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Zynga Takes Its Chips Off UK Social Gambling Table

Zynga Takes Its Chips Off UK Social Gambling Table 300x168 Zynga Takes Its Chips Off UK Social Gambling TableThat didn’t take long.

“A relatively short time after the launch by Zynga and bwin.party, Zynga has decided it will end its partnership and withdraw its real money offering from the regulated market in the U.K. A recent announcement that did not provide a real explanation for the exit confirmed the closure and the end of the partnership between bwin.party and Zynga.”

That’s the story as reported by Online-Casinos.

It seemed like a good idea at the time, but apparently much has changed.

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1,000 iBeacons Being Deployed for SXSW

1000 iBeacons Being Deployed for SXSW 300x293 1,000 iBeacons Being Deployed for SXSWNext week South by Southwest will kick off in Austin, Texas, welcoming tens of thousands of attendees to the leading cultural and entertainment festival in the world.

This year, however, SXSW will also represent the single largest deployment of iBeacons (more than 1,000) for any single event.

To make it happen, South by Southwest (SXSW) teamed with Eventbase, a mobile event platform, to release an update of the official 2015 SXSW GO app.

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A Step in the Right Direction: Starwood Malls Turns to StepsAway Mobile Retail Tech

A Step in the Right Direction Starwood Malls Turns to StepsAway Mobile Retail Tech 251x300 A Step in the Right Direction: Starwood Malls Turns to StepsAway Mobile Retail TechAs major mall retailers pursue new avenues to reverse shrinking brick and mortar sales via mobile technology, StepsAway has just announced an agreement with Starwood Retail Partners (national mall developer).

The agreement expands StepsAway’s deployment footprint to 10 new malls nationwide and retailers like GNC, Things Remembered, Sephora and Express can reach millions of additional consumers with mall-specific offers.

StepsAway’s browser-based mobile app, accessible via free mall Wi-Fi networks, is already deployed in select Taubman malls.
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Northern Quest Resort & Casino Nabs Prestigious Award at 17th Annual Conference

Northern Quest Resort Casino 300x203 Northern Quest Resort & Casino Nabs Prestigious Award at 17th Annual ConferenceIt’s all smiles among staffers at Northern Quest Resort & Casino these days. The casino just won a top honor for its marketing efforts.

Marketing is critical for tribal casinos. Created eight years ago, the prestigious Barona/VCAT Award for Excellence in Indian Gaming Marketing was awarded to Northern Quest at a special industry luncheon in late January during the 17th Indian Gaming National Marketing Conference.

Dennis Conrad, president and chief strategist for Raving Consulting, which created the award was one of the main speakers at the event.

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Could Online Gambling Be Key Revenue Enhancer in the Keystone State of Pennsylvania?

Could Online Gambling Be Key Revenue Enhancer in the Keystone State of Pennsylvania 300x211 Could Online Gambling Be Key Revenue Enhancer in the Keystone State of Pennsylvania?How to close a $2 billion budget hole in the Keystone State? One Pennsylvania representative wants to roll the dice on online gambling as a way to make up the shortfall.

Rep. John Payne (R-Dauphin), chair of the House Gaming Oversight Committee, just introduced legislation to regulate online gaming.  Payne believes millions of Americans — including a passel of Pennsylvanians –participate in illegal online gaming where no regulation exists. He told fellow legislators that his bill could curb the illegal market while boosting state revenues.

“Payne said a study released by a Philadelphia-based economic consulting firm named Internet gaming the largest potential new revenue source for Pennsylvania’s gaming industry,” according to ABC27 in Harrisburg, the state capitol. “If enacted, he said the study estimates online gaming would generate approximately $120 million for the state during the first year.”

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The World Comes Together — to Wager: Nevada Regulators Give OK for Olympic Betting

The World Comes Together to Wager Nevada Regulators Give OK for Olympic Betting 300x300 The World Comes Together    to Wager: Nevada Regulators Give OK for Olympic BettingWorld peace may be elusive, but wagering? Now that has some potential.

In a recent turnabout, Nevada gambling regulators just voted to sanction the state’s sports books to offer bets on the 2016 Olympics. It will be the first time in many years that such wagering has been legal.

“It was a move unopposed by anyone in the industry and cheered by the regulators themselves,” noted the Boston Herald. “International sports books in Great Britain, Ireland, and Australia and offshore Internet sites already allow such bets.”

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Game Developers Conference Kicks Off in San Francisco

Game Developers Conference Brings Out Best and Brightest in Interactive Games Technology and Trends 300x209 Game Developers Conference Kicks Off in San FranciscoThe name may include “game,” but it’s big business to the 24,000 attendees who will congregate in San Francisco March 2-6 for the 2015 Game Developers Conference (GDC).

GDC is the world’s largest and longest-running professionals-only game industry event. It’s the number one annual meeting ground where programmers, artists, producers, game designers, audio professionals, business decision-makers, and others involved in the development of interactive games gather to exchange ideas and shape the future of the industry.

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Churchill Downs Officials Thrilled to Reel in Big Fish

Churchill Downs Officials Thrilled to Reel in Big Fish Churchill Downs Officials Thrilled to Reel in Big FishWould there be buyer’s remorse? That was a question being asked late last year upon word that Churchill Downs had acquired Big Fish Games.

Now, as more time has passed for the company to assess the fruits of its acquisition, the folks at Churchill Downs are elated with their big catch.

The Louisville racetrack and casino company closed a deal in mid-December valued at $800 million for the games company, and Thursday’s conference call with investors to discuss fourth-quarter and full-year earnings was the first read on how the purchase is playing out.

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What Do You Want to Bet That Casino Projections Now Routinely Miss Revenue Forecasts?

What Do You Want to Bet That Casino Projections Now Routinely Miss Revenue Forecasts What Do You Want to Bet That Casino Projections Now Routinely Miss Revenue Forecasts?Only a decade ago, casinos were viewed as the one-size-fits-all guaranteed antidote to declining state revenues. One by one, many states dismantled laws on the books that prohibited casinos altogether, or just land-based casinos, or some variation of the above.

The push to say yes to casinos was financial. Gambling — whether casinos or lottery ticket operations — have loomed large on the list of ways states have tried to grease the money machine.

But it’s not working. Or at least, not as well as most projections and advance business plans posit.

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It Takes Two to Tango: Vivo Interactive and Casinos del Rio Team Up to Launch Online Gaming Platform in Argentina

It Takes Two to Tango Vivo Interactive and Casinos del Rio Team Up to Launch Online Gaming Platform in Argentina It Takes Two to Tango: Vivo Interactive and Casinos del Rio Team Up to Launch Online Gaming Platform in ArgentinaIt takes two to tango — everywhere — but especially in Argentina.

Now comes word that Casinos del Rio, the largest casino consortium in Rio Negro, Argentina, has contracted with Vivo Interactive, a leading supplier of Live Dealer technology and services, to provide the gaming platform. It will undergird the first licensed and regulated online gaming website in the region.

“To facilitate the launch of Argentina’s first licensed online gaming operator, Vivo Interactive customized its platform enabling Casinos del Rio to leverage its brand and existing operations while meeting all regulatory requirements outlined by La Loteria of Rio Negro,” noted a formal statement provided to mGamingWatch. “This pioneering solution includes a full suite of Live Dealer casino games, virtual games, and a sophisticated back office which supports registration, deposits and withdrawals, along with detailed reports for regulators.”

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