Global Gaming Expo (G2E) is upon us once again, and as in years past, the gaming machine community is busily working away at new games, improved cabinets, systems upgrades and support products to make the slot gaming experience more enjoyable for players and more profitable for operators.
Indeed, based on booth preview materials provided by major gaming manufacturers and excerpted below, G2E 2017, which is taking place October 2-5 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas, promises to be among the best yet when it comes to all things slot machine. Not only will show attendees be able to play the newest themed games, they will be able to sample the latest advances in slot systems technology, upgraded cabinet concepts featuring height and curved screens, gaming machines with arcade and skill-based game mechanics, devices that integrate virtual reality technologies into game play, innovative progressive links and much, much more.
Read on to experience the full scope of each slot provider’s G2E vision, in their own words.
AGS - www.playags.com - G2E booth number: 1253
AGS is obsessed with the game. Whether it’s creating award-winning hardware, designing high-performing games for slots or table games libraries, or building player-favorite social casino solutions, AGS doesn’t waiver in its passion. At G2E this year, booth visitors will get a closer look at the new gaming experiences AGS has been fixated on over the last year. Until then, here’s a peek inside its latest obsessions.
On the slot side of the business, AGS has upped its hardware game with the debut of Orion last year, and since then, the company has deepened its game library to include new titles that continue to drive performance well above house average. With graphics and bonus features that take advantage of its 42-inch display and 498 game-controlled LED lights, Fu Bao Bei, Lucky Lil’ Devils and Olympus Strikes are full of surprises driven by solid math to keep performance sky high. Attendees also get to see the newest addition to the Orion family of cabinets, a product AGS is still obsessing over until its official launch in 2018.
The core library on AGS’ ICON cabinet has also grown with new original titles like Capital Gains, Grand Royale and Jade Dragon. These new games combine with a multi-link progressive innovation—Money Charge Jackpots—and dynamic sign packages for an experience that heightens anticipation and creates more frequent wins. Luck and Prosperity, Koi Riches and Wild Surpize add to the ICON game library as well, with links to Hot $ Jackpots, another new progressive family featuring core-gambler style math and gripping bonuses.
Perhaps one of AGS’ favorite obsessions is Xtreme Jackpots. This first-of-its-kind multi-linked progressive ecosystem connects across both Orion and ICON for more frequent awards and more explosive jackpots. Buffalo Jackpots XJP and Longhorn Jackpots XJP drive the experience as established, player-favorite games with four jackpot levels and two exciting bonus rounds. Customized sign options and configurations extend the thrills and draw players in.
Since the launch of the AGS white-label social casino solution this spring, six new partners have harnessed the power of Social WLC to extend their brands, offer more engagement and drive more visits and revenue to their properties. The company has been intently focused on offering customers this turn-key, customized social casino solution that’s based on proven, player-favorite, land-based content, including the newest AGS additions Jade Wins, Shadow Fox Dreamcatcher and Rumble in the Jungle.
AINSWORTH GAME TECHNOLOGY - www.agtslots.com - G2E booth number: 1259A
Ainsworth Game Technology will showcase an array of new content for its sleek and innovative A640 and A600 cabinets at its G2E booth. In total, Ainsworth will display more than 130 games—including titles for both Class III and Class II jurisdictions—as well as new sign package options, linked progressive brands and premium branded slot games sure to attract attention.
Highlighting the booth will be PAC-MAN DYNAMIC EDITION. This title follows up on the success of PAC-MAN WILD EDITION, which has seen tremendous game performance at casinos throughout the U.S. The iconic PAC-MAN character is one of the most recognizable figures in arcade game history and was the basis for the most successful arcade game of all time. Now, PAC-MAN has chomped on to casino floors on the A640 cabinet. PAC-MAN DYNAMIC EDITION adds even more of the fun that’s made PAC-MAN a global phenomenon with increased player interaction, thrilling bonus features and an enormous wheel that awards massive jackpots. Throughout the game, PAC-MAN makes appearances offering players wilds and other fun ways to win.
PAC-MAN WILD EDITION and PAC-MAN DYNAMIC EDITION are part of a strategic partnership between Ainsworth and BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
In total, Ainsworth’s Class III game library now tops 250 unique titles, giving casino operators a wide selection of compelling game content for the company’s full line of innovative cabinets, including the A600, A640 and A600 Slant Top.
In addition to PAC-MAN, among the titles on display for the A640 will be the exciting new games Desert Dawn, Desert Dusk, Rumble Eagle and Nostradamus. Additionally, entirely new brands like QuickSpin and Power Shot will debut at the show. The games take full advantage of the A640, which features optimal viewing on a 40-inch high-definition LCD game screen and an attractive design creating powerful game experiences with eye-catching game art. The cabinet comes standard with a touchscreen LCD button deck and a mechanical “bash button” to combine the ease of new technology with traditional slot play. An optional 27-inch LCD topper will attract players across busy casino floors.
On the A600, visitors to Ainsworth’s booth will experience Hao Yun Dao, a new Asian-themed linked progressive series that stands out on casino floors with customizable sign packages, two unique game experiences and world-class graphics. Several new brands will make their debut on the dual-screen A600, including FirePower and Big Hit Bonanza. These game series offer new play mechanics and math models, along with improved sound and art packages, to take A600 content to the next level.
