WMS President Orrin Eddidin makes remarks during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of WMS’s new Reno office. Photo credit/Chris Stowell



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WMS held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Dec. 10 for the opening of its state-of-the-art facility in Reno. WMS officials were joined by Reno Mayer Cashell for the opening event, which commemorated the first new office building constructed in the Reno-area in more than a year.

Built on 3.6 acres of land, the $11 million, 53,038-square-foot facility, will house 80 employees, made up of WMS local sales and distributions, product development, systems development, WAP operations and gaming operations teams.  Prior to the new Reno offices, WMS-a leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of games and gaming machines to the global gaming industry and recently named to Forbes’ annual list of “America’s 100 best Small Companies”-leased two area facilities for 10 and five years, respectively.

The building, built and designed by United Construction, was created to be employee-friendly and energy-efficient. The edifice features solar panels across the roof and motion sensing lighting and external light sensing window shading.  The facility also houses a 1,216-square-foot employee fitness center and an employee lounge  Large break rooms will be available 
for employee use on both the first 
and second floors, along with a patio off the first-floor break room, and an outdoor balcony with scenic views of the mountains.



ARISTOCRAT, BALLY COOPERATING ON WINDOWING SOLUTIONS



Aristocrat Technologies and Bally Technologies recently announced that they have entered into a technology cooperation agreement that relates to the ability of the system to manage the main game screen’s video and touch-screen communications.

Under this agreement, both companies reinforce their commitment to delivering system-driven solutions that use Gaming Standards Association (GSA) and computing-industry protocols to enable casino operators to create a picture-in-picture-style interface on the gaming device to differentiate their slot products, regardless of the manufacturer.

“Aristocrat and Bally have very similar views of both the current and future technology needs of our gaming system customers,” said Nick Khin, president of Aristocrat America. “Both our companies have decades of systems experience, and feel it is imperative we cooperate on this important issue.”

“Our companies have worked very well together on our download-and-configuration products and in demonstrating the power of implementing the picture-in-picture-style interface with this approach,” said Bruce Rowe, senior vice president of strategy and business development for Bally Technologies. “We will continue to cooperate on this and other initiatives that mutually benefit our customers.”

The player interface technology at the center of the two companies’ agreement is Aristocrat’s nCompass and Bally’s iVIEW Display Manager. This type of technology has been approved by Gaming Laboratories International, is in the field today in multiple markets, and is backward compatible to work on older gaming machines as well as new gaming devices being purchased today.

Aristocrat and Bally indicated they are confident that their customers want this type of technology to be interoperable, highly configurable, and available on an open network, easily enabling third-party applications and ensuring that gaming operators have the freedom to create differentiated marketing and service experiences on the games they own.



LEAP FORWARD GAMING MAKES STRATEGIC ALLIANCES



Reno-based Leap Forward Gaming has developed strategic alliances with TransAct Technologies and Shuffle Master.

The alliance between TransAct and Leap Forward is designed to enable both companies to bring together their respective assets and collective strengths to deliver a portfolio of products and services that will help drive player enhancement and profitability for the gaming industry.

“Our groundbreaking, patented, highly-secure wireless technology provides TransAct with the ability to seamlessly offer new levels of connectivity throughout casino floors in an economical way,” said Ali Saffari, chief executive officer of Leap Forward Gaming. “This partnership enables us to combine our creative teams to develop wireless solutions and applications that compliment and seamlessly integrate TransAct’s cutting-edge, innovative technology.”

“We are pleased to be partnering with Leap Forward Gaming, a leading technology firm focused on providing a wide variety of innovative products and solutions to the gaming industry,” said Bart C. Shuldman, chairman and chief executive officer of TransAct Technologies, a printer technology company. “With our new EPICENTRAL Print System, the TransAct and Leap Forward Gaming teams will be able to provide innovative, top-of-the-line wireless technology for the industry that will help drive innovation to the casino floor.”

The first innovative product of a multiphase effort from the partnership is expected to be available to the gaming industry in spring 2011.

Regarding the alliance with Shuffle Master, Leap Forward indicated the strategic association brings the two companies together to bring operators and manufacturers worldwide an unmatched solution integrating the best products and content from Shuffle Master with the leading wireless technology offerings and solutions from Leap Forward Gaming.

