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Belgium anti-lootbox policies distance game developers

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The stringent stance that Belgium government has taken against loot boxes is distancing the game developers.

Kingdom Hearts Union X [Cross], Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia, and Mobius Final Fantasy have declared that they are stopping functioning in Belgium.

Kingdom Hearts Union X [Cross] will stop operating in Belgium on December 6th, 2018. Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia on December 19th, and Mobius Final Fantasy on November 30th. Games such as Overwatch and Counter-Strike had instead opted to restrict the sale of lootboxes to those playing from within Belgium. EA had revealed the odds for their loot boxes in FIFA 19.

In related news, Dutch outlets such as Metro and Nieuwsblad reported the Belgian Gaming Commission spoke to the country’s public prosecution office, and they are investigating whether to pursue legal action against EA.

The investigation is over how EA sold lootboxes through FIFA 18 and FIFA 19 (via the “Ultimate Team” mode’s randomised card packs). EA have also been given relevant documentation to notify them of the investigation.

Belgian Gaming Commission general director Peter Naessens told Nieuwsblad that even if the court rules in favour of EA, they will “advocate revising gambling law so that we can tackle the loot boxes.”


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Scientific Games Launches eInstant and Digital Games with Norsk Tipping, Norway’s National Lottery

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Scientific Games Corporation has launched multiple digital games with Norsk Tipping, Norway’s national lottery operator and World Lottery Association member. In partnership with Scientific Games, Norsk Tipping has added 10 online slot games to their Kong Kasino game category and two new eInstant games to their Flax portfolio (scratch games online), with additional launches of online slots and eInstant games planned for the coming months.

Norsk Tipping, a longtime business partner of the Company, plans to launch new digital games gradually to entertain more players as the library grows. The first two eInstant games, Garden Secrets and Haunted Hotel will be followed by other eInstants that leverage innovative mechanics to engage players. Scientific Games’ eInstant library includes games that feature various mechanics such as crosswords, hidden image, match-to-win, puzzles, and more. The planned eInstant games feature different ways to play, further diversifying the Norsk Tipping game library.

In addition to the selection of eInstant games, Scientific Games has launched some of its most popular iGaming titles with the Norwegian operator. Fan favorites include 88 Fortunes®, Rainbow Riches2122-72 Scientific Games Launches eInstant and Digital Games with Norsk Tipping, Norway’s National Lottery, and Raging Rhino®.

Hans Ringsvold, Head of Gaming Operations for Norsk Tipping said, “Our relationship with Scientific Games signifies a bright future for Norsk Tipping’s online gaming presence. The addition of massively popular slot titles and a library of fresh eInstant games boosts our portfolio and allows us to reach a wider audience. We’re excited to see continued growth as a result of this partnership.”

Steve Schrier, Chief Commercial Officer for SG Digital, said, “Norsk Tipping is an excellent iLottery and online gaming partner. Our expansive content portfolio empowers Norsk Tipping to level up their presence and reach more players in the Nordic region. This partnership creates a perfect environment for our digital games. Scientific Games is thrilled to see a successful initial launch, and we look forward to providing more top-tier content to Norwegian players.”

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About Scientific Games
Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) is a world leader in entertainment offering dynamic games, systems and services for casino, lottery, social gaming, online gaming and sports betting. Scientific Games offers the gaming industry’s broadest and most integrated portfolio of game content, advanced systems, cutting-edge platforms and professional services. Committed to responsible gaming, Scientific Games delivers what customers and players value most: trusted security, engaging entertainment content, operating efficiencies and innovative technology. For more information, please visit scientificgames.com.

 

Source: Scientific Games Corporation


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Jackpocket Receives Responsible Gaming Certification by the National Council on Problem Gambling

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Jackpocket, a mobile-first startup helping to modernize state lotteries, received for the first time a responsible gaming certification from the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) as part of its Internet Responsible Gambling Compliance Assessment Program (iCAP), the highest standard in the U.S. for online responsible gaming. The assessment was conducted by Gambling Integrity, one of the world’s leading consultancies in responsible gambling.

“We applaud Jackpocket on achieving their iCAP certification and for their ongoing commitment to consumer protection,” said NCPG Executive Director Keith Whyte. “The iCAP assessment process includes rigorous independent review and testing, to verify Jackpocket’s player protection features and policies meet our best practice standards for responsible gambling.”

