Five acclaimed Las Vegas artists create first-of-its-kind art installation to coincide with game launch
LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In a one-of-a-kind collaboration that showcases the talents of Las Vegas’ creative community, award-winning mobile game developer PLAYSTUDIOS has recruited five of the city’s most-celebrated artists to help commemorate the launch of its latest app, myVEGAS Bingo. Beginning April 1, 2021, the five local creatives selected for the “Lucky Numbers” campaign expressed their personal visions on giant bingo balls installed in some of The Strip’s most iconic locations.
“myVEGAS Bingo is one of our most distinctive and dynamic games, expanding the world that we created with myVEGAS Slots,” says PLAYSTUDIOS Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer Andrew Pascal. “To celebrate its launch, we collaborated with the city’s most inspiring talents – five artists that represent the relentless spirit of Las Vegas. Their diverse styles and backgrounds are a reflection of our gaming portfolio and global community of players.”
Steve Zanella, Chief Commercial Officer of MGM Resorts International, says, “Our creative community is one of Las Vegas’ most valued treasures. Offering a showcase for these memorable works of art is a wonderful way to launch myVEGAS Bingo and celebrate our decade-long partnership with PLAYSTUDIOS.”
The artists, and their corresponding bingo balls, are:
B11 – Ryan Brunty is a Las Vegas-based interdisciplinary artist and founder of Depressed Monsters, LLC, a lifestyle brand and mental health advocacy group whose products are sold at Hot Topic, Zappos, Amazon, Box Lunch, and depressedmonsters.com. Brunty's work focuses on his character Yerman, a self-portrait that saved his life in 2012 after the death of his grandfather. Brunty's mental health journey has been adapted into public speaking engagements and tools in psychotherapist's practices across the country. Mr. Brunty’s bingo ball is located at Mandalay Bay near the valet entrance adjacent to the M Life Rewards desk.
I19 – Jerry Misko's art reflects the soul and spirit of Las Vegas, his hometown, with intoxicating imagery and iconography inspired by memories of late nights and neon lights. His work is frequently in demand among private collectors worldwide and is featured in corporate collections from Saks Fifth Avenue to Cirque du Soleil. His clients, including the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and MTV, have tapped into Misko's talent to enrich and uplift their environments. A conversation, a canvas, and a commission are the first steps toward a visual feast as only Sin City's preeminent muralist can provide. Mr. Misko’s bingo ball is located at The Mirage Volcano lagoon.
N42 – Nancy Good was born in Texas and has lived and worked in Las Vegas since 2011. Her creative pursuits over the past three decades have been heavily influenced by her travels to Australia, Africa, and Vietnam; a childhood residency in Japan; adult life experiences as an artist, photographer, musician, fly-fishing guide, backpacker, and writer; her time as a teacher in Montana, Nevada, California, Tennessee, and Illinois; and her eclectic DNA revealing ancestral connections to cultures the world over. A common thread through Good's work is how she employs materials and tools of modern times while playfully drawing upon the aesthetic conventions of ancient cultures, including symbology and primitive mark-making. Ms. Good’s bingo ball is located on the New York-New York Brooklyn Bridge.
G59 – Miguel Rodriguez was born in Wichita, Kansas and grew up in the city of Leavenworth, alongside the Missouri River, surrounded by green vistas, big skies, old homes, and farms. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Kansas City Art Institute, then moved to Las Vegas in 2001 to pursue his Master of Fine Arts degree from UNLV. He’s lived here ever since. Over the past 19 years, Rodriguez has shown his artworks throughout the Las Vegas Valley. Aside from his ceramic work, he’s created multiple large scale publicly and privately funded sculptures and murals. Currently, he teaches Ceramics and Sculpture at UNLV. His art is always colorful and dynamic, drawing inspiration from science, popular culture, and current events. Mr. Rodriguez’s bingo ball is located on the Excalibur lobby adjacent to the front desk.
O70 – Mary Felker is currently working full-time as an artist in Las Vegas and focusing on depicting the beauty of the desert, the city, and the greater southwestern region. Felker’s art has been showcased throughout Las Vegas, at First Friday and Market in the Alley, and online on her Etsy Shop @MaryOnAdventures. Felker’s artwork has also been featured on the cover of Desert Companion and in Las Vegas Weekly. Ms. Felker’s bingo ball is located on the MGM Grand main lobby adjacent to check in desks.
The myVEGAS Bingo app lets players combine the rush of jackpot-style bingo with an innovative social experience in which they can create and join their own bingo clubs, compete in tournaments, and trade collectible tokens that are won throughout the game. myVEGAS Bingo joins a lineup of PLAYSTUDIOS games that includes myVEGAS Slots, POP! Slots, my KONAMI Slots, and myVEGAS Blackjack; all of which are supported by the groundbreaking playAWARDS loyalty platform that allows players to accumulate loyalty points that can be redeemed for real-world rewards from a growing lineup of travel, leisure, lifestyle, and entertainment brands, including MGM Resorts International, Wolfgang Puck, Maverick Helicopters, Royal Caribbean International, and others.
PLAYSTUDIOS recently entered into a merger agreement with Acies Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: ACAC.U, ACAC and ACAC WS) (“Acies”) which, upon closing, will result in the Company becoming a Nasdaq listed company under the ticker symbol “MYPS.”
Link to images & b-roll: https://tinyurl.com/8mm4bat8
PLAYSTUDIOS is the developer and operator of award-winning free-to-play casual games for mobile and social platforms. The company’s collection of original and published titles is powered by its groundbreaking playAWARDS loyalty marketing platform, which enables players to earn real-world rewards from a portfolio of global entertainment, retail, technology, travel, leisure, and gaming brands across 17 countries and four continents. Founded by a team of veteran gaming, hospitality, and technology entrepreneurs, PLAYSTUDIOS brings together beautifully designed mobile gaming content with an innovative loyalty platform in order to provide its players with an unequaled entertainment experience and its partners with actionable business insights. To learn more about PLAYSTUDIOS, visit playstudios.com.
About MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is an S&P 500® global entertainment company with national and international locations featuring best-in-class hotels and casinos, state-of-the-art meetings and conference spaces, incredible live and theatrical entertainment experiences, and an extensive array of restaurant, nightlife and retail offerings. MGM Resorts creates immersive, iconic experiences through its suite of Las Vegas-inspired brands. The MGM Resorts portfolio encompasses 29 unique hotel and destination gaming offerings in the United States and Macau, including some of the most recognizable resort brands in the industry such as Bellagio, MGM Grand, ARIA and Park MGM. The Company's 50/50 venture, BetMGM, LLC, offers U.S. sports betting and online gaming through market-leading brands, including BetMGM and partypoker. The Company is currently pursuing targeted expansion in Asia through the integrated resort opportunity in Japan. Through its "Focused on What Matters: Embracing Humanity and Protecting the Planet" initiative, MGM Resorts commits to creating a more sustainable future, while striving to make a bigger difference in the lives of its employees, guests, and in the communities where it operates. The global employees of MGM Resorts are proud of their company for being recognized as one of FORTUNE® Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies®. For more information, please visit us at www.mgmresorts.com. Please also connect with us @MGMResortsIntl on Twitter as well as Facebook and Instagram.
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