Signs 10-Year Contract with TIPOS in Slovakia to Provide Aurora Platform,
Lottery Retailer Terminals, and Services
provision for extension totaling up to an additional five
LONDON, U.K. (March 11, 2019) --
International Game Technology PLC (IGT) (NYSE: IGT) announced that its
subsidiary IGT Global Services Limited (hereinafter "IGT") has signed an
agreement with TIPOS a.s., the government-owned lottery in Slovakia, to deliver
a variety of new lottery technology, as well as ongoing lottery-related
services. The agreement, which is the result of a competitive procurement
process in which IGT was the incumbent, is for an initial term of 10 years with
a provision for one or more extensions totaling up to five years thereafter.
TIPOS has been a valued IGT customer for over 25 years.
IGT is the global leader in gaming.
We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and
regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Interactive and
Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial investment
in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise and
leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of
consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local
presence and relationships...
"IGT's expertise and technology
innovations will provide TIPOS with the flexibility and power it needs to
effectively manage and grow the lottery," said TIPOS CEO Jan Barczi. "We look
forward to continuing our relationship with IGT to enhance funding for
important causes in Slovakia over the coming decade."
"This agreement represents an
exciting new era in the long-term relationship between IGT and TIPOS," said
Declan Harkin, IGT Senior Vice President & COO, International. "TIPOS will
benefit from IGT's latest lottery solutions, including our core lottery
platform Aurora, our Open Retail terminal platform, and Retailer Pro,
IGT's next-generation retailer terminal.
In addition to providing exceptional
performance and reliability, Aurora's business features and functions will
enable long-term innovation and growth for TIPOS and their expanding customer
base, ultimately increasing revenues to good causes."
Under the terms of the agreement,
IGT will provide TIPOS with a new lottery central system, retailer terminals,
associated software and peripherals, as well non-lottery software and services
such as prepaid mobile phone top-ups and event ticketing for sports and
The solution, scheduled for
deployment in early 2020, includes IGT's Aurora central system, the Open Retail
software terminal system, and 3,400 Retailer Pro terminals and Printer Pro
printers. IGT will also continue to provide ongoing services to TIPOS including
central system/terminal installation and maintenance; warehousing; retailer
training and hotline/data center management and operation; a communications
system; field services; and consumables distribution.
In addition, IGT will provide TIPOS
with a full range of marketing consultancy services including game portfolio
development; marketing programs to drive same store sales growth; provision of
data analytics and market research support; and retailer network development
The Aurora core lottery system is a
suite of open and agile components designed to drive lottery innovation and
profitability. IGT's Open Retail software terminal system features new software
architecture that improves time-to-market and lowers the cost of ownership,
supporting any connected device that has a web browser or a native downloadable
app. The Retailer Pro terminal provides a high-performance point-of-sale (POS)
terminal solution for mid- to high-volume lottery retailers.
IGT has provided lottery and instant
ticket equipment and services to TIPOS since 1993. Proceeds from TIPOS are
transferred to the state's General Fund and support a variety of good causes,
including education and sports.
IGT (NYSE:IGT) is the global leader
in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all
channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Digital
and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial
investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise
and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of
consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local
presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100
countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest
standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT has more than 12,000
employees. For more information, please visit
Angela Geryak Wiczek,
Corporate Communications, toll free in U.S./Canada (844) IGT-7452; outside
U.S./Canada (401) 392-7452
T: +39 06 51899584;
for Italian media inquiries
T: (401) 392-7190
Georgia Lottery Launches First Retail Location Past Security at
ATLANTA, Georgia (March 7, 2019)
--The Georgia Lottery Corp. celebrated the grand opening of its new store at
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport with a ribbon-cutting ceremony
Thursday. Located on Concourse T, this is the Georgia Lotterys first
retail location at the airport beyond security checkpoints.
We want to be where people
are, and what better place than The Worlds Busiest Airport?
Georgia Lottery President and CEO Gretchen Corbin said.
