27/3/2020 | In a live on Facebook, President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday criticized decrees of governors that determined the closure of lottery stores in their states as a way of preventing the COVID-19 pandemic. He said that there is no risk of transmission of the coronavirus inside lottery shops because the glass that separates employees from the public is "armored". The incredible statement by the president generated a lot of criticism and scams on social networks for being absurd.
27/3/2020 | This week, President Jair Bolsonaro included lotteries stores among the essential services that should remain open amid the coronavirus crisis. GMB talked with Jodismar Amaro, president of FEBRALOT (Brazilian Federation of Lottery Companies) about repercussion of the measure in the network and the safety guidelines for employees and public. “Our focus is to guarantee the right of the lottery entrepreneur to work and assist the population,” he said.
27/3/2020 | SBC Events organizes, next April 27 -May 1, the SBC Digital Summit – the biggest ever online conference in the gaming industry where sector’s leading CEOs will discuss about how they are dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak and beyond. The speaker line-up includes, among others, Carsten Koerl (Sportradar), Jesper Svensson (Betsson Group), Andre Gelfi (Suaposta), JD Duarte (CEO, Betcris), Alberto Alfieri (Vivagol). The “LATAM Market Day”, with a special panel about Brazil, takes place the second day of the event.
27/3/2020 | After President Jair Bolsonaro updated a decree that guarantees the operation of lottery shops as essential services on Wednesday (25), these establishments reopened in several cities this Thursday morning (26). The functioning of the stores, however, will only be for services with social benefits. Lotteries will not work for games. This action is a way of not leaving a portion of the population without a bank account unattended.
27/3/2020 | Estoril Sol Digital, which is part of the largest group of casinos in Portugal, will join the ranking of ‘Great Place to Work’ for the second consecutive year. The company was ranked 8th in the less than 100 employees category. “This prize is yours, it's ours! Congratulations!”, the company happily comments on social networks. Due to the covid-19 pandemic, the usual ceremony transitions this year to social networks.
27/3/2020 | In order to give response to the international gaming industry in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak that forces to work remotely, Clarion Gaming decided to move its live ICE, TGA and Ampersand experiences online. Combined with iGB's webinars, Clarion gives multiple opportunities to connect with, and gain fresh ideas from, stakeholders around the world.
27/3/2020 | Premium slots and table games provider Habanero has launched its catalogue on Salsa Technology’s network in a move that further solidifies its impressive LatAm expansion. “Habanero’s premium quality collection of developments enrich our outstanding suite of desktop, tablet and mobile-optimised casino titles,” commented Salsa Technology’s Global Business Development Manager, Victor Arias.
27/3/2020 | Kambi Group’s Executive Management team is holding regular meetings in order to monitor the progress of the COVID-19 outbreak and consider contingency measures aimed at reducing contagion risk among staff and ensuring business continuity. “Our solid balance sheet puts us in an excellent position and leaves us confident for the future,” said firm’s CEO Kristian Nylén.
27/3/2020 | Gambling industry association the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has praised the UK government after it was confirmed that sector’s firms qualify for the business rates holiday designed to mitigate the shut-down enforced by novel coronavirus. “The authorities are working night and day to beat the virus and to ensure that jobs and businesses throughout our country are protected,” BGC chief executive Michael Dugher said.
27/3/2020 | The expansion of the coronavirus continues to generate significant economic losses in the different sectors of the international gaming industry. In this case, a report from the American Gaming Association informed that a two-month shutdown of casinos in New Jersey would cause a US$1.1bn loss in economic activity. Casinos in AC have extended employee health benefits as a form of support for their workforce.
27/3/2020 | The American Gaming Association (AGA) has hailed the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act through the US Senate, saying it would help prop up the gaming industry during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “The AGA will continue to engage with Congressional and administration leadership on additional measures to respond to this rapidly evolving crisis,” said entity’s CEO, Bill Miller.
26/3/2020 | Jair Bolsonaro informed through social networks that he updated a decree with the objective of authorizing the operation of lottery stores throughout the country, despite the decision of each state to close commercial establishments due to the coronavirus crisis. "In Brazil, 2,463 lottery houses are closed by state or municipal decrees. In order for them to function in full, I updated Decree 10,282", said the president on Twitter.
