022014 GTR_IGT Logo_300International Game Technology (IGT) recently announced the extension of a route management software deal with M3 Technology Solutions (m3t) and the addition of a renowned video game designer to its DoubleDown Casino division.

The deal between Norman, Okla.-based m3t and IGT pushed the companies’ Route Management System (RMS), a customized management system for public gaming and video terminal route (VLT) operators, into the global marketplace. Previously, RMS was offered in Illinois, were it is used by 1,500 video gaming locations.

“m3t and IGT have partnered to offer integrated hardware and software solutions in the United States for many years,” said Kent Bowden, CEO of m3t. “m3t continues to develop partnerships to offer public gaming and route operators the best possible management solutions.”

The partnership combines m3t’s RMS and ATM-enabled self-service ticket redemption kiosks with IGT’s top-performing products, enabling public gaming and route operators to manage multiple properties from a central location. RMS was showcased last month at the ICE Totally Gaming tradeshow in London.

“As a reflection of IGT’s pioneering spirit, our expansion into the global market with m3t is an extension of our success in providing custom solutions to public gaming and route operators managing video terminals in the United States,” said Joe Sigrist, vice president of product management and product development for IGT.

Meanwhile, IGT announced that Jim Veevaert has joined IGT's DoubleDown Casino as its new vice president of games. A 20-year industry veteran, Veevaert has held executive positions at Zynga, Jerry Bruckheimer Games, Microsoft and Vivendi/Sierra Entertainment. Veevaert served as vice president over the "Half-Life" and "Counter-Strike" franchises, as well as executive producer of the video game sensation "Halo 3." Additionally, Veevaert brought the mega-successful "Gears of War" franchise to Xbox. Prior to joining IGT, Veevaert served as general manager of Zynga's Game Studio in Seattle, Wash.

In his new role, Veevaert will oversee the long-term game strategy for the popular DoubleDown Casino on Facebook and mobile devices. He will also champion product initiatives through the entire life cycle from ideation, to development, launch, and ongoing enhancement.