This year’s Global Gaming Expo, which will take place Sept. 29-Oct.1 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas, promises to be a much more sedate show than last year, when the gaming industry was reeling from a record amount of merger and acquisition activity in the vendor space.
The past year has seen a number of these merged entities—a list on the slot side that includes International Game Technology (GTECH and Spielo) Scientific Games (Bally and WMS), Aristocrat Technologies (VGT), Everi (Multimedia Games) and, most recently, American Gaming Systems (Cadillac Jack)—combine and solidify to now offer enhanced lineups of gaming machine products and services.
Of course, this ongoing industry consolidation is reflected in this year’s World of Slots. Long-time readers will likely notice we are reporting on less slot companies this year, a reflection that, for better or worse, there are fewer standalone slot manufacturers in existence. That said, these new, large slot providers have not lost any of the gumption and ingenuity that made them top companies in the first place, which you will see when you peruse this section and read about the exciting new slot products and peripherals that they will showcase at G2E:
AINSWORTH GAME TECHNOLOGY
G2E booth number: 1967
Ainsworth continued its A Winning Play theme at this year’s G2E with the all new A560SL, a one-screen wonder specially designed and custom built for a unique, highly entertaining game range. The A560SL features a striking 32-inch high-definition display, 19-inch LCD topper option for jackpot promotion, a lighting package stylized to the game, premium surround sound technology, sky-high stacks and the latest in animations.
Ainsworth Game Technology brings “A Reel Deal” to G2E 2015 with innovative, new game content for their GamePlus and Premium Plus product ranges.
Ainsworth will showcase their continued support for the extremely popular A560SL cabinet. The A560SL was exclusively designed for a highly entertaining game range that has delighted players across North and South America. The A560SL features a striking 32-inch high definition display, 19-inch LCD topper option for jackpot promotion, unique attract lighting stylized to each game, premium sound and breathtaking animations.
The highly successful Sweet Zone brand will be on display including player favorites Rumble Rumble, Flying Horse, Jumbo Wilds, King Catand the debut of the brand new Sweet Zone title Grand Lions.
Another highly anticipated brand that will be unveiled is Order of the Dragon. Order of the Dragon includes three entertaining titles and introduces the Double Sweet Zone concept. Double Sweet Zone offers players the option to play the original “Sweet Zone” for 50 credits or the “Double Sweet Zone” for 100 credits. The 50 credit ante-bet for the Double Sweet Zone buys a 5, 4, 3, 4, 5 game array and double ‘red’ sweet zones on reels two and four.
Players’ excitement levels will be elevated to new heights with the debut of Sky High Stacks. This entertaining series of games contain a free games feature with an expanded 9 x 5 game array, increased wild multipliers and all symbols are stacked during the feature.
Many other highly entertaining A560SL products will be prominently featured at G2E including the recently released 5 Power 7’s and 5 Mega 7’s series, 5 Star Jackpots, Frontier, Fire$torm, Fire Wizard and Ice Wizard.
Ainsworth continues to grow their participation offerings with the unveiling of two stunning licensed titles at G2E—Cinderella and Three Amigos. In addition to these new titles, Ainsworth’s latest high profile licensed products The Sound of Music and Showgirls will also be on display.
Ainsworth will arrive at G2E 2015 with a solid and exciting line up of themes for the core GamePlus library including new titles in the Play 100 Lines/Play 50 Lines/Play 40 Lines, High Denom and Quad Shot brands. Visitors will also get a first look at the new brands—Ultra Strike, Ultimate Choice, Twice the Riches, and the striking, new link progressive Thunder Wilds.
Two new, key Play 100 Lines/Play 50 Lines/Play 40 Lines titles—Mustang Fever and Mustang Fortune—build on the success of the red hot Mustang Money feature. Both games contain held wilds on reels two and four and a free games feature offering 10 free games with a two Scatter re-triggers for three additional free games. During the free games, Mustang Fever contains an increasing expanding multiplier on reel three and Mustang Fortune contains an increasing stacked multiplier on reel three.
AMERICAN GAMING SYSTEMS (AGS)
G2E booth number: 2256
2015 has been another busy and productive year for AGS, especially for its slot segment. In June, the company announced the acquisition of Cadillac Jack, another well-respected slot supplier. With this acquisition, AGS was able to greatly boost the depth of its slot portfolio and create a stellar combination of products, services, and talent. In addition, the company gained a greater presence in the Class II and Class III markets, as well as an international presence in Mexico.
Visitors to AGS’ booth will certainly notice a huge shift in product offerings as a result of this transformative year and the company promises not to disappoint.
The ICON cabinet—a new addition to AGS’ product lineup from Cadillac Jack—is a highlight of the booth and should not be missed. Showcasing the company’s most innovative video content, ICON is the ultimate interpretation of cabinet design that goes beyond function and performance. ICON is revolutionizing the industry and redefining the symbol of style with its immersive sensory experience, seamless integration of light and sound, and stunning visual effects. Explore some of the newest themes on ICON including Golden Wins andTiger! Tiger!
