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WYANDOTTE, Okla. — The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma has debuted a new venture that will bring the tribe's flagship gaming property to virtual platforms for global audiences.

The tribal enterprise has partnered with Vancouver-based Lucky Lady Games Inc. to bring IndigoSky Online, a metaverse-based online gaming option, to northeast Oklahoma. 

The metaverse is an immersive online universe that industry experts call “the next iteration of the internet.” Unlike traditional online casino games, metaverse properties strive to imitate the in-person casino experience via digital representations of the casinos using avatars and virtual reality. 

“Our eyes are always on the horizon,” Indigo Sky Casino & Resort General Manager Melanie Heskett said in a statement. “The future of gaming is bright, and we’re excited to see how far we can push the boundaries of the industry with this partnership.”

IndigoSky Online will mimic the experience of the tribe’s Indigo Sky Casino & Resort. The platform will be accessible to residents of Oklahoma and will connect to the tribe’s land-based activities with integrations to the actual casino’s gaming floor. 

“The Eastern Shawnee Tribe is excited about our partnership with Lucky Lady Games Inc.,” Justin Barrett, treasurer of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma’s Business Committee, said in a statement. “We strive to be leaders in the gaming industry, and this allows us to engage with our customers in a new and exciting way.”

“We are continuing to look at ways to diversify our business portfolio,” Barrett added. “The Tribe is a strong supporter of our surrounding communities, and this will allow us to continue to be a good partner.”

The project is currently slated to launch in the latter half of 2023. 

Lucky Lady Games Inc. was founded in 2011 by the sister-and-brother team of Sandra Wong and Benson Wong. CEO Sandra Wong said the partnership will enable the creation of “something never seen before in Web3 gaming.” 

“IndigoSky Online will feature both off & on-chain casino gaming with integrations that tie back to the land-based property,” Sandra Wong said in a statement. “It is a very exciting time for innovation in the casino gaming space and the team at Indigo Sky Casino & Resort really know their customers and their growing needs. We are happy to be a part of their success story.” 

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