Game Play Network, a Los Angeles-based iGaming company with a patented software and technology platform featuring horse racing and online casino expertise, announced the addition of four seasoned gaming executives this week.
The company, which already boasts of being available to at least 40% more of the U.S. population than any of its rivals, seeks to accelerate its place atop the food chain in that respect. The new executives include Aaron Fischer and Sam Kiki.
Fischer, who becomes GPN’s chief financial officer and chief strategy officer, held the latter title at MGM regarding mobile sports betting and iGaming. Kiki, now GPN’s chief commercial officer, will oversee the company’s partnerships with online gaming companies, social game companies, game developers, and company providers. He had run Caesars Entertainment’s sportsbook operations, as well as iGaming.
At least one former “Gamble On” podcast guest was impressed by the Kiki hire:
I’m excited to have the young business wizard @skiki13 join Game Play Network! Everything Sam touches turns to gold/platinum: great positive indicator for GPN. Welcome to GPN Sam #POSITIVITY https://t.co/Dpq2QEJGaQ
— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) August 31, 2021
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Bryan Lindsey, GPN’s incoming senior vice president of gaming operations, has extensive brick-and-mortar gaming experience, having worked at Station Casinos, Red Rock Resorts, and Wynn Resorts. Meanwhile, GPN’s new chief operating officer will be Tod Lower, who will be responsible for directing day-to-day business operations. Lower formerly worked for MGM and has experience in the global gaming, entertainment, hospitality, and banking industries.
“We’re committed to investing in great talent to continue our long history of pioneering the iGaming marketplace,” GPN co-founder and CEO David Marshall said in a statement. “Bryan has a long history of building and running entertainment and gambling venues, and the reunion of the Aaron and Sam duo will undoubtedly be a rocket booster to the company.”
Part of GPN’s portfolio is as an advance deposit wagering company legally authorized to conduct internet wagering on horse races under the Federal Interstate Horseracing Act and applicable state laws. Game Play Network also enables third-party brands to offer real-money mobile casino games in states where other forms of iGaming are not legal. The company operates in 22 states, with the ability to launch in up to 40 states.
DFS also part of long-term vision
Back in May, GPN announced that it had entered into a “strategic partnership” with daily fantasy sports platform SuperDraft, which also has a deal with Caesars Entertainment.
The goal is to give SuperDraft “the opportunity to materially advance its online gaming vision to provide a well-rounded portfolio of DFS, sports betting and iGaming products in 22 states currently (more than any other sports betting site in the country) with plans to expand into even more states in the near future.”
Game Play Network also “plans to expand via gaming floors and lounges across the country whereby specially designed machines, free standing kiosks and table top display cases will be placed at racetracks, sporting venues, casinos, restaurants, bars, hotels and other locations.”
Fischer, a former equity research analyst covering the gaming and consumer sector at Goldman Sachs, assisted this past spring in GPN’s latest round of funding as part of the overall expansion plan.