Theres no other venue
in the state that can match the volume of consumers that Atlantas airport
provides. Our new airport location will generate additional dollars for HOPE
scholarships and grants, including the Zell Miller Scholarship, as well as
The Georgia Lottery has operated two
kiosks in North and South baggage claim since November 2006. Those combined
locations rank as the No. 2 retailer in the state in lottery sales.
The Georgia Lotterys new
Concourse T store will reach passengers with connecting flights, which account
for approximately two-thirds of the airports travellers.
As with the baggage claim kiosks,
players at the Georgia Lotterys Concourse T store will be able to
purchase scratch-off and draw game tickets, as well as claim prizes up to
Since its first year, the Georgia
Lottery Corp. has returned more than $20.5 billion to the state of Georgia for
education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational
programs, including Georgias HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgias
Pre-K Program. More than 1.8 million students have received HOPE, and more than
1.6 million 4-year-olds have attended the state-wide, voluntary prekindergarten
For more information on the Georgia
Lottery Corp., please visit: www.galottery.com.
CONTACT: Tandi Reddick,
Communications Director, Georgia Lottery Corp., Office: (404) 215-5062, Cell:
(404) 323-4644, Email: email@example.com.
SOURCE: Georgia Lottery Corp.
Sports Betting Association Calls for Fundamental Reform
Third State Treaty on
Gaming is only a provisional one
STUTTGART, Germany (March 12, 2019)
-- The German Sports Betting Association (DSWV) assesses the planned Third
State Treaty on Gaming as a small but insufficient step to regulate the German
sports betting market. At the Gambling Symposium of the University of
Hohenheim, DSWV President Mathias Dahms today appealed to the federal states to
continue negotiations on a new gambling treaty and fundamentally reform German
gambling in 2021.
The Interim State Treaty, which will
be submitted for approval by the Prime Minister on 21 March 2019, and which
contains virtually no changes to the first Gambling Treaty from 2012, provides
for the lifting of the upper limit on the number of sports betting licenses
The responsible state of Hesse
should set up a new licensing procedure in a timely manner and issue licenses
in the spring of 2020.
DSWV President Mathias Dahms
outlines the urgent need for further action:
"It is true that, after seven
years of regulatory chaos, the countries are finally establishing a system of
permission for sports book providers. The problem, however, is that the timely
as well as restrictive regulations of the state treaty remain: The popular live
bet - about 60 to 70 percent of the market - is massively limited, set
flat-rate limits arbitrarily. This makes the licensed sports bet unattractive
to the black market. In the digital age, unlicensed offers are just a click or
a swipe on the smartphone. If consumers now migrate in droves here, the State
Treaty has missed its goals. The recovery of players who have migrated to the
black market by licensed providers will take years to complete.
From the point of view of the sports
betting companies, the agreement is only a temporary solution until a policy
reform in 2021. It does not remedy the structural shortcomings of the current
regulation: the rationale of the state lottery monopoly is still not the EU
"hypocrisy test", leaving large parts of the online market unregulated a
central supervisory authority will not exist in the foreseeable future. The
compromise that was found is no more than the lowest common denominator between
the federal states, explains Dahms:
"Last but not least, the
disproportionately short term of the sports betting licenses of just 18 months
makes it clear that the decision of the states is nothing more than a
provisional pillar for the dilapidated House State Treaty on Gambling. The DSWV
demands to place the German gambling regulation on a completely new foundation:
The unrealistic regulations on sports betting in the current state treaty date
from a time when there was no iPhone, no Facebook and no apps. We need a modern
gambling regulation that accepts that consumers want to place their bets live,
digital and mobile. In the modern world, the betting process can also be easily
monitored in real time using the Safe Server. Schleswig-Holstein demonstrated
this many years ago."
Other EU Member States, such as
Denmark, have succeeded in successfully regulating online and offline gambling
through attractive licensing conditions and demand-oriented offerings,
establishing high consumer protection standards and drying up the black
SOURCE: German Sports Betting
Remuneration Model for over 3,800 Lottery Retailers
ALNA and LRA negotiations
with the Lott result in a better deal for Australias
newsagents and lottery agents.
