World of Slots 2018
Industry vendors will showcase the latest slot machines and support products at the upcoming G2E 2018 show in Las Vegas
Few would argue that legalized wagering within the U.S. is on the uptick. Indeed, according to the recently released State of the States, the American Gaming Association’s annual survey of the commercial casino marketplace, the industry generated $40.28 billion in gaming revenue during 2017, a 3.4 percent increase over 2016 and a new revenue record for the market. Even more momentous was the recent Supreme Court ruling that cleared the way for sports betting expansion throughout the U.S. As of this writing, a number of states are prepping the legislation and regulations needed to jump on the sports betting bandwagon, providing a much appreciated growth market for the gaming industry as a whole.
These events provide a very positive backdrop for the upcoming Global Gaming Expo (G2E), which will take place October 8-11 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas. As is usually the case, gaming manufacturers from across the U.S. and around the world will attend armed with their latest and greatest products, technologies and services, all of which can be perused by walking the event’s massive tradeshow floor. For many of these companies, slot machines will be the highlight products featured at their booths, where attendees will be able to experience the newest themed games, the latest advances in slot systems technology, the latest slot cabinet concepts, play mechanics featuring arcade and skill-based concepts, innovative progressive links, improved slot peripheral offerings and much, much more. Read on to experience the full scope of each slot provider’s G2E vision, in their own words:
G2E booth number: 1253
AGS is obsessed with the game, and nowhere will this be more obvious than in the company’s nearly 7,000-square-foot exhibit at G2E 2018. This year, AGS will showcase more than 82 slot and table games, along with its full host of AGS Interactive solutions—all designed to deliver an exceptional player experience and help gaming operators boost their bottom line.
At G2E, AGS will highlight a host of engaging game content from its Big Red, Icon and Orion cabinet families. Key showstoppers will be new game content for the recently launched Orion Slant, highlighted by Fa Cai Shu series, featuring four games offering 50-line, three-level progressive with multipliers, wilds, free spins and a pick bonus.
Another showstopper will be the new Kingdom series of six titles, also developed specifically for the Orion Slant. These high-volatility, 243-way and 25-line games feature a four-level jackpot with linked progressive Grand and Major jackpots and static Minor and Mini jackpots, a five-level pick bonus and up to 30 free spins.
For AGS’ top-performing Orion Portrait cabinet, the company introduces Monkey Temple, an Xtreme Jackpots game. Expanding reels during the bonus game and an Xtreme Jackpots pick bonus add excitement as the player wins awards every time a Wild symbol lands on the reels.
Promising to be another player and operator favorite, Bonanza Blast Xtreme Jackpots on the Orion Portrait delivers a four-level progressive, expanding reels triggered by a mystery “dynamite” symbol, and the Xtreme Jackpots pick bonus, which is randomly awarded when a Wild symbol lands on the reels.
In addition to new slot concepts and games, AGS Interactive will showcase its groundbreaking Social White-Label Casino, the industry’s only B2B mobile
solution that offers live events, contests and other in-game activities to add new levels of excitement to online casino-branded social games. Also on display is AGS’ new real-money gaming solution which delivers the industry’s best game content to global online operators through AGS’ robust aggregation platform.
AINSWORTH GAME TECHNOLOGY
G2E booth number: 1529
Ainsworth Game Technology will showcase an array of fresh content and its upgraded EVO cabinet in its booth at G2E. In total, Ainsworth will display more than 130 games—including titles encompassing the company’s Class II, Class III, Washington State and Historical Horse Racing product lines. Additionally, visitors to the Ainsworth display will have the opportunity to get hands on with new Liked Progressive brands, iGaming content and sign packages designed to perform in casinos across the world.
The booth will include the North American tradeshow debut of the EVO cabinet, Ainsworth’s newest dual screen offering. This upgraded cabinet features twin 24-inch high-definition monitors, an LCD touchscreen button deck and sleek edge lighting. The EVO will shine brightly on casino floors with exclusive content that includes the new four-game PAC-MAN link series and Top Pays 30-line multi-denom games.
The EVO will be available soon to gaming operators in all markets.
Meanwhile, brand-new game titles on the A640 cabinets will highlight Ainsworth’s product offerings at G2E. Following the
U.S. success of the QuickSpin wheel games Super Charged 7sand Super Hot 7s, casino operators will get their first look at three new QuickSpin titles.
Super Money 7s and Super Crystal 7s feature the giant wheel that made the initial Quickspin games among Ainsworth’s top performers for the past year. Plus, Super Charged 7s MultiPlay will give players the chance to play four reels of Quickspin—with every reel set giving the chance to win a spin on the wheel.
Also displayed on the A640 will be Galaga, part of Ainsworth’s partnership with BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment. This new slot offers players a chance to experience the classic arcade game in a new way, complete with thrilling bonuses that pay homage to the original game.
Elsewhere in Ainsworth’s space will be several promising A640 titles including: Triple Challenge, which offers a unique Sic Bo bonus; Cards of Cash, offering a fun playing card pick bonus; Multi Win 7, a top performing high-denom title now available in a new format; and Redbeard’s Riches and Cash-O-Tron, a pair of games with a new Symbol Collection bonus.
