IGT Announces Sports Betting Technology Agreement with Boyd Gaming

Prnewswire | August 20, 2020

International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) today announced that it has signed a long-term sports betting technology agreement with leading U.S. casino operator Boyd Gaming Corporation. Under the terms of the agreement, Boyd Gaming will utilize IGT's PlaySports platform to support Boyd Gaming's retail sportsbooks throughout Nevada, along with its Nevada-based mobile sports app and online sports betting portal. Additionally, Boyd Gaming will deploy IGT's self-service PlaySports Kiosks throughout its Nevada-based gaming venues. IGT and Boyd Gaming will take a phased approach for rolling out the features and services associated with this technology agreement.

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Profit participations have always been a complex and emotional subject for talent, who wonder “Am I being paid what we agreed to contractually?” For studios, it is about “Am I paying too much, and are my stakeholders leaving money on the table?” Now, with new delivery methods like SVOD, non-traditional studios like Netflix and the proliferation of scripted television series and independent films, we have entered into a new era where profit participations and deal structuring are continually in flux.

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Profit participations have always been a complex and emotional subject for talent, who wonder “Am I being paid what we agreed to contractually?” For studios, it is about “Am I paying too much, and are my stakeholders leaving money on the table?” Now, with new delivery methods like SVOD, non-traditional studios like Netflix and the proliferation of scripted television series and independent films, we have entered into a new era where profit participations and deal structuring are continually in flux.

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Reach for the Cloud – Turtle Beach’s Designed for Xbox Recon Cloud Hybrid Controller Is Now Available

Turtle Beach Corporation | October 18, 2022

Leading gaming accessory maker Turtle Beach Corporation (Nasdaq: HEAR) announced the global availability of its Recon™ Cloud Hybrid Controller. The Recon Cloud controller is Turtle Beach’s first foray into the mobile gaming controller category and another significant addition to the brand’s growing and widely acclaimed controller lineup, which includes the Recon Controller and REACT-R Controller. The Designed for Xbox Recon Cloud Hybrid Controller is for mobile gamers playing on compatible Android devices, on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows PCs. The Recon Cloud controller connects to Android 8.0+ devices and compatible Windows PCs using low-latency Bluetooth®, and it has a massive 30+ hour battery life with quick, play-and-charge capability for all-day gaming when on-the-go. At home, gamers can connect the Recon Cloud to their Xbox console or Windows PC with its 10-foot braided USB cable and access to a suite of exclusive Turtle Beach audio features like Superhuman Hearing®, custom audio presets and more for the ultimate audio advantage. The Recon Cloud Hybrid Controller comes in Blue Magma or Black and is available now at www.turtlebeach.com and participating retailers worldwide for $99.99 MSRP. “Both gamer and critic response to our Recon and REACT-R controllers has been unquestionably bullish, and the Cloud Controller gives Xbox and mobile gamers the same award-winning Turtle Beach controls for both the worlds they love to play in, While the Recon Cloud is the first of our expanded lineup of mobile controllers launching this year, we have additional new products designed for iOS and other platforms coming soon.” -Juergen Stark, Chairman and CEO, Turtle Beach Corporation The Recon Cloud Hybrid Controller combines the best of both worlds for mobile gamers on Xbox and PC. Gamers can play longer and in total comfort thanks to the Recon Cloud’s ergonomic shape and cooling grips. The Recon Cloud’s adjustable phone clip securely mounts all compatible Android phones – nearly any sized phone, even in its case – above the controller. When the Recon Cloud’s phone clip is detached, it can be used as a convenient tabletop stand. