17/10/2018 | Leading designer and supplier of electronic gaming machines, table products, and interactive solutions for the gaming industry, AGS, has participated at recent G2E Las Vegas with great success, where it showcased its innovative Alora video bingo cabinet. Drew Pawlak, AGS Latin America’s VP and General Manager, talked with GMB about the plans of the company for this product line and its possibilities in different markets worldwide. “We see video bingo offering a unique player experience for the casino market,” he comments.
09:47 | With the proximity of the second round of Brazilian presidential elections and taking into account the great advantage that the conservative candidate Jair Bolsonaro (PSL) has still now, a major agenda needs to be brought and one of the topics is the legalization of gambling in Brazil. The candidate is personally opposed to the activity, however, he is in favor of the federalization of the theme. "There is a possibility that each state can decide," he opined.
08:54 | In an opinion column published in the main Brazilian media specialized in tourism Mercados& Eventos, Hotelier News, and Panrotas, the president of the Brazilian Hotel Industry Association (ABIH Nacional), Manoel Linhares, questions the role of the sector after a political transition. "There are issues that need to be addressed such as the release of casinos in resorts that can bring investments of up to US$13.5 billion to Brazil," says Linhares.
17/10/2018 | Two major proposals have been put forward that would make major changes to Peru’s sports betting laws. Last week a group of lawmakers, all belonging to the same political party, announced that they would push for new laws which would further regulate land-based sports betting.
08:40 | Patagonia Entertainment has officially launched in the Colombian igaming market following its breakthrough partnership with Wplay.co “This market offers huge potential and we’re thrilled to get started with Wplay.co. Our video bingo content will give us the perfect platform for growth in the region,” commented Patagonia’s Global Business Development Manager, Victor Arias.
17/10/2018 | BetConstruct will be attending ICE Africa to explore the potential across the various igaming sectors and offer its outstanding solutions for the region. “We will be actively promoting our Retail Solutions to help local operators either grow their land-based business or launch it from the very start,” commented BetConstruct’s Cape Town regional office director, Zorair Asadour.
17/10/2018 | Japanese gaming machine manufacturer Sega Sammy Holdings is gearing up for participation in the bidding process for the development of three integrated resorts in Japan as a project of this kind will “open up a wide range of possibilities for the Group”, CEO Hajime Satomi said in the company’s recently released annual report
17/10/2018 | Innovate Technology will present their latest retail and banking cash handling innovations at the 10th International PLUS-Forum exhibition on 14-15th November in Moscow, Russia. Their latest developments on show are set to revolutionise the cash handling processes for retailers creating greater efficiencies and cost savings for the sector.
17/10/2018 | Gaming regulator Coljuegos has granted to local gaming company Servicios Distrired S.A.S permission to operate online gaming in Colombia for five years taking the total number of licences to 16. The company, that will operate sports betting via www.megapuesta.co, is based in the second-largest city of Colombia, Medellín, and it is focused on the local gambling sector.
17/10/2018 | Las Vegas-based private equity advisory firm Alternative Ventures has announced that it has secured a Mexican gaming license. According to managing partner Kyle Carlston, the rationale behind the move is the concern within the firm about fragmentation in the US and market friction due to state lines.
16/10/2018 | Japan’s central government body coordinating casino liberalisation policy is contacting 67 major local governments across the nation asking what plans they are making for bids to host a casino resort. In 2020, the authorities are expected to launch an initial selection process for sites and to accept applications from local governments.
16/10/2018 | The provincial Institute of Lotteries and Casinos (IPLyC) has published the results of the first stage of the tender for the seven Buenos Aires casinos. Long time local operator Boldt has emerged as the winner, which included the technical bid evaluation, financial background checks as well as other aspects for a maximum possible score of 55 points.
16/10/2018 | The digital division of Grupo R. Franco will participate as a sponsor and guest expert in ICE Africa 2018 that will hold its first edition on October 24-25 at the Sandton Convention Center in Johannesburg (South Africa). “We look for partners and allies at all levels who want to make the leap to the digital world,” said firm’s Commercial Director, Mario Benito.
16/10/2018 | Only two weeks before the second round of the Brazilian presidential elections, the first Ibope/ Estadão /TV Globo poll shows PSL candidate with 18 percentage points ahead of Fernando Haddad (PT), who appears with only 41%. The deputy Jair Bolsonaro leads with 59% of the intentions of vote. After attending this Monday's evening to an event in honor of Teacher's Day, PT representative minimized the difference.
16/10/2018 | Instead of moving towards an open and regulated legislation like the rest of the world, some Brazilian politicians just think of banning. Now a project that may help curb the use of debit and credit cards for gambling-related transactions is scheduled at the Committee on Economic Affairs (CAE) meeting on Tuesday (16). Under PLS 121/2008, the Central Bank (BC) and the National Monetary Council (CMN) may set rules to prevent online betting.
16/10/2018 | Italian football club Napoli has forged a new deal with betting firm KTO, which will act as its regional betting partner in Latin America and Africa. According to industry observers, the timing of the partnership is not unexpected, as KTO is seeking to capitalize on growing gambling interests in both regions.
16/10/2018 | Spain’s ruling Socialist Worker’s Party (PSOE) is set to introduce new controls to protect the country’s citizens against gambling addiction, including restrictions on advertising. The measures are included in the PSOE budget for 2019, which has been agreed with Podemos, another left-wing party that is supporting the ruling minority administration.
16/10/2018 | A panel of experts at G2E Las Vegas said last week that regulating eSports matches and ensuring their integrity will be key to the success of bettings in that discipline. eSports revenues are expected to reach over US$900 million in 2018. This number is expected to reach US$1.65 billion in 2020.
15/10/2018 | Wynn Resorts is buying a 22.5% stake in European sports betting company BetBull that the casino firm says will help it build a presence in the United States sports betting market. BetBull, that is backed by former CEOs of 888 Holdings and Bwin as well as several other prominent investors, would benefit from the power of the Wynn brand derived from land-based casino gaming.
15/10/2018 | During a live broadcast on his Facebook page, PSL presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro once again defended the non-privatization of "strategic" state-owned companies. The federal deputy cited the Bank of Brazil, Caixa Econômica Federal and Furnas as examples of companies that he does not plan to cede to private initiative.
15/10/2018 | Through the Judicial and Operations Division, the Civil Police of Porto Alegre seized 250 slots in three different locations administered by Keno Play. "The company has a final judgment of the 2nd Civil Group of the High Court of Justice of RS, authorized the Jockey Club Carazinhense to explore lottery numbers and video keno machines. The civilian police respected that judgment on the lottery of numbers and places are still open", said lawyer's firm Marcelo Bruno Moraes Nascimento.