The A640 games take full advantage the cabinet’s 40-inch high-definition LCD game screen, touchscreen LCD button deck and 27-inch LCD topper.
The PAC-MAN Link series will lead the content debuting on the EVO cabinet. These new games are part of a strategic partnership between Ainsworth and BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment that began last year with the success of PAC-MAN WILD EDITION and PAC-MAN DYNAMIC EDITION. The Link series offers four games, each of which stars one of the famous Ghosts—Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde. In addition to a huge progressive jackpot, PAC-MAN Link gives players the chance to once again experience the most recognizable figure in arcade game history when PAC-MAN makes appearances on screen to help players win.
Additionally, gaming industry leaders will have the chance to play dozens of other new Ainsworth dual screen games at the show. New linked and standalone games will be displayed with a series of new sign packages, and the recently released Top Pays 30-Line Multi-Denom series will be on display with all three visual appealing titles—Bubble Bucks, Tres Chilesand It’s Lit.
The past year has brought much success to Ainsworth in Central Determination Gaming, including in expansion in Class II jurisdictions across the U.S., a launch into Washington State markets and its first installation of Historical Horse Racing games.
At G2E, the award-winning AnyBet progressive system will be on full display. AnyBet enables Class II properties to connect to any Ainsworth game and offers players the chance to win life-enhancing progressive jackpots on any game, at any bet, anytime. In addition, both the A640 and EVO cabinets will be shown with plenty of fresh new content. The highlight will be the reintroduction of the popular Ultimate Firestorm series. These three titles—Fortune, Livewire and Incan—are well recognized on Class II casino floors. Now available on the A640 cabinet, Ultimate Firestorm games offer vastly improved graphics and the chance to win linked progressive jackpots at any bet level.
Earlier this year, Ainsworth announced a major long-term agreement to provide more than 650 Historical Horse Racing games to Churchill Downs Incorporated’s brand-new Derby City Gaming property in Louisville, Ky. The titles and platform were engineered specifically for historical horse racing as part of the relationship. These products, and many more, will be on full display at G2E.
G2E booth number: 1141
For customers of Aristocrat and VGT, it’s all about what’s inside—what’s inside the game, the cabinet, the system and the company itself—that makes all the difference. At G2E 2018, Aristocrat and VGT will highlight that what’s inside the heart of the organization is its sharp customer-centricity, the people and the innovations they create as a result of that focus.
Aristocrat and VGT will demonstrate a deep and continuing commitment to core products that are popular with players and operators. The Aristocrat side of the booth will be brimming with the latest innovations that give robust support to each of its cabinets along with further extensions of legendary, proprietary titles including Buffalo, Gold Stacks, Wonder 4 and Sun & Moon.
Aristocrat will also show a new spin on innovative play including Metamorphic Wheels, Hold & Spin Multiplay and persistent wilds. Top products will include Wonder 4 Spinning Fortunes in the Helix Tower, Mighty Cash—Double Up, Ultimate Wheel Blast with its industry first “metamorphic” wheels, Really Wicked Winnings and Sun & Moon Gold.
Announced last year, the new WESTWORLD slot game bursts onto the scene in the flame55cabinet, with a unique play experience that allows players to play two separate base games simultaneously or an integration of the two games. The flame55 will also be home to two top pop-culture brands that will be revealed at the show.
North America’s most popular game, Buffalo, is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and an all-newBuffalo Diamond 10th Anniversary Edition will be revealed at the show.
The exciting Edge X and Edge XL will demonstrate how the future of large-form cabinets will be shaped by this innovative product, and the RELM XL three and five reel stepper will showcase new to-be-revealed pop culture titles along with new Liberty Link titles.
The legendary and ground-breaking Lightning Link slot game is the inspiration for the all-new Dollar Storm, with a first-of-its kind multi-level progressive action game that combines with a $100,000 MSP jackpot.
VGT will showcase a mix of classic content pulled from the Aristocrat library of player-favorite titles and content created specifically for Class II operators. VGT will show the new Helix XT cabinet with new Class II titles including Dancing Foo, Lunar Festival and Buffalo Extreme. The Arc Single cabinet will feature new titles and game themes including Fortune Kings Gold, Jin Shi and Jin Long.
Oasis 360 system solutions will be highlighting a multitude of products focused on developing a deeper connection while supporting operators to be more competitive, efficient and innovative. This year’s innovative applications include the multi-site single card advanced marketing solution, Oasis Loyalty; the floor-wide bonusing, media, and progressive management solution ONE LINK; the advanced drink ordering system Drinks On Tap; and Oasis 360 Loyalty Kiosk with a fully integrated enterprise solution of advanced features, reporting and marketing promotions.
G2E booth number: 2659
On the slot side, the unrivaled Muso Triple-27 cabinet will bea focus point at Aruze’s booth. Ensuring that their new-est cabinet will stand out from the crowd, Aruze designed Muso Triple-27 with an LED backlighting that gives a 360-degree pres-ence on the casino floor. When the cabinets are connected, a sequential lighting feature occurs on the back panel which provides an exciting way to attract players. Having launched Muso—the first and only slot machine equipped with wireless charging func-tionality—Aruze is showing its commitment to innovation. Thoughtful design continues in the large glass-table button deck with 13.3 LCD interface, keeping player comfort in mind as well as innovation and floor presence.
