpelLandet) and sportsbook licence from the Swedish Gambling Authority (Lotteriinspektionen) today.
Head of Compliance Linda Kärrholt commented: “We were one of the first operators to submit a licence application on August 1st 2018, the first available day, and are proud to announce that all the hard work put in by our team has paid off.”
“We are thankful for this seal of approval,” said CEO Joacim Möller. “It not only signals their approval of our business model but also gives us an opportunity to continue focussing on our largest market.”
This is yet another European licence for Global Gaming, after those recently granted by the Malta Gaming Authority and the Estonian Tax and Customs Board. The company will continue to evaluate opportunities in other jurisdictions.


Bede Gaming: “2018 our best year yet”

Transformative platform software supplier completes major integration every month.
Bede Gaming has had its most successful year since the business was founded seven years ago,signing three new clients and completing a major integration on average for every month of 2018.
Fresh from announcing its biggest commercial contract to date, having been selected by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation to transform its digital platform offering, the award-winning software supplier has completed 10 integrations in 10 months in 2018, a 30% increase on 2017. This includes major content integrations, as well as now offering two premier sportsbooks with Kambi and SBTech.
Bede has completed each integration in an average of just four weeks, living up to its reputation of managing and completing some of the fastest and most efficient software integration processes in the gaming industry.
The supplier is also promising more integrations to come in the remaining weeks of the year and will continue to build onthe application of its successful strategy into 2019 and beyond.
Content and sportsbook providers added this year include some of the most established and fastest growing brands in the industry including SBTech, Yggdrasil, Pragmatic Play, Play’n Go and Habanero.
These suppliers have been added to Bede’s extensive library of premium quality content and sportsbook services thatoperators can immediately access via its cutting-edge platform services. They join a host of some of the biggest names in the industry including Novomatic, IGT, Evolution, NetEnt, Gamevy and Microgaming that are already available on Bede’s platform.
Once a supplier is integrated its products are instantly available to all Bede’s network of platform customers. No other supplier offers such a wide range of leading content providing Bede’s operator partners with the easiest access to themost choice on the market.
2018 has also seen Bede enhance and expand its range of configurable, automated platform marketing and responsible gaming tools; through the launch of Bede PLAY, its new content aggregation platform technology; and significantly extended its licensee portfolio across a range of regulated markets and verticals.
Ross Haselhurst, Commercial Director, Bede Gaming, said: “2018 has been our best year yet with three major commercial deals and 10 content supplier integrations in as many months to complement our comprehensive range of over 100 of the biggest supplier partners with more than 3,000 games. Our roadmap shows just how serious we are about content with a focus on quality over quantity.”
Haselhurst added, “We also now offer two major sportsbooks in Kambi and SBTech as well as expanding our portfolio into Virtual Sports following our deal with Kiron interactive earlier this year.
“And with our relationship with OLG expanding we will be adding more lottery games to our portfolio in the coming months too. 2019 looks set to be bigger even than 2018, watch this space!”


The Top Three Challenges Facing Online Gaming Regulators

It was once said that online gaming cannot be effectively regulated. Since then, many jurisdictions around the world have shown this statement to be false. In fact, the introduction of legalized online gaming in European member states over the last decade or more as well as the recent expansion of legalized online gaming in several US States, have shown that online gaming technology provides operators with  the ability to protect the interests of the customer more effectively than may be the case in the terrestrial industry. Having said that, the introduction of legalized online gaming has not been without its challenges. Different socio-economic, political and cultural landscapes have posed unique challenges to regulators around the world. During this webinar, we will look at how regulators in the UK, mainland Europe and the USA have responded to these challenges.
Moderated by André Wilsenach, Executive Director of the International Center for Gaming Regulation at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the panelists are:
George Rover, Managing Partner, Princeton Global Strategies
Birgitte Sand, Director, Danish Gambling Authority
Sonia Wasowska, Senior Manager – Insight, UK Gambling Commission

This session is part of IAGA’s free webinar series focusing on critical issues facing global gaming. Developed in conjunction with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) International Center for  Gaming Regulation (ICGR), the UNLV International Gaming Institute (IGI), the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law and Ernst & Young, and  is made possible by Casino International.