An Asian-themed game—and the first to be introduced on the Da Ji Da Li Multi Linked Progressive—Golden Wins is a Class III offering featuring the PowerXStream play mechanic—a key feature of the combined companies’ very successful and high performing titles: Fire Wolf and Legend of the White Buffalo. Golden Wins tests the limits of volatility and is targeted at players who aren’t afraid to bet big to win big.
Tiger! Tiger!, as the name would suggest, is a tiger-themed game for the Class II and Class III markets featuring strong graphics and is anticipated to resonate well with core gamblers. This 4x5 reel, 50 pay line game has a Dynamic Streaming Stacks feature where multiple large stacks of symbols are dynamically inserted from spin to spin. Players will enjoy the free spin rounds where the Dynamic Streaming Stacks feature is enhanced by only offering the wild and three major bonus symbols, which can lead to huge wins.
The adventures of Peter & Wendy continue as the Stratos series of cabinets bring fantasies to life with innovative game mechanics and ingenuity that captures the imagination of players. Peter & Wendy Hook’s Revenge features vibrant illustrations, a custom-themed façade and PowerXStream, plus Reflex Wilds, Power Blocks, and Turbo Boost progressives. Every twist and turn of the game will have players hooked.
Last, but certainly not least, it wouldn’t be G2E without an appearance from AGS’ famous Big Red cabinet featuring the popular title Colossal Diamonds, which recently made its debut on The Strip at Caesars Palace and Paris Las Vegas. The company has enjoyed much success from this flagship product and considers it a true game changer. This three-reel, single-pay line behemoth performs equivalent to six average cabinets, but takes up the space of three and continues to be a massive hit wherever it has been placed.
AGS is excited to showcase its new and diverse product lineup at G2E and hopes to exceed customers’ expectations by demonstrating that they are truly a force to be reckoned with in the gaming industry.
G2E booth number: 1141
Aristocrat will present operators with an all-around experience for every type of player demographic. This experience has been carefully created to help operators make the big play with customers with Aristocrat’s industry-leading hardware, games and system solutions, field-proven to attract and retain players.
The big play begins with Aristocrat’s cutting edge hardware. Built on a solid foundation of groundbreaking ergonomics and upgraded graphics capabilities, Aristocrat’s Arc Single, Arc Double, Arc Wheel, Behemoth and Helix cabinets give players the most interactive, innovative game play on the market today.
Arc Single delivers with attention-grabbing silhouette, exclusive game content, and a full catalog of player favorites, helping to ensure its longevity and high ROI. Arc Wheel brings another dimension to the Arc Single by topping it with a mechanical wheel.
Arc Double’s dual 42-inch curved high-def LCD touch screens maximize creative game play and deliver an unrivaled encompassing gaming experience, complemented by its iChair.
Towering at more than 9 feet with the industry’s largest 84-inch UHD LCD portrait monitor, Behemoth is the world’s biggest slot machine with a surprisingly small footprint. Designed to fit as an end-cap or standalone device, Behemoth transforms the game into a social event and spectator sport, perfect for the next generation of slot players.
Aristocrat’s booth will be filled with new lease and sale games. New titles bring entertaining, player-favorite brands to the lease segment with Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, Ted, Dumb & Dumber, A Christmas Story and Man of Steel. These join the existing line up of exciting games that recently hit the market including Sons of Anarchy Slot Game, The Big Bang Theory Slot Game and Britney Spears Slot Game.
Complementing licensed themes is Aristocrat’s core proprietary linked products, including Lightning Link, Australia’s best performing game, now available in North America. Lightning Link is Aristocrat’s first player-selectable denomination linked progressive designed for core players. Additionally, the industry’s best performing game, Buffalo, is launching on the new fleet of hardware with Buffalo Grand available on Arc Double and Buffalo Stampede on Behemoth.
Aristocrat’s line of sale games is created by best-in-business game design talent whose specialties have created a deep and broad portfolio of products, from entertainment-style innovative content to highly volatile gambler-specific content. At G2E, Aristocrat’s sale games include the introduction of innovative SAP mechanics, core volatile game innovations, multi-denom, high-denom and multi-game content.
These innovations can be clearly seen across the C*Series, E*Series and J*Series with titles like Players World Diamond Edition,Buffalo Gold, Wonder Tower, Liberty Stripes, Dragon of Destiny and Reel Sweet Stacks.
Showing with Aristocrat is VGT, which recently premiered Easy Money Jackpot, a three-reel mechanical WAP with a start-up value of $250,000, available now for Class II markets.
Showing with Aristocrat is VGT, which recently premiered Mr. Money Bags Easy Money Jackpot, a three-reel mechanical WAP with a start-up value of $250,000, available now for Class II markets. VGT’s new Red Spin Gambler Series high-denomination video games target core gamblers with known brands on low line count three-reel and five-reel video games. VGT will also show its new jumbo cabinet VGT XL.
ARUZE GAMING AMERICA
G2E booth number: 1356
Aruze Gaming America is excited to debut its newest platforms: Cube-X Video, Cube-X Innovator, and a new premium cabinet, Cube-X Ultimate. The new innovative cabinet’s features are a LCD button panel, LCD topper, improved menu control—which include additional language options—achieved through upgrades to the central processing unit, high definition LCDs, and improved sound quality.