AUSTRALIA (March 13, 2019) -- The
Australian Lottery and Newsagents Association (ALNA) and their affiliated body
the Lottery Retailers Association (LRA) are pleased to announce a positive
outcome from lengthy negotiations with the Lott (now part of
Tabcorp) on behalf of thousands of lottery retailers and newsagents across
Australia. The result is a positive new model that reduces retailers
costs, improves remuneration, includes retailers in the digital economy, and
enables retailers to provide an enhanced omni-channel experience for all our
From 1 July 2019, (subject to
regulatory approvals and excluding SA*) the Lott retailers will
have the opportunity to earn significantly increased commissions from a
potential revenue increase of at least 10%*, benefit from reimbursements and
significant reductions in the cost of their shop fit-outs worth
$17million over five years for retailers, and receive commissions on digital
lottery sales through an opportunity for retailers to benefit from all
This represents many millions of
dollars a year in benefits for retailers.
Ben Kearney, CEO of the Australian
Lottery and Newsagents Association said, The 3800+ lottery retailers
selling the Lott brands in every state and territory (excludes
Western Australia) have been heard and this is the start of a new relationship
based on goodwill and mutual benefit.
We look forward to helping our
newsagents and lottery retailers make this new model work, which will in turn
help us to continue supporting them. These are exciting wins that benefit
retailers and allow us to continue to modernise our industry.
Of the benefits, most significant
for the industry is financial reward for omni-channel retailing, giving
newsagents and lottery retailers access to online sales. For the first time,
there will be commissions on digital lottery spend made by the growing number
of bricks-and-mortar customers who like to buy lotteries both in person and
Customer insights and sales data has
shown us that an omni-channel customer (those who shop both online and at a
bricks-and-mortar retailer) are more valuable than a digital only or purely
In order to be eligible for the new
remuneration model, retailers do not have to do much more than what they are
currently being asked to do. ALNA and LRA members will receive intensive
support to apply the new remuneration model to their businesses.
Mr Kearney continued, We
appreciate the patience our members have shown during this lengthy, complex and
very involved consultation process. We have shared detailed analysis and have
actively collaborated to make this the start of a better deal for our members
and a stronger partnership with Tabcorp overall.
Gary Carter, CEO of the Lottery
Retailers Association said, Many of our recommendations during the
process have been implemented and we have played a large role in advocating for
a better deal for our members and streamlining processes to make this new model
easier to use. This is another example of what can be achieved when an industry
comes together and works hard to achieve change.
* Retailers that
are fully compliant have the opportunity to receive more than 10% additional
income from the sale of lottery products (compared with FY18)
About the changes:
Increase in revenue
The new retailer model increases the
commission on the sale of lottery products to 10.3% (except Instant
Scratch-Its, Lucky Lotteries, and Keno (SA), and subject to regulatory
*NOTE - The new model is
unable to be introduced in South Australia at this stage and ALNA will be
working hard with the South Australian Government, regulators and our retailers
there to get agreement on an approach that will allow our retailers to
Reduced shop fit-out
As part of the new model, the
Lott will now fund the Digital Point of Sale screens (DigiPOS) required
in all shop fits, remove ongoing fees for these and covering reasonable
maintenance costs. Retailers who previously paid for these screens in their
shop fits will be reimbursed. This positive change is worth $17million over
five years for retailers.
Inclusion in online sales
Retailers can now benefit from
online sales with commissions and bonuses paid to retailers for the digital
sales of their omni-channel customers (customers who retailers sign up as
members, who then shop online as well as in-store). Figures confirm what the
retail industry is well-aware of about the rise of omni-shoppers, and this
inclusion gives retailers a piece of the digital pie so they can benefit from
this growing trend.
The Lott has explained
to our retailers that this isnt about pushing customers online,
but about giving them the freedom to
move seamlessly between channels.
Changes for retailers
In order to benefit from the new
model, retailers must pass standard site surveys and comply with the same
requirements that are already part of their agreement, such as regular free
There will be a 1% increase in
weekly franchise fees, and this will be compensated for by the increase in
commissions, a performance adjustment to this franchise fee, along with the
other new benefits available from the remuneration model.