MaxxVegas sets its sights on Asia with epic studio deal

MaxxVegas, a content developer founded by ex-MX Digital CEO Ike McFadden, has recently signed an agreement with UK studio, EPIC Industries, who will build a number of games targeted specifically at the Asian market.
EPIC Industries will use its proprietary SlotWorks product and extensive content experience to build the games directly onto the Flow platform, for distribution in early 2019.
Mark Smith, Commercial Director at EPIC Industries commented: “We are really excited to work with MaxxVegas on this project. Placing their faith in us is testament to the growing reputation we have as the go to studio partner.”
Matthew Shaile, Founder at EPIC Industries added: “With each build, our unique game framework, SlotWorks, grows and along with it, our ability to provide even more features to additional markets.”
“The global online market is projected to be worth nearly $200Billion USD 1
in the next 5 years, and a lot of that growth is expected to come from the Asia-Pacific area. It’s a market with a lot of players, and it needs a lot of content”, noted Ike McFadden of MaxxVegas.


Advantech’s Global Gaming HQ, in Newcastle, UK Centre gears up to meet higher demand

Advantech, a leader in global intelligent systems, announced the expansion of its Advantech-Innocore facility in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (United Kingdom). The gaming division, Advantech-Innocore, who are a leader in embedded computer products, design and manufacture some of the market’s most advanced PC products tailored specifically for their industry.
The expanded Advantech-Innocore facility, located in the Silverlink Business Park, where the company established itself some ten years ago, has nearly doubled in size. The team, currently celebrating 20 years in the industry, has grown year on year and is set to grow further as a result of current market demands.
“This expansion is excellent news for both Advantech-Innocore and the local community. It’s a directresult of the hard work and commitment by all of the gaming team, along with the loyal support of our customers, enabling us to post a 6-year CAGR of more than 30%” said Edward Price, Managing Director, Global Gaming and EU Displays Division at Advantech. “Some of our flagship products were created right here in the UK – including the best-selling DPX range of embedded boards which are approved in all major gaming jurisdictions, and running hundreds of thousands of slot machines and lottery terminals worldwide. Expanding our current facility was a logical choice for us as it helped minimise disruption.”
For its part, parent company Advantech is accelerating the deployment of branch locations globally, to better leverage its 25 years of local industry experience. For more information please contactAdvantech’s Marketing Team, details as below.


Asian MELCO RESORTS & ENTERTAINMENT and Alphaslot to speak at GSA Technology Summit – Focus on Blockchain