The high quality standards in manufacturing and efficiency has created a more lightweight and streamlined platform. Subsequently, the two row LCD button panel, presented by Suzo Happ, will not only be visually stimulating, but also serve to provide future product support with newly released content. Moreover, the LCD topper enhances the cabinet’s floor presence by displaying high quality game content. In addition to displaying high quality game content on the LCD topper, the new feature of high definition LCDs integrated into the cabinet support the enhanced experience. The improved sound content is achieved through a high quality subwoofer, completing the audio to visual experience. With the enhancements to the central processing unit, Aruze Gaming America was able to achieve increased graphics performance, in addition to, streamlining the user interface for the customer’s convenience.
With the customer in mind, the overall appearance of the cabinet is now more ergonomically designed, increasing its appeal from previous product. These design improvements have solidified the superior game content which Aruze Gaming America strives to provide to its customers. By creating a cabinet both technologically advanced and ergonomically friendly, its presence on any operator’s floor is commanding.
Representing this new and exciting platform is the Goddesses Series. The three Cube-X video titles supporting the series are Goddesses Aphrodite, Athena and Hera. All three of these new themes put the player in the driver seat allowing them to decide a pay line option of 10, 30, 40, 50 and 100 lines.
Two unique features included in the Goddesses Series are the Mighty Symbols and Goddesses Respin. Mighty Symbols are large symbols with a dimension 3 symbols high by 3 symbols wide, and appear on reels two, three and four only. Each symbol can appear in the form of a mighty symbol and any part is valid if appearing on a win line, except when the feature symbol appears. Goddesses Respin is triggered in any base game when the Goddess symbol appears as a full Mighty Symbol. During the respin, the Goddess symbol is held and reels one and five are spun once more.
Goddesses Aphrodite features eight free games, Athena allows the player to decide how many free games he or she wants to play, and Hera features seven free games.
The goddesses of love, reason and marriage are brought to life in this new, electrifying platform. Aruze Gaming America has a proven product and it is shown again with the Goddesses Cube-X Series.
CRANE PAYMENT INNOVATIONS (CPI)
G2E booth number: 1850
Crane Payment Innovations (CPI) will exhibit at G2E 2015 with one of the most comprehensive portfolio of automated payment systems in the gaming industry. Among the product highlights will be the new MEI SCR note recycler and the EASITRAX Web cashmanagement solution.
The two-denomination SCR note acceptor is the most recent extension of the reliable SC product line, which has achieved an installed base of more than 1.5 million units worldwide. It follows the same winning formula as the CASHFLOW SC and SC Advance note acceptors, raising performance expectations to deliver a more efficient, secure and cost-effective way to handle cash payments.
By combining proven components with new technology, SCR opens new possibilities for what note recycling can offer as part of a total cash management solution. It utilizes the same reliable acceptor head and 600-note cashbox as SC Advance. Recycling mechanics have been imported from hardened designs developed from other MEI-branded products. Then, to protect operators from losses associated with criminal activity, SCR has been fortified with numerous security features, including a removable anti-stringing module, lockable transport doors, entrance/exit sensors and “door open” detection even in a powered down state.
In electronic gaming machines (EGMs) that traditionally pay jackpots in coins, the SCR virtually eliminates hopper starvation by paying out higher value notes instead—using the same notes it accepts, accounts for and stores from previous transactions. And by holding up to 60 notes on each of its two recycling drums, the SCR provides the capacity required for longer machine uptime, leading to an improved win/machine and, ultimately, lowering the overall cost of operation.
CPI will also be showing EASITRAX Web, a recent software extension of the EASITRAX Soft Count system that provides operators with even more flexibility when accessing and evaluating performance data.
Like EASITRAX Soft Count, which has now been installed in more than 150,000 games around the world, EASITRAX Web leverages SC note acceptors to help operators drive newfound cash management efficiencies from the slot floor to the back room. The data it collects from SC acceptor heads can still be used to streamline the drop process, facilitate asset evaluations and conduct preventative maintenance programs. EASITRAX Web makes it easier to import that data, and convert it into reports, from anywhere in the world with secure intranet access—and those reports can now be customized to highlight the most important metrics.
Now, with EASITRAX Web, the efficiencies that have routinely led to a payback in less than one year are stronger than ever.
CPI is part of Crane Co., a diversified manufacturer of highly engineered industrial products. CPI is built upon the technological heritage and market expertise of the NRI, CashCode, Telequip, Money Controls and, most recently, MEI and Conlux brands.
G2E booth number: 1116
Everi Inc. debuted on the world’s stage by ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on August 24, 2015. The company extends that introduction at 2015 Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas, showing casino operators a host of new payments solutions, games and cabinet products.
While new in name, Everi blends two companies that have served the casino industry for decades—Global Cash Access (GCA) and Multimedia Games (MGAM). G2E 2015 will be the launch party for the new company that has the casino industry talking, especially since Everi was born from the idea that a company could change the way the casino floor operates rather than merely offering more of the same.
