With the takeover of the gaming activities of KEMA, Netherlands Measurement Institute doubled its capacity for the testing and certification of gaming poker equipment, as reported in Integrate recently. One month after the takeover, the existing lab in Dordrecht was joined by a second, fully operational testing lab in the Dutch city of Velp. The official opening of the lab, known as NMi Certin, was on July 5.
Toyoshi Nishikawa has been named president, CEO/ COO of Namco America. Nishikawa has been with Namco since 1987. Frank Cosentino has been named senior vice president and been appointed to the NAI board of directors. Cosentino is also active in the AAMA. Kevin Hayes, who has been president /CEO of both NAI and namco cyber entainment for the past 12 years, has decided to focus his efforts on this role at NCI.
Daesung Intercom, a Korean firm that was established 19 years ago, is readying itself for a European push. The outfit originally distributed Karaoke machines and arcade machines. It has been manufacturing photo booths for the last 10 years, sited in shopping malls, cinemas and pool halls throughout Korea and Asia. Tiger Kim told Integrate: “We are looking to expand into Europe and are keen to meet any potential distributors.”
Jungle Bungle’s Al Saffer Group in UAE, South Mall, Giant fun, Muse, fun time park and others in Saudi Arabia are now running CT Europe’s Game System, while six new Fun City sites in Dubai and one in Doha, Qatar are being installed. Having successfully positioned itself in The UAE, Saudi Arabia and Oman by working with agents and partners like Egytronix and Westech Middle East, CT Europa is now targeting Asia and Europe.
AUSTRALIA PREPARIES FOR NETWORKED GAMING
Server based gaming is coming to Australia. Britain’s Inspired Gaming Group has had a number of its terminals on trial in Australia and now the company has entered into an exclusive five year poker strategies partnership with Tabcorp Holdings. The partnership will deploy the open server based gaming platform in Australia. The terminals will initially be installed in Victoria later this year. They enable operators to distribute new games to terminals over a network and to maintain and monitor the machines more effectively. Inspired’s group co-CEO Norman Crowley commented that the partnership would allow the company to extend its 30,000 strong network of terminals, currently mostly in the UK, to another region. Inspired floated on the UK AIM recently and was born out of the old Leisure Link, Britain’s largest operating company. It has now taken its networked terminals into six countries. Of the 90,000 machines Inspired operates in the UK, 17,000 of them are on the server based platform.Elsewhere, Inspired Leisure Link Italia Supplies technology and machine to operators in Italy and network services to the group’s second Italian venture Gmatica. This is a joint venture with COS Communication Services SpA and Telcos SpA, a concessionary of the Italian state monopoly controller AAMA. Gmatica provides technology and network services to Italian online play poker machine operators who are required to connect machines to central networks for income data to be monitored and tax collected. In the Benelux countries Inspired has distribution arrangements with a Dutch machine operator and distributor for the rights to Seller the group’s server based products. Trials are now taking place. In Ireland there is a relationship with Coca Cola with a digital vending machine on trial.
Russian firm helps stamp out illegal production
As fights for quality of production of all Russian gambling machines, together with a department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, Fair Play conducts programmes to fight illegal slot machine production. Using evidence complied by the co-operation, a documentary film was shot, which has been broadcast on the ORT TV channel. Fair Play has been in the Russian market for 11 years and is today one of the leading Russian manufacturers of slot machines. The company covers the full range of slot machine products, including the development of software products and game boards and the assembling of machines. It has created over 160 game programs in its time, the firm’s Anna Trubetskaya revealed.
* CHILE - The introduction of 17 new poker casinos in Chile is likely to have a beneficial effect on the rest of the coin-op industry. Each successful applicant for a casino license must provide a package of entertainment and hospitality benefits, including amusement facilities. Hotels, some educational installations, cultural attractions and FECs will be compulsory. Steve Geyger at FEC Geyger Mailath in Santiago, is bidding for a number of FEC installations in partnership with Brunswick bowling. “Regulations insist that the successful bidders for casino licenses put in a concentration of other businesses, including five-star hotels.” Said Geyger. “They will also have to put in restaurants and cultural/educational facilities.”International firms like Thunderbird of Canada and Casinos Austria are understood to be in the mix for licenses, but the principal bidders are thought to be the Maritnez Family which bought the Codere South American operating company from the owners of Spain’s R Franco, and Franco’s main Spanish competitor, Cirsa. Cirsa is though to be bidding for at least 11 of the licenses. The Martinez family already has four of the existing seven Chilean casinos and is contesting the Cirsa bid. The connection through the Martinez family and R Franco in Codere came to a conclusion when Codere was signed over to Martinez Sampedro. Brothers Joaquin and Jesus Franco, partners in R Franco, had started the Codere business in partnership with the Martinez family as a private investment.
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