The Gaming Standards Association (GSA) is set to welcome the industry to its first ever conference event: GSA Technology Summit – Focus on Blockchain. The event is scheduled for November 8-9, 2018 at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Nev. GSA is pleased to announce Asian operator MELCO and manufacturer Alphaslot will participate and share their insights on the use of Blockchain technology in the gaming industry.
Blockchain technology, the second phase of the Internet, will have a dramatic impact on our lives and businesses. 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 are excited to see such interest in this event. Speakers will discuss the technology transformation that is moving away from monolithic and archaic systems, the operator and regulatory benefits of moving to blockchain based technology and the impact of the how the network effect of the blockchain platform can give gaming companies & operators a competitive advantage.”
Additionally, the event features speakers from: Clear Poker, Dominode, Gioco Ventures LLC, Global Market Advisors, IBM, Innovum Technology, INTEL, Loyra Abogados, McDonald Carano, NJ DGE, ORACLE, RedChalk Group, Secure Communication, Berkeley Center for Law & Business.
GSA is grateful to NOVOMATIC AG for being a Platinum sponsor of this important summit.
For a detailed agenda, special rate accommodation information and registration, please visit GSA’s event website at GSA Technology Summit – Focus on 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 to learn more, and follow GSA on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.
GSA Platinum members include: Aristocrat Technologies Inc. (ARLUF); International Game Technology (IGT); Konami Gaming Inc.; Microgaming Software Systems, LTD.; NOVOMATIC AG; Playtech, (PTEC.L) & Scientific Games International (SGMS).
Other members include: Adlink Technology Inc.; Ainsworth Game Technology Inc.; Alphaslot; Amatic Industries GmbH; AmTote International; APEX pro gaming; Appolonia; Ares Way; Aruze Gaming America, Inc.; Atlantic Lottery Corporation; AxesNetwork Solutions Inc.; BMM Testlabs; Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited; Canadian Gaming Association; Casinos Austria; Cashpoint Payment Solutions; ComTrade Gaming; Combination AB; Crane Payment Innovations (CPI); DRGT Europe; European Casino Association; Everi; Fortunet; Foxwoods Resort Casino; Gaming Laboratories International, LLC. (GLI); Gaming Consultants International; Gaming Technologies Association; Gauselman GmbH; Ganlot; Genlot Game Technology Co., Ltd.; Grand Vision Gaming; House Advantage; Intralot S.A. (INLr.AT); Inspired Gaming Group Ltd.; Interblock USA; JCM Global; Loto-Québec; Macao Polytechnic Institute; Macau Gaming Equipment Manufacturers Association; Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Corporation; Maxgaming; Mobile Gaming Monitoring On GmbH; Multi-State Lottery Association; Nidec Sankyo Corporation; Oregon Lottery; Paltronics Australasia Pty. Ltd.; Pollard banknote limited; Quixant; Radical Blue Gaming; Random Consulting; Sega Sammy Creation, Inc.; Seminole Tribe of Florida; Seoul National University of Science & Technology; Smernax Holdings Ltd.; Spintec d.o.o.; Synergy Blue; U1 Gaming; Universal de Desarrollos Electronicos, S.A.; UNLV International Gaming Institute; VEIKKAUS; Western Canada Lottery Corporation; Wojskowe Zaklady Lacznosci Nr 1 S.A.


JETT Gaming Upgrades Gold Strike Hotel & Gambling Hall and Rebrands as Terrible’s Hotel & Casino

Refreshed rooms, remodeled lounge, Denny’s restaurant all part of rebranded property.
On the heels of major remodeling and upgrades, JETT Gaming, Inc., a division of Terrible Herbst, is rebranding The Gold Strike Hotel & Gambling Hall in Jean, NV and changing the name of the property to Terrible’s Hotel & Casino. JETT Gaming, Inc. purchased the property in 2015 and recently completed a series of upgrades and remodeling initiatives.
“It is time for us to put the Terrible’s brand on the building,” said Barry Phillips, executive director of marketing, JETT Gaming, Inc. “We have remodeled rooms as well as upgraded several entities within the property. We invite 1-15 travelers and Las Vegas locals alike to come in and experience the new and refreshed casino, hotel and all its amenities.”
Since purchasing the property, JETT Gaming, Inc., has invested in numerous updates and upgrades throughout the hotel and casino including: hotel room updates; a new Konami slot and club system, which rewards gamers for their play; a refurbished lounge featuring live music; new slot machines; Mini Baccarat; a movie car display; and the Off-Road Hall of Fame. In addition, the property installed a new $1.4 million dollar full-color monument marquis with high visibility for the tens of thousands of 1-15 travelers driving to and leaving from Las Vegas each day. The name officially changes to Terrible’s Hotel & Casino on November 1, 2018.
The new Terrible’s Hotel & Casino is located across the freeway from the recently opened Terrible’s Roadhouse and World’s Largest Chevron, which features 50,000 square feet of retail space, 96 gas pumps, a drive-through White Castle, Red Bull lounge, Monster Energy lounge, a candy village, an Advance Auto parts store and much more.  The complementary amenities, services, gaming and entertainment offered at the sister properties are more than enough to satisfy every craving, need, and desire for Las Vegas travelers heading into and out of Southern Nevada.


