Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – April 12-18 – News from the European gaming industry
Welcome to our weekly roundup of American gaming news! It has been another hectic week in the United States, despite the still active viral attack.
Here, we review weekly highlights from the US gaming industry that include the latest news, new partnerships, and compliance updates. Read on and get updated.
Rush Street Interactive (RSI) launched its flagship brand and award-winning online casino platform BetRivers.com in West Virginia. Thanks to RSI’s partnership with Mountaineer Park Inc. of Century Casinos Inc. (Nasdaq: CNTY), Western Virginians can now play a fun range of online slots games and popular table games such as blackjack, roulette and baccarat. Similar to other markets in which it operates, BetRivers.com plans to consistently add fan favorite casino games to its site in West Virginia to provide players with fresh content and the same robust game library for which it is based. is known in other states.
Rhode Island-based Bally’s Corp announced that it has entered into a deal to acquire the Tropicana Las Vegas Hotel and Casino from Gaming & Leisure Properties Inc for approximately $ 308 million. The deal for the nearly 1,500-room hotel, casino, theater and convention also includes a sale-leaseback transaction for casino properties in Bally’s Black Hawk, Colorado and Rock Island, Illinois. The Bally’s-Tropicana transaction is expected to close early next year.
The leaders of the global games industry who participated in #PlayApartTogether have pledged to reactivate the initiative launched a year ago, which encourages gamers around the world to follow the health advice of the World Health Organization. (WHO) on COVID-19 prevention. As part of #PlayApartTogether, a slew of game companies have agreed to disseminate evidence-based health messages from the WHO to help slow the spread of COVID-19. To promote these messages, hundreds of game industry leaders in the interactive entertainment space have encouraged their vast network of users to follow WHO health guidelines.
Wynn Las Vegas has announced a new COVID-19 vaccination and testing policy for its employees. Under the new policy, all employees must be vaccinated or undergo weekly COVID-19 tests. The company said 60% of its employees had already been vaccinated. The announcement comes as the Nevada Gaming Control Board says it will only consider expanding its capacity beyond the current 50% limit if the casino-resorts take “measurable and material steps” to get vaccinated. the employees.
Sports betting income in Iowa hit a new record high of $ 13.5 million in March, while the US state grip also hit a new monthly high of $ 161.4 million. Total revenue was an increase of 1,025.0% from the $ 1.2 million reported in the same month 2020, the month in which the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic shut down casinos in the state and saw the major leagues suspended. It also marked a 75.3% month-over-month increase from the $ 7.7 million posted in February of this year, while breaking the revenue record of $ 11.3 million. of January dollars.
Atlantic City casinos saw their profits drop 80% last year. According to the state’s Division of Gaming Enforcement, the nine Atlantic City casinos collectively recorded $ 117.5 million in gross operating profits in 2020, up from nearly $ 594 million in 2019.
Online casino content developer Spinmatic has entered into a new partnership agreement with Mexican operator BigBola. Thanks to this agreement, Spinmatic has strengthened its presence in Latin America, in particular in Mexico, where Big Bola has around twenty casinos, apart from the Big Bola Online platform. Spinmatic has a strong interest in the Mexican market, as several of its games are already dedicated to the culture of this country. Some of these Mexican themed slots are El Fuego, Mayanera Return, Día de los Muertos, and the newest 3 Amigos.
Appointments and promotions
DraftKings, a leading American games company, has appointed Brian Angiolet as its first-ever chief media officer. Most recently, Angiolet served as Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Verizon Communications. During his tenure at Verizon, Angiolet led a number of high profile multi-billion dollar content and advertising initiatives, including broadcast, sports and digital entertainment deals in Fios and Verizon Media. , partnerships with leading sports leagues such as the NFL and NBA, and oversight of Verizon Wireless’ advertising and media portfolio.
Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) has announced multiple promotions within the company. Christine Gallo, Compliance and Quality Assurance, and Kevin Mullally, Government Relations and General Counsel are promoted to senior vice president. Élizabeth Harrison, Human Resources, is promoted to Vice-President; Mackenzie Haugh, genius; Sangeeta Reddy, engineering; and Angela Zografos, Vice President, Legal, Corporate and Regulatory Compliance. In the company’s global labs, dozens of engineers have also been promoted.
A pair of bills in the Florida Senate would create a state gambling commission and allow pari-mutuel facilities to offer certain forms of gambling without hosting live horse races or jai alai games to bet on. Senate Speaker Wilton Simpson has announced that the Regulated Industries Committee will consider SB 7076 and SB 7080 at their meetings next week. The move comes as officials are engaged in negotiations with the Seminole Tribe over a new gambling pact. SB 7076 would create a five-member “Gaming Control Commission” that would oversee all state gambling activities. Currently, the Pari-Mutuels Betting Division oversees the commercial gambling market in Florida.