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Washington State Gambling Commission Delays NRA Foundation’s Request to Raise More Money through Fundraising Raffles

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In recent years, Washington state regulators have allowed the National Rifle Association Foundation to raise more money through fundraising raffles.

With the investigation on NRA’s use of money, the Washington State Gambling Commission has voted to delay a decision on lifting the cap for the coming year. The commission, which regulates raffles, is allowed to lift that cap for entities that show good cause and prepare a detailed application.

The commission voted unanimously to delay raising the amount of annual winnings doled out by the NRA Foundation in raffles, which take place at functions such as fundraising banquets held in Washington.

The money is both raised and then distributed by the NRA Foundation, a separate entity from the organisation’s lobbying and political side. It pays for programs such as firearms safety and hunter education. Much of the money raised here, according to the NRA, is distributed in the state as grants for those programs. The New York attorney general’s office is investigating whether the NRA has violated laws that give it nonprofit status.

Julia Patterson, vice chair of the gambling commission, told an NRA Foundation representative that she believed the organisation’s policies were well-intended, to be apolitical and used for education purposes.

“But there’s an outstanding question as to whether or not your foundation’s money is being spent appropriately,” said Patterson.

In a statement, spokesman Lars Dalseide said the NRA Foundation has given more than $400 million to school teams and clubs, Boy Scout troops and law enforcement, including more than $4 million in the state.

“As a recognized public charity — much like the Boys & Girls Club, Toys for Tots, or the Metropolitan Museum of Art — the amount of money the NRA Foundation donates every year depends on the amount of the money raised,” Dalseide said.

In 2018, the NRA gave $253,451 in grants to state programs, according to its application before the Gambling Commission. That included money for certain school programs, firearms safety and youth marksmanship teams.

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IGT PlaySports Technology Enables Sports Betting at Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort in New York

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Go-live extends IGT’s sports betting footprint in the State to three casinos

International Game Technology announced that its PlaySports sports betting technology is now powering retail sports betting at Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort in Akwesasne, N.Y., as part of The Stars Group’s betting and gaming market access agreement with the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe. Through IGT’s technology, patrons can now place a range of sports wagers over the counter or via IGT PlaySports kiosks at the casino.

“With the addition of IGT’s PlaySports technology, we can now offer our guests a world-class sports betting experience in addition to the slot, table, bingo, and poker games that our patrons already enjoy at Akwesasne Mohawk Casino,” said Todd Papineau, Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort General Manager. “We’re excited to work with IGT and benefit from the Company’s expertise and innovation.”

“Powering sports betting technology at Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort expands our PlaySports footprint in New York to three casinos,” said Enrico Drago, IGT PlayDigital Senior Vice President. “IGT PlaySports is a proven B2B technology solution already deployed in 11 states. We congratulate the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort on being the latest casino to open an outstanding sportsbook featuring IGT’s technology, elevating the entertainment experience for sports fans in New York.”

IGT PlaySports is currently powering sports betting in 11 U.S. states: OregonArkansasIndianaIowaNew YorkPennsylvaniaMississippiWest VirginiaRhode IslandNew Jersey, and Nevada.

To learn why winners choose IGT PlaySports visit IGT.com.

About IGT:
IGT (NYSE:IGT) is the global leader in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Digital and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT has over 12,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.igt.com.

 

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Microgaming expands its portfolio of table games with Switch Studios

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Microgaming shakes up the table games vertical with an array of new releases developed by Switch Studios, an independent game studio developing content exclusively for the online gaming supplier.

Six new table game creations are scheduled to be released to Microgaming customers this December, demonstrating Switch Studios’ ambition to refresh the market with tailored, immersive games specifically optimised for mobile and desktop devices to powerful effect.

Following the release of European Blackjack earlier this year, Switch Studios have created a suite of blackjack variants. Atlantic City Blackjack, Vegas Strip Blackjack, Vegas Downtown Blackjack and Classic Blackjack will launch simultaneously on 4 December, with Vegas Single Deck Blackjack due for release a week later on 11 December. Each bespoke title gives a casino classic new life with a minimalist design that puts the action at the forefront.

Players can experience the silk-smooth design and stellar performance of these blackjack titles both on the move or from the comfort of their home. Built on a powerful new engine, each game features Standard Side Bets: Double Down, Insurance, and Split Hands, and combines fluid gameplay with exciting animations and sound for a thrilling casino experience.