Players appear to appreciate these details, ranking the Muso Triple-27 on par with leading industry cabinets in an internal player test. At G2E, some 25 titles will be displayed on the Muso Triple-27, showcasing the depth of product available.
In addition to the Muso Triple-27, many new products will be displayed on the existing Cube-X line of cabinets.
Aruze’s electronic table games will be the centerpiece of the booth with Lucky Roulette, Super Big Wheel, Omni Table, RFID technology, a unique Live ETG product and Roll to Win Craps.
Roll to Win Craps is a hybrid dealer-assisted ETG that combines the excitement and attributes of live table play with the operational efficiencies of modern technologies. Where tradition and technology merge—a dealer calls and directs the gameplay while up to 10 players can place their bets electronically, shoot the dice across a standard sized craps table made of LED panels and enjoy the spectacular animations designed to inform and entertain.
A true benefit to casino operators will be the staffing that is involved in operating the craps table. By removing all physical chips, only one employee is required to run the table game. This reduces the staffing needs from three to one, depending on property and regulatory policies. Another additional feature of Roll to Win Craps is an embedded LED advertisement wall. On the interior side of the craps table wall, a section is dedicated to streaming advertisements that can be used for casino property promotions or focused on external advertising partnerships.
G2E booth number: 3450
Bluberi has more than 25 years of experience in developing high-performing gaming products, paired with exceptional customer service across Class II, Class III and TLS EGM gaming jurisdictions.
With an expanding footprint in the gaming industry, the Bluberi experience goes beyond its products. Bluberi understands that no two casino floors are alike and that today’s casino industry demands more than a one-size-fit-all approach. That’s why Bluberi works closely with its clients, to understand their business needs, vision and their player base. With these insights, Bluberi designs solutions that align to the experience customer’s prefer, all within an optimal cost-effective package.
Bluberi will be showcasing its new cabinet designs and games at G2E 2018. The Novus Series cabinets will be a prime focus at this year’s show—designed for maximum performance, excitement and ergonomic comfort. The Novus Series games house a powerful new game board which drives amazing 4k and HD graphics in Bluberi’s new games.
The Novus Series is launching with the b27 dual HD 27-inch screens and topper all in true 1080 HD graphics and sound with two new games on the b27 designed specifically for the Novus platform—Into The Vault and Money Vibe. Upcoming games will also leverage Bluberi’s “Quicklink” feature and Bluberi’s new licensed premium content.
The same innovative and flexible Novus base also supports the b49 premium game display module sporting a full 4k 49” display with a ground up game framework specifically created for the new Bluberi 4k game format linked to the new Novus LED lightning system; a totally immersive game experience with games that unlock every aspect of performance in Bluberi’s new Spider Game board. Bluberi is showing two new Novus b49 games—Phoenix Treasure and Dragon Treasure—driven by the new state-of-the-art Bluberi game engine designed and built to leverage 3D animations and 4k graphics. The b49 experience is designed around players of all ages, including Millennials, with Bluberi’s Ball of Fortune feature and AnyPlay Jackpot.
Bluberi is also showcasing its successful b.POD cabinet, which has 16 titles available including the Frogged Up! and Emperor Mystery award-winning dynamic duo.
Look for the Bluberi booth at G2E 2018…on October 9, a special guest will be joining the Bluberi team at the first “Game-Popup,” promoting its first new premium branded game.
G2E booth number: 2840
Eclipse Gaming continues to create memorable gaming experiences that connect with the player and deliver results for customers. With new, high performing content for both the Class II and Class III markets, Eclipse is a must-see stop for attendees at G2E.
Highlighting its booth is Eclipse’s 10X Wild Multiplier series. Each game in the series, including the top performing Mermaid Multipliers and Super Slots of Cash, is designed to meet a casino’s need for an authentic three-reel, one-line game that provides the rich math and volatility a gambler desires, in an easy-to-play game that also appeals to the casual player.
The newest theme in the 10X Wild Multiplier series, Super Slots of Cash—Bull Booster adds an innovative twist with the introduction of the Bull Booster re-spin which allows players to supercharge their winnings. Bull Booster is unique in that no additional wager is required to initiate the Bull Booster re-spin, which retriggers the third reel following a close call for a second chance to win or win bigger.
Visitors will also experience recent additions to the product line including Bank Rollin’ and Big & Bad: 3 Wild Pigs. Bank Rollin’ spills its riches with the sparkling six-level Diamond and Bank Rollin’ progressive and the Double Wheel Bonus which awards free spins and multipliers. Big & Bad: 3 Wild Pigs features Multi-Level Wins that ups the ante in winnings, along with the 3 Wild Pigs Pick Bonus which awards a 2x, 3x, or 5x multiplier prior to each free spin bonus round.
A longtime player in the Washington Class II arena, Eclipse was recently approved for the Washington X2 market. During G2E, Eclipse will showcase its new portfolio of games for Washington X2 include Mermaid Multipliers, which dazzles players with mesmerizing graphics and five unique wild multipliers which award up to 10X the win; Big & Bad: Into the Woods, where Granny and Little Red award players with up to 50 free spins and Multi-Level Wins; and Lightning Strikes Twice which ignites the wins with Free Spin Overloads.
