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06 Dec 2012

Dna Association Launches London 2013 Event

EAG logo1To be held on the 21st January 2013 – the one-day DNA London Seminar 2013 program is being finalized, the Dna Association holding a registration only seminar, the day before the EAG International Expo, and already there has been an enthusiastic take-up of the invitation to speak at what will be an influential gathering. The seminar will feature a keynote from industry visionary Randy White of White Hutchinson Leisure & Learning Group, followed by sessions on Interactive dark-ride and 4D/5D experiences, with sector leaders Alterface, Triotech, de Pinxi, and Simworx offering their perspectives on those fast growing markets.

In a session focused on augmented reality applications in leisure facilities, industry pioneer Total Immersion will present thought provoking observations on trends driving this sector. The DNA London event will also include a session on developing apps for parks and other leisure facilities, presented by Mobile, Hide & Seek, and Lo-Q. The application of innovative interactive animated characters, and motion controlled VR games in leisure facilities will be discussed by Animalive.

Interactive games in the hospitality market will be discussed by prominent intelligent surface systems developer Mindstorm Entertainment. New applications of and opportunities for mixed-reality games in leisure facilities will be highlighted by Six to Start, a leading developer of alternate reality games. Along with these sessions, planning is underway for other presentations, including one on next-generation developments impacting the amusement, attractions, and hospitality, leisure and retail sectors – full details to be confirmed.

The seminar will accommodate only 100 registered attendees, open to those from the amusement, attraction, and other facets of the digital entertainment sector – supported by a number of sponsors, associations, and seminar partners. This event will all take place in a special conference area within the EXCel London venue. The DNA event is supported by the UK Trade and Industries (UKTI) who will be sponsoring the refreshments at a seminar concluding industry mixer that evening. Attendees to the DNA London Seminar 2013 will also be invited to the EAG International Expo opening night party the following evening which is planned to be a major highlight of the show.

06 Dec 2012

GTI Asia China Expo: passageway to go deep into the Chinese Market

gti openingThe 4th GTI Asia China Expo will take place on December 16~18, 2012 at the China Import and Export Fair Pazhou Complex in Guangzhou, China and will be the largest annual event in China’s electronic game industry.  Featuring more than 100 companies from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea presenting their products and services, the event has received a lot of attention and is highly anticipated.  With the Chinese government’s strong support for the development of the animation industry, many regions of China have established animation industrial parks and amusement centers have sprung up all over the country.  And, more and more people have entered this industry.  GTI Asia China Expo’s growth each year has also exemplified the robust development of China’s electronic game industry.  This exhibition platform serves as a gateway to China’s huge market, massive demand, immense purchasing power, enormous growth and tremendous opportunities for global industry members. it’s a official Media Partner of this event.

This year’s show will feature exhibitors from, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and Korea.  Certainly, those enterprises with strong capabilities and great potential in the China electronic game industry including Wahlap, Shiyu Group & UNIS, Golden Dragon, Sealy, Kim Man Hong, Game Plus, Super Wing, Tecway/Mecpower, Belrare, Sun Wing, Hua Tai, Qianhui, Macrown, Msky, Gu Wei, Mayu, Shunhong, Bao Hui, Zhongshan Guang Yang, San Fu and PACO will not be absent from the event.  Namco Bandai, TOKI, and Fluke from Japan, and the US-based SUZO-HAPP, and Korea-based Simuline will also be present at the show.  The leading companies from the Taiwan industry such as Paokai, Jyuee Ang, Yi Eel Sheng (YES), Huai I, Gamtec, Taiwan Yuanmei, Jing Mi, Zeroplus and Advantech will also present exciting products on the show floor.

05 Dec 2012

Sega’s Living The Dream At EAG International

KM Colors TEMP SEGAConfirmed as occupying the largest space at the forthcoming EAG International Expo January 22-24, Sega Amusements will be utilising every inch of its impressive stand at London’s Excel as it debuts a range of exciting and innovative new products for the amusements industry.

General Manager Justin Burke is a seasoned exhibitor at EAG International, supporting every show to date: “We’ve attended every EAG International since its inception and will be using the Expo not only to showcase products launched at IAAPA, but also some additional new innovations.

“At Sega Amusements, research and development is a constant and core activity, so there are often exclusive launches at the London show,” he intimated.

Sega Amusements is a multi-faceted business engaged in the development and manufacture of original licensed products and in-house merchandise. In keeping with Sega’s service ethic, the support, service and parts division of the business takes high priority. Indeed, the company has earned third party distribution agreements with leading manufacturers including ICE and Pan Amusements.

