Svenska Spel Upgrades Lottery Terminals
Swedish lottery operator Svenska Spel has renewed its partnership with France-based electronic security solutions provider Safran Identity and Security.
Under the new contract, Safran Identity and Security will provide Svenska Spel with 3,000 of its latest Elite lottery terminals, including middleware application, a download server and associated services.
Safran’s Elite terminals include enhanced services such as the authentication of ID documents and retailers through fingerprint recognition.
Nederlandse Loterij to Sponsor Dutch Professional Cycling Team
Dutch lottery operator Nederlandse Loterij (formerly Staatsloterij/De Lotto) has agreed to a sponsorship deal with professional cycling team Roompot – Oranje Peleton. Starting with the 2017 season, the deal will see the team’s name changed to Team Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij.
The deal is especially notable as De Lotto, before its merger with the Dutch State Lottery, severely criticized a sponsorship deal between between Swedish betting operator Unibet and the Royal Dutch Cycling Union (KNWU).
Michigan Lottery Expects Further Growth in Mobile Games
“Currently about 50 percent of the play for our online games is done via mobile. We expect that to increase to 60 percent next year. At present we have over 400,000 players registered to play our online games,” Jason Lisiecki, digital products director at the Michigan Lottery, told Totally Gaming.
“Instant win games on MichiganLottery.com make up more than 95 percent of total online sales. It’s clearly a huge part of our business and our players have grown to expect new instant game content every few weeks,” Lisiecki added.
The Michigan Lottery recently signed a deal with Instant Win Gaming (IWG), a UK-based service provider and supplier of content to lotteries.
Rhydian Fisher, CEO at IWG, commented: “This really does open up some unique content for US lottery players. There is huge demand for instant win content in addition to the traditional lottery products.”
US State Lottery Officials Meet with American Gaming Association
As efforts to repeal the 1992 US federal law that banned sports betting in most states appear to be gathering steam, representatives of the North American Association of State & Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) met with the American Gaming Association, the primary lobbying group for casinos and gaming companies, to discuss their campaign to legalize sports wagering.
Charlie McIntyre, executive director of the New Hampshire Lottery said that NASPL members “wanted an open dialogue on sports betting because they understand that we have a vested interested in maintaining the good causes that we serve and lotteries that we run.”
Novomatic and Kambi Team up to Provide Sports Betting Services to Government-Regulated Lotteries
Novomatic Lottery Solutions (NLS), a subsidiary of Austrian gaming company Novomatic Group, and Swedish online betting technology provider Kambi Sports Solutions entered a strategic partnership to help government-regulated lotteries to diversify their product offering.
The two companies agreed to fuse Novomatic’s lottery platform with Kambi’s sports betting technology to provide a full-service, omni-channel gaming solution.
The new service will be branded as “NLS Sports Betting – Powered by Kambi.”
“The co-branded service will offer a modern best-in-class solution, creating a competitive service giving government-regulated lotteries the possibility to make a leap, especially in interactive gaming across all verticals,” Kambi chief executive Kristian Nylén said.
“This alliance is a part of our ‘best of breed’ philosophy where combining two modern systems, deploying state-of-the-art technologies while exercising the inherent expertise of each, delivers world beating performance in highly competitive markets.” NLS CEO Frank Cecchini added.
It might soon be easier for VLT suppliers to enter the Italian market.
Swedish gaming technology supplier NetEnt is planning to enter the Canadian regulated market in order to be able to supply the British Columbia Lottery Corporation with their latest games.
The Deutscher Online Casinoverband (DOCV) is supporting efforts to introduce “modern” online gaming legislation in Germany.
Online gaming technology provider Playtech has acquired bingo supplier ECM Systems.