23/9/2020 | The Supreme Federal Court (STF) must decide today (23) on ADPF N°492, filed by Rio de Janeiro Government; N°493, filed by the Brazilian Association of State Lotteries (ABLE); and ADI 4986, by the Government of Mato Grosso, which question a decree of 1967 that established Union’s monopoly to operate lotteries. The three cases are under the rapporteur of Minister Gilmar Mendes. The judgments can significantly change the entire Brazilian legal framework and allow (or prohibit) the creation and expansion of state lotteries in the country.
22/9/2020 | SiGMA LatAm Focus Brazil, moderated by Mark Thorner and accompanied by three distinguished experts namely Luiz Felipe Maia, Witoldo Hendrich Junior and Magnho Jose, discuss the regulatory process and sports betting in Brazil. All of them agreed on expecting to see a move towards a scenario where all types of casinos were legalised and not just those integrated into resort structures, as we see in some places around the world.
09:35 | Last week, Senator Irajá (PSD-TO) presented a bill that allows the implantation of resorts with casinos, the so-called integrated resorts. Now, Senator Roberto Rocha (PSDB-MA) asked President Davi Alcolumbre for the joint processing of his Bill 2648, presented for over a year, with Irajá’s Bill 4495 for dealing with the same matter. Both texts are very similar and clearly aim to achieve the same goal. There is still no date set for the assessment of these projects.
09:17 | The long partnership of Zitro and Tecnalis has led to "mutual trust and to fresh projects" in Spanish-speaking markets. Zitro said this week that much of its success is thanks to its ability to digitalise its offer and globalise its strategy, notably in LatAm including Brazil. “We are investing more than ever in the development of our digital division, a cultural change that was already taking place but that the pandemic has accelerated,” said Zitro’s CEO, Sebastián Salat.
23/9/2020 | Intralot will work with Microsoft to unlock its digital capability through cloud platform Azure. This is a significant landmark for the Greek giant as it builds upon the main pillar of its strategy to introduce business innovation through digital technology. “Our products in Microsoft Azure open the way for an unlimited set of opportunities for gaming operators,” said Chris Dimitriadis, Intralot Group CEO.
09:02 | Betsson Sweden launches a brand-new show production studio from where its new hockey show, SHL Playbook, is recorded. This is part of the company’s increased investment in its own channels in the country and a further commitment to its Swedish Hockey League SHL sponsorship. “We love games and betting which will be an important part of our show,” says Kim Ekelund, Head of Marketing Sweden at Betsson Group.
22/9/2020 | Claudia López, the Mayor of Colombia’s capital and largest city, Bogotá, has authorised the reopening of the city’s land-based gaming sector, including 515 casinos and 17 bingo halls. “There will not be a limit on days of operation, but there will be restrictions on time of admission and capacity as approved by the Ministry of Health for each economic activity,” informed Mayor Claudia López when announcing the measure.
23/9/2020 | Scout Gaming has entered into an agreement with platform provider BtoBet, which now is allowed to provide its new partner’s full product offering to its vast network of operators. “We are experiencing an increasing demand for additional sport content and believe that Scout Gaming’s product fits that need in a pleasant way,” commented Sabrina Soldà, BtoBet’s chief marketing officer.
23/9/2020 | Vigtory, a sportsbook looking to disrupt the U.S. market on price, product and customer experience, has announced a partnership with global provider of sports betting and entertainment products and services, Sportradar, ahead of its launch. “We ares looking forward to working with Vigtory as it prepares to launch in multiple markets around the U.S.,” said Neale Deeley, interim MD Betting U.S., at Sportradar.
23/9/2020 | The Macau SAR government confirmed this week that it has signed an agreement with the World Health Organization (WHO) to participate in its COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access Facility (Covax), guaranteeing the city will be able to buy at least 1.4 million doses of coronavirus vaccine when available as part of the global program.
23/9/2020 | The Stuttgart-based luxury brand is set to become the exclusive automotive partner of all global League of Legends Esports events of Riot Games. The partnership will focus on the LoL community and will feature Mercedes-Benz as the presenting sponsor of the Trophy Ceremony at global events — the pinnacle of sporting success for LoL pro teams. This was announced by Bettina Fetzer, firm’s VP Marketing, during the 2020 LoL World Championship Preview Event.
