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George Kliavkoff Joins MGM Resorts International As President Of Entertainment And Sports

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Kliavkoff to lead company’s evolving role within the sports and entertainment marketplace
Longtime Entertainment Executive Richard Sturm to form Entertainment Consulting firm to work exclusively with MGM Resorts

 

MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) (“MGM Resorts”) announced that George Kliavkoff has joined the company as President of Entertainment and Sports. Kliavkoff will drive MGM Resorts’ entertainment and sports operations and develop and maintain partnerships within the industry.

In his new role, Kliavkoff is responsible for the operations, finance, strategy, booking, marketing, sponsorships and ticketing for MGM Resorts‘ more than 30 theaters, showrooms and arenas, including T-Mobile Arena (home of the NHL Vegas Golden Knights), MGM Grand Garden, Mandalay Bay Events Center, the Mandalay Bay Beach, Park Theater, the Theater at MGM National Harbor and the MassMutual Center at MGM Springfield. Kliavkoff will be based in Las Vegas and report to MGM Resorts President Bill Hornbuckle.

MGM Resorts is one of the largest live events companies in the world, with offerings that include six Cirque du Soleil shows, hundreds of A-list concerts, magic and comedy shows every year, eSports, and traditional sporting events including boxing, UFC, rodeo, and MGM’s WNBA team, the Las Vegas Aces.

“George is joining our company at an exciting time and will play a key role as we both build on existing successful partnerships as well as continue to expand our industry-leading sports and entertainment offerings,” Hornbuckle said. “His innovative approach and knowledge in the entertainment and digital world will strengthen our reputation as a company that provides world-class experiences for our guests to enjoy.”

Hornbuckle also announced that MGM Resorts was thrilled to be able to continue its important business relationship with Richard Sturm, the company’s long-serving President of Entertainment and Sports, by securing an exclusive three-year consulting agreement with Sturm’s new company, Las Vegas Live Entertainment and Sports. As part of that agreement, Sturm will continue to personally provide invaluable business advice and oversee key relationships for the company.

“Richard is an icon in the Las Vegas sports and entertainment world and we are thrilled to continue his relationship with the MGM Resorts family. Many of the city’s most exciting and successful events over the last two decades can be attributed to Richard’s relationships and deep industry knowledge,” Hornbuckle said.

Kliavkoff joins MGM Resorts with more than 20 years of experience leading media and entertainment strategies. He most recently served as the CEO of Jaunt Inc., an augmented and virtual reality start-up that worked with clients like NFL, NBA, MLB, Manchester United, Uber, Disney and other leading companies to develop immersive content technologies. He previously served in executive roles with top media companies, including serving as Co-President at Hearst Entertainment & Syndication, Chief Digital Officer at NBC Universal and Executive Vice President of Business for Major League Baseball Advanced Media.

Kliavkoff holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Boston University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law.

 

ABOUT MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL

MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is an S&P 500® global entertainment company with national and international locations featuring best-in-class hotels and casinos, state-of-the-art meetings and conference spaces, incredible live and theatrical entertainment experiences, and an extensive array of restaurant, nightlife and retail offerings. MGM Resorts creates immersive, iconic experiences through its suite of Las Vegas-inspired brands. The MGM Resorts portfolio encompasses 28 unique hotel offerings including some of the most recognizable resort brands in the industry. Expanding throughout the U.S. and around the world, the company in 2018 opened MGM Springfield in Massachusetts, MGM COTAI in Macau, and the first Bellagio-branded hotel in Shanghai. The 81,000 global employees of MGM Resorts are proud of their company for being recognized as one of FORTUNE® Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies®.

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Yggdrasil agrees online casino content deal with Finland’s national gaming operator, Veikkaus

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The game development company Yggdrasil, a Cherry AB (publ) – STO: CHER-B.ST subsidiary, has signed and finalised a deal with Finnish gaming operator Veikkaus to provide its high-quality casino games content.

Veikkaus is the largest and only regulated gambling operator in Finland, both offline and online, with a turnover of EUR 3.2 billion in 2017. The company is a member of World Lottery Association and has more than two million customers. Its gaming platform www.veikkaus.fi is Finland’s largest online casino, attracting around 700,000 players every week.

The operator will take Yggdrasil’s portfolio of innovative casino slot games including the latest releases Penguin City, Hanzo’s Dojo and Wolf Hunters. Veikkaus will also get access to BOOST®, Yggdrasil’s proprietary range of in-game promotional tools. This allows partner operators to instantly run promotions from within the game client.

Yggdrasil’s games will be in full compliance with Finnish regulatory requirements.

Fredrik Elmqvist, CEO, Yggdrasil, said:
“We are thrilled to join forces with such a professional and established business as Veikkaus and look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship.”

Jan Hagelberg, Vice President, Casino Games, Veikkaus, said:
“We are happy to join with Yggdrasil team to bring its unique and innovative games to our loyal players. Yggdrasil casino content is proven to perform well across regulated markets and we are confident our players will enjoy them on a regular basis.”

