Each fall, the American Gaming Association’s Global Gaming Expo conference and trade show captures the attention of the casino industry across the United States and around the world. This year’s G2E, which will be held from October 3-6 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas, should be no different, with its array of topical and informative sessions, networking-oriented entertainment events and immense trade show floor populated by a who’s who of the gaming product vendor community. (For more information on G2E, visit www.globalgamingexpo.com.)
Through the years, G2E has built a well-earned reputation as the primary showcase for new slot games. But the event also serves this function for the various products and services such as bonusing and management systems, peripherals, cabinets and a host of other items designed to make slot machine play more efficient, popular and profitable. Here’s our preview of some slot support products likely to generate significant buzz at next month’s G2E:
ALL FOR ONEThe Universal Game Adaptor from International Game Technology (IGT) is an open standards-based video adaptor that enables any game manufacturer to certify and support the IGT Service Window sbX server-based experience functionality on slot machines. This device works with 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 company will also showcase the latest iterations of its other systems products such IGT Advantage, IGT Casinolink and IGT Analytics at G2E.
Booth number: 2241
For more information, visit www.igt.com
IMPROVING FASTThis year at G2E, American Gaming Systems (AGS) will introduce Tropical Hideaway and other new games on Roadrunner, its new machine, game and technology initiative designed to take AGS to the next level of innovation and provide a platform for the future. The new Roadrunner platform has a wide variety of features designed to improve the game-play experience, including rendering rates of 300 full frames per second, per screen - the fastest in the industry today, according to the company. Roadrunner’s first family of games all have the new AGS proprietary feature called “Lock and Bump.” This allows players the simultaneous opportunity for big base game wins and more frequent entry to bonus games. These new game releases include Tropical Hideaway, which allows players to escape to a tropical beach rich in natural beauty with a high-energy gecko, diligent hermit crabs and fluttering butterflies accentuating the game.
Along with the new Roadrunner platform, AGS will also introduce a new series of cabinets at G2E, including top-box games that feature wheel bonuses and pachinko-style action.
Booth number: 4331
For more information, visit www.americangamingsystems.com.
WIDE WORLDShowcased on the widescreen Super A560 cabinet, Ainsworth Games Technology calls World of Jackpots the first of its kind in the industry, as it not only offers players different game titles, but also many different overall jackpot themes to choose from, providing a new approach to jackpot marketing. The Super A560 cabinet features three large LCD screens to incorporate World of Jackpots games, such as Rapid Strike, with multiple progressive levels, a host of themed graphics and game interactive LED lighting.
Booth number: 3254
For more information, visit www.ainsworth.com.au.
EASTERN AFFLUENCEAristocrat Technologies’ Viridian Hybrid with Active Reel Technology is a new line of games with the potential to feature a five-reel stepper base game, a full screen video and a three-reel stepper bonus, all in the same game. This is made possible with Aristocrat’s LCD with Reel Windows and electronic Shutters, providing the capability to block individual reels and symbols.
The first product category in the Viridian Hybrid line is Winning Wishes, launching with three game titles: Persian Prize, Pixie Riches and Tahitian Treasures.
Aristocrat has also updated its Oasis 360 operating system with the bonusing engine nRich, business intelligence tool nVision, and the content-delivery solution nCompass. The company will also be showcasing Alive, Aristocrat’s live area network, with several downloadable games at G2E, server-based solutions and online casino technology.
Booth number: 1141
For more information, visit www.aristocratgaming.com.
FORTUNE SEEKERBally Technologies’ Betty Boop’s Fortune Teller is housed on the unique Pro Upright Hammerhead cabinet. Based on the iconic cartoon character and featuring her playful dog Pudgy, Betty Boop’s Fortune Teller offers an unprecedented 15 bonuses at any bet. There are two progressive jackpots available at any bet, and a top life-changing wide-area progressive jackpot, available at max bet. This game features the U-Spin Fortune Wheel, where the player is able to touch, slide, and spin the interactive bonus wheel. Betty Boop’s Fortune Teller also features an innovative U-Choose bonus that gives control to the players, letting them pick their preferred bonus, as well as an immersive use of the iDeck, where players place their hands on the iDeck and have their “palms read” to receive credit and multiplier awards.
Booth number: 1127
For more information, visit www.ballytechnologies.com.
INNOVATIVE APPROACHAruze Gaming America fuses traditional gaming concepts with new mechanics in Fu Lu Shou, which is housed on its Innovator product line featuring Radiant Reels, a new spin on stepper technology. Designed with large reels dynamically illuminated by 240 multi-colored LED lights and variable spin speeds which build anticipation for winning combinations, Innovator games capture the players’ attention and provide an engaging and energetic stepper experience.
Aruze will also debut their latest premium range of G-DELUXE interactive top box products at G2E, with each game featuring a base game with many frequent interactive bonus events and an eye-catching top box.
Booth number: 2554
For more information, visit www.aruzegaming.com.
CLASS SYSTEMCadillac Jack will use G2E to showcase improvements to its wide- and local-area progressive network technology. The Class II spy-themed game, Operation Jackpot, is a rich content WAP/LAP combination, with four local area progressives and one top award linked to the Cadillac Cash wide area progressive. This game features a three-part multi-level bonus with interactive picks, multipliers and free spins. Operation Jackpot also comes in a Class III version, and highlights the company’s G2E launch of its Progressive series of games for the Class III market.