22/9/2020 | The Espírito Santo Higher School of Advocacy will hold the cycle of webinar “The Law of Gaming”, with the objective of presenting to lawyers and other legal professionals the importance of regulating the activity. There will be two meetings, one on September 25th and another on October 9th, both at 4:00pm on the Zoom platform. GMB expert journalist Gildo Mazza will talk about what the gaming industry can expect from Brazil, at the first webinar.
22/9/2020 | The Estrela Instantânea consortium, made up of Scientific Games and International Game Technology-IGT, has just informed Economy Minister Paulo Guedes that it has requested another 15 days for internal formalities. Caixa and the Government have been holding the formalization of the distribution contract in LOTEX lottery network by the bank since July 17 and it is estimated that the new modality will yield more than R$25 billion (US$4.6bn) to the federal coffers during the concession.
22/9/2020 | The organization of Gaming & Technology Virtual Expo, a fair that will take place on October 13, 14 and 15, informs that it has defined to centralize the contents of its academic and training agenda. The sessions will be held in the main auditorium of the VirtWay platform with a capacity to simultaneously accommodate 500 people, represented by individualized avatars. For Brazil, it is expected the presence of ABRABINCS, LA CAIXA, and FEBRABINGO.
22/9/2020 | In an interview for the GMB One-On-One Cycle, Sergio Alvarenga, Chairman of the Board of Intralot Brasil, brought his good expectations regarding the result of the vote on the Union monopoly to explore lotteries. The executive believes that the Supreme Court Federal (STF) will correct the historical error and allow state lotteries: "I am optimistic that this discussion will end, in favor of the states." If this happens, Alvarenga has already said that the company will seek new states to operate and create more lottery modalities.
10:23 | Sports betting and online gaming platform BetMGM announced that Academy and Grammy Award winner Jamie Foxx will star in the firm’s new ad campaign, becoming the face of BetMGM’s new ‘The King of Sportsbooks’ ad. “This campaign is the next step in the evolution of the brand and Jamie brings a unique ability to tell our story in an incredibly creative and entertaining way,” said BetMGM’s Chief Marketing Officer Matt Prevost.
22/9/2020 | The Brazilian Association of State Lotteries (ABLE) sends a petition this afternoon for the Supreme Court of Justice (STF) to withdraw from the agenda of September 23 the judgment of ADPF 493 that decides on the monopoly of the Union to explore lotteries, and consequent reschedule for other date. The request is due to the fact that its only duly qualified lawyer, Marcel de Moura Maia Rabello, presents a health problem that prevents him from participating in the process.
22/9/2020 | Tipsport, a leading Czech sportsbook operator across retail and online, has signed an expanded agreement with Betgenius to include the supplier’s in-demand Streaming service, which offers high-quality, real-time content from a wide range range of sports. “Market leaders like Tipsport understand that offering a differentiated product is vital for growth,” said Vladimir Horak, Business Development Manager for Central Europe at Betgenius.
22/9/2020 | Overall the Indian gaming market is expected to grow 37 percent to reach US$5 billion by 2022, with real money games accounting for US$1.7 billion of the total, according to a report from Bernstein Research. Thi year’s lockdown has accelerated the market, with multiple gaming platforms reporting a 30 to 40 percent spike in daily active users, with longer sessions and deeper engagement.
22/9/2020 | Online casino operator Twin have just signed with its new brand ambassador, Bruce Buffer, the internationally renowned announcer known as the “Voice of Mixed Martial Arts.” Since 1996, he has been announcing UFC and many other sports and entertainment events all over the world and in front of a record 23 million viewers in Brazil at UFC 142. He has built up a strong reputation and is well known and respected globally.
22/9/2020 | Playtech will collaborate with international leader in problem gambling prevention, awareness and research, the Responsible Gambling Council (RGC), aiming to strengthen insights to inform and advance safer gambling, mental health and digital wellbeing. “This collaboration will aid us in fulfilling our commitment to use our expertise to promote an industry which provides both an entertaining and safe environment,” said Playtech’s Interim Chairman, Claire Milne.