As I write this column, the 2016 ICE Totally Gaming show in London has only just ended. I think it only fair that I devote this space to a recap of product news from some land-based slot suppliers that came out of the event:
International Game Technology Plc (IGT) focused on its wide variety of Internet gaming products at ICE 2016. According to company press materials, this included a new lineup of interactive game themes for both mobile and desktop. Among the highlights was Isle O’ Plenty, an Irish-themed game that joined IGT’s popular MegaJackpots game family and gives players the chance to win large jackpots through pooled liquidity. Wheel of Fortune On Tour and CLEOPATRA Plus game titles both included the LEVEL UP PLUS mechanic that rewards players with additional game features and payback boosts as play continues. ICE attendees also saw mobile and desktop versions of Family Guy slot, a theme that has entertained players in land-based casinos for several years. Other interactive titles included Treasures of the Pyramids, Goldify and Dragon’s Temple, which are themes from the legacy GTECH game portfolio that will join IGT’s premium remote game server (IGT rgs) portfolio.
IGT also featured its eInstant games portfolio. Developed in HTML5 to work across devices and platforms, these fast-to-play games deliver quick, gaming experiences on multiple devices that can also be utilized as mini or side games in bingo and poker platforms.
Scientific Gamesused ICE to showcase new products for land-based casino operators, such as its TwinStar cabinet which had its European debut at the event. The for-sale cabinet is a single platform that leverages the state-of-the-art ArgOS operating system to combine the best technology and game content from two of the company’s strongest slot brands—Bally and WMS—giving casino operators the flexibility to adapt it based on their players' preferences. The cabinet features dual, 24-inch full HD displays and a 150 percent larger iDeck touchscreen button deck.
Scientific Games also showcased solutions developed specifically for Europe, such as Game XChange Dynamic Multi-Game suite which provides maximum flexibility and customization by enabling casino operators to select games from Scientific Games' content library and offering players the choice of up to 10 games on one machine.
American Gaming Systems (AGS) showcased its growing library of social casino games, which is part of its new business division, AGS Interactive (AGSi). With a development studio in Tel Aviv, Israel, AGSi offers social casino titles for mobile devices through its Lucky Play Casino and Vegas Fever apps. Player favorites include mobile versions of popular AGS land-based slot games like Colossal Diamonds, So Hot and Royal Reels, to name a few.
Konami Gaming concentrated on its new Concerto video slot cabinet at ICE, which, according to company press materials, features the largest screen size available in a standard upright machine—complete with HD resolution, enhanced sound and a video LCD button panel. New Concerto game themes showcased at ICE included Chili Chili Fire and Dragon’s Law Twin Fever. This year’s ICE show also marked the international release of Konami’s Dungeons & Dragons themed slot machines, with a variety of custom merchandising options to showcase this legendary adventure game.
Of course, this is only a taste of the thousands of slot-oriented gaming products showcased at ICE. The best way to experience the feast is to attend—don’t get caught out in the cold.