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· Intralot pay $240 million for 10-year supply contract with Illinois State Lottery.· The deal comes as 44 jurisdictions have commissioned weekly lotteries to take place in the United States.· Intralot will also roll their technology out into 7,500 retail locations state-wide.Whichever way you choose to slice it, the attitudes to gambling and its respective legislation in the U.S. seems contradictory at best.After all, while just four American states have legalised online gambling during the last decade or so (Pennsylvania being the most recent to push through legislation), a total of 44 jurisdictions have commissioned weekly lotteries to take place. As if this was not confusing enough, we must consider that online gambling is often opposed because of its reliance on so-called 'games of chance' that actually require variable levels of skill, while lottery gameplay is permitted despite being entirely opportunistic in its nature.Still, the lottery bandwagon rolls on in the U.S., with global supplier Intralot having recently made big waves by signing a supply contract with the lucrative Illinois State Lottery. Below, we'll look at this in closer detail while asking what it means for the industry as a whole. With regulations affecting terms such as free spins, we see a lot more things happening in the UK market as well.The Deal – What do we Know?The deal, which was only announced recently, saw Intralot pay $240 million for a 10-year supply contract with the state of Illinois. Signed with Camelot Illinois LLC, the deal will run through October 2027 and empower Intralot to assume responsibility for the operation and management of the lottery within the boundaries of the state.While the brand will operate within the framework laid out by the Private Management Agreement (held between the State of Illinois, the Department of the Lottery and Camelot Illinois LLC), the biggest development here is that they will also roll out their technology across 7,500 retail locations state-wide.Key installations will include a cutting-edge Photon terminal and the Genion, which is a compact ticket checker to determine winners. Intralot will also roll out clerk-operated lottery terminals in busier locations with high levels of footfall, in order to successfully meet demand and higher than average purchase rates.Interestingly, they'll also introduce a player-operated terminal called the WinStation at the Illinois market, in a bid to develop further avenues of self-service and create a more profitable business model.What Does This Mean for Illinois and the Industry as a Whole?This new deal also extends an existing and lucrative partnership between Intralot and Camelot, and one that has boosted profitability and the consumer experience across the globe. According to John Donahue, the CEO of Intralot, they “have been a successful technology partner with Camelot elsewhere in the world, and together will prove to be the right combination for the State of Illinois Lottery in the future”.This will certainly help to meet the rising demand for lottery gameplay in the region, while also creating more efficient service to customers. With these points in mind, the new deal could well help to make the Illinois State Lottery more profitable for key stakeholders, without impacting negatively on the customer experience or requiring players to cough up more.Over time, this could also create a similar template for deals across the remaining 43 states that allow lottery gameplay, particularly as authorities and brands look to leverage technology as a way of satisfying customers and increasing efficiency.
● Mr Green experiences a 28.9% year-on-year rise in revenue.● 2017 saw Mr Green scoop the Corporate Responsibility Provider of The Year.● The online operator set for further growth in 2018 with Live Casino partnership.Following in the footsteps of Nevada Gaming Control Board in the US smashing their own gaming revenue record, Mr Green, the online casino and gaming operator, has announced that 2017 was the company’s most successful year ever, with a 28.9% year-on-year rise in revenue.Unveiling details of its 2017 financial report, the company declared a gaming revenue total of SEK1.192bn, which obliterated the 2016 total of SEK924.5m. Meanwhile, company EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) increased by a staggering 103%, rising from SEK91.4m in 2016 to SEK185.6m by the end of 2017.Last year was a busy and productive year for Mr Green which saw the company launch its ‘Green Gaming’ tool for players, an idea and feature which won them the ‘Corporate Responsibility Provider of The Year’ title at the Global Gaming Awards London, held earlier this month.The company also expanded its audience reach, launching its online casino in the Danish market, introducing its first online bingo offering to players, and concluding the €7m acquisition of Evoke Gaming in December.During a conference call in which he addressed the company’s strong year, Per Norman, Chief Executive of Mr Green & Co said:“I can now state that 2017 was Mr Green’s most successful year ever. We delivered on our strategy, Mr Green 2.0, our product offering is better than ever and we expanded geographically. At the same time, we implemented a unique, industry-leading tool for Green Gaming. 2017 was a positive year for us, with a growth of 28.9% and a 103% improvement in EBITDA.”This year looks set to further establish Mr Green’s strong place in the market, as the company have announced a Live Casino partnership with gaming company NetEnt at the ICE Totally Gaming 2018 event.Commenting on the future of the company, Norman added:“The new year, through February 8, also started strongly. It is gratifying to also be able to say that Denmark – where we launched the Mr Green casino site on December 28 – had a good start with a strong inflow of customers. “During 2018, we will focus on geographic expansion and integrate Evoke Gaming. At the same time, we will continue to develop our offering and enhance the efficiency of our customer communication. Mr Green celebrates its tenth anniversary this year and it will be another exciting year in the company’s history."