The new model will be in effect from
1 July 2019 in every state of Australia (subject to regulatory approvals),
except Western Australia where the Lott is not the lottery
operator, and SA, where the program is unable to be introduced to SA retailers
at this stage. We will work with the South Australian Government, regulators
and our retailers there to get agreement on an approach so that our retailers
can eventually benefit as well.
To assist with a smooth rollout for
its members, and to prepare for the next phase of consultation, ALNA and LRA
will be providing members with helpful guides, hands-on assistance, and easy
ways of providing feedback on the model.
The Australian Lottery and
Newsagents Association is the only national association with a national ACCC
collective bargaining authorisation, and along with its affiliated association
Lottery Retailers Association (LRA), represents newsagents and lottery agents
in every state and territory of Australia. As such, it is the only association
that is negotiating nationally with the Lott for further
There are over 3,800 lottery
retailers in Australia. ALNA represents many of these small businesses,
countless are family-owned, and they rely on the sale of official government
regulated lottery products to contribute to their overall profitability.
About the Australian Lottery and
Newsagents Association (ALNA) and the Lottery Retailers Association
The Australian Lottery and
Newsagents Association (ALNA) is the only national and non- profit, industry
body specifically for Australian newsagents and lottery agents.
Representing a significant part of
the Australian economy, ALNA works tirelessly to better its members businesses,
and to ensure a secure future for newsagents and lottery agents. The Lottery
Retailers Association (LRA) is based in Victoria representing many the lottery
retailers there. They have had a strong affiliation with ALNA for several
years, working together to benefit all our members.
SOURCES: ALNA and LRA joint press
Every Month Amazing with Set For Life Camelot Launches
Campaign for Brand New National Lottery Game
(March 8, 2019) -- An exciting new
game from The National Lottery Set For Life, which offers a top prize of
£10,000 every month for 30 years launches in style this week with
a massive multi-channel marketing campaign from Camelot.
Running across TV, VOD, digital,
OOH, radio, social and in-store POS the campaign will kick-off this Sunday
(March 10) with a 30 spot in the Dancing on Ice final on ITV.
The TV ad, which features the
tagline Make every month amazing, is a dramatisation of how living
every month without compromise could feel whether thats having a
monster January, launching into May, scorching through August or making October
As well as TV, the campaign will see
VOD running across all of ITV, Channel 4 and Sky; placements on Twitter,
Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook; a partnership with Takumi to create a stream
of content with a wide range of UK influencers over the next 12 months;
nationwide activity across all commercial radio stations; and OOH advertising
at over 5,000 sites. In addition, there will be a full range of POS to support
The National Lotterys 45,000 retail partners, as well as a series of
press ads across all leading retail trade publications.
David Connelly, Set-For-Life
Marketing Manager at Camelot, said: Were hugely excited to be
launching the new Make every month amazing campaign for Set For
Life. All of the assets, which weve created in partnership with
adam&eveDDB, are fun and innovative just like the game itself
and really get across the world of opportunities that become possible with
£10,000 coming in every month.
National Lottery players something completely new and meets a different set of
consumer needs, especially among younger people. Its a great addition to
our range of games and means that we now have a portfolio that offers something
for everyone. We think players will be really excited by Set-For-Life
and thats great news for sales and, most importantly, returns to Good
Tickets for the new Set-For-Life
game will cost £1.50 per line and go on sale on Friday 15 March, with the
first draw taking place on Monday 18 March. Players will be able to buy tickets
in around 45,000 National Lottery stores as well as at
www.national-lottery-co.uk, and on both The National
Lotterys iOS and Android apps.
The TV ad was created by
adam&eveDDB, with media planning and buying done by Vizeum.
CONTACT: Sarah Icken, Senior Media
Relations Manager, Press Office: 020 7632 5711.
SOURCE: Camelot Group (:
for Real Money with Instant Scratch-Its Monopoly
QUEENSLAND, Australia (March 11,
2019) -- The year 2005 was the year Million Dollar Baby took out the Best
Picture at the Oscars, trucker-hats and cargo pants were all the fashion, and
Gold Digger by Kanye West was at the top of the charts it was also the
last time Australian Instant Scratch-Its players could get their hands on a
Monopoly Instant Scratch-Its ticket.
