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MGM Studios to provide keynote for industry-first hospitality conference at ICE VOX 2020

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In response to the industry’s increased investment in hospitality, Robert Marick, EVP of Global Consumer Products & Experiences at MGM Studios, is set to open the first ever Hospitality Technology conference at ICE VOX 2020 (3-4 February, ExCeL London – the precursor to the ICE London exhibition on 4-6 February in the same location). Taking place as part of this year’s comprehensive ICE VOX agenda, which is set to explore the biggest issues in global gaming, Marick’s keynote address will focus on how storytelling and experiential entertainment can reinvent gambling’s relationship with next-gen consumers.

“I’m thrilled to join ICE London’s first ever hospitality conference and look forward to exploring the immense potential that exists for the gaming, hospitality and entertainment industries to collaborate in today’s dynamic marketplace,” Marick explained. “Revenue diversification in Vegas has long been shifting towards non-gaming and hospitality, seeing casino revenue drop as low at 27% in some properties in recent years in favour of other offerings. With this has come a surge of innovation in hospitality, entertainment and a consensus that return-on-experience is what now drives customer retention in Integrated Resorts, with the rest of the US and other jurisdictions following suit.”

In his role at MGM, Marick is responsible for overseeing the expansion of the studio’s licensed merchandise, interactive games, licensed media and advertising and location-based entertainment business for the studio’s current and legacy franchises, which includes The Addams Family, James Bond, Stargate, Vikings and Pink Panther, among many others.

Marick’s ICE VOX presentation, titled ‘Gaming Reinvented: Next Generation Guide to an Entertaining Gaming Experience’, will bring together the drivers for consumers to spend more on their experiences and understand how they now connect with brands through entertainment. Driving the wide-ranging focus of the first Hospitality Technology conference, he will also explore how, when IRs transition from being gambling-centric to entertainment-centric, new audiences and connections will fuel greater customer engagement through utilising brand licenses into new destinations, single attractions, live events, retail, dining and hospitality.

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Robert Marick will present the opening Keynote Address on the second day of ICE VOX (3-4 February, 2020).

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Biggest iGB L!VE on record opens in Amsterdam

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The 2024 edition of iGB L!VE, the last to be held in Amsterdam prior to its 2025 relocation to London, opened today (17 July) with attendees participating in the biggest edition of the show on record.

A sustained level of international interest has seen iGB L!VE registrations increase 40% year-on-year with industry professionals from 121 nations heading for Amsterdam.

Delegates will have access to 300+ exhibitors and sponsors occupying over 21,000 square metres of gross space, up 35% on the 2023 figure.

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The iGB L!VE Conference Program features 50+ speakers across 21 sessions. Built around four core themes of: Markets and Convergence, Player Engagement, Building for the Future and Protecting Your Business – headline sessions include a live masterclass on ways to engage players in the world’s hottest online casino markets, innovation in slot game design, navigating cyber threats in the aftermath of an attack, the role of ESG in boosting M&A valuations, parasite SEO, surviving the search bar squeeze, link localisation in Spain and LatAm, and how affiliates should respond on player protection.

iGB L!VE got off to a dynamic start with Michel Groothuizen, the chair of the Dutch regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) making the opening address. The appearance was Michel Groothuizen’s first in front of an international igaming audience following his appointment as Chair of the KSA effective 1 July.

This was followed by a Keynote delivered by Sam Sadi, CEO of LiveScore Group. Sadi who has worked across the sports media and betting industries for more than 25-years presented how to drive growth through media partnerships and convergence.

In a number of ‘firsts’ iGB L!VE is hosting the ASCEND Women & Allyship Meet-Up, a new year-round mentoring and leadership initiative aimed at supporting women early in their gaming careers. The show will also witness the launch of the iGB LaunchPad which provides a platform for five trailblazing start-up businesses and the first Sustainable Gambling Zone showcasing the industry’s latest thinking and approach to safer gambling.