Despite continuing to record growth over the course of the last 18 months, the gambling industry is poised for some more significant challenges in 2018.This is certainly the case this week, with the lucrative bookmaker sector braced for the long-awaited triennial review results into the controversial form of betting referred to commonly as FOBTs (fixed-odds betting terminals) to come into force soon. A true lifeblood of bookmakers nationwide, FOBTs have come under increasing scrutiny among politicians, regulators and government bodies alike.The official review from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) covered a wide range of suggested reforms in this market, with the aforementioned groups are coming under increased pressure to adopt bold regulatory measures that slash the maximum betting threshold. However, despite plenty of chatter around the proposals, nothing has as of yet been formalised. Here's a breakdown of what has been happening so far.What has Happened so far?The influential Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has been particularly scathing of FOBTs, labelling them disparagingly as the “crack cocaine of gambling”. It has also pledged repeatedly to clampdown on them, with a reduction in the maximum betting threshold set to have a huge impact on bookmakers' profits.This was enough to send shock waves through the gambling sector by itself, but it's also important to note that the additional pressure from regulatory and government bodies looks set to trigger a significant reduction in the maximum betting threshold. In fact, it seems increasingly likely that the maximum individual stake will fall from £100 to just £2, creating a significant revenue shortfall that will have a detrimental impact on growth within the gambling sector.Similarly, smaller and independent bookmaker chains may be forced out of business completely, while firms across the board have seen their values plunge ahead of the upcoming report. In fact, shares in bookmakers plunged when the news first broke, and this trend could well worsen once the final report has been released and consultation finished.What's Next for FOBTs and the Gambling Industry as a WholeWith the current maximum betting threshold, FOBTs are capable of generating up to £300 per minute from gamblers. According to the most recent figures released from the UK Gambling Commission, this translated into a total FOBT spend of £1.7 billion between October 2014 and September 2015, which in turn accounted for a staggering 56% of betting shops’ profits during this period of time.Simple mathematics dictate that, should the maximum bet threshold of £2 be implemented, profits could plummet considerably, while bookmakers would be forced to fill a huge chasm in terms of revenues. Beyond this, it's estimated that almost half of the 9,000 betting shops would become unprofitable in the worst-case scenario, facing the risk of closure by 2020 if they're unable to mitigate the impact of the new ruling.For now, bookmakers must await the full detail of the final report, as the relevant authorities finish seeking consultation from the industry to cement their final decision. With bookmakers formulating their own response, it's almost certain that we will see some form of formal legal challenge in the event of the betting threshold being capped at just £2.Regardless of the precise findings, the debate is likely to rumble on amid ongoing legal battles inthe near-term, even if the government implements a more balanced reduction that seeks to satisfy all parties involved.
Nevada Gaming Control Board releases figures that demonstrate a 13.5% increase in sports betting revenue during last year.The staggering total amounts to more than $248.8m and has obliterated the previous record set.Nevada is one of only four states in the United States currently authorised to legally offer sports betting to punters.The last 12 months have seen a boom in sports betting revenue in the state of Nevada in the United States. In fact, bookmakers in Nevada have recently set an impressive new state record having taken in a more than $248.8m during the last calendar year.The figures, released by the Nevada Gaming Control Board, detail how the state saw a 13.5% increase in sports betting revenue during last year. The 2017 total sailed past the $219.2m achieved during 2016, obliterating the previous record in the process. The earlier record that had been set in 2015 achieved a total that topped $231.8m.The total amount of money bet on sporting events in Nevada also reached a record high in 2017, with the figure rising from $4.51bn in 2016, to $4.87bn - an increase of 8%. This spike means Nevada has seen betting amounts rise for three consecutive years.Speaking to the SportsHandle website, Michael Lawton, Senior Research Analyst at Nevada Gaming Control Board’s Tax and Licence Division, commented on the high sports betting revenues. He said:“There are various reasons that have contributed to the phenomenal growth Nevada’s sports wagering industry has seen over the past eight years. On a macro level, the general health of the sports betting industry in Nevada has never been stronger.“With major networks mentioning point spreads and ‘bad beats’ on their prime time shows, national press stories on expanded Super Bowl propositions along with the unique March Madness experience in Las Vegas, the state continues to see more regional and national tourists (visiting both Southern and Northern Nevada) seek out the sports book when they visit properties.”As one of only four states in the US currently authorised to legally offer sports betting to punters, Nevada’s new state record occurs as sports betting fans await the outcome of a Supreme Court decision. The decision relates to whether or not the Supreme Court deems the Professional and Amateur Sports Participation Act of 1992 unconstitutional. If they do determine this act as unconstitutional, it will then be at risk of repeal and a 26 year-old ban on sports betting in the USA could finally be lifted.