The combination of GCA and MGAM benefits both operators and patrons, providing a solutions-based partner that powers the casino floor. Everi patrons will experience a number of benefits: next-level security during financial transactions, thrilling and captivating slot machine games, and TournEvent, the award-winning slot tournament system. Operators receive a suite of financial services tools that enable secure transactions, streamline credit and debit card processing, help protect against money-laundering threats, and include the innovative 3-in-1 Rollover technology that give patrons access to their funds via ATM, POS DEBIT, or credit card cash advances. Everi also boasts a robust Intelligence offering to help operators build and maintain patron loyalty.
At launch, Everi maintains 386 licenses in 222 gaming jurisdictions and has slot machines in 507 casinos across North America. TournEvent of Champions (TOC) has attracted more than 600,000 players since its debut in 2012 and in 2015, TOC went international with events in Peru. The winner of TOC 2015 will be awarded $1 million, paid using periodic payments over 20 years.
Everi is showing off its complete casino floor solution at G2E 2015. In this new space, Everi is premiering its new first-class standard cabinet, Core HDX, and seven original Core HDX titles. Core HDX will be available November 2015 and will feature a library of 86 existing Everi titles in addition to three games developed specifically for the new cabinet. Everi will continue to showcase the Platinum MPX cabinet that premiered in 2014.
Everi Payments will show off the line of solutions and kiosks that was responsible for more than 85 million casino transactions, totaling nearly $22 billion in 2014.
The sleek and modern multi-function CXC line of kiosksoffers integrated and innovative cash handling solutions and critical cash access services on the casino floor. The Jackpot Xchange reduces player and personnel wait time by automating jackpot payments. Everi Compliance (formerly known as NEWave) is an award-winning compliance and revenue management system. CashClub streamlines credit and debit transactions from a single dashboard interface.
Everi hosts the second annual TournEvent of Charities on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 2:00 p.m. The event features 24 celebrities who play a TournEvent competition on behalf of their selected charity. Everi will be donating a total $40,000 to the celebrities’ charities as well as $40,000 to support Save A Warrior, the company’s official charity.
Everi aims to be a transformative force on casino operations by delivering steadfast protection and security, and trailblazing player experiences with the ultimate dedication to customer service and operational excellence.
INCREDIBLE TECHNOLOGIES (IT)
G2E booth number: 4460
All eyes will be on Incredible Technologies (IT) at G2E this year as the company uses its biggest booth to date to unveil major new segments to its successful Infinity brand of products.
Last year saw the debut of the ultra-sleek Infinity U23 Cabinet to rave reviews and resounding industry buzz. With its modern design, Intelligent Bank Lighting and integrated Simple Sign Display Kit support, the Infinity U23 has since proved to be a monumental success proven throughout 17 markets. Now, the company is capitalizing on its momentum by expanding the Infinity product line into premium segments with its new Infinity Skybox and Infinity Link.
Infinity Skybox is a premium product that heightens the already visually stunning Infinity U23 cabinet with the addition of an integrated 55-inch vertical monitor. Infinity Skybox was created with casino operators in mind as the cabinet utilizes a modular design leveraging IT’s patent-pending Simple Sign Display Kit technology to secure the display. The flexibility of the Infinity Skybox is ideal as stand-alone or in a large bank format and can be simply converted to core IT content. Infinity Skybox will be shown at G2E 2015 with its flagship launch title Crazy Money Deluxe—an impactful new twist of the company’s flagship game brand, Crazy Money. Crazy Money Deluxe features all of the gameplay that players have come to love, with the addition of a massive bonus wheel and linkable progressive jackpot display.
Further expanding the company’s product offering is the Infinity Link—a bank-wide linked area progressive utilizing the company’s Simple Sign Display Kit (with horizontal monitors) and a smart controller that advertises jackpots, bonus wins and other merchandising effects. The Infinity Link will launch with various titles featuring multi-level, symbol-triggered progressives. Exclusive debut titles for Infinity Link are yet to be announced, and will be officially unveiled at G2E 2015.
Additionally, IT will showcase dozens of new games within the company’s product strategy featuring the E-Play, V-Pro and I-Series family of games. Only proven, top performing titles will be shown as the company showcases how it achieved record breaking growth in market ship share. These top performing games include Money Rain, a Scatter Ways game featuring over 25,000 ways to win and Crazy Money II, an Infinity U23 exclusive title which features thrilling bonus events and a four level progressive. Beyond the 17 states the company is currently selling, IT will also be showcasing products for its newest pending expansionary markets including New Jersey, Maryland, Connecticut, New York, North Carolina and Ohio in addition to international presence in Macau, Philippines and Peru.
G2E booth number: 1239
Luxury gaming manufacturer Interblock will celebrate 25 years of incredible innovation and landmark creations at its G2E booth with a dazzling line of products that are current, evolutionary and revolutionary—a perfect blend of products for today’s players with an eye keenly focused on tomorrow’s players as well.
Interblock is steadily and methodically releasing enhancements and innovations that take each of its ETG categories to new levels of excitement and profitability, including StarBar, Big 6 Wheel, Blackjack and Craps.
The revolutionary new Diamond StarBar is Interblock’s first multi-game/multi-play product that allows players to easily toggle between games and can offer more than 500 games per hour. StarBar is an innovative new bar-top way for players to enjoy the entire spectrum of player-favorite Interblock games, as well as brand new Diamond video poker games, all with the touch of luxury and added levels excitement that only Interblock can provide.