EGT Columbia grew into a preferred supplier for major operations

Just 2 years after its foundation EGT Colombia has reached the position of a well-known gaming supplier in the country, completing numerous deliveries of a wide range Euro Games Technology’s products with remarkable results. Continuing its advancement on the market, just a month ago the company laid the foundations of a partnership with another international operator – the Millionaires Group from South Africa. Two installations were made in its Millionaires Casino Bogota – a gaming establishment, famous for its high-profile rewarding programs for the players. With a series of special events both companies presented six P-42V Curved St cabinets, housing the Chinese-themed 4-level progressive Fu Gui Rong Hua jackpot and six P-27/27 St Slim machines with the 4-level mystery-progressive Diamond Life. They are connected to a community jackpot system, where are also linked all the casino’s slot machines.
“The operator became acquainted with our products at the numerous international exhibitions we take part in every year and was impressed by the wide range of machines, games and services EGT has to offer,” commented Silvia Marinova, director of EGT Colombia. “The Millionaires Group are famous for their demanding way of choosing the products and are always in search for the best, so we are proud to be among their selected suppliers. As a beginning we have chosen to present to the guests of their casino some of our most popular cabinets and jackpots in Colombia and the more time passes the more we are positive that our approach was correct.”
The observations of the General Manager of Millionaires Casino Bogota and the players confirm the initial performance expectations. The EGT machines are usually occupied most of the time and by different types of players. Best commented were the games’ dynamics, the bonuses and the opportunity to hit more than one jackpot level at a time when playing the Fu Gui Rong Hua. The graphics’ high quality and the games’ storylines and themes were also appreciated.
Thanks to its high-quality products, wide-range portfolio and proactive approach, EGT Colombia has already inked several more deals for the country, some of which for 2019. The relationships with Millionaires Group will progress not only with more installations in Colombia, but also with deliveries for operator’s establishments in foreign markets. Part of its success the local office of EGT owes also to the new games and models that have been constantly introduced. The company has planned key premiers in near future that will further boost its growth in the country.


International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) announces 2018 Bybee Scholarship winners

The International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) announced today the recipients of the 2018 Shannon Bybee Scholarship Award, an annual program that awards prizes for the best scholarly research papers written on relevant gaming topics by accredited law school students as part of their class work during the school year. Annual submissions are solicited from law students in North American law schools and judged by a committee of IAGA member attorneys practicing gaming law. The 2018 scholarship recipients are:
“The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act and its Legal Implications: How Its Invalidation Will Impact Indian Gaming’s Legal and Regulatory Framework” by Francisco Olea, University of Arizona College of Law
“It’s Time for Wizards to Give Up the Illusion and Show Their Cards: How Wizards of the Coast Circumvent Gaming Law to Make Millions” by David M. Stern, UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law
Both winning papers can be viewed at
“The Bybee Scholarship is an excellent way to encourage the next generation of gaming industry legal experts to become engaged in critical gaming issues,” commented Jennifer Roberts, Bybee Scholarship Committee Co-Chair and Associate Director of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) International Center for Gaming Regulation. “With so many interesting topics to cover, this year we received a diverse selection of submissions covering everything from exploring problem gambling issues in Victoria, Australia to online gaming regulations in Canada and the US, and the impact of the sports betting invalidation of PASPA for tribes. We are pleased that we continue to receive such excellent submissions and look forward to presenting this year’s winners with their awards at IAGA’s G2E cocktail reception in Las Vegas.”
The Shannon Bybee Scholarship Award was established to honor the memory of Shannon Bybee, one of IAGA’s founders who had a distinguished career as a gaming attorney, Nevada regulator, industry executive and pioneer in the field of education in casino operations and gaming law. Inducted into the American Gaming Association’s Hall of Fame in 2002 because of his significant contributions to responsible gaming, Bybee also played an important role in the development of problem gambling regulations and advocacy.
This year’s Bybee Scholarship Award was generously sponsored by Everi. Additional information about Everi can be found online at
2019 Deadline for Submissions Announced IAGA also announced that the 2019 deadline for submissions will be June 30, and the winning papers will be announced during the 2019 IAGA Cocktail Reception held during the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) exhibition in Las Vegas. Additional information about entry requirements and the IAGA Shannon Bybee Scholarship Committee is available at


