Category: News

15 Jan 2013

Aristocrat appoints new Sales & Marketing Director Europe

aristocratAristocrat’s Donal Maguire has been promoted to the role of Sales & Marketing Director Europe, effective 7th January 2013. Mr Maguire has been employed by Aristocrat since 2003, gaining experience in a wide number of roles, most recently having served as Sales & Operations Director, running the company’s New Zealand office for the past three years.

A graduate in Legal Studies in his native Ireland, he also holds a Postgraduate Diploma and Master of Business Administration award from the University of Auckland.

Pedro De Matos, General Manager – EMEA, welcomed the new addition to the European team, saying: “Donal has demonstrated high levels of performance in each area he has been involved with.”

“His breadth of knowledge across the business, especially in the area of operations, sales and product delivery, will prove to be valuable assets for the European business. This will enable Donal to hit the ground running as he takes on the challenge of maintaining our core momentum and growth across arguably one of the most diverse gaming jurisdictions globally.”

15 Jan 2013

Ice2013: Spielo International asks to operators to chooce titles for Italian Awp

1_cristina-gfSpielo International is showcasing a host of thrilling new games and proven player favourites at the ICE Totally Gaming 2013 trade show at ExCeL, London (Stand S7-150), from 5 to 7 February, 2013. What follows is only a taste of the comprehensive game library customers can sample at Ice. As the provider of the best-performing and best-selling single- and multi-games in the Italian AWP market, SPIELO International will showcase several outstanding performers on the delite™ cabinet. Visitors can choose which of these exciting titles they would like to adapt to player preferences in their AWP market.

8marzoThe spotlight is on two completely new diversity™ multigame suites, being debuted for the first time anywhere during the ICE show. diversity Best of Vol. 1 will feature the most successful titles from all nine diversity suites. Listening to our customers’ requests, the new diversity Legendary Classics will feature titles with a low linecount.

New to Europe will be four slot games based on internationally recognized PopCap® licenses: Bejeweled®, Zuma®, Plants vs. Zombies™ Gargantuar, and Plants vs. Zombies™ Backyard Showdown. Customers are invited to join staff for a drink during the Zombie Bash, held during the last hour of each day, and make sure to stop by the stand at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, February 5, as something monstrous will be happening in the Plants vs. Zombies world.

The international casino games line-up also includes MEGA KONG™, the exhilarating progressive link sequel to the widely successful KING KONG CASH™. Kong is back and offers the action of two bonus rounds: the Mystery Kong Bonus and the Mega Kong Bonus.

15 Jan 2013

Customer Choice A Priority For Jabro games

eag_2013_logo_copySouth Wales based manufacturer Jabro games announced its line-up this week for Eag International 2013, taking place January 22-24th at London’s ExCel. Premiering a diverse new product line, Jabro Director Tony Brookes revealed the entire range will be presented in three styles of cabinets, all of which have been engineered to the very highest standard. “Offering our games in a variety of cabinets delivers added customer choice,” explained Tony.

Jabro’s Category C and Category B4 machines will be presented as a six game compendium designed to appeal to a wide variety of players and featuring Royal Roulette, Poker, Blackjack and three reel-based Monkey Band, Money Magic and the ever popular Pots of Luck.

Also on show will be Multi Lotto, a Category B3A compendium featuring Lucky Lotto, Monkey Band and Lotto King. Each game is also available in a stand-alone format.

Jabro games has confirmed that best-seller Magic Merlin will also feature, at a special show price. “We’re very much looking forward to welcoming visitors to our stand (No.18) and discussing their requirements: they will be guaranteed our best attention,” assured Tony.

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11 Jan 2013

Spielo International presents New Galaxis Analytics management module at Ice 2013

GALAXIS_MasterGALAXIS™ ANALYTICS, the newest addition to the range of GALAXIS casino systems management modules, will be presented at Stand S7-150 at the ICE Totally Gaming 2013 trade show at ExCeL, London, from 5 to 7 February, 2013. SPIELO International will showcase the entire diverse GALAXIS portfolio of casino systems solutions and innovative applications that are available for each of the different domains of the casino to create a distinct competitive advantage for operators. Additionally, SPIELO International’s Casino Systems division will demonstrate the SYSTEM2go™ packaged, multi-site system for any type of landbased gaming venue.

For the first time at ICE, SPIELO International will be demonstrating GALAXIS ANALYTICS, a new module for advanced gaming analytics. It includes gameViz, a powerful, easy-to-use, analytics visualisation tool that allows casino operators to directly query the rich data held in the GALAXIS datastore. It allows operators to visualise floor gaming activity, enabling them to identify practical ways to improve business profitability. gameViz has recently been integrated into

the GALAXIS systems portfolio in partnership with BIS2™, world experts in computer generated analytics visualisation known as ‘Super Graphics.’

