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Cineplex Inc. and VRstudios Inc. Announce Partnership

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Agreement Includes Equity Investment, Commercial Partnership and Expansion Opportunities. Company Plans to Roll-Out 30-40 Virtual Reality Installations in Canada

 

Cineplex, a leading entertainment and media company, announced a strategic partnership with VRstudios, Inc. (“VRstudios”), the largest provider of turnkey, location-based virtual reality solutions in the world. The agreement includes a commercial partnership and an investment by Cineplex to acquire a significant ownership interest in VRstudios. The financial terms were not disclosed.

In addition to installation opportunities at existing Cineplex-owned properties – including its theatre network and location-based entertainment (LBE) network – the agreement also provides broader expansion opportunities in North America and around the globe. Founded in 2014 and based in Seattle, Washington, VRstudios’ product solutions are sold in various configurations for untethered multiplayer, free-roaming, room-scale and warehouse-scale commercial VR attractions. It features eight unique VR experiences in environments ranging in size from 100 to 2,400 square feet.

With more than 65 systems deployed to customers in 15 countries, plus another 120 commercial VR attractions powered by its AMP management software, VRstudios has the largest global installation footprint today and provides virtual reality solutions to popular entertainment destinations including theme parks, arcades, amusement parks, family entertainment centres, casinos and movie theatre complexes. Cineplex has recently installed a VRstudios attraction at The Rec Room in South Edmonton, Alberta, and plans to open approximately 30-40 additional locations across its theatre and LBE networks in Canada by the end of 2021.

“We are not just deploying VR across our network, we are strategically investing in the market to create new revenue streams as well as critical mass and scale for growth. We are proud to be leading the way in the burgeoning location-based VR market,” said Ellis Jacob, President and CEO, Cineplex. “VRstudios’ product portfolio base has obvious application opportunities across the Cineplex ecosystem, and we are particularly excited about growth opportunities for Player One Amusement Group.”

One of North America’s leading providers of interactive video, redemption and amusement gaming equipment, Player One Amusement Group (P1AG) specializes in solution servicing and design for a wide range of customers in the theatrical exhibition vertical as well as community-based entertainment destinations such as bowling centres, restaurants, arcades, shopping centres and water parks. The agreement announced today creates opportunities for P1AG to work closely with VRstudios to manage the sale, support integration and maintenance of VRstudios’ portfolio of systems in North America.

“Cineplex is one of the world’s leading entertainment companies and we are honoured to be working in partnership with them to drive further innovation in the location-based VR marketplace,” said Kevin Vitale, Chief Executive Officer, VRstudios. “There is great synergy in our respective visions for scaling VR in commercial entertainment and the enterprise-wide strategy to make it happen.”

VRstudios offers a complete, customizable end-to-end virtual reality solution that includes an Attraction Management Platform™ for location-based entertainment businesses. Designed from the ground up, these systems facilitate amazing experiences which cannot be duplicated by in-home consumer virtual reality platforms. Emphasizing turnkey installation, easy-operation, training and support as well as owner profitability, the VRstudios solutions utilizes commercial-quality, patent-pending technology to offer ultimate virtual reality attractions.

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This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable securities laws, such as statements concerning anticipated future events, results, circumstances, performance or expectations that are not historical facts. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including those described in Cineplex’s Annual Information Form (“AIF”). Those risks and uncertainties include: adverse factors generally encountered in the film exhibition industry such as poor film product and unauthorized copying; risks associated with national and world events, including war, terrorism and international conflicts; natural disasters or extreme weather conditions; infectious diseases; changes in income tax legislation; and general economic conditions. In addition, these risks and uncertainties include: the ability to achieve the expected synergies and the timing of same; the effectiveness of integration efforts and risks related to the satisfaction of the conditions to closing the transaction; and the related financing arrangements, including future general economic and market conditions and the associated debt and equity capital markets. Many of these risks and uncertainties can affect our actual results and could cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statement made by us or on our behalf. All forward-looking statements in this press release are qualified by these cautionary statements. These statements are made as of the date of this press release and, except as required by applicable law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Additionally, we undertake no obligation to comment on analyses, expectations or statements made by third parties in respect of Cineplex, its financial or operating results or its securities.

About Cineplex:
A leading entertainment and media company, Cineplex (TSX:CGX) is a top-tier Canadian brand that operates in the Film Entertainment and Content, Amusement and Leisure, and Media sectors. As Canada’s largest and most innovative film exhibitor, Cineplex welcomes over 70 million guests annually through its circuit of 165 theatres across the country. Cineplex also operates successful businesses in digital commerce (CineplexStore.com), food service, alternative programming (Cineplex Events), cinema media (Cineplex Media), digital place-based media (Cineplex Digital Media), amusement solutions (Player One Amusement Group) and an online eSports platform for competitive and passionate gamers (WorldGaming.com). Additionally, Cineplex operates a location based entertainment business through Canada’s newest destination for ‘Eats & Entertainment’ (The Rec Room), and will also be opening new complexes specially designed for teens and families (Playdium) as well as exciting new sports and entertainment venues across Canada (Topgolf). Cineplex is a joint venture partner in SCENE, Canada’s largest entertainment loyalty program.

