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09 Jan 2013

Nominees announced for Totally Gaming Awards

awards logoOrganisers of the 2nd annual Totally Gaming Awards, sponsored by Novomatic, have unveiled the full list of nominees for the prestigious event, which this year takes place on Monday 4th February at the East Wintergarden in Canary Wharf. The list of nominees has been selected by a leading panel of industry judges and recognises innovation and achievement across all of the gaming sectors represented at ICE, the world’s largest and most complete gaming event. Leading the list with three nominations is Grosvenor Casinos, while Boylesports, Spielo International and Akamon Entertainment have all been short listed across two categories.

Kate Chambers, Portfolio Director responsible for ICE Totally Gaming, said: “We would like to congratulate all of our nominees on their accomplishments over the last 12-months and for being champions of gaming innovation, professionalism and integrity. The list of nominees represents a ‘Who’s Who’ of gaming and each and every nominated company and individual would make a worthy winner. The Totally Gaming Awards is living up to its billing as the gaming industry’s most prestigious awards ceremony, and this year’s new sit down format and entertainment represents a fantastic networking opportunity, and the very best way of getting ICE week off to a fabulous start. My huge thanks go to our lead sponsors Novomatic as well as our colleagues at the National Casino Industry Forum, the Remote Gambling Association and the European Casino Association who have helped create an event which showcases the very best aspects of this wonderful industry.”

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The nominees for the 2013 Totally Gaming Awards are as follows:

Best Betting Operator of the Year



Best Bingo Operator of the Year

Akamon Entertainment


Dazzletag Entertainment Limited (Bingocams)

Intouch Games (mFortune Mobile Phone Casino)



Best Land-based Casino of the Year

Casino Bregenz, Austria

Casinò Campione d’Italia

Grosvenor G Casino Didsbury

Holland Casino Scheveningen

Olympic Casino Eurovea, Bratislava, Slovakia

The Hippodrome Casino, London

Best Land-based Casino Operator of the Year

Grosvenor Casinos

Olympic Entertainment Group

Casinò Campione d’Italia

London Clubs International

Best Land-based Social Responsibility Award

Casino Cosmopol

Casinos Austria

Grosvenor Casinos

Holland Casino

JCM Global


Best Manufacturer of the Year

Abbiati Casino Equipment

Casino Technology

High 5 Games

International Game Technology (IGT)


OMI Gaming

Sheriff Gaming

SPIELO International


Best Online Gaming Operator of the Year

Akamon Entertainment


Mecca Bingo

Mr Green



Best Online Social Responsibility Award

Intouch Games (mFortune Mobile Phone Casino)

Mr Green

Paddy Power

Svenska Spel

Best Remote Product of the Year

Bet Butler

Dragon’s Tale by eGenesis

mFortune Mobile Phone Casino by Intouch Games


Remote Gaming Server by IGT

Roller Casino by Paddy Power


Universal Bookmaker System WeZZet by SLP Services

Best Street Supplier of the Year

JCM Global

SPIELO International

The Educational Development Programme of the Year in the land-based Casino Sector

Casinò Campione d’Italia

GLI University by Gaming Laboratories International

The Casinos Austria Responsible Gaming Academy by Casinos Austria

Training for Leadership by Casino Cosmopol

09 Jan 2013

Lottomatica Group and IGT extend their partnership into the Italian iGaming market

lottomatica groupLottomatica Group S.p.A. and International Game Technology (NYSE:IGT) announced that the companies are expanding their relationship into the iGaming market in Italy. Lottomatica and IGT previously announced a partnership whereby IGT now provides game content and gaming machines to the Italian VLT (Comma 6b) gaming markets.

Lottomatica is offering IGT’s full suite of online slots and game content for the regulated slot market in Italy. Under this new agreement, IGT will become a supplier of iGaming content, with a particular focus on the casino games, the scope of which has been broadened with the introduction of slot games to the iGaming market in Italy. This agreement will also provide players the opportunity to play the same games offered online and on mobile on the more than 10,000 VLTs in VLT venues throughout Italy.

“The combination of Lottomatica and IGT in the Italian market is exceedingly exciting,” said Robert Melendres, IGT executive vice president of emerging businesses. “When you add the existing land-based VLT agreement with Lottomatica, we are delivering true game convergence to the player, with IGT’s top-performing casino content in their homes and on their mobile devices.”

IGT customer favorites and well-known brands will be available, while additional games will be regularly added to the portfolio.

“In addition to IGT providing game content for VLTs in Italy, Lottomatica will also be able to distribute IGT’s leading iGaming products in an integrated manner through diverse gaming channels, such as smart phones and tablets,” said Guglielmo Angelozzi, senior vice president of gaming machines and online at Lottomatica. “We will provide Italian iGaming players with exciting, new game content while facilitating responsible play, which has always been, and is, an integral part of Lottomatica’s daily operations.”

