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Contender in Echo Entertainment CEO race drops out:
undisclosed senior United States casino executive
has emerged as the frontrunner to replace departing
Echo Entertainment Group Ltd chief executive Larry
Mullin after frontrunner Grant Bowie reportedly pulled
out of the selection process, according to News Limited
owned newspaper The Australian.
New Zealand-raised Mr Bowie is president of US giant
MGM Grand's Macau operations, and was seen as an ideal
candidate given his record in Australia while working
with Park Place Entertainment and Asian experience.
Mr Mullin set to depart the company January 31, Echo
is expected to name his replacement by the end of
Bay Sands casino head Andrew MacDonald and Skycity
Entertainment's Nigel Morrison had been named as candidates,
and the leading internal candidate is Echo chief financial
officer Matt Bekler, according to The Australian newspaper.
IGT debuts trio of mobile slots...
computerised gaming equipment and systems designer
and manufacturer International Game Technology (IGT)
has released mobile versions for three of its most
Vegas-based IGT stated that Elvis: A Little More Action,
Wolf Run and Kitty Glitter have been optimised
for the industrys fastest growing sector
and are now ready for users of iOS and Android-enabled
smartphones and tablet devices to enjoy via its remote
game server Casino series.
size of the mobile market is expanding by the day
and a selection of superior branded content and consistently
high performing games helps make IGT a driving force
behind this growth, said Leigh Nissim, Interactive
Commercial Director for IGT. Choosing the right
casino game supplier in the world of mobile gaming
is crucial [and] our experience, expertise and compliance
record at IGT is second to none.
A Little More Action is a 50-payline slot with stacked
wilds that features audio from one of Elvis Presleys
most recognisable tunes, A Little Less Conversation.
It also offers players up to 255 free spins via its
Free Spins Bonus. IGT described the 40-payline Wolf
Run and the 30-payline Kitty Glitter slots as two
of its all-time best performers and revealed
that the mobile new versions come complete with the
titles expected free spins bonuses.
Three New Games Launch on Virgin Mobile Casino...
Games, the leading online gaming company, has today
announced the release of three new mobile games -
Elvis, Kitty Glitter and Wolf Run. All are by leading
game developer, IGT, and will be available exclusively
Mobile Casino, which now accounts for more than
10 per cent of Virgin Games' gross revenue, was launched
in December of 2011 to offer a range of slots, table
and instant win games. It currently has content partnerships
with both IGT and Microgaming, with the intention
of introducing additional partners later down the
line in order to offer the same variety and choice
through the Mobile app as customers experience at
the web based Casino.
Morris, Commercial Director at Virgin Games, commented:
"The three latest mobile games to be added to
Virgin Mobile Casino continue the trend of bringing
our best games from the web onto mobile. We are already
seeing 10% of our gross revenues come from Mobile
in less than a year since launch and with the addition
of top titles such as those launched today we are
strengthening our position as a multi-game aggregator."
Games has attached its single wallet system to the
new mobile product, meaning its players use the same
account to play at Virgin Casino, Virgin Bingo, Virgin
Poker and now mobile casino. Customers can register,
manage their account, play for bonuses, deposit and
withdraw seamlessly, whether they are on the web or
on the move. Launched in 2004, Virgin Games is one
of the UK's leading online gaming sites.
Aussie Millions Poker Tournament coming up...
Aussie Millions (Jan 17th 3rd Feb): Held at
the awesome Crown Casino, the average temperature
in Melbourne in January is about 26 degrees. Not only
that the tournament runs at the same time as the Australian
Open Tennis. Sweet!
PKR Gains Five Millionth User; 3-D Online Poker Room
Hits Milestone After Seven Years...
the 3-D online poker room, has registered its five
millionth user. The website was launched in 2006.
Prodger, marketing director for the company, said,
Were delighted to hit this major milestone,
and we look forward to continuing to welcome more
and more poker players from around the world to PKR.
have a range of marketing initiatives and product
developments scheduled for launch in 2013 that were
sure will continue to grow the PKR brand, including
new TV advertising campaigns and the eagerly-awaited
launch of our first mobile poker product.
company, which is hosting the upcoming World Poker
Tour Dublin event, recently told the E-Gaming Review
newsroom that it had launched a seven figure investment
told the industry magazine it had been unofficially
searching for an investor for two years and it was
not ruling out a sale.
Crown Limited sweet tax deal?
