08:35 | The tight agenda, in the midst of the presidential elections, the large number of projects and the complexity of some proposals should disrupt the plans of the government of Brazilian President Michel Temer to conclude this year a significant part of the projects of concessions and privatizations, one of the flags of the current management. According to analysts, the projects that face more obstacles include the one of the Instant Lottery, with predicted value of R$958 million (US$ 300m).
08:29 | International online gaming brand, Bodog, announce that they will be a master sponsor of the Copa do Brasil. The competition is the most significant club competition in the region – similar to FA Cup in the UK. Bodog already has a long history of major sponsorships in Europe with English Premier League clubs like Arsenal FC and West Bromwich Albion but this is their first Brazilian soccer-based marketing venture.
08:33 | (Exclusive GMB) - Fernando Mendes was one of the entrepreneurs who started bingos activity in Brazil after the Zico Law was implemented and before the activity was banned in the country. He talked to GMB about the history of bingo activity, the progress of the gaming regulation process, the expectations and projects to work in the future Brazilian gaming market.
23/01/2018 | In an ever-changing world of new technologies, Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) will have at ICE 2018 a team of collaborative industry experts in their position to help regulators, operators and suppliers pave the way to success. In addition, James Maida, CEO of GLI, will be on the panel “Business Leaders: Doing Business in Indian Country”, February 6.
23/01/2018 | The betting and racing industries could be facing their worst-case scenario over the future of controversial fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) after it was suggested the new culture secretary Matt Hancock was in favour of cutting stakes to a £2 maximum.
23/01/2018 | Leading Mexican gaming and entertainment operator Logrand Entertainment Group, currently operating 14 casinos in Mexico -- focusing on customer orientation, state-of-the-art technology, a strict adherence to laws and a world-class executive team -- considers the online market a key in its vertical integration strategy and has chosen BtoBet as technological partner to launch its new interactive division, Strendus.
23/01/2018 | EGT Interactive is aimed to impress with creative vision, new high-quality casino titles and stunning novelties at the annual edition of the exhibition. Leading online casino software provider, EGT Interactive, once again “Will Make People Play” and has confirmed it will be doubling the size of its booth, debuting more products than ever before at ICE London 2018.
23/01/2018 | MGM Cotai has welcomed more than 5,000 team members in the run up to its opening on January 29. The activities not only provided the team members with comprehensive property profiles to ensure readiness of the resort, but also inspired them to commit themselves to excellence, said the company in a press release.
23/01/2018 | ICE London, the world’s most international gaming event, will host the official launch of its sister show, ICE Africa, scheduled to take place in October. The official launch reception will be held in the Pyramid Bar, ExCeL London on the Tuesday of ICE (6 Feb), and is an invitation only event.
22/01/2018 | The partnership between Cordish and Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment Inc received permission last Friday to build a unified casino and hotel complex in a district in southern Philadelphia, USA. The company, which operates Stadium Casino LLC, expects to begin construction in 2018 and open the complex in 2020, Cordish said in a statement.
22/01/2018 | Japan’s highly-anticipated 2018 regular Diet session will get underway today with integrated resort legislation set to be one of the key topics of discussion in the coming months. It has been more than six months since Japanese lawmakers last conducted any meaningful discussion on IRs.
22/01/2018 | Slot machines accounted for 84.87 % of the total casino market in France over the last year. The 200 French casinos operating in the 2016 to 2017 fiscal year generated total gaming revenues of €2.292bn, up 2.48 per cent from the previous year with slot machines down 1.47 per cent to €1.92bn. The average daily spend per slot was €69.42.
22/01/2018 | In Washington, the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Rodrigo Maia, said that the Congress will be able to vote in the first semester of the year the project that regulates the operation of casinos in Brazil. "I think there's a majority," he said. Las Vegas Sands representative, Andy Abboud, told the congressman that the company and other large US companies are ready to invest "billions" in casinos in the country.
22/01/2018 | The gaming testing laboratory and technical consultancy, is expected to have its largest presence ever at this year's ICE Totally Gaming show in London. We will be showcasing our expanded range of services, with a special focus on BMM's online certification and audit services, and a unique new IT security offering that we will be introducing to our customers.", said EVP, Europe and South America, Gene Chayevsky.
22/01/2018 | Swedish casino games developer NetEnt is preparing to launch a new branded slot game based on the blockbuster film Jumanj: Welcome to the Jungle. The game is being developed under license from Sony Pictures Consumer Products and will be rolled out later this year.
22/01/2018 | The European Casino Association (ECA), which represents the licensed casino industry in Europe and Clarion Gaming, organizer of ICE London have asked ICE exhibitors to ensure respectful gender representation at the fair. "We encourage all exhibitors to consciously represent the support team by promoting their products in the show in a non-offensive and non-stereotyped way", said the entities.
22/01/2018 | Japanese tourism company Kamori Kanko has added considerably more financial muscle to its bid to bring an IR to Hokkaido with the announcement of a US$1.5 billion investment agreement with Chinese lottery service provider 500.com. The plan includes a strong bid platform for one of the upcoming Integrated Resort licenses for Japan—possibly one of the first casinos in the country.
22/01/2018 | Wynn Resorts has beaten out its rivals to rank as the highest casino resort on FORTUNE’s 2018 World’s Most Admired Companies list in the hotel, casino and resort category, ranking third overall among internationally distinguished hospitality companies.
19/01/2018 | (Exclusive GMB) One of the largest bingo companies in Brazil in the 2000s, Vaprel announced its return to the country after more than ten years. During his travel to Brazil for the final details of this return, the firm’s president Ramón Aznar gave an exclusive interview to GMB. He underscored his confidence in the national market and had a meeting with Sergio Jardim, president of Clarion Brasil, where he expressed his support for the Brazilian Gaming Congress next April.
19/01/2018 | Police in the world's biggest gambling hub Macau have arrested a croupier and a security guard over a massive casino heist where almost HK$48 million ($6 million) in gaming chips were stolen from a VIP room. The heist happened early Tuesday morning at mega casino Wynn Macau.