 

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PayKings Introduces Premier High-Risk Merchant Processing Solutions for Seamless Approval

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PayKings, a payment processing service, has introduced products aimed at businesses needing assistance to obtain standard merchant accounts. The company’s new solutions target enterprises in industries that many financial institutions consider high risk.

Established in 2011, PayKings has since expanded its sales in the merchant processing sector and proudly earned a place on the Inc. 5000 list. The company’s team boasts over 50 years of experience in payment solutions, specializing in assisting businesses that might face challenges in obtaining credit card processing services.

“We’ve seen how many legitimate businesses struggle to find reliable payment processing. Our expanded services are a direct response to the gaps we’ve observed in the market,” said Kyle Hall, Chief Executive Officer at PayKings.

A high risk merchant account is generally required for businesses engaged in industries such as online gambling, dietary supplements, vitamins, subscription businesses, and travel-related industries. These sectors often face challenges when obtaining credit card processing functionality due to elevated chargeback risk or compliance concerns.

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PayKings’ new products include organic underwriting strategies tailored to the specific needs of high-risk businesses. The company has also developed advanced fraud identification measures and chargeback prevention methods to deliver better results for clients.

“Every business deserves a fair shot at growth. We’re not here to judge industries. Our job is to facilitate secure, efficient payment processing for legitimate businesses, regardless of their risk classification,” Hall added.

The application process for PayKings’ high risk merchant account involves a detailed review of each business. While this process is thorough, the company aims to make it as straightforward and seamless as possible for applicants who often see same or next day approvals.

Connor Haynes, owner of an online vape shop, said: “I was really impressed with how quick and easy it was to get started with PayKings. The approval process was straightforward, and their support team was very helpful in answering all my questions. Now, I can focus on growing my business without worrying about payment processing issues.”

PayKings emphasises its commitment to compliance with all relevant regulations in the payment processing industry. The company maintains relationships with multiple banking partners, allowing it to offer diverse solutions for different business needs.

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In addition to its core services, PayKings has expanded its educational resources. The company’s website now features a series of articles and guides about high risk merchant accounts, credit card processing, and the broader landscape of payment solutions for challenging industries.

“We would like our clients to take charge and be more in control. People who created these industries have insights that make it invaluable to them to know the nuances of payment processing, particularly in such a risky business,” said Kara Hall, PayKings’ Vice President of Operations.

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QCI’s Andrew Cardno to Speak at the Casino Marketing & Technology Conference

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Andrew Cardno, the Chief Technology Officer of Quick Custom Intelligence, will be a featured speaker at the Casino Marketing & Technology Conference, taking place at the Grand Sierra Resort & Casino in Reno, Nevada. On July 17, 2024, Cardno will present an engaging session focused on strategies for casino marketing during these unpredictable times.

In his session titled “Effective Marketing Strategies for Casino Operators in a Volatile Economic Landscape,” Cardno will delve into innovative marketing tactics that can help casino operators navigate and thrive amid economic uncertainty. Drawing inspiration from Nassim Taleb’s groundbreaking work “The Black Swan,” Cardno will explore how leveraging unpredictability can become a powerful tool for casino marketers.

Attendees will gain insights into long algorithmic gaming tactics and how to adapt to the evolving convergence of entertainment and gambling. Cardno’s approach emphasizes agility and responsiveness, enabling marketers to stay ahead of sudden market changes and maintain sustained engagement and profitability.

“In these unpredictable times, it’s crucial for casino operators to embrace volatility and turn it into an advantage. By leveraging advanced marketing strategies and long algorithmic gaming tactics, we can create a more resilient and adaptive approach to casino marketing. This session will provide actionable insights to help marketers navigate the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead,” Andrew Cardno, CTO of Quick Custom Intelligence, said.

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“We are thrilled to have Andrew Cardno speak at this year’s conference. His expertise in data-driven marketing strategies and his ability to draw on concepts from thought leaders like Nassim Taleb will provide invaluable perspectives for our attendees. This session promises to equip casino operators with the tools they need to thrive in today’s dynamic economic landscape,” Deana Scott, CEO of Raving, said.

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