|The Hong Kong Jockey Club says city punters lose HK$12 billion a year betting online. The club's director of security and integrity, Martin Purbrick, said the business was a key component in what he called the "international expansion and legitimisation of organised crime". A spokesman for the Home Affairs Bureau, which is ultimately responsible for gaming laws in Hong Kong, said sufficient legislation was in place and it would not go down Singapore's road. "Respecting freedom to access information, we do not block one's internet access," a spokesman said. "We have adopted a multipronged strategy which includes regulation, law enforcement, public education and provision of counselling and treatment services."|
|A Bad Deal: How Congress is Threatening Internet Freedoms and What You Can Do About It: Discussion will focus on the most recent federal effort to eliminate states’ rights through the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (S. 2159 and H.R. 4301) as well as the current status of regulated online gambling in the states.|
|Faster data transmission rates have been achieved. “This technology could have very important applications in ultra-high-speed links for the wireless ‘backhaul’ that connects base stations of next-generation cellular systems,” said Andy Molisch of USC Viterbi. The technology could also have potential applications in places such as data centers where large bandwidth links between computer clusters are required, according to the paper.|
|Since research firm Gartner, Inc. identified "gamification" as an emerging technology in its Hype Cycle Report, the term has become a new buzzword across multiple industries. The idea is simple -- it comes from the recognition that games are extremely good at engaging their players. Gamification applies the elements of games that make them engaging to drive interaction, competition, innovation, performance and other behaviors in a non-game context. Non-game contexts can be anything from work, learning and civic engagement to health and fitness, meetings and incentive program participation. PGRI Note: Great article that would appear to have numerous applications for Lottery. For good measure, we’ve included a couple other articles on this topic|
|“Linq3 is very excited to be recognized by retailers as the best new product of 2014. Retailers are the main avenue for lotteries to reach customers and Linq3 is proud to be a supporting partner in increasing sales for the retailer and lotteries all across the U.S.,” said Daniel Cage, Linq3’s CEO.|
|Although the Netherlands is still aiming for the 1stof January 2015 for the proposed Dutch Remote Gambling Act to enter into effect, the expectation is that this estimated timeline might not be achieved due to the phases the bill still has to follow.|
|“We want those who choose to play the lottery to play for fun and play within their means,” said Alice Garland, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery. “You should only play the lottery with money set aside for entertainment. We don’t want rent money, gas money or grocery money to be spent on the lottery. We can have a successful lottery and meet our mission of raising money for education without those kinds of sales.”|
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The tipping point has arrived. Regulatory changes, universal consumer adoption of digital communication technologies, and the adoption of multi-channel retailing by lottery operators are transforming the face of the industry. The convergence of social media, internet promotional strategies, and traditional advertising channels is opening up entirely new vistas for Lottery to connect with its customers.
Government Lotteries and their commercial partners have become the market leaders. Instead of responding to change as it occurs in the market-place, Team Lottery is leading the charge with innovative approaches to brand extensions, integrating multi-media strategies for new customer-acquisition and core customer relationship management, aligning game development and marketing strategies with real-world player profiles instead of old-school demographic segmentation, and converting ‘big data’ into better products delivered at the right time, in the right place, to the right consumer. All the pieces are in place for Team Lottery to consolidate its position as the most progressive, exciting, and trusted operator in the games-of-chance industry.
Public Gaming Magazine January/February 2014