Ready… Set… SHOW: G2E 2018 Product Review- Part One
G2E 2018 once again promises to be a showcase for the latest products and innovations from the gaming vendor community
As I write this, Global Gaming Expo (G2E) is less than a month away, and attendees are undoubtedly busy dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s on their final plans for the event, which will take place October 9-11 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas.
For many, these plans begin and end on G2E’s tradeshow floor, where hundreds of gaming vendors will gather to showcase their latest games, products, technologies and services. As a service to these suppliers and the show goers who plan to visit booths at G2E, Casino Journal presents its annual G2E Product Preview, in which top industry suppliers describe featured offerings in their own words. Below are some edited excerpts:
Casinos can bring back the magic of Konami Gaming’s classic Solstice Celebration and Riches with Daikoku with an original linked progressive series exclusively available on the all-new 65-inch Concerto Opus in 4K Ultra HD.
Featuring a custom-lighted TouchDash button deck, dual spin buttons, dual cup holders, optional USB charger and 4x the pixel depth of standard HD resolution, this super-sized cabinet makes every win an incredible celebration for players. Debut launch titles Solstice Celebration Triple Sparkle and Riches with Daikoku Triple Sparkle showcase a symbol-driven mechanic that incentivizes players to bet max in order to activate sparkle transformations into instant jackpots. Whenever framed Action Stacked Symbols undergo a third transformation, players can win a Mini bonus, Major bonus, Mega progressive or large Maxi progressive starting at $10,000.
Both games offer multi-denom options, and can be configured as standalone or linked progressives. Konami’s Triple Sparkle series is available on Concerto Opus.
G2E booth number: 1154
SIT AND STAY
Gary Platt Manufacturingis the leading provider of performance casino seating internationally, having produced premium seating exclusively for casinos, including slots, table games, poker, bar-top and bingo, across five continents. Gary Platt Manufacturing is the premier chair manufacturer focusing exclusively on gaming chairs for the casino market.
Gary Platt will continue to be at the pioneering edge of casino seating design through the display of multiple new and innovative ergonomic chair concepts at G2E. From the curvy San Remo to the sleek Monaco, come see modern chair styles that will reinvent the shape of comfort industry-wide.
Each new style was created with our premium foam, a unique proprietary injection molded blend made exclusively for Gary Platt and designed for casino applications. It is molded to the perfect density to ensure lasting comfort and elasticity, coming with a lifelong guarantee. The ergonomics of the new styles are the independent creation of the company’s team of seating experts. Providing built-in lumbar support and other contours to fit the human form; every seat has a unique waterfall front edge, to relieve stress on the player’s legs.
Every Gary Platt chair is designed with unrivaled attention to detail, using only the highest quality materials inside and out. Every detail is considered and planned to deliver a carefully crafted experience. The result is more than a chair—it’s the next generation of extended play and unsurpassed comfort.
G2E booth number: 2618
THE NEXT WAVE
Scientific Games(SG) is “Evolving Entertainment” and at G2E, visitors will see how SG 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.
In partnership with Warner Bros., SG is debuting two new games based on iconic classic movies: Munchkinland featuring The Wizard of Oz; and Willy Wonka—Loompaland starring the Oompa Loompas of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. New titles in the exciting James Bond Game Series will include DIE ANOTHER DAY, GOLDENEYE and LIVE AND LET DIE.
Also debuting is the much anticipated TwinStar Wave XL, successor to the revolutionary Pro Wave cabinet. The stunning TwinStar Wave XL promises to build on the celebrated original cabinet’s legacy, offering a bigger and better player experience, showcasing a dynamic, curved, 49-inch, 4k, UHD display, generating the kind of stunning graphics only seen in high-end home theatres.
G2E booth number: 1126
Everi leveraged the company’s Empire 5527 cabinet and expanded it in creating Empire Arena, a fully featured banked product that offers players a premium interactive experience with multiple exciting bonus games. The dual-screen base games feature a touch capable 27-inch landscape oriented lower LCD screen and a 55-inch portrait format non-touch upper screen showcasing multiple bonus features.
The circular pod of six units is also space efficient, consuming approximately 20 percent less floor space versus competitive offerings, and is supported with edge-lit shelf electronic gaming machine (EGM) spacers and a fully merchandised circular LCD overhead display.
Operators at G2E will have the opportunity to experience Empire Arena with four exciting Everi base games including High Voltage Blackout, Fire Phoenix Burst, Star Magic and Jaws of Steel with Discovery Shark Week as the licensed bonus game.
G2E booth number: 1116
Visitors to AGS’s G2E exhibit will find out why the company is obsessed with the game and delivering an exceptional player experience.
Obsessed with the player experience—At G2E, AGS will highlight a host of engaging game content from its Big Red, Icon and Orion cabinet families. Taking center stage will be the latest addition to the Orion family—Orion Upright. This eye-catching cabinet features the trademark angled starwall design, an optional LCD topper, dual 25-inch screens, an LCD button deck and high bright Halo bash buttons.