Operators looking to expand their game mix without increasing their floor space will appreciate the Arcadia Select Multi-Game series. A compilation of nine player-favorite titles in a multi-game format—including Big & Bad, Fire and Ragin’ Bull—Arcadia Select allows operators to choose the number of games to offer on a single Saros cabinet, thus increasing the game variety for the player without increasing space on the casino floor.
All games in the Eclipse booth will be showcased on the Saros cabinet. Saros continues to take players to new dimensions in gaming with its ergonomic design, emotive lighting, LCD touchscreen button deck and dual 27-inch 1080p full high definition monitors, creating a mesmerizing environment in the casino for all players.
To experience how these and more of Eclipse’s newest innovations will make a memorable impression with players, visit Eclipse Gaming’s booth during G2E 2018.
G2E booth number: 1116
From game content that creates trailblazing player experiences to financial technology solutions that bring security, utility and efficiency to the gaming floor, Everi was built to be a transformative force. This force will be on display at G2E 2018 with a strong array of more than 130 games and innovative cabinets as well as a broad portfolio of comprehensive financial technology solutions.
Everi extended the content portfolio on one of its most popular hardware solutions, the Empire MPX (E43) cabinet, with a number of new licensed themes which the company will debut. The E43 cabinet now has more than 15 game themes available for both lease and sale providing operators a wide variety of exciting content for their players.
Everi leveraged the proven technology of its Empire MPX cabinet and introduced earlier this year the Empire 5527 platform. The cabinet’s portrait oriented 55-inch upper display and landscape oriented 27-inch lower display delivers an incredible gaming experience. Everi’s core library on the Empire 5527 has also expanded and will be on display. The company has taken this platform a step further in creating Empire Arena, a unique, space-efficient banked product that will offer players a premium interactive experience with multiple exciting bonus games.
A sign package innovation that attracted crowds at last year’s G2E was Everi’s Renegade 3600. This larger-than-life sign package features three 43-inch convex curved monitors which combine to create a stunning visual bonus experience. The sign-based speaker package with licensed music augments the sound capabilities of the individual gaming cabinets to offer unique sign sound celebrations.
Attendees will see the newest additions to Everi’s cabinet lineup and banked products that will feature a number of wildly popular new licensed themes and original content.
Everi’s financial technology products and services are designed to enhance the player’s experience while at the same time improve the operator’s operating efficiency and reduce costs. The company will showcase its newest full-service kiosk, the CXC 5.0, which offers enhanced security features and its VersatileXchange (VXC) kiosk, a versatile, cost efficient platform. Everi will also feature Jackpot Xpress, an easy-to-use software platform that enables floor staff to securely and efficiently process and pay jackpots, effectively reducing cage lines and player wait times. Attendees will have the opportunity to use these products, including Everi’s CashClub Wallet and CashClub Concierge, in a real-life environment via interactive digital experience sessions.
On the interactive gaming front, Everi continues to expand its capabilities to support social and real money operators with the recent launch of its new remote game server (RGS). The Everi RGS is uniquely capable of delivering high performing, tier-one land-based content today with seamless integration and provides the flexibility for operators to configure games for their players. Attendees at G2E will have the opportunity to learn about the company’s growing portfolio of online tier-one slot games including its extensive, award winning library of land-based stepper and video slots and how operators have successfully launched their online strategy in partnership with Everi.
G2E booth number: 4423
Gamblit Gaming, the leading disruptor in interactive electronic gaming, will continue to make its mark on the industry at G2E 2018 with a show‐stopping Gamblit Arcade experience. Gamblit will be unveiling innovative, soon-to-be-announced hardware and some exciting new game titles, which will only be playable at Gamblit’s booth on the show floor.
In partnership with Bandai Namco Amusement, the developer behind the iconic arcade game PAC-MAN, PAC-MAN Cash Chase—a single-player experience available on Gamblit’s TriStation game machine—will make its world debut at G2E. The most beloved videogame character of all time gets gamblified as a real-money gaming experience, hitting Las Vegas casino floors at the end of the year but playable for the first time at G2E. PAC-MAN takes the classic arcade game everyone knows and loves, and brings the fun and excitement of wagering in an all new skill-based experience developed in a co-production effort with Bandai Namco Amusement.
Gamblit’s engaging single-player TriStation hardware, now officially launched on casino floors, will offer G2E attendees a first look at brand new game titles including:
- Road Redemption: The hit PC and console beat ‘em up racer from EQ games makes its exclusive debut on the TriStation platform;
- Doodle Jump: The classic high-flying platform game, developed with Lima Sky lets players hop, skip and jump their way to success;
- Brew Caps: Lets players put their eyes to the test by matching bottle caps as fast as they can in this Gamblit game;
- Dice Arena: Players roll the dice, hack and slash in this Gamblit developed fantasy themed fighting game;
- Squadron Commander: A Gamblit original where players bring their best warships and fire away to take out the enemy squadrons; and
- Cover Fire: Developed by Genera Games, this hit shooter arms players with a massive array of weapons to take out the oncoming forces.
