Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) Adds Leading Consultant to Global Professional Services Group
MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK, CANADA (November 14, 2012) – Gaming Laboratories International (GLI), the world’s leading gaming testing laboratory and technical consultancy, is again expanding its Global Professional Services group. Joining the team as Manager of Global Professional Services is widely respected project management consultant Doug Iwaskow. Iwaskow will be positioned in GLI’s Global Professional Services center of operations in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.
GLI Canada CEO Salim Adatia said, “Adding Doug to our existing Global Professional Services talent pool enables GLI to provide even better service to our clients, both in gaming and non-gaming environments, by expanding our abilities to meet consultancy demands for delivery of optimal Project Management services.”
“Bringing Doug to the GLI team adds tremendous depth and skill to our growing Professional Services team, in particular as it relates to our Project Management advisory services, and we are thrilled to have him,” added GPS group Director Gregory Doucette.
Iwaskow is an experienced IT professional with a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and more than 25 years of experience successfully leading a diverse range of technology projects. He is a business strategist experienced in planning and managing multiple projects, aligning business goals with technology solutions and driving process improvement, competitive advantage and bottom-line gains.
Iwaskow is an experienced team builder and cross-functional manager with a proven track record of managing virtual teams, bringing together diverse groups of professionals, clarifying goals and focusing stakeholders on the project objectives and their contribution to the overall effort.
Most recently, Iwaskow served as Principle for Megolas Technology Inc., where he provided project management and software development services to organizations that were developing and/or integrating IT products and services. He also has extensive experience with both PMI Agile and PRINCE2 project management frameworks. He is also skilled in the areas of custom software development, mobile app/social media product development, database design and system integration and re-engineering. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia.
LOTTOMATICA GROUP Announced that its Subsidiary GTECH Global Services Corporation Limited Has Signed Agreement with the New Zealand Lotteries to Provide Enhanced Lottery Technology and Services through June 2020
ROME, ITALY and PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (US) – November 05, 2012 – Lottomatica Group S.p.A. announced that its subsidiary GTECH Global Services Corporation Limited has signed an agreement to provide new lottery technology and ongoing services for the New Zealand Lotteries Commission (NZ Lotteries). This agreement extends the relationship to June 30, 2020 and calls for two, two-year extension options, exercisable at the sole discretion of NZ Lotteries. GTECH expects to receive approximately €14 million in revenues over the life of the base agreement. The NZ Lotteries has been a GTECH customer since 1987.
Throughout our 25-year partnership, GTECH and NZ Lotteries have shared a commitment to delivering the highest quality in every aspect of lottery products and system performance," said GTECH President and CEO Jaymin B. Patel. "Over that time, we have also worked closely with NZ Lotteries to understand their business processes and vision for the future. Together, we have developed a set of solutions and growth strategy that are essential to helping them meet their requirements today, and in the years ahead."
Under the terms of the agreement, GTECH will provide enhancements to the existing Enterprise Series (ES) central system solution, benefiting both retailers and players alike. The Company will also replace NZ Lotteries' online terminals with 1,800 Altura® GT1200 terminals, enabling exciting new games and multimedia possibilities.
Additionally, GTECH's Lottery Inside in-lane solution will provide retailers the ability to process lottery transactions through non-lottery dedicated point-of-sale devices, improving player convenience and offering ease of execution for retailers.
In addition to lottery technology, GTECH provides NZ Lotteries with field services and terminal maintenance. Its ES Interactive solution, which allows the sale of online lottery games to players via the Internet, went live in New Zealand in 2008.
Through its subsidiary INTRALOT Interactive, INTRALOT is pleased to announce its entry into the Social Gaming world with the introduction of the Lazyland Social Gaming Suite. Its novel proposition is designed to reach new audiences, to increase customer loyalty and to raise casual gamers’ awareness and familiarity with real-money products. INTRALOT Italia, INTRALOT’s subsidiary in Italy, was the first to successfully launch the Company’s new suite in the Italian market, under the new brand “Giochi di Intralot”.
The new product suite, designed and implemented as a result of INTRALOT’s established partnership with the social gaming company Lazyland, offers the complete social gaming experience, and further enhances the Universal Gaming Suite of the company’s product portfolio. It provides instant access to a variety of gaming content, accessible through the players favorite Social Networks, such as facebook, and implements a flexible gaming architecture based on the virtual goods economy. At the same time it seamlessly integrates with the company’s money play suite of products, further enhancing the players experience.
