Williams Interactive LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of WMS Industries Inc. (NYSE:WMS), announced today that the Company entered into an online content licensing agreement with Sky Betting & Gaming, the online betting and gaming division of UK pay-television broadcaster BSkyB Group. The agreement provides SkyVegas.com, the online casino site offered by Sky Betting & Gaming, with access to WMS’ online library of authentic slot games for desktop and mobile gaming platforms and further expands the global consumer audience for WMS’ premium video slot gaming content.
Sky Betting & Gaming, named 2012 Operator of The Year by eGaming Review magazine, will feature the full catalogue of WMS' proven player-popular digital slot content, including such hits as THE WIZARD OF OZ™, Zeus™, Reel 'Em In® and Jackpot Party® games on Sky Vegas. WMS’ premium slot content will be available for SkyVegas.com players on both desktop and mobile platforms following its anticipated commercial launch later in calendar 2013.
Orrin J. Edidin, President of WMS Industries and CEO and President of Williams Interactive, said, “Sky Vegas is a leading casino operator in the UK interactive gaming market and has a growing community of online players. The inclusion of WMS slot content on their desktop and mobile platforms represents another premier endorsement of our content, games and online gaming capabilities. The agreement again highlights the growing momentum we are generating in expanding the worldwide audience for our gaming content. I’m confident that our industry-leading content will provide excitement and great gaming experiences to the Sky Vegas online community and that together we will achieve great success in the years to come.”
Samuel Downey, Head of Casino and Games at Sky Betting & Gaming, said, “We are delighted to add the WMS gaming content to our online casino. Being able to offer the popular slot content from WMS to Sky Vegas players has been a top priority for some time. In land-based casino environments, it is common to see players standing in line for a chance to enjoy the great gaming entertainment WMS is known for and we are very happy to now offer these great player experiences online for our customers. As WMS games become available online, I expect they will quickly become new favorites of our players.”
Sky Betting & Gaming is licensed in Alderney and in addition to the SkyVegas.com online casino site operates the SkyBet.com, SkyPoker.com and SkyBingo.com sites. The inclusion of WMS’ content on SkyVegas.com is made possible via OpenBet’s RGI (Remote Gaming Interface), which is incorporated into the OpenBet platform used by Sky Betting & Gaming.
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. More information on WMS can be found at www.wms.com or www.williamsinteractive.com or visit the Company on Facebook®, Twitter® or YouTube®.
About Sky Betting & Gaming
Based in Leeds, Sky Betting & Gaming is one of the country’s leading online betting and gaming companies. Sky Betting & Gaming consists of four core brands: Sky Bet, Sky Vegas, Sky Poker and Sky Bingo and one of the UK’s leading multi-sports websites, Sporting Life. Customers can bet online or via a mobile platform. The Sky Bet, Sky Vegas & Sky Bingo apps are free to download from the App Store.
Sky Betting & Gaming is a wholly owned subsidiary of BSkyB. Sky entertains and excites more than 10.6 million homes through the most comprehensive multichannel, multi-platform television service in the UK and Ireland.
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