International Game Technology PLC (“IGT”) announced that it has acquired certain assets including several patents and other intellectual property from Leap Forward Gaming, Inc. (“LFG”) relating to LFG’s SaffariNet Patron Display Interface (PDI) picture-in-picture multimedia ecosystem technology.  IGT also agreed to dismiss its litigation with LFG.   

“This acquisition builds upon IGT’s industry-leading intellectual property portfolio by enabling us to broaden the scope of our casino management systems solutions,” said Victor Duarte, IGT global chief product officer, gaming.  “The acquired system-agnostic assets include applications and technologies that are complementary to IGT’s existing solutions, and may help us to enhance our offerings to customers over time.”

SaffariNet Patron Display Interface picture-in-picture multimedia ecosystem technology works with gaming machines and systems to enhance casino operator communications and marketing capabilities to patrons.  Thin Client Gaming (TCG) and SmartFloor technology plus a host of additional gaming apps are also included in the acquisition.  Leap Forward founder and CEO Ali Saffari will serve as a consultant to IGT to ensure a seamless integration of the solutions and applications related to the acquisition.