 

CHERRY IN BRIEF
Cherry is an innovative and fast-growing company within gaming, entertainment and media. Established in 1963, today Cherry operates through five diversified business areas: Online Gaming, Game Development, Online Marketing, Gaming Technology, and Restaurant Casino. The Group’s objective is to grow organically in combination with strategic acquisitions of fast-growing companies. Cherry employs some 1,400 people and has about 9,250 shareholders. The Company’s class B share is listed on the Nasdaq Stockholm exchange, Mid Cap segment. More information is available at www.cherry.se

VEIKKAUS IN BRIEF
Veikkaus is a company owned entirely by the Finnish State and one of the ten biggest companies in the country in terms of turnover and profit. Veikkaus’ games can be played in online casino, at thousands of points of sale all over Finland, in numerous game arcades and Casino Helsinki. Veikkaus.fi is one of Finland’s largest consumer online stores with up to 700,000 weekly players. Veikkaus has more than two million registered loyal customers, which is ca. 45 percent of adult Finns. The entire profit from Veikkaus games, ca. EUR 1.2 billion a year, are used for the benefit of people living in Finland. Veikkaus has thousands of beneficiaries all over Finland and employs ca. 2,000 professionals of the gambling and digital industries.


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Artificial intelligence and digital signage are enhancing casino guest experience and security

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VSBLTY, a leading retail software and technology company, is taking a major step to prove that the guest experience and security can both be enhanced at entertainment venues through ground-breaking software and analytics devices. A revolutionary multi-phased pilot program was recently introduced at Gun Lake Casino in Wayland, Mich.

According to VSBLTY Chief Executive Officer Jay Hutton, “The pilot integrates all aspects of our technology portfolio, using Proactive Digital Displays with our three software platforms, DataCaptor, VisionCaptor, and VSBLTY Vector.”

All VSBLTY software modules use advanced FacialAnalytics that gather identified audience measurement (age, gender, dwell time, and sentiment). This data analysis happens in real time, even in large crowds or in motion. “This software is designed to not only enhance the guest experience, but to create a virtual perimeter around the casino floor to analyze player behaviors, further gamify player engagement, all while augmenting security operations to make Gun Lake even safer,” said Hutton.

One breakthrough feature of  VSBLTY Vector is proprietary object recognition that identifies assault weapons and objects of interest that, if detected, can notify security. Hutton explained, “This is the advantage of AI and machine learning giving security and surveillance a new friend–the marketing department.”

According to Salvatore Semola, president and COO of Gun Lake Casino, “This advanced digital signage technology creates an exciting guest experience by keeping them more engaged, helping make them safer, and also aiding risk management on the casino floor. We are committed to being best-in-class gaming operators, offering  memorable and fun player experiences.”

Jan Talamo, Chief Creative Officer at VSBLTY, explained that with this program, Gun Lake Casino is expanding guest engagement by adding new interactive touchpoints. “Gun Lake is using marketing messages to keep guests informed of offers, including more ways to win, while providing management information from sentiment to security, all in one application,” he said. “Our VisionCaptor software allows marketers and casino operators to tailor messages delivered to the display depending on who is looking at them–all in real-time,” Talamo said.

“And this is only the beginning,” said Project Lead and VSBLTY COO Linda Rosanio, who projected that an augmented reality game that will attract guest participation is planned before year end. “It is designed to increase frequency of visitation by giving guests the opportunity to turn their smart phone into a game console. They can then play a scavenger hunt for prizes by walking through the casino collecting designated markers,” Rosanio said.

“This technology will be standard issue on casino floors in the future. It will change the way we view retail and rated play, insure us from visits from disassociated persons and create a better, safer and more engaged customer experience, and that’s what’s most important to Gun Lake,” said Semola.

 

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Fortune Magazine Honors a Casino That Bet Big on Its Employees

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Eureka Casino Resort – the only resort on the 100 Medium Workplaces list for 2018

 

In 2015, Eureka Casino Resort took a gamble that was rare for a casino company. The family-owned, Nevada-based company sold their business to their staff through an employee stock ownership plan (“ESOP”), making it one of only two employee-owned casinos in America. That gamble has paid off in many ways with the latest jackpot being inclusion on Fortune Magazine’s 2018 list of Top 100 Medium Workplaces in America.

Previously, the resort had been owned by the Lee family, who started the casino in 1997. When ownership was transferred to their employees, the family feel didn’t go away—instead, the family just got bigger.

It’s a move that’s helped the resort grow and thrive, as employee-owners have taken it upon themselves to see that the company lives up to is mission to improve and innovate every day. Employees at all levels are passionate about their investment, offering input on many decisions, from menu choices to paint colors and they deliver a unique level of care to each guest interaction.  “What brings us gratification is working to get better each day,” said Andre Carrier, the company’s COO.

Fortune Magazine compiles the list annually with their research partner, Great Place To Work, and examines businesses with employees between 100 and 999 for the Top 100 Medium Workplaces category.

Gregory T.H. Lee, Eureka’s Chairman and CEO is humbled by the company’s inclusion on the 2018 list. During an interview for a feature in Fortune, he stated, “The employees know that they’re a part of the Eureka family. We all share core values, we’re all investors, and we all define success in the same way.”

Lee continued, “By passing ownership to the men and women I grew the business with, I am assured we will both stay a family and be a strong and growing business for years to come.”

Carrier added, “The employee-owners of Eureka are honored to be included on a list with so many great companies.”  To see the full list, visit http://fortune.com/best-medium-workplaces/

 

About Eureka Casino Resort:
Eureka Casino Resort is an intimate, 214-room resort located in Mesquite, Nevada, 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas. The hotel boasts scenic views of Mesquite’s red topped mesas, newly renovated guest rooms and new resort pool and cabanas. The casino is designed for guest comfort and features slot and video poker machines; table games including blackjack, craps, roulette, and Mesquite’s only 24-hour poker room. The Eureka offers three full-service restaurants, Town Square Buffet, Mason Street Courtyard, and Mesquite’s top-rated restaurant, Gregory’s Mesquite Grill. Eureka specializes in meetings and golf groups. Additional information is available at: www.EurekaMesquite.com.

 

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