Ainsworth launched its entrance into the Class II market last year and it has seen success across the country. This year at G2E, the company will showcase its A600 cabinet for Class II, including several new titles that have had strong performance in Class III markets. Class II titles shown on the A600 will include Twice the Diamonds, Cash Cave, Mustang Fortune, Light ‘Em Up and other games proven to perform on U.S. casino floors.
Undoubtedly the Class II highlight will be the unveiling of AnyBet, a linked progressive system that can connect to any Ainsworth game and offers players the chance to win progressive jackpots on any game, at any bet, anytime.
ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES - www.aristocrat-us.com - G2E booth number: 1141
It’s all about what’s inside for Aristocrat and VGT at G2E 2017. “Every element, every innovation, everything we have” is what Aristocrat and VGT bring to customers, and at G2E, the companies will show it is truly all about what’s inside.
In booth 1141, Aristocrat and VGT will show more of what works for customers and players, such as new titles with globally popular themes, the rock-solid Oasis 360 gaming systems solution, leading-edge cabinets to transform the floor, and the new breakthrough OVATION product line.
Aristocrat’s best titles take a step up in Aristocrat’s new RELM XL reel spinner cabinet, which features a dynamic topper wheel, a range of denominations to cover the floor and game themes players love such as Buffalo and Britney.
Aristocrat’s popular RELM cabinet is expanding with extensions of the Burning Spins and Forever Free game brands; new brands for the low- and high-denom space; and new Asia-themed games from the popular Lucky Destiny and Fortune Prosperity themes.
Aristocrat’s Arc Single cabinet entertains with titles including the global sensation Dragon Link game theme, which was recently named to Casino Journal’s list of the Top 20 Most Innovative Gaming Technology Products for 2016. Also appearing on Arc Single is the Great American Treasure Hunt game theme.
Aristocrat’s elegant and sleek flame55 cabinet entertains players with 55 inches of curved screen wonder. Game of Thrones slot game is back in an all-new version created specifically for flame55. Also appearing on flame55 is the Mariah Carey game theme, and a new version of the acclaimed Tim McGraw slot game. Additionally, Aristocrat will debut a completely new, globally recognized license on the cabinet at G2E.
On Aristocrat’s new EdgeX cabinet is The Walking Dead 3 slot game with all-new thrills and chills. Aristocrat will also premiere two earth-shattering pop culture licensed titles on the cabinet at G2E.
The Arc Single cabinet will feature new titles including Elvira, Ted, Pan Am and Zorro. Appearing on the Arc Double cabinet are all-new X Files and Tarzan games and a rocking party licensed title to be revealed at G2E.
The Helix cabinet will showcase game titles including the award-winning Lightning Link, and the Wonder Wheels cabinet will feature the Candyland game theme and the Wonder Wheels Cashman game theme.
Aristocrat’s award-winning Oasis casino management system features the new suite Oasis Loyalty, winner of the platinum award at the 2017 GameChangers Marketing Awards at Casino Marketing & Technology Conference. This premier loyalty solution showcases Aristocrat’s customer-centric perspective, as it works to increase efficiencies across its customer’s gaming floors. Aristocrat will introduce new products to help manage and more efficiently operate casinos of every size, including a new mobile enrollment product (EnrollMix), a new mobile slot dispatch system (FloorFocus) and continued enhancements to the ONE LINK media/progressive system.
The landmark OVATION Class II gaming platform brings player-favorite Aristocrat content to the Class II space. VGT will show the OVATION line including the game themes Electric Boogaloo, Golden Peach, Golden Prosperity, Liberty Stripes, Romance of Fire and Rain, Silver Lightning, Serengeti Stampede and Wild Texa’Coins.
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ARUZE GAMING - www.aruzegaming.com - G2E booth number: 2659
Aruze Gaming continues to change the game.
At G2E 2017, attendees will be amazed at what Aruze is bringing to the gaming industry, including more than 40 never-before seen titles; reinforcing that entertainment and innovation remain the company’s core philosophies.
Debuting at G2E 2017 will be the Thor cabinet. This new video cabinet sits on a curved 55-inch high definition monitor with an LCD touchscreen panel. Multiple titles will be available including skill-based games as well as electronic table games.
Just recently launched is the Cube-X Innovator Deluxe, a premium Radiant Reel stepper cabinet on the already high performing Cube-X platform. This eye-catching cabinet features a larger than life video wheel display on a 42-inch high-definition monitor, with a 23-inch LCD topper option, and a lightning speed processor board and operating system. The Cube-X Innovator Deluxe will be hard to ignore on any casino floor with its dynamic graphics and robust sound. Among the new titles shown will be two high-volatility games, Moonshine Jackpot and Sunfire Jackpot, where five or more scatter symbols can trigger up to 20 free games. After the free game trigger, the Wheel Spin feature occurs that contain a progressive and credit awards.
The casino operator’s favorite, the 999.9 Gold Wheel on the Cube-X Ultimate, is now available in a video cabinet. The first two titles on this cabinet are Ultra Stack Lion Gold and Ultra Stack Dragon Gold. As the player increases their bet per line, the Gold Wheel feature is available on additional reels and the mechanical wheel topper showcases multiple jackpots and award credits.
Aruze continues a strong line-up for their video products with more content available on the Cube-X Vertical and Cube-X Vertical 80 cabinets. Available on both cabinets is the Thunderstorm series. Diamond Noir and Gilded Treasures are two electrifying themes that consist of credit awards, free games and a Jackpot Wheel with a four-level progressive.