The Monopoly ticket was one of
Instant Scratch-Its most popular licenced tickets and after nearly 15 years,
Instant Scratch-Its is excited to release the newest edition of the ticket to
board game gurus and scratchie fans this week.
The new $5 Monopoly Instant
Scratch-Its game gives Australians the chance to play for real money with two
top prizes of $100,000.
Instant Scratch-Its spokesperson
Bronwyn Spencer said the new Monopoly Instant Scratch-Its game would appeal to
those who loved the classic board game but wanted the chance to swap monopoly
money for real money.
When playing the classic
Monopoly board game, everyone remembers how easy it was to fantasise about what
you would do if the thousands of dollars of colourful paper money and the
exclusive real estate you owned on the board was real, Ms Spencer
While we cant promise
you a hotel in Mayfair, we can guarantee that two players will walk away with
$100,000 in top prize money.
With a one-in-four chance of
winning on this ticket and a total of 620,000 prizes up for grabs, you could be
one of the many players taking home a share of the $6.6 million in prize money
available on this ticket.
With an easy game-play featuring all
of the Monopoly characteristics players know and love, Ms Spencer said there
wouldnt be any family squabbles about who gets to be the car or the top
Forget upturned Monopoly
boards and bickering over who is the banker, with the $5 Monopoly Instant
Scratch-Its ticket, you can roll the dice and take your chance at the community
chest to your hearts content without having to share, she said.
The best part is that you are
playing for real money so once the game is over, instead of packing up the set
until the next rainy day, you could be cashing in your win.
The new Monopoly Instant Scratch-Its
tickets are available now at the Lott lottery outlets in Queensland, New South
Wales, the ACT, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and the Northern
About Instant Scratch-Its
The worlds first scratch off
ticket with instant prizes was introduced in the USA in 1974 and into Australia
Instant Scratch-Its tickets are
priced from $1 to $20. Within this price range there are a range of game types,
from quick fun plays to extended play games.
Each ticket series or game has a
specific prize structure consisting of several prize levels, ranging from top
prizes of up to $1 million down to thousands of other smaller prizes. In most
instances, the top prize represents approximately 10 per cent of the total
prize pool available in that game.
Chances of winning on an Instant
Scratch-Its ticket range from 1 in 2 to 1 in 4, which creates millions of
moments of instant joy each year.
The Lott operates and markets
Australias leading lottery games in each jurisdiction under Golden
Casket, NSW Lotteries, Tatts, SA Lotteries and Tatts NT. These games
include Saturday Lotto, Monday and Wednesday Lotto, Powerball, Oz Lotto, Set
for Life, Lucky Lotteries, The Pools and Instant Scratch-Its.
For more information please
Senior Public Relations
0457 731 671
Head of Public Relations
0412 404 626
SOURCE: the Lott.
OLGS Responsible Gambling Program Again Recognized As
Best In The World
TORONTO, Ontario (March 7, 2019) --
Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) is honoured to receive the World
Lottery Associations (WLA) 2018 Best Overall Responsible Gambling Program
award in recognition of its PlaySmart program.
OLG received this international
recognition for the first time in 2014 and is the only lottery and gaming
organization in the world to win this award twice.
The WLA made the announcement during
its biennial World Lottery Summit held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Presented every two years, the award
recognizes excellence in responsible gambling and rewards the gaming and
lottery organization with the best overall program from among the more than
80-member countries. Eligibility for the top prize is limited to gaming
operators with level 4 certification the WLA's highest level of
"OLGs Responsible Gambling
program is driven by a simple vision: to provide a healthy and positive
gambling experience for all players," said Stephen Rigby, OLGs
President and Chief Executive Officer. "We have a responsibility to our
customers, employees, as well as our business and community partners, to
provide the most effective programming that promotes positive play and
mitigates harmful gambling.
In particular, the WLA recognized
PlaySmarts strategic approach to responsible gambling, its commitment to
continuous improvement and its success in implementing robust and innovative
training programs for retailers and employees.