“Operators are asking vendors to collaborate to address industry needs that will drive efficiency and their ability to do more with less. Shuffle Master and Leap Forward share a vision that the gaming floor of the future will be wireless, which allows for new opportunities and both companies are committed to working together to achieve this vision,” said Ali Saffari, chief executive officer of Leap Forward Gaming. “Our groundbreaking, patented, highly-secure wireless technology provides Shuffle Master with the ability to seamlessly offer new levels of connectivity throughout the casino floor in an economical way.”

“Shuffle Master is committed to partnering with best-in-class companies to help solve important industry problems,” said Jim Jackson, senior vice president of business development for Shuffle Master. “Leap Forward’s wireless technology complements our table products and machines.  Our initial area of collaboration will focus on wireless progressive solutions for the casino floor. We strongly believe that the combination of LFG’s wireless technology and Shuffle Master’s innovation will redefine the way gaming properties interact with their customers.”

The first innovative product of a multiphase effort from the collaboration is expected to be available to the gaming industry in spring 2011.

Leap Forward Gaming, Inc. specializes in the innovation, development, design, manufacture, and operation of wireless communication systems. LFG’s wireless solutions and applications provide enhanced value to players, operators, and manufacturers in gaming and non-gaming industries. LFG’s multi-disciplined team of gaming industry professionals has more than 250 years combined gaming experience, with a portfolio of issued and pending worldwide patents, developing creative and groundbreaking wireless technologies.

Leap Forward Gaming is headquartered in Reno, NV. For more information on LFG, please visit www.leapforwardgaming.com or call 775-323-5327.



GLI AUTHORIZED AS FIRST LAB TO TEST SYSTEMS IN PERU



Gaming Laboratories International has achieved another milestone, becoming the first lab of its kind authorized to test systems for Peru.

The “Qualified Entity” authorization expands GLI’s activities in Peru, where it has been testing devices since 1997, and further proves GLI’s commitment to the gaming industry throughout Latin America.

The General Director of Casino Games and Slot Machines of MINCETUR, Ing. Manuel San Román said, “We are very satisfied that Gaming Laboratories International had achieved the accreditation before MINCETUR as a Qualified Entity for the evaluation and certification of the Unified On Line Control System model – SUCTR. This accreditation was done within the chronogram projected, that as of October 2011, we will have all the gaming halls of Peru interconnected to an efficient and modern management and control system.”

San Román continued, “This way 
GLI becomes into the first Certification Entity to get accredited before MINCETUR, we hope this example will be followed by other certification laboratories in the following days. This important milestone is beginning of the next step that corresponds to the certification and homologation of the systems that will then be available on time for operators to choose the one that better suits their particular needs.”

GLI’s Latin American Development Manager Karen Sierra noted that “once again GLI has proven our commitment to the Latin American region, from both the regulatory and supplier points of view, by achieving certifications and complying with regulatory requirements to maintain and achieve our recognition and accreditations in every jurisdiction where our services are needed.”

GLI’s process to being certified began when Peru’s Ministerio de Comercio Interior y Turismo recently issued the “Complementary Technical Regulation for the implementation of the On Line Unified Control System (SUCTR).” This regulation established technical requirements for systems to be authorized and registered by the Direccion General de Juegos de Casinos y Maquinas Tragamonedas (DGJCMT).

GLI then requested the authorization as a Qualified Entity, and after a detailed and thorough process, the accreditation was issued on December 10, making GLI the first independent testing lab to achieve this recognition.

Peru is a vibrant gaming market with approximately 65,000 slot machines and more than 600 gaming halls authorized by the DGJCMT.



INCREDIBLE TECHNOLOGIES GRANTED FLORIDA LICENSE



Arlington Heights, Ill.-based Incredible Technologies announced that the company has been granted a license by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering to manufacture and distribute electronic gaming devices to licensed casinos in the state of Florida.  The license marks the company’s fifth approval state - in addition to multiple licenses granted by Native American tribes – as it continues its targeted launch of its award-winning Magic Touch Class III casino games.

“Our goal is to position ourselves for growth in the gaming industry,” said Elaine Hodgson, president and CEO of Incredible Technologies. “At this time, we’re aligning ourselves with the best possible partners for success and the Florida gaming market is a great strategic fit for Magic Touch casino games.”

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