E-Systems and EGT gain ground in Switzerland

Since May Euro Games Technology and E-Systems GmbH, the long-term and exclusive distributor of EGT’s products in Switzerland and other European jurisdictions, have launched the Swiss Orange Collection in most Swiss casino operations. Powered by the reliable Exciter III platform, the multi-game is the latest edition of the highly successful Collection Series and contains 48 different titles, a great mix of EGT’s proven performers, as well as 19 brand new games for the local market.
The Swiss Orange Collection is available in most EGT cabinets, such as the innovative Super Premier and Super Premier 75, the stylish and curved P-42V Upright and Slant Top and the timeless classics P-27/27 St, P-27/27 St Slim and P-24/24 Up. The premiere of the multi-game in Switzerland took place on May 30 at Casino Pfäffikon-Zürichsee, part of the Swiss Casinos Group, launched in a pair of Super Premier cabinets. Since then many more Super Premier machines with their eye-catching design and comfortable multimedia chair were rolled out together with other available slot models all over the country and stormed to the top of the popularity lists quickly.
Casino Courrendlin, part of the Groupe Barrière in the French speaking part of Switzerland, placed a pair of Super Premier cabinets along with a pair of P-42V Curved Upright machines and the initial reactions of their players were very enthusiastic, followed by highly positive feedbacks.
Just in time to be prepared for their guests, expected during the upcoming snow skiing season, Casino Bad Ragaz also welcomed two Super Premier and two P-42V Curved Slant Top cabinets as some of its highlights for the visitors.
EGT continues to develop the Swiss market and builds on the huge success of the Swiss Orange Collection, following up with a second multi-game of the Collection Series especially for the country – the Swiss Red Collection, which has just become available. It also contains 48 games, adding another 12 new titles. This is how EGT has released a total of 31 brand new games for Switzerland only in 2018, a proof for the company’s commitment and willingness to constantly give more to both operators and players.