CRANE PAYMENT INNOVATIONS (CPI) - www.cranepi.com - G2E booth number: 1850
Crane Payment Innovations (CPI) is a leading expert in payment systems and cash management solutions. From note and coin devices to cashless systems and emerging payment technologies, CPI products are trusted to process more than 4 billion transactions each and every week.
CPI is at booth 1850 at G2E this year and will be showcasing a wide range of products, including SC Advance and EASITRAX.
The SC Advance note acceptor sets the gold standard for performance, reliability and total cost of ownership. It is part of the winning SC product line, of which more than 2 million units have been sold worldwide. It features the industry’s highest first-pass acceptance rate for valid street-grade notes—including those that are damp, dirty, crinkled or torn. Its robust recognition system is built to effectively read the high-tech security features that are, and soon will be, introduced on new banknotes around the world. Its expansive memory accommodates new banknote introductions as well as new security algorithms that will protect operators against emerging criminal threats.
SC Advance is also accompanied by a growing suite of modular extensions—including EASITRAX, the industry’s smartest cashbox system that is now installed in more than 200,000 games worldwide. EASITRAX provides the critical insight needed to drive faster, smarter and more profitable efficiencies from the gaming floor to the back room. It works by collecting transaction and performance data directly from the note acceptor and then generating reports through its intuitive web portal. Reports are customizable and can be used to streamline the drop process, facilitate asset evaluations, optimize asset performance and improve maintenance programs.
Automated asset tracking through EASITRAX eliminates the need for dedicated cashboxes, helping operators reduce drop time by up to 40 percent. As a result, it regularly delivers a return on investment in less than one year.
A new Maintenance Alerts feature for EASITRAX allows operators to set their ideal note acceptor performance thresholds and receive automated e-mail notifications based upon these critical metrics. This feature helps users save time and interpret data so problems can be identified and prevented before they even occur—further strengthening the payback associated with EASITRAX.
CPI continues to expand the EASITRAX smart cashbox system with new features and functionality not just for casinos but also for a wider range of gaming markets—including VLT networks and route operations. In fact, thanks to a new set of reporting features that create efficiencies in distributed environments, EASITRAX is currently being rolled out in massive numbers to VLT operations around the world.
ECLIPSE GAMING - www.eclipsegamingsystems.com - G2E booth number: 2840
Eclipse Gaming is elevating the gaming experience from ordinary to amazing with the launch of Saros, a new premium game cabinet and an enhanced library of top performing new game themes. At G2E 2017, attendees will experience Eclipse Gaming in an entirely new way.
Saros takes players to new dimensions in gaming with stunning visuals, sophisticated curves and vibrant lighting. The player experience begins as the eye-catching ambient lighting surrounding the stylish lines of the cabinet radiates from across the casino floor. Dual 27-inch, 1080 full high-definition monitors showcasing dynamic visuals appear to float in front of the cabinet and add to the impact.
Emotive lighting and enriched audio stimulates the senses and further energizes the player experience. Stunning new visual effects enhance Eclipse Gaming’s suite of premium game content and dynamic play mechanics, creating a mesmerizing environment.
As the player relaxes into the comfort of the cabinet’s 28-inch” wide-body design, its game-on. Every aspect of the ergonomic cabinet envelops the player in comfort. The seamlessly integrated, 15-inch LCD touchscreen button deck and the enhanced player interface brings everything within easy reach for the player. Saros was developed with flexibility and scalability in mind. Its patent pending design and modular approach allows Saros to have multiple configurations to meet the needs of operators—from a slant version to upright to a vertical monitor.
Super Slots of Cash was designed to meet the customer’s need for an authentic three-reel game that provides the rich math model and volatility that a gambler desires, while also providing an easy-to-play game that appeals to the casual player. Featured in the new high definition Saros cabinet, a modern approach to this classic one-line game marries oversized, visually appealing traditional symbols with five unique wild multipliers for wins up to 10x bet. Super Slots of Cash has proven to be a top performer on both the high limit and main slot floor.
Players hungry for entertainment and candy-wrapped jackpots will love Sweet Shots. Dishing out the prizes, Sweet Shots tempts the senses with colorful, animated scenes filled with candy and delicious baked goods. The Double Wheel Bonus awards free spins and multipliers while six levels of progressive jackpots take players to new sugar highs.
Those ready for a real adventure can join an intrepid explorer as he navigates his way through the brightly colored, tropical paradise in Volcano Shakedown: Pacific Payday. Encountering lava flows, oversized wild symbols and the very angry Tiki God who demands a sacrifice, players reap the rewards with free spins and credit multipliers, and the Pacific Payday progressive jackpot.
EVERI - www.everi.com - G2E booth number: 1116
At G2E 2017, Everi Holdings will demonstrate its positon as the only gaming technology provider that can deliver a comprehensive portfolio of gaming entertainment and payments solutions that help casino operators deliver a winning experience for their players.
Everi’s Games display will feature the most diverse set of products in the company’s history, including over 90 unique gaming themes and several new licensed titles as well as new hardware and game innovations driven by the powerful Nitro media system, and a number of new wide-area progressive (WAP) offerings.
