Category: News

05 Mar 2013

Gioco News: The march issue of paper magazine is (also) online

A crazy March, not only as the saying goes, but because this month, coinciding with the first important fair of the year, starts in a confused scenario as regards the future structure of government emerging from the recent political elections. In the March issue of the Gioco News magazine, that we are delivering during these days, we talked about the ‘gaming government’ with a very authoritative political man: Angelino Alfano, of the PDL party, who proves having very clear ideas on a field of enormous economic importance, and whose the numerous socio-political implications are even more clear. And if at a central level the ‘backrooms’ have yet to find their tenants, local administrations are in a state of ferment and sometimes in contradiction with each other: an investigation into the ‘Confusion of municipalities’ tries to understand a little bit more of what is happening and what the bodies want, but also can do.

Read the magazine online!

There is of course a space for the next ENADA Spring and for its protagonists, companies that despite the regulatory difficulties and the uncertainties for the future still offer a lot of novelties, and as well as for the latest updatings as regards the ‘problem’ of new concessions for new slots and vlts, and as well as for the now imminent arrival of the so colled new slots “plus”.

Therefore, a full glance about gaming, also studying in detail everything about betting, horse racing, casino, pinball, continuing with poker and with its uncertain future regarding its live manner, always full of prestigious events that we follow with some rich reportages.

And the vip? This month we host Tania Cagnotto and Enrico Silvestrin, and the spotlights are on on the cover story also, in February dedicated to Cristaltec. We told you everything? Certainly not: we do not want to anticipate everything, so you lose the pleasure of discovering and reading, but of course we recommend you not to miss the thematic sections and maybe to measure yourself against with cooking, with the really exceptional advices this time of Benedetta Parodi!

Make it virtually is very simple: just register (free) yourself to the site, while those who want to subscribe to the ‘paper’ magazine have only to fill in the ‘subscriptions’ form which is located on the home page. Happy reading!

04 Mar 2013

Conclusion of the administrative proceedings related to the concession for the electronic management

Snai announces today that the Customs and Monopolies Agency notified the company of the ruling concluding the administrative proceedings related to the concession for the electronic management of lawful gaming through gaming machines (the “Concession”). Such proceedings had been commenced following the malfunctioning of the “Barcrest” gaming platform in the context of the episode which occurred on 16 April 2012.

Aams, based upon the observations and documentation made available by the Company, and upon the results of its technical verifications and review process, while concluding that there was no need to proceed with the revocation of the Concession, has claimed from Snai contractual penalties based upon the criteria provided under the Concession, totaling approximately Euro 1,500,000.00.

28 Feb 2013

Silicon Valley’s leading investors to judge iGaming and social gaming start-ups competing

The US online gambling market is still in its infancy, and with momentum building around state-level regulation in the country, a wave of new ideas focusing on the convergence between social and real-money gaming have been streaming out of Silicon Valley. To provide a platform for these ideas to be presented to the wider gaming industry and to the investment community, the 13th Global iGaming Summit & Expo (GiGse) is pleased to announce the 2nd GiGse LaunchPad, a start-up competition that will see up to five start-ups pitching their ideas to the panel of judges and to the entire 700-plus audience.

Start-ups will be quizzed and drilled by renowned investors such as Josh Hannah of Matrix Partners, Steven Schlenker of DN Capital and Ben Sternberg of The Raine Group. But it will be up to the combined GiGse and ScS audience to choose the winner in interactive voting. Ben Sternberg, LaunchPad judge, said about his involvement in the LaunchPad: ‘Raine has been deeply engaged in the social casino industry, having sold Double Down Interactive and Buffalo Studios last year. At  GiGse, I’m looking forward to meeting the innovative start-ups that are changing the industry’.

Submissions are accepted until March 22nd, and all gaming start-ups that are trying to get their feet off the ground and have a unique, compelling proposition that differentiates itself from everything else available on the market are invited to apply. Social gaming, mobile, gaming technology, cross-channel integration and customer loyalty offerings are amongst the trends particularly welcomed by organisers, considering the particular context of the San Francisco event, dominated by the land-based gaming executives who are gearing up to ‘flip the switch’ to regulated iGaming.

Submissions from outside of the gambling sector are also encouraged and San Francisco, being a technology hub, played a huge part in attracting start-ups for which the Launchpad was the first ever opportunity to interact with this lucrative sector last year. That was the case for the 2012 GiGse LaunchPad winner, a social game analytics firm, Use It Better. Its CEO and Founder, Lukasz Twardowski, said recently: ‘GiGse opened the world of online gambling to us and we continue discussing the many partnership opportunities with both iGaming companies and investors’.

The 2nd GiGse LaunchPad will take place on April 24, 2013 during the 13 Global iGaming Summit & Expo and Social Casino Summit, co-located this year with the newly launched Social Casino Summit, in San Francisco, CA. For more information and the submission criteria, please visit www.gigse.com.