In addition to these games, Deal or No Deal Poker—a collaboration with Endemol Shine Gaming—brings all the excitement of the international hit game show to casinos like never before. Build the best poker hand by choosing briefcases and take the banker’s offer or go for the biggest win. G2E attendees will also get to check out the game on Gamblit’s inventive, new bar top units: Deal or No Deal Poker Special will be showcased on Gamblit’s Model G interactive game tables. Players will compete to uncover the highest value briefcase in the ultimate challenge of striking a deal to win big or risk it all.
Gamblit and Caesars Entertainment brought the first skill-based games to casino floors in March 2017, with the launch of the Model G gaming tables that offered an interactive, multi-player gaming experience. The TriStation is currently installed at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort & Casino, MGM Grand Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Hotel & Casino and Route 66 Casino Hotel among other locations across the U.S. The TriStation’s recent Nevada Gaming Control Board approval has rapidly expanded installations.
G2E booth number: 5034
GameCo LLC, creator of the world’s first Video Game Gambling Machine (VGM), will showcase a key innovation at G2E 2018 whereby their game titles can deliver the same betting velocity as slot machines. GameCo’s new GEN 3 games can achieve a similar pace of play as traditional slot machines, providing an increased level of coin-in as well as a much greater degree of player engagement.
The first GEN 3 title, Nothin’ but Net 2, is an update of Nothin’ but Net, the fast-paced, realistic 3D basketball game. In Nothin’ but Net 2, players take multiple shots on basket, each shot corresponding to a single bet with denominations comparable to a slot machine spin. If a player makes 10 out of 15 baskets, they enter the bonus round where they have a chance to win a progressive jackpot.
GameCo will also debut an adaptation of BANDAI NAMCO’s legendary fighting game SOULCALIBUR II, rated as one of world’s most popular fighting games of all time. SOULCALIBUR II: Casino Edition has been jointly developed with the original BANDAI NAMCO engineering, production and creative teams to deliver the same player experience which earned the title critical acclaim. This marks the first time an AAA console and online video game will be adapted for land-based casinos and includes a traditional arcade-style fighting game button deck.
Other new games premiering at G2E 2018 include a Mission Impossible licensed puzzle game and The Secret Temple, a ground-breaking Match 3 game. Both leverage the increased betting velocity and player engagement of GameCo’s Gen 3 innovations in new and unique ways.
GameCo will also debut its new Multiplayer Challenge Mode; the pioneering new multiplayer system will allow up to 64 players to compete head-to-head in video game gambling competitions on the casino floor. Complete with a leaderboard system for tracking results and payouts, the Multiplayer Challenge Mode brings a true eSports-style experience to land-based casinos. From action and fighting games to sports, racing and casual games, GameCo titles will now be supported in multiplayer formats.
G2E booth number: 3659
Under the theme “Your Best Bet,” IGT will showcase its latest portfolio of solutions for land-based and digital gaming. The company’s booth will highlight a range of next-generation games, cabinets and systems, along with IGT’s proven U.S. sports betting solution, PlayShot.
IGT’s storied Wheel of Fortune slots continue to anchor the company’s premium portfolio. Featured on a range of cabinets, including the large-scale MEGATOWER cabinet, Wheel of Fortune slots have made more millionaires than any other slot game. A focal point within IGT’s G2E booth will represent the evolution of the Wheel of Fortune Slots family—Wheel of Fortune 4D More Money. The exciting game combines gesture recognition, mid-air haptic and TRUE 3D technologies to generate a multi-sensory gaming experience. Wheel of Fortune Slots will be complemented by a range of other exciting premium game themes such as American Gods, Blake Shelton and Ghostbusters 4D. IGT will also continue the success of its, robust multi-level progressive library with new games for the Fort Knox, Golden Goddessand Fortune Gong product families.
IGT continues to gain momentum in introducing Proven Performer games to its core video portfolio. Games earn the Proven Performer distinction by excelling in the company’s external testing processes, and by achieving performance metrics significantly above floor averages. IGT will showcase new Proven Performer inductees for its CrystalCurve cabinet, and its dual-screen CrystalSlant and CrystalDual 27 cabinets. IGT is also extending the success of its Proven Performers program by introducing top-performing video slot titles in a Class II configuration.
As a leader in mechanical reel slots, IGT continues to focus on this essential casino experience. Standout hardware such as the S3000, S3000 XL and CrystalDual + Stepper cabinets house new and heritage IGT game themes and add modern twists to classic casino play. At G2E 2018, IGT will showcase mechanical reel titles across core, premium and Class II including must-see games Megabucks XL, Pinball Gold and Nuttin’ to It.
With the recent expansion of the U.S. sports betting market, IGT PlayDigital—a fully integrated and complete “Go Digital Solution”—is uniquely well-positioned to capture the opportunities of today and the future through its PlayShot solution. With its sports betting platform deployed in Nevada, New Jersey and Mississippi, and with a strategic business agreement with FanDuel Group, IGT is actively gaining momentum in this exciting space.
As a long-time casino systems leader, IGT will showcase its latest advancements within its systems portfolio such as M5 media management technology, Cardless Connect and Resort Wallet.
As a total solutions provider IGT’s video poker games, electronic table games and video lottery terminals all represent integral pieces of the company’s portfolio, and will also be showcased at G2E.
