25/06/2019 | In order to discuss the next steps to regulate the Brazilian gaming market, Marcelo Costa, executive secretary of the São Paulo Tourism Secretariat, moderated the panel in which participated the Senator Roberto Rocha (MA), parliamentary advisors Magnho José and Bráulio Melo , and the federal deputy Evandro Roman (PR). There were mixed opinions about the installation of casinos only at integrated resorts and also outside them.
25/06/2019 | In the opening message of the second day of the BgC, Vinícius Lummertz, State Secretary of Tourism of the state of São Paulo and former Minister of Tourism, said that SP already has a position on the theme of casinos: "Once the moment for reforms to reduce the fiscal deficit we are living in, we will need the investments of big businessmen, and the state of São Paulo wants the casino model in integrated resorts," he said.
25/06/2019 | Óscar Madureira, a lawyer for Rato Ling Lei & Cortés, moderated the panel that debated how a regulatory agency could be made feasible when regulating gaming activity. To address the issue, he invited Sissel Weitzhandler, Play'n GO compliance director; Alberto Alfieri, COO of Bet Entertainment; Georges Didier, head of government relations and business development at GLI; and Russell Mifsud, associate director of KPMG.
25/06/2019 | Moderated by Magnho José, president of Brazil’s Instituto Jogo Legal, the panel was attended by Rui Magalhães, CEO of Estoril Sol Digital; Peter Nolte, director of Patagonia Entertainment; Pierre Tournier, director of Government Relations at RGA; and André Gelfi, CEO of Suaposta. "Brazil can’t wait just to regulate sports betting. And it should be evaluated very carefully how to do it, so that you don’t need any revisions right after the activity is regulated,” assured Nolte.
26/06/2019 | One of the most influential panels on the first day of BgC was the one that discussed the lottery market in Brazil. GMB talked to Luiz Felipe Maia, partner of the FYMSA law firm and one of the speakers in that session, spoke about the lessons learned from Lotex and the importance of adjusting sports betting law. He says that despite the shortcomings in the process of granting the instant lottery, the Brazilian market has a good future prospect waiting for the regulation of sports betting.
25/06/2019 | Daniel Homem de Carvalho, secretary of the OAB Special Gaming Commission, moderated the closing panel of BGC 2019 that addressed the possibilities of the sector to combat inequality in Brazil. Kelly Mattos, president of Loterj; Iuri Ribeiro Castro, executive director of Caixa's Lotteries, and Filipe Rodrigues, general director of the Institute for Governance and Integrity in Sport, confirmed the creation of a special company for Caixa's Lotteries.
26/06/2019 | The Fantasy Sports & Gaming Association (FSGA), the voice for numerous fantasy sports players and the holder of research and data, accepted BetConsutrct as a member of the association. Supporting industry advocacy and gaining access to multiple networking occasions as well as exclusive research data are among the benefits of joining the FSGA.
26/06/2019 | The Seychelles Financial Services Authority (FSA) has chosen Gaming Laboratories International to perform a wide-ranging advisory project. The goal of the advisory engagement is to assist the FSA by facilitating the most efficient and effective oversight of the three gambling activities in the Seychelles it currently administers. GLI has been working with the FSA since 2016, previously conducting training and on-site inspection of gaming devices and systems.
25/06/2019 | Betsul, new sports betting site in South America, was launched today in Brazil with a super team of ambassadors such as Falcão, Oscar Schmidt, Rodrigo Minotauro and Thaísa Daher, and a flash mob presentation. The event took place at the Tivoli Moffarej Hotel in Sao Paulo, during the Brazilian Gaming Congress. Betsul also introduced the project “Jogo do Bem”, the Brazilian arm of “Gambling for Change”, an organization that aims to revolutionize the sports betting market worldwide.
24/06/2019 | Alex Pariente (SVP Casino Operations, Hard Rock International), John Maddox (VP Government Relations, Caesars Entertainment), Bruno Omori (President, Brazilian Association of Hotels Industry of the State of São Paulo) and Pedro Cortés Lei & Cortés) highlighted the important step that Brazil is taking towards casino regulation in a panel moderated by Robert Brassai (Sense4Gaming).
24/06/2019 | With Sérgio Alvarenga (Chairman of the Board of Intralot Brasil), Witoldo Hendrich Junior (Chief Legal Officer of Online IPS & Founder of Hendrich) and Percy Wilman, special adviser to Betgenius’ Genius Sports, the panel "Sportsbook Lessons" moderated by James Kilsby, vice president for the Americas at GamblingCompliance, discussed the practices of building a Sports Betting Platform in Brazil.