25/3/2020 | Pay4Fun, one of the leading companies in payment methods for betting sites and others, makes another fundamental step towards its expansion. It will change from a Limited Liability Company (LLC) to a Corporation (Corp). “Initially, Pay4Fun S.A will be privately held. But the company is in the process of opening a second round of investments soon. In the medium term, Pay4Fun also considers an IPO,” explained Leonardo Baptista, CEO of the company.
26/3/2020 | Betsul opened space on its website, since Wednesday (25), for the eSports modality, starting with the Fifa 20 championship, entitled Fifa Quaran-Team. The idea came to entertain the company’s target audience while national and international championships of different sports around the world are paralyzed because of the coronavirus crisis.
26/3/2020 | The US Senate late on Wednesday night unanimously passed the third phase of the country’s COVID-19 relief package, a more than US$2 trillion stimulus proposal designed to help businesses and workers get through the coronavirus pandemic. Among the sectors that pushed hard for the massive relief bill is the gambling industry, which has been forced to close in recent weeks.
26/3/2020 | ORYX Gaming, a Bragg Gaming Group company, has extended its partnership with Betcris following the successful launch of ORYX’s content with Lotería Nacional de Ecuador, Betcris’ B2B client. “The selection of products available through ORYX Hub is a result of our commitment to provide players access to the most attractive content in all markets which we operate in,” commented Betcris’ CEO, JD Duarte.
26/3/2020 | With most of sporting event cancelled around the world and only few games available, the key is to innovate. AGclub7.bet website focused on irreverence and brought to its players special betting modalities, among them is the hunch of when Ronaldinho Gaúcho will be released. Since March 6, the former football player and his brother, Roberto de Assis, have been arrested in Paraguay for using fake documents to enter the country.
26/3/2020 | With the closure of physical casinos, bettors are able to find an alternative in the digital world. However, there are some precautions to be taken to ensure to play safely and responsibly in an online casino. The recommendation is from bet.pt, whith 10 tips when visiting a betting site during or after the quarantine. “We created the #stayhome campaign where we appeal to people to stay at home,” comments Pedro Garcia, head of Marketing for the company.
26/3/2020 | By responsibly complying with the instructions of the state governments in their effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Caliente Group has temporarily suspended activities at 40 of its establishments in Sonora, Nuevo León, Mexico City, Sinaloa, Estado de Mexico and Baja California. The company reported that it will guarantee its 6,000 employees with the payment of their salaries for a month.
26/3/2020 | German gaming giant Gauselmann Group has shut down more than 700 gaming centres in Germany and elsewhere in Europe to combat the outbreak of coronavirus. The response to the closures comes amid efforts by partner companies and distributors to limit their exposure to Covid-19, currently spreading throughout Europe and much of the rest of the world.
26/3/2020 | Local authorities want city’s casino concessionaries to offer hotel facilities as quarantine venues. Some 680 Macau residents are expected to return from Hong Kong by March 31, meaning the government will need more hotels for quarantine. Currently, eight hotels are operating in this condition. “We’d really appreciate this contribution from the six gaming operators,” said Macau Chief Executive, Ho Iat Seng.
26/3/2020 | Wynn Resorts, one of the the major US casino operator, has secured a voluntary reduction in salaries, ranging between 33 and 100 per cent, from its board of directors for the remainder of the year in exchange for Wynn stock. The cash savings will be used to pay employees salaries and other expenses whiel casinos are closed due to the coronavirus crisis.
25/3/2020 | Senator Weverton (PDT-MA) presented three proposals to fight the coronavirus, among them the possibility of a special Mega Sena contest with 47% of the funds raised destined to the Unified Health System (SUS). Bets would be placed on the internet to avoid crowds in the lottery stores. "It would be a way to allocate more resources to SUS, which needs a bigger structure to fight the virus," explained Weverton.
25/3/2020 | UK National Health Service (NHS) will treat coronavirus patients in a makeshift field hospital in the ExCeL Centre in East London. The exhibition space, a traditional venue of international trade show ICE London organized by Clarion Gaming, will eventually hold up to 4,000 patients. Dubbed the Nightingale Hospital, the temporary base will be staffed by NHS medics with the help of the military.