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Zynga launches Zynga Plus Poker on Facebook

Social gaming company Zynga has launched its Zynga Plus Poker product on social networking website Facebook, according to the Pokernews.com website.

The product, which is currently only available to Facebook users in the UK, utilises the network and software of Partypoker, the internet poker brand of online gaming company bwin.party.

Zynga announced plans to launch the application on Facebook when it unveiled web and download versions of its ZyngaPlusPoker and ZyngaPlusCasino brands for UK players back in April 2013, as reported by iGaming Business.

Zynga, which struck its original deal with Facebook to launch real-money games in 2012, had initially targeted a launch date of late 2013 for the application on the social network.

Yggdrasil and Vera&John signed a deal

Online games developer Yggdrasil Gaming has agreed a deal to supply online gaming operator Vera&John with its entire product portfolio and a full suite of localised games targeted at emerging Asian markets.

Yggdrasil will supply Vera&John with its full suite of 23 game products as well as a number of new offerings.

In addition, a collection of localised games have also been customised for various Asian language and currency options.

Fredrik Elmqvist, Yggdrasil’s chief executive said he was “delighted” to be partnering and supporting Vera&John in its expansion into Asia.

“Not only will they be able to access our entire content library and localised games, they will also be able to take advantage of the new games we are designing now and preparing to launch in the future,” he said.

“We are delivering one game a month at the moment and that will only speed up as we progress.”

Nicolas Lund, Vera&John’s casino director added: “This new provider addition will enrich our current casino portfolio and, by extending the breadth of our product offering to include a full lottery game section and unique content like video keno, we will also reach a new player segment.

“We have great expectations for the product in both our core European and Asian markets, where the launch is greatly anticipated.”

Vera&John will launch its web and mobile Yggdrasil product via Verajohn.com, Verajuan.com and Vera888.com on January 28.

Cantor Gaming pays fine to Nevada Gaming Control Board

Gaming solutions firm Cantor Gaming, which recently rebranded as CG Technology, has agreed to pay more than $5.5 million in a settlement with the Nevada Gaming Control Board regarding allegations filed in a civil complaint.

According to the Wall Street Journal newspaper, the fine is in relation to the illegal activity of former employee, Michael Colbert, who admitted to taking illegal bets on behalf of Cantor.

The complaint said the company or its chief executive, Lee Amaitis, knew or should have known that Colbert was taking illegal bets and that the failure to supervise an employee to prevent criminal activity violates Nevada’s gambling regulations.

In the settlement, Cantor did not admit that it knew or should have known about the illegal activities but said in the documents that the board could have proved its case before the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

However, the settlement documents stated that Cantor did admit guilt for a series of record-keeping infractions.

The settlement deal is now subject to approval from the gambling commission. A.G. Burnett, Nevada Gaming Control Board’s chairman, verified the settlement documents yesterday (Tuesday).

“This is the culmination of a long investigation, and the result is a harsh penalty,” Burnett said.

The state does not allege that Amaitis engaged in illegal activities himself, with the chief executive stating through a spokesperson that he denies doing anything improper.

Cantor also denied any wrongdoing beyond the actions of Colbert and said no other executives were involved. In 2012, Colbert pleaded guilty to knowingly accepting illegal bets on behalf of Cantor.

“We are glad to be able to reach resolution on this matter and look forward to this being behind us,” a Cantor Gaming spokesperson said.

The announcement comes shortly after Cantor Gaming confirmed it has rebranded as CG Technology in order to reflect its focus on mobile casino gaming technology and race and sportsbook products and services, as reported by iGaming Business.

New management team at Genesis Gaming

Gaming content provider Genesis Gaming has confirmed the appointment of a new management team following the resignation of founder and chief executive officer Steven Meistrich.

The company’s board said that Geoffrey Hansen had been appointed managing director of worldwide operations, while co-founder Scott Sims has been named vice-president of worldwide game design studios.

In addition, Joe Cheung has been confirmed as director of finance and James Watson has been announced as director of European sales.

Genesis said that its strategic direction remains “unchanged” and it is still committed to both land-based and online slot game development, innovation in mobile and social casino gaming, as well as expansion in the European and North American casino markets.

Hansen said that he was looking forwarding to “working closely” with Genesis partners and customers in order to achieve these goals.

“I have been active in business development and technology development for the company in the last 18 months and am proud of the new initiatives that have been positioning the company for new markets and growth,” he said.

Sims added:  “The change in management has brought new energy and productivity to our game development studios, and we look forward to showing our customers new concepts and games in the New Year.”

Betfred Bingo launches competition for free bonus

Betfred Bingo, the online bingo brand of UK bookmaker Betfred, has launched a new competition to give one customer the chance to win free bingo for a year.

Players that deposit and stake £10 at any point in January will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win a £10 Bingo Bonus every single day until January 31, 2015.

The overall prize amounts to more than £3,000 in free bingo bonuses.

In addition, for each time that a player deposits and stakes £10 during January, they will be given an extra ticket for the prize draw.

