IGT has confirmed that its subsidiary, IGT Global Solutions, has signed a seven-year deal with La Française des Jeux (FDJ), the operator of the French National Lottery, to modernise its central systems.
Announcing the partnership, IGT revealed the upgrade will switch out the old FDJ system for IGT’s Aurora central system, advancing the technological capabilities of the lottery to manage its business.
After the installation, expected to go live in the first quarter of 2023, the Aurora framework will connect to FDJ’s player and retailer account management platforms, enabling end-to-end integration of classic draw-based games into the new omnichannel system.
“As FDJ’s lottery central system partner for more than 20 years, IGT has a keen understanding of the innovative technology needs of its business,” said Jay Gendron, IGT Chief Operating Officer, Lottery.
“Omnichannel lottery experiences enhance player engagement and are what consumers will come to expect as part of the overall player journey as lotteries continue incorporating more digital solutions.
The enhanced omnichannel aspects that IGT will add to FDJ’s lottery infrastructure, combined with the exceptional reliability, performance and flexibility of our Aurora platform, will help FDJ maintain the French National Lottery’s standing as one of the most successful lotteries in the world.”
IGT has supplied FDJ with its primary central system since 2000 and, in addition to this, it also supplies the French firm with instant ticket vending machines, instant tickets, technology training, and maintenance.
Xavier Etienne, FDJ Executive VP Technology & International, added: “Now that we have successfully scaled FDJ’s digital offer, thanks to our new omnichannel architecture and our proprietary iLottery platform, it is time to launch the upgrade of our central draw games engine to next-level omnichannel capabilities.
“It is a major program in FDJ’s strategic plan, and we are pleased to pursue our longstanding collaboration with IGT to make this important step a success.”