Interblock will also show its new Diamond Big Six Wheel game, which is fully automated and ideal for venues where live, dealer-operated table games are not allowed. Interblock’s Big Six mechanical wheel spins automatically at pre-set intervals and up to 150 games can be spun per hour. The transparent wheel can be connected to multiple, modular Diamond Play Stations placed on either side, providing the flexibility to add an unlimited number of simultaneous players and excellent economies of scale—in multi-play and multi-game settings.
Interblock is also showing new versions of its classic blackjack games: Phase 0 Blackjack and Phase 1 Blackjack. Both enhance game play, efficiency and player experience, with evolutionary tweaks to content intended to bring a higher win per unit that put them ahead of the competition. Phase 0 Blackjack is now faster with more interactivity, more anticipation and more game stats. Phase 1 Blackjack is an entirely new version of the classic game, complete with a virtual dealer.
Interblock’s landmark craps games have had a revolutionary makeover with new and innovative IP that change the game forever.
Extensive research has also revealed in-depth player data concerning baccarat, and Interblock’s ETG version serves this landscape of players in a direct way that will enable operators to successfully embrace the game’s target demographic.
Interblock has carefully analyzed every segment of it extensive portfolio at G2E will see the results of the efforts—with subtle innovations to existing products and revolutionary advancements. With a mix of games firmly grounded in thorough product research, Interblock’s portfolio is current, evolutionary, and revolutionary.
INTERNATIONAL GAME TECHNOLOGY (IGT)
G2E booth number: 2139
At G2E 2015, IGT will present a comprehensive portfolio of gaming products and services across all channels, including premium content, core titles, hardware innovations, systems technologies and interactive solutions.
A marquee product in IGT’s booth pairs the most successful slot theme of all time with the most unique video slots technology of the last several years to form the ultimate Winning Combination—Wheel of Fortune Double Diamond 3D. Housed on the AXXIS 3D/39 cabinet and featuring IGT’s award-winning TRUE 3D technology, this must-see title boasts glasses-free 3D gaming entertainment, the classic Double Diamond symbol set and the timeless “WHEEL - OF- FORTUNE!” celebration that players around the world have grown to love. The company will also feature Return of the Sphinx 3D, a new iteration of the long-tenured original spinning reel hit game, Return of the Sphinx. Additional titles to look for in IGT’s expanded TRUE 3D portfolio include Reef of Riches 3D, Grit, Guns & Gold 3D and PLANTS vs ZOMBIES 3D Ancient Egypt.
IGT will further expand its legendary Wheel of Fortune portfolio by introducing several new themes to the famed game family. An anticipated title is Wheel of Fortune Gold Spins Double Diamond. Based on one of the most famous slot themes of all time, Double Diamond, and housed on the new CrystalWheel Stepper hardware, this game is a must-see. Wheel of Fortune New Orleans is another much-anticipated video slot title that invites players to enjoy Mardi Gras-inspired game play and vie for the game’s five progressive jackpots.
IGT will continue the company’s tradition of bringing pop culture’s most touted licensed brands to the G2E trade show floor. This year, IGT partnered with the number one brand in entertainment news to create TMZ Video Slots. This interactive theme will introduce never-before-seen gaming technology, putting players in the middle of one of TV’s most famous newsrooms and on tour to several hot Hollywood celebrity hangouts. IGT will also introduce a new spin on one of Netflix’s most watched series, with House of Cards Power and Money Video Slots and House of Cards Welcome to Washington Video Slots. Other new exciting licensed themes from IGT include two Orange is the New Black video slot themes, The Ellen DeGeneres Show Have a Little Fun Today video slots game, additions to the Jurassic Park video slots family and a fourth game to the James Cameron’s Avatar video slots series, James Cameron’s Avatar The Sacred Bond video slots.
Following the S3000 cabinet’s exceptional first year in the field, IGT is ready take the hardware’s entertainment possibilities even further. IGT will introduce Spin-Ferno, a turnkey tournament solution that is fueled by IGT’s Tournament Manager 5.0 and enables operators to efficiently host multi-site slot tournaments on banks of S3000 cabinets. The initial list of S3000 titles compatible with Spin-Ferno include Hotsy Totsy, Red Hot Diamonds, Fire Bells and Red Hot Lil’ Devil—all themes that casino patrons can also enjoy in coin-in mode outside of the tournament environment. G2E attendees can look forward to the introduction of even more exciting content for the S3000 cabinet with the five-level progressive, Mucho Dinero, the new Hot Hits Series that incorporates “Hot Hit” symbols as triggers for winning any of the game’s nine-level progressives and 3 Play/Wild Respin, an innovative game concept that allows players to spin virtual wheels in the game’s top box.
IGT’s emphasis on meaningful innovation shines through the company’s for-sale video slot portfolio. Never-before-seen play mechanics, unique reel configurations, new math, and compelling themes are just a few characteristics that make IGT’s new video slot games stand apart. IGT will introduce an array of games for the CrystalDual cabinet, the globally relevant hardware solution that continues to perform well since its February launch. New titles for the CrystalDual cabinet include: Da Vinci Diamonds DualPlay, inspired by IGT’s highly successful Interactive title by the same name, the Mammoth Reels game series, which lives up to its name and gives players 200 paylines of action on a 4 x 4 and a 12 x 4 matrix and Gold in Motion, an engaging game that allows players to place a side wager to create gold symbols that can trigger a variety of bonuses in both the base and bonus games. IGT will also add Bubble Craze to the company’s for-sale product line up. Bubble Craze boasts a unique look, featuring colorful bubbles to make up the game’s 19 independent “reels.”
