Italian gaming company Lottomatica Group had just finished inking a deal with International Game Technology that will now allow the latter to enter the market when the former received the news that their Nevada license application had been given the recommendation for approval by the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Talk about getting the ball rolling to begin the new year.
Should the application get its final approval, the Rome based outfit is set to become the 18th company to receive an interactive gaming license in the state of Nevada – they applied as a technology provider – allowing the company to enter a market that can make good use of its gaming industry subsidiaries, including lottery provider G-Tech and slot machine maker Spielo, which, incidentally, already has an office in Las Vegas. As far as goals are concerned, Lottomatica is planning on providing the same technology to its interactive gaming businesses in legal jurisdictions in Europe to Nevada-based operators who are looking into launching their own interactive gaming websites.
In addition to Lottomatica, Golden Gaming, a subsidiary of Sartini Synergy Online, also received its own license recommendation for approval from the Nevada Gaming Control Board. The company, which is considered as the state’s largest tavern operator and slot machine route operator servicing more than 650 locations, is looking into initially offering a free play Internet poker website before it dives into what it plans on pursuing with the license. Blake Sartini, the CEO of Golden Gaming, said that the company is expected to offer much more than just free-play poker as soon as it irons and fleshes out the details of their interactive gaming strategy.
From here, the applications of both Lottomatica and Golden Gaming will be presented to the Nevada Gaming Commission with the sanctioning body expected to rule on January 24 to whether to approve the said applications.