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Guam Government facing uphill struggle under heavy bills – might reconsider opening casino gambling

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The government of Guam, which has been in an uphill struggle under the weight of heavy bills to be paid off, might reconsider opening the door to casino gambling, an idea that the voters did not give a nod repeatedly in past elections.

Governor Eddie Calvo briefed on Tuesday that it might be the ripe time to start the conversation about legalising casino gambling to raise cash.

He added that he had recently returned from a trip to Saipan, where the Chinese-owned Imperial Pacific International casino was reportedly handling gambling bets of over $2 billion a month.

“I’m not saying I like it because I don’t particularly care for (casino gambling),” said the governor, adding later, “We got to look at casino gambling.”

Though he is not necessarily endorsing the casino idea, the governor said, in awe, that local lawmakers in Saipan had to hold additional legislative sessions because of surplus tax revenues that have been generated out of the casino operation.

He also talked about how, during a recent visit to Saipan, he was allowed inside a backroom of high rollers, where one gaming chip, or “bar,” could be worth $300,000.

This is an idea that must require a lot of public input, and a lot of transparency on the part of the government, especially the sponsors of a proposed law – if the idea ever progresses into a piece of legislation.

Some of the past proponents of casino gambling on Guam have pointed out that there is a way to allow a controlled casino environment to ensure the local population’s cash is not siphoned off by the future casino.

One option proposed in past casino proposals was to restrict casino access to travellers who can show proof of arrival and departure plane tickets – as a way to try to keep Guam residents’ lives from getting ruined by casino gambling addiction.

It has been decades since Guam banned poker machine parlours, but the stories of families squandering fortunes and neglecting young children have lived on.

Some international tourism destinations do have certain casinos as part of their offerings for visitors to experience.

The question is, is Guam the right environment for this type of tourist draw, in light of the heavy emphasis on the island as a family-friendly, safe destination for international tourists?

And is Government of Guam so desperate for cash that it might entertain the casino gambling idea that voters have repeatedly rejected?

If Guam voters were to vote on a casino gambling initiative again, it might be best to do it in an environment where the island government is in a position of strength.

This means casino gaming should be discussed and decided, if at all when GovGuam is not in dire need of cash. This way, future casino investors would not squeeze GovGuam into certain terms that could leave the island with more financial baggage than it bargained for.


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Kinguin Launches API Giving Merchants Access to Inventory and Award Winning Customer Support

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Kinguin, one of the world’s leading online retailers in the video and PC game industry today announced the launch of the Kinguin application programming interface (API) for e-commerce. The newly released API is free to qualified online retailers and makes it easy to list, price, and sell thousands of video games while using Kinguin’s award-winning Customer Support and automated order-processing.

With the Kinguin e-commerce API, retailers gain access to a virtually endless supply of CD keys via Kinguin’s robust video and PC game catalog, eliminating traditional online store needs of inventory management and control, while offering larger, more diverse selections of products. Retailers can immediately add up to 15,000 games with customizable attributes such as pricing, descriptions and more to their existing store offerings.

Customers pay the participating store directly as normal, then, without any middlemen or delays, orders are automatically processed by Kinguin. Game keys are immediately dispatched once an automated purchase information has been received. Problems regarding game keys or transactions will be handled completely, professionally and immediately via Kinguin’s award-winning customer service channels – simplifying the purchasing experience for merchants and gamers.

“The mission of the Kinguin API for e-commerce is to make it easier for any e-commerce store to distribute virtual products. In this way, businesses can take advantage of the large volume of products available at Kinguin.net quickly, easily, and profitably,” says Kamil Grabowski, Project Manager behind Kinguin’s API for e-commerce. “Our goal is to satisfy the gaming community, both players and merchants, and with this API, it’s going to be easier than ever.”

To apply for the Kinguin API e-commerce solution, please apply here.

About Kinguin:
Founded in 2013, Kinguin has fast become the largest alternative marketplace to Steam, Origin, and Battle.net, with more than 7 million loyal customers globally. Kinguin’s mission is to create an ecosystem built for the gamer. To achieve this, Kinguin provides easy and secure access to games, innovative ways for gamers to trade and conduct commerce, and new ways for developers to reach customers directly. Kinguin is also involved with esports, esports venues, and esports centers of excellence worldwide. Visit https://www.kinguin.net and https://www.kinguin.io for more information.


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Leap Gaming launches Instant Football

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Leap Gaming, a developer of 3D multi-platform casino and gaming solutions, has launched its latest game, titled Instant Football.

It provides an on-demand football experience through both desktop and mobile devices. Its hallmarks are realistic animated action and fast-paced betting options.

The interface is characteristically simple and intuitive. It features 16 teams. Its other features include the option to browse between games, on-demand activation of games and the ability to skip scenes and matches for faster betting.

Instant Football offers a broad range of betting markets, including home and away teams, and Rebet and Rebet*2 on the same teams – all of which are available 24/7.

Video footage has been created using motion capture technology to record professional players and scans of real stadiums, and is voiced with professional commentary.

The game also offers a range of customisable options, including the UI and UX, languages (the game automatically adjusts to location), currency and betting limits.

It is available directly through Leap Gaming, or via 1X2 Network, SG Digital and other selected platforms.

Yariv Lissauer, CEO of Leap Gaming, said: “Instant Football is one of our most complete game to date, and combines stunning graphics with professional commentary with a wide range of betting options to deliver a truly world-class player experience.

“Virtuals are becoming increasingly popular as players demand round the clock access to sports events and games, and we can certainly deliver this via titles such as Instant Football.”

 

Source: interGameOnline


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NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions wins Norsk Tipping’s competition

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NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions (NLS), a full-service lottery provider based in Austria, has won a mini competition conducted by Norsk Tipping to find a suitable supplier of the digital version of the lottery’s most popular scratch game “Million Flax”.

“Million Flax” is one of the core products in Norsk Tipping’s portfolio of physical scratch games and it has won a great brand recognition since its launch in 1995. NLS offered not only a smooth transition of all elements from the physical ticket to its digital version but also proposed attractive and playful animations that can further enhance players’ retention.

“We are very happy that once again our offering has proven to be the best fit for Norsk Tipping’s sophisticated online games portfolio. It was a competitive bid and the fact that we won based on quality is another validation of NLS’ innovative approach to the eInstant game category” – explained Pall Palsson, Director of Product Management at NLS.

This win comes as part of the contract that NLS inked with Norsk Tipping in March 2017, following a competitive tender procedure. Under the terms of the contract, NLS supports the growth and diversity of lottery’s e-Instant portfolio and provides business development expertise in the area of interactive games.


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