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InComm Partners with Xsolla to Enable Online Game Account Funding with Cash at GameStop

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InComm, a leading prepaid product and payments technology company, announced today that it has partnered with Xsolla, the one-stop-shop for game developers to launch, monetize and scale their games globally, providing a unique solution for cash-preferred gaming consumers.

GameStop will be the first video game retailer to leverage InComm’s cash-based payment technology platform, VanillaDirect™ Pay, to allow Xsolla’s customers to use cash to load their gaming accounts at any of GameStop’s more than 3,800 locations across the U.S.

This will allow gamers to buy online game subscriptions or in-game currency without needing a credit card or traditional banking account. Leveraging the VanillaDirect Pay solution will help Xsolla fill a significant market need in which 52 percent of their end users prefer to pay with cash.

“The growth of online and mobile gaming has presented retailers with a new and attractive way to reach consumers,” said Matt Lanford, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Financial Services at InComm. “Allowing consumers to fund their gaming accounts in-store using cash gives them the options they need to keep playing. Video game consumers are fully devoted to their game of choice and will be loyal to the retailers that help them play. Now, retailers can capture that loyalty, drive foot traffic and encourage additional purchases. It is a win-win for both sides of the register.”

Xsolla offers game developers a suite of tools and services that enables them to self-publish and monetize their games globally. It provides payment and billing solutions to some of the most popular online and mobile games in the world including Smite, Phoenix Point and PUBG. Xsolla’s partners’ games are played by over 50 million active monthly users. If those users want to fund their gaming account with cash, they only need to bring a barcode supplied to them through the game’s website or app to one of GameStop’s locations across the country. After the barcode is scanned and the payment is collected, the customers’ accounts will be updated.

“This partnership with InComm and their VanillaDirect Pay technology, allows us to give cash-preferred players the ability to quickly and conveniently fund their accounts, and get back to playing the games they love,” said Aleksandr Agapitov, CEO of Xsolla. “Our goal is to develop the tools and services that level the playing field by giving all of our game developers, from indie to enterprise, the ability to monetize their games to all gamers, at all GameStop stores. In turn, GameStop will have access to the hundreds of indie games we serve. Everyone wins.”

VanillaDirect is InComm’s proprietary suite of cash-based payment solutions, and VanillaDirect Pay is the latest solution launched under its banner enabling consumers to digitize cash at retail such as GameStop.

For more information about VanillaDirect, please visit www.VanillaDirect.com.

About InComm

By building more value into every transaction through innovative payment technologies, InComm creates seamless and valuable commerce experiences. InComm’s unique products and services – which range from gift card malls to enhanced payment platforms – connect companies across a wide range of industries including retail, healthcare, tolling & transit, incentives and financial services to an ever-expanding consumer base. With more than 25 years of experience, over 500,000 points of distribution, 366 global patents and a presence in more than 30 countries, InComm leads the prepaid and payments industry from its headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. Learn more at www.InComm.com.

About Xsolla

Xsolla delivers a comprehensive suite of tools and services that make it easy to launch and monetize games and products globally. Serving only the video game industry, the Xsolla product suite caters to businesses from indie to enterprise, with: Pay Station and its #1 Anti-fraud solution, Partner Network, Site Builder, Store, Login, and Launcher. These Xsolla tools work seamlessly to eliminate the friction in distribution, promotion, sales and payments so developers, publishers, and platform partners can increase their audience, sales and revenue. Headquartered in Los Angeles, with offices worldwide, Xsolla operates as a merchant and seller of record for major gaming entities like Valve, Twitch, Ubisoft, Epic Games, and PUBG Corporation. For more information, visit www.xsolla.com.

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Jackpocket Announces Gaming Industry Veteran Gavin Isaacs as Senior Board Advisor at Betting on Sports America

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Jackpocket, a mobile-first startup helping to modernize state lotteries, proudly appointed Gavin Isaacs as a senior advisor to its board of directors. Isaacs is currently the chairman of SBTech, a sports betting and gaming technology supplier, which he joined in January 2019 after serving as the president and CEO of Scientific Games.

Isaacs will work with Jackpocket’s board, which includes investor partners from Silicon Valley-based BlueRun Ventures and Conductive Ventures, New York-based Subversive Capital, and the executive team, to help set growth strategy and guide the mobile lottery startup’s expansion to new jurisdictions in 2019 and beyond.

“It’s been so thrilling to witness Jackpocket’s evolution over the last few years, and to see it fully embrace all of its hurdles and turn them into opportunities for creating a better lottery experience,” said Mr. Isaacs. “It’s an exciting road ahead, and I’m eager to do my part to help the team navigate regulated spaces and shape new strategies for modernizing the industry.”