Justin Burke revealed that more than 30 staff will be in attendance at the company’s stand at EAG International, which it considers a fundamental sequel following IAPPA: “It’s important that we show our support and commitment to the trade. However, we do see our presence at EAG International as a way of finding new customers as with all of the 50 or so shows we do annually.”

For the visitor, a trip to the Sega Amusements stand will certainly be a worthwhile experience with the opportunity to experience a variety of all the latest releases.

Premiering in the UK will be Dream Raiders, an exciting two seat full motion adventure game. Players are invited to choose their dream experience from a selection of nine, and then to raid as much treasure as possible, whilst fending off strange and incredible creatures with their Dream Blaster weapons. With a 55 inch plasma plate screen and special effects such as wind and weapon feedback, ‘Living the Dream’ is likely to be an unforgettable experience.

Also making their UK debut will be the eagerly anticipated Pirates of Monster Island, SEGA’s latest fun-packed video ticket redemption game and the new skill testing Key Master In Colour range.

“There will be more new product on display, with details being revealed closer to the show,” hinted Justin.

“So whether it be to ‘Live The Dream,’ to experience our latest and most innovative games, or even to celebrate Sonic the Hedgehog’s 21st birthday, do visit us on stand No 860, you will be assured of a warm welcome,” he promised.

04 Dec 2012

Net Entertainment releases Disco Spins video slot

net-entertainment-slotsNet Entertainment, the world’s leading provider of high-quality casino games, announces the release of its latest video slot, Disco Spins™. Disco Spins™, which has 5 reels, 3 rows and 20 fixed bet lines, is set inside a night club with the reels and background acting as a dance floor that lights up with strobe lights.

The Wild symbols appear on the reels when the colour of the Disco Dancer symbol matches the colour of the dance floor tile they appear on. As many as eight Wild symbols can appear at the same time offering players an amazing opportunity for big wins. This Wild symbols feature is integral to the game play and makes it an incredibly enjoyable gaming experience.

Net Entertainment’s newest offering operates two different Free Spins modes, a regular Free Spins and a Disco Spins version. If 3 Scatter symbols appear anywhere on the reels in the main game, the players have the opportunity to choose between the two modes.

“We are delighted with the Disco Spins™ slots game and it’s the perfect addition to our portfolio,” comments Per Eriksson, President and CEO of Net Entertainment. “Having two alternative Free Spins modes gives the offering a new twist and it allows us to continue driving the online casino market through better games.”

04 Dec 2012

ICE firmly on course to achieve sell-out first year at ExCeL London

3D ICE logo River ThamesIce Totally Gaming 2013 will be the biggest gaming event in the industry calendar with news that just 1.2% of exhibition space remains unsold as of the beginning of December.  The news, which is a testament to the size and scope of the marketing campaign undertaken by the organising team at Clarion, means that ICE 2013, the first to be staged at ExCeL London, will comprise in excess of 31,000sqm – a stand-out statistic which the organisers believe will attract the broadest spectrum of international gaming professionals to London.

The number of exhibitors showing their latest innovations and product launches will be over 400 – which represents a mouth-watering prospect for the many thousands of international buyers coming to the exhibition.  Kate Chambers, Director – Gaming, and the person responsible for implementing the move to ExCeL London said:  “Our marketing theme for 2013 has been ‘think big’ and I’m delighted to say that the creative we have been running throughout the international media channels has lived up to the reality of what visitors will see at ExCeL London when the doors open on the 5th February for the first edition at our new home. There’s absolutely no way that any buyer of gaming equipment would be able to see so many leading companies without spending at least nine months of the year on a plane: at ICE you can do the equivalent in three days – although, admittedly, it’s a hugely busy three days!  

“ICE is an event which provides a shop window on absolutely everything that’s taking place in gaming and, most importantly gaming from every geographical perspective.  Add important C-Level activities, a flourishing conference programme, key networking events and a prestigious awards ceremony which celebrates excellence, integrity and professionalism and you have a multi-faceted celebration of the international gaming industry which offers tangible benefits to everyone involved in the gaming business in all of its guises.

“In terms of visitor numbers we are tracking significantly above this stage of the campaign last year.  What I can say is that once again, we’ve raised the bar in our marketing.  In ‘think big’ we have a very strong creative proposition which resonates with our stakeholders and targets, we have introduced new initiatives such as our ICE e-magazine, we are working even closer with our good friends in the media and we are utilising all available media channels to get the message home that ICE 2013 will be bigger and better than ever before and that it is an essential event for anyone involved in online and offline gaming and betting.  However the key reason for attending ICE is the assembly of absolutely stellar companies which are exhibiting at ExCeL – you can’t get any better than that”.