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Turtle Beach controller without the best-selling gaming headset brand’s exclusive signature audio features. When the Recon Cloud is connected to Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows PCs in wired mode, additional features including Superhuman Hearing to hear enemy players before they see you, EQ Presets to personalize sound, controls for Game & Chat Balance to find just the right mix, and Mic Monitoring to ensure no more yelling at others – all come into play. The complete list of Recon Cloud Controller features includes: Designed for Xbox & Cloud Gaming: Equipped with a detachable 10ft./3m braided cable for using in wired mode with Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One & Windows PCs, or flip the input switch to play wirelessly on Android 8.0+ devices and Windows PCs. Complimentary Xbox Game Pass Ultimate: A one-month free subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate gives access to an expansive library of games. Long-Lasting Wireless Battery: Play mobile games for days with a 30-hour rechargeable battery, plus the controller fully recharges in just 2.5 hours. Bluetooth Connectivity: Connect to Android 8.0+ mobile devices as well as compatible Windows PCs using low-latency Bluetooth technology. Built for Cloud Gaming: Go beyond the Xbox Game Pass library on mobile, and play controller-supported games on GeForce Now, Stadia, Steam Link, and more. Responsive Controls: Play in confidence with textured triggers and bumpers, an accurate 8-way D-pad, and smooth thumbstick movement. Ergonomic Cooling Grips: Micro-cooling channels and a comfortable shape keep hands cool and dry while reducing fatigue over long gaming sessions. Pro-Aim Focus Mode: One of two mappable buttons, Pro-Aim tunes thumbstick sensitivity for enhanced long-range accuracy. Two Mappable Quick-Action Buttons: Customize your gaming experience with two mappable buttons, allowing up to four different switchable profiles. Android Mobile Companion App: Make on-the-go adjustments to control performance, check battery status, and discover new compatible games. Superhuman Hearing*: From quiet footsteps sneaking up, to enemy weapon reloads, Turtle Beach’s exclusive Superhuman Hearing sound setting lets gamers hear every detail for the ultimate gaming audio advantage. Turtle Beach Signature Presets*: Customize game audio with four audio EQ presets: Signature Sound, Bass Boost, Bass & Treble Boost, and Vocal Boost. Immersive Vibration Feedback*: Dual rumble motors in the handles and triggers offer enhanced feedback for ultra-realistic next-gen gameplay. 3.5mm Headset Connection*: Take advantage of proven Turtle Beach audio enhancements by plugging in any 3.5mm connected headset. Mic Monitoring*: Hear and adjust the volume of your own voice to avoid shouting while chatting. Game & Chat Mix*: Conveniently located game & chat mix controls. About Turtle Beach Corporation Turtle Beach Corporation (www.turtlebeachcorp.com) is one of the world’s leading gaming accessory providers. The Company’s namesake Turtle Beach brand (www.turtlebeach.com) is known for designing high-quality, comfort-driven headsets for all gamers. Innovation, first-to-market features, a broad range of products for every type of gamer, and top-rated customer support have made Turtle Beach a fan-favorite brand and the market leader in console gaming audio for over a decade. In 2021, Turtle Beach expanded the best-selling brand beyond headsets and successfully launched the first of its groundbreaking game controllers and gaming simulation accessories. Turtle Beach’s ROCCAT brand (www.roccat.com) combines detail-loving German innovation with a genuine passion for designing the best PC gaming products, including award-winning keyboards, mice, headsets, mousepads, and other PC accessories. Turtle Beach’s Neat Microphones brand (www.neatmic.com) creates high-quality USB and analog microphones for gamers, streamers, professionals, and students that embrace cutting-edge technology and design. Turtle Beach’s shares are traded on the Nasdaq Exchange under the symbol: HEAR.