Australia, Crown Ltd.s controversial unsolicited
proposal to build a second casino in Sydney
wont be of much benefit to the taxpayer, according
to ex Citigroup analyst and current independent research
consultant Jenny Owen. Crowns plan is for an
international VIP-focused casino, meaning the applicable
tax rate would be 10%, about one-third the rate applied
to other gambling revenue, like most of the action
going on down the street at Sydneys existing
casino, The Star. Ms. Owen told the Sydney Morning
Herald this made for "a very attractive business
model, certainly one that I would have thought would
go to public tender and should attract a reasonably
significant license premium. Clearly that doesnt
appear to be the case.". Time will tell as "It
sure looks like the casino - hotel will be going ahead"
according to a Media Man gaming spokesperson.
Online Gaming Execs Respond to Detention of bwin.party
of the worlds top online gaming firms are mad
as hell and theyre not going to take it anymore.
In response to last Tuesdays detainment of bwin.party
co-CEO Norbert Teufelberger in Brussels, Belgium,
14 executives from 12 internet gambling companies
penned a public letter to the Financial Times saying
that enough is enough when it comes to European Union
(EU) countries ignoring EU law.
recap, Teufelberger was set to make the closing remarks
at Responsible Gaming Day, put on by the European
and Betting and Gaming Association (EGBA), of which
he is Chairman, when he was detained by Belgian police.
The authorities reportedly kept him for two hours
(he was allowed to make his speech first), questioning
him about bwin.partys activities in Belgium.
has found itself on the short end of extremely strict
Belgian gaming regulations, which, among other things,
require online poker operators to have a brick-and-mortar
presence in the country in order to be granted an
online gaming license. Only six operators PokerStars.be,
Poker770.be, Partouche.be, Win2day, GoldenPalace.be,
and Unibet have received licensed. To make
matters worse, some of bwin.partys websites
have been put on the Belgian Gaming Commissions
(BGC) blacklist. Despite the blacklist status, bwin.party
has continued to operate in Belgium.
Belgiums regulations may be cut and dry, they
are not without controversy. bwin.party, as well as
other gaming companies and organizations, feel they
run contrary to EU law and have been fighting them
for several years.
Teufelberger himself was one of the 14 executives
to sign the letter to the Financial Times, along with
co-CEO Jim Ryan. The others were:
Carlton CEO, Victor Chandler International
Denise Coates and John Coates Joint CEOs, bet365
Stéphane Courbit President, Betclic
Everest Group Canel Frichet CEO, Winamax Noel
Hayden Managing Director, Gamesys Denis Kelly
CEO, Stan James Brian Mattingly CEO,
888 Holdings Andrew McIver CEO, Sportingbet
Magnus Silfverberg CEO, Betsson Ralph Topping
CEO, William Hill Ed Ware CEO, 32Red
the letter, which was posted at FT.com, the executives
expressed their resentment towards both the EU Belgian
law enforcement, saying, While the Belgian authorities
are free to intimidate Europes leading online
gaming groups with threats about the consequences
of challenging their domestic gambling laws, the European
Commission has yet to receive an answer to its own
concerns regarding the regulatory regime in Belgium
that have remained unresolved since issuing its detailed
opinion back in 2009.
letter reminded the Financial Times readers
of the complaints against Belgium two years ago, quoting
the head of the European Commission, Michel Barnier,
from 2010 ,
of national law with the Treaty on the Functioning
of the EU (TFEU) is a prerequisite of a successful
EU policy on online gambling
if blatant infringements
persist, I will not hesitate to propose to my colleagues
that the appropriate proceedings be taken or relaunched.
letter concluded, We hope that the commission
will now enforce compliance with the European treaty
and do so swiftly. Countries such as Belgium and Greece
that are in clear breach of EU law and that are seeking
to enforce those laws domestically are likely to be
at the top of the list. The time for polite rhetoric
is now over. It is time for deeds not words.
being sued by tattoo artist...
Escobedo, creator and owner of Elite Tattoo, has sued
THQ because one of his tattoos has been used by the
developer in their game, UFC Undisputed 3 without
tattoo, a lion, has been used on the arms of current
welterweight champion of UFC Carlos Condit in the
game. Escobedo claims that THQ never came to him to
seek permission to use the tattoo in the game.
often believe that they own the images that are tattooed
on them by tattoo artists, said Escobedos
lawyer Maria Crimi. In reality, the owner of
the tattoo artwork is the creator of the work, unless
there is a written assignment of the copyright in
the tattoo art.
said: I would not have agreed to the recreation
of the tattoo by an animator.
it certainly is a violation of the copyrights, as
silly as it may seem.
"WWE 13" receives rave reviews from
video game gurus..