04 Dec 2012

Spielo International wins Casino Management Award

spielo topSpielo International has received the Bege Casino Management Systems Award, presented during the Balkan Entertainment and Gaming Expo (Bege) in Sofia, Bulgaria, in October. Spielo International was selected among three nominees to win the prize for its suite of modular casino systems solutions. Judges looked at criteria such as popularity, product positioning, innovation, and originality of the solutions. They also considered the nominees’ contribution to the entertainment and gaming industry in the region.

An increasing number of casinos in Eastern Europe and the Balkans are using Spielo International’s wide range of casino systems products to streamline operations and provide player services, and the company is the number one supplier of casino management systems in Europe.

Spielo International systems deployed in the region include the™ next generation floor network and player interface, as well as the Galaxis™ range of solutions for marketing (including player tracking and loyalty club), slot and table management, cage management, qpon cash™ ticketing, and jackpots. System2go™, a complete multi-site systems solution supplied in a web-based package, is also being widely installed throughout the region.

Spielo International is also a leading supplier of slot games: its multigame diversity™ cabinet is doing well in the Balkans, with an increase in orders after the Bege event. Its King Kong Cash™ game continues to be a strong linked product in this market.

“We are thrilled to receive this award,” said Spielo International’s Fivos Polymniou, Casino Systems Sales Director. “As we continue to expand our presence in the Balkan region, it is gratifying to receive recognition and this vote of confidence from the industry.”

The Bege Expo is the biggest exhibition for the gaming and entertainment industry in the Balkans. More than 3,000 visitors attended to see exhibitors from casinos, gaming halls, hotels, restaurants, bars, amusement and leisure centers.

03 Dec 2012

In the land of the rising gaming

macauPerhaps when one talks about casinos the collective immagination still thinks to Nevada, in particular to Las Vegas and to the casinos of the glittering Strip. But the numbers are clear, and they say that the real future of gaming is in Asia. An economic phenomenon, but also a social and cultural one, that we analyze with Gherardo Ortalli, Teacher of Medieval History at the University Ca’ Foscari in Venice, expert of gaming history and author of the book ‘Barattieri. Il gioco d’azzardo fra economia ed etica. Secoli XIII-XV’ (Barrators. Gambling between economy and ethics.Centuries XIII-XV) (il Mulino, Bologna, 2012).

Why, in your opinion, the casino and gaming market is experiencing such a rapid growth in Asia and especially in Macau?

“It depends on the new general stabilities of economy and politics. In general for Asia is valid its economic take-off and the growth of part of society who is able to spend increasing amounts of money for gaming and even gambling. About China, the traditional passion for gambling found in Macau its appointed place. Macau was under Portuguese sovereignty until 1999 and when it came under the control of the Popular Republic of China received a special administrative status. This means that in Macau gambling is legal while it is strictly firbidden in China and therefore this small coastal territory is the most natural outlet for the immense hinterland of Chinese players.”

And why to this growth corresponds a decline, at least at this phase, of casinos in Italy and, in general, in Europe too?

“In Macau the great development of casinos is very recent and this means that they are new or brand new structures, born and grown responding to the most modern and efficient parameters of big gaming houses. In the casino area of ancient tradition(and Italy is fully in this situation) remains quite modest (or old) the quality of gaming offer, the availability of related services, support facilities for stay, amusement, use of free time and different reasons of attraction. It reflects the weight of a past (maybe even a management one) which acts as a brake, especially taking into account that in a decline phase is more difficult to find the great funds needed for really significant investments, that can answer to a rapidly changing demand”.

In Italy the gaming institutionalization, as you tell in your book, took place in late Middle Ages. What historical and cultural cycle there was instead in Asia?

“In Italy as in the biggest part of Western Europe early in the thirteenth and the fourteenth century we begin to organize gambling according to the logic that is still at its base. The acknowledgment of that such prohibitions and moral condemnations are not enough to stop the practices of gambling, pushed the authorities to allow it in specific, very small and controllable places, where was tolerated (and in short secluded) what normally was forbidden. Governments, once this sort of compromise was achived, pressed by economic reasons which in those centuries were growing also for the need of funds required by working of increasingly expensive public bodies, began to make income with gambling. In very definite places where governments allow gambling, they began to take a share of what was played and gaming was put out to contract. Public gaming born now, with its taxation. The logic is still the same and the journey made is what I have been able to study in the recent volume on ‘Barrators’ and the birth of modern gambling. The Asian reality, regardless of moral and philosophical issues, reflects times and different ways in the development of its society and its economy. The trend is however that of an increasing (although slow and non-consistent) homogenization of behaviors “.