 

 

 

28 Feb 2013

Legislating European gambling What’s next on the EU agenda?

The recent developments within the European Union with the European Commission's action plan and the European Parliament's reports clearly shows that the gambling issue has been put at the top of the agenda. Going forward we can expect both a new legislation at the EU level and renewed infringement procedures.

Possible discussion points:
-Which initiatives can we expect from the new action plan?
-What could be the implications of the new initiatives for private companies and state monopolies?
-Is there a future for a common EU license?
-Can the EU accept different taxation for online and land-based casinos?
-There is a pressure on restarting the infringement procedures. What may this result in?
-Will the EU and/or national legislation be able to protect license holders from competition?

Speakers:
Ashley Fox, Member of the European Parliament, Rapporteur "Online gambling on the internal market"
Charmaine Hogan, Policy Officer Unit E3 – Online and Postal Services, DG MARKT, European Commission
Maarten Haijer, Director of Regulatory Affairs, EGBA – European Gaming & Betting Association
Michael Bay Jørsel, Danish Centre for Gambling Addiction

Moderator:
Laurie Korpi, Legal and Research Director, International, GamblingCompliance

27 Feb 2013

Net Entertainment launches Fruit Shop on mobile

Net Entertainment, the world’s leading provider of high-quality casino games, announces the release of its latest mobile slot: Fruit Shop Touch™. Fruit Shop Touch™ has integrated the classic feel and flow of original fruit slots style into an upbeat, energetic and colorfully captivating new style. Fruit Shop Touch™ is a successful smart range game that is a firm favorite online and now available on mobile and a “juiced” up version of a game that never fails to appeal.

The fun starts with 5 reels and 15 fixed bet lines in the main game and in Free Spins. Players will also be happy to see Wild substitutions with a x2 multiplier. Colorful graphics and non-stop play set the scene, giving players a feeling of excitement that can only be found here in this fully fun and fruity Fruit Shop Touch™.

Net Entertainment is continuing to expand its Touch mobile portfolio with the launch of more top class games. “Players that enjoy non-stop excitement and high paced games will surely find what they are looking for in Fruit Shop Touch™,” comments Simon Hammon, Chief Product Officer at Net Entertainment.”

25 Feb 2013

Net Entertainment releases Wild Turkey video slot

Net Entertainment, the world’s leading provider of high-quality casino games, announces the release of its latest video slot, Wild Turkey™. Wild Turkey™ takes players on a journey to a remote mountain range where a tribe of turkeys worship Wild symbols. Wild Turkey™ is a 5-reel, 20-line video slot featuring innovative Wild and Stacked Wild symbols that also award Free Spins. The Wild symbols in Wild Turkey™ only appear on the reels in the main game, while in Free Spins only the Stacked Wild symbols can appear on the reels. With up to 800,000 coins to be won, Wild Turkey™ offers players a truly exciting adventure.

“Net Entertainment always focuses on quality and innovation and I am very proud of what we have achieved with Wild Turkey™,” comments Per Eriksson, President and CEO of Net Entertainment. “There are a number of really exciting and innovative features which I am sure our players will absolutely love. Wild Turkey™ is the latest example of how we are driving the online casino market through better games.”

23 Feb 2013

Spielo International to showcase innovative new games and beloved favourites at Enada 2013

Spielo International is showing more entertaining games than ever before across all gaming platforms as part of Lottomatica’s booth at the ENADA Rimini trade show on March 12 – 15, 2013. Below is only a taste of the comprehensive game library customers can sample at Ice. Showcased games for the Vlt market include perennial favourites such as The Big Easy™ and Sphinx™. Additionally, concessionaires will have the opportunity to view seven games that have been recently approved by SOGEI: Swinging Bells™, Royal Spins™, Crank’s Bash™, Diamond Daze™, Rickety Cricket™, Decadence™, and Lead to Gold™.


Through our partnership with MARIM, AWP operators also have a lot to look forward to, including titles such as MAGIC PHARAOH™, AFRICAN RICHES™, and multigame MY CHOICE™ – EDIZIONE VERDE, shown at MARIM’s booth. The popular delite™ cabinet, known for its streamlined, casino-style look and robust nature, will also be on display.

In International Titles, concessionaires will get their first glimpse at the new MaXVusion™ machines, with three exciting licensed titles that casual gamers know and love from PopCap® Games, a division of Electronic Arts. The new slot games, based on internationally recognized PopCap franchises, are Plants vs. Zombies™ Gargantuar, Zuma®, and Bejeweled®. SPIELO International has worked closely with PopCap to stay true to the spirit of their brands and create terrifically fun and engaging new slot gaming experiences.

The spotlight is also on two completely new diversity™ multigame suites: diversity Best of Vol. 1 will feature the most successful titles from all nine diversity suites. Listening to our customers’ requests, the new diversity Legendary Classics will feature titles with a low line count. Show visitors can also try two of SPIELO International’s new core games: Stardust™ and Treasure Blast™, which include innovative, “out-of-the-box” features such as time-based bonuses, WILD line bonuses, and an improved MULTi RULES feature.

