The tribe said the new business will focus on expanding the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation’s digital footprint. It will replace Mashantucket Pequot Interactive, which already manages the FoxwoodsOnline social product.
“The gaming and entertainment industry is evolving at an incredible rate, which has created innovative new opportunities for our players that we’re deeply excited about,” Jason Guyot, president and CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino, said. “Wondr Nation will provide our guests with the interactive gaming experience that Foxwoods is known for with the flexibility and access that’s needed for the modern player.”
In addition to the Tribe’s own products, the business will partner with other Native American tribes and technology companies “to create engaging and unique experiences for players”.
“The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation has always championed innovation and empowerment, which are core values incorporated into Wondr Nation’s foundation,” tribal chairman Rodney Butler said.
“From lawmakers and regulators to community members and patrons, we’re deeply grateful and honored to continue sharing our tribe’s ongoing passion for entertainment through the next frontier of interactive gaming.”
Wonder Nation will be led by Annika Howard, who was previously Foxwoods’ vice-president for brand and digital. Howard also has experience with IGT as head of product marketing and Caesars as regional director for marketing in Southern Nevada. She will serve as CEO and president of the new venture.
“I’m proud and honoured the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation has entrusted me to lead this new venture and I’m very excited to share the vision for Wondr Nation,” Howard said. “With Wondr Nation, we hope to bring a fresh approach to what’s next for the gaming industry.”
The tribe also operates online betting and gaming in Connecticut, both in partnership with DraftKings. This partnership was expanded last month, with a deal to allow the online betting giant to take bets in Puerto Rico through a sportsbook at Foxwoods El San Juan Casino.