Job cut at IGT

Gaming products designer and manufacturer International Game Technology (IGT) has announced it is to cut 7% of its global workforce as part of a cost-saving measure.

The company said that it is taking action to “re-align” its cost structure to save $30 million in the current financial year and an estimated $50 million on an annual run-rate basis.

IGT said it is also lowering its fiscal year 2014 guidance for adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations from between $1.28 and $1.38 to $1.00 and $1.10.

Patti Hart, chief executive officer of IGT, said: “As we reach the halfway point in our fiscal year, you can see this is a challenging time for the industry and IGT.

“We knew that our success in 2013 would be difficult to replicate. However, we did not expect such a sharp decline in North American gross gaming revenues, or further degradation in the international currency, compliance, and importation environment.”

In addition to the job cuts, IGT is also taking a number of other steps to ensure the company achieves “long-term growth”.

This extended strategy includes a continued commitment to improve its gaming operations performance through a new licensing deal with Sony, as reported by iGaming Business, and the launch of Powerbucks, a new inter-state progressive jackpot in North America that is due to go live before the end of the fiscal year.

In addition, the firm also aims to preserve its annual research and development investment after reaching an agreement with Action Gaming to solidify its share in video poker, re-engineering its game development process to leverage its social gaming strength, and an increased commitment to the Asia market.

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Cantor Gaming becomes CG Technology

Gaming solutions firm Cantor Gaming has confirmed that it has rebranded as CG Technology (CGT) in order to reflect its focus on mobile casino gaming technology and race and sportsbook products and services.

The company said that the new identity would also represent its commitment to developing and delivering ‘best-in-class’ technology products and services to the gaming industry.

In addition, the firm said it intends to follow up on recent growth and continue to expand by seeking a public offering in the future.

CGT claims business has doubled over the last two years, estimating that it has over 30% of the Nevada sports wagering market and processes more than 50% of the US state’s technology-based wagers.

Meanwhile, CGT has also reached a tentative agreement with with the Nevada Gaming Control Board for a monetary amount to be paid in full settlement of the regulatory complaint the board filed today (Tuesday).

In a statement, CGT said that the matters of the complaint stem from the illegal activity of former employee Michael Colbert, who pled guilty to charges following his arrest in 2012.

The firm said that it conducted its own analysis of Colbert’s actions and of its own systems, operations and procedures, and has since implemented “additional industry-leading compliance processes”.

CGT expects to finalise the matter with the board soon.

Probability reveals UK players’ gaming trend in its survey

Mobile gambling company Probability has announced the results of a survey that suggest 87% of players would recommend playing mobile entertainment gambling games to friends, family and colleagues.

The survey also suggested that 26.9% of participants play and bet on their mobile device more than three times a week.

“Real money gambling on mobile is now a mainstream and social activity in the UK where 70% of adults are already known to participate in gaming and betting activities regularly,” Probability’s chief commercial officer, Michael Byrne, said.

“With that level of ubiquity amongst consumers, it’s no surprise that real-money gaming is attracting increased attention as a low risk opportunity for non-gaming businesses to increase revenues, engage and entertain customers.

“Doing this on mobile through smartphones and tablets is now the preferred entry point for the majority of players in the UK.”

Probability also announced that it is to host a webinar to address the issues of the mobile entertainment gambling market.

Entitled ‘The Future of Mobile Gaming and Gambling’, the event will take place on February 19 and will also feature a question and answers session with a number of key industry names.

Charles Cohen, Probability’s co-founder and chief executive officer, will be joined by Paul Leyland, former corporate development director at William Hill, and MadAboutSlots’ managing director, Andy Edwards.

A Bet A Technology becomes David Pluck’s exclusive supplier

Betting systems provider A Bet A Technology has agreed a deal to become the exclusive supplier of UK independent bookmaker David Pluck.

Under the deal, A Bet A will provide David Pluck with its comprehensive solution that includes full shop EPOS and real-time HQ management of event content and liability management, integrated with the 2db screen display system.

The move comes after David Pluck ran an eight-week trial of A Bet A’s retail EPOS system after opting to replace OpenBet’s SPos.

The roll-out will continue throughout 2014 as existing SPos contracts terminate.

Frank Seymour, David Pluck’s managing director, said the move would support the firm as it expands its retail estate to a total of 40 shops this year.

“Having been in the market for a new supplier, we were particularly impressed with A Bet A’s innovative and responsive operations,” he said.

“As an expanding company it made perfect commercial sense to work with this forwarding-thinking brand and we’re excited about how their technology and expertise will help grow our business.

New head of finance for PaddyPower.com

Shane Doherty, the head of finance for online at Irish bookmaker Paddy Power, has been promoted to lead operations at PaddyPower.com.

According to the Casinos Online website, Doherty will be responsible for the growth of profitability of the company's e-gaming and sportsbook channels. He will report to managing director Peter O'Donovan.

The role has been vacant since May 2013, when Christopher Coyne moved over to head up competitive intelligence at Paddy Power.

Doherty’s appointment comes eight months after he joined Paddy Power from Irish telecommunications company Eircom.

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