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Video Game Industry Association ‘ESA’ Announces Stanley Pierre-Louis as its Next President and CEO

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Entertainment industry veteran to lead association during a period of rapid growth and change in the global video game industry

 

Stanley Pierre-Louis, an industry executive with more than two decades of entertainment experience, will be the Entertainment Software Association’s (ESA) new President and CEO. The ESA is the industry body representing the $43.4 billion U.S. video game industry. The association made the announcement at a time when more than 164 million adults in the United States play video games, and three-quarters of all Americans have at least one video game player in their household.

With the incredible growth and prominence of the video game industry, the industry sought an executive with deep experience in entertainment, law, and policy to lead the industry into its next chapter. Pierre-Louis, who assumed the role of Acting President and CEO in October, 2018, will assume the permanent role of President and CEO immediately. Pierre-Louis joined the ESA as its General Counsel in May, 2015.

Pierre-Louis is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Clark University. He earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he also served on The University of Chicago Law Review’s Board of Editors. Following law school, he clerked for Judge David A. Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Pierre-Louis served previously on several boards, including on the University of Chicago’s Alumni Board of Governors, the law school’s Visiting Committee, the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, and Lincoln Center Education, the educational arm of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

“Stan’s strategic vision, years of entertainment industry experience, and policy expertise make him the ideal choice to lead our industry through this period of growth and opportunity,” said Robert Altman, Chairman of the ESA Board, and Chairman and CEO of ZeniMax Media, parent company of game publisher, Bethesda Softworks. “The Board and the industry look forward to his leadership of the ESA.”

Prior to the ESA, Pierre-Louis served as Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property (IP) at Viacom Inc., where he was responsible for managing major IP litigation, developing strategies for protecting digital content and leading other IP-related legal initiatives for brands including Nickelodeon, MTV, Paramount Pictures, and more than 130 other networks worldwide. He previously served as co-chair of the Entertainment and Media Law Group at Kaye Scholer LLP in New York City as well as Senior Vice President for Legal Affairs at the Recording Industry Association of America in Washington, DC.

“I look forward to leading the ESA and advocating for the industry with a strong voice and clear vision,” said Pierre-Louis. “The future of our industry is bright and limitless. Video games are a part of the fabric of American culture and a cornerstone of entertainment.”

The U.S. video game industry is one of the nation’s fastest-growing economic sectors and provides more than 220,000 jobs in all 50 states, and more than 520 colleges and universities in 46 states offer programs or degrees related to video games.

 

The ESA offers a wide range of services to interactive entertainment software companies, including conducting business and consumer research; providing legal and policy analysis and advocacy on First Amendment, intellectual property, and technology/e-commerce issues; managing a global content protection program; owning and operating E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo); and representing video game industry interests before federal and state governments. For more information, visit ESA’s website or follow ESA on Twitter @theESA.

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Idaho Lottery Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

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Pollard Banknote Limited has congratulated Idaho Lottery on the success of its 30th Anniversary family of Scratch Games™, which launched in February at the $5, $10 and $30 price points. The three games performed extremely well and represents more than 22% of the Lottery’s total instant sales since their launch.

The Lottery’s 30th anniversary year also marked the launch of their first $30 ticket as part of this family of games. Players could also enter any non-winning 30th Anniversary Scratch Game ticket for a second chance draw with an opportunity to win cash prizes up to $30,000.

“Pollard Banknote’s collaboration on our 30th Anniversary family of games captured the playing public’s interest in this milestone year. We have been extremely pleased with the results of our 30th Anniversary Scratch tickets. They’ve led the way in the Idaho Lottery achieving record sales and dividends for our good causes. It’s been a terrific way to celebrate our success on behalf of public education in Idaho,” Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director said.

“We’ve had the pleasure of bringing many exciting games to market in Idaho. It’s an honor to help the Lottery celebrate its 30th anniversary with these three eye-catching tickets, and we look forward to helping the Lottery introduce innovative new games for many more years to come,” Byron Peterson, Director of Sales and Marketing, Pollard Banknote said.

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Playson signs partnership with Superbet

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Casino software developer Playson has signed a deal to provide its impressive suite of games to top Romanian operator Superbet.

The agreement will see the innovative slot provider boost the sportbook’s casino offering with titles including Solar Queen, Vikings Fortune: Hold and Win and Fruit Supreme: 25 lines, the latest addition to its Timeless Fruit Slots series.

Having recently obtained its Romanian licence from the country’s regulator (ONJN), this deal is an important step in expanding its influence in the Romanian market and across Eastern Europe.

Blanka Homor, Sales Director for Playson, said: “We’re delighted to have inked this partnership with Superbet and to offer its players our popular suite of slots.

“Expanding our presence in Romania has been paramount after obtaining our licence from the ONJN and we’re thrilled to offer our games to Superbet’s customers.”

Heather Faulkner, Head of Gaming at Superbet, said: “We’ve been hugely impressed with Playson’s portfolio, and we’re sure its games are going to be a big hit with our players.

“We’re delighted to be working alongside such a well-respected provider and look forward to a long and mutually beneficial business relationship.”

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Blueprint Gaming unleashes fury with Gods of Olympus Megaways™

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The gods of ancient Greece are rising once again to bring the power of Megaways™ onto the reels in Blueprint Gaming’s latest release, Gods of Olympus Megaways™.

The action-packed slot, which features the most powerful gods Ares, Athena, Poseidon and the greatest of them all, Zeus, is full of modifiers and free spins rounds.

During the gameplay, the king of gods has the power to award a mystery modifier on any spin, while the Zeus thunderbolt gives players the choice of a godly artefact to reveal one of four free spins rounds – Colossal Free Spins, Wild Storm Free Spins, Mighty Wild Free Spins or the epic Rise Of Olympus Free Spins.

The Megaways™ mechanic, under licence from Big Time Gaming, raises excitement levels even further with up to 15,625 ways to win.

Jo Purvis, Director of Marketing and Relationships at Blueprint Gaming, said: “Gods of Olympus is an exciting addition to our slots portfolio, with plenty of bonus rounds to keep players gripped and entertained.

“The superpowers that these famous Greek gods hold ensures that the gameplay can change in an instant, keeping players on the edge of their seat. We’re confident the game will make a thunderous impact in the coming months.”   

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