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New Report: Gaming Industry Workforce More Diverse than U.S., Hospitality Benchmarks Analysis of EEOC Data Details Gaming’s Advancements on Diversity

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Today, the American Gaming Association (AGA) released new research providing an in-depth examination of diversity in the gaming industry workforce. The findings show that the gaming industry is more diverse than national and hospitality industry benchmarks and boasts a diverse executive pipeline, while identifying opportunities on gender representation.

“Consumers, policymakers and investors are raising their expectations for all businesses on how they contribute to society beyond the bottom line,” said AGA President and CEO Bill Miller. “Encompassing data from across commercial, tribal and manufacturing gaming verticals, the survey both highlights our industry’s leadership on diversity while presenting areas for continued progress.”

The study’s findings show tangible results of the industry’s broad reach and commitment to representing local communities:

  • More than 6 in 10 (61%) of gaming industry employees are minorities, compared to 52 percent of the broader hospitality industry and 42 percent of the total U.S. workforce.
  • 23 percent of gaming employees are Hispanic and 19 percent are Black—both higher than the national workforce and in line with the hospitality industry.
  • 60 percent of operator employees are minorities, up nearly 20 percent from 2011 and higher than the hospitality sector and national workforces overall.
  • 45 percent of gaming manufacturer employees are minorities, compared to 38 percent of the broader electronic manufacturing workforce.

Importantly, across job levels, gaming’s leadership pipeline is significantly more diverse than national averages at the first/mid-level manager and professional levels: 45 percent of first/mid-level managers are minorities while 43 percent of professionals are minorities, both 10 to 12 points above national and hospitality benchmarks.

Gender diversity presents an opportunity for the industry. Gaming’s workforce is 48 percent female, in line with the national workforce, but representation drops off at more senior level job classifications.

“As today’s report shows, our industry has made impactful strides toward becoming more diverse, but there is more work to do,” added Miller. “The AGA will use this research to engage our membership on how we can collectively advance DEI in gaming in the months and years to come.”

The benchmarking report comes a year after the AGA identified core pillars of ESG in gaming: advancing sustainability, strengthening DEI, investing in communities and leading responsibly.

Methodology

A total of 26 AGA member organizations participated in the study, including companies from the manufacturer (8) and the commercial and tribal operator (18) segments of the gaming industry. Through the EEO-01 form, participants provided gender, race/ethnicity and job classification data for their workforces. Participants submitted data to a third-party accounting firm which calculated the various diversity metrics and safeguarded confidentiality. The data submitted has been reviewed for consistency across participants.

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Detroit Casinos Report $123.86M in March Revenue

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The three Detroit casinos reported $123.86 million in monthly aggregate revenue (AGR) for the month of March 2024, of which $122.26 million was generated from table games and slots, and $1.6 million from retail sports betting.

The March market shares were:

  • MGM, 46%
  • MotorCity, 31%
  • Hollywood Casino at Greektown, 23%

Monthly Table Games, Slot Revenue, and Taxes

March 2024 table games and slot revenue increased 3.8% when compared to March 2023 revenue. March’s monthly revenue was 16.7% higher than February 2024. From Jan. 1 through March 31, the Detroit casinos’ table games and slots revenue decreased by 1.6% compared to the same period last year.

The casinos’ monthly gaming revenue results were mixed compared to March 2023:

  • MGM, up 4.1% to $56.65 million
  • MotorCity, up 7.2% to $38.35 million
  • Hollywood Casino at Greektown, down 1.4% to $27.26 million

In March 2024, the three Detroit casinos paid $9.9 million in gaming taxes to the State of Michigan. They paid $9.5 million for the same month last year. The casinos also reported submitting $14.5 million in wagering taxes and development agreement payments to the City of Detroit in March.

Monthly Retail Sports Betting Revenue and Taxes

The three Detroit casinos reported $17.25 million in total retail sports betting handle, and total gross receipts were $1.61 million for the month of March. Retail sports betting qualified adjusted gross receipts (QAGR) in March were up by 13.2% when compared to the same month last year. Compared to February 2024, March QAGR was up by $1.7 million.

March QAGR by casino was:

  • MGM: $327,857
  • MotorCity: $538,988
  • Hollywood Casino at Greektown: $731,389

During March, the casinos paid $60,413 in gaming taxes to the state and reported submitting $73,838 in wagering taxes to the City of Detroit based on their retail sports betting revenue.

Fantasy Contests

For February 2024, fantasy contest operators reported total adjusted revenues of $405,342 and paid taxes of $34,049.

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IGT Wheel of Fortune and Powerbucks Slots Award Monumental Million-Dollar-Plus Jackpots in March

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International Game Technology PLC (IGT) announced that its Wheel of Fortune and Powerbucks slots awarded four life-changing jackpots totaling more than $5 million in March.

Lucky slots players won the following million-dollar-plus jackpots last month:

  • On March 8, a Wheel of Fortune slots player won $1,254,996 playing Wheel of Fortune Triple Gold Gold Spin at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Miss.
  • On March 12, a Wheel of Fortune slots player won $1,635,694 playing Wheel of Fortune Triple Gold Gold Spin Megatower at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas in Nevada.
  • On March 22, a Powerbucks slots player won CA$1,485,994 playing Wheel of Fortune Lucky Coins On Stage at Chances Casino Kelowna in British Columbia, Canada.
  • On March 30, a Wheel of Fortune slots player won $1,172,262 playing Wheel of Fortune Gold Spin Triple Red Hot 7s at the California Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.

IGT Powerbucks slots have paid 56 jackpots of $1 million or more since their Canadian debut in 2016. Wheel of Fortune slots have minted over 1100 millionaires and awarded over $3.5 billion in jackpots since their launch in 1996.

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Play’n GO Announces Expansion of Rush Street Interactive Partnership with Pennsylvania Launch on BetRivers Platform 

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Swedish gaming giants’ games now live with leading operator Rush Street Interactive Incorporated in Michigan, West Virginia, New Jersey and ‘The Keystone State’

Play’n GO, the world’s leading casino entertainment provider, has today announced further expansion of its partnership with leading United States operator Rush Street Interactive Incorporated (NYSE: RSI) (RSI), which operates the BetRivers platform. The Swedish gaming giant’s content is now available with BetRivers in Pennsylvania.

Play’n GO has already had great success with RSI via the BetRivers brand in Michigan, New Jersey and West Virginia and this expansion sees the partnership extend to a fourth United States state. This announcement follows Play’n GO’s procurement of a Pennsylvania license in March and will see BetRivers players in Pennsylvania gain access to some classic titles from the Play’n GO catalogue including Reactoonz and Boat Bonanza.

Play’n GO is now licensed in six United States states and is aiming to be active in every regulated market in the United States and around the world.

“We’re excited to expand our United States offering into the great state of Pennsylvania and are proud to do so with the innovative and well-respected team at BetRivers, with whom we’ve already enjoyed such great success in recent months,” the North America Commercial Director for Play’n GO, Magnus Natt och Dag, said. “Play’n GO is committed to a safe, sustainable entertainment-led industry and we know that the team at BetRivers shares that same vision.”

“We’re very happy to be expanding our partnership with Play’n Go into Pennsylvania on our BetRivers platform,” the Chief Executive Officer for RSI, Richard Schwartz, said. “Play’n Go has an impressive portfolio of popular titles and we are thrilled to offer our BetRivers PA players its innovative and top-quality games.”

To find out more about working with Play’n GO in the United States and other regulated markets, please visit PlaynGO. com.

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