The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approved measures relating to online game testing and controls, interactive gaming security and integrity, tournaments, live studio rules, promotions and advertising this week. The group has yet to weigh in on whether companies will be allowed to operate under multiple skins.
IGT is working to bring HTC Vive's virtual reality content to the Virtual Zone platform, which is available at The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Through Virtual Zone, casino visitors can compete against each other in virtual reality tournaments for cash prizes.
James Packer has stepped down from his seat on Crown Resorts' board, a move that could help the company recover from a Chinese crackdown. Crown Resorts has recently seen its debt diminish and is working on a $1.7 billion project in Sydney.
Facebook's scandal related to selling data could negatively affect social casino operators, such as Zynga, that rely heavily on the site. Eilers & Krejcik Gaming estimates that the social casino market will reach $4.6 billion by 2020 and get about 12% of its revenue from Facebook and the web.
Eldorado Resorts is conducting a feasibility study for a potential water park in Reno, Nev., and the company has submitted an application for a special-use permit with the city's planning department. The plan describes an indoor-outdoor swimming pool and water slide park that will include a pedestrian skyway to connect it to the Circus Circus hotel-casino.
Several gaming expansion bills are circulating through Louisiana's legislature, including a proposal to allow sports betting at the state's four horse racetracks. Other measures being considered would pave the way for riverboat casinos to move onto land, ease the requirements for truck stop casinos and allow Harrah's to build a new 24-story hotel and food court in New Orleans.
SJM Holdings has partnered with SmartPlay.tech to integrate blockchain technology with existing slot machine and gaming software. The latter provides its own crypto tokens called Roulette Token, which could become a part of the joint project.
The political fallout between Seoul and Beijing that led to China prohibiting South Korean package tour sales has had a significant impact on the nation's foreigner-only casinos. Due to fewer tourists from China, Grand Korea Leisure Co. saw an 8.6% revenue drop in 2017 compared to the year before.
BetConstruct has signed a deal with Apollo Games to offer the developer's slots to BetConstruct's platform partners. New games include Turbo Slots, Blood and Slot Birds.
The potential for growth in the Pennsylvania online gaming sector has been the driving factor for several of the major casino deals recently struck in the state. "Presque Isle will give us a foothold in Pennsylvania which has recently passed legislation authorizing real money online gaming," said Bill Carstanjen, CEO of Churchill Downs.
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