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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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mkodo granted Associate Membership to World Lottery Association

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Digital user experience expert mkodo has been granted an associate membership to the World Lottery Association (WLA) in recognition of its status as a respected supplier to the global lottery sector.

As a member of the WLA, mkodo agrees to uphold the highest standards and ethical principles set out by the association to advance the interest of its members.

The WLA is the international trade organisation of state-authorised lotteries and suppliers to the global lottery and gaming industry and currently has 148 Lottery Members and 73 Associate Members from more than 80 countries, spanning six continents.

mkodo has almost a decade of experience from providing its apps and digital user experiences and services to WLA member lotteries including Canada’s Atlantic Lottery Corporation and the British Columbia Lottery Corporation.

The WLA Executive Committee approved mkodo’s membership at the association’s most recent meeting in Naples, Italy on 9th of May.

Stuart Godfree, CEO and co-founder of mkodo, said: “We are thrilled to become a member of the WLA and to be recognised as a trusted partner to the global lottery sector.

“We look forward to working together with the association and its members and to share knowledge and experience to ensure that best practices and standards are upheld in the lottery industry.”

mkodo will attend the 10th European Lottery Congress in Antwerp, Belgium, between May 26th-29th and will also be at La Fleur’s 2019 Montreal conference which will be held June 25th-27th.

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Playson signs major deal with Kindred Group

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Slot supplier to provide titles to online operator’s multiple brands

 

Casino software developer Playson has signed a landmark agreement to launch its games across the sportsbook and casino brands run by Kindred Group.

The international operator will have access to more than 50 titles, including 3 Fruits Win and Vikings Fortune, as well as the provider’s gem games which have proven to be a hit with players.

Kindred has licences in a number of regulated markets across Europe including the UK and Sweden, and the deal places Playson’s products in front of a huge new audience.

Blanka Homor, Sales Manager for Playson, said: “We’re delighted to announce our partnership with Kindred, and are very pleased to be growing our global footprint with such a respected operator.

“We look forward to a long and productive relationship, and we are confident our current titles and the exciting ones we have in the pipeline will really engage its players in different countries.”

David Robertson, Head of Casino for Kindred Group, said: “Playson has been building an excellent reputation as a games provider and we’re thrilled to be able to offer its comprehensive games portfolio to our customers.

“It is a supplier to watch without a doubt and has clearly demonstrated its ability to provide quality content. We’re excited to see what our future partnership holds.”

 

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Sightline Joins Forces with Responsible Gaming Solution GameSecure

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The partnership aims to connect payment solutions and a centralized real-time self-exclusion database for increased player protection

 

Las Vegas-based Sightline Payments (“Sightline”) and Vancouver based Bencon Technologies Inc. (“Bencon”) have entered into a partnership to bridge the current technological gap between digital self-exclusion functions and payment services. The goal of the partnership is to ensure at-risk patrons are denied access to content or payment services in real-time.

The first quarter of 2019 has resulted in a number of violations of self-excluded patrons gaining access to content in the US market, meaning regulator fines have been issued to non-compliant operators, unfortunately, the damage to the patron is already done. GameSecure’s real-time database solution will ensure these patrons do not gain access to digital content once self-excluded and by partnering with  it creates another barrier to a patron’s payment activity.

“The Sightline team has been committed to responsible gaming for more than 20 years and we are very excited to announce this important partnership,” said Cameron Conn, Co-Founder of Bencon Technologies Inc.

“We strongly believe there is not a singular solution to completely address all aspects of player protection and responsible gaming, however, partnerships like these allow for better solutions that will give continued insights into at-risk behavior for improved responsible gaming programs.”

“Sightline is in a unique position because our Play+ ecosystem, in the US, connects to nearly 100% of all digital platforms and 90%+ of all casino management systems, allowing for a uniform capability for a network-wide self-exclusion program through our SPAN Network,” said Kirk Sanford, CEO and Founder of Sightline Payments.

A primary goal of the partnership will be to work with the responsible and problem gambling communities to ensure these new solutions will work to enhance future programs for player protection.

“The Responsible Gambling Council is pleased to hear about the partnership between GameSecure and Sightline.  We believe that safeguards are imperative to the success of any self-exclusion program,” stated Shelley White, CEO of Responsible Gambling Council in Canada.

Keith Whyte, the Executive Director of the US National Council on Problem Gaming adding: “Congratulations to Bencon and Sightline for this step to further integrate responsible gaming into payment methods for the industry.  Streamlining player protection is an important goal for the National Council on Problem Gambling, and we are pleased to support this innovative effort.”

“Self-exclusion programs have been in existence for years with the on-premise ATM providers, however, until now nothing has existed for the digital world which is where the industry is moving,” added Sanford.

Bencon is currently working with multiple jurisdictions in the United States (and internationally) to integrate GameSecure into their Responsible Gaming Programs.

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