International Game Technology announced Wednesday that its IGT PlaySports technology is expanding its footprint within Ohio through an agreement with BetSkybox. Through the agreement, IGT is set to deploy its PlaySports QuickBet Kiosks at licensed restaurants and bars across Ohio.
Ron Frederickson, President of Skybox Sports Network / BetSkybox, said: “BetSkybox is thrilled to deliver IGT’s award-winning sports betting technology to our licensed partners and offer the convenience of PlaySports’ self-service betting solutions to the many sports fans throughout Ohio.”
“IGT’s high-performing betting solutions will add another layer of excitement as patrons gather at these social establishments to watch their favorite sports and teams,” he added.
Skybox Sports Network, with its BetSkbox division and brand, has been awarded a conditional Type C Proprietor Sports Gaming License from the Ohio Lottery and Ohio Casino Control Commission. BetSkybox will deploy sports betting kiosks into Lottery-approved host partner locations throughout the entire state.
Joe Asher, IGT President of Sports Betting, commented: “Expanding IGT PlaySports’ footprint in Ohio through our partnership with BetSkybox increases the opportunity for sports fans throughout the state to enjoy premium betting experiences while they are watching games at restaurants and bars.”
“Ohio’s high-profile professional and collegiate sports teams have loyal and engaged fan bases. The simplicity and intuitive nature of IGT’s PlaySports kiosks will make it easy for any fan to responsibly place bets on their favorite sports teams,” he concluded.
Part of IGT PlayDigital, IGT PlaySports’ solutions have launched both class A and C licensee partners in Ohio and are deployed at more than 80 gaming venues across the U.S. and Canada, the company noted.
The deal expands IGT’s presence in what is set to be a key US market. Ohioans wagered more than $1.1 billion on sports betting in January, the first month the activity was legal in the state, according to data released by the Ohio Casino Control Commission on Tuesday.
Earlier this month, IGT shared its fourth quarter of 2022 results. Q4 financial performance exceeded the high end of outlook with revenue of $1.1 billion, propelled by 7% same-store sales growth in Global Lottery, a 21% increase in global gaming revenue, and a record contribution from PlayDigital.