28/05/2020 | Games Magazine Brasil opened on Thursday (28) afternoon its Live Series division of live broadcasts with the first webinar of the “AGORA BRASIL” cycle. Leading personalities of the international gaming market debated about "casinos as a new resource to overcome the crisis" post-pandemic. They agreed that IRs should not be the only alternative to legalize in the country, since Brazil can receive more investment and generate jobs with a well-regulated and controlled opening of all the activity.
08:49 | Johnny Ortiz, founder and president of Zitro, one of the world leaders in the manufacture and development of slots, video bingo and interactive games, defended at first GMB’s online event the approval of all gaming modalities in Brazil and not just IR's. For Ortiz, "the big resorts with casinos demand investments that take time and generate jobs and taxes much lower than the broader regulation of the whole gaming activity in the country."
10:49 | Exceeding all previous expectations and calculations, first GMB webinar as part of the “Agora Brasil” cycle where casinos legalization was discussed has a huge impact on social networks. The live broadcast on YouTube (one special signal with real-time translation into English), Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and subsequent visits to the recorded videos already accumulate more than 1,500 views. The data shows the strong interest aroused by the Brazilian gaming market.
09:45 | International bookmakers are preparing to offer again betting options on the big European leagues, suspended by COVID-19. UK Premier League confirmed its return date for June 17th, while Italian Serie A also announced this that it will return to the activity on the 20th. They join the Bundesliga (Germany) that already returned to activity on May 16th, while the Primeira Liga (Portugal) will do it on June 3rd and LaLiga (Spain) on 11th of the same month.
09:40 | B2B provider of live-games to sports betting and casino operators worldwide TVBET said Keno is ranked No. 1 among fans in Brazil where the ‘Jogo do Bicho’, a prototype of this lottery-game,have been played illegaly for decades. In the third position worldwide among people’s favorites, TVBET sadi Keno "Keno has made a revolution in the iGaming industry."
29/05/2020 | With the aim of advancing at a government level with the project of the new hotel, casino and port in the Uruguayan resort town of Atlántida, all sectors involved in this development of great importance for local tourism met this week with the Minister of Tourism Germán Cardoso and the Undersecretary Remo Monzeglio.
28/05/2020 | MGM Resorts announced its plan to reopen its Las Vegas properties on June 4, including the Bellagio, MGM Grand Las Vegas, New York-New York and The Signature casino resorts. "As demand for the destination builds, additional venues within these resorts will open and other MGM Resorts properties on The Strip will reopen," the company said in a statement. Amenities at all properties will be limited at the start.
29/05/2020 | The Brazilian payment methods company Pay4Fun will be competing for the EGR Awards B2B 2020. The firm is a finalist in two categories and competes for 3 awards in the areas of innovation and services. The nominations crown a successful year for Pay4Fun, which had grown in terms of services almost 1800%. This year’s edition will be virtual and will take place between 21-23 July.
29/05/2020 | Codere, gaming operator with strong presence in Spain, Italy and Latin America, informed that its revenue fell 21.3% to €278.5m in the first quarter of 2020, while a combination of retail shutdowns resulting from novel coronavirus and exchange rate fluctuations contributed to losses rising to €97.1m. “We expect to progressively return to our prior revenue run rate in mid 2021,” expressed the company in a statement.
28/05/2020 | Derek Stevens, owner of The D Las Vegas and Golden Gate on Fremont Street, initially announced plans to give away 1,000 one-way flights from 20 U.S. cities. After people snapped up those flights in less than two hours, he added 700 more tickets. "We knew there was a high demand for Las Vegas, and to see these flights book as quickly as they did is overwhelming and exciting,” said Stevens.
28/05/2020 | Scientific Games unveils a suite of contactless gaming solutions that will aid casino operators in their quest to keep players and team members safe while maintaining a fun atmosphere. “Scientific Games has always been committed to innovation, but it is now more critical than ever to develop solutions that help our partners address and adapt to the new normal,” said Matt Wilson, Executive VP and Gaming Group Chief Executive.
28/05/2020 | While in Rio de Janeiro Mayor Marcelo Crivella and clubs like Vasco and Flamengo defend the return of training and games – they also consider official competition for in June -, in São Paulo, the situation is different. There, the leaders are more aligned and intend to wait to resume the São Paulo championship. The quarantine decree of the State Government of São Paulo is valid until next Sunday (31) and there is a possibility that this period may be extended.