Bringing undersea adventure to life in a spectacular new way, Kracken Bay leverages the Nitro media system to create thrilling new bank-wide bonus offerings and big win celebrations for a banked array of two to six gaming devices. The immersive environment features colorful tropical fish swimming in constant motion across the reef arena Nitro system-controlled top screens, interacting with the on-screen coral reef and even down onto the player’s LCD button panel, providing stunning visuals that draw player attention from across the slot floor. Key to the excitement for Kracken Bay are the varied bonuses—including progressive wins, big credit wins and a wheel bonus—which feature prominently in the panoramic undersea environment and are celebrated across the banked machines.
Leveraging the big win celebration capabilities enabled by Nitro is Pop-N-Win. Similar to the tournament celebrations seen with TournEvent and funded by a mandatory side bet, Pop-N-Win is a unique tournament-like experience for in-revenue games. The Pop-N-Win game is a three-reel, five-line, 20 second bonus game where points accumulate to lock in escalating credit prizes with additional time added as prize thresholds are reached. Upon completion of a Pop-N-Win game, players are awarded a spin of the Jackpot Wheel which allows them to win progressives, credit prizes and free re-spins of the wheel.
Hot Stuff Diamond Blaze, a new larger-than-life sign package for the company’s Class II and Class III WAP games and Class III local-area progressive games, takes the familiar and easy-to-understand classic stepper game to new heights. Players will be thrilled with two new base game themes that can trigger the three-reel Hot Stuff Bonus, which is played out on the overhead sign of Everi’s Renegade 3600. This speaker and sign package features three 43-inch convex curved monitors affixed above Everi’s Core HDX video cabinets. Players that activate the Hot Stuff Bonus will be treated to a celebratory light and sound show so fantastic it is bound to attract attention from every corner of the casino. The exciting new game and sign combination uses cutting-edge queuing technology to allow players to experience their bonus on the big screens or play right away on their own EGM.
GAMBLIT GAMING - www.gamblitgaming.com - G2E booth number: 4423
Gamblit Gaming, a leading innovator of real-money wagering in the skill-based gaming space, will continue to shake up the industry like never before at the G2E 2017. Gamblit will be unveiling brand new, soon-to-be-announced titles including a top TV license and a hit global record-breaking game, which will both be playable at Gamblit’s must-see booth on the show floor.
Gamblit’s TriStation hardware, launching in land-based casinos in August 2017, will offer an engaging single-player experience with some exciting new game titles including Jetpack Joyride, Doodle Jump and Cut the Rope.
In partnership with Halfbrick Studios, Gamblit is bringing award-winning mobile phenomenon Jetpack Joyride to land-based casinos and it will make its world debut at G2E. The high flying adventure game, Jetpack Joyride—with 350 million downloads and 14 million monthly active users—will get gamblified and hit casino floors with real-money gaming elements in late 2017 on Gamblit’s TriStation game machine; but fans will have the opportunity to play it first at G2E.
Gamblit has joined forces with Lima Sky, the developer behind the iconic smash hit Doodle Jump, to gamblify the classic game and turn it into an innovative casino experience. With more than 250 million downloads, Doodle Jump has been released across multiple platforms and continues to ride high with its real-money version hitting casino floors in early 2018 on Gamblit’s TriStation game machine and revolutionary G-Sports (eSports for everyone) platform.
Attendees at G2E will also have the chance to check out Cut the Rope, a game based on fan-favorite Cut The Rope 2 and developed by the team at ZeptoLab. There have been over 1 billion downloads of the fun, puzzle game across multiple platforms, and the gamblified real-money version hitting casinos packed with over 100 levels.
Gamblit’s Model G interactive game tables are live in Las Vegas and are among the first multiplayer skill games on the casino floor. The TriStation single player platform also launched in August with six unique skill games. Locations with Gamblit’s hardware and games include Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, the Hakkasan Group managed Level Up gaming lounge at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, the LINQ Hotel & Casino, Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, The Venetian Las Vegas, Red Rock Casino Resort, Boulder Station Las Vegas with many more properties to be added soon.
GAMECO - www.gameco.com - G2E booth number: 5034
GameCo, Inc. is a pioneering company uniting the experience of playing video games with the excitement of gambling by creating the world’s first skill-based video game gambling machines (VGMs). GameCo’s VGM is the first platform to bring video game play to the casino floor engaging a new generation of casino customers.
GameCo’s VGMs combine the experience of playing video games with the excitement of gambling to create new gaming entertainment experiences for the gaming floor. The company’s patented arcade-style VGM cabinets feature a single-player 45-90 second video game adapted from top console, PC and mobile games that allow a player’s skill to determine the payout and winnings, while maintaining the same casino-based economics as slot machines. As skill-based slot machine technology emerges as the next generation of casino gaming, VGMs provide casino operators with a more diverse gaming environment to attract new players and generate incremental casino revenue.
GameCo recently deployed VGMs at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut and Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in North Carolina, and plans to be operational in most major U.S. gambling jurisdictions by the end of 2017. Internationally, the company has expanded to properties in Aruba, and St. Maarten and is actively pursuing opportunities across the world in various regions including Europe, South America and Asia.
Throughout 2017, GameCo expects to continue its position as a market leader in skill-based gaming with the release of 10 or more new VGM titles, including games under license from major game developers and entertainment IP companies such as Star Trek from CBS Consumer Products, Paramount’s Mission Impossible and Paranormal brands and Terminator 2: Judgment Day from StudioCanal S.A.S.