IGT will debut SyncSation, a unique tool that enables operators to deploy choreographed light and sounds shows across multiple cabinets including the S3000, CrystalCore and CrystalDual hardware. With the addition of SyncSation operators can create attention-grabbing light and sound spectacles on their casino floors, ranging from mild to sensational.
Video poker remains a cornerstone of IGT’s success and at G2E the company will extend its video poker leadership even further with the introduction of Ultimate X Poker Tournament Game. Fueled by Tournament Manager 4.0, Ultimate X Poker Tournament Game enables operators to host spirited tournament games on the most successful video poker title of the last decade. Spin-Ferno will be complimented by Ultimate X Poker Tournament Game in IGT’s dedicated in-booth tournament arena, where the company will lead dynamic demonstrations of products under IGT’s premium tournament technology line, TournXtreme.
Class II games, public gaming video lottery terminals, and live and electronic table games (ETGs) from LT Game (a subsidiary of Paradise Entertainment) will also all have dedicated areas in IGT’s booth.
IGT will showcase its Interactive HTML5 leadership with a diverse content portfolio that can meet a gaming operator’s needs for desktop and mobile gaming. In addition to the new online Poker, Casino, Sports Betting and Bingo platforms the company will demonstrate OnPremise, an integrated mobile technology solution that modernizes gaming experiences and enables players to wager via a single mobile app anytime within set boundaries at a casino or lottery retailer. IGT will also spotlight the company’s Play-for-Fun solution that allows casinos to build local player affinity, monetize them with virtual currency and position for the expansion of the real money gaming segment. Following a wildly popular launch with the company’s customers in Europe, IGT will spotlight two Interactive MegaJackpots titles at G2E: MegaJackpots Cleopatra and MegaJackpots Siberian Storm. These multi-game, multi-channel progressives link play on desktop and mobile devices to a single progressive jackpot.
Rounding out the company’s compelling G2E presentation, IGT will demonstrate its state-of-the art systems solutions and applications that enable casinos to operate efficiently, drive ROI and offer personalized player experiences. IGT will emphasize its new HTML5 support capabilities and several of the company’s systems solutions including Floor Manager and Service Window. IGT will spotlight the Company’s Advantage systems and its ability to integrate with IGT’s DoubleDown Casino to drive reach, player retention and revenue. Other standout systems solutions from IGT include mobile solutions such as Mobile Host and Mobile Responder, and a suite of intelligent bonuses including Point Pursuit and Intelligent Rewards.
G2E booth number: 3633
At G2E 2015, JCM Global will mark 60 years of creating innovative and industry-leading products that have revolutionized the gaming industry and created new global standards. It’s fitting that leading the JCM Global team into G2E at such a momentous occasion is the man who created the product that made JCM a global powerhouse.
Terry Izawa is JCM’s new president, although he is not new to the industry and his impact has been truly global. His first task at JCM was to design and develop the company’s first bill validator in the late 1980s. Other notable successes include the establishment of JCM’s overseas production facility for bill validators in China in 1995, and overseeing direct customer interfacing during the development of JCM’s multiple award-winning UBA bill validator.
Prior to becoming president, Izawa headed the company’s research and development division, and he will continue to lead the charge for innovation in his new position.
Surrounding Izawa are John Garner, CFO; David Kubajak, vice president of operations; and Tom Nieman, vice president of marketing and sales.
At G2E, JCM will be showing a rich display of core products that continue to transform the industry and help operators make better connections with their customers. Leading the way is the award-winning iVIZION bill validator. iVIZION is field-proven the world over in casinos of all sizes to increase security and customer satisfaction with its full-note contact image sensor (CIS) technology and anti-counterfeit technology, highly evolved anti-stringing technology and 99 percent plus acceptance rate. The product continues to win contracts around the world, both for new operations and in competitor-replacement settings.
Helping to further the customer connection is JCM’s line of printers, including the FutureLogic GEN2 and GEN2 Universal printers. Both the GEN2 and GEN2 Universal are equipped with ITH (Intelligent Ticket Handling) technology that makes the cashout ticket available only after the ticket is fully printed internally and automatically burst; a larger paper capacity that saves money; IntelligentBezel System that detects blocks bezels and prevents jams; ProColor 2-color printing; and an expanded graphics memory.
The GEN2 Universal also has three ports to support all games, USB 2.0 full speed that is future GSA-compliant and IGT-compliant, and backward-compatible RS232 and NetPlex ports, meaning it is ready for today’s games and the next generation of downloadable server-based games.
“This is an exciting time at JCM,” Izawa said. “We have an incredible strong foundation of core products in our portfolio, and we have a very keen eye sharply focused on the future.”
