The hint of fall in the air denotes that it is once again time to pack the bags and head to Las Vegas for the annual Global Gaming Expo (G2E), which will take place October 15-17 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center.
As in previous years, G2E will feature an in-depth educational track, entertaining networking events, and a trade show floor that is second to none in terms of floor traffic, booth size and number of vendors. 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:
LOCKED IN, G2E booth number: 1116
Drop & Lock is the next evolution of Scientific Games’ hugely successful Lock It Link series adding a breathtaking drop to the already exhilarating Lock It Link mechanic. During the new Drop & Lock feature, symbols displaying credit prizes and jackpots drop to the bottom of the display, and once a full row is achieved, drop off the reels awarding the sum of the row’s displayed prizes. This thrilling new series showcased on the TwinStar Wave XL cabinet will be on display at G2E and is launching with two engaging themes in November—Sweet Tweet and Deep Sea Magic. Contact your Scientific Games to get this new hit on your casino floor as soon as it drops!
TABLE TALK, G2E booth number: 1253
AGS propels its table business with new proprietary table games and side bets, as well as an array of innovative table solutions. Taking center stage at G2E will be AGS’ new Bonus Spin Xtreme, a pioneering progressive side bet system that can link all table-game progressives in the casino and innovatively uses three concentric wheels to reward all participating players with a prize—something never before available for community-style games like roulette, baccarat and craps. AGS will also demonstrate its STAX Progressive 2.0, with new O-WAP functionality and seasonal themed backgrounds, and its new PAX S single-deck packet shuffler designed for specialty games.
CURVE APPEAL, G2E booth number: 2659
The Muso Curve-43 Hybrid Reflection package from Aruze Gaming adds an elegant and exclusive design to any casino floor. The pod design is a combination of the Muso Curve-43 Hybrid and reflection pod fillers that create an upscale premium package while keeping a simplistic appearance. The unique placement of reflection pod fillers provides a superior feel on a core product that draws attention from any angle. This minimalistic Reflection packaging compliments the new integrated base making the Muso Curve-43 Hybrid cabinet the main feature. The Muso family of cabinets is uniquely able to leverage LED lighting that pushes the experience of the game beyond the cabinet itself. The same lighting that creates a brilliant glow around the cabinets and can illuminate a wall or dark corner now offers the same dramatic look in the middle of the floor. The Muso Curve-43 Hybrid Reflection package is available in three- or four-pod configurations.
BON TEMPS, G2E booth number: 2840
Visitors to the Eclipse Gaming booth during G2E 2019, will discover a wide variety of entertaining new game content showcased on the company’s new dual screen and 43-inch portrait game cabinets. With focus on the customer experience and fueled by a passionate team, Eclipse creates long-lasting experiences for customers and players that go beyond the game.
Highlighting the booth, The Big Spin Mardi Gras debuts on Eclipse’s new 43-inch portrait cabinet and dazzles with vivid imagery and an attention-grabbing oversized prize wheel. Its classic symbols on a three-reel configuration offer plenty of ways to celebrate, including an entertaining pick bonus in the base of the game. The party really ramps up when The Big Spin Bonus Wheel is triggered from the third reel, awarding credits, free spins or the enticing top progressive jackpot.
FORTUNE SELLER, G2E booth number: 1150
Everi continues to transform players’ experiences through an unwavering commitment to innovation, which will be on full display at G2E 2019.
On the games front, Everi will introduce a strong lineup of premium titles including its follow-up series to industry-topping Discovery Shark Week on Empire Arena with The Vault. The Karate Kid and The Mask will be launch titles for its newest premium cabinet, Empire DCX. The company will also showcase its Grand Wheel premium series on the Skyline Revolve and a larger-than-life premium mechanical bank, Zoltar.
