September 23, 2011
IGT UNVEILS UNIVERSAL GAME ADAPTOR AT ANNUAL USER CONFERENCEInternational Game Technology is now offering an open standards-based video adaptor as a safe add-on to slot machines that allows operators to deliver rich media across their floor. The IGT Universal Game Adaptor (UGA) enables any game manufacturer to certify and support Service Window functionality on their slot machines while preserving the games’ behavior and integrity.
This device impacts legacy, non-game-to-system (G2S) machines and systems, providing a cost effective way to offer casino-wide promotions, side games and loyalty programs. The UGA solution does not involve any unauthorized reconfiguration or rewiring of the original design of the machine. By ensuring the game manufacturer offers their own firmware and certification, casino customers benefit with a picture-in-picture video solution across their floors that is supportable by its original manufacturer.
The UGA can be sold to IGT’s Advantage customers by IGT or the original EGM manufacturer. The suggested retail price is $500 per slot machine. To complete the solution and provide service window functionality to any UGA enabled slot machine, IGT will provide its System Adaptor to its customers at an initial price of $495 per machine. This brings the initial combined suggested price for Service Window functionality to a market leading $995 per slot machine.
The UGA solution was announced to the nearly 400 attendees that gathered at IGT’s annual Systems Global Users Conference held last July at the ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
SPIELO INTERNATIONAL CANADA INKS VLT DEAL WITH ALBERTA GAMING AND LIQUOR COMMISSIONLottomatica Group subsidiary SPIELO International Canada has signed a five-year contract to provide the INTELLIGEN video lottery terminal (VLT) central system to the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) in Canada. This contract signing follows a competitive procurement process.
Under the terms of the contract, SPIELO will provide its INTELLIGEN central system to monitor approximately 6,000 AGLC VLTs. The system is expected to be installed in late 2011 and be deployed by mid-2012. The five-year contract includes the potential for five one-year extensions.
The AGLC licenses and regulates all gaming, as well as supplies and manages all electronic gaming equipment in the Canadian Province of Alberta.
“SPIELO is pleased to provide its state-of-the-art INTELLIGEN VLT central system to AGLC, a valued customer since 2003,” said Victor Duarte, SPIELO president and CEO. “INTELLIGEN was developed to respond to the unique needs of distributed VLT customers, and with its open-standard interfaces, it will enable AGLC to manage its gaming program efficiently and effectively today, and in the years to come.”
ARISTOCRAT LOTTERIES, COGETECH EXPAND RELATIONSHIP, GROW ITALIAN VLT MARKET PRESENCEAristocrat Lotteries, the server-based gaming arm of Aristocrat Leisure Limited, has announced an extension to its agreement with Cogetech S.p.A. The expansion of the relationship into the rapidly growing Italian VLT market will see Aristocrat Lotteries providing an additional 750 terminals to Cogetech, taking the total scope of the agreement to 3,000 terminals.
Aristocrat Lotteries Italia Country Manager Bostjan Torkar said the extension marks a vote of confidence from the company’s Italian partner in its TruServ system, terminals and, importantly, Aristocrat’s game content.
“We are proud that with our support, Cogetech is the first concessionaire in this market to have nine games approved and live. Furthermore, we are delighted with the launch of our latest title for Italian players, 5 Dragon, one of the most successful slot games globally,” he said.
“The VLT market is a winning business and Cogetech has focused its efforts into this growing sector of the market,” said Fabio Schiavolin, CEO, Cogetech.
“We needed a reliable partner and we believe we chose the best with Aristocrat. The games and the machines supplied by Aristocrat are known throughout the world and are always a great success in Iziplay’s stores,” Schiavolin added.
Cogetech S.p.A has more than 40,000 AWPs in 16,000 points of sale, operates sports betting and online poker facilities and also provides commercial and e-payment services. The new VLT business, a network of more than 5,200 machines, is operated under the IZIPlay brand.
Aristocrat Lotteries is part of Aristocrat’s drive into new markets using server-based technology and the licensing of its iconic slot content. “We are very pleased with our business in Italy and with the results as Cogetech continues to launch new gaming venues for Italian players,” said Sam Nickless, Aristocrat’s managing director, Emerging Businesses & Strategy.
Incredible Technologies wins Mississippi approval, commences Magic Touch salesThe Mississippi Gaming Commission has granted a manufacturer and distributor of electronic gaming license to Incredible Technologies, an emerging Class-III gaming producer focused on delivering video slot, poker and keno content to the modern day casino floor.
The license marks the sixth state--in addition to multiple licenses granted by Native American tribes--in which the Incredible Technologies (IT) will offer its Magic Touch video slot titles in North America.
“Magic Touch earnings and sales are continuing to gain momentum in the south,” said Elaine Hodgson, IT president and CEO. “Mississippi is one of the most important jurisdictions in the region with its diverse gaming landscape and active video slot player base. This milestone will help set yet another benchmark for the long-term viability of Magic Touch casino games.”
The Mississippi license came on the heels of IT’s announcement that its Magic Touch video slot games have successfully completed floor trials across the country and that it was launching sales initiative in the 21 jurisdictions in which they’re currently licensed. The most recent trials began this past March and were held for 90 days across a variety of exclusive test properties in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and California.
“The Magic Touch line has been a resounding success at Par-A-Dice,” said Cori Rutherford, vice president and general manager of Par-A-Dice Casino, Peoria, Ill., one of the test sites for IT games. “They have been among the most popular machines on our floor, and our guests just can’t get enough of them.”
By G2E 2011, the company plans to showcase a catalog of approximately 20 video slot titles, 30 video poker and 10 video keno games.
Rivers Casino taps CMS technology from KonamiDes Plaines, Ill.-based Rivers Casino has selected the Konami Casino Management System (KCMS) from Las Vegas-based Konami Gaming to manage its slot machines, ticket-in/ticket-out (TITO), cashiering, cage, player tracking and loyalty rewards programs. The property, which officially opened in July, features a 43,000-square-foot casino with 1,050 slots and 48 table games, and 30,000 square feet of first-class food and beverage venues.
The casino is affiliated with two other successful KCMS clients – the nearly 3,000-machine Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh and the 1,600-machine SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia.
“Konami has been our partner now for the last three casinos that we have opened,” said Bill Keena, GM of the Rivers Casino. “We sincerely believe that our decision to purchase the Konami Casino Management System was the right one, and that it will provide us with tools to help our gaming operation become a success.”
According to company literature, KCMS is an industry-leading casino management system with an increasing number of installations spanning America, Canada, Australia as well as other international regions. KCMS is best known for its advanced capabilities, such as its real-time TCP/IP-based technology, multi-channel in-machine streaming video, powerful rules-based bonusing engine, true multigame, multi-denomination analytics at both the device and patron level, and documented high availability. These features all combine to allow operators to effectively manage and analyze their gaming operations, implement innovative marketing campaigns, and drive their business forward.
“We are excited to have been chosen as the casino management system partner for Chicagoland’s newest casino,” said Steve Sutherland, COO for Konami Gaming. “Not only has the Rivers Casino selected KCMS, but they will also open with over 120 new Konami slot machines, including a selection of our latest Podium, Advantage 5 and Advantage Revolution games.”