OLGs Responsible Gambling
program PlaySmart provides an innovative approach to player
education, using engaging multimedia content at province-wide gaming sites,
live events, online and through social media. PlaySmart aims to help gamblers
of all levels to better understand key gambling concepts, to know how the games
work, and to budget their play, by making gambling education as fun and
entertaining as gambling itself.
OLG builds on the strength of its
Responsible Gambling program by working with independent experts in an effort
to prevent problem gambling from occurring in the first place, and by
strengthening the bridge to support services for those who need it.
OLG upholds the importance of
responsible gambling by requiring service providers who operate Ontarios
gaming sites to adhere to OLGs rigorous RG standards and controls. The
PlaySmart program is evidence-informed, designed and delivered in collaboration
with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), the Responsible
Gambling Council, Gambling Research Exchange Ontario, ConnexOntario and Credit
OLG is a crown agency that develops
world-class gaming entertainment for the Province of Ontario. Acting in a
socially responsible way, OLG conducts and manages land-based gaming
facilities; the sale of province-wide lottery games; PlayOLG Internet gaming;
and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable
Gaming Centres. OLG is also helping to build a more sustainable horse racing
industry in Ontario. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $50 billion to the
people and Province of Ontario to support key government priorities like health
care; the treatment, prevention and research of problem gambling; and support
for amateur athletes. Each year, proceeds from OLGs operations also
support host communities, Ontario First Nations, lottery retailers and local
charities across the province.
CONTACT: OLG media relations, T:
SOURCE: Ontario Lottery and Gaming
Standards Association Joins the New Japan Gaming Market Establishing GSA
LAS VEGAS, NV (March 10, 2019)
The Gaming Standards Association (GSA) has established a presence in
Japan. GSA Japan will provide relevant educational services and act as a
conduit offering unbiased gaming industry information and education on the
technical aspects of gaming and regulation to the relevant authorities, as well
as Japanese business entities that wish to enter the gaming industry.
The Gaming Standards Association is
a well-known and respected industry body, with long established policies and
practices. The Japanese market is actively looking for the right answers and
GSA Japan is here to provide them.
Japans rich economic power and
technological strength will lend itself towards learning from practices in
other countries and developing solutions that are of the highest standards and
integrity. With the addition of the casino industry, Japan can develop a strong
tourism industry that will be highly competitive internationally.
GSA President, Peter DeRaedt:
For more than 20 years GSA have brought together the industry and
policy domains and successfully facilitated discussions leading to the creation
of a number of key standards that provide an important level of transparency to
governments, regulators, operators, and manufacturers. As a non-profit
international trade association, we have always stayed true to our mission of
being the leading gaming standards forum, creating value by facilitating
innovation and efficiencies for the gaming industry. We are looking forward to
supporting the Japanese government and its representatives with the unbiased
information they are looking for.
GSA Japan Managing Director, Mr.
Kaji Takeshi: The Japanese Government stipulates that casinos are
developed using the world's highest standards of regulation to guarantee the
integrity of casino management, along with its supporting systems to avoid any
possible adverse side effects. In order to fulfill this important goal, and to
develop the casino industry and create better-integrated resorts that conform
to international standards, a good partner like GSA is of great value. The
support of a sincere and experienced guide is optimal to be
There is a level of membership for
every type of company. Is your organization interested in working with GSA on
the creation of future standards? Please join us visit
www.gamingstandards.com to learn more, and follow GSA on
LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.
CONTACT: Paul Speirs-Hernandez,
Steinbeck Communications/Red Wagon Institute, T: +1-702-413-4278, E:
SOURCE: The Gaming Standards
Regulatory Modernization Essential to Overcoming Disruption in
the Gaming Marketplace
New Report Highlights Recent
Reforms in Ohio, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Mississippi
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 6, 2019) --
Today, the American Gaming Association (AGA) released the latest white paper in
its ongoing efforts to promote regulatory reform, providing an in-depth look at
regulatory modernization efforts in five gaming jurisdictions.
