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FANDOM LAUNCHES NEW CREATOR TOOLS USING GEN AI

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Quick Answers & Image Review Provide Fast, Simplified Ways to Find, Engage With & Approve Content Across Fandom’s 45M Wiki Pages

Fandom, the world’s largest fan platform, is utilizing AI to provide faster and easier ways for both creators and fans to find and engage with content across its 45 million wiki pages. Fandom’s new AI features will deliver curated quick answers, easier image selection and management and optimized content recommendations to enable faster and more accurate editing for wiki admins while making information more accessible for the 350 million fans that come to the platform each month.

“Our creators are the most passionate fans in the world. That’s why Fandom boasts the deepest repository of fan information, anywhere,” said Peter Mansour, Chief Product Officer at Fandom. “AI serves as a powerful tool, enabling creators to effortlessly organize their content and also helps our visitors find what they’re looking for swiftly and seamlessly.”

“We’re always evolving our product strategy to offer our communities the latest tools to engage the millions of fans who visit their wiki pages each month,” said Brandon Rhea, Vice President of Community at Fandom. “These new products are a direct result of our creator’s feedback, and Fandom is committed to providing the functionality they need to better serve their communities.”

 

Quick Answers

This new product utilizes Gen AI to provide fans with concise, direct answers to their questions, allows wiki admins and editors to quickly review curated answers to maintain a high bar for quality, and provides the option for creators to add their own curated questions & answers.

Quick Answers streamlines content organization, saving creators valuable time by automating the manual task of formatting the content and presenting information in a concise and easily digestible way. This is an optional feature for wiki admins to utilize on their pages and is currently available on Fandom’s top character pages – including Avatar, Harry Potter, The Last of Us and The Witcher – and will be scaling across the platform over the coming months.

 

Image Review

Fandom is using AI to simplify the image review process across its wikis to ensure quick and accurate removal of inappropriate content, in partnership with Coactive.AI. This eliminates the need for a time-consuming human review of every image across Fandom’s 45 million pages of content and provides admins with appropriate images for use on their wiki pages.

Coavtive.AI also provides quick and easy auto-approve or auto-reject options for every uploaded image onto their wiki pages. Future iterations of this feature include auto-tagging all images for better SEO.

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Pace-O-Matic Wins Landmark Texas Court Case: A Victory for Small Business Owners and Community Organizations

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Pace-O-Matic, the industry leader in skill-based games, today announced a significant legal victory in Texas, affirming the legality of its skill-based games. This ruling, issued Tuesday evening by State District Judge Laurine Blake, emphasized that such games are not considered gambling under Texas law. The ruling represents a triumph for small business owners, bar owners, and fraternal organizations who rely on these games to attract customers and support their businesses.

Michael Barley, Chief Public Affairs Officer at Pace-O-Matic, stated, “This ruling is a monumental victory for the small businesses and community organizations that have been able to thrive thanks to skill-based gaming. Our commitment to providing legal, enjoyable, and skill-based gaming options has once again been validated by the courts.”

This legal win underscores Pace-O-Matic’s dedication to fostering a responsible gaming environment while supporting local economies and community groups.

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AGA to Host State of the Industry Presentation, Release Report on Record-Breaking 2023 Commercial Gaming Revenue

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The American Gaming Association (AGA) will hold its annual State of the Industry presentation with AGA President and CEO Bill Miller today, February 20 at 11:30 AM ET/8:30 AM PT.

During the presentation, the AGA will release full-year 2023 commercial gaming revenue numbers, discuss gaming’s third consecutive record-setting revenue year, provide analysis on the current gaming landscape, and preview AGA priorities for 2024.

Media are invited to a press call immediately following the presentation for Q&A.