Among the new products GameCo will showcase at G2E 2017 is Steve Aoki’s Neon Dream. The game is inspired by Aoki’s 2014 Neon Future album and its underlying soundscapes. The first-person game will blend the nearly effortless controls of an infinite runner with the sensational, transcendental experience of Aoki’s music. Players will fly over an endless track through a world of color and shape, collecting coins, avoiding barriers, while listening to various house and electronic dance music (EDM) titles from Aoki’s Dim Mak label.
Visitors to GameCo’s G2E booth can also learn more about the Innovation Adoption Advisory Panel (IAAP), a recently formed panel of casino gaming industry executives seeking to spur continued innovation in casino gaming product development and commercialization by providing insights on best practices for the adoption of innovative technology solutions that can help engage both current casino players and potential new players. The IAAP was formed earlier this year by GameCo and electronic table game provider Interblock, and Konami Gaming recently signed on as a member.
IGT - www.igt.com - G2E booth number: 3659
Under the “Let’s Play” theme, IGT will offer a vast portfolio of innovation-packed gaming solutions in G2E booth 3659, with a focus on introducing compelling new content on the industry’s hottest hardware. IGT’s commitment to solutions that drive play and help casino partners engage players and achieve business goals will shine through in the hundreds of products that the company will feature at G2E.
A focal point within IGT’s booth will be its award-winning TRUE 4D product portfolio. Anchored in SPHINX 4D, TRUE 4D offers immersive gameplay through its use of 3D graphics combined with gesture recognition and mid-air haptic technologies. IGT will introduce new TRUE 4D titles on the CrystalCurve TRUE 4D cabinet including the blockbuster licensed theme Ghostbusters 4D.
IGT will highlight its expanded premium content portfolio by introducing new games for the CrystalCurve ULTRA, AXXIS 3D, CrystalDual + Stepper, CrystalCurve and S3000 cabinets. IGT will alsohighlight its extended game library for the CrystalCurve ULTRA cabinet with game themes such as The Goonies Video Slots and Blake Shelton Video Slots. A revamped version of Jurassic World 3D, along with new TRUE 3D games such as James Cameron’s Avatar 3D and Wheel of Fortune Wild Sapphires 3D are highly anticipated games on the AXXIS 3D cabinet. IGT’s Dubble Bubble and Super Bankroll Slots games on the CrystalDual + Stepper cabinet, and the Fortune Gong and Golden Goddess linked progressives on the CrystalCurve cabinet are also among the many product highlights from IGT’s Premium portfolio.
G2E attendees can “go big” in IGT’s booth with the company’s newly released large-format cabinets—the MEGATOWER and S3000 XL. Inspired by proven IGT hardware, both colossal cabinets are supported by player-favorite game themes such as Wheel of Fortune Slots and IGT Pinball.
IGT will further propel its momentum in delivering top-performing video core titles with new content for the CrystalSlant, CrystalDual, CrystalCurve and AXXIS 23/23 cabinets. The company will also reveal its new content segmentation model that removes the guesswork from creating game banks by differentiating IGT’s video core segments: Jackpot Games, All-Star Evolution Games, Waterfall Games, Pure Core Games and Innovation Games. Standout, for-sale titles on IGT’s CrystalCurve cabinet include Wild Fury Jackpots, a vibrant, five-level progressive that will make its G2E-debut; Ocean Magic Grand, a new take on the player-favorite Ocean Magic theme that introduces a 2X2 Super Bubble feature; and Cleopatra Gold which leverages one of the most popular slot themes of all time and incorporates an expanded matrix and free games.
IGT is building upon its leadership in mechanical reels with the ongoing expansion of its content library for the S3000 cabinet. At G2E, it will dedicate a portion of its booth to the company’s new, single and multi-line Class II titles for the S3000 such as Double Topaz, 2x3x4x5x Ducks in a Row and Wild Bill.
IGT’s PlaySpot mobile solution will be the anchor innovation of IGT’s interactive product portfolio at G2E. The award-winning technology powers MGM Resorts’ playMGM mobile sports betting app and can be deployed to put engaging casino experiences such as live table betting, casino games, virtual sports and more on players’ mobile devices.
As a leader in new and emerging gaming technologies, IGT will highlight a series of innovative gaming concepts designed to attract an expanded demographic of players to the casino floor. G2E attendees should make time to explore the company’s “Virtual Zone,” a dedicated area that highlights the its new virtual reality, tournament and e-sports betting applications, and will feature IGT games such as Arcade Saga and Tournament Archery.
IGT’s Systems area will showcase a range of solutions that will enable operators to deliver delightful customer experiences, and frictionless access to funds, rewards and loyalty programs.
INCREDIBLE TECHNOLOGIES - www.itsgames.com - G2E booth number: 4047
Incredible Technologies (IT) is set to use G2E 2017 to prove why it is currently the fastest growing Class III gaming manufacturer with marketing leading ship share.
The privately held company, founded in 1985 and headquartered near Chicago, utilizes its rich 32-year history in game design to create exciting and innovative experiences to both game operators and players. With products now available in 25 states, numerous tribal jurisdictions and iGaming platforms, the company shows no signs of slowing down.
After seeing record growth in 2016, the company heads into G2E 2017 with over 200 employees, a Las Vegas development office set to open later this year, and ship share is on pace to double in 2017. This year has been a prime opportunity for IT to expand its footprint on slot floors nationwide by capitalizing on the incredible proven performance of its Infinity U23 core cabinet, as well as the premium Infinity Skybox. After its debut at G2E 2016, the company has also seen great success in the 2017 nationwide rollout of the new award-winning Infinity Super Skybox which leverages the proven success of the Skybox to showcase a linked overhead bonusing display.
