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OWN THE MOMENT, WEB3 SPORTS PLATFORM, JOINS SIMWIN SPORTS AS TEAM OWNER

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SimWin Sports, the world’s first virtual sports league, announced that Web3 sports community leader Own The Moment is joining its incredible lineup of team owners in its forthcoming metaverse sports league.

Own the Moment (OTM), a platform that provides analytical tools, gamification, and community for sports fans entering Web3, will join SimWin Sports as owners of the New Orleans Jolly Jokers football and basketball teams. It’s an ideal match with SimWin, given both companies’ future-facing platforms that merge a passion for sports with a desire to break new ground in Web3 technology.

OTM offers a content and analytics platform for sports NFTs such as NBA TopShot and NFL ALL DAY, as well as gamification via Web3 fantasy sports and community via the Jolly Jokers, OTM’s collection of 5,000 NFTs on the Flow blockchain.

OTM’s savviness within the NFT space pairs perfectly with SimWin’s revolutionary fantasy sports format, in which users can purchase NFT players who will have opportunities to be drafted onto a SimWin metaverse sports team by one of many celebrity team owners like Magic Johnson, Jerry Rice, Marshall Faulk, Nick Carter, and Dr. Jennifer Welter. Fans can then play 24/7-365 daily fantasy as these metaverse teams will play several simulated games per day.

Co-founded by daily fantasy sports veterans TJ Laessig and Justin Herzig, OTM brings a wealth of sports, Web3 and blockchain experience that will undoubtedly prove invaluable to SimWin. OTM has already made its mark in the next-gen tech space after being selected as part of Techstars’ 2021 class of startups for its Sports Accelerator incubator program. It has built a hyper-active community of over 50,000 Web3 savvy sports fans who actively collect NFTs and play fantasy sports.

“TJ, Justin, and the entire team at OTM are going to fit like a glove at SimWin,” said David Ortiz, Founder and CEO of SimWin Sports. “We’re ecstatic to bring in a group of individuals aligned with our vision of the future of Web3 gaming. We can’t wait to see what they’ll do as owners of the New Orleans Jolly Jokers, given that they’re notorious daily fantasy champions and truly passionate sports fans.”

“We knew SimWin would be a perfect fit with OTM from day one,” commented Laessig, Own The Moment CEO. “In addition to our shared focus on Web3 and blockchain technology, we also share a love of sports above all else. We can’t wait to help bring a fresh take on DFS to as many sports fans as possible.”

“SimWin Sports’ 24/7-365 fantasy sports offerings are a dream for any fantasy sports fan. We can play fantasy football, basketball, soccer, and more on-demand, with no off-seasons. That’s a dream come true,” added Herzig, Own The Moment Co-Founder. “To own a team in their metaverse league is a thrilling opportunity. The Jolly Jokers are going to dominate, no question about it.”

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PRAGMATIC PLAY AND ECUABET SEAL BINGO PARTNERSHIP EXTENSION

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PRAGMATIC PLAY AND ECUABET SEAL BINGO PARTNERSHIP EXTENSION

 

Pragmatic Play has enhanced its partnership with Ecuadorian operator Ecuabet thanks to the addition of its full suite of Bingo products.

Joining Pragmatic Play’s award-winning Slots portfolio, players at Ecuabet will be able to enjoy the provider’s extensive library of player favourite Bingo products, including classic variants such as 90 ball, as well as the innovative Sweet Bonanza Bingo.

The partnership extension is the latest growth for Pragmatic Play in the country and aligns with its strategic progress in the wider LatAm region, where it remains at the forefront of one of the most vibrant markets globally.

Victor Arias, Vice President of Latin American Operations at ARRISE powering Pragmatic Play, said: “It’s always a pleasure to see existing valued partners request more products and with Pragmatic Play’s Bingo content, we know Ecuabet and its players are getting the very best the industry has to offer.

“The strength of Pragmatic Play’s multi-product offering for operators is clear and the supplier will continue to strengthen each category to ensure LatAm markets the content their players demand.”

Liliana Zuluaga, Manager at Ecuabet, said: “Bingo is hugely popular in Ecuador and we know that Pragmatic Play’s games offer us the right level of quality and diversity we need to maintain our high standards at Ecuabet.

“Having proudly hosted its Slots catalogue for some time now, we know what we’re getting with Pragmatic Play. Its titles will continue to be a huge benefit to our overall proposition and the new Bingo content is key to that.”

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Clark County residents can bring a friend for free to Super Bingo $160,000 tournaments at the Plaza Hotel & Casino in March and April

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Home to downtown Las Vegas’ only bingo room, the Plaza Hotel & Casino is offering Clark County, Nevada residents who register for the next Super Bingo tournaments occurring March 4-6 and April 8-10 the opportunity to bring a friend for free.

Held in the Plaza’s expansive ballroom, Super Bingo draws nearly 1,000 people from the local Las Vegas valley and across the country and Canada for the opportunity to win big playing fun-filled games of bingo over two days, with a $50,000 super coverall both days while socializing with like-minded bingo players.

Bingo-only registration is $160 per person, and Clark County residents who register can bring a friend for free. Registration is available online at https://www.plazahotelcasino.com/bingo/super-bingo-registration/. Hotel-and-bingo packages start at $300 for a four-night stay with no resort fee.

