International Game Technology (IGT) has reached a settlement with video slot manufacturer GC2 Incorporated over a dispute related to copyright infringement and intellectual property licensing rights on certain gaming content. The supplier has also struck a deal to update the Oregon Lottery's central computer system with its INTELLIGEN software.
In the second part of iGaming Business' rundown of the year to date's most popular news stories, we see that viewers were particularly interested in US developments, while regulatory progress in Germany also attracted a lot of hits.
Greek lotteries and gaming solutions provider Intralot has reported an 8.5% year-on-year decline in revenue for the first quarter of its financial year, following weaker performances from all key business units.
NeoPollard Interactive, the vendor for the New Hampshire Lottery, has hit out at the Department of Justice (DOJ) for its uncertainty over whether the Wire Act applies to interstate and online lotteries, calling for the “charade to end”.
Happy Friday igamers! This week we do the sums on where good causes money is going in Ireland, ponder an odd image and say farewell to the man who threw the industry into disarray with his reinterpretation of the Wire Act.
Strong growth in revenue failed to offset the impact of growing costs for Scientific Games in 2018, with the gaming solutions provider’s loss for the period growing to $352.4m (£269.3m/€310.1m). Revenue for the 12 months ended December 31, 2018 was up 9.1% year-on-year, with a marginal decline in gaming revenue - down 0.7% to $1.8bn - offset by strong growth in the social and digital divisions.
New Hampshire has launched a legal challenge against the US Department of Justice's revised opinion on the Wire Act, arguing that the new stance is not faithful to the text, structure, purpose, or legislative history of the legislation.
This week's State of the Union covers developments across the US, with bills progressing in a number of states, the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Attorneys General taking on the Wire Act, and Rhode Island edging closer to approving mobile wagering.
The first day’s panels at ICE VOX 2019 saw speakers talk up the need for cooperation between operators and regulators if the industry is to survive in the face of increasing regulatory pressure and worsening public opinion. Speakers also highlighted the importance of clarity on issues such as the Department of Justice’s reinterpretation of the Wire Act and what is expected of operators when it comes to player protection.
In the second part of iGaming Business' deep dive into the revised Wire Act opinion, ICE Sports Betting USA speakers stress the need for clarity from the Department of Justice as they look to work out the best way to interpret the ruling.
The Department of Justice’s decision to revise its interpretation of the Wire Act could have a major impact on the nascent US iGaming industry. Or, as some suggest, its impact could be felt in gaming verticals that are well-established and generating money for operators and states alike. A selection of speakers from ICE Sports Betting USA discuss the DoJ’s about-turn.
Internet lottery sales may have got off to a slower-than-expected start, but the potential of the channel to capture fresh demographics and revenues remains undiminished, writes Michael Jones of the pioneering Illinois Lottery.