IT will prove again why it is an innovator on the rise by introducing Infinity V55, a new Infinity core form factor utilizing a fully touchscreen 4K vertical 55-inch monitor on an Infinity U23 base—creating an immersive gaming experience on the largest screen on a core cabinet in the industry. While the impression is huge, the footprint is not. Like all of IT’s products, Infinity V55 was designed with the operator in mind and can be installed on a standard 28-inch base. Infinity V55 debuts with four exciting titles in two unique product feature families, each utilizing IT’s most popular brands as launch titles. The Power Wheel game family features Heat ‘Em Up Power Wheel, and the GoldLink game family features Crazy Money Gold—both new twists on two of IT’s hottest titles currently in the Infinity Skybox segment, Heat ‘Em Up and Crazy Money Deluxe. Additional exclusive titles across all segments are yet to be announced, and will be officially unveiled at G2E 2017.
JCM GLOBAL - www.jcmglobal.com - G2E booth number: 4039
JCM Global’s award-winning line of transaction solutions has been helping operators make real connections with customers for decades. Now at G2E 2017, JCM is showing the bill validators, printers, promotional solutions and digital media operators need to take customer connections to the next level.
Leading the way to the future is JCM’s revolutionary FUZION technology, which stole the show last year in a back-room preview. Now fully realized, FUZION is ready to adapt onto any provider of the casino management systems and address any regulatory challenges. When paired with JCM’s iVIZION bill validator and GEN5 printer, the transformative FUZION technology unleashes the power of “what if.” With FUZION, each slot machine could become a multi-line profit center with the current potential to vend and redeem lottery tickets; vend and redeem race and sports betting slips; facilitate daily fantasy sports (DFS) wagering, the casino’s own or a third party’s; conduct cross-enterprise promotional couponing for carded and uncarded players; enable real-time currency exchange with exchange rates that could be preset or could be real-time; and streamline tax forms processes by printing system-generated tax forms and deliver required documentation to the customer while the back-end system stores the signature forms and data that needs to be delivered to the IRS.
Powering FUZION is the iVIZION bill validator, the foundation of intelligent validation. iVIZION is field-proven globally with more than 250,000 units shipped to date. Its CIS technology scans the entire note or ticket, reading more than 9.5 million data points on every note—twice that of the nearest competitor—plus it has a unique capability to read 2D barcodes and its intelligent bezel enables mobile connection for additional FUZION functionality.
FUZION’s capabilities come to life when paired with the GEN5 printer. Field-proven, the GEN5 builds on the successful foundation of the universally successful GEN platform and has a faster CPU and faster print speed, resulting faster customer connections. It has the flexibility to print TITO and promotional tickets, plus various wager tickets and templated promo coupons.
FUZION integrates with JCM’s ICB 3.0 drop management system, which is field-proven to save operators money. FUZION takes ICB to the next level by providing real-time health monitoring data and predictive drop and maintenance scheduling to dramatically increase operational efficiency.
Next, JCM’s PromoNet 2.0 is the field-proven, floor-wide couponing solution that delivers the right promotion to the right customer at the right time. It allows operators of all sizes to identify high-value anonymous players, direct promotions to most valuable players, enhance player experience and maximize results using business analytics. PromoNet increases amount of play, decreases un-earned awards and lets each individual operator control levels of compensation.
JCM’s booth will outshine the rest thanks to its stunning array of digital displays from PixelPro technologies. With completely configurable PixelPro Max displays, operators can deliver their message their way anywhere across the property—casino floor, bars, entertainment venues, sportsbook, bingo hall, convention area and more.
KONAMI GAMING - www.gaming.konami.com - G2E booth number: 1154
Konami Gaming is showcasing a variety of popular core gaming options, exciting multi-station developments, leading skill-based entertainment and casino systems advancements during the G2E 2017. Designed to attract and engage player audiences with a uniquely exciting play experience over time, Konami G2E debut releases include new premium cabinets, game themes, progressive bonuses, next-gen products, analytics tools and advanced player tracking functionality.
Konami’s curved Concerto Crescent and tall Concerto Stack both feature a stunning 43-inch HD vertical display, with signature Concerto highlights such as the unique side lighting element and sleek black finish. These single-screen formats give players exclusive game content designed to optimize the machines’ extra-tall portrait orientation. Showcased content for Concerto Crescent and Concerto Stack includes China Shores Great Stacks, Mayan Chief Great Stacks, Lotus Land Deluxe Wilds, Dragon Emblem Jackpots and Lucky O-Leary Jackpots.
Konami is also showcasing the next chapter in Castlevania themed video slots at G2E 2017 with two new themes for guests to explore. Based on the iconic video game first popularized in the 1980s, Castlevania: Labyrinth of Love and Castlevania: Ring of the Heavens explore new territories, beasts and monsters across the 43-inch canvas of Konami’s Concerto Crescent curved screen cabinet.
Konami’s newest available progressive series uniquely combines multipliers, random credit awards, free games and a big hit jackpot prize to give players a variety of win opportunities at higher odds as they increase their bet amount. Celestial Sun Riches and Celestial Moon Riches are all-new ULTRA REELS series games that feature a selectable Strike Zone area to activate additional bonus opportunities.
