According to show organizer Clarion Events, ICE Totally Gaming had a 2013 audited attendance of 22,247, a 4.3 percent increase over 2012 figures, and an 8.6 percent and 17.8 percent uptick over 2011 and 2010 attendance numbers respectively. Plans have been in the works to make this year’s show, which will take place February 4-6 at ExCel in London, another record breaker.
“This will be our second year at ExCeL and we are not resting on our laurels,” said Jo Mayer, ICE marketing director. “We understand that we need to continue our investment in the ICE brand in order to continue to secure the loyalty of our stakeholders, the majority of whom travel to London from outside the United Kingdom.”
To that end, ICE will feature new and innovative conference and networking opportunities at this year’s show. For 2014 ICE has created a new high-level networking and business program in partnership with the International Association of Gaming Advisors, International Association of Gaming Regulators, the European Casino Association and the National Casino Forum. Christened the World Regulatory Assembly at ICE, the free-entry event will open with a pre-show cocktail evening on Monday night at the Tower of London and will be followed by the World Regulatory Briefing, which is a high level, in-depth day focusing on regulation updates in key jurisdictions.
The conference portion of ICE consists of eight high-level targeted tracks covering topics such as mobile gaming, game design and development, CRM, social gaming and cybercrime. Eight free seminars are also part of the conference program, with topics ranging from Bitcoin and iGaming to digital security and gaming opportunities in India.
Equally integral to the ICE experience is the event’s burgeoning trade show floor, where every gaming sector is represented be it betting, bingo, casino, lottery, mobile, online, social or street gaming. This year’s show boasts 67 new exhibitors from 30 countries, who will be joining hundreds of traditional gaming companies displaying their latest products and technologies on one of the industry’s largest trade show floors.
In recognition of ICE Totally Gaming and its growing importance to the gaming market in Europe and aboard,Casino Journal offered vendors a chance to describe the items they will be showcasing at the event in their own words. Here are some of the responses:
ICE Stand Number: N7-140
With a history dating back to 1932, Las Vegas-based Bally Technologies designs, manufactures, operates, and distributes advanced gaming devices, systems and technology solutions worldwide. Bally’s product line includes reel-spinning slot machines, video slots, wide-area progressives, interactive and mobile applications, and Class II, lottery, and central-determination games and platforms. Bally also offers an array of casino management, slot accounting, bonusing, cashless, and table management solutions.
One recent Bally introduction was TITANIC, a video slot that delivers a fully interactive and cinematic experience centered on the iconic star-crossed lovers from James Cameron’s Titanic, one of the highest-grossing films in history. Featuring scenes from the film and music from the blockbuster phenomenon, TITANIC integrates many of Bally’s proven play mechanics, three mystery features, and a wide-area progressive top award. The main attraction, an U-Spin Bonus Wheel resembling a ship’s helm, awards credits as well as one guaranteed feature—Heart of the Ocean Free Games, Make It Count Free Games, or The Safe Bonus.
GAMING LABORATORIES INTERNATIONAL (GLI)
ICE Stand Number: N6-220
GLI is bringing its strategic insights and testing expertise of global land-based and online gaming jurisdictions to ICE.
Center stage for GLI will be its global capabilities in professional services, field services and lottery consulting and testing. GLI offers an extensive portfolio of professional services, including project management; governance risk and compliance; technical services; and training through the company’s GLI University program.
GLI’s field services help operators protect themselves in today’s highly connected and interconnected gaming world. Field services includes physical and system risk assessments; communication testing; audit software; and threat assessments from external and internal sources.
GLI has been serving lotteries since 1989, and today the company serves more than 65 lotteries globally. GLI’s wide range of lottery services includes auditing, compliance, consulting and testing. GLI is a member of WLA, European Lotteries, NASPL and CIBELAE.
GLOBAL CASH ACCESS (GCA)
ICE Stand Number: N7-220
Global Cash Access (GCA), a leading provider of innovative cash access, cash handling and business intelligence services to the gaming industry, is excited to introduce the Casino Xchange Lite (CXC Lite) to the robust lineup of Xchange products to include Casino Xchange 4.0 (CXC), Jackpot Xchange (JXC) and Xchange Explorer Plus (XE).
CXC Lite is specifically designed for casino, route and lottery operators who require an affordable multi-function self-service redemption kiosk with less capacity and a smaller 2.2 foot by 2.2 foot footprint. GCA provides this solution without sacrifice to quality, dependability, security and compliance to meet critical cash access needs across the casino floor.
