On Tuesday, GAN announced that it had struck a deal with Station to provide the operator with GAN’s Simulated Gaming free-play online casino product. The deal was originally announced in early August without revealing that Station was the client.
That August announcement claimed the free-play product would launch in late 2016 but Tuesday’s announcement said the launch wouldn’t come until “early 2017.” GAN also confirmed that the social casino would be integrated into Station’s myBoardingPass on-property rewards program, allowing customers to earn real-world rewards at Station’s 19 properties through online play.
Station marks GAN’s second Nevada client and its fourth major US casino client with over $1b in annual revenue. GAN CEO Dermot Smurfit said the Station deal would generate material income and earnings for GAN in 2017.
Meanwhile, regional casino operator Penn National Gaming (PNG) has announced that its Penn Interactive Ventures subsidiary has introduced a new mobile social casino title, Hollywood Classic Slots. The app is available for both Android and iOS and a web version will soon be added to Penn’s Scientific Games-powered Hollywoodcasino.com social casino site.
The new app is a collaboration with mobile game developer Rocket Games, which PNG acquired last month for $60m. PNG’s managing director of iGaming Chris Sheffield praised the nimble fingers of Rocket’s technology team, who reportedly created the new app “in a matter of weeks after we finalized our acquisition.”
Like Station, Sheffield says PNG has plans to integrate its social casino offering with its loyalty program, Marquee Rewards, allowing gamers to redeem online rewards at any of PNG’s 20 land-based venues.