Proudly recognized as having one of the country’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures, Cineplex employs approximately 13,000 people in its offices across Canada and the United States. To learn more visit Cineplex.com or download the Cineplex App.

About VRstudios:
VRstudios is a pioneer and leader in delivering turn-key large-scale, multiplayer, free-roaming commercial VR attraction systems for the LBE industry. The company offers a product line of complete solutions that can be quickly installed and efficiently operated, VRstudios is a one-stop-shop that makes it easy for owners and operators to offer innovative virtual reality attractions to their visitors. VRstudios launched in 2014 and has shipped over 65 systems to 15 countries.

Source: Cineplex


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NSoft`s Next Six enhances Balkan Bet’s Mobile app

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Serbian Balkan Bet has extended the existing offer of virtual draw-based games. The players using Balkan Bet´s mobile app are now able to enjoy in Next Six.

Next Six enables players to bet which numbers will be drawn from the drum throughout the whole round providing the game with the characteristics of live betting – what makes it even more entertaining to the players. In combination with the channel of release – a Mobile app for Android – Next Six brings the joy of game and thrill of winning to the players. The players have a betshop in the palm of their hand.

“Balkan Bet and NSoft have long-lasting and successful cooperation behind numerous implemented products and projects. They have been using almost full NSoft’s product portfolio palette which includes omnichannel solutions for Sportsbook – In Play and Pre-Match betting together with Virtual Draw-based Games and Virtual Race Games. Balkan Bet was actually one of the first betting companies to introduce NSoft’s Mobile App Solution and offer it to its players. They constantly tend to enrich the offer with new features and products which keeps them way ahead of the competition raising the player hospitality and providing an advanced player experience. Working with Balkan Bet provides NSoft with a powerful platform to showcase its products to the end users and the mutual cooperation based on trust provides us with valuable market feedback.“ commented Dalibor Ostojić, Regional Sales Manager.

Draw-based games have made a long journey from manual to its virtual version. The virtualization has boosted this type of game in sense of speed and visual presentation making it become an essential type of game for every betting company.

Find out more on NSoft´s offer – book a meeting with NSoft´s Sales team or contact us directly at sales@nsoft.com.

About NSoft:

NSoft is an award – winning internationally recognized software solutions provider for the gaming and betting industry. The company has more than 200 employees and 100 companies as its customers, operating in 35 countries. Its product portfolio includes turnkey solution for managing betting business, retail and omni-channel solutions, virtual sports betting, sportsbook and draw based games.

Our unique approach to customers and creative software solutions positioned us as one of the top providers of innovative products for the gaming industry. We understand that strong and long-term partnerships are essential for further development, so we joined forces with the world’s leading sport data provider – Sportradar.

It is NSoft’s mission to provide betshop owners with powerful and visually appealing platform, amazing virtual games, and data-packed sportsbook, and help them grow their business.


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NSoft announced as GENERAL SPONSOR at MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit 2019

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MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit, also known as the Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Summit and Awards is the leading conference in the Baltic and Scandinavian region gathering region oriented operators, software providers, and industry regulators for a full day of learning and networking.

The organizers, European Gaming Media and Events are excited to announce that NSoft will join the sponsors’ list as General Sponsor.

NSoft is an award-winning internationally recognized software solutions provider for the gaming and betting industry. Its product portfolio includes a turnkey solution for managing betting business, retail and omni-channel solutions, Virtual sports bettingSportsbook and Draw based games.

Do not miss the chance to meet Mr. Omerspahic during the conference or if you need more information about NSoft, contact us at info@nsoft.com or sales@nsoft.com.

MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit will take place on the 9th of May at Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel and the agenda includes compliance panel discussions about the state of the gambling industry in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, presented by local regulators Lolita Sumskaite (Head of Unit at Ministry of Finance, Lithuania), Signe Birne (Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection of the Republic of Latvia) and Taivo Põrk (Ministry of Finance, Estonia).

Among the compliance panel discussion, the agenda also includes a special IMGL MasterClass™ which is titled as “It’s Hot in the Nordics: IMGL Mega-Panel” and will stress on regulatory Trends, IP blocking and payment blocking in Scandinavia. Among experts of the MasterClass, you will also find the Danish regulator, Birgitte Sand (Director of the Danish Gambling Authority), Rolf Sims (Public Affairs Manager for Kindred Group in Norway and Board Chairman of the newly formed Norwegian Trade Association for Online Gambling Companies) and Gustaf Hoffstedt (General Secretary at the Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling).