Highlights from the new white paper,
Advancing Regulatory Modernization: Building on a Record of Success,
- Ohio and Michigan abandoned their decades-old
regulations on the shipment of gaming machines, providing costs savings and
streamlined shipping processes;
- Nevada has allowed customers to open unified
wagering accounts for financial transactions relating to multiple forms of
casino gaming, a critical first step toward meeting consumer expectations for
seamless, simple financial tools; and
- Pennsylvania and Mississippi increased the
ownership share that triggers the need for an institutional investor to acquire
a gaming license, improving gaming companies access to capital without
raising the regulatory burden.
Change truly is the new
normal in our industry, with each year bringing innovative casino games,
delivery systems, customer identification processes and more, said
Sara Slane, senior vice president of public affairs for the American Gaming
Association. As technology continues to disrupt the gaming world,
regulatory reinvention must keep pace. Smart regulatory reforms improve our
industrys ability to accommodate changes in the marketplace, provide a
seamless experience for consumers and create greater efficiencies for
regulators and businesses.
Background: Driving an efficient
regulatory reform process is part of AGAs strategic goal to create a more
favourable business environment for gaming in each state. Across the country,
more than 4,000 dedicated public servants are responsible for regulating all
forms for gaming. AGAs regulatory reform initiative is designed to
eliminate burdensome regulation that bogs down business and regulators alike.
Learn more about the Next Generation policy initiative here. AGA plans to send
a copy of todays white paper to U.S. gaming regulators.
The American Gaming Association is
the premier national trade group representing the $261 billion U.S. casino
industry, which supports 1.8 million jobs nationwide. AGA members include
commercial and tribal casino operators, gaming suppliers and other entities
affiliated with the gaming industry. It is the mission of the AGA to achieve
sound policies and regulations consistent with casino gamings modern
appeal and vast economic contributions.
SOURCE: The American Gaming
Authority Tests Document (Guidelines for Duty of Care) on How to Prevent
THE HAGUE (March 11, 2019) - -As of
today (Monday, March 11, 2019), the Gaming Authority (Ksa) is asking market
parties and other stakeholders to respond to the Duty of Care obligation . In
this document, the Ksa outlines measures from providers that are minimally
necessary to prevent gambling addiction and to adequately protect the
The Betting and Gaming Act states
that gaming providers have a 'duty of care' to prevent gambling addiction. This
law, which states that games of chance may only be offered if a license has
been granted for them, does not make clear how this obligation must be
implemented in practice.
With the Duty of Care Guideline
(pdf, 321 kB) , the Ksa meets the wish of gaming providers to provide more
clarity about the interpretation of the duty of care: how should the law be
translated into practice? With this document, the Ksa also responds to the
Remote Gambling Act . This law, which was adopted by the Senate on 19 February
2019 and makes online gambling legal in the long term, does contain specific
provisions about what should be done in the field of addiction prevention. The
Ksa is in line with the new law with the Guidelines for Duty of Care.
The Duty of Care Guideline deals
with various aspects of addiction prevention and consumer protection, focusing
on the different types of gambling. For example, measures are proposed in the
areas of information provision, access policy, (temporary) exclusion and
assistance from experts. The proposed measures do not apply one to one for all
games of chance. That is because one game of chance, for example a lottery, is
less addictive than a slot machine or a casino game.
Basis of supervision
Until 22 April 2019 there is the
option to respond to the draft version of the Duty of Care Guideline . The
responses are then assessed and processed in a final version. This will be
determined later this year. From then on, the Guidelines for the Duty of Care
are the basis for the supervision by the Ksa in the area of addiction
The Ksa organizes five meetings in
the country about the Duty of Care Guideline . During those meetings, Ksa
employees provide information about the document and answer any questions. The
meetings are always from 11 am to 1 pm.
- March 26: Eindhoven
- March 28: Amsterdam
- April 2: Zwolle
- April 9: Utrecht
- April 11: Rotterdam
Register and respond
Only via this form can you register
for one of the meetings. Registration is required. After registration you will
receive further details.
Responses to the Duty of Care
Guideline can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with
the Duty of Care Guideline. Responses are treated confidentially and are not
SOURCE: De Kansspelautoriteit.
