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Gaming Innovation Group has announced it has signed its first contract with a games studio, after inking an agreement with Jade Rabbit, which will see the firm build games directly onto the GiG Games platform.

Stephen Calvert, CPO at Jade Rabbit Studios, commented: “We’re thrilled to announce this six game agreement, which is a testament to the capabilities and potential of Jade Rabbit.

“A partner such as GiG provides a fantastic opportunity for us to work with multiple brands across many markets to develop truly innovate slots, and we look forward to our first launch in H1 2019.”

Jade Rabbit is expected to launch the first game during the first half of next year as part of the six games contract, with the studio stating an expectation of four games in total to be launched during 2019.

Mathias Larsson, managing director at GiG Games, added: “We are very happy to announce this partnership at such an early stage with GiG Games. Jade Rabbit is an amazing game studio with tons of experience from mainly the UK market.

“This partnership allows GiG Games to release more games on an annual basis. It is part of GiG Games’ strategy to work with several premium game studios spread across the world.

“This is the best way to build truly local games for local markets. At the moment, we are in discussions with several studios, and it is important to us to pick the best studios to keep the premium quality of our games.”

This move comes after GiG announced the initial stages of an agreement with casino and entertainment operator Hard Rock International.

A letter of intent has been inked between the party’s, relating to the provision of an omni-channel sportsbook platform in the newly opened New Jersey market, at its Atlantic City based Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

The intention of the letter of intent is to execute an agreement and launch the sportsbook during Q4 of 2018.