Konami’s popular SeleXion is now bringing the industry’s most agile and customizable multi-game technology to a record variety of Concerto cabinets. In addition to showcasing SeleXion on Concerto upright, during G2E 2017 Konami will debut its first single-screen multi-game cabinet on its tall Concerto Stack. SeleXion’s new single-screen functionality also extends to Concerto Crescent.
Konami’s top-performing Concerto Slant carries dual 27-inch HD game screens with a low profile and relaxed-angle posture for player comfort and convenience. Concerto Slant supports any KP3+ platform content found on Concerto upright and is also backward compatible with proven KP3 platform titles such as Dragon’s Law, Lotus Land, China Shores and many more. New games for Concerto Slant include Scroll of Wonder and Multiplier Ridge.
Characterized by its sleek immersive design and backed by the powerful KP3+ platform, Konami’s Concerto video slot cabinet has become one of the industry’s top-performing standard upright cabinets. Since its debut, Concerto’s proven qualities have expanded to a complete lineup of video slot offerings with a rich library of original game content. During this year’s G2E show, guests will see a vast selection of base games and never-before-seen standalone and linked progressives featuring titles such as Sparkling Roses, Great Moai, Octo-Blast, Egyptian Wheel and Luxury Jackpots.
Konami Gaming is not scrimping when it comes to skill-based game offerings. Leveraging the company’s expertise in popular consumer arcade and video games, Beat Square challenges gamers to play, compete and prove their skill in a game of rhythmic coordination across a lighted touch pad dashboard, packed with new and recognizable tunes. Similar to the unforgettable arcade game, Frogger: Get Hoppin’ invites players to move the frog left and right across the screen to the tune of a recognizable melody, seeking safe landing and avoiding cars, alligators and open water. The player’s score increases as they move further and further through the course, with extra bonus points for collecting coins and bugs.
MERKUR GAMING AMERICAS - www.merkur-gaming.com - G2E booth number: 3353
Merkur Gaming has “Great Expectations” for G2E 2017. In celebration of its 60th anniversary, Merkur Gaming will present its stellar Avantgarde product roster, including its latest Avantgarde Trio, Merkurstar and the Evostar cabinets; a display that will consist of 100 individual show machines.
These units will present, in primarily single but also multi-game formats, a game range that will vibrantly demonstrate the huge strides that Merkur Gaming has taken in producing exciting and enthralling top of the line game themes that will meet and even exceed the expectations of players from across the entire spectrum of casino floor attractions.
Merkur’s star of the show, at least in terms of engineering excellence and quality, is Evostar, the latest addition to the company’s cabinet portfolio. As its Evo title suggests, Evostar has a shared innovation heritage with both the already successful Avantgarde, Avantgarde Trio and Merkurstar models, and is a unique hybrid, service-friendly upright with the added player comfort factor of a slant top player position. As an added player attraction, Evostar features a built-in USB port that allows guests to conveniently charge their mobile devices as they play, free of charge.
The game suites displayed on these cabinets include Random Lines, Asian themes, Fruits & Sevens, Egyptian and Space Age themes, as well as some brand new standout games that will be making their G2E debut. Without doubt, there will be games to suit every taste and much more besides.
The Merkur Gaming booth will also feature displays from across the entire Gauselmann Group. Cash handling experts GeWeTe will show a range of innovations from across its wide range of solutions. Sports betting maestros Cashpoint, the betting professionals, will illustrate its many areas of activity and its established excellence in sports betting entertainment. Based in Hamburg, Germany, edict egaming Gmbh is the online gaming arm of the Gauselmann Group, a market leader and true innovative trendsetter holding multiple licenses in various markets. This group will demo the edict Game Solution, the platform in which popular Merkur games are marketed internationally for online casinos and betting operators.
In keeping with the Gauselmann Group’s position on corporate social responsibility, specifically in support of the protection of minors and measures to deal with problem gambling, there will be an in-booth demonstration of the innovative Face Check, a contactless admission control system based on biometric facial features.
NANOPTIX - www.nanoptix.com - G2E booth number: 2036
Celebrating 20 years and counting, Nanoptix has prided itself in delivering the very best gaming thermal printing solutions. The company is the fastest growing printer company in the industry with a reputation for delivering the most reliable, technologically advanced and cost effective solutions while surpassing customers support and service expectations.
Nanoptix has amassed numerous global OEM customers like Aristocrat, Ainsworth, Scientific-Games and IGT, and newer companies are adding Nanoptix products to their strategic vision. Over the last several years, more corporate casino accounts and lotteries are putting Nanoptix to the test, with all coming to the conclusion that Nanoptix is what a “great business partner” should be; from products and service to ongoing development of superior technologies.
The company’s goal is to work with strategic partners and customers to provide a solution that suits needs by either adapting an existing product from its family of printers or by leveraging Nanoptix’s strong engineering capacity and create a custom printer for their specific requirements; allowing customers to develop products without sacrificing performance, reliability, efficiency and innovation.
From the newest member of the Paycheck series, The Paycheck NextGen, to innovative Paycheck NextGen Terminal and new Paycheck Desktop II Model, Nanoptix brings new revolutionary products to market that are pushing past traditional features and exploring new capabilities with regards to connectivity, versatility, design and performance.
It’s time to say goodbye to suppliers with dated technologies and invest in new technologies which will meet property needs for the next 10 years. With INGENUITY INSIDE and global representation, Nanoptix is providing answers to the global market’s important issues while exceeding customers’ service and support expectations.