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TECHNOLOGIES, VIRTUALIZATION

holoride's Cutting Edge In-Car Entertainment Platform Launches for Select Audi Models

holoride | November 03, 2022

holoride, pioneer of extended reality in-vehicle entertainment, announced the release of its game-changing platform in Germany. Coming to select Audi vehicles* in mid-November, the add-on package combines a high-end VR space with a moving car to create an experience that is like nothing before. Passengers will be whisked off into a variety of games and apps that all use live ride info to bring content to life in a completely new media paradigm, dubbed “Elastic Content.”Combining the immersive qualities of virtual reality with real-time vehicle data, holoride is an always-in-motion virtual space, or Motorverse, where riders can enjoy interactive and passive content that reacts to both them and the motion of the car. “Despite amazing advances in automotive technology over the last few decades, passenger experience and in-car entertainment has remained largely the same, With the introduction of holoride, we are not only elevating that stale experience; we are redefining how you spend your time on the go. I couldn’t be more excited for riders to finally enjoy the thrills of the Motorverse for themselves.” -Nils Wollny, CEO and co-founder at holoride The integration of holoride into Audi select series vehicles is a continuation of holoride’s shared history with the German premium auto manufacturer. Since 2019, both Audi and holoride have showcased their ongoing partnership on different occasions, including CES 2019, IAA Mobility 2021, and SXSW 2022, where holoride’s vehicle integration with Audi was officially announced. By integrating holoride in our models, we're redefining in-car entertainment, said Giorgio Delucchi, Head of Digital Experience/Business at Audi. Through combining real-time vehicle data and virtual content, we're creating an entirely new customer experience. A crucial cornerstone of the vehicle's digitalization is developing the interior into a third living space. In this very personal space, living and working coalesce. holoride is another proof point in our roadmap. At launch, holoride users will be able to dive into Cloudbreakers: Leaving Haven from Schell Games, the studio that brought Among Us to VR. It was produced in partnership with Superconductor, the creative agency founded by Hollywood talents Justin Lin (Fast & Furious franchise) and Anthony and Joe Russo (Marvel Cinematic Universe and Netflix’s The Gray Man). The Russo Brothers also served as creative advisors to holoride. Working under the banner of Force Multiplier Studios, writers Brent Friedman and Jeremy Breslau wrote and developed Cloudbreakers’ unique story and universe. Leveraging holoride’s Elastic Content, the Hollywood veterans crafted a journey in which players guide Dev, his scavenger robot Skyjack, and I.O.N.E. through the hostile skies of Stratus, gathering scrap and blasting A.I. sentries as they simultaneously travel to their real-world destination. In addition to bringing new thrills to passengers’ rides, holoride can also create a more comfortable experience for users. Instances of motion sickness are substantially reduced thanks to the technology’s use of steering, braking, and acceleration data to match what riders see in the headset with what they feel outside the Motorverse, and with almost no latency. holoride launches with the aptly named Pioneers’ Pack, containing everything needed to jump into this exciting new platform (minus the car), and priced at EUR 699. The package is available in Germany at shop.holoride.com starting Nov 2, 2022. The Pioneers’ Pack includes: HTC VIVE Flow: lightweight and easy to wear VR glasses that supports holoride’s entertainment service 8BitDo Pro 2 Gamepad: offers a familiar user experience in a classic controller design Safety strap: connected to the seatbelt, the strap provides safety during unexpected events while driving A one-year subscription to the holoride platform After the first year, holoride subscriptions will be available for a monthly (EUR 19.99/month) or yearly fee (equalling EUR 14.99 per month). Both unlock access to an ever-growing content catalog. Cloudbreakers: Leaving Haven leads a launch lineup of games and edutainment apps that will grow over time with regular updates. Additionally, the holoride browser and a powerful phone mirroring feature bring your online life to a 180-inch virtual screen. Embedded into a motion-synced environment, it allows riders to stream their favorite shows and stay connected via their social apps. In order to enjoy the holoride experience, passengers will need the Pioneers’ Pack and a holoride-ready Audi vehicle (e.g., Audi A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, Q5, Q7, Q7, Q8, Audi e-tron, Audi e-tron Sportback, Audi e-tron GT*). Starting with Germany, holoride will be adding further markets beginning with the U.S. in early 2023 followed by more European and Asian markets in the course of the year. *Requirements to use holoride in Audi vehicles: MIB 3 with the latest Software Cluster (starting with model year 2023) and the option “Audi connect Navigation & Infotainment”. Moreover, the EFP control unit must be in place and the option ‘Remote Park Assist Plus’ must not be selected. About holoride holoride leads the way in expanding the boundaries of in-vehicle entertainment with its innovative “Elastic Content.” Founded in 2018 by Nils Wollny, Marcus Kuehne, Daniel Profendiner and Audi, holoride connects Extended Reality (XR) content in real-time with motion and location-aware vehicle data, such as physical feedback and navigation, to create hyper-immersive XR content and experiences for passengers. With holoride, the Metaverse becomes the Motorverse as users take the power and potential of an immersive web3 experience with them on the road. At the center of it all is RIDE, holoride’s own cryptocurrency, which was conceived to supercharge the content ecosystem, drive engagement, and create value for all users. The RIDE token connects car manufacturers, content creators, brands, and passengers for a novel in-vehicle economy. In March 2021, holoride won SXSW Pitch in the “Gaming, Entertainment, and Content” category and went on to receive the competition’s prestigious “Best in Show” award. The company was also named “Best of CES 2019” by TechCrunch, CNET and Tom’s Guide, and was recognized as one of the "100 Best Inventions of 2019" by TIME Magazine as well as one of the “100 Most Consumer-Centric Companies of 2022” by Forbes.

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BUSINESS

HCLTech to Supercharge New York Giants and New York Jets Fan Experiences as New Cornerstone Partner of MetLife Stadium

