October 5, 2023 3 min read


GAN Secures Conditional Nevada License Despite CEO Departure

The approval, recommended on October 4, allows GAN to step in and replace the problematic sports betting platform currently operational at Red Rock Resorts’ Southern Nevada sportsbooks

The Nevada Gaming Commission tentatively approved a conditional two-year license for sports betting technology provider GAN Ltd., despite recent upheaval in its corporate hierarchy and strategic financial restructuring efforts. 

CEO Departure and Investor Scrutiny Spark Apprehension

GAN, headquartered in Irvine, California, and with roots in Europe, has been facing scrutiny from investors, witnessing a sharp 25% decline in its stock price over the last month. The company’s fate seemed precarious after the sudden departure of longtime CEO Dermot Smurfit, who had been with GAN for a decade. His resignation, just a week before the Nevada licensing hearing, added an air of uncertainty.

Addressing concerns raised by board members Brittnie Watkins and George Assad about the company’s financial stability and the wave of executive departures, Chairman Kirk Hendrick proposed a two-year term limit on GAN’s license, reported The Nevada Independent. The board’s conditional approval stipulates that Seamus McGill, the newly appointed CEO who also serves as GAN’s chairman, cannot hold both positions simultaneously.

Hendrick stated that he believed an ongoing agreement would necessitate the company to maintain communication with the investigative department and offer regular updates. He also personally supported the concept of a CEO submitting an application to the Gaming Control Board within a year.

GAN Navigates Challenges, Gains Analyst Confidence

Despite these challenges, GAN remains hopeful about its future prospects. McGill expressed confidence in the company’s ability to succeed in Nevada, highlighting its successful installations at the Island View Casino in Mississippi and Wynn Resort’s Encore Boston Harbor in Massachusetts. He also hinted at potential expansions within Wynn’s operations on the Las Vegas Strip once Nevada grants its approval.

The company’s expansion plans extend beyond Nevada, aiming to secure licenses in various jurisdictions across the US. McGill emphasized that GAN is working diligently to obtain all necessary approvals for its sports betting and horse racing technology, with hopes of completing the process by early November.

GAN’s association with Red Rock Resorts also came under scrutiny. The resort, through its subsidiary Station Casinos, previously faced regulatory penalties due to glitches in its sports wagering system, a situation that raised further questions about GAN’s delayed product launch in Nevada.

Despite these challenges, analysts like Chad Beynon from Macquarie Securities are cautiously optimistic, citing McGill’s extensive background in gaming and technology industries as a source of confidence. McGill, with 25 years of experience, has navigated similar terrains in his previous roles, bringing a wealth of knowledge to his current position.

Now, attention shifts to the Nevada Gaming Commission’s decision on October 19, a crucial factor in determining GAN’s fate in the Silver State.


Silvia has dabbled in all sorts of writing – from content writing for social media to movie scripts. She has a Bachelor's in Screenwriting and experience in marketing and producing documentary films. With her background as a customer support agent within the gambling industry, she brings valuable insight to the Gambling News writers’ team.

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