This week’s casino news kicks off in Boston where the Wynn Resorts-Boston Harbor saga continues. The good news for Wynn is that this week’s headlines aren’t negative. We’ll start there as we do our recap of the key topics from this week in the casino world:
Wynn Resorts Announces Boston Harbor Opening Date
It’s been a long, sometimes tumultuous road for Wynn Resorts and its Boston Harbor project, but there is now a light at the end of the tunnel. Wynn Resorts has revealed that the Encore Boston Harbor will open in June 2019. While the construction process has been long and arduous, the main issues recently have involved Wynn having to take its name off the casino due to the sexual harassment allegations against former CEO and founder Steve Wynn. The company changed the name to the Encore Boston Harbor in April.
To date, a billion dollars has already been invested into the project. The main foreseeable hurdle in the near future will be the traffic situation as the flow – possibly via creating new roads – will have to change. The hotel, casino and an entertainment facility are just over half done and current projections estimate that the total cost will be around $2.5 billion.
What has slowed down the construction to this point has been the area around the site, formerly home to a number of manufacturing plants. There was contamination in the area that had to be cleaned up before things could get started. That ballooned the costs by an estimated $68 million. Still, Wynn Resorts has very high hopes for the Encore Boston Harbor. It should make all of the money back and more after a couple of years of operation.
NetEnt Begins Mega Million Campaign
NetEnt has a new activation to get players excited for the World Cup. It has kicked off a campaign called the Mega Million Campaign in conjunction with the international soccer event and aims to give away around a million in euros throughout the campaign. This contest begins on June 14, the same day as the World Cup, and goes until July 15, the date of the World Cup final in Moscow.
How it works is players will have to play the Hall of Gods and Mega Fortune game, and they will get the chance to win $4,483.17 on each day that a World Cup game takes place. This first section of the jackpot will total up to $112,079. Then, the second section of the jackpot will bring in $412,923 from the Hall of Gods game, and another $766,857 from the Mega Fortune game. This has been a big month for NetEnt, which announced that it’ll be a sponsor at the Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference, which takes place in September in Budapest.
Qtech Games Partners With Betradar
Qtech Games has announced a partnership with Betradar, purchasing the full product portfolio. Betradar, which is a subsidiary of Sportradar AG, will now give Qtech access to virtual sports games as well as its esports games. This will continue Qtech’s ascent as one of the fastest-growing game distributors in Asia.
Qtech has been busy over the past month as it recently purchased the controlling stake in Snowborn Games, which is a video slots developer from Sweden. This move rounds out the company’s portfolio to present customers with a bigger offering.