G2E booth number: 4047
Incredible Technologies (IT) heads into G2E 2018 with three straight years of record year-over-year growth in the gaming market. The company remains committed to the innovation and originality it has become known for with a show tagline echoing its product development mantra—“Pushing Innovation to the Edge.”
Debut products and game titles build upon the foundation IT has established in recent years; creating original gaming content players enjoy, displayed on hardware designed with the operator in mind. As IT’s catalog of proven content expands, so too does its slot floor footprint: IT is now licensed in 29 U.S. jurisdictions and is expanding into Canada, recently installing its award-winning products in Ontario with plans underway to expand to additional provinces throughout 2018 and 2019.
Following a successful nationwide rollout of its award-winning core cabinet, Infinity V55, IT plans to use G2E to once again prove why it is a market leader in innovation by debuting the Infinity V55 Edge. IT changed the product merchandising game in the industry by creating the patented Simple Sign Display Kit for its core Infinity U23 cabinet, and now the company is extending its retail marketing vision into the future with the Infinity Edge. Infinity Edge is IT’s answer to operator complaints regarding expensive plexiglass wedges with complicated printed inserts and outdated in-house marketing signage. Infinity Edge is a brilliant 4K LCD video wedge that displays visually stunning motion graphics and custom casino branded content—built specifically for placement with the industry’s performance-leading Infinity V55 cabinet. The Infinity Edge will be on display at G2E in numerous unique modular configurations that will fit every operator’s needs.
IT will also showcase the expanding catalog of V55 game titles, all available at the show for sale with proven performance. Incredistars Money, the company’s first premium multi-game product, will be on display featuring the Infinity Edge. Three all-star titles from the company’s signature Money collection of games—Crazy Money II, Money Rain and Money Roll—come together in a brand new, vertically stacked, multi-game experience. Incredistars Money utilizes the entire 55-inch monitor to display three games at once and capitalizes on the 4K resolution to display bonus events like never before.
IT encourages all G2E attendees to visit its booth to see Infinity Edge in person and discover how the company is “Pushing Innovation to the Edge.”
G2E booth number: 4039
As the gaming industry turns an increased attention to sports betting, JCM Global is ready to support operators with a wide range of products that will help them create the perfect sports book setting and deepen connections with customers.
At G2E 2018, JCM Global plans to bring the sports book prospect to fruition and demonstrate various ways for today’s operators to optimize this unique opportunity. It begins by connecting to JCMedia and its new world of possibilities. From PixelPro displays that can be built to essentially any size and shape, to the entirely immersive visual fidelity of 4K Ultra HD and beyond—JCMedia has the display and content solutions needed to deliver patrons the ultimate sports book experience.
For example, JCMedia’s PixelPro Max displays have HD and UHD frameless LED screens with industry-leading color contrasts allowing spectacular images and video on a curved or flat wall, indoors and outdoors, providing the ultimate in flexibility to unleash creativity in the sports book and anywhere and everywhere across the entire property.
Keeping transactions secure and convenient is the heart of every casino, and JCM has a line of award-winning and field-proven solutions. Leading the way is the iVIZION bill validator. Field-proven worldwide 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, more than twice that of the nearest competitor.
iVIZION’s partner is the GEN5 thermal printer, and with its faster CPU and faster print speed, it has the flexibility to print TITO and promotional tickets, and various wager tickets and templated promo coupons.
When paired with iVIZION and GEN5, JCM’s cutting-edge FUZIONtechnology creates the possibility for each slot machine to become a multi-line profit center with the current potential to:
- Vend and redeem race and sports betting tickets;
- Vend and redeem lottery tickets;
- Facilitate Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) wagering on the casino’s own or a third party’s system;
- 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.
G2E booth number: 1154
Konami Gaming announced a vibrant mix of Ultra HD game cabinets, popular progressive jackpot features, proven bonus play mechanics, and cardless player loyalty solutions set to debut at G2E 2018.
With momentum from popular game series such as Star Watch and Celestial Sun/Moon Riches, Konami is leveraging proven game play features and bonus mechanics to deliver new entertainment for today’s players on every Concerto cabinet from the original upright to the new 65-inch 4K Ultra HD Concerto Opus. Concerto Opus will debut a unique linked progressive called Treasure Ball, which rewards players with mystery jackpot prize balls in greater numbers and sizes as they increase their bet. Agent: Magnifying Jackpots and Inspector: Sign of the Jackpots continue the success of Konami’s Strike Zone mechanic on the curved Concerto Crescent and Stack cabinets with scaling multi-denom standalone jackpots. Other must-see progressives including Solstice Celebration Triple Sparkle, Matsuri Kojiki Moon, Sparkling Roses Color Bloom, the Golden Blocks series and Jackpot Streams Evolution will also span the floor with leading mechanics to reach and reward players.
In addition to record expansions to the Concerto Collection game library, Konami will premiere an entirely new 4K video cabinet called KX 43, with an impressive 43-inch edge-lit single screen, relaxed slant top, lighted dash interface and exclusive 4K game content. The KX 43 cabinet will be arriving to the event with nearly a dozen exclusive game themes in 4K Ultra HD resolution. Its 43-inch portrait screen features four-times the pixel depth of standard HD, with custom-programed graphics interacting between the game screen and the LCD button panel. With a standard USB charging port, double cup holders, and classic bash button, the KX 43 is designed with the core comforts and conveniences for today’s players.