13, available in stores now, gives WWE
fans the most seamless, realistic and exciting WWE
video game experience to date. With the new addition
of WWE Live, enhanced Predator Technology and an enormous
Creation Suite and talent roster based on the Attitude
Era, its no surprise that WWE 13
is a hit with reviewers. Look at what some of the
leading reviewers have to say about WWE 13
and pick up your copy today!
Review score: 8.4 out of 10 At its core, WWE
13 continues last years legacy with
already solid gameplay refined via a few new moves.
Aptly named OMG Moments let you tackle opponents through
barricades and break the ring with top-rope suplexes,
while the creation suite has been slightly upgraded
with improved arena types that should facilitate better
community creations. (MORE)
Informer Review score: 9 out of 10 Ive
always pointed to 2000s WWE No Mercy as the
best wrestling game Ive ever played, but nostalgia
is certainly a factor in that. After playing WWE
13, Im hard pressed to think of
a more enjoyable and complete wrestling game in history.
XBOX Magazine Review score: 8 out of 10 Of particular
note is the games superb single-player experience,
which should serve as the foundation for all future
endeavors. If anything, the smart objective design
and use of archival WWE footage makes us want more.
Review score: 8 out of 10
Report Review score: 8 out of 10
Online Gamers Review score: 85/100
Online Review score: 4.5 out of 5
Review score: 86/100
Review score: 4 out of 5
Gamer Review score: 4.5 out of 5
Official Magazine UK Review score: 80/100
Review Score: 4 out of 5
Review score: 8 out of 10
Disney honors Black Friday in Avengers Alliance, Gardens
of Time et al...
it comes to the biggest shopping day of the year,
Disney ain't playin' no games ... or something like
that. The company's social gaming arm has lots planned
for Black Friday in its most popular Facebook games,
namely a number of enticing deals for in-game boosts
and items for Marvel: Avengers Alliance, Gardens of
Time, Ghosts of Mistwood and Blackwood & Bell
game will offer reduced prices on in-game currency
in addition to specific offers for in-game goodies.
Here's the list of the delectable deals straight from
Disney and Playdom:
Avengers Alliance: Starting Nov. 23, Mockingbird will
be on sale for all players until Nov. 26. Mockingbird
was originally only available as the ultimate reward
for achieving 15 mastery stars in the first Special
Operation, but starting on Black Friday, players will
have four days to recruit this secretive S.H.I.E.L.D.
Agent from the Heroes section and get her before she
of Mistwood: From Black Friday through Cyber Monday
on Nov. 26, the hit Facebook game, Ghosts of Mistwood,
will be having a special Black Friday bundle sale
to help players solve the mysteries of Mistwood Estate.
Players can gobble up lantern oil, coins, special
ingredients and a Limited Special Stardust Relic for
a limited time in the Market and at a festive price.
of Time: For Disney Social Games' super sales weekend,
Gardens of Time players will be able to purchase any
of the in-game gold decoration items at a discount
when sending them to their friends. That's over 100
items discounted for this offer.
and Bell & Threads of Mystery: Two more amazing
hidden object games from Disney Social Games, Blackwood
and Bell & Threads of Mystery, will be having
sales on in game gold. Players need to head on over
to take advantage of these limited time Black Friday
Tolkien's estate sues over Hobbit gambling games...
Tolkien's estate is suing the makers of The Lord of
the Rings and Hobbit movies for allegedly overstepping
their merchandising rights by making gambling games
based on the books' characters.
family and publisher HarperCollins are suing Warner
Brothers, its subsidiary New Line Cinema and Saul
Zaentz for $80 million.
papers filed in a Los Angeles court, they accuse the
defendants of copyright infringement and breach of
say the companies are entitled to develop and sell
only tangible merchandise such as clothes, figurines
and stationery, not downloadable video and gambling
Tolkien estate has asked for an injunction on such
products, which it claims have caused irreparable
damage to the author's legacy and reputation.
only does the production of gambling games patently
exceed the scope of defendants' rights, but this infringing
conduct has outraged Tolkien's devoted fan base, causing
irreparable harm to Tolkien's legacy and reputation
and the valuable goodwill generated by his works,"
the lawsuit stated. The suit claimed Warner Brothers
has earned millions of dollars from legal merchandise
licensing revenue related to The Lord of the Rings
trilogy of films, which have grossed nearly $3 billion
at the global box office.
for Warner Brothers, Tolkien's estate and HarperCollins
were not immediately available for comment.
lawsuit comes a week ahead of the New Zealand premiere
of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first of
a new trilogy of films returning to Tolkien's world
of elves, goblins and wizards of Middle Earth, based
on the Lord of the Rings prequel novel, The Hobbit.