GLI, South Dakota celebrate relationship


Twenty years ago, when South Dakota was became the first state in the union to have a video lottery system, the state’s Lottery Commission turned to a new company for start-up consultation and video terminal/system testing and certification.

Soon after, the South Dakota Commission on Gaming was created to regulate casinos, and contracted with the same company for slot machine testing.

Today, Gaming Laboratories International and the South Dakota Commission on Gaming are celebrating their relationship by renewing their exclusive contract.

GLI exclusively tests a wide variety of electronic gaming equipment for the state, including slots, peripherals and, of course, VLTs.

GLI President James Maida said the company has enjoyed a wonderful relationship with the State of South Dakota for two decades. “They were our first champions, and we owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude for believing in our company and sharing our vision of how gaming could flourish under the protection of independent testing,” Maida said.

Larry Eliason, executive secretary for the South Dakota Commission on Gaming, said GLI has proven an invaluable part of our accomplishments in South Dakota from the beginning. “When we were first beginning, we needed to ensure our residents, and ourselves, that gaming could be conducted honestly and successfully, while protecting competition and public policy, and our relationship with GLI was and is key to achieving those goals,” Eliason said.