Konami’s award-winning SYNKROS casino management system will also debut its “cardless” player loyalty solution SynkConnect, which offers players a variety of convenient methods to login to their account at the game machine. SynkConnect empowers casino players with a variety of secure touchless methods to authenticate their player account at the game, including a mobile device, room key, fob and traditional players card. Konami’s “cardless” SynkConnect technology has an associated player mobile app that gives players a convenient method of touchless authentication at the device and intuitive account management tools they can view from anywhere. Available exclusively through SYNKROS, SynkConnect gives players more ways to connect and engage with the casino’s loyalty program without requiring a traditional plastic players’ card. This and many other tools and features will be available for guests to explore first-hand within a live, comprehensive demo environment.
MERKUR GAMING AMERICAS
G2E booth number: 3353
MERKUR GAMING is one of the international gaming industry’s leading tier one brands, thanks to its global reputation built on the experience and success of its more than 40 years history, for the gaming innovation that drives the company and for the excellence of its “Made In Germany” product manufacturing.
As part of Germany’s Gauselmann Group that will enter the 62nd year of its existence at G2E, Merkur Gaming’s recent entry into the U.S. has been well planned, well prepared and done in the methodical, step-by-step manner that is part of the Gauselmann psyche.
Merkur will unveil exciting range of new games and products at G2E. A brand new and diverse range of sensational games that, together with an all new cabinet innovation, guarantee to take show visitors and players on a round-the-world journey of top quality game entertainment.
As a key element of Merkur Gaming’s entry as a supplier to the U.S. gaming scene, a new games design studio, Sunshine Games, was created in 2017. The new company’s brief was to assemble a highly skilled team that would produce new games created with American properties and American players as their focus. Now, as Sunshine Games line up for their second G2E, their latest game creations are a reality and a source of great pride for the entire Gauselmann Group and Merkur Gaming team.
With more than 120 games being shown at G2E special attention will focus on games that have new twists on themes such as Ancient Egypt (Jewels of the Nile), the wildlife majesty of the creatures from Africa to the South American pampas (Savanna Stampedeand Neon Panther) and the mysteries and wonders of the East (Asian Towers). Added to those titles are ground breaking games that take as their inspiration the attraction of money: Crash Stacks and the standout game Big Deal Wheel. In all, there are reels, wheels and big deals to be shown for the first time in Las Vegas.
The new cabinet innovation that is being kept a closely guarded secret until its official unveiling when G2E opens its doors is proof positive that Merkur Gaming is going full speed to demonstrate the range and diversity of its global gaming offer.
The Gauselmann Group, apart from being a market leading manufacturer in Germany, across Europe (particularly eastern Europe) and overseas, is a hugely successful operator in its own right. This operational knowledge and experience is a major asset in the constant research and development process that, from around the world, accompanies the manufacturing of great new products such as those that will be seen at G2E.
G2E booth number: 1230
It’s been a busy year for Next Gaming, which has continued to enhance its game designs for the products unveiled last year while adding two additional iconic titles from Atari: Missile Command and Tempest.
The company has spent hundreds of hours, and conducted multiple focus groups, to offer the most entertaining and compelling skill-based games. For example, Next Gaming has added BOSS features to its Arkanoid and ZForce games to create another challenging aspect for those concepts. The company has also created additional levels for each game to extend the players time on the device and to challenge their skills.
Next Gaming’s objective from the inception of its skill-based focus was to create games that offer an immersive, challenging and entertaining experience that is completely different from a traditional slot machine. Consequently, it chose to pay homage to the classic arcade-style games of the 1980s which was a great time in the beginning evolution of the video gaming experience. Next Gaming wanted to capture the true essence of the core aspects of Asteroids, Arkanoid, Bust-A-Move, Tempest and Missile Command, while making the visual experience contemporary, versus the pixilated presentation of the original games. Next Gaming really re-imagined the games and essentially created a retro-mod game that still delivers the feel of the golden age of arcade games.
The golden age of video games was an era when arcade video games became a dominant cultural force, and the social aspect of meeting friends at the arcade, enjoying their company and challenging them to get your name on the leaderboard is very relevant to today’s casino experience. Next Gaming creations try to bridge all demographic segments. The products appeal to the players who harken back to the fabulous arcade memories playing on the Nintendo, Sega and Atari systems. Millennials are now seeking such non-traditional gaming experience within casinos.
For G2E 2018, visitors to the Next Gaming booth will find skill-based games unique in both the visual elements and the performance aspects of their designs. In addition to the game designs, the company has created various skill levels for players… this allows the novice to the serious gamer to enjoy the playing experience. Also, the controls for those games replicate the original hardware, such as joysticks, spinners, track-balls and button decks to strengthen the authenticity of the playing experience.
Next Gaming continues to be innovative, creative and focused on being at the forefront of this new era in slot gaming.
G2E booth number: 1259
An extensive NOVOMATIC product range that features brand new games and game mixes, a series of advanced cabinets, progressive jackpots, ETGs, sports betting, system solutions and online gaming developments will be on full display for the U.S. and surrounding markets at G2E 2018. Commercial and tribal gaming operators will be able to explore the wide-ranging product suite on offer and understand just how NOVOMATIC’s award-winning technology can boost their operations.