Based in Las Vegas, Isaacs brings 20 years of experience building multi-billion dollar businesses around the world, which includes leadership positions as COO of Bally Technologies, CEO of SHFL Entertainment (acquired by Bally Technologies) and president of Aristocrat. An Australia native, he started his career as a commercial real estate lawyer in Sydney before transitioning to the gaming industry.

“We’re fortunate to be in a position where we can be really thoughtful about who we have in our court, as we fortify our leadership position as a gaming technology company in a changing industry,” said Jackpocket Founder and CEO Peter Sullivan. “With lotteries and iGaming undergoing such rapid transformation, and in many cases starting to converge, we know that Gavin will bring valuable counsel and foresight in making more inroads for our growth.”

Jackpocket’s leadership team along with Mr. Isaacs are in attendance at this year’s Betting on Sports America, and available to discuss the announcement and their plans for 2019 with attending media. Jackpocket, which raised a Series B round of funding in October 2018, plans to make its flagship app, which lets players order official state lottery tickets, available in 10 states by the end of the year.

 

About Jackpocket:

Jackpocket is the first third-party app in the U.S. that offers players a secure way to order official state lottery tickets, such as Powerball, Mega Millions and more. As a no-cost, no-integration, turnkey platform, Jackpocket helps lotteries drive incremental revenue—benefiting essential state programs such as public education, veterans assistance, natural resources and more—while attracting new customers like millennials who otherwise would not be active lottery players.

Jackpocket’s mission is to create a more convenient, fun and responsible way to play the lottery. Through the app, players can place orders for their favorite games, check lottery results, join lottery pools with other Jackpocket players, and turn on autoplay so they never miss a drawing. And by being the first company to automatically lock a player’s identity to their ticket serial number, Jackpocket makes the lottery even more secure. Jackpocket is currently available in Minnesota, New Hampshire and Texas, and expanding to many new markets in 2019.

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NRT Partners with Strendus Sportsbook & Online Casino; NRT’s OfferCraft Software Increases Click-Throughs by 490%

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Strendus Uses the OfferCraft Gamification Engine to Make Its Emails to Customers Far More Engaging

 

Strendus, a leading Mexican online casino and sportsbook, and NRT, one of the largest FinTech and information-enabling technology companies in the gaming industry, recently signed a partnership deal that has resulted in triple-digit customer engagement improvements for Strendus.

Part of the Logrand Entertainment Group in Mexico, Strendus sought to deploy new marketing and engagement strategies to reward their players in exciting ways and drive additional revenue. To do that, the company turned to NRT, which acquired the award-winning OfferCraft engagement platform in early 2018.

NRT’s OfferCraft gamification engine allows gaming, hospitality and entertainment operators to incorporate skill-based and chance-based gaming experiences into their emails, social media, advertising and other marketing channels. These include things like digital trivia games, pick-a-winner games, soccer games, scratch games and more. The software also incorporates interactive rewards that can be swapped or changed even after being distributed.

Cecilia Murillo, Marketing Manager at Strendus, explained that with so many options in the market, it can be challenging to keep registered players loyal to one brand. “We liked how NRT’s team analyzed the customer psychology behind engagement, and we liked their track record of building successful engagement campaigns for other operators. They actually created different personalized games that closely matched preferences across our large and diverse set of customers. The results were excellent.”

Strendus ran multiple A/B tests to observe the impact of incorporating the gamified incentives versus their standard incentives. The OfferCraft-powered campaigns continually outperformed the traditional initiatives by wide margins.

“One of the toughest-to-reach audiences are customers who have stopped visiting and interacting with us,” said Murillo. “So one of our first OfferCraft campaigns was aimed at this audience. We were able to increase the click-through rate from 11% to 54% — a 490% improvement. Once we saw many of our inactive customers coming back and playing again on our website, we began adding gamification to many more of our other campaigns.”

NRT’s President, Michael Dominelli, said: “We work hard to build tools that deliver powerful business results, so it’s wonderful to see how successfully the Strendus team has been deploying our OfferCraft solutions. We’re looking forward to bringing these experiences to many more players in the future.”

For more information on NRT’s OfferCraft platform, please visit: https://www.nrttech.com/products/offercraft/

 

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New Jersey Gambling Regulators Imposes a Fine of $10K on PokerStars

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New Jersey gambling regulators have imposed a fine of $10,000 on PokerStars for taking bets on New Jersey college basketball teams in violation of the state’s sports betting law.

According to the documents filed by the state, PokerStars accepted 216 wagers on a game involving Rutgers and Eastern Michigan University totalling more than $2,700.

The company also took a single bet on a game involving Monmouth University and the University of Pennsylvania, whose value was not disclosed.

The fine comes as New Jersey lawmakers are considering a bill that would set fines starting at $20,000 and ranging up to $100,000 for companies that take prohibited bets on New Jersey college teams.

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