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Ozzy Osbourne named brand ambassador for Metal Casino
Ozzy Osbourne has been named the brand ambassador for Metal Casino, becoming part owner of the online gaming company as well.
According to a press release, Metal Casino launched this past August to offer both casino gaming and partnerships with some of hard rock's biggest names to bring players exclusive concert tickets, backstage access and loads of band merchandise, along with large cash prizes.
Ozzy said, "The guys at Metal Casino told me that their brand was all about being true, relevant and dedicated to the customer and that really resonated with me. To me, that translated as keeping it real, keeping it original, and doing it all for your fans, and that's all I've been trying to do my whole life."
Metal Casino chief marketing officer Clas Dahlén added, "When we started Metal Casino, we knew it had to be more than just a casino, but a platform for a global community of metal heads and casino lovers to share their passion. With Ozzy's help, we're going to make this happen.”
In other news, Ozzy's wife and manager Sharon Osbourne has defended a decision to file a lawsuit on behalf of Ozzfest against the organizers of the interactive outdoor festival OZY Fest.
Addressing the issue on her show The Talk, Sharon said, "It's ridiculous when somebody's worked so long to make themselves accomplished, to work on their career, and then somebody comes in -- and to use word 'Fest' as well as 'OZY' . . . where do people come up with the nerve?”
It was reported last month that Ozzy's long-running metal event had sued the OZY Fest team, claiming that the New York City event and its logo were confusing music fans.
OZY Fest, billed last year as OZY Fusion Fest, took place in Central Park this past July, featuring performances by Jason Derulo, Issa Rae, RuPaul and Talib Kweli, as well as panels featuring Malcolm Gladwell, Katie Couric and others not associated with the metal genre.
But Ozzfest's attorneys noted in a cease-and-desist letter that the OZY Fest marks were "nearly identical in sight, sound, connotation and commercial impression to MLC's well-known Ozzfest mark.”
Ozzfest teamed again earlier this month with Slipknot's Knotfest for a two-day spectacular on the first weekend of November in San Bernardino, California.
Metal Casino bills itself as the world's first casino that embraces metal music fans and casino lovers. Its founders have spent over 30 years working in the most successful music, gaming and tech companies in the world, including Universal Music, Spotify, Microsoft and Apple iTunes.
Metal Casino is licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority and the UK Gambling Commission.