Correction added 08-04-2014.
Revenue from electronic pulltab gambling was expected to pick up the state’s cost of building a new Minnesota Viking stadium. But, the generated revenues never came near the amounts predicted by the sponsors.
Thus, Minnesota officials have ordered major changes. These include the termination of Express Games, the largest company distributing the iPad games to about 120 bars and other venues in Minnesota. But, that won’t be the end of Jon Weaver, founder of Express Games who has formed a new company called Pilot Games.
The charities that run the games have been notified of the change and were encouraged to sign on with Pilot Games.
Tom Barrett, executive director of the Board, clarified the situation by pointing out that the changes “that took place in MN involve the decision of distributor Express Games President Jon Weaver electing to switch from being a distributor of the games to becoming a manufacturer of the games.”
In Minnesota, Barrett explained, “a licensee cannot be both a distributor AND a manufacturer.”
Also, the Board did not encourage or persuade any charity to sign on with any respective vendor, as indicated, but that “it was representatives from new vendor Pilot Games” that urged the signing, Barrett pointed out.
Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.
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