24/06/2019 | Georges Didier, head of government relations and business development at GLI, invited panelists Joseph Levy (CEO, PMU Brazil), Alex Pariente (VP of casino operations for Hard Rock) and Cynthia Fragoso (Mexican Association of Gaming Industry and Betting) to address the issue of responsible gambling, since the moment is quite conducive given that Brazil is regulating sports betting and other gaming modalities should also be approved soon.
24/06/2019 | Paulo Saad, VP of the Bandeirantes Group, moderated the panel about advertising on the gaming industry, with Lorenzo Caci, director of Sportradar, Alessandro Valente, CEO of SuperAfiliados, and Bruno Maia, CEO of Agência 14 and vice president of Vasco da Gama. It was clear from the panel that it is important for the industry to operate transparently, with publicity within legal and ethical principles, for the benefit of all.
24/06/2019 | The opening of the 6th Brazilian Gaming Congress featured a welcome speech by Federal Deputy Herculano Passos, a historic advocate of the gaming industry as a tool for the development of tourism in Brazil. "Currently, 200,000 Brazilians travel abroad to play in casinos. Also, sports betting needs to be regulated urgently to strengthen sports entities," said Passos.
25/06/2019 | A trio of new international operators have joined the race for one of Buenos Aires’ seven provincial igaming licences, with the registration window for the process expiring today (June 25). Betsson, 888 via its Cassava Enterprises subsidiary and Italy’s Sisal Entertainment have secured local partners in pursuit of the licence. In total, 15 entities will compete for a licence.
25/06/2019 | Eldorado Resorts has agreed to merge its casino business with Caesars Entertainment in a cash and stock deal that values the latter company to US$18 billion. The combination of the two resorts would create a land-based casino powerhouse with ambitions to expand its presence across multiple jurisdictions and to cement itself in the recently liberalized US sports betting market.
24/06/2019 | On the first day of BGC 2019, Daniel Homem de Carvalho, lawyer and member of the Special Committee on Sports, Lottery and Entertainment Law of the OAB, was the moderator of the panel that discussed the current stage of the lotteries, which was attended by Kelly Mattos, president of Loterj; Ronan Moreira, general director of the Lottery of the State of Minas Gerais; and Luiz Felipe Maia, lawyer of Fymsa.
24/06/2019 | Victor Arias, Development Manager of Patagonia Entertainment, received Games Magazine Brazil at its booth on the opening day of BgC 2019 in Sao Paulo. Ready to offer its large product portfolio in the event they sponsor for the first time, Arias spoke about his strong interest in the local market and its expansion in Latin America, Asia and Africa.
24/06/2019 | BMM Testlab announced the release of a new, free of charge, verification tool using GSA GAT Directory Signature Calculations. BMM has implemented this standard and has gone one step further by implementing it in its free verification tool, BMM Signatures. "Having this standard in place allows the regulator to utilize one tool for signature verification regardless of which testing laboratory tested the producto,” says Travis Foley, firm’s Chief Operating Officer.
24/06/2019 | AGS announced that Anna Massion has been elected to the company’s Board of Directors, and will serve on the firm’s Nominating, Governance, and Compensation committees. She currently serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director at Playtech. “I have admired the company’s growth story for some time now. I’m honored to be joining their board at such an exciting time for the business,” commented Massion.
24/06/2019 | Gaming Laboratories International’s (GLI) laboratories in Lakewood, New Jersey, Wheat Ridge, Colorado, Las Vegas, Nevada, Vancouver, British Columbia, and Macau (China) have received approval from American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) to transition GLI’s Scopes of Accreditation to the 2017 version of the ISO/IEC 17025 standard, which is the latest version available. The company is the first independent gaming lab to achieve this accreditation.
24/06/2019 | More than nine out of 10 adults in Spain see gambling as a socially acceptable pastime according to a new report published by the country’s leading industry trade group. CEJUEGO’s “Gaming and Society” report shows that 29 million people - 84.8% of people aged 18-75 years old - played one or several types of gambling products in 2018. According to 500 people surveyed, 92% see gaming as a leisure option, likening the money wagered to the price of a ticket for a show.
24/06/2019 | Just a few days ago, it was announced the incorporation of the game "Gems Odyssey" R. Franco Digital’s library. Now, Wanabet has just included it in its game portfolio. "With more than 250 games available, Wanabet is already a benchmark nationwide. Soon we will announce more news that the online gaming and sports betting platform of Grupo R. Franco has prepared for its followers," says the company.
24/06/2019 | The South American football has in these weeks the sights set on the Copa América, the most important national teams tournament of the continent. With several sports betting companies participating as sponsors in all the matches, others take advantage of the event to generate content and to promote themselves. Such is the case of Betway, who produced a video with renowned players like Felipe Anderson, Lanzini and Calleri for its blog. Watch the video.