HCLTech | September 27, 2022

HCLTech, a leading global technology company, announced it has been named an Official Cornerstone Partner of MetLife Stadium and the official digital transformation partner of the New York Giants, New York Jets and MetLife Stadium – enriching what it means to be a fan in the digital age. This supports the company’s focus and new brand positioning: Supercharging ProgressTM, which was unveiled today.The agreement with HCLTech is built on a shared vision to make MetLife Stadium the most technologically advanced venue in the U.S. while providing enhanced guest experiences from the sidelines to the stands. Through this partnership, MetLife Stadium, the Giants and Jets can benefit from HCLTech’s deep experience in platform-driven business transformation, supported by market-leading capabilities to supercharge adoption of best-in-class technology advancements year-round. The new partnership will elevate and unify seamless experiences for guests both inside and outside the stadium, building deeper connections and memorable brand moments before, during and after game days through immersive, real-time digital engagement. Fostering digital transformation and advancement is a critical component of our mission to supercharge progress, said C Vijayakumar, CEO & Managing Director, HCLTech. “Our partnership with MetLife Stadium, alongside the Jets and Giants, represents an incredible opportunity for HCLTech to help them reimagine fan engagement and create digital experiences on a massive scale. Taking on the role of official digital transformation partner for MetLife Stadium, we are excited to enable MetLife Stadium to execute on their mission and look forward to driving a sports and entertainment experience for the digital age. Creating a memorable, positive experience for everyone who comes to MetLife Stadium is a critical part of our mission,” said Ron VanDeVeen, President and CEO of MetLife Stadium. “HCLTech brings a deep level of knowledge and understanding when it comes to building an effective digital experience. In selecting a technology partner, HCLTech was a clear choice for us to help MetLife Stadium stand out as a leader in fan experience well into the future. “We are excited to welcome HCLTech as an Official Cornerstone Partner of MetLife Stadium, Enhancing the fan experience is a top priority. Our partnership with HCLTech will allow us to further develop and leverage innovative engagement opportunities at every event.” -John Mara, President and CEO of the New York Giants. MetLife Stadium has been a leader in its use of technology since opening in 2010," said Hymie Elhai, President of the New York Jets. "Partnering with HCLTech affords us the opportunity to tap into the company's vast technological expertise and recreate what it means to be a fan at MetLife Stadium as we navigate through the digital age. The sports and entertainment sectors are representative of the modern digital experience economy: multi-sensory, context-aware and with the most omnichannel-engaged and diverse consumers. Since its first sports partnership in 2015, HCLTech has driven the digital transformation for iconic brands in soccer, ocean sailing and cricket – keeping fans at the center and bringing millions closer to the sporting organizations they love. The U.S. contributes more than 60% to HCLTech’s global revenue of $11.8 billion. This partnership will allow the company to further demonstrate its commitment to the U.S. market as a technology services and products leader with a large base of Fortune 500 companies -- and as an employer of choice, with more than 22,000 employees across the U.S. Excel Sports Management's properties division oversaw the sponsorship search for the New York Giants, New York Jets, and MetLife Stadium. About MetLife Stadium MetLife Stadium, located in East Rutherford, NJ, is the home of the New York Jets and New York Giants and is one of the largest stadiums in the NFL with a capacity of 82,500. MetLife Stadium will serve as a host venue for FIFA World Cup 2026. Since opening in 2010, the venue has hosted over 500 major events and 2,500 special events. Event highlights include the first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl XLVIII, WrestleMania 29 and 35, the Copa America Centenario Final, the 2021 Army-Navy Game, and many concerts, college football games, and international soccer matches. MetLife Stadium has been named “Highest Grossing Stadium of the Year” 9 times by Billboard and “2017 Venue of the Year” by StadiumBusiness. In 2021, MetLife Stadium became the first NFL Stadium to join the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change's Sports for Climate Action Framework, which aims to achieve global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions goals. For more information, visit metlifestadium.com. About the New York Football Giants A cornerstone franchise of the National Football League, the New York Football Giants began play in 1925. The Giants have won eight championships: 1927, 1934, 1938, 1956, 1986, 1990, 2007 and 2011. After twice winning two titles in five years, the Giants are the only NFL franchise with Super Bowl victories in four consecutive decades. Headquartered at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, N.J., the Giants enter their 98th season of play this fall. For more information, visit giants.com. About the New York Jets The New York Jets were founded in 1959 as the New York Titans, an original member of the American Football League (AFL). The Jets won Super Bowl III, defeating the NFL’s Baltimore Colts in 1969 – a victory many believe led to the 1970 merger of the AFL and NFL that set the foundation for today’s league. The organization takes great pride in a long-standing, year-round commitment to their community by implementing impactful programs that will positively influence the lives of young men and women in the tri-state area, particularly in disadvantaged communities. New York Jets play in MetLife Stadium, which opened in 2010, and are headquartered at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, New Jersey. For more information, visit newyorkjets.com. About HCLTech HCLTech is a global technology company, home to 211,000+ people across 52 countries, delivering industry-leading capabilities centered around digital, engineering and cloud, powered by a broad portfolio of technology services and products. We work with clients across all major verticals, providing industry solutions for Financial Services, Manufacturing, Life Sciences and Healthcare, Technology and Services, Telecom and Media, Retail and CPG, and Public Services. Consolidated revenues as of 12 months ending June 2022 totaled $11.8 billion. To learn how we can supercharge progress for you, visit hcltech.com.

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