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mGamingWatch: The Week’s Top Stories

mGamingWatch The Week’s Top Stories4 mGamingWatch: The Week’s Top StoriesHere are some of the top stories in mobile and online gaming that we’ve been monitoring in recent days.

WeChat Checks in at Caesars’ New Resort for the Utmost in Mobile Convenience
When it comes to the “Internet of Things,” the folks behind WeChat want a part of this red hot tech market segment.That much was evident earlier this month when WeCat (along with Caesars Entertainment and Ayla Networks) touted the creation of a new key app that’s indicative of the so-called “Hotel Room of the Future.”

DeckMedia Shows Off New Mobile Casino
This week in London, Slots Capital become the fourth DeckMedia casino, but it’s the first using Rival Gaming software, to launch a mobile version. It’s the latest indicator of just how quickly casino gaming is migrating toward mobile across the pond.
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Hotels, Airline Brands Failing to Attract Next-Gen Travelers on Mobile

Hotels Airline Brands Failing to Attract Next Gen Travelers on Mobile 300x199 Hotels, Airline Brands Failing to Attract Next Gen Travelers on MobileAccording to the details presented in the latest Travel Demographics Report Series published by Strategy Analytics Travel Analytics service, some of the world’s leading hotel and airline brands may be dropping the ball on mobile, particularly with regard to winning their business and building brand loyalty.

“Those under 25 are either not traveling or not involved in the travel booking process. Encouragingly for the industry those between 26 – 35 over-index on travel apps,” the report summary posits. “However, much of this usage is focused on local travel apps or OTAs. While a boon for OTAs, this scenario poses a big challenge for hotels and airlines.”

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GECO ‘Gets to the CORE’ of Mobile Gaming

GECO Gets to the CORE of Mobile Gaming 300x227 GECO Gets to the CORE of Mobile GamingOn Thursday, mGamingWatch learned that HTML5 games developer CORE Gaming has a new partner — GECO Gaming.

The partnership, a news release confirms, will give CORE a proprietary RGS platform for distribution to the global gambling community this year (and beyond).

The deal also makes available some 100 HTML5 products to the wider audience via GECO’s gaming server.
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DeckMedia Shows Off New Mobile Casino

DeckMedia Shows Off New Mobile Casino DeckMedia Shows Off New Mobile CasinoThis week in London, Slots Capital become the fourth DeckMedia casino, but it’s the first using Rival Gaming software, to launch a mobile version.

It’s the latest indicator of just how quickly casino gaming is migrating toward mobile across the pond.

Slots Capital’s selection of mobile slots and table games are now available on a variety of iOS and Android devices. To help drive traction, the company is inviting qualified players to take advantage of a 277% deposit bonus up to $2,777.
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IGT Flexes its Social Muscles Again

IGT Flexes its Social Muscles Again 300x242 IGT Flexes its Social Muscles AgainLast week, International Game Technology (IGT) announced the launch of its new social casino game — Wheel of Fortune Extra Spin.

Available on mobile and desktop, the new game is the latest effort by IGT to fuse slot machine entertaining with recognizable brands.

“We put a huge amount of focus and talent into Wheel of Fortune Extra Spin.  We thrive on the pressure of taking this legendary brand and increasing the ‘wow’ factor of the world’s most popular slot machine,” said Jim Veevaert, DoubleDown Interactive VP of Games.
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WeChat Checks in at Caesars’ New Resort for the Utmost in Mobile Convenience

WeChat Checks in at Caesars New Resort for the Utmost in Mobile Convenience 300x219 WeChat Checks in at Caesars New Resort for the Utmost in Mobile ConvenienceWhen it comes to the “Internet of Things,” the folks behind WeChat want a part of this red hot tech market segment.

That much was evident earlier this month when WeCat (along with Caesars Entertainment and Ayla Networks) touted the creation of a new key app that’s indicative of the so-called “Hotel Room of the Future.”

WeChat’s potential was showcased during CES 2015 at Caesars’ new LINQ Hotel & Casino.
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Uber Facing Uphill Drive in Nevada

Uber Facing Uphill Drive in Nevada 300x200 Uber Facing Uphill Drive in NevadaNevada — and, in particular, Las Vegas — would be a great market for Uber. But the ride-sharing juggernaut is yet to reach the open highways of Nevada.

According to a new report from the Las Vegas Review Journal, residents across the state want Uber. And they’re even willing to petition for it.

“More than 26,000 people have signed a petition asking [Gov. Brian Sandoval] and Attorney General Adam Laxalt to lead the way toward allowing the company to operate in the state,” the report reads.
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IGT Ready to Be Cool as ICE

IGT Proves to be Cool as ICE 300x208 IGT Ready to Be Cool as ICEAhead of the weekend, global gaming entertainment leader IGT announced its mission: to “electrify ICE Totally Gaming” with an industry-leading portfolio of cross-platform content, category-defining hardware and results-driven casino management systems.

Last week, IGT teased its plans for the annual London-based tradeshow — which is the gaming world’s largest event.

“In today’s ever-changing gaming environment, forward-thinking innovation and expanded content creation and distribution are more important than ever,” said Eric Tom, IGT EVP of Global Sales. “As the industry leader, we meet our customers’ demands for today while creating opportunities for the future. IGT’s portfolio at ICE 2015 represents a smart, dynamic and diverse array of games and systems that enables our casino customers to differentiate themselves and drive play.”

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Expedia Acquiring Travelocity for $280 Million

Expedia Acquiring Travelocity for 280 Million 300x187 Expedia Acquiring Travelocity for $280 MillionOn Friday, news came from Expedia that the company has just reached a mammoth deal to acquire travel booking behemoth Travelocity, which now boasts of 20 million users monthly.

The deal is worth a reported $280 million in cash and comes after a protracted and positive marketing and tech partnership first announced by the companies two years previously.

As a result of the buyout, the prominent Travelocity brand joins a stellar portfolio of platforms owned and operated by Expedia, including Hotwire, Hotels.com and CarRentals.com.
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Omnia Nightclub at Caesars Palace Touts ‘Electronic Talent Roster’

Omnia Nightclub at Caesars Palace Touts Electronic Talent Roster 300x179 Omnia Nightclub at Caesars Palace Touts Electronic Talent RosterEntertainment is never lacking in Las Vegas, but if you know where to look, you may find even more than you had bargained for.

With the electronic music scene fully engulfing Vegas in recent years, Omnia Nightclub at Caesars Palace is poised to become a new staple of Las Vegas nightlife. And just this week, the team at Omnia showed if its new electronic talent roster.

So far, Omnia Nightclub has confirmed the first set of artists from its electronic music lineup featuring some of the world’s top DJ “sensations.”

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