CXC Lite provides critical multi-functional services such as bill breaking, ticket and multi-ticket redemption, ATM, point of sale debit and credit card cash advance as well as GCA’s patented 3-in-1 rollover technology. CXC Lite provides efficiency through innovation with a hopper-less configuration as well as Quik Ticket (ticket dispense on debit) capability.
ICE Stand Number: N5-160
GTECH, with its gaming product brand SPIELO, is bringing gaming to life at the ICE Totally Gaming.
Following its successful presentation at G2E Las Vegas, Sphinx 3D, a thrilling Egyptian adventure featuring glasses-free, true 3D on the brand new AXXIS cabinet, is being launched at GTECH’s ICE booth. Sphinx 3D is the first title in GTECH’s new True 3D product line, which uses a glasses-free 3D display designed exclusively for GTECH for the gaming industry by SeeFront. It uses a unique, patented autostereoscopic technology with integrated eye-tracking to make images jump off the screen or stretch into infinity in high resolution.
GTECH’s stand will also feature the global launch of ACTION JACKPOTS, a unique novelty product, offering four different progressive links tied into one single gaming machine. Also on show will be the new linked progressive Volcano Island and the popular licensed games Bejeweled, Zuma, and Plants vs. Zombies available on the MaXVusion cabinet. Brand-new game suites will be on display for the successful diversity multigame, as well as a wide selection of new core games, including Treasure Blast, which provides a unique combination of a dominant stacked symbol, activating wild symbols, and player bonus control.
INTERNATIONAL GAME TECHNOLOGY (IGT)
ICE Stand Number: N4-240
At ICE 2014, IGT will demonstrate why it is a global leader in creating the industry’s most exciting gaming experiences for land, online and on the go. IGT’s newest Premium title, JENGA TOWER OF MONEY will make its global debut at ICE. Inspired by the fun-for-all classic game of stacking and crashing, this new title’s bonus rounds afford players the opportunity to pick the perfect piece of JENGA fun with the hopes the trademark tower does not topple over. Three scale-with-play jackpots make for a thrilling gaming experience for all players. Making their European debut, IGT’s James Cameron’s AVATAR Video Slots and James Cameron’s AVATAR Treasures of Pandora will continue their award-winning world tour. James Cameron’s AVATAR™ Treasures of Pandora is housed on IGT’s all-new stunning CrystalCore cabinet and boasts stunning visuals on a 42-inch vertical LCD touchscreen display. For the best ideas, check out IGT’s comprehensive portfolio of captivating cross-platform content, thrilling titles, savvy system solutions and player excitement at ICE 2014.
ICE Stand Number: S5-220
StylGame can custom design and manufacture specific seats for slot machine manufacturers. These products are high tech, and can be further customized for specific functions, designs and materials. StylGame’s specialized casino seating capabilities include:
•Interactive seats with motion simulator, equipped with an electronic board to interface with the slot machine, allowing the seat to move in all directions. The motor system can be traditional or compact to incorporate within the seat.
• Sound chairs with audio amplification technology and vibrating transducers that diffuse the sound throughout the chair and all directions.
• An air-massage system, applicable to all Royal Stool seats and backrests, that boosts player comfort and time on device.
• Monitors and luminous serigraphy panels applicable to all Royal Stool backrests and seats to duplicate game images or broadcast films or graphics.
• Armrests with control buttons that use wireless technology to interact with the slot machine.
ICE Stand Number: S11-155
TCSJOHNHUXLEY, a leading global innovator of Live Gaming Solutions, will showcase its leading-edge technology product portfolio at ICE. With a focus on key products—Gaming Floor Live, Supernova Progressive and Electronic Table Games—the company will also feature industry-leading products including traditional gaming tables and roulette wheels, Chipper Champ 2, e-FX Displays and A-Plus shuffler, to name but a few.
Taking centre stage at ICE, the Supernova Progressive Platform is a powerful floorwide event and mystery progressive platform that can adapt to almost any table game and allows operators to configure as many different prizes and jackpots as theywant. Supernova delivers incremental profits and gives fast return on investment.
ICE Stand Number: N6-245
ZITRO is a global company leader in video bingo games. The company was founded in 2007, focusing on innovation, progressively investing in research and development (R&D&I), and being committed to responsible gaming.
One of ZITRO’s more recent product introductions was Wild Bingo. This new title will transport players to a special Zitro-created jungle, surrounded by the most spectacular animals and the wildest of environments. Wild Bingo’s spectacular music, including kettledrums, percussion instruments and animal sounds, creates an authentic tribal music mix to immerse the player in the wildest of jungle scenarios.