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Sportradar Virtual Baseball

Opinion: Sportradar brings new realism to virtual sports

At ICE last month we spoke to Sportradar’s Frank Wenzig, Managing Director of Gaming. He talked to us about the latest addition to their virtual sports betting offering and the importance of creating a lifelike sports betting alternative within their gaming solutions.  

What is the benefit of having Virtual Sports as part of a [...]

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US gaming industry launches nationwide iGaming plan

US online gaming industry group iDEA (iDevelopment and Economic Association) has launched a three-prong strategy that would allow any land-based US operator to launch online gaming in states without iGaming legislation.

All US casinos have closed their doors to customers due to the COVID-19 outbreak, robbing state governments of hundreds of millions of [...]

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GAN shares jump on higher online revenue and Nasdaq move

London-listed gaming supplier GAN is moving forward with its proposed Nasdaq listing as the casino shutdown in the United States begins to translate into higher revenue from online gaming.

GAN said Wednesday that the US casino closures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in increased simulated gaming activity online, as major clients undertake [...]

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MGM Resorts

MGM Resorts pledges support for those impacted by COVID-19

New York-listed casino operator MGM Resorts International has pledged to donate $1m and provide the equivalent of 400,000 meals to support those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic in the United States.

The $1m crisis and disaster pledge will go into an Employee Emergency Grant Fund, which provides the company’s employees and their immediate families with [...]

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KamaGames partners Hard Rock International for social casino launch

European social casino operator KamaGames has secured a landmark partnership in the United States with Hard Rock International.

The agreement sees KamaGames launch a new Hard Rock Blackjack social casino product featuring popular casino-style games from the KamaGames portfolio, including a range of 3D table games such as roulette, craps, baccarat and [...]

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888 Holdings

888 Holdings sees opportunities for growth in spite of virus impact

The board of London-listed gaming operator 888 Holdings said Tuesday that there a number of strong growth opportunities that the company will seek to progress in 2020, in spite of the expected negative impact of COVID-19.

The online gaming and betting operator noted that the worldwide sporting cancellations witnessed so far this year in response [...]

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IGT names new finance chief and rejigs board of directors

New York-listed supplier International Game Technology (IGT) has appointed Massimiliano Chiara as executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Chiara will take up his new role on 6 April and joins IGT from London-based capital goods company CNH Industrial, where he most recently served as CFO and chief sustainability officer.

Prior to CNH [...]

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Formula 1 goes virtual with new series to replace postponed races

Premier motor racing competition Formula 1 has launched a new F1 Esports Virtual Grand Prix Series to replace races postponed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Featuring a number of current Formula 1 drivers and celebrities including Lando Norris, Esteban Gutierrez, Sir Chris Hoy and One Direction’s Liam Payne, the series has been created [...]

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Québec Lottery goes online-only as retail sales suspended

Canadian provincial lottery operator Loto-Québec is shutting down its physical sales network across Quebec in response to tightening restrictions on movement due to COVID-19.

The shutdown follows the introduction of new measures by Quebec Prime Minister François Legault to protect residents and further limit the spread of the virus.

This has [...]

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MGM Resorts

MGM Resorts names Bill Hornbuckle acting CEO

MGM Resorts’ chief operating officer Bill Hornbuckle has been named acting chief executive officer with immediate effect.

Hornbuckle assumes the duties of president and chief executive Jim Murren, who had previously announced his intention to step down from the company once a suitable successor was identified.

In a statement released Sunday, Murren said [...]

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Wyoming set to regulate “skill” gaming machines

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon has signed legislation to form the Wyoming Gaming Commission, which will assume responsibility for regulating the state’s gaming machines.

Wyoming’s skill-based gaming machines are similar to slots but add an element of player interaction (skill) through nudging reels, thereby circumventing the ban on slot machines outside tribal casinos. They were deemed [...]

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Sportech posts 2019 revenue growth despite challenging retail environment

London-listed sports betting technology provider Sportech has reported a 2 per cent increase in revenue to £64.8m for 2019, following growth in the company’s Racing and Digital division.

On a constant currency, total revenue was down 2 per cent year-on-year, despite a 4 per cent improvement in revenue from Racing and Digital to £36.5m, which [...]

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