Crown Resorts required to commission the sale of land in Las Vegas.Comes after it’s been claimed that offline gambling accounts of 33% of the market share.While the offline gambling industry remains active for now, there's no doubt that it continues to lose both traction and market share to the online market.The UK market embodies this perfectly, with online gambling now generating a peak GGY (gross gambling yield) of £4.5 billion and claiming an overall market share of 33%. A similar trend is in evidence across the globe, with a number of operators being forced to reduce their offline commitments and realign their priorities.In this post, we'll look at the recent experiences of Australian casino operator Crown Resorts and ask what this means for the industry as a whole.What has Happened with Crown Resorts Recently?After previously expanding into international markets, Crown Resorts has recently been required to commission the sale of a parcel of land in Las Vegas, Nevada. This land was listed with resale price of $370 million, with local operators set to compete in order to complete a purchase.Even by itself, this sale may be enough to raise questions over the longevity of the land-based casino market (particularly from the perspective of international brands and investors). This is the latest in a string of disinvestments that the company have undertaken over the course of the last 12 months, with the group focused on realigning its priorities and targeting more lucrative marketplaces.This has proved a painstaking process for the brand, who have endured a difficult time during the last 12 months. The operator sold its CrownBet business for $150 million earlier this month, for example, while they also ended their lucrative partnership with the entertainment brand Melco in May 2017. Then came a significant controversy in June, when 18 of the operator's employees were placed on trial by Chinese authorities on charges relating to gambling.These individuals were later released following pressure from the Australian government in the summer, while the brand came under immense scrutiny as the drama unfolded.The Last Word – Is this an Issue of Geography or a Sign of the Times for Offline Gambling?According to James Packer, the CEO at Crown Resorts, these measures are largely the result of failed expansions into the international market. The Chinese detention scandal was at the heart of these failures, which in turn forced the business to reconsider its long-term strategy and amend its plans for the future.The question that remains, of course, is whether this is solely an issue of failed international investments or also connected to a decline in the offline gambling sector? After all, the failure of these expansion efforts may also have a great deal to do with a decline in the demand for land-based casinos, as a growing number of players make the transition online. This is also a trend that will continue in the future, as operators begin to realign their focus online and ensuring that they dominate their domestic markets.In terms of the most recent land sale, Crown Resorts will pocket a cool $325 million (with a further $45 million going to the majority owned subsidiary Alon Las Vegas Resort LLC). This will mark a watershed moment in the company's future development, while shining a light into the likely portents for the offline casino sector across the globe.
● Game Lounge, a subsidiary of Cherry AB has paid €1m to acquire Slottracker.com.● The purchase will allow Game Lounge to develop new features that allow players to gain more control over their gaming.● There will be an additional purchase consideration of €300,000 if IGSP fulfils certain objectives.A flutter of excitement is making its way through the casino gaming world right now following the announcement that affiliate company Game Lounge, a subsidiary of Cherry AB, has paid €1m to acquire the online casino tracker site Slottracker.com.€200,000 will paid 12 months after the acquisition with a second additional purchase consideration. If IGSP fulfils a certain number of as yet unknown objectives over a period of two years €300,000 will be paid if the seller achieves certain objectives over a two-year period.The program currently works with some of the biggest names in casino gaming and software including MicroGaming, Novomatic, NextGen, Red Tiger and SGI. Slottracker.com is a site that specialises in allowing a player to keep track of every bet he or she makes in casino games, therefore allowing them to carefully analyse which casino works best and subsequently tailor their game-play to their own individual requirements and methodology.The CEO of Game Lounge, Jonas Cederholm, shared the following statement in which he provided details of the deal:“The purchase of Slot Tracker complements Game Lounge’s already strong offering in order to help players find the right casino or other online games. We look forward to working with the people who built Slot Tracker to be able to develop new features that allow each player to gain more control over their gaming.”His comments were echoed by the CEO of Cherry AB , Anders Holmgren, he said:“Game Lounge is continuing to expand its business. Slot Tracker makes it even clearer that the company’s solutions give players access to information that provides an overview, so that players can choose a game more easily based on their own criteria."
