Antigua to collect $21M/yr. from US in WTO case?
Sportsbook Review.com gives an SBR iGaming News update for Friday, January 11th 2013. The headliner of today's show is the long-standing WTO battle between Antigua and the US over iGaming: a claim originally opened by Antigua in 2003. Antigua is set to present its plan to collect on the $21M judgement awarded by the WTO later this month.
US based gaming supplier International Game Technology has struck a new deal with Italian gaming operator Lottomatica. Under terms of the agreement, IGT will power Lottomatica with its robust line-up of online slots games, adding to their existing partnership that sees IGT titles on thousands of video lottery terminals in Italy. Guglielmo Angelozzi, The Senior VP of gaming machines at Lottomatrica stated
“In addition to IGT providing game content for VLTs in Italy, Lottomatica will also be able to distribute IGT's leading iGaming products in an integrated manner through diverse gaming channels, such as smart phones and tablets,”
Antigua continues to draw the ire of the United States in their long-standing squabble over the United States position on iGaming. The Caribbean hub of iGaming first filed their claim with the World Trade Organization in 2003, on the grounds that the US was in violation of the General Agreement on Trade and Services. The WTO eventually ruled in favor of Antigua and issued an annual $21 million dollar judgement against the United States. Antigua has a meeting planned later this month where it intends to present its plan to collect. In response to this, the US trade officials released the following statement:
“[The] United States never intended [gambling and betting services] to be included in its schedule under the General Agreement on Trade in Services,”*credit iGaming Business for above quote
Finally, in some US gaming news, the Michigan lottery has released a request for a proposal aimed at online and mobile lottery game providers. A four-year contract is up for grabs, with an option for a four year extension. Bidders are asked to submit their proposals by February the 19th. Eligible gaming companies must have experience in the market. EGR reports that Michigan is ranked ninth in the US in overall lottery sales, with 2012 sales topping $2.4 billion dolars. Michigan hopes to bring in at least $118 million dollars after the lotto games hit the web.
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