As many as six Japanese regions may eventually welcome casino resorts, according to Pixel Companyz President Hiroaki Yoshida. "What I think is that the regions that are more likely to have integrated resorts are Sasebo in the Nagasaki prefecture, Wakayama, Hokkaido, Tokyo and Osaka," he said.
MGM Resorts is wrapping up its spate of new casino developments across the world -- unless it receives a gaming license in the coveted Japan market, CEO Jim Murren said. In 2018, MGM Springfield and Macau's MGM Cotai will welcome guests, and the Monte Carlo will debut its makeover.
Ozzy Osbourne has signed on as brand ambassador for the recently launched online Metal Casino gaming site, and he has become a partial owner. The company offers players exclusive backstage passes, concert tickets and band merchandise alongside its casino games.
Internet gaming software developer Iforium has signed a multiyear contract with Spinomenal to bring its gaming titles to Iforium's Gameflex platform. "I look forward to working closely with the excellent team at Spinomenal and delivering their top performing titles across multiple markets via Gameflex," Iforium CEO Phil Parry said.
The Michigan Gaming Control Board says the three casinos in Detroit brought in a total revenue of $112.7 million in October, up 1.7% from October 2016. MGM took the majority of the market share with 43%, while MotorCity had 34% and Greektown 23%.
The tendency for millennials to value social connections during activities could be why video game competitions are so popular among this generation, according to The Analyst. Millennials shy away from traditional slot machines, which could be altered to appeal to their demographic by introducing features that would turn slots into a team game.
Laxino Systems in Macau debuted a cloud-based platform called GameSource this week that will grant brick-and-mortar casinos access to a library of electronic games. Independent developers will be able to offer their titles through the platform alongside other creative content providers' games.
Casino Barcelona's partnership with Playtech gives players access to popular games from the content developer, such as its "Age of Gods" titles, on the Spain-based casino's new platform. The iGaming platform holds more than 100 card, table, slot and casino games.
Oklahoma's Ponca tribe will start construction in March on a 12,000-square-foot gaming facility called Fancy Dance Casino. The casino will feature more than 250 gaming machines, a smoke shop and foodservice options.
The Pascua Yaqui Tribal Council's Casino Del Sol and Casino of the Sun in Arizona are being expanded. The projects will include up to 150 new hotel rooms, an 11,000-square-foot event center next to the Casino of the Sun and a 9,600-square-foot addition to Casino Del Sol's convention space.