Obsessed with performance in the casino pit—AGS propels its table division with a host of new proprietary table games and table solutions. Poker fans will love Vega$ 3, a new twist on a heads-up three-card Poker game. Pai Gow Linx adds new dimensions to the traditional table game, and Lucky 21 Bacc combines the excitement of baccarat and blackjack.
Obsessed with mobile engagement—AGSi 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.
G2E booth number: 1253
Headquartered outside of Chicago, Ill., and founded in 2012, NOVOMATIC Americas, continues to bring dynamic gaming products to the North American market in 2018.
Leveraging the global design, market research and customer performance data of its Austrian parent company, NOVOMATIC Americas has spent the past five years creating market-specific gaming products for the North American and Caribbean jurisdictions. Products range from slot machines for Class III and VLT/VGT markets to lottery solutions, electronic table games, management systems, tournament systems, play for fun online/mobile games, social games, sports betting systems and ancillary services.
G2E will showcase NOVOMATIC’s two stunning new cabinets—PANTHERA 1.43 and the V.I.P. LOUNGE CURVE, as well as a strong variety of entertaining, licensed content, core content and exciting new progressive jackpot product lines.
Following the continued success of the first licensed game, From Dusk Til Dawn, premium, licensed content will again be center stage at G2E 2018, featuring the iconic TV show hit, MacGyver. The combination of From Dusk Till Dawn and MacGyverprovides visitors an explosive, licensed content combination.
G2E booth number: 1259
The industry has recognized that diversity and innovation are core to Aruze Gaming. This year is one more head-turning example of that as Aruze makes a bold move into the RFID space.
Aruze has announced relationships with two leaders in the RFID table games space: Walker Digital Table Systems and Genesis Gaming Solutions.
Aruze Gaming’s TRU Chip uses Walker Digital Table System’s industry-leading RFID chip technology called PJM3.0 to power its new line of RFID-based casino chips. PJM3.0 is the fastest, most secure, and most reliable RFID technology for gaming applications. It features a read rate of 1,200 chips per second—which is three times faster than any other chip reading technology, making it the most powerful RFID technology in the world. Aruze’s TRU Chip will enable efficiencies in pit management related to table inventory, win/loss, dispute resolution and dealer errors.
The distribution agreement with Genesis Gaming Solutions strengthens Aruze’s ability to offer the industry a truly complete RFID tracking solution in conjunction with the Genesis Gaming Solutions’ BRAVO system product line.
G2E booth number: 2659
HBG Design delivers integrated architecture and interior design to the national hospitality and entertainment industry from offices in Memphis, Tenn., and San Diego, Calif. The firm is consistently ranked a national Top 10 hospitality and entertainment design firm.
HBG Design’s diverse projects are inspired by a passion for designing memorable, transformative experiences. Recently completed projects include the new Four Winds Casino in South Bend, Ind.; three complementary projects for Ho-Chunk Gaming in Wisconsin Dells, Black River Falls and Wittenberg, Wisc.; the stunning expansion of Choctaw Grant Casino Resort in Oklahoma; the regionally-inspired Point Casino Hotel in Washington; and the highly acclaimed 400-room Guest House at Graceland Hotel in Memphis, Tenn.
G2E booth number: 3807
Last month, Osage Casinos celebrated the grand opening of its new $160 million Tulsa, Okla., casino and hotel. The new 247,000-square-foot casino features a state-of-the-art gaming floor, high-limit gaming room, world-class event space and 141-room hotel. The two-story casino is also home to a full-service brewery, Nine Band Brewing Co. In addition, the newly constructed casino is home to a variety of restaurants and pool with cabanas and fire pit.
Osage Casinos serves the Tulsa area in a unique way as it is the closest casino to the city’s thriving downtown area and will soon launch a downtown shuttle service. A multi-purpose concert venue is set to open on the property early 2019.
“Being part of downtown Tulsa’s growth means we have the opportunity to serve a whole new audience,” said Byron Bighorse, CEO of Osage Casinos.
PDS Gaming is an innovative lease and finance company that specializes in customized financing solutions for the gaming industry worldwide.
In the 30 year history of PDS, it has built customized financial arrangements with many of the world’s strongest institutional funds and banks in order to bring their financial strength to bear for PDS’ gaming industry clients. This enables PDS to offer attractive rates, flexible terms and steady access to capital in many forms, including route contracts, off and on-balance sheet leasing, vendor financing and traditional secured lending.
PDS provides reconditioned gaming devices through our production facility where it maintains a dynamic inventory, and each device is carefully reconditioned to match the specific requirements of a client. Whether the equipment is new or reconditioned, PDS offers a number of exclusive and custom leasing and financing programs, in addition to revenue-based participation, bucket and other earn-out agreements.