With the addition of GALAXIS ANALYTICS, GALAXIS now has seven modules with solutions and applications that manage operations across every area of the casino. The GALAXIS portfolio streamlines operations, and helps increase gaming revenues by analysing gaming activity and performance, attracting players, and awarding them with marketing promotions and services.

For example, GALAXIS MARKETING is a sophisticated marketing module that optimises every interaction with your players, helping casinos to attract, bonus, and reward players. It collects rich player data from slots and table games, as well as throughout the casino in restaurants, bars, and shops; enables casinos to launch customer loyalty and reward programs; and facilitates targeted marketing campaigns.

SYSTEM2go will also be demonstrated at ICE. Developed for gaming venues of all types, SYSTEM2go is a complete, multi-site gaming system with fully automated accounting and reporting from any remote location with internet access. It includes a jackpots system, as well as optional ticket-in/ticket out (TITO), card cashless payment, and player tracking and point redemption. SYSTEM2go can also be managed through cloud computing as a turn-key solution. Sold as a package, it is quick to install and simple to use, and it is ideally suited to multi-site gaming operations.

But that’s only the beginning of SPIELO International’s wide range of gaming system solutions. Visit Stand S7-150 at ICE for a product demonstration, and to find out how SPIELO International speaks gaming.

09 Jan 2013

Nominees announced for Totally Gaming Awards

awards logoOrganisers of the 2nd annual Totally Gaming Awards, sponsored by Novomatic, have unveiled the full list of nominees for the prestigious event, which this year takes place on Monday 4th February at the East Wintergarden in Canary Wharf. The list of nominees has been selected by a leading panel of industry judges and recognises innovation and achievement across all of the gaming sectors represented at ICE, the world’s largest and most complete gaming event. Leading the list with three nominations is Grosvenor Casinos, while Boylesports, Spielo International and Akamon Entertainment have all been short listed across two categories.

Kate Chambers, Portfolio Director responsible for ICE Totally Gaming, said: “We would like to congratulate all of our nominees on their accomplishments over the last 12-months and for being champions of gaming innovation, professionalism and integrity. The list of nominees represents a ‘Who’s Who’ of gaming and each and every nominated company and individual would make a worthy winner. The Totally Gaming Awards is living up to its billing as the gaming industry’s most prestigious awards ceremony, and this year’s new sit down format and entertainment represents a fantastic networking opportunity, and the very best way of getting ICE week off to a fabulous start. My huge thanks go to our lead sponsors Novomatic as well as our colleagues at the National Casino Industry Forum, the Remote Gambling Association and the European Casino Association who have helped create an event which showcases the very best aspects of this wonderful industry.”

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The nominees for the 2013 Totally Gaming Awards are as follows:

Best Betting Operator of the Year



Best Bingo Operator of the Year

Akamon Entertainment


Dazzletag Entertainment Limited (Bingocams)

Intouch Games (mFortune Mobile Phone Casino)



Best Land-based Casino of the Year

Casino Bregenz, Austria

Casinò Campione d’Italia

Grosvenor G Casino Didsbury

Holland Casino Scheveningen

Olympic Casino Eurovea, Bratislava, Slovakia

The Hippodrome Casino, London

Best Land-based Casino Operator of the Year

Grosvenor Casinos

Olympic Entertainment Group

Casinò Campione d’Italia

London Clubs International

Best Land-based Social Responsibility Award

Casino Cosmopol

Casinos Austria

Grosvenor Casinos

Holland Casino

JCM Global


Best Manufacturer of the Year

Abbiati Casino Equipment

Casino Technology

High 5 Games

International Game Technology (IGT)


OMI Gaming

Sheriff Gaming

SPIELO International


Best Online Gaming Operator of the Year

Akamon Entertainment


Mecca Bingo

Mr Green



Best Online Social Responsibility Award

Intouch Games (mFortune Mobile Phone Casino)

Mr Green

Paddy Power

Svenska Spel

Best Remote Product of the Year

Bet Butler

Dragon’s Tale by eGenesis

mFortune Mobile Phone Casino by Intouch Games


Remote Gaming Server by IGT

Roller Casino by Paddy Power


Universal Bookmaker System WeZZet by SLP Services

Best Street Supplier of the Year

JCM Global

SPIELO International

The Educational Development Programme of the Year in the land-based Casino Sector

Casinò Campione d’Italia

GLI University by Gaming Laboratories International

The Casinos Austria Responsible Gaming Academy by Casinos Austria

Training for Leadership by Casino Cosmopol

09 Jan 2013

Lottomatica Group and IGT extend their partnership into the Italian iGaming market

lottomatica groupLottomatica Group S.p.A. and International Game Technology (NYSE:IGT) announced that the companies are expanding their relationship into the iGaming market in Italy. Lottomatica and IGT previously announced a partnership whereby IGT now provides game content and gaming machines to the Italian VLT (Comma 6b) gaming markets.