Everi’s integrated suite of financial technology products and services are aimed at helping customers operate more efficiently and maximize funds delivered to their floors while providing their guests with a rich, seamless experience. In addition to its full-service kiosks, cash management solutions and Everi Compliance AML product, Everi will provide demos of its loyalty platform.
HIGHER POWER, G2E booth number: 3016 & 3216
Gasser Chair Company is set to release The Alto Series at G2E—a gaming seating concept designed for high-volume customers.
The Alto Series is a refined product with the right features at the right price, resulting in a gaming chair that ranks high above the rest. The Alto series takes advantage of Gasser’s modular designs and newly expanded Youngstown, Ohio manufacturing campus to create an unmatched seating experience at an unprecedented value.
Comfort comes naturally for the Alto with a fully upholstered ergonomic back set at the perfect angle for long-lasting support. Gasser’s proven “Player’s Choice” plush foam seat adds additional comfort for instant luxury that will keep customers in front of their favorite machines.
Standard features include fully upholstered ergonomic back, two-piece, easy-change seat for quick maintenance and aluminum finger grip for ease of use. The Alto series is available in multiple slot stool, table game and poker configurations that can be customized to match your properties aesthetics and customer expectations.
WORTH THE SQUEEZE, G2E booth number: 1259
Novomatic Americas will present an extensive product portfolio that showcases new games and game mixes, progressive jackpots, sports betting kiosks, system solutions and ETGs at G2E 2019. With a strong focus on progressives, the new Money Party Link, including Fruity Fruity and Juicy Juicy will burst with entertainment.
Expanding Wilds, a Mystery Bonus and the Money Party feature is sure to make for deliciously fruitful and super juicy wins within these new titles from NOVOMATIC Americas’ all-new, Money Party Linked Progressive Series: Fruity Fruity and Juicy Juicy.
In these games, Major and Grand Jackpots may hit at any time—all other coin values are only awarded in the Money Party Feature, which is triggered by six or more scattered coin symbols.
Prizes include: Grand (linked progressive) Jackpot, Major (standalone progressive) Jackpot, Minor Award, and Mini Award.
Don’t miss the Money Party at the Novomatic booth.
SCANNING AHEAD, G2E booth number: 3812
The future of mobile ID scanning is here, thanks to an exclusive partnership between IDScan.net and Panasonic. IDScan.net has paired its software with Panasonic’s sleek and rugged TOUGHBOOK T1 and N1 scanners to create the best mobile solution for the gaming industry—and the only one to scan passports
With IDScan.net’s cloud-based, off-the-shelf solution, VeriScan Online, casinos can improve security and compliance by verifying age and tracking visit history. By scanning drivers’ licenses and passports at the entrance or on the floor, casino security can verify that the ID is real, confirm that the guest is over 21, and compare the individual to the casino’s banned list.
Enterprise solutions are also available using the TOUGHBOOK scanners and IDScan.net’s developer tools. Gaming technology providers can integrate ID scanning into their player loyalty, security, and other gaming platforms. All with technology from industry leaders IDScan.net and Panasonic.
PEAK PERFORMER, G2E booth number: 3659
IGT, an industry leader in video poker content and hardware, will leverage G2E 2019 as the global trade show debut for the highly anticipated video poker hardware: PeakBarTop. IGT conducted extensive player, operator and bartender focus group testing to ensure that the final product will exceed the needs and expectations of all users.
As the latest addition to IGT’s expanding video poker hardware portfolio, IGT’s PeakBarTop will deliver proven IGT video poker content in a compelling and comfortable way. Featuring a curved, 23-inch display and a range of other tech-advanced features such as enhanced lighting and sound, a USB charging port, a comp-drink indicator and more.
At G2E, IGT will showcase new versions of player-favorite IGT games such as Game King, Ultimate X Poker and Super X Pay poker, as well as never-before-seen video poker games on the PeakBarTop.