09 Jan 2013

Pinball competition continues to grow in the world with over 16.000 players

flipperenadaWith the 2012 pinball season coming to an end, the World Pinball Player Rankings continues to show no signs of slowing down within the competitive pinball community. We wanted to take a quick look back at the growth we’ve seen during 2012. “Back in September – said the International flipper pinball association (Ifpa) – we saw the World Pinball Player Rankings reach a milestone of 15,000 player ranked. We’re proud to say that the total number of players the Ifpa is now ranking at the end of 2012 is 16,470. This represents a 31% growth from the end of 2011”. In addition the number of players that played in an IFPA endorsed tournament during 2012 was 7666, up 24% from the number of players that were active during 2011.

“We’ve also seen incredible growth in the number of tournaments popping up all over the world. Total number of unique events for 2012 was 431, up 25% from last year. We uploaded an average of 80 tournament results per month during 2012, compared to 64 tournaments per month for 2011, an increase of right around 23%. Average player count per event is also up from 29 players per tournament during 2011 to 31 players per tournament during 2012”.

04 Jan 2013

Virtual Slots, 120 million euro collected in Italy and 94 percent of payout

slots geenricaOnline slots dot it turn today their first month of life (the first tranche of operators, 53, debuted on December 3, the second one, composed of only 4 of them, the day 17) and they celebrate a collection of 120 million euro. The payouts have been of 113 million euro, so, according to the difference, the real players’ expenditure has been of 7 million euro.

This is the first evaluation of, according to which every day 220 thousand euro have been spent, while the payout has been of 94 percent. Every day more than 1,400 slots of the 57 licensed operators are ‘turning’ for 7 million times, with an average bet of about 60 cents.

04 Jan 2013

Stern Pinball Hires New Chief Revenue Officer :John Buscaglia

stern logo incStern Pinball, Inc., the world’s leading maker of real pinball games, today announced the hiring of former Topps Trading Cards Vice President John Buscaglia as the new Chief Revenue Officer. John joins the rapidly growing Stern Pinball team as they continue to grow pinball sales and enthusiasm around the world.

John is a perfect addition to our company. His experience with consumer sales and collectibles will help us reach our goal of creating a whole new generation of pinball players,” said Gary Stern, Founder, CEO and Chairman of Stern Pinball, Inc.

Mr. Buscaglia joins the Stern Pinball family tradition of producing quality pinball games. The company traces its lineage to Philadelphia in the 1930’s when Sam Stern entered the business of operating pinball games. Sam Stern subsequently partnered with Harry Williams to build the Williams Manufacturing Company and passed his lifelong enthusiasm for the game and the business of pinball to his son Gary. Today pinball remains one of the world’s favorite games.

03 Jan 2013

Aams gaming collection January-October 2012: collection at 70 billion euro but the expenditure falls

graficiThe collection of the first ten months of 2012 (70 billion) recorded a positive trend compared to the same period in 2011 (62 billion) an it increases of a percentage of about 13%, while the players’ expenditure instead highlights a decrease of approximately 5%. It is the result of the analysis of AAMS data for the period January-October 2012 that indicate a growth of the field of Italian public gaming.

03 Jan 2013

Swedish Tax Agency announces decision on additional tax – Net Entertainment appeals

Tasse 1In line with previous communication, the Swedish Tax Agency has now announced its decision to impose additional taxes on Net Entertainment NE AB. Net Entertainment maintains that the Swedish Tax Agency’s decision is unfounded and will appeal the decision.

After a tax audit in Net Entertainment NE AB concerning fiscal years 2007-2010, the Swedish Tax Agency has announced its decision to impose additional taxes on Net Entertainment in the amount of approximately 92.1 MSEK. The amount that was previously announced was 88.1 MSEK. The difference is due to an error in the previous audit memorandum from the Swedish Tax Agency and imposed interest. The Swedish Tax Agency states in its’ decision that the transfer pricing that has been applied between the Swedish based parent company Net Entertainment NE AB and the Malta-based operations is not motivated. Thus, the Swedish Tax Agency gives certain agreements between companies within the Net Entertainment Group a different legal interpretation and economic substance than what Net Entertainment and it’s expert advisors PwC and the law firm Lindahl do. As has been communicated previously, Net Entertainment disputes the assessment that the Swedish Tax Agency has done and consequently also the amounts as it relates to the income tax adjustment and the tax surcharges. Net Entertainment insists that it has followed applicable laws for taxation of its operations, which is also supported by the experts that the Company has consulted on the subject.

Net Entertainment has its sales, market and product strategic functions as well as customer support and hosting located mainly in Malta, where the Company has a license to conduct its business, while the Groups function for mainly development is based in Sweden. Net Entertainment pays taxes according to the applicable laws and based on the operations that are conducted in each country respectively. The Company will appeal the Swedish Tax Agency’s decision. Net Entertainment does not currently see grounds to make a provision in the accounts for possible
additional taxes related to this matter.