Passport Technology pledges its support to the awards ceremony with a difference

The British Casino Awards will return to London on Tuesday 5 February 2019 to benchmark and celebrate excellence in the gaming sector – and Passport Technology is the latest industry heavyweight to show its support for the scheme.
Passport Technology is a leading developer of technology-based products and services for the highly regulated payments, gaming and financial services markets. Speaking on the company’s commitment to the British Casino Awards, vice president for international development Helen Bowditch says: “We look forward to championing the industry in this format, with the most prestigious of companies and Passport’s partners involved.
“The British Casino Awards is raising the profile and visibility of this ever evolving industry and we would like to congratulate every shortlisted company, individual or client on their achievements. Thanks also to Datateam for recognising the demand for awards of this nature which bring the industry makers together.”
The second edition of the event – which launched to wide industry acclaim earlier this year – has already received the backing of Every, TCS John Huxley, together with the support of the National Casino Forum (NCF) and the European Casino Association (ECA)
Tracy Damestani, CEO of the National Casino Forum, comments on the importance of the Awards scheme to the industry, both now and in the future: “The awards showcase the fantastic talent in the casino sector and I am looking forward to hearing more inspiring stories from across the industry at the 2019 event.
“The casino sector offers a wide variety of exciting career paths and we are proud to be sponsoring the Diversity and Inclusion Award, which reinforces our commitment to ensuring the industry offers equal opportunities at every level of the industry, from the boardroom to the casino floor.”
With the event receiving the backing of the European Casino Association (ECA), chairman Per Jaldung says: “We look forward to continuing our support of the British Casino Awards in the spirit of rewarding excellence in the land-based casino industry. The 2019 edition will surely be as competitive and we wish all entrants the best of success in winning a prestigious award.”
There are three stages to the British Casino Awards; the first of being the entry and nomination stage, where manufacturers and operators are invited to enter into any of the relevant categories using the online form available on the Awards website. They can also nominate other companies and individuals for any of the categories, using the same simple online form. The deadline for entries and nominations is Friday, 30 November.
The decision-making stage of the Awards scheme will begin on Monday, 10 December – when members of the industry will be invited to submit their votes using a secure online form.  At this point, all entrants are recommended to encourage staff and relevant industry bodies to support the entered organisation, product or people by casting their vote. The online vote will produce five finalists and ultimately one winner, the recipient of the highest number of votes overall.
Only selected categories will be put through to the voting stage, while others, including the National Casino Forum Diversity and Inclusion Award; the Corporate Training Investment Award; the Rising Star Award; CHIPS Community Engagement Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award will be reviewed by a specially-selected panel of judges.
Finalists for all categories will be announced on 17 December 2018, before the winners are revealed at The British Casino Awards ceremony taking place in London on Tuesday 5 February 2019.
At its inaugural event, The British Casino Awards raised funds for CHIPS and has pledged to continue its support for the charity at the 2019 edition. The charity, which raises funds to purchase specialised powered wheelchairs for disabled children, has also put its name to the Community Engagement Award. Commenting the partnership, co-founder Linda Lindsay says: “We are always incredibly grateful for the way the industry has supported us; and the more people see, the more beneficial it will be for the way the public sees the industry.”
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MGM Springfield chooses Gasser Chair company

Gorgeous Gasser chairs dominate at the new Massachusetts casino resort.
Magnificent casino properties require magnificent furnishings to maximize their customers’ experience. Youngstown, OH-based Gasser Chair Company (Gasser) is now part of that experience at the new $960 million MGM Springfield in Springfield, Massachusetts. Spanning three downtown city blocks, MGM Resorts International opened its 14-acre casino hotel and resort on Friday, August 24.
After securing the orders in late 2017, totaling more than 5,000 chairs, the last of the 16 truckloads of Gasser furniture was delivered to the property on July 31. Gasser professionals worked closely with the MGM Development Team and their outside design firm, Friedmutter Design Group of Las Vegas. Together, they developed custom seating solutions that fused Gasser’s legendary workmanship with the unique design elements desired for this project.
Through comprehensive planning, this creative coalition designed and produced truly unique, chic and innovative seating options. Gasser manufactured all 5,000-plus chairs at its Youngstown campus. Almost 3,000 custom Gasser chairs are located at every slot machine and table game position on the 125,000-square-foot casino floor.Each gaming area featuresits own distinctive chair design.
Gasser Business Development Manager Shawn Danks claims, “MGM Springfield was a great opportunity for Gasser to really showcase our custom manufacturing capabilities.  All of these products feature some level of customization, from detailed upholstery treatments on existing models to completely new, custom products developed from the ground up. It was about creating a customer experience that is truly unique; one where ‘off-the-shelf products’ wouldn’t have sufficed.”
As a leader in the commercial hospitality seating market, Gasser was able to provide seating solutions that extended beyond only the gaming floor.
MGM Springfield purchased 2,000 custom Gasser Banquet and Event Stack Chairs for its 34,000 square feet of versatile meeting and banquet space, plus other seating formultiple leisure and lounge locations throughout the property.
Danks states, “The bar has been raised since Gasser has supplied a unique and elite set of products for a truly unique and undoubtedly elite property. We look forward to supporting MGM in the inevitable success of their newest endeavor.”