What: AGA State of the Industry: Gaming’s Look Ahead & 2023 Commercial Gaming Revenue Tracker Release

Who: AGA President and CEO Bill Miller and Vice President, Research David Forman

When: Today, February 20, 2024 at 11:30 AM ET/8:30 AM PT

Where: WEBINAR REGISTRATION | PRESS CALL REGISTRATION

For questions about this event or AGA’s Commercial Gaming Revenue Tracker, contact [email protected].

 

Background

AGA’s Commercial Gaming Revenue Tracker provides state-by-state and cumulative insight into the U.S. commercial gaming industry’s financial performance based on state revenue reports. This issue highlights full-year 2023 figures and Q4 2023 results. Tribal gaming revenue is released annually by the National Indian Gaming Commission.

35 states and the District of Columbia featured operational commercial gaming markets in 2023, including casino gaming, sports betting and iGaming.

AGA’s State of Play Map charts gaming’s economic impact, industry regulations and casino locations on a state-by-state basis for both the commercial and tribal gaming sectors.

 

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2023 Commercial Gaming Revenue Reaches $66.5B, Marking Third-Straight Year of Record Revenue

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Industry Contributes All-Time High $14.4B in State and Local Gaming Taxes.

U.S. commercial gaming revenue reached an annual record of $66.5 billion in 2023, according to the American Gaming Association’s (AGA) Commercial Gaming Revenue Tracker. The total surpasses 2022’s previous high of $60.5 billion by 10 percent, marking the industry’s third-straight record revenue year.

The year was punctuated by all-time high quarterly revenue of $17.4 billion in Q4 2023, anchored by $6.2 billion in revenue in December, the highest grossing month in industry history.

“From the traditional casino experience to online options, American adults’ demand for gaming is at an all-time high,” said AGA President and CEO Bill Miller. “Sustaining our momentum will take unified industry efforts around combating pernicious illegal operators and growing responsible gambling efforts in tandem with the growth of the legal market—both of which the AGA is committed to lead on throughout 2024.”

The commercial gaming industry continues to evolve, with online gaming making up nearly one-quarter (24.7%) of nationwide commercial gaming revenue in 2023, a new annual high. Looking at each sector:

Traditional Gaming: Brick-and-mortar casino slots and table games grossed a record $49.4 billion in 2023, up 3.3 percent over 2022. On a state level, 19 out of 27 traditional gaming markets saw record annual revenue.
Sports Betting: In 2023, sports betting achieved new records for handle ($119.8B) and sportsbook revenue ($10.9B), up 27.8 and 44.5 percent respectively. This growth was largely fueled by continued maturation across most existing markets as well as several new markets, particularly in Massachusetts and Ohio.

iGaming: 2023 online casino revenue grew 22.9 percent year-over-year to $6.2 billion in the six states with full-scale legal iGaming.

In 2023, 12 of the top 20 commercial casino gaming markets reported revenue growth compared to the previous year, with the top market—the Las Vegas Strip—seeing the strongest year-over-year gains. New Jersey maintained its spot as the second-highest grossing market, while Chicagoland (third) flipped rankings with the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. market (fourth) and Mississippi Gulf Coast (fifth) rounded out the top five.

The commercial gaming industry also contributed more to state and local governments’ coffers than ever in 2023. Throughout the year, commercial gaming operators paid an estimated $14.4 billion in direct gaming revenue taxes, an increase of 9.7 percent year-over-year. The industry also contributes billions of additional tax dollars to states each year in the form of income, sales, payroll and various other corporate taxes.

“Gaming’s success translates directly to the success of the states, cities and towns in which we operate,” continued Miller. “We are proud to be in 47 U.S. jurisdictions, acting as economic drivers, creating jobs and providing the funding that makes critical public education programs, infrastructure projects, problem gambling resources and more possible.”

Miller will make additional remarks on full-year 2023 commercial gaming revenue figures and preview AGA’s priorities for the year ahead in AGA’s annual State of the Industry webinar on Feb. 20 at 11:30 AM ET/8:30 AM PT.

For additional information about (AGA) Commercial Gaming Revenue Tracker visit americangaming.org

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