Aristocrat 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. “Of the major slot providers in the U.S. casino market we are the only one at this point to successfully take our system through the stringent Italian testing and certification process and we’re generating significant play on our games in this important market already.”