The evaluation consisted of a product and website overview, interviews with management and customer service teams, and a review of the company’s responsible gaming policies, tools, advertising and promotions. Jackpocket safeguards against abusive gameplay through a variety of consumer protections—including being the first mobile lottery service to tie the ticket serial number to the player’s identity—many of which were highlighted in the evaluation:

  • Player limits: Jackpocket enforces deposit and spend limits. Players can also set their own limits, which cannot be modified for seven days. Customers who ask for high deposit or spend limits are monitored for risky behavior, and checks can be made on the affordability of their play.
  • Self-exclusion: Users can exclude themselves from play for any amount of time. During this period they’re not able to buy more credits or place orders, and autoplays are deactivated. Winnings from outstanding orders are still distributed, and players can cash out remaining account credits.
  • Player and location identification: Know Your Customer and Anti-Money Laundering compliance ensure every Jackpocket player is identified and age-verified before any play is allowed, eliminating underage registrants. Jackpocket also uses geofencing to validate the latitude and longitude coordinates of every order, ensuring each play occurs within legal sate boundaries.
  • Support: For those needing gambling support, players can contact the NCPG’s 24-hour confidential hotline via a call or text message, as well as access the organization’s website from directly within the app. They also can close their account from the same app page.

“We want our players to be entertained, but it’s our top priority to make sure the experience doesn’t turn from being fun to financially troubling. Not only do we encourage responsible gameplay, we’re going a step further by using data to track player behavior and identify problem gamblers in real time, providing even more transparency and insights into our players than the traditional system,” said Jackpocket CEO Peter Sullivan. “We’re glad our responsible gaming protections comply with iCAP’s thorough requirements for a more responsible lottery, and proud to be recognized as an official member of the NCPG.”

 

About Jackpocket

Jackpocket is the first mobile app in the U.S. that offers players a secure way to order official state lottery tickets, such as Powerball, Mega Millions and more. As a no-cost, no-integration, turnkey platform, Jackpocket helps lotteries drive incremental revenue—benefiting essential state programs such as public education, veterans assistance, natural resources and more—while attracting new customers like millennials who otherwise would not be active lottery players.

Jackpocket’s mission is to create a more convenient, fun and responsible way to play the lottery. Through the app, players can place orders for their favorite games, check lottery results, join lottery pools with other Jackpocket players, and turn on autoplay so they never miss a drawing. And by being the first company to automatically lock a player’s identity to their ticket serial number, Jackpocket makes the lottery even more secure. Jackpocket is currently available in Minnesota and New Hampshire, with upcoming plans to expand to new markets.


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IGT PlayShot Sports Betting Platform Powers DraftKings at Scarlet Pearl Sportsbook

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International Game Technology PLC announced that its PlayShot2122-71 IGT PlayShot Sports Betting Platform Powers DraftKings at Scarlet Pearl Sportsbook sports betting platform powers DraftKings at Scarlet Pearl Sportsbook — the newest sports betting destination on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Through IGT’s PlayShot technology, patrons of Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort can now place pre-match and in-play sports wagers over the counter. Pending regulatory approval, the casino will deploy additional IGT sports betting peripherals such as kiosks and mobile technology as the regional sports betting market evolves.

Scarlet Pearl Casino prioritizes offering our guests ‘A New Way’ to enjoy gaming entertainment,” said LuAnn Pappas, Scarlet Pearl Casino General Manager and CEO. “By leveraging IGT’s PlayShot sports betting technology and the expertise of the DraftKings team, we were able to quickly make our vision for a state-of-the-art sportsbook for the Mississippi Gulf Coast a reality and to offer our guests a reliable betting experience with a familiar brand.”

“We wish to congratulate Scarlet Pearl Casino for opening an exceptional sports betting venue featuring IGT PlayShot sports betting technology,” said Enrico Drago, IGT Senior Vice President PlayDigital. “The IGT platform and the expertise and appeal of the DraftKings brand combine to deliver a truly world-class sports betting solution that elevates the entertainment experience for sports fans in Mississippi.”

 

About IGT
IGT  is the global leader in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Digital and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT has over 12,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.igt.com.

About Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort
Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort (scarletpearlcasino.com) boasts 300 modern hotel rooms, a variety of dining options, a boutique and the Gulf Coast’s most modern gaming floor. With over 1,170 slots including 80 video poker machines, 37 table games, and now DraftKings at Scarlet Pearl Sportsbook, guests are sure to discover “The New Way” to win. Scarlet Pearl also features an event center and a championship level miniature golf course.

 

Source: IGT


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