Built on the same engine that powers Switch Studios’ suite of blackjack games, Baccarat similarly benefits from clean graphics, superior sound and an intuitive game interface. Due to launch on 11 December alongside Vegas Single Deck Blackjack, Baccarat is a multi-platform online table game that updates a timeless Eastern classic for a new generation of players by emphasising quality design and features.

In addition to a sleek design and strong colours, Baccarat features a revolutionary implementation of the game’s essential player-controlled Card Squeeze mechanic, letting players authentically peel, pull, rotate, and flip their cards, a customisable Scorecard feature that can be tailored by the player, Advanced Road Statistics and a Turbo Mode.

Players can enjoy the best of classic casino gaming in these modern and feature-rich table games, available to Microgaming operators this month.

European Roulette, European Blackjack, and American Roulette are also part of a full suite of exclusive table games developed for Microgaming by Switch Studios earlier this year.

“We have further expanded our table games offering with the launch of six exciting new titles from Switch Studios, developed exclusively for Microgaming. Each of the six creations realises Switch Studios’ ambition to refresh the table games market with exciting casino experiences. The suite of blackjack games, along with the new baccarat title, are sure to set the standard for a new breed of table gaming.” – James Buchanan, Director of Global Operations at Microgaming.

“We are excited to see Microgaming release six new games under the Switch Studios brand. Our latest blackjack and baccarat titles combine immersive gameplay with stunning visuals, to provide new and seasoned players with a thrilling, modern and enjoyable mobile-friendly gameplay experience both at home and on the go. Each game comes with a unique built-in feature allowing operators to put their own stamp on it, by applying their own branding to the felt colour, table logo stamp, card back colour and card back logo. We aim to bring innovation, style and the best selection of games to the online table gaming sector, and we look forward to creating more exclusive titles for Microgaming next year.” – Tom David, Head of Studio at Switch Studios.

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VR – The Game Changing Factor in Online Gaming

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It is no surprise that immersive technologies like Virtual Reality (VR) are transforming the gaming landscape by promising a major revolution in the domain – bringing about 3-D simulations. For gamers, this is no less than dreams coming true.

And, hence, more and more people are seen wearing head gears, allowing motion tracking, interactive graphics and 3-D effects, delving deep into a unique gaming experience, pixel by pixel.

It is worth noting that while a number of prominent market players such as Nintendo, Apple, Microsoft and Sony hold a considerable share of the market’s growth pie, a number of smaller players are quite active in the playfield, upping the ante and thereby, intensifying the competition.

Market Dynamics – Low Down on Competitive Landscape and Beyond
It might put things in some perspective if advancements of virtual reality in gaming are spelled out since the rage and frustration of PokemonGo were first experienced hands-on by an ever eager community of serious gamers. For one, it led to people seeking a more natural way of gaming – they looked for a technology where instead of swiping, one could use actual hand movements which is more natural.

This is actually made a reality by researchers from Brown University, who are using in in an app called Portal-ble. While, it is not a gaming app, it does reflect on the level of innovation the field is deep into.

Additionally, Sandbox VR raised another round of funding in its celebrity party round fund raising initiative last month (October 2019) – a strategic investment move that helped it gather USD 11 million. It might be of some interest to note here that in the beginning of the year of 2019, it raised USD 68 million in Series A.

Here, it will not be wrong to say that uniqueness of product and its marketing b Sandbox VR is at play in attracting a star studded interest from across fields – Silicon Valley giants to actual movie stars, David Sacks to Katy Perry and Justin Timberlake. It is proffers a blend of gaming zones in retail outlets, bringing forth a proposition that is hard to ignore – an arcade with technology that costs a bomb and hooks gamers like never seen before.

Future of Futuristic Technology Decoded
As per Transparency Market Research analysis of the global virtual in gaming market, the landscape will witness a stellar Compound Annual Growth Rate of about 39.2% over the coming years.

One of the most significant factors driving growth here, other than technological promise of viewing the world in expanding concentric circles, creating an art form that is game-changing in the true-sense of the word, is growing affluence in the world. As disposable incomes are peaking at a notable pace, novel tech is not as beyond means as it once used to be and this is responsible for growing demand in the global virtual reality in gaming market.

While, leaps have been made in developing the tech, more remains to be done if players are to maintain edge over the rising competition. Keeping gamers at the heart of the scheme will hold key to all future growth.

Get More Insights @ https://www.transparencymarketresearch.com/virtual-reality-gaming-market.html

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