German gambling company Gauselmann Group is planning to resume its business activities in the country as the German government begins to relax social distancing measures implemented to combat the spread of coronavirus.
Last month, Gauselmann closed all its gaming venues, as well as its casinos, in Germany in line with government-ordered measures.
“The commercial venues in particular have the advantage that they already have provisions that correspond to the principle of social distancing requirements,” Gauselmann board member Dieter Kuhlmann said.
“This means that when our venues reopen, together with additional far-reaching measures, we can guarantee optimal infection protection for our guests and employees,” Dieter Kuhlmann added.
Aside from closing gambling venues and halting production and sales activities, Gauselmann has implemented a number of other measures in an effort to ensure it can resume normal business activities when restrictions are lifted. A total of 13,500 employees have been put on furlough, while board members and company managers have agreed to waive 50% of their salary during the shutdown.
“We have taken these short-term measures to protect our employees from social difficulties. Considering the size of the business, this is a considerable burden, but one that we are taking on not only on humanitarian grounds, but also to secure our company’s future,” Paul Gauselmann, founder and chief executive of Gauselmann Group, said.
“Solidarity is the top priority for the Gauselmann Group. Our focus is currently on preserving all 14,000 jobs in the group, if possible. Our employees have been committed to the company for many years and decades, which is why we cannot abandon them in these difficult times. This is a significant, challenging task when you consider that we currently have practically no revenue,” he added.
Also, the rent for all of Gauselmann’s gambling facilities has been reduced by 50% during the period of closure.
Edict eGaming Celebrates 25th Anniversary
The Hamburg-based company edict egaming GmbH (edict) has celebrated its 25th anniversary.
Founded in 1998 and thus launched as one of the pioneers in online gaming, the developer of casino solutions is today one of the world’s leading industry aggregators. On 7 September, around 100 guests gathered in Hamburg’s Altona district to celebrate the 25th anniversary together. During a harbour tour and dinner, employees, friends and long-standing partners looked back on the company’s history.
Edict egaming GmbH’s CEO Dominic-Daniel Liénard said: “To celebrate this anniversary with so many of you who have been part of this journey is a very special moment for me. Our 25th anniversary is not only a special opportunity to acknowledge our enduring presence in the market and our extensive network of reliable partners, but also to thank our employees who have made this success possible in the first place.”
Since its foundation, edict egaming GmbH has set a number of milestones, starting in 2002 with the development of the first online casino systems in Germany for the casinos in Wiesbaden and Hamburg, edict became the first licensed provider worldwide to stream roulette from a landbased casino on the internet. 2014 saw the introduction of the Game Solution, which enables customers worldwide to integrate the broad games portfolio. In addition, edict has been part of the Gauselmann Group since 2008. Since then, the company has licensed the popular Merkur games in the individual jurisdictions and delivered them via its proprietary Aggregator Solutions to a variety of casino and sports betting platforms.
New Era Optical Technology from Scientific Games Will Enhance Lotto Hessen Retail Experience in Germany
Company’s Advanced Retail Terminals and New Gaming System Support Lotto Hessen’s Ongoing Tech Modernization
Scientific Games will bring the company’s camera-based lottery retailer technology to Lotto Hessen in Wiesbaden, Germany through a new contract. Moving the lottery retail experience beyond reliability to maximum transactional transparency for both retailers and players, 2,200 of the company’s Contour.v terminals will be installed at Lotto Hessen retailers. Lotto Hessen’s gaming system is currently being converted to Scientific Games’ advanced SYMPHONY system as part of the Lottery’s ongoing technology modernization initiatives.
Offering both clerk and player HD screens, contactless player interactions and mobile scanning, the Contour.v terminals represent Scientific Games’ new era lottery retailer technology. The Contour.v was innovated by the company as its newest, high-performance terminal to meet evolving market demand in the lottery retail environment.
Martin J. Blach, Managing Director for Lotto Hessen, said, “For 20 years, Lotto Hessen has successfully led with Scientific Games’ support to continually offer our retailers and players a modern lottery experience. The camera-based Contour.v terminals are part of our overall plan to continue innovating that experience and responsibly adapting to retail trends and consumer behavior.”
Lotto Hessen is one of the first in-market implementations of Contour.v globally. The camera-based terminals feature an open and transparent ticket scan area and HD screens configurable for both clerk and player view. The company’s new line of Contour terminals was designed with durability and an unparalleled user experience in mind. A sleek, uni-body eliminates unnecessary parts, making Contour terminals extremely reliable. Unique, advanced optics technology enhances speed of service. The Contour terminals also offer easy processing and a variety of options for ongoing software upgrades.
“The lottery ecosystem is increasingly complex and Scientific Games’ global innovation teams continue to respond with advanced retail and digital systems technology that we have become known for in the lottery industry. We have invested in the best camera-based terminal solution for international markets with the Contour.v technology,” said Matthias Müller, VP of Sales & Marketing for Scientific Games. “Our modular solutions and third-party integrations, coupled with state-of-the-art technology allow lotteries flexibility without diminishing quality and reliability. The Contour.v terminals signify a new era for Scientific Games with the most advanced optics and pattern recognition software.”
In addition to retailer technology, the company provides Lotto Hessen’s gaming systems technology, instant game management system and sports betting solution, as well as instant scratch games and the Scientific Games Enhanced Partnership, a technology-driven instant game management program that drives sales performance.
PRAGMATIC PLAY SCALES SWISS OPERATIONS WITH GAMRFIRST PARTNERSHIP
Pragmatic Play, a leading content provider to the iGaming industry, has bolstered its Swiss market footprint following a commercial agreement with GAMRFIRST operated by Casino Barrière Montreux (Barrière Group).
Pragmatic Play’s acclaimed Slots portfolio is now live on GAMRFIRST.ch, the online arm of the established land-based casino provider.
As part of the agreement, 50 titles are live on the operator’s platform, including the popular titles Sweet Bonanza ™ and The Dog House™.
Following on from a string of successful partnerships, the latest deal is set to be a catalyst for continued growth for the provider.
Irina Cornides, Chief Operating Officer at Pragmatic Play, said: “Casino Barrière Montreux is highly regarded in Switzerland, where Pragmatic Play continues to expand its presence.
“We’re delighted to welcome the operator’s GAMRFIRST brand to our growing customer base in this key regulated market. The online casino shares our commitment to creating safe and enjoyable gaming experiences, and its players can now access our entire portfolio of premium Slots.”
Patrick Ballestraz, Head of Online at GAMRFIRST.ch, added: “Pragmatic Play’s industry-leading Slots portfolio makes a wonderful addition to GAMRFIRST, with its captivating titles already proving a success with players throughout Switzerland.
“The announcement will undoubtedly go down well with our customers who will be familiar with the studio’s games, as well as build momentum and leverage our position in the Swiss market.”
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