Australian gaming companies Tabcorp and Tatts are seeking repayments of more than AUS$1 billion (€651.6 million/US$880.4 million) from the Victorian Government after changes were made to poker machine regulations.
Land-based casino firm Olympic Entertainment Group (OEG) has acquired 100% of Slovakian VLT casino slot operator WINWIN Slovakia and now plans to open its first VLT casino in the country during the first half of 2014.
The Senegal National Lottery (LONASE) has utilised its partnership with gaming technologies provider SENEJEUX to launch a new fixed-odds, 3D virtual horseracing game in app pari-mutuel urban (PMU) betting outlets in the African country.
Gaming entertainment products supplier WMS Gaming, a wholly-owned subsidiary of WMS Industries, has been assigned a patent in the US for a ‘multi-game video poker machine and system with asymmetrically accessible customisation features’.
A report from market research company Newzoo predicts that Americans will have spent $20.5 billion (€15 billion) on games by the end of 2013, with 65% of the total spend coming through digital purchases.
Digital technology provider ARM has completed the acquisition of gaming and entertainment lighting technology specialist Geomerics as part of a move to strengthen its position in the visual computing and graphics industries.
Sales-tracking company the NPD Group has cited growth in physical and digital video gaming as the reasons behind significant year-on-year growth in the amount US consumers spent on games during the third quarter of 2013.
John Hoffman, acting New Jersey Attorney General, has announced that online gaming company E-Sports Entertainment has agreed to pay a $1 million (€740,741) settlement as the result of a course case relating to electronic currency Bitcoin.
Ladbrokes has refuted claims made in a series of articles published by the Guardian newspaper that business practices on its betting premises were unethical and that it turned a blind eye to illegal activity.
Integrated global gaming firm Novomatic, through its subsidiary Novo Lottery Solutions GmbH, has acquired a 90% majority shareholding in Icelandic interactive gaming solutions developer and supplier Betware.