Booth number: 1165
For more information, visit www.cadillacjack.com.
TOURNAMENT TIMEPlayer experience is central to TournEvent 4.0 as Multimedia Games debuts more features to the award-winning slot tournament system. The newest release will feature Crazy Carnival, a new tournament game that includes a surprise feature for players. The system will also feature an improved user interface and the ability for players to participate in team tournaments. This tournament system will also include all of the enhancements released in the 3.0 version that was a big hit at last year’s G2E.
Booth number: 1254
For more information, visit www.multimediagames.com.
MASTERFULLY DONEFrom the systems side, ATRONIC/SPIELO continued to concentrate on TournaMaster, technology that gives operators the flexibility to switch from a main game to a tournament with the push of a button. Available on the prodiGi Vu cabinet, the second screen LCD shows individual player name, ranking, and total points, which are also displayed on a leaderboard. An overhead display shows the current leader board information when the tournament is in play, and allows properties to showcase marketing messages when the games are in regular play mode to maximize the bottom line.
TournaMaster uses the GameBoss controller to enable remote configuration and remote access before, during, and after the tournament. GameBoss, a networked gaming controller that uses the G2S protocol to connect multiple SPIELO slot machines, features easy-to-use secure web access and provides quality high-definition video feeds for leader boards and signs.
Booth number: 1265
For more information, visit www.atronic.com.
PROMOTIONAL COPYFutureLogic’s PromoNet promotional couponing solution can be integrated with the company’s TITO gaming printers such as the GEN3 Evolution printer and GEN2 Universal printer. The PromoNet solution offers casinos the ability to create campaigns for both carded and non-carded players, and automatically trigger marketing campaigns based on real-time game play metrics, player tracking information, POS systems and redemption terminals, allowing casino marketers to issue a coupon at the game or HBE (hospitality, beverage, entertainment) location to attract and retain customers.
Booth number: 4041D
For more information, visit www.futurelogic-inc.com.
TOP BILLINGSC Advance, the next generation of MEI’s Cashflow SC bill acceptor, is evolutionary–applying new technology and market knowledge to make the product even better. SC Advance has performance features that directly impact operator profitability: acceptance, jam rate, security and cost of operation. SC Advance offers increased value via the following enhancements: an improved recognition system, which provides proactive security by utilizing transmissive sensors to see all the way through notes in multiple wavelengths and faster bill-to-bill speed, which upgrades the player experience and speeds up transactions to expand throughput.
Booth number: 4041
For more information, visit www.meigroup.com.
PRINT THISThe EPICENTRAL Print System from TransAct Technologies connects directly to TransAct’s ServerPort device inside the slot machine. This easy-to-use, cost-efficient software system enables a casino to develop marketing programs internally and promotional coupons to be distributed to customers on a real-time basis at a slot machine. Importantly, EPICENTRAL will work with all existing slot systems and games as it is separate and distinct from the slot system itself. Thus, casinos can use EPICENTRAL to connect to any existing slot machine equipped with a TransAct Epic 950 printer, regardless of the game’s manufacturer or the casino’s slot system.
Booth number: 3165
For more information, visit www.transact-tech.com.
SHARED EXPERIENCEThe Wizard of Oz Journey to Oz is WMS Gaming’s largest adventure from The Wizard of Oz brand yet. This communal slot is packed with player-favorite technologies, including Collaborative Gaming, Bose 3SPace Surround Sound Gaming Chairs, a Wide Area Progressive and our first 1024-ways base games. The experience is further enhanced when the Bigger Event triggers and Glinda the Good Witch spins the large community wheel on dual 52-inch overhead screens, awarding credits or one of five special character bonuses.
Booth number: 1118
For more information, visit www.wms.com.
TICKET TO RIDEBy maximizing the printing versatility, speed and low maintenance characteristics of direct thermal technology, Appleton’s gaming products are among the first choice in new lottery, ticket-in/ticket-out slots, tote and racetrack systems. Royale thermal paper is designed to provide the slot ticket industry with a robust, high-performance product that has currency feel and high-quality printing capability on the reverse side.
For more information, visit www.appletonideas.com.
KEEPING COUNTAutomated Gaming Technologies’ COBRA is an advanced casino product solution for count room processing of slots, table games, ATM/slot ticket redemption devices, tills and cash deposits. The COBRA has several features that provide streamlined operator benefits, which includes the true continuous batch processing and utilizing patented “Header” / “Trailer” card technology to ensure the operator no transactions are comingled.
Booth number: 1624
For more information, visit www.automatedgamingtechnologies.com.
BETTER VIEWCDI’s Global Suite takes Casino Data Imaging’s leading edge data visualization program to the next level by harnessing the power of .NET and the Windows Presentation Foundation platform for multi-module (slots, table games, and player data) analysis. Global Suite leverages the latest advancements in data, report and graphics management to provide fast accurate information with high quality results..
Booth number: 2337
For more information, visit www. casinodataimaging.com.
DYNAMITE DISPLAYThe next generation of bezels is the Sentry 2.0 display bezel, available exclusively on JCM Global’s iVIZION. Sentry 2.0 has impressive graphic capabilities that come to life in high-resolution, high-contrast, two-color LCD. Operators can easily customize and program messages to display in English, French, Spanish and simple Chinese or any combination of two languages. Attendant messages are clearly displayed at the push of a button for quick dispute resolution.
Booth number: 3631
For more information, visit www.jcmglobal.com.