The First Online Virtual Sports Venture in North America
Inspired Gaming, the leading provider of virtual sports, mobile games and SBG video lottery, has announces that they have signed a deal with Golden Nugget Atlantic City, to supply their online casino with an array for Virtual Sports. This is the first ever deal of its kind in the USA. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement have issued a New Jersey license for Inspired gaming to operate as a technology provider for the state’s gaming market. They will be using Spin Games LLC’s HTML5 remote gaming server and Robust Online Client (ROC) to launch the virtual games for Golden Nugget; the partnership between Inspired Gaming and Spin Games was also only extablished in the month of April, earlier this year.
Golden Nugget’s online operations, which already have an impressive portfolio of games, will be supplied with big names such as Rush Horse Racing, Rush Car Racing and Rush Football (Soccer) by Virtual Sports from Inspired; these will be the first ever online Virtual Sports products to be under offer in the country. All games supplied to Golden Nugget, will be made available through both their desktop and mobile platforms. Over 50,000 land-based venues already offer Inspired’s Virtual Sports and an even bigger audience has access to their online and mobile services.
Inspired Gaming is the world leading supplier of SBG products; with services offered in 30 countries around the globe, they generate a hefty annual income of $35 billion. The company boasts great service and a healthy customer interest. Since 2010, Inspired have shifted their focus toward expansion of their SBG technology into the international market; as well as converging existing gaming channels to more online and mobile friendly interfaces. The company currently employs over 1,000 people in 10 of their offices around the world.
Golden Nugget Atlantic City
The Golden Nugget Atlantic City is a premier resort destination. The venue opened in 1985 and after changing hands a few times, was sold to Landry's for $38 million on May 23, 2011. The venue was then renamed the Golden Nugget Atlantic City and given a much needed facelift costing $150 million. The resort offers guests 740 rooms and suites alongside a high-energy casino featuring the most popular slot and video poker machines, table games, and poker room; nightly entertainment, bars and lounges, the Haven Nightclub and retail offerings. Landry's also brought their signature world-class restaurants, a luxury spa and salon and a H20 poolside lounge to the property, upon renovation. Golden Nugget Atlantic City received their permits for opening their online gaming site, GoldenNuggetCasino.com, on December 13, 2013; when 77 online slots, video poker and table games were available for the New Jersey customers to enjoy around the clock; with more games added to their portfolio, they remain the largest online casino game provider in the area.
Reactions from Inspired and Golden Nugget
Steve Rogers, CCO of digital games for Inspired, commented, “This is a hugely exciting moment for Inspired, as we become the first ever supplier to deliver Virtual Sports online to the US market. Following our partnership with Spin Games, I’m delighted that we can announce that Golden Nugget will be among the first online operators in the U.S. to supply their customers with Inspired’s world-class Virtual Sports products. This deal comes as part of Inspired’s ongoing global strategy, and we look forward to announcing further deals and projects in the U.S. in the near future. We have a proven track record of creating new markets as we have demonstrated over the years in the UK, Italy, and China, to name a few, and we are sure that the U.S. will be just as explosive.”
Phil Katsaros, the Head of Business Development for Inspired North America also said, “Inspired takes great pride in being a first-class technology partner, bringing new and inventive products, such as Virtual Sports to the marketplace. We are completely thrilled to partner with Golden Nugget and look forward to contributing to their fast growing online gaming business.”
Thomas Winter, the Vice President of Online Gaming at the Golden Nugget stated, “We are thrilled to partner up with Inspired and add their innovative, world-class Virtual Sports to our content portfolio. With close to 300 games available through its web portal and mobile apps, GoldenNuggetCasino.com already offers the best and largest selection of games to New Jersey online players. This focus on delivering the best possible players experience allowed Golden Nugget to be the fastest online casino in New Jersey last year and to win the iGaming North America Operator of the Year award in 2015 and 2016. Virtual Sports brings fun to the next level and shows our restless commitment to remain the destination of choice for New Jersey online players.”