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Snai shut VLTs; NetPlay extends ITV deal; Aristocrat launch new iPhone game; WiG nomination period extended

TAGs: Aristocrat, iPhone, ITV, Netplay, Snai, Women in Gaming Awards

snai netplay arisotcrat wigItalian operator Snai has shut down their video lottery terminal network provided by Barcrest Games. The network, which will be offline until further notice, was closed due to a spike in requests for winning ticket payouts. It was identified on 16 April and saw 1,450 VLTs being shut off in order for Snai to be investigated. Media sources both in Italy and elsewhere are reporting AAMS have been notified of the case so they can identify the cause and take appropriate action against any wrong-doing.

NetPlay TV has extended its agreement with ITV for a further two years. The broadcast agreement sees Jackpot247 broadcast live on ITV1 four nights a week for two hours in a “dedicated gaming slot” code name for “brushing shoulders with late night porn”. Charles Butler, CEO at NetPlay, said: “We have worked closely with the team at ITV over the last two years to optimise the show, and to sign for a further two years is a significant and exciting development. The format of a dedicated gaming schedule has proved to be a success, and we look forward to working with ITV and seeing the benefits of this renewed relationship going forward.”

Aristocrat has launched its latest app for the iPhone in the shape of Wild Panda. The firm’s 14th game is another social five-reel slot and rewards those that spell out PANDA with credits depending on how well they do. Aristocrat’s other iPhone games have totaled 350,000 downloads so far and it shows their commitment to the burgeoning social gaming industry.

Nominations for this year’s Women in Gaming Awards have been extended until April 28. The event takes place on 27 June 2012 at the Jumeriah Carlton Tower Hotel in London and aims to honor women across the entire gambling industry. April 28 is also the date the early bird discount runs out and organizers are urging people to take advantage of the offer.

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