Do you think that in the future China will further legalize gambling, at present ‘confined’ in Macau, and that other Asian countries will focus on casinos?

“It’s hard to predict the future. What is certain is that in economically developed societies, when gambling is forbidden does not disappear, but remains in the underground. The decisions about it – forbid, tolerate, financially make the most of it – must take account of different needs (as I shown in the volume that I mentioned above): the ones of economy and morality, of public order and lawfulness, of almost innate drives for gaming in its different forms and risks of pathological excesses. The current one of Macau is basically a sort of compromise identical to that of medieval frauds: China prohibits, but then allows in Macau. Only if the current compromise will be convenient also in the future things will continue as today. However is possible a gradual evolution that opens the way to other public forms of money bet, and here there is an enourmous range of possibilities. It is enough to think on how many are now in Italy the ways in which the state can withdraw money on gaming in its various forms and expressions.”

How the figure of ‘Barrators’ changed in Italy and in the world by the point of view of their acceptability and social functionality?

“The barrators are a typically medieval class, tipical of centuries in which gambling was taking its first steps towards legalization. They were marginal groups characterized above all by their gambling, next to criminality, recognizable for a life on the lowest levels of society. Tolerated and even used for lowest services (for example as spies, sappers in wartime, executors of sentences and executoners or cleaners of lavatories), when public bodies between fourteenth and fifteenth centuries arrive at a clearer organization of money gaming, barrators tend to disappear. Who was on the edge of legality ends beyond the borders of the law.”

Do you believe that gaming in general, and Macau casinos in particular, can be an instrument of appeal from the tourist point of view?

“Casinos have been a great importance for the development of tourism in nineteenth and twentieth century. I think that their season as independent structures (even in attraction places) is ending. It seems to me that the great chances to bet money (also in electronic form) and the huge expansion of practices related to gambling today push no longer towards casinos, but towards forms of clearness organisation structured in a system, in a complex of increasingly complex and very articulate and multi-purpose structure for use of free time.”

03 Dec 2012

ICE Totally Gaming, the show goes on

ice2As ICE Totally Gaming prepares to take residence at its new ExCeL London home and on new dates for 2013, we put some key questions to Kate Chambers, Portfolio Director responsible for what is now the biggest gaming expo on earth.

The theme this year is Think Big. Can you explain the thinking behind this?

We started the planning and creative process significantly earlier than in previous years such was the importance of getting it absolutely right for the first edition of ICE in its new home at ExCeL London and of course on new dates in February. Looking at ICE Totally Gaming from all possible angles, we felt that the unique characteristic of the exhibition is the sheer volume of activities which take place within the show in terms of the core exhibitor activities, the huge number of product launches, the official meetings which take place as well as the unofficial ones, the networking, the Conferences, the trend spotting, the future thinking, the government officials researching the deregulation of gaming, the glamour and prestige of the Totally Gaming Awards, the tours by politicians, the celebrity appearances and so much more. We felt that ICE is really an amalgam of all of the component parts which go to make up the international gaming industry all of which take place in one week in London. Think Big encapsulated that experience of being in London and brought together the mood of the exhibition in just two words. If anyone who hasn’t previously attended ICE asks what the show is like the advice should be simply ‘think big’ – hence the theme for 2013.

How many exhibitors are there this year and how many visitors are expected?

This is linked directly to your opening question and I’m delighted to confirm that ICE Totally Gaming 2013 will be the biggest gaming event on the industry calendar comprising in excess of 31,000sqm – a stand-out statistic which is certain to attract the broadest spectrum of international gaming professionals to ExCeL London in February. The number of exhibitors showing their latest innovations and product launches will be over 400 – which represents a mouth watering prospect for the many thousands of international buyers coming to the exhibition. There’s absolutely no way that any buyer of gaming equipment would be able to see so many leading companies without spending at least nine months of the year on a plane: at ICE you can do the equivalent in three days – although it’s a hugely busy three days admittedly! In terms of visitor numbers we are tracking significantly above this stage of the campaign last year. What I can say is that once again, we’ve raised the bar in our marketing. In ‘think big’ we have a very strong creative proposition which resonates with our stakeholders and targets, we have introduced new initiatives such as our ICE e-magazine, we are working even closer with our good friends in the media and we are utilising all available media channels. However the key reason for attending ICE is the assembly of absolutely stellar companies which are exhibiting at ExCeL – you can’t get any better than that.