AUTOPILOT, G2E booth number: 4047
Incredible Technologies (IT) will expand upon the success of its Infinity V55 core cabinet at G2E 2019 with the launch of the new Infinity form factor—Infinity Pilot. The premium cabinet utilizes the portrait-oriented 55-inch 4K display but carries the captivating gaming content onto an expanded game space.
The Infinity Pilot integrates two angled 4K portrait monitors on either side of the 55-inch 4K center display, providing a completely immersive and individual gaming experience. The Pilot reshapes the floor with new never-before-seen bank configurations including the “Dogbone” and “Gear”—both of which need to be seen to believe. Infinity Pilot launches with two game families and two unique titles within each family. Both the Double Deluxe and Unity Wilds families will be on display at G2E.
With trail-blazing form factors and innovative banking solutions, the IT team is set to debut products that urge operators to “Reshape Your Floor.”
FORTUNE FAVORS THE BOLD, G2E booth number: 1256
Among Konami Gaming’s most anticipated new titles is a symbol-driven linked jackpot series called Fortune Mint, with coin symbols that transform to random multipliers and jackpot symbols when appearing in the highlighted Strike Zone section of the reel frame. Fortune Mint can be recognized by a giant glowing coin that shimmers across the upper part of the screen. It features three progressive jackpot levels, including a $10,000 plus Maxi. The series boasts two available launch titles: Fu Gui You Yu and Fu Xing Gao Zhao. Both are five-reel, scatter pay games with a spectrum of bonus opportunities based on the player’s selected bet level. All bet options and corresponding bonus opportunities are communicated through the button panel and messaging on the primary screen.
Fortune Mint is showcased at G2E 2019 with custom pod/bank fillers and sign display options for the awarding-winning KX 43 cabinet and proven Concerto Opus.
THE FINE PRINT, G2E booth number: 2036
Developed with cutting edge technology, Nanoptix is proud to present the groundbreaking Orizon NextGen roll stock printer. The Orizon NextGen incorporates industry-defining features such as built-in network capabilities, HDMI connection, three USB host and two slave ports, a custom-designed presenter and retractor, along with the most robust and reliable print mechanism on the market. The Orizon NextGen is easy to integrate with options for Windows and Linux drivers via USB, GDS protocol, or bi-directional RS-232. Printing standard-length tickets in 0.6 seconds and with a lifespan of 125 miles printed, the Orizon NextGen is ideal for kiosk applications.
Nanoptix will be showcasing the Orizon NextGen this year at G2E. Come see us for the most comprehensive and innovative printing solution in the kiosk, gaming and amusement markets.
ARCADE FIRE, G2E booth number: 1230
Next Gaming, the premier provider of the most recognizable arcade games of the 1980s, has captured their authenticity and created a branded skill-based gaming experience that appeals to all demographics. From Baby Boomers to Millennials, you simply can’t find a more robust offering of immersive and entertaining games that are a compelling alternative to standard slot machines. Capturing that arcade genre and creating authentic versions of Atari’s Asteroids, Missile Command, Tempest and Centipede and Taito’s Arkanoid, Bust-A-Move, Bust-A-Move Adventure, Bubble Bobble and the super hit, Space Invaders, provides fun and excitement. Also, offering a player-friendly experience with a chance to win is a major component of their design. With years spent in the arcades, home consoles or mobile devices, the player has honed their skills and can now enjoy the exhilarating achievement of conquering their favorite games in a casino setting.
Native-owned gaming and hospitality firm Raving has just launched the first of several dashboards for the gaming industry. The first version of Ravingdashboards is designed for player development hosts and managers and offers a wealth of information. Key components include: customized solution offering managers and hosts insights into performance and to track success; trend analysis (TRIPS, ADT, THEO); host quotas and performance in real time; player categorization and prioritization; player detail and stats in one location; and player investment analysis.
This is Raving’s next step to provide hosts the right tools, at an affordable price, that will help their hosts move the bar. Ravingdashboards also works with the casino’s CRM system.