28/05/2020 | Economy Minister Paulo Guedes' statement was received with enthusiasm by Deputy Vermelho. The minister showed some resistance to the proposal, but said to Época magazine, that Brazil has all the conditions to house this type of enterprise, boosting luxury tourism. "We are going to bring foreign tourists and allow the Brazilians that bet in other countries to stay here, spending their money in our country, generating jobs and development," said Vermelho.
28/05/2020 | In the Fausto Macedo blog, at Estadão media, Fernanda Burle and Bárbara Teles, partners of the firm MJ Alves and Burle Advogados e Consultores, wrote an opinion column ensuring that it is possible and plausible to resume the discussion for the implementation of casinos in Brazil and legalization of some of the gambling activities to boost the economy and job creation at such a fragile time in the country's history. Read the full text of the lawyers.
28/05/2020 | Bill 2824/20 establishes a series of measures to help the Brazilian sports sector while social isolation or quarantine measures linked to the COVID-19 pandemic are in force in the country. The proposal by Congressman Felipe Carreras (PSB-PE), which is being processed in the Chamber, guarantees low-income sports professionals the benefit of a minimum wage during the crisis and establishes part of the lottery collection as one of the sources of expenses.
28/05/2020 | President Jair Bolsonaro signed yesterday (Wednesday 27) the project that opens a supplementary credit of almost R$ 776 million (US$143.6m) to reinforce funds of the Ministry of Justice and Public Security (PLN 7/20). These amounts will come from the collection of lotteries following the determination of the Federal Supreme Court (STF). The proposal was transformed into Law 14,005/20, published in the Federal Official Gazette.
28/05/2020 | Irish bookmakers have decided to reopen their shops on June 29, which will be the third phase of the Government’s roadmap to easing COVID-19 restrictions. The decision on reopening was made during an online meeting of the Irish Bookmakers Association (IBA) members. “Our members are working to ensure robust safety protocols and procedures are in place to adequately protect staff and customers,” said IBA’ CEO, Sharon Byrne.
27/05/2020 | Rafael Costa has had experience in the iGaming business since 2017. Living in Malta has encouraged him to enter this growing industry. Now, as Country Manager Brasil at Twin Cassino, he had an exclusive conversation with GMB about how the company analyzes entering the Brazilian market, its products, local marketing and the future of sports betting. "We are very optimistic about the latest news, and we believe that Brazil is very close to the long-awaited regulation," said Costa.
28/05/2020 | GMB debuts today its Live Series division (online live broadcasts) with the first webinar of the cycle, “AGORA BRASIL”. Major global market leaders will debate on the panel “Casinos as a new resource to overcome the crisis” after the pandemic. The Portuguese webinar is supported by Clarion Events and takes place at 2 pm (Brazil), with free and open broadcast on the official networks of Games Magazine Brasil. The online event will be the first in the industry with simultaneous translation service to English in real time on YouTube Live.
28/05/2020 | Spanish gambling operator Cirsa has reported a year-on-year drop in operating income and operating profit for the first quarter, primarily due to the closure of land-based gaming facilities across a number of markets as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Company’s online business Sportium partially mitigated the negative impact suffered by land-based operations.
27/05/2020 | Sorare, the French blockchain startup that publishes a fantasy football game, has announced the arrival of star footballer Diego Maradona thanks to a partnership with the Argentina football club Gimnasia la Plata. Maradona and his team are joining players from renowned clubs such as Juventus, Atlético Madrid, Spartak Moscow, Lyon, and Porto.
27/05/2020 | Microgaming has announced the launch of a new title to its range of games, as part of an exclusive distribution agreement with Neko Games. The studio’s first title, “Super Showball”, is a Brazilian-style 90-ball video bingo game inspired by the traditional Showball bingo game. Designed with experienced video bingo game players in mind, “Super Showball” is available exclusively to Microgaming’s operators from 26 May 2020.
27/05/2020 | The leader of the PT (Workers Party) in the Chamber, deputy Enio Verri, filed a petition on Monday (25) for the Special Secretariat for Social Communication (Secom) of the Jair Bolsonaro government to clarify the administration's ads on fake news sites. According to the deputy, Secom has spent millions in advertising, with public money, on websites that distribute fake content and even one linked to illegal gambling activity, which needs to be clarified to the public.
27/05/2020 | Italy will introduce an 0.5% tax on licensees’ sports betting turnover, which it expects to raise €90m by the end of 2021 to fund the recovery of the country’s sports following the COVID-19 enforced shut-down. The so-called ‘Rilancio Decree’ sets out a series of urgent measures covering Italy’s healthcare system, as well as providing support for employers and to help the economy recover from the pandemic.