G2E booth number: 1154
Konami Gaming is slated to present several high-profile product announcements at G2E 2015, including premium video slots based on the classic Frogger video game, six different DUNGEONS & DRAGONS games, and original new KP3 base games and progressives. The Konami booth will occupy a central presence during G2E 2015 with these and more leading products that will shape the coming months and years.
The upcoming landmark debut of Frogger themed video slots signifies Konami’s latest homegrown IP release from Konami Digital Entertainment to the casino gaming industry. The world’s first Frogger slot machines will be unveiled at G2E on Konami’s tall-top Podium Monument cabinet.
“Frogger has remained one of the world’s most singularly recognizable video games for more than 30 years, and now casino players will have the chance to experience their favorite Frogger features with a real-money spin,” said Matt Reback, vice president, marketing at Konami Gaming.
While the primary game carries modernized character art paired alongside Konami’s proven video slot features and math, the game’s mystery Frogger Bonus allows players to relive the classic road and river crossing course in retro-pixelated fashion. Arcade-animated tractors push away the reel strips and players are awarded three “lives” as they watch the frog hop its way to increasing bonus awards across the lower screen and up into the cabinet’s upper top box.
Konami’s popular DUNGEONS & DRAGONS video slots will tally a total of six different themes for casino players to enjoy with Konami’s newest G2E releases. To expand upon the series debut themes Enchanted Riches and Conquests & Treasures, Konami will showcase its newest titles—Dwellers of the Dungeon Keep, Fortunes of the Forgotten Realms, Accolades of the Waterdeep, and Fortunes of the Waterdeep—including dungeon maze bonuses, monster battles and a full medieval merchant city to explore.
Each game offers new surprises and artistic creativity to captivate and retain core slot players and fantasy fans alike. In terms of hardware, all DUNGEONS & DRAGONS games operate on the same premium Podium Monument cabinet, with three custom bezel options to accompany different series releases: a brick bezel, a fire bezel and a marble Waterdeep city bezel.
To compliment Konami’s powerful library of original KP3 base game titles, Konami also has several new standalone progressive games for classic Podium Upright or Slant to attract players looking for an extra level of thrill and excitement in their favorite slots. Among the company’s latest mystery trigger progressive games are Wheel Boost, Fiery Fortune and Riches Choice. Both Wheel Boost and Fiery Fortune are spin wheel spin bonus games, 4-level and 2-level progressives respectively. And Riches Choice is a 4-level pick ‘em style progressive that allows players to unlock different treasure chests in a quest to match two corresponding prize symbols.
For a first look at these and many more Konami debut releases, G2E attendees are encouraged to visit its booth to see and explore the industry’s top new games and technology.
G2E booth number: 2656
NOVOMATIC is already established as a rising force in the U.S. gaming supply chain and has risen to the challenge of producing product lines that provide operators and their customers with attractions packed with gaming entertainment. At G2E, Austrian Gaming Industries (AGI) and its numerous group subsidiary companies, including the recently expanded NOVOMATIC Americas team, will come together and “go live” and excite show attendees.
NOVOMATIC Americas will have a major presence at G2E. With recent key advances in product approvals and licensing the team fully expects to be inundated with enquiries from U.S. operators. G2E in Las Vegas will also be a magnet for visitors from Latin American countries and, in order to cater for these welcome arrivals, representatives of NOVOMATIC’s subsidiary companies from across the region will be on hand to present their product portfolios and answer enquiries.
On two levels of the booth, the NOVO LINE Novo Unity II display will feature live dealers - operating Novo TouchBet Blackjack, Novo TouchBet Roulette and Novo TouchBet Live-Baccarat. At a time when electronic table games are making huge strides in popularity in casinos around the world, NOVOMATIC’s top quality and leading technology multiplayer products will be a major G2E attraction.
On the booth’s main floor will be two major jackpot displays: the Magic Joker will be presented in the Dominator cabinet while the new Book of Ra Jackpot, taking its name from the NOVOMATIC hit game, will appear in the Super V+ Gaminator.
The Dominator Curve will feature prominently and will naturally be a major attraction as it is now being launched for use in U.S. markets. A significant technology evolution of the original Dominator, the Dominator Curve extends the successful concept and enhances its attractiveness with its own unique feature: the upright 40-inch full HD touchscreen that guarantees maximum impact gaming with sophisticated graphics and sound.
The NOVOSTAR V.I.P.slant top is already a huge star on international gaming floors with its Crown V.I.P. chair, huge 50-inch LCD top screen, armrest-located additional start button and the unique FLIPSCREEN feature for gaming in grand style.
Group subsidiary Octavian’s product presentation will showcase the company’s internationally established products such as the ACP Casino Management System, the latest jackpot developments and a selection of new Octo-Games.
Reinforcing NOVOMATIC’s position as a provider of innovation in gaming entertainment is the unique Panther Roulette II. Itself an evolution of the original groundbreaking Pinball Roulette, where the guest is not just the player but also the “dealer” thanks to the unique pinball launch system, Panther Roulette II gives the possibility for guests to switch between the main roulette game and up to 23 slot games, at the same machine.
Presenting NOVOMATIC’s “third pillar” of innovation, the online gaming segment, subsidiary Greentube Internet Entertainment Solutions¬ has, since its acquisition in 2010, grown to where, today, the companies now under the Greentube aegis represent a leading provider and operator of online gaming and social gaming services solely in worldwide markets with a clearly defined legal framework.