AGS Names Laura Olson-Reyes Vice President of Marketing & Communications

PlayAGS Inc, a leading designer and supplier of electronic gaming machines, table products, and interactive solutions for the global gaming industry, have announced the appointment of Laura Olson-Reyes as Vice President of Marketing and Communications.
Olson-Reyes brings more than 20 years’ experience to the role at AGS, where she will oversee various marketing initiatives, external and internal communications, and community relations.
AGS Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of Investor Relations Julia Boguslawski said, “We’re very excited to welcome Laura to the AGS family. Her vast experience across many facets of gaming on both the operator and supplier side, her proven ability to build brand awareness, her creativity and well-honed communications expertise, and her passion for this industry are a powerful combination as AGS drives greater momentum in the marketplace. The team looks forward to working with Laura on new initiatives to elevate the AGS brand and bring new perspectives to promote our one-of-a-kind products, people, and corporate culture.”
Over the course of her long career, Olson-Reyes has held numerous corporate roles and served as an independent consultant. Most recently, she served three years as the Executive Director, Community and Corporate Relations for Scientific Games, where she had responsibilities for external and internal communications, executive visibility and thought leadership, and corporate social responsibility. Before that, she served more than seven years as the Senior Director of Corporate Marketing and Communications at Bally Technologies, where she led a team that won 30 awards for marketing and communications excellence, overseeing product marketing, corporate communications, and community relations.
Olson-Reyes’ gaming and technology industry experience also includes marketing roles with gaming operators Caesars Entertainment and Stratosphere Casino Hotel & Tower.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Print Journalism from the University of Montana.


Mario Benito joins the R. Franco Group as new Sales Manager in the Digital Area

Mario Benito
The R. Franco Group have announced that they will be having Mario Benito join their team. Mario will be responsible for the management of sales within the group division, which is headed by Miguel Ángel Lázaro.
Mario’s incorporation is another step forward in the process of consolidation and strengthening of the Group’s digital project on a global scale.  
Mario is a Graduate in Economics (U.C.M.) and Master in Business Administration and Management (I.E.). Over the course of his 20-year career, he has held senior positions in well-known companies in and out of the gaming industry contributing his expertise both nationally and internationally.
The R. Franco Group welcomes Mario and wishes him the best of luck to undertake this new stage in the company.


Anthony Joshua becomes William Hill global brand ambassador

Unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua unveiled as William Hill’s new global brand ambassador in Sheffield, England.
William Hill is delighted to announce the signing of unified world heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua OBE, as its new global brand ambassador. The sporting icon has signed an initial one-year deal with the bookmaker and will feature in the company’s exciting new integrated advertising campaigns over the next twelve months – and beyond. 
AJ will also appear in the firm’s social media and PR activities  – promoting the William Hill brand in a fun, interactive and responsible way. Anthony joins William Hill’s current brand ambassador team, which already includes Sir Anthony McCoy, Kirsty Gallacher and Robbie Savage. The announcement comes as Joshua prepares to defend his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO world titles against Alexander Povetkin in front of 90,000 people at Wembley Stadium on 22 September. 
 On the deal heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua OBE said; “I am pleased to partner with William Hill. We are both leaders in our fields so it was only right to go ‘all in’ with them! They are promoting and marketing boxing to a huge audience outside of our industry which is something I am passionate about.  It is important for me to work with brands who understand the journey I am on and the dedication it takes to become undisputed heavyweight champion. I have been really impressed with the team at William Hill and I am looking forward to a long and successful partnership.”
CEO of AJBXNG Freddie Cunningham said; “We are delighted to partner with such an established and forward thinking brand in William Hill. We have been really impressed with their activation plans for the next 12 months and how they would like to grow the partnership in to new territories.”
CEO of William Hill Philip Bowcock said; “Anthony Joshua is one of the leading sports personalities of his generation and he has achieved so much so quickly.  It’s exciting times at William Hill as we expand into the United States and we felt this was a perfect time to announce a global brand ambassador. AJ is the ideal fit for the role and we believe he will help us grow and energise our brand as we join him on his journey to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.”