G2E booth number: 1336
Seeking new ways to engage and empower players? Meet Rymax Marketing Services, the top supplier of player loyalty solutions. The company’s world-class programs make every player feel like a winner, through an unmatched portfolio of 15,000 premium merchandise rewards. Offering more brands, more products and more inspiration than any other loyalty marketing provider, Rymax programs are custom-designed to motivate players at every level and of every generation.
Rymax’s Strategic Interactive Themed Events (R-SITE) excite players through hands-on, exclusive reward experiences that drive ROI and increase repeat play. Each product at these events is hand-picked, to accurately target and reward players. Experienced event staff is equipped with merchandise knowledge and proprietary checkout system reduces transaction times, so players can quickly return to the casino floor.
The industry’s only one-stop-shop, Rymax designs, implements and manages all program elements under one roof—including event integration, fulfillment and delivery.
G2E booth number: 3623
The Metro, Gasser Chair’s beautiful fully-upholstered sportsbook chair, has it all—enhancing a “cool” environment where players may relax, stay connected and enjoy the venue.
Comfort is key at Gasser Chair. The Metro delivers that and more, thanks in part to the dual-density ergonomic seat, constructed with a soft molded “core” cushion and topped with an ultra-plus foam cap for added luxury. Players will definitely sit back, relax and savor their seating experience.
The Metro also offers several optional enhancements, including its side tablet tray, which can be configured to the casino sportbook’s individual needs and specifications.
Today’s players enjoy a personal comfort with a desire to stay connected. With the Metro Chair, they always may be. The optional built-in power outlet charges their personal phones and devices for maximum continuous connectivity, letting players monitor their fantasy sports statistics and stay connected with friends.
G2E booth number: 3016
IGTwill demonstrate why it’s “Your Best Bet” by showcasing hundreds of innovative gaming solutions within its G2E booth.
Building on the success of IGT’s Sphinx 4D and Ghostbusters 4D, the company will present the latest title in its TRUE 4D family with American Gods 4D. This new game features scenes and characters from the namesake TV series, and ignites player excitement with its gripping graphics and multi-sensory gaming experience on the CrystalCurve TRUE 4D gaming machine. IGT will also shine a spotlight on its player-favorite Wheel of Fortune theme and TRUE 4D technology with the world debut of Wheel of Fortune 4D More Money video slots.
G2E booth number: 3659
GAINING AN EDGE
Incredible Technologies(IT) will demonstrate at G2E 2018 why it remains one of the fastest growing and highest performing slot manufacturers. IT’s innovative development efforts continually result in never-been-done-before hardware and software, echoed in its show tagline “Pushing Innovation to the Edge.” Known for groundbreaking products including the patented Simple Sign Display Kit and the Infinity Skybox cabinet, IT aims to build upon its own strengths with the debut of the Infinity V55 Edge.
The Infinity V55 Edge is a game-changer in casino merchandising. Made to answer customer complaints regarding outdated and costly signage packages, Infinity Edge is the industry’s first video wedge and was built to elevate the proven performance of the Infinity V55 cabinet. Banks of Infinity V55 with the Edge create a fully-4K, cohesive package that’s impossible to ignore. Available in numerous configurations, the Edge fits each operator’s individual needs while delivering a powerful presence on any floor.
G2E booth number: 4047
TEN YEARS ON
Engaged Nation, the award‐winning gamified market leaders, specializes in converting digital engagement into property profits with its patent pending REACHsystem. The platform is highly customizable to achieve a properties key business needs from greater retention of existing customers, reactivation of dormant customers, driving new customer acquisition and creating brand ambassadors.
Engaged Nation is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and will be revealing v.10.7 of the REACH System at G2E. In v10.7, Engaged Nation has added and refined even more elements of traditional gamification that include leveling up, trophies, journeys and a passport program which drives players around to key property locations, as well as a vastly improved UI/UX that makes it even easier and more enjoyable for the end user.
G2E booth number: 1623
BRINGING THE SIZZLE
Omaha Steaks is a family-owned company that markets and distributes a wide variety of the finest quality USDA-approved, grain-fed beef and other gourmet foods. As a brand whose quality image is indispensable and reputation impeccable, their product offering is wide and varied, from the famous Filet Mignons to succulent seafood, pork, poultry, sides and desserts.
Omaha Steaks specializes in helping casinos run successful player’s club promotions. Their incentive programs can be designed to fit every budget. The Custom Certificate program offers turn-key ease with gourmet choices at 10 different price points, and can be fully customized with logos and messaging.
LET THE GAMES BEGIN
TheInterblock Stadiumis a luxury multigame experience that allows operators to adapt and update floor space to meet players’ needs. Stadium is comprised of play stations with dealer assist, automated and video generators, featuring a library of games that includes roulette, blackjack, craps, sic-bo, baccarat and more.
G2E booth number: 1239