Amaya's name change to The Stars Group and new headquarters in Toronto will come as the company searches for a replacement chief financial officer. In addition to these changes, online casino games and sports betting are making up a growing portion of the business' revenue as poker's influence falls.
The Mashpee Wampanoag in Massachusetts is waiting to see if the Interior Department will grant land-in-trust status to 151 acres in Taunton and 170 acres in Mashpee. The tribe's proposed First Light Resort and Casino on the Taunton land could see the start of construction this summer if the land issue is approved.
The Pennsylvania House and Senate are trying to hash out differences relating to video gaming terminals in locations such as bars as well as a tax rate and fee structure change to support online gaming. "Video gaming terminals is an issue that I think a lot of members of the Senate are not supportive of, and that has become a roadblock, quite frankly, to reaching a consensus," Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa said.
A bill to introduce a $61 entry fee for casinos in the Philippines could hurt the mass-market gaming sector, said Andrea Domingo of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. The measure is meant to curb gaming addiction and make sure citizens have the financial means to participate in betting activities, according to the draft bill.
New Jersey's online gaming market helped provide a 2.5% year-over-year boost to casino revenues in Atlantic City in May, according to the state's Division of Gaming Enforcement. The city's casinos raked in $208.3 million, while internet gaming revenues rose 27.3% from last year to hit more than $21 million.
The Isleta, Tesuque and Sandia Pueblos owe the state $40 million under an old revenue sharing agreement, New Mexico Gaming Control Board regulators said. The Pueblos hope a judge will rule that the free play credits given to players should not count toward their sharable revenue.
GameCo is expecting to earn regulatory approval in Macau for its video-game gaming machines by 2018 and hopes to find an eager audience in Asia. The company's games were recently dropped from three Atlantic City casinos after a lukewarm reception.
"Castle Builder II" by Austrian game developer Rabcat shakes up the traditional slots model with player profiles, experience points, unlockable achievements and progression stages that combine to help players build a virtual castle. The game will be available on Vegas Palms' online gaming website later this year.
Amaya is hoping to expand into India later this year by partnering with an already-licensed operator in the country and is also interested in moving into Asia and the US. The effort comes as the company prepares to open an office in downtown Toronto and change its name to The Stars Group in August.
The gaming industry has access to a wide variety of advanced, diverse software solutions, such as open platforms for online play. White-label software allows smaller game developers to connect their titles to bigger names in gaming, while turnkey software can support third-party casino websites and manage financial transactions.