The NOVOSTAR V.I.P. 3.50 cabinet with Python Chair delivers the next level of player immersion and will present a new IP title for casino markets—MacGyver. Based on the iconic TV show of the 1980s, players join Richard Dean Anderson and the lead cast on an explosive adventure as they use paper clips, duct tape and chewing gum to collect prizes and unlock progressive jackpots. Returning to G2E will be From Dusk Till Dawn—and both IP titles will also be presented in a compact style on the V.I.P. Lounge 2.32 cabinet.
Spearheaded by thePANTHERA 2.27 twin screen cabinet, and the PANTHERA 1.43 and V.I.P. Lounge 1.43 that feature curved screen 4K displays, various cabinet series for all-sized venues will showcase a selection of new single games—featuring Dragon Hits, Prize of the Nile, Prized Panda, Princesses of War, Riches Ahoy! and Great American Wilds—from the NOVOMATIC Americas Mount Prospect studio and the Winfinity Games and 707 Games studios in Austria. The Enchanted Fortunes Linked Jackpot will show progressive themes from the Fortunes series, new Otium bingo games will be on display, and leading multi-game mixes will be presented—with new mixes for Illinois and Pennsylvania VGT markets, and a newly designed mix targeting Latin America.
Electronic Table Games based on the internationally renowned NOVO LINE Novo Unity II platform have been growing their U.S. footprint, and at G2E, automated, virtual and live versions of popular table games will be presented with two automated roulette wheels and a live Baccarat table to demonstrate variations of the powerful system. Adding to the popular Cammegh Spread-Bet Roulette, new Black Jack and Baccarat Spread-Bet side bets make their debut at the show and prominent signage from NOVOMATIC Media Technologies will round-off this year’s ETG display.
Recognizing a large-scale opportunity in sports betting has proved fruitful as the U.S. sports betting market is now open for business. NOVOMATIC has teamed up with Sportradar to co-develop an innovative line of sports betting products and services that will be demonstrated on a special area of the NOVOMATIC booth dedicated to sports betting. Another designated area for systems will display the scalable and modular Octavian myACP casino management system.
Greentube online content will feature in the NOVOMATIC Interactive area with titles such as Almighty Reels—Realm of Poseidon, Jaguar Moon, Steinhaus and Asian Diamonds being some of the many highlights. Online versions of NOVOMATIC slots popular in the U.S. land-based market—featuring From Dusk Till Dawn and the Tales of Darkness series with Lunar Eclipse, Full Moon and Break of Dawn themes—will demonstrate an exciting range of omni-channel offerings.
G2E booth number: 1126
Scientific Games is all about “Evolving Entertainment,” and at G2E visitors will see how Scientific Games not only has the full spectrum of products, services, technology and talent to meet today’s challenges, but also the vision and capacity to help shape the future of entertainment.
Visitors to Scientific Games’ booth will see cutting-edge products that are currently available along with products of the future that will be available much sooner than expected; they will also enjoy products and experiences that one may have only imagined. The Casino of the Future showcases how the traditional casino can be turned into a dynamic environment by using cutting-edge technology, offering unique social experiences, fostering player interaction and creating immersive environments.
Also on display will be SG’s latest sports wagering solutions, innovative new systems offerings, and hot new table games and utilities, such as I Love Suits Poker, Vegas Blackjack Fever and a new version of HIC Hold’em Poker. Slot games featuring the hottest entertainment brands, presented on the industry’s most innovative cabinets will also be on display. These exhilarating new games include titles developed with some of our key licensing partners, as well as games featuring celebrated, player-favorite themes developed by Scientific Games’ own talented studios.
In partnership with Warner Bros., SG is debuting two new games based on iconic classic movies: Munchkinland featuring The Wizard of Oz showcased on the new, immersive Gamefield 2.0 cabinet; and Willy Wonka – Loompaland starring the Oompa Loompas of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on the popular Gamescape cabinet. And the Game of Life, developed in partnership with Hasbro, is making an appearance once again, this time debuting on the innovative TwinStar J43 cabinet.
New titles in the exciting James Bond Game Series will also be appearing at G2E. This valuable partnership has inspired cutting-edge cabinets and innovative game mechanics that will be on full display in titles such as DIE ANOTHER DAY, GOLDENEYE, and LIVE AND LET DIE.
Scientific Games is also debuting the much anticipated TwinStar Wave XL, the successor to the revolutionary Pro Wave cabinet that sent shockwaves through the industry, changed the look of casino floors and transformed the player-experience forever. The TwinStar Wave XL promises to build on the celebrated original cabinet’s legacy, offering a bigger and better player experience, showcasing a curved, 49-inch, 4k resolution, ultra-high-definition display, generating the kind of stunning graphics only seen in high-end home theatres.
Some of the new content being created to take advantage of this cutting-edge cabinet includes titles based on proven, blockbuster themes such as Dragon Spin—Age of Fire, Cash Wizard World and new games based on the beloved 88 Fortunes, Jin Xi Bao X—Endless Treasure andJin Xi Bao Xi—Rising Fortunes.