1. Nature of Business
|6 Months Ended|
Jun. 30, 2022
|Organization, Consolidation and Presentation of Financial Statements [Abstract]|
|1. Nature of Business||
1. Nature of Business
Established in the state of Delaware in 1998, Elys Game Technology, Corp (“Elys” or the “Company”), provides gaming services in the U.S. market via Elys Gameboard Technologies, LLC and Bookmakers Company US, LLC (“USB”) in certain licensed states where the Company offers bookmaking and platform services to the Company’s customers. The Company’s intention is to focus its attention on expanding the US market. The Company recently began operation in Washington D.C. through a Class B Managed Service Provider and Class B Operator license to operate a sportsbook within the Grand Central Restaurant and Sportsbook located in the Adams Morgan area of Washington, D.C., and in October 2021 the Company entered into an agreement with Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey, to provide platform and bookmaking services. Ocean Casino Resort began using the Company’s platform and bookmaking services in March 2022.
The Company also provides business-to-consumer (“B2C”) gaming services in Italy through its subsidiary, Multigioco, which operations are carried out via both land-based or online retail gaming licenses regulated by the Agenzia delle Dogane e dei Monopoli (“ADM”) that permits the Company to distribute leisure betting products such as sports betting, and virtual sports betting products through both physical, land-based retail locations as well as online through the Company’s licensed website www.newgioco.it or commercial webskins linked to the Company’s licensed website and through mobile devices. Management implemented a consolidation strategy in the Italian market by integrating all B2C operations into Multigioco and allowed the Austrian Bookmakers license, that was regulated by the Austrian Federal Finance Ministry (“BMF”), to terminate.
Additionally, the Company provides business-to-business (“B2B”) gaming technology through its Odissea subsidiary which owns and operates a betting software designed with a unique “distributed model” architecture colloquially named Elys Game Board (the “Platform”). The Platform is a fully integrated “omni-channel” framework that combines centralized technology for updating, servicing and operations with multi-channel functionality to accept all forms of customer payment through the two distribution channels described above. The omni-channel software design is fully integrated with a built in player gaming account management system, built-in sports book and a virtual sports platform through its Virtual Generation subsidiary. The Platform also provides seamless application programming interface integration of third-party supplied products such as online casino, poker, lottery and horse racing and has the capability to incorporate e-sports and daily fantasy sports providers. Management implemented a growth strategy to expand B2B gaming technology operations in the U.S. and is considering further expansion in Canada and Latin American countries in the near future.
Strategic agreements entered into with Lottomatica (currently known as G.B.O, S.p.A)
During the course of the second quarter, the Company entered into a Master Technology Development and License Agreement and a Technical Services Agreement with Lottomatica to develop and provide a dedicated Sports Betting Platform (“SBP”) for use in both land-based and on-line applications by Lottomatica in the U.S. and Canadian markets, as well as potentially worldwide. The contract is for a period of ten years, after which the source code will be assigned to Lottomatica. An option was also granted to Lottomatica that after a period of four years from the commencement of the provision of the SBP, that Lottomatica may acquire the source code to the SBP for €4.0 million.
The Technical Services Agreement was entered into with the Company’s subsidiary Odissea to provide engineering services, develop and deliver the software and provide operational and product management support to Lottomatica on the SBP. The initial term of the agreement is for a period of ten years and is based on cost plus a percentage of the services provided.
In a separate Virtual Service Agreement entered into between the Company’s subsidiary Virtual Generation and Goldbet S.p.A., a subsidiary of Lottomatica, whereby Virtual Generation will license virtual event content to be implemented on the Lottomatica’s Platform throughout the Lottomatica vast network of retail outlets and on the online services in Italy. The agreement provides for an exclusivity period of two years from the date of certification of the virtual platform by the Italian regulator (ADM), which will only allow Lottomatica and the Company to make use of the platform. Virtual Generation will generate commission revenue based on a percentage of Net Gaming Revenues.
In a separate Assignment Agreement entered into between the Company’s subsidiary, Multigioco, Lottomatica assigned ownership of approximately 100 Sports Rights to Multigioco, which will allow Multigioco to expand its land-based distribution network to approximately 110 point-of-sale locations. Multigioco expects to open the additional 100 outlets over the remainder of the calendar year. These rights are only valid until the ADM puts new location rights up for tender, which could take place at any time, and therefore were assigned a minimal value.
The entities included in these unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements are as follows:
The Company operates in two lines of business: (i) the operating of web based betting as well as land based leisure betting establishments situated throughout Italy and; (ii) provider of certified betting Platform software services to global leisure betting establishments and operators.
The Company’s operations are carried out through the following four geographically organized groups:
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