But that’s only the beginning of SPIELO International’s exciting content-driven games and solutions. Visit the Lottomatica booth at ENADA to see much more, and to find out how SPIELO International speaks gaming. 

21 Feb 2013

Circus Group launches full suite of Amaya casino games

Amaya Gaming Group Inc. (TSXV: AYA) is pleased to announce that Casino777.be, owned by Circus Group, today launches the full suite of proprietary and branded games from Amaya. Circus Services SPRL, a wholly owned subsidiary of Circus Group, has a three-year licensing agreement with Amaya, first announced on July 26, 2012.

The Casino777.be website, one of Belgium's first regulated online gaming sites, was launched in late 2011 and has quickly become the country's premier online gaming destination.

“Amaya’s suite of casino games are renowned for being highly popular with players as well as highly profitable for operators,” said Emmanuel Mewissen, CEO of Circus Group. “Amaya is enriching the players’ experience on casino777.be through a combination of high-yielding proprietary games including some of the most popular branded games like Superman and Batman and highly popular games from other major brands.”

“We are thrilled to launch the Amaya suite of games on a premium casino site like casino777.be,” said David Baazov, President and Chief Executive Officer of Amaya Gaming Group. “Our casino products are an integral part of our strategy to capitalize on the convergence of online and land-based gaming, enabling our partners to offer their clients the best of both worlds. We have established a great new relationship with a respected operator in a new market to grow our business online, and we hope to potentially expand on that relationship in the future.”

20 Feb 2013

American Casino & Entertainment Properties chooses poker from Ongame for acePLAYpoker.com

 

Amaya Gaming Group Inc.   today announced that ACEP Interactive, LLC, the interactive gaming arm of American Casino & Entertainment Properties LLC (ACEP), has chosen Amaya’s Ongame to power its online poker offering acePLAYpoker.com, which was launched February 12, 2013. ACEP is the parent company of the iconic Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower located on the Las Vegas Strip, the two Arizona Charlie’s Hotels & Casinos in Las Vegas, and Aquarius Casino Resort in Laughlin, Nevada.
 
The Nevada Gaming Commission approved ACEP as an interactive gaming operator on September 20, 2012, which paves the way for a launch of real money online poker as soon as it is possible. 
 
“The poker solution from Amaya’s Ongame enables us to quickly establish a quality free to play poker website,” said American Casino & Entertainment Properties’ Chief Executive Officer Frank Riolo. “We are aiming to be among the first-movers within iGaming in the United States. Our launch of acePLAYpoker.com will help strengthen our brands and prepare us for real money online poker, which we will launch when it is legally possible.” 
 
Nevada is among the first states in the U.S. to regulate poker and is poised to be the first state where real money online poker will be launched. 
 
“Ongame’s unique track record within regulated markets around the world has proven essential for the success we are experiencing in the U.S.,” said David Baazov, President and Chief Executive Officer of Amaya Gaming Group. “Partnering with some of the world’s premier casino brands like the iconic Stratosphere, Arizona Charlie’s and Aquarius are great steps on a very exciting journey in the regulated U.S..”
 
20 Feb 2013

New Slots e Vlts: on March 20 the new concessions, for Bplus 6 months of temporary prosecution

Next March 20, as announced by GiocoNews.it in past days, the new concessions for the management of the telematic network of devices for fun and entertainment (AWPs and VLTs) will start and, therefore, there will be the suspension of previous concessions already existing. This means, therefore, that starting from that date the Bplus’ concession will decay by virtue of the recent verdict of the State Council, which legitimized the exclusion to the tender for the renewal provided by the State Monopolies. The official announcement comes directly by the Agency of Monopolies which explains that there are twelve new dealers, nine of which are already in possession of the same concession that is expiring and three new subjects.

SIX MONTHS OF EXTRA MANAGEMENT FOR BPLUS – So Bplus Giocolegale Ltd was definitively excluded by the tender, for which the current concession will end at the above-mentioned date of March, 20. The exclusion measure has been contested, the application for precautionary suspension of the measure was rejected in both the courts of instance and they are waiting for the arrangement of the case about it.

In order to avoid any break of service which could seriously jeopardize the protection of the legal network and very high fiscal interests, the Customs and Monopolies Agency ordered that the Company will temporarily continue their activities and functions which are object of the expiring concession also after March 20, 2013, for a period that, given the nature of the action that led to the exclusion from the tender, can’t anyway exceed six months. The exercise of these activities and functions, during the transitional period, will be made in such way to ensure the regular management of the service and the timely payment of taxes and other payments due by the Company and by all subjects contractually bound to it, under the strict control of the Customs and Monopolies Agency.

(And now, the employees of B Plus declair the state of permanent unrest: “We risk the dismissal”)