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Chile’s national gaming regulator, the Casino Superintendence (SCJ), has launched a technical consultation with the operators of the country’s 15 new casinos on the creation of uniform standards for server-based systems for downloading slot games.

The standards proposed would require that central servers must interface with networks that include every slot machine, provide for secure downloads and be located within the casinos that choose to deploy an SBG system. The rules also would require that downloadable gaming programs stored in the central server must be previously certified by SCJ and comply with SCJ norms in that the instructions of each game and its respective payment list must be in Spanish. Slots connected to a central system also will have to continue to guarantee payouts of at least 85 percent of all wagers.

The Superintendence also has issued specifications for implementing wide-area progressive networks and has authorized the use of progressive networks for table games.

Atronic International recently took advantage of the authorization to launch its King Kong Cash Wide Area Progressive across casinos operated by the Dreams Group in the cities of Temuco, Valdivia and Punta Arenas. The network, the first for a WAP in Chile, is powered by Atronic’s Galaxis system solution.

“It is great to see the casinos … utilizing this new technology provided by Atronic, which will make the gaming offers at Chilean casinos even more attractive and facilitate a further consolidation of this permanently developing industry,” said Gaming Superintendant Francisco Javier Leiva.



“It is great to see the casinos utilizing this new technology … which will make the gaming offers at Chilean casinos even more attractive.”



TWO EXECUTIVES EXIT IGT LATIN AMERICA


Ariel Castillo, product manager of the South American division of IGT Latin America, has left the company.

Castillo’s resignation, reported by news portal Yogonet, follows the recent departure of another top executive, Director of Sales for Latin America Norma Da Silva, who was scheduled to leave the company by the end of September.

Da Silva, whose career with IGT dates back to 1999, “played a key role in the business generation from the North to the South, from Panama and the Dominican Republic to Ushuaia,” the company said.

Castillo, who worked 12 years for IGT, previously served as the U.S.-based slot giant’s technical manager for Latin America and also headed sales for IGT Mexico.

Castillo told Yogonet he was “currently analyzing new working options to define his future within the industry”. He stated his intention to start “new projects and new challenges, always in the gaming sector”.



TURNOUT STRONG FOR CONTINENT'S BIG TRADE SHOW



Organizers of SAGSE Buenos Aires were expecting another banner year for South America’s leading gaming industry trade show.

Monografie, the producers of the event, announced last month that 3,500 attendees had pre-booked for the show, which commenced on September 29 and ran through October 1 at the Argentine capital’s Costa Salguero Center.

In all, more than 10,000 international visitors were expected, Monografie said.

The 2010 version of the show, now in its 18th year, drew about 200 exhibitors from all parts of the world.

The show also features a number of conference sessions, titled “Ey10 – Encuentro Yogonet,” and organized by the popular industry news portal Yogonet.



SPORTSBOOK TENDER IN PARAGUAY DRAWS ONLY ONE BIDDER


Paraguay’s tender of bids to operate the country’s sports books, legal again after 25 years, has drawn only one bidder.

The sole entrant, Consortium Gioco Movile SA y Asociados, was one of six companies that requested bid specifications, according to Patricia Marchewka, who heads the National Commission of Games of Chance (Conajzar).

The other five companies that requested documents were Brainstorm SA, Chena Ventures, Víctor Otazú, Townview Trading SA and Adecom.

The contract is for five years and covers all sports.

Conajzar issued the request for bids four months ago and was considering extending the deadline for submissions.





SUZO HAPP MOVES TO NEW FACILITIES


Suzo Happ Argentina, a division of Suzo Happ, a global leader in the manufacture and distribution of parts and accessories for the gaming and amusement industries, has moved to new facilities in Buenos Aires.

Since 2008, the company has invested approximately US$1.5 million in offices in Argentina and a manufacturing plant in Uruguay’s Montevideo Free Trade Zone, which also houses Signs4U. Refurbishing the new Buenos Aires office and plant, located in Industrial Park Pilar, required an investment of about $250,000, the company said.

“From 2008, we proposed to expand our offer of products and services, and it has been what has allowed us to keep growing,” said Gabriela Elena, sales manager for Suzo-Happ’s South American Division. “Incorporating new services and the local development of new products allowed us to face a very difficult year in 2009. That’s why we are always seeking to add something beyond the traditional and expand the business.”

“What occurred this year was that most operators executed what they had restrained during 2009. That’s why I believe 2011 will be very much rational,” said General Manager Pablo Zampolla. “We are very well-positioned because operators always need to maintain the collection of machines they already possess, and basically this is the main business of the company.”