03 Jan 2013

Crown Jewels Unveiled at EAG International Expo

Blue Print King of SlotsCrown Direct has acquired something of a reputation for putting on a great show at EAG International and, according to the company’s Dean Harding, the 2013 Expo taking place January 22-24 at ExCel London will be no exception. In its 30 year history, Crown Direct has built up an enviable product portfolio distributing for some of the industry’s most iconic manufacturers. In the words of Dean Harding, the company has been built on operating and supplying “any equipment that takes a coin,” though the primary focus is equipment and games for AGC’s, Bingo and FEC’s.

Crown Direct is an avid supporter of EAG International Expo having been involved with the show since its inception. “We support a number of regional events and, of course, we host the Northern Showcase, but EAG is very important to us; we see the show as kick-starting the New Year and the majority of our customers attend. We always showcase new, tested product at EAG and the show has always delivered new buyers,” praised Dean.

Prominently positioned immediately opposite the show entrance, the Crown Direct stand is likely to be the first port of call for visitors eager to discuss the latest products from Barcrest, Blueprint Gaming, Elaut, Harry Levy Amusements, Astra Games, Project Coin and Reflex Gaming.

First sight of Crown Direct’s show plans reveals that visitors will not be disappointed. The launch of the eagerly anticipated and ground breaking new Barcrest T8 widescreen and dual screen cabinet will be a significant event.

Operators of bingo and AGC’s will have a wide choice of new B3 compendium products from all of Crown’s gaming suppliers, plus from Harry Levy Amusements and exclusive to Crown Direct, the vibrant round Rainbow Riches Party Pusher is sure to appeal to the FEC buyer.

According to Dean, new cranes from Elaut have taken lighting and presentation to a “whole new level”. Also from Elaut, the Wizard of Oz six-player redemption game has ingeniously been redeveloped into a two player version that is on the footprint of a standard size crane.

Crown Direct’s sales and support team will be joined by manufacturers’ staff in welcoming visitors and revealing further details of this exciting product portfolio.

03 Jan 2013

Net Entertainment signs partnership agreement with online gaming operator 888

NETENT LOGONet Entertainment has signed a partnership agreement with one of the largest and most reputable online gaming operators in the world, 888 Holdings Public Limited Company (888). Under the terms of the agreement Net Entertainment will supply a wide range of its leading online and mobile casino content to 888’s global casino and bingo verticals, including the regulated Italian market.

Comment from Per Eriksson, CEO at Net Entertainment “I am very excited that 888 has selected Net Entertainment as supplier for a wide range of the Company’s best in class casino games to be distributed over their casino, bingo and regulatory networks. 888 is one of the largest operators in the world and this agreement further proves the confidence and trust which exists in Net Entertainment’s operational and technical leadership. Both parties are now working very close together to secure a successful integration and planning for commercial launch.”

02 Jan 2013

Innovative Technology Validates EAG International Expo

EAG logo1Bank note validator manufacturer Innovative Technology has revealed that preparations are now well under way for the company’s appearance at EAG International Expo, taking place January 22-24 at London’s ExCel.

Innovative Technology’s Marketing Exceutive, Dayna Patterson explained: ‘We’ve attended every EAG International and have found it to be a great opportunity for catching up with existing customers and generating new business. The show’s European perspective suits us well and several of our international staff will make the journey to London, such is the importance we place on the event.”

Since its formation some 20 years ago, Innovative Technology has grown to become a major force in automated cash handling, supplying numerous markets including gaming, amusement, vending retail and kiosk. A true global provider with bases across Europe, Asia and N. America Innovative Technology is clearly development driven with all manufacturing taking place at its own facility in China. Indeed, this focus on development has seen Innovative Technology’s UK based Research & Development team quadruple in size in the last four years.

Dayna revealed that much of the interest at EAG International is likely to centre on the company’s phenomenal NV11 compact note recycler. “We launched the NV11 at the end of 2010 and its success has been extraordinary, particularly across Europe. Combining an NV9 USB bank note validator and ‘Note Float’ pay out unit, the NV11 can store and recycle up to 30 notes.

“Operators have been quick to appreciate the benefits of the reduction in coin starvation and lower operating costs, elevating the NV11 to market leading status, and its specification by many leading international operators when purchasing equipment,” added Dayna.

Visitors to the Innovative Technology stand will be able to experience the company’s complete range, with both sales and technical support staff on hand to give advice.

UK Business Development Manager Paul Curley is predicting a busy show: “EAG is a great way to kick start the year. I’d like to issue an open invitation to everyone to visit us on stand No 245, where we will have a tremendous range of products awaiting you and you’ll be guaranteed a very warm welcome.”