Sports and betting data specialist Betradar will sponsor the event.16 awards are up for grabs at the inaugural event.The Global Gaming Awards London take place at the Hippodrome Casino on 5th February.As the inaugural Global Gaming Awards London prepare to take place at the Hippodrome Casino on 5th February, Betradar, the sports and betting data specialists, have been confirmed as sponsors for the event. Betradar sponsors one of the industry’s most prolific events The Global Gaming Awards are one of the industry’s biggest global events and with Betradar (a brand of Sportradar) now on board, the exclusive event is sure to draw huge attention from professionals, fans, and players alike.In a statement, Tobis Brunner, Director of Marketing Operations at Sportradar said: “We are delighted to partner with the Global Gaming Awards London, we feel the focus on integrity reflects our own values perfectly. It’s an honour to be associated with the exceptional brands that have been nominated this year, and we wish them the very best of luck on the day.” The 16 categories of awards will inspire tough competition All categories for the event, including betting shop operator of the year, online casino of the year and corporate services provider of the year are independently adjudicated by KPMG Gibraltar, ensuring that the companies who win prizes on the night are indeed worthy recipients and truly deserving of the honour bestowed upon them.The London Awards launch follows in the footsteps of the hugely successful Vegas Awards, with the UK event having already brought on board its own industry expert nomination panel, with an array of judges knowledgeable in all aspects and sectors of the profession. Big names in the industry and new startups will go head to head as they vie for one of the 16 awards up for grab
Catena Media acquires Dreamworkx for €9.5 million.The deal comes as Catena Media established itself as the leading affiliate site in Germany.The acquisition of Dreamworkx expects to generate around €600,000 in quarterly sales.If there is one trend that unites various sectors within the technology market, it is the prevalence of high value mergers and acquisitions. Incredibly, tech companies announced $500 billion worth of such transactions in 2016 alone, representing the second-highest annual total since the year 2000.The online gambling space is no exception to this rule, as the market's leading players continue to strengthen their positions with considerable investments. The purchase of Dreamworkx Online by Catena Media is the latest deal to impact on this niche, while this will also play a seminal role in shaping the European market in the near-term.In this post, we'll look at the latest development and appraise its likely impact on the lucrative iGaming industry.What are the Terms of the Acquisition?Catena Media confirmed the deal earlier this week, purchasing Dreamworkx Online for a total of €9.5 million. An estimated €4 million of this will be paid through newly-issued shares in the Catena brand, with the remaining €5.5 million being transacted in cash.This acquisition certainly makes sense, with Catena Media already established as the leading affiliate site in the German market and keen to fortify this position. Similarly, the assets owned by the Dreamworkx brand (including financial and sports betting sites such as Sportwettenanbieter.com, Fussballwetten.info and DeutscheFXBroker.de) add tangible value Catena Media's proposition, while helping the company to diversify its interests and revenue streams.In total, Catena expects the assets acquired through the deal to generate around €600,000 in quarterly sales, with a bottom line operating margin in the region of 80%.With spokespeople expecting the deal to be fully finalised by the end of the month, this operator will soon become an official part of Catena's thriving sport division and help the brand to reaffirm its position as a market leader.What Does This Mean for the Catena Media and the Market as a Whole?Make no mistake; this is a genuinely lucrative deal that will benefit Catena Media both in the near and the longer-term.In terms of the former, there's no doubt that the acquisition has been strategically timed, particularly with the summer, 2018 World Cup likely to trigger a surge in online betting activity. By consolidating and strengthening its status as the number one affiliate in Germany, Catena Media will benefit from increased traffic and revenues during this busy period and lay the foundations for further growth in the future.This is where the long-term benefits will come into play too, as the brand will be able to build on the momentum created by this acquisition to achieve sustained growth and ultimately branch out into brand new markets.The Last WordAbove all else, this deal highlights the true nature of the technology and online gambling market in 2018, with strategic acquisitions, mergers and equity sharing deals helping the leading players to strengthen their standing.This is particularly the case in Europe, and the single market continues to establish itself as the dominant driver of growth in the industry as a whole.
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