Standards Association (GSA) Announces 2019 Board of
NOVOMATICs Roman Czubak
Re-elected Chair; James Anastasio, from Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Elected
LAS VEGAS, NV (March 13, 2019)
The Gaming Standards Association (GSA) recently held elections for its
Board of Directors. The officers and members represent the broad diversity of
companies in and facets of the global gaming industry.
Returning as Chair is Roman Czubak,
Head of Sales CEE, and returning as Treasurer is Byron Bridger, Vice President
of Information Technology at Atlantic Lottery.
New officers are James Anastasio,
Director, Strategic Gaming Development, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, who
was elected Vice-Chair, and Earle G. Hall, CEO of AXES Network, who was elected
Returning as Board Members are:
- Adrian Marcu, Vice President of Architecture,
- Randy Hedrick, Vice President, Advanced Development
& Hardware Engineering, Scientific Games
- Chris Hobbs, Director of Corporate Affairs,
- Syed Hussain, Chief Information Officer, Oregon
- Francesco Rodano, Chief Policy Officer,
Also joining GSAs Board is
Nimish Purohit, Sr. Director of Technical Compliance at Aristocrat
This is an exciting time in
the gaming industry. Technologies advance and change daily, and that gives
suppliers and operators an ever-evolving toolbox to entertain players. That
evolution is what makes GSA standards so vital, Czubak said.
Be a part of the diverse group of
companies that is setting global standards for the gaming industry. There is a
level of membership for every budget. Learn more at www.gamingstandards.com.
GSA Platinum members include:
Aristocrat Technologies Inc.; International Game Technology (IGT); Konami
Gaming Inc.; Microgaming Software Systems, LTD.; NOVOMATIC AG; Playtech,
(PTEC.L) & Scientific Games International (SGMS).
CONTACT: Paul Speirs-Hernandez,
Steinbeck Communications/Red Wagon Institute, T: +1-702-413-4278, E:
SOURCE: Gaming Standards Association
(GSA0 press release.
Registration for APLA/WLA Seminar 15 - 18 April 2019 in Danang,
Vietnam is Now Open!
Dear friends of APLA
We are pleased to announce that the
Registration for the 2019 APLA/WLA Seminar is now open!
The details for this event are as
- Date: 15 18 April 2019 (Business Program on
16 17 April)
- Venue: Hyatt Regency Danang Resort & Spa,
- Theme: Lotteries in the digital world -
Disintermediation, Disruption or Transformation
This Seminar is being hosted and
organized by both Singapore Pools Private Limited and Vietnam Lottery
(Vietlott). You can expect a very exciting business program line up and an
interesting experiential social program specially recommended by Vietlott.
A renowned industry leader Mr. Tim
Kobe (Founder of Eight Inc,), who is popularly known as the visionary behind
Apples iconic stores has been specially invited to be our Keynote
Speaker. To quote an article, Kobe believes that studying the humanities
can help build empathy. A lack of empathy often goes hand-in-hand with a lack
of awareness about the human experience that a particular piece of technology
creates, which will restrict its widespread adoption, thus preventing true
innovation. Tech companies and products, even entire countries, Kobe said, need
to be designed with human experience in mind.
Various Industry experts will also
present on how we can captivate and reach out to the Digital Natives via
channels that are pervasive to them.
Panelists comprising of
representatives from WLA and APLA will also present on how digitalization have
brought forth both opportunities and challenges to the Lottery industry.
We hope you will take home nuggets
of knowledge and updates and embark onto your own Organisations
transformational journey if you have not already started.
The Networking day will take us to
Ba Na Hills, an area founded by the French colonials at 1919 and only lately,
investors have transformed this whole place which is now referred to as the
climate pearl of Vietnam. It's located 1487m above the ground and
boasts of chiller weather and fresh air.
Check out the
ebrochure and also keep checking the APLA website for more
Do hurry and register and as they
say, Early Bird catches the worm
N.B. It is important to note that
for the Hotel booking link, you can only book for nights from 15th to 18th
April. If you need to arrive before 15th or stay past 18th, you will need to
email to the hotel to request the room booking extension, the special room
rates are valid from 12th to 21st April.
See you all in Danang.
Beh Swan Swan
APLA Secretariat Administrator