New games for Italy's VLT market expected in second half of 2010

Lottomatica Group S.p.A. announced Thursday that its subsidiary, SPIELO Manufacturing ULC, and Octavian International Limited have entered into a licensing agreement under which Octavian will develop games using SPIELO’s game development kit for SPIELO’s gaming platform in Italy’s new video lottery terminal market.

The games will be initially offered to Italian players by one of Italy’s largest gaming machine concessionaires, Lottomatica Videolot Rete S.p.A. (LVR), a wholly owned subsidiary of Lottomatica Group.

Octavian, an international provider and integrator of networked gaming solutions, currently provides top-performing games to Italy’s Comma 6A, or Amusement With Prize (AWP), market.

As part of the agreement, Octavian also will target several of its most popular AWP titles and themes to the new Comma 6B, or VLT, market on SPIELO’s powerful gaming platform using SPIELO’s game development kit (GDK).

“SPIELO’s high-tech team provides world-class platforms, and their VLT and GDK are quite advanced. When joined with Octavian’s winning content and Comma 6A successes, the end product will definitely have a significant impact on the new Comma 6B marketplace in Italy,” said Octavian President Peter Moffitt. “We look forward to seeing a large number of our games on the Lottomatica VLT network very soon.”

SPIELO President and CEO Victor Duarte said the partnership with Octavian “supports SPIELO’s strategy of providing the largest and most compelling portfolio of game content in Italy.”

Lottomatica Videolot Rete CEO Guglielmo Angelozzi said the agreement  “allows a more robust and complete offering to players.”

Octavian and SPIELO expect to release the first games in the second half of 2010.

This is the first of several content agreements SPIELO expects to announce relating to the Italian VLT market.