Another important presentation will be that of NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions (NLS), a sector in which the group has made huge strides with advanced solutions development and continued sales success as a premium supplier and strategically through membership of the industry’s key trade bodies.
G2E booth number: 3267 & 3867
Ortiz Gaming’s highly-experienced professionals working are constantly introducing new advancements in the gaming industry that change the way bingo is played; consistently delivering innovative games, technologies, platforms and more. As the industry itself changes, Ortiz Gaming prevails on the forefront by bringing bingo closer to people.
For example, at the recent Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (OIGA) trade show and convention, Ortiz showcased Six Bingo, the company’s number one game in North America. Six Bingo features large touch screens which accent rich graphic elements and a surround sound system that is available on all Ortiz Gaming cabinets. Six Bingo is an American-style bingo game featuring multiple classic 5x5 cards, and an extra bonus ball which allows the player to keep playing even after the initial draw has ended. This powerful game engages all the players’ senses and brings another level of excitement to the bingo experience.
The company will also likely promote its O-Circle cabinetat this year’s G2E. According to company literature, the O-Circle features a 42-inch evolutionary curved display, reaching toward the sky and wrapping around the player for full immersion into the game. Using surround sound and a larger-than-life curved screen to create a new gaming experience, O-Circle was also designed with player comfort and experience at its core.
For two decades Ortiz Gaming has developed attractive bingo theme games and products, combined with promotional programs to support casino marketing. The Ortiz Gaming business model and standard is an evolution, not just of games but of the very thinking of revenue metrics. The Ortiz Standard not only increases win-per-unit, but redefines the expectation of game average performance. Ortiz Gaming’s concepts are a proven model in nearly every continent, encompassing North America, Europe, Latin America, and Asia.
G2E booth number: 1126
Visitors to the Scientific Games booth will experience how the company is powering the gaming world as the industry’s leading supplier of gaming, interactive and lottery technology and experiences. After the company’s acquisition of Bally Technologies last November, Scientific Games will exhibit its Bally, Barcrest, Shuffle Master and WMS gaming brands together the first time at in its booth at G2E.
Scientific Games is uniquely positioned as the provider of the industry’s most robust product suite to offer customers more brands and more possibilities to excite their players. At G2E 2015, Scientific Games will demonstrate its continued commitment to innovation by introducing trailblazing new cabinets and exciting licensed brands, along with a host of other innovations, in its 26,006-square-foot multi-level exhibit.
A highlight of the company’s cabinet offerings will be the new TwinStar cabinet, which features dual, vivid, 24-inch full HD displays in a state-of-the-art platform that combines the best technology from both Bally and WMS. This for-sale cabinet supports Bally- and WMS-branded content.
New game titles have been developed for TwinStar to take advantage of the processing power of Scientific Games’ latest platform. Game themes include player-favorite brands from both Bally and WMS, including Gold Fish, Quick Hit, Quick Shot, and Guardian of the South.
Plus, TwinStar builds on the award-winning iDeck button deck by offering a 40 percent larger area for player interaction. A 22-inch full HD digital topper, chrome details, improved sound and edge lighting will add beauty and excitement to casino floors.
Scientific games will also be highlighting its latest array of licensed games. At G2E last year, the company announced a partnership with Playboy and global music superstar Pitbull. This year, Scientific Games proudly introduces Playboy Don’t Stop the Party! The progressive video slot, featuring Playboy Playmates and Pitbull, is presented on the ALPHA 2 Pro theatre cabinet. The game will entertain players with four hit songs from Pitbull, popular play mechanics, and a five-level progressive jackpot, including a life-changing wide-area progressive award on the Bally Cash Connection link. It’s sure to heat up casino floors!
The incomparable Cher performs five of her most popular hits in the CHER Live video slot, presented on the Pro Series V22/32 platform. A Concert Wheel awards credits and five free games bonuses: Believe, Turn Back Time, It’s in His Kiss, All or Nothing, and Strong Enough. With hit songs, a variety of popular play mechanics, and a huge progressive jackpot, this game gives players the chance to become the ultimate fan.
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW and CADDYSHACK will make their slot debut on the WMS Blade cabinet. These hot new themes will have players reliving two classic and quotable films.
Go golfing with the hilarious cast in CADDYSHACK, which features seven character bonuses from the classic comedy starring Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield and Bill Murray. The game includes clips from memorable moments in the movie and proven gameplay features that will keep players in their seats. It’ll be the best game of your life!
ROCKY HORROR features clips from the cult classic movie, five Time Warp base-game features, and a wheel that awards credits, four jackpots, or a Free Spin Bonus. With all this zany fun, this game will have players doing the Time Warp again and again. The game also includes many of the famous songs to keep players singing along.
Additionally, Scientific Games will debut three follow-up titles to its hit licensed games: Michael Jackson Icon on the new Pro Wave with Digital Wheel; Wizard of Oz Not in Kansas Anymore and ELVIS Lives on the Blade; and FRIENDS I’ll Be There For You and TITANIC Heart of the Ocean on the Pro Theatre.
G2E booth number: 3856
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