Lottomatica is offering IGT’s full suite of online slots and game content for the regulated slot market in Italy. Under this new agreement, IGT will become a supplier of iGaming content, with a particular focus on the casino games, the scope of which has been broadened with the introduction of slot games to the iGaming market in Italy. This agreement will also provide players the opportunity to play the same games offered online and on mobile on the more than 10,000 VLTs in VLT venues throughout Italy.

“The combination of Lottomatica and IGT in the Italian market is exceedingly exciting,” said Robert Melendres, IGT executive vice president of emerging businesses. “When you add the existing land-based VLT agreement with Lottomatica, we are delivering true game convergence to the player, with IGT’s top-performing casino content in their homes and on their mobile devices.”

IGT customer favorites and well-known brands will be available, while additional games will be regularly added to the portfolio.

“In addition to IGT providing game content for VLTs in Italy, Lottomatica will also be able to distribute IGT’s leading iGaming products in an integrated manner through diverse gaming channels, such as smart phones and tablets,” said Guglielmo Angelozzi, senior vice president of gaming machines and online at Lottomatica. “We will provide Italian iGaming players with exciting, new game content while facilitating responsible play, which has always been, and is, an integral part of Lottomatica’s daily operations.”

09 Jan 2013

Pinball competition continues to grow in the world with over 16.000 players

flipperenadaWith the 2012 pinball season coming to an end, the World Pinball Player Rankings continues to show no signs of slowing down within the competitive pinball community. We wanted to take a quick look back at the growth we’ve seen during 2012. “Back in September – said the International flipper pinball association (Ifpa) – we saw the World Pinball Player Rankings reach a milestone of 15,000 player ranked. We’re proud to say that the total number of players the Ifpa is now ranking at the end of 2012 is 16,470. This represents a 31% growth from the end of 2011”. In addition the number of players that played in an IFPA endorsed tournament during 2012 was 7666, up 24% from the number of players that were active during 2011.

“We’ve also seen incredible growth in the number of tournaments popping up all over the world. Total number of unique events for 2012 was 431, up 25% from last year. We uploaded an average of 80 tournament results per month during 2012, compared to 64 tournaments per month for 2011, an increase of right around 23%. Average player count per event is also up from 29 players per tournament during 2011 to 31 players per tournament during 2012”.

04 Jan 2013

Virtual Slots, 120 million euro collected in Italy and 94 percent of payout

slots geenricaOnline slots dot it turn today their first month of life (the first tranche of operators, 53, debuted on December 3, the second one, composed of only 4 of them, the day 17) and they celebrate a collection of 120 million euro. The payouts have been of 113 million euro, so, according to the difference, the real players’ expenditure has been of 7 million euro.

This is the first evaluation of, according to which every day 220 thousand euro have been spent, while the payout has been of 94 percent. Every day more than 1,400 slots of the 57 licensed operators are ‘turning’ for 7 million times, with an average bet of about 60 cents.

04 Jan 2013

Stern Pinball Hires New Chief Revenue Officer :John Buscaglia

stern logo incStern Pinball, Inc., the world’s leading maker of real pinball games, today announced the hiring of former Topps Trading Cards Vice President John Buscaglia as the new Chief Revenue Officer. John joins the rapidly growing Stern Pinball team as they continue to grow pinball sales and enthusiasm around the world.

John is a perfect addition to our company. His experience with consumer sales and collectibles will help us reach our goal of creating a whole new generation of pinball players,” said Gary Stern, Founder, CEO and Chairman of Stern Pinball, Inc.

Mr. Buscaglia joins the Stern Pinball family tradition of producing quality pinball games. The company traces its lineage to Philadelphia in the 1930’s when Sam Stern entered the business of operating pinball games. Sam Stern subsequently partnered with Harry Williams to build the Williams Manufacturing Company and passed his lifelong enthusiasm for the game and the business of pinball to his son Gary. Today pinball remains one of the world’s favorite games.

03 Jan 2013

Aams gaming collection January-October 2012: collection at 70 billion euro but the expenditure falls

graficiThe collection of the first ten months of 2012 (70 billion) recorded a positive trend compared to the same period in 2011 (62 billion) an it increases of a percentage of about 13%, while the players’ expenditure instead highlights a decrease of approximately 5%. It is the result of the analysis of AAMS data for the period January-October 2012 that indicate a growth of the field of Italian public gaming.