On the occasion of the launch, Mr. George Zenzefilis, General Director of INTRALOT Interactive, stated: “Social gaming is a relatively new concept, yet it has gained significant popularity amongst younger demographics. INTRALOT can now provide a social gaming suite designed to give players the most social and fun gaming experience and offer them new ways to connect with other people. On the other hand, operators around the world can take full advantage of the potential of online and social, so as to increase the loyalty of their players offering them an integrated Universal Gaming Experience. We were really pleased with the interest our new Lazyland suite attracted during its launch at EiG 2012 in Barcelona, and after its successful implementation in Italy we are looking forward to introducing it to other local markets as well.”
The global social gaming industry market size is estimated to exceed $8 bn. in 2012 and is forecasted to reach $14,5 bn. by the end of 2015. The number of the social network gamers worldwide is 750 mil. and is expected to continue rising, reaching 1,5 bn. in 2015.
Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund Receives 8 Expressions of Interest for the Privatization of Hellenic Football Prognostics Organization (OPAP)
Athens November 10, 2012. Eight potential investors have expressed their interest to the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) for the sale of 33% of OPAP (Hellenic Football Prognostics Organization) shares.
The deadline for the submission of Expression of Interest expired on November 9, 2012.
The following entities or consortia responded to the invitation:
Emma Delta Ltd, a fund advised by Emma Delta Management Ltd which is beneficially owned by Jiri Smejc (66,7%) and George Melisanidis (33,3%)
Consortium of Gauselmann AG (55%), Playtech Ltd (41%) and Helvason Ltd (4%)
Consortium of Intralot Holdings Luxemburg S.A. (34%) and Intralot Investments Ltd (66%)
Primrose Treasure Limited subsidiary of Fosun international
Third Point LLC
Triple Five World Group Properties Limited
HRADF’s advisors will examine all 8 submissions and, within the next few days, will send their recommendations to the HRADF Board of Directors, indicating which candidates meet the selection criteria for the next phase of the tender.
HRADF’s CEO Yannis Emiris made the following statement: "We are satisfied by the response of the investment community, which has demonstrated its trust in the prospects of the country, despite the difficult economic situation. The number and entity of the submissions received is also a proof of investors’ confidence in our tendering procedures."
Kambi Sports Solutions, a leading Sportsbook supplier, has signed a new three year agreement to deliver a fully managed Sportsbook to Mediaset España, the largest television and media network in Spain.Mediaset España is one of Spain’s 35 largest companies on the main Spanish stock exchange IBEX 35 with a market capitalisation of €1.7bn. According to the agreement, Kambi will provide a fully managed Sportsbook operating under a local gaming licence for three years. “I am delighted that Mediaset España has chosen to partner with Kambi and we are happy that Kambi continues to be the preferred choice for premium brands in Spain. Going forward our focus will be to work with our partners to take a leading position within the gaming market.” Kristian Nylén, CEO Kambi.
INTRALOT’S Christos Dimitriadis Appointed to the European Network and Information Security Agency’s Permanent Stakeholders’ Group
NEW YORK, Oct. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientific Games Corporation (Nasdaq: SGMS) today announced that the Company has signed a contract to supply instant ticket games and related services to the Massachusetts State Lottery. The Company was selected following a competitive procurement process. The three-year contract, which started October 4, 2012, includes options for the Lottery to extend the contract for two additional one-year periods. Revenue to Scientific Games will continue to be based on a price-per-thousand tickets basis.
"The Massachusetts State Lottery has worked with Scientific Games since we started selling instant tickets nearly four decades ago, during which time they have consistently produced high quality products and met required performance outcomes," said Lottery Executive Director Paul Sternburg. "We are pleased to continue this partnership with Scientific Games as we work to maximize revenues returned to the Commonwealth and increase local aid dollars distributed to our 351 cities and towns."
"We are pleased to continue our relationship with the Massachusetts Lottery, which is well known as an industry leader and one of the top performing lotteries in the world," commented Jim Trask, President of Printed Products for Scientific Games. "Scientific Games strives to be the best in the industry and offer the best products to our customers. We are pleased that our bid received the highest scores in every evaluation category from an independent evaluation team at the highest per capita instant ticket lottery in the world."
In fiscal year 2012, the Massachusetts State Lottery generated lottery revenues of $4.7 billion, of which $3.3 billion was derived from instant ticket game sales, and returned over $981 million in net profit to the Commonwealth.