Tech and industry hot topics related talks include panel discussions about the future of the gambling industry, the innovations and use of CRM systems, the use of AI in the gambling industry, outsourcing, safe gambling, and the latest about AML/KYC.

Those interested in the D A CH region, will not be disappointed as the agenda once again features a compliance panel discussion about the German language speaking countries such as Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, under the expert guidance of Dr. Joerg Hofmann (Partner at MELCHERS LAW).

You can Register here or View the Agenda for more details and speakers!

In 2019, the conference will include the inaugural Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards which will recognize the top 21 companies in their respective categories for their hard work and commitment in the region. You can find more details about the shortlist and how you can take part in deciding the winners on the following page.

Browse the official event website here: www.marebalticumgaming.com

Make sure you take advantage of this unique opportunity of learning and networking with the gambling industry in the Baltic and Scandinavian region via the MARE BALTICUM Gaming platform which has been launched in 2018 and is committed to bringing together industry shareholders and government officials from the Baltic and Scandinavian region on a yearly base.


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Leaders Group, a new operating company which will bring Advance’s B2B sports, esports and gaming businesses under one umbrella

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Advance Announces Formation of Leaders Group, a Global B2B Sports, Esports and Gaming Intelligence Platform and Appoints Warren S. Thune as CEO

Advance and its subsidiary, American City Business Journals, today announce the formation of Leaders Group, a new operating company which will bring Advance’s B2B sports, esports and gaming businesses under one umbrella, and the appointment of Warren S. Thune as Leaders Group CEO.

Leaders Group will build on the strong foundation that Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily have built over the last 20+ years as the authoritative voice in the business of sports. The group will also include Leaders, The Esports Observer and Newzoo. These trusted brands will continue to be led by their talented management teams, but will now work collaboratively to enhance and accelerate product development, provide superior access to their collective global data assets, and build and capitalize on an increasingly connected global professional network to better serve professionals in the sports and entertainment industries.

Mr. Thune joins from Gartner and CEB where he spent fourteen years in a series of executive roles culminating in serving as Group President, SaaS and Technology Enabled Services. Prior to Gartner, he was a Senior Partner at Oliver Wyman. Mr. Thune holds an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

The addition of Mr. Thune and his business building experience will elevate the value proposition offered to Leaders Group’s customers through the enhancement of the group’s product and service offering, which includes:

  • Market Intelligence and Analytics – Critical and timely global data and intelligence needed to support daily business decisions.
  • Networks – Access and connectivity to globally relevant networks, such as league operators, team owners, facility operators, vendors, brands and merchants to facilitate knowledge sharing, best practices, commerce and opportunities across the global sports, technology, media and entertainment ecosystem.
  • Events – High value events with local to global perspectives through data-driven content and access to relevant industry thought leaders, practitioners and investors.
  • Media – Delivery of real-time news, insights and analysis from industry and functional experts.        

Whitney Shaw, CEO of American City Business Journals and Co-Founder of Sports Business Journal, will become Chairman of the newly established Leaders Group board of directors to which Mr. Thune will report.  Mr. Shaw said: “Warren is a talented executive with a strong track record of building high performing teams and businesses. The business models Warren has executed throughout his impressive career, his ability to manage a global organization and his experience implementing acquisition strategies make him the ideal individual for the role. By combining our media, events and analytics holdings under a single corporate entity, we will be able to more effectively serve a customer base that is increasingly trying to understand how to best operate in a more technologically connected sports and entertainment ecosystem.”

Janine Shelffo, Chief Strategy and Development Officer at Advance, stated, “The business of sports, esports and gaming is a multi-billion-dollar global business with significant unmet demand for more timely data and information and better intelligence to help participants optimize their businesses. We are enthusiastic about working with Warren and the Leaders Group team to seek additional investment and acquisition opportunities to create the most compelling and highest quality insights for clients in the industry.”

Warren S. Thune commented: “I am thrilled to be joining Leaders Group. This is an exciting opportunity to further enhance these industry leading companies and elevate our platform into the premier intelligence provider for global sports, esports and gaming professionals. I look forward to working with each of the Leaders Group businesses and their leadership teams to execute this vision.”

About Advance

Advance is a private, family-owned company that operates and invests in a broad range of media, communications and technology businesses globally.  The Advance family of companies includes Condé Nast, Advance Local, American City Business Journals, Leaders Group, 1010data, POP, Stage Entertainment and, upon the expected completion of its acquisition in Q2, Turnitin. Advance is also among the largest shareholders in Discovery, Charter Communications and Reddit. For further information, please visit www.advance.com

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