Given that this year is the first time that ICE will take place in February, do you think that it could be positive for the event or could jeopardize the success of the event?

As the market knows, in 2013 ICE Totally Gaming will be held at a brand new venue, ExCeL London and on new dates. The two factors are linked. The earliest availability at ExCeL for an event the size of ICE were the dates we have in February and we know that the features and advantages that ExCeL delivers for our visitors, our exhibitors and for the future development of the exhibition are crucial. This is an exciting new chapter for ICE Totally Gaming. The opportunity to move to London’s biggest purpose built exhibition venue offers our stakeholders a raft of new and improved facilities. During the de-briefings we conduct each year after ICE, the constant theme was how poorly Earls Court compared with other venues and how the marketing and creative teams charged with representing their brands to an international audience of buyers and opinion-formers, felt so constrained by the limitations the building imposed upon them. Furthermore the visitor facilities simply weren’t in keeping with the needs of the international business community. I think the great thing about strong brands such as ICE is that they are more than capable of navigating change and very quickly establish a new status quo. The experience at ICE 2013 will be a much stronger one, much more professional, much more efficient and I believe much more satisfying for everyone. Exhibitors will be able to communicate their brand values and display their product ranges more professionally and we will be able to offer their customers an experience which is more conducive to conducting international business. I’m confident 2013 will be go down as a vintage year for ICE Totally Gaming.

Do you believe that the different dates of the two London shows of EAG and ICE can be favourable for your fair or a disadvantage?

I think they are essentially very different events and people will attend for different reasons. I can only speak for ICE Totally Gaming and what’s been achieved is the creation of a world class event which is now the biggest business-to-business gaming exhibition in the world. This means that visitors will come to ICE to get an international perspective on the industry and not just a national or regional view. We have the innovators at ICE, the companies and the individuals who are responsible for developing and marketing the really new and ground breaking gaming concepts which can change a business and indeed an entire industry. That’s why ICE attracts so many buyers from over 100 nations every year. From an exhibitor perspective alone we had companies from over 50 nations on the show floor – no other gaming exhibition in the world can compare with these credentials which is why no serious gaming professional can afford not to make the trip to ICE.

03 Dec 2012

Net Entertainment launches slot games on the Italian market

NETENT LOGOAs of today, Monday December 3 the Italian gaming authority Aams have opened up its local regulated market for slot games. Net Entertainment is very pleased to announce that several of its high performing slot games have now successfully been launched with the majority of its current Italian partners. Frequent releases of new slot games for the Italian market is scheduled to be deployed during 2013.

03 Dec 2012

Slyde announced as official watch sponsor of Pca 2013

pokerstars onlineLuxury Swiss watch brand Slyde will be the official watch sponsor for the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure 10th Anniversary event in January 2013, the Director of Live Operations for the PCA and Latin America, David Carrion, announced today. It marks the second partnership deal for Slyde with PokerStars, after the watch brand was announced as the Official Watch Sponsor of the EPT Season 9 Main Events earlier in the year.

Jorg Hysek, creator of Slyde, welcomed the partnership, saying: “The PCA is one of the biggest events in live poker; for poker players, winning a PCA event is a career highlight. We are excited to be partnering with such a prestigious event and look forward to awarding the winners of the High Roller, Super High Roller and Main Event with their watches and congratulating them on their success.”

David Carrion added: “Slyde and the PCA are a natural partnership fit as both brands share a brand vision that embraces and celebrates innovation and heritage. We look forward to awarding these beautiful watches to the winners as part of their prize.”

The new sponsorship deal will see Slyde provide the winner of the $10,000 Main Event winner with a ‘Black and Steel’ design watch worth €5,250, the winner of the $25,000 High Roller with a ‘Rose Gold design watch worth €11,990, and the $100,000 Super High Roller champion with a ‘Steel and Diamond’ design watch worth €14,880.

Slyde watches are the creation of Swiss watch manufacturer SLYDE (formerly HD3), and represent a revolution in watch-making by combining traditional horological craftsmanship with modern design and the latest technology. The innovative sapphire crystal display is equipped with an intuitive touch screen enabling the user to generate an infinite number of personalized interfaces for a customized indication of the time.