What makes it a sure bet from the users’ perspective: customized for each property; easy to track individual goals; managers can track their teams progress; and makes calling the right person with the right offer easy.
THE GREAT WALL, G2E booth number 1216
SCA Gaming raises the bar in digital promotion technology with the introduction of MegaWall at G2E 2019. MegaWall is an attention-grabbing mega-video wall designed to take promotions to new heights with high-impact, high-resolution and high-intensity digital game play. SCA’s celebrated digital promotions and the new featured promotion for G2E, Gravity Spin, are all available on MegaWall. Engineered to display game imagery across a 10-foot by 8-foot LED screen expanse, MegaWall gives casino guests a powerful game play experience designed to generate excitement and traffic on the gaming floor.
Modular engineering offers optional display solutions to align with space and budget requirements. Make SCA Gaming one of your first stops at G2E 2019, where you will be among the first to demo MegaWall.
AT YOUR SERVICE, G2E booth number: 2023
The Service Companies is the premier provider of managed, hospitality, specialty and engineering services to over 3,000 hospitality and gaming customers across the U.S. and Caribbean. We tailor our services to the unique needs of our clients, resulting in a superior guest experience, staffing solutions that streamline hiring and recruiting processes, and improved building efficiencies.
Company specialties include: Managed Services (EVS/public area cleaning, third-shift cleaning, associate-only area cleaning, marble and floor care, stewarding services, deep kitchen cleaning, and housekeeping and laundry management); Hospitality Services (trained F&B professional staff, special event staffing, strategic talent acquisition management program, payroll and RPO, and FOH/BOH, temporary and long-term staffing); Specialty Services (window cleaning, chandelier cleaning, pressure cleaning, and exterior maintenance and caulking); and Engineering Services (HVAC, onsite engineering, route service, performance contracting, and rooms PM and inspection process).
SILKY SMOOTH, G2E booth number: 3353
Leading the way for Merkur and making its world debut at G2E will be the linked progressive jackpot Treasure Link that combines with five scintillating new game titles—African Glory, Dragon Marbles, Golden Silk, Joker Buffalo and Temple of the Nile—to create an exciting new concept. These great base games, in which each present a free games bonus feature, called Cash Games, all have their own special features that are also the player’s entry to discover Treasure Link’s high value Mini, Midi, Maxi and Mega Progressive Jackpots.
Created in Germany by the Gauselmann Group’s Design Team Stella, Treasure Link is a gaming adventure like no other, as the thousands of visitors to G2E will surely be able to see and experience for themselves.
AM I BLUE, G2E booth number: 2440
Founded in 1994, Bluberi is a Canadian company specialized in the conceptualization and design of casino games and cabinets. Bluberi’s game content has evolved with current consumers’ tastes and features vivid animation to create fun and immersive worlds for players to enjoy. Bluberi is one of a few companies that offers its games in Class III, Class II, and TLS (Washington) formats.
One of the company’s thrusts for G2E 2019 is to show off new games, such as Blaze and Frost and Waves of Fortune, slated for its Novus Series slot cabinets, built with an innovative and modern common component design. The b27 and b49 cabinets provide a sleeker approach to cabinet design. The cabinet options include multiple 4K display modules designed with industry leading Bluberi stability and player-centric ergonomics for the best possible player experience. The gaming experience has “industry first” engaging LEDs to accentuate the wins, visceral sound effects, and immersive graphics in every game, making for a totally different gaming experience. At the core of the Novus Series cabinets is the new Spider Game Board which enhances the game design with 4K graphics and state-of-the-art expandability, ready for the current game needs as well as future game designs.
Bluberi will also be introducing the new Novus h27 cabinet to round out the Bluberi Novus cabinet family. This new cabinet design is based on the Novus b27 cabinet and is composed of dual HD 27-inch screens and topper all in true 1080 HD graphics. Driven with the Bluberi Spider Board, the cabinet supports all b27 and b.POD games.