WAUKEGAN, Ill. & VANCOUVER, British Columbia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--WMS Gaming Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of WMS Industries Inc. (NYSE:WMS), today announced that the Company has entered into a multi-year online content licensing agreement with the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (“BCLC”). Under the terms of the agreement, BCLC will have access to WMS’ online library of authentic slot games on their gambling website, PlayNow.com.
BCLC’s PlayNow.com players will have the chance to play many of WMS’ hugely popular slot games, such as THE WIZARD OF OZ™, Zeus™, Reel ‘Em In® and Jackpot Party® games. The games will be accessible for play through WMS’ remote game server integration capability, obtained when Williams Interactive purchased Jadestone Group in May 2012.
PlayNow.com has offered online gaming to players in British Columbia since 2004, and in 2010 became the first regulated Canadian jurisdiction to offer online casino games. In addition to an online casino PlayNow.com offers players access to Canada’s biggest lottery games LottoMax and Lotto 6/49 as well as multi-player bingo, player-to-player poker and a new Sportsbook platform that launched this past summer.
Orrin J. Edidin, President of WMS Industries and President and CEO of Williams Interactive, said, “Players at BCLC’s casinos have loved WMS’ great gaming content for many years and we are delighted to expand our relationship to bring this same level of excitement and entertainment to BCLC’s online players. The key to building player loyalty on the casino floor or online at home is to consistently offer great gaming entertainment experiences; and our proven content is an ideal solution to extend our customers’ gaming entertainment beyond the casino’s four walls. The continued expansion of our interactive relationships and activities is a great endorsement of our content and approach to services and solutions and terrific news for the rapidly growing universe of online players.”
Rhonda Garvey, BCLC Vice President, eGaming said, “BCLC has worked with WMS for more than 14 years. During this time, many WMS slot games have become player favorites in our land-based casinos. As another first in North America for PlayNow.com, we are delighted to now offer our online players the opportunity to play the virtual version of WMS’ popular slot games.”
WMS serves the gaming industry worldwide by designing, manufacturing and marketing games, video and mechanical reel-spinning gaming machines, video lottery terminals and in gaming operations, which places leased participation gaming machines in legal gaming venues. The Company also develops and markets digital content, products, services and end-to-end solutions that address global online wagering and interactive social, casual and mobile gaming opportunities. WMS is proactively addressing the next stage of casino gaming floor evolution with its WAGE-NET® networked gaming solution, a suite of systems technologies and applications designed to increase customers’ revenue generating capabilities and operational efficiency. More information on WMS can be found at www.wms.com or visit the Company on Facebook®, Twitter® or YouTube®.
BCLC has been offering socially responsible gambling entertainment for nearly 30 years. As a Crown corporation, BCLC is accountable to the Province and citizens of British Columbia. In 2011, more than $1 billion was generated by BCLC gambling activities that went back into health care, education and community groups across British Columbia.
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