NOVOMATIC AMERICAS - www.novomaticamericas.com - G2E booth number: 1259
For G2E 2017, NOVOMATIC teams up with Miramax and invites customers to experience From Dusk Till Dawn, its new entertainment blockbuster. NOVOMATIC will develop and distribute From Dusk Till Dawn branded games for both land-based and online casino platforms.
Directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by Quentin Tarantino, From Dusk Till Dawn celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, providing an ideal time to feature the film on casino floors worldwide.
NOVOMATIC brings excitement from this iconic movie, and creates slot entertainment by featuring George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino, Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis, Danny Trejo and Salma Hayek in footage from the film. Taking players on a journey to Mexico, the game breathes new life to the acclaimed film with fiery gameplay, Dusk and Dawn jackpots, and a number of entertaining features. Players can experience the game on the luxury NOVOSTAR V.I.P. III, and V.I.P. Lounge cabinets from the comfort of a V.I.P. chair, which provides captivating surround sound.
In addition to various features during the base game, three bonus symbols trigger the Bonus Twister wheel, where players will spin to find themselves in one of two major bonus features. Sit back and watch Salma Hayek enticingly move around the reels in the Pandemonium Dancing Bonus, acting as a roaming wild symbol that can fill up to three reels and rack up big wins. Then, in the Mugshot Bonus, reels spin to uncover Clooney and Tarantino mugshots that match various credits.
In addition to this dynamic entertainment pairing, the buzz surrounding the V.I.P. Lounge cabinet has been electric. NOVOMATIC Americas President and CEO, Rick Meitzler, said the company’s luxurious and diverse cabinet designs are well known and have taken the V.I.P. Lounge to the top of the demand list for one simple reason: Casinos are asking for more.
“Our strategy has always been, ‘listen to our customers and give the player the entertainment value that they want,’” said Meitzler. “Our incredible cabinet diversity helps us to differentiate and continue to find new players. We have made strategic investments in the North American market to fuel our continued growth.”
At G2E this year, the market will experience the results of those investments as they unveil the most diverse U.S. product portfolio ever. Exciting new game titles like JackPOP!, JackPow!, From Dusk Till Dawn and high quality slot systems will join an already-rich collection of core video, cabinets, electronic table games, progressives, both table and slot tournament products, plus a plethora of emerging technology solutions that are exploding across North America.
SCIENTIFIC GAMES - www.sggaming.com - G2E booth number: 1126
From Dr. No to Spectre, from Blazing 7s to Cash Spin Deluxe, Scientific Games is raising the bar this year at G2E, showcasing beloved classics, cutting-edge innovations and visionary concepts that will elevate every casino floor.
This year it is all about Bond, James Bond. Experience James Bond like never before in the immersive James Bond G2E Environment. The company’s engaging display will incorporate three inaugural game titles based on the hit movies Casino Royale, Goldfinger and Diamonds Are Forever, while showcasing some of the latest Premium platforms.
Scientific Games is debuting the bold TwinStar V75 cabinet, featuring a 75-inch, curved, ultra-high-definition, 4K resolution display. The unique curvature of the monitor allows for optimal visibility of upper display elements, providing a more comfortable viewing experience for players compared to competitive large-display cabinets. The TwinStar V75’s elegant, patent-pending design is a game-changer for large-display cabinets. It was specifically designed to address many of the issues operators have had with large-display cabinets. The three-piece standard assembly of the V75 allows for easy transportation, installation and servicing with no specialty tools or heavy lifting required. Also, despite its size, the cabinet’s footprint is very conservative, taking up a lot less floor and visual space than competitive cabinets, thanks to its sleek, efficient design.
At G2E, the TwinStar V75 will be showcasing the game Monopoly Hot Shot! This game combines the popular Monopoly brand with the player-favorite Hot Shot Game-in-Game bonuses. Spin the reels and win classic mini reel game-in-game spins or the chance to roll the dice and make moves on the iconic Monopoly game board for big rewards.
Also debuting is the TwinStar J43 with iReels that features the best of both worlds, pairing the visceral feel of a mechanical reels with the dynamic graphic capabilities of a contemporary, 43-inch, 4K, high-definition display. The engaging reel mechanism of this new cabinet features a transmissive LCD panel that allows video to be displayed over the reels for an added dramatic effect. The cabinet’s reels include full RGB LED backlights, bezel lighting and game controlled video reel dividers. The TwinStar J43 with iReels will be showcasing the new James Bond theme, Goldfinger, as well as Cash Spin Deluxe, and Lord of the Rings – Rule Them All, based on the epic Lord of the Rings cinematic trilogy.
Also featured this year will be some of the most iconic Bally classic stepper games now showcased on the innovative TwinStar 3RM, including Blazing 7s, Bonus Times, Black & White 5x Pay and Double Jackpot Triple Blazing 7s. All of these games are high-denomination clones of the classic Bally S6000 stepper games and the math models have been carefully selected for operator configurability and player favorite odds.
Also featured will be from the company’s Australian studio that have seen great international success and will soon be available in the U.S. and Canada. These include the fun and fruity Very Cherry, and Fortunes 3 which takes three amazing Duo Fu Duo Cai games—Echo Fortunes, Fu Daddy Fortunes, and the beloved, original 88 Fortunes—and places them on a multi-game platform. Also debuting are two new games in the successful Lock It Link game series—Cat, Hats, and More Bats and Eureka Reel Blast, each showcasing a unique Free Games feature and the beloved Lock it Link feature.