All Super Bingo players receive one 6-on paper pack for both days, two daubers, free drinks via an open bar at all sessions, boxed lunch both days, and $10 in free slot play after the first day’s session.

Bingo at the Plaza Hotel & CasinoThe Plaza’s Bingo room offers six daily bingo sessions at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. and is located on the 3rd floor. By parking on the third floor of the Plaza’s self-parking garage, guests have convenient and direct access to the Plaza’s bingo room and parking is validated for bingo players.

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Gaming Americas Q1 2024 Meetup: Balancing Slot Mechanics and the US Legislation Roundup

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HIPTHER’s Virtual Quarterly Meetups for the Gaming industry have officially returned for 2024! The Gaming Americas Q1 Virtual Meetup took place on February 28, featuring an informative panel on Innovating Slot Mechanics, and our staple US Legislation Round-up.

HIPTHER’s Co-Founder, Zoltan Tuendik, hosted the first session about Slot Mechanics, featuring Connor Blinman, Head of Games at Gaming Corps, and Raph Di Guisto, Founder at Silverback Gaming. For the Q1 US Legislation Roundup, the “usual suspects” Martin Lycka, SVP for American Regulatory Affairs & Responsible Gambling at Entain, Bill J. Pascrell III, Esq, Partner at Princeton Public Affairs Group Inc, and Jeremy Kleiman, Gaming Attorney and Member at Saiber LLC, reunited for a session that offered ample insight into the latest regulatory updates in the United States.

The first part of the Meetup primarily focused on the future direction of the gaming industry, including emerging trends in slots and game mechanics, the potential of virtual reality and multiplayer technology in the casino industry, and the game development process. The US Legislation Roundup walked us through the challenges faced by the online gambling industry due to the popularity of unregulated offshore sites, the sports betting industry, the legalization of iGaming in various states, the regulation of online gambling and sports betting, and the future of online sports betting and iGaming services.

 

Innovating Slot Mechanics: Balancing Novelty with User Experience

Connor and Raph discussed the game development process, highlighting the importance of understanding the target audience, conducting market research, and introducing innovative mechanics. They anticipate a trend towards medium volatility games with increased player engagement. They also discussed the potential of skill-based and personalized gaming experiences, as well as integrating multiplayer technology. The conversation underscored the complexities of the market and the need for continuous innovation. They discussed the challenges of introducing a new feature in the competitive slots game market and the importance of adapting and innovating. They also focused on reducing player fatigue and burnout and adapting to evolving market needs. The discussion ended with a focus on measuring the success of new game mechanics after their release using player feedback and data analysis.

 

Q1 US Legislation Roundup: Online Gambling Challenges, New Markets,Taxation, and Sports Betting Industry

Jeremy discussed the difficulties faced by the online gambling industry due to the popularity of unregulated offshore sites among players in regulated markets. He questioned the incentives for players to switch to regulated sites and acknowledged this as a challenge for both the industry and regulators.The conversation between Jeremy, Bill, and Martin revolved around sports betting, particularly in New York and North Carolina, with a focus on tax rates and policy. The need for investing in consumer protection, innovation, and improved customer experience was emphasized.

Bill Pascrell discussed the challenges and progress of online gaming in various states, including the potential tax increase proposed in New Jersey and the readiness of other states to legalize iGaming. The conversation primarily focused on the introduction of sports betting legislation in various states and its potential impact. The panelists also briefly touched on the possibility of regulating online casino and poker games in Maryland. The conversation emphasized the importance of bringing in interested operators, incentivizing them with bonuses, deductions, and reasonable tax rates.

Bill, Martin and Jeremy had a wide-ranging discussion about the sports betting industry. They highlighted the role of Senator Hoskins and his support for the industry. They also touched upon the public perception of the industry and the need for responsible gambling. The conversation explored the challenges of regulating the Black Market and the potential for increased tax revenue. The group also acknowledged the need for the industry to proactively educate the public about its benefits. Towards the end, they discussed the difficulty of creating a positive narrative around the industry.

Bill, Jeremy, and Martin discussed the regulation of online gambling and sports betting, emphasizing the need for a balance between industry growth and job creation, and addressing concerns about dysfunction and stakeholder engagement. They also touched on the potential of technological innovation and the risk of entrenched market shares. The conversation concluded with a reminder about the importance of integrity, compliance, legality, and responsible gaming in the industry. The trio discussed the need to respect tribes and engage with them in negotiations. The issue of betting on college sports was raised, highlighting potential risks for players and the need for regulation. The discussion ended with a brief mention of the NCAA tournament and the importance of commercial operators’ support for legislation.

The panel concluded with thoughts on the future of online sports betting and iGaming services. The speakers emphasized the importance of agreements with individual states and the federal government to offer these services. The role of human interaction in understanding stakeholders’ interests and pain points was highlighted, and the potential for legalizing sports betting in California and other states was discussed, while acknowledging the problems with the black market. The need for a more efficient way to engage with tribes and the necessity of regulation were stressed as next steps to drive out the black market.

 

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Watch the recording of the Gaming Americas Q1 Meetup on HIPTHER TV, and keep an eye out for our next Gaming Americas Quarterly Meetups for 2024!

 

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