It feels more and more like a transitional time in the gaming industry, with the prospect of online gaming offering a new frontier for brick-and-mortar operators. But for today’s slot operators, success means thriving in a here-and-now that is totally tied to the physical property. There too, one is still dramatically impacted by changes in the broader world of entertainment technology.

Slot manufacturers are investing considerable amounts to keep pace, as evidenced by this year’s edition of World of Slots, which previews slot products and services that you’ll be seeing on the floor at Global Gaming Expo (G2E), which will take place in September at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas.

 If there’s a theme that runs through most of these summaries, its increased player engagement through immersive technologies, particularly on the visual side, which figures to attract a lot of attention at this year’s show. Players are to a degree spoiled by the outside world and they expect casinos to continue, if not exceed, the nonstop stimulation tour on offer in the non-gaming consumer entertainment world.  They also want less hassle, and to make use of their mobile devices which are fast becoming the centerpiece of their functional lives. The leading slot product suppliers are on top of it, as the following preview suggests.

 

Click the links below to view each company's featured slots and products:

Ainsworth Game Technology Interblock
   
American Gaming Systems (AGS) International Game Technology (IGT)
   
Appvion (formerly Appleton) JCM Global
   
Aristocrat Technologies Konami Gaming
   
Aruze Gaming America MEI
   
Bally Technologies Multimedia Games
   
Cadillac Jack Novomatic
   
Future Logic Ortiz Gaming
   
GTECH (Formerly SPIELO International) Transact Technologies
   
Incredible Technologies (IT) WMS Gaming