WMS   Industries has entered into an agreement to acquire 100 per cent of the outstanding stock of privately held Orion Gaming a Netherlands based company that designs, manufactures and distributes casino gaming machines. The acquisition will expand WMS ’ international presence and game library, while adding a proven product development team focused on international opportunities.

      WMS will pay a total consideration of around € 24m, which includes €15m to acquire from the two shareholders, 100 per cent of Orion Gaming’s common stock, plus approximately € 9m to retire existing debt. The purchase price of the equity of €15m will be paid equally in cash and the issuance of WMS common stock. The transaction, expected to close this summer, is subject to customary closing conditions, however no gaming regulatory pre-approvals are anticipated. Orion Gaming’s senior management, which has led the company from inception to its current position as a successful and profitable gaming supplier, will remain with the company, and Orion Gaming will operate as a separate subsidiary of WMS. The transaction is expected to be neutral to slightly accretive to WMS ’ fiscal 2007 results.
      Brian R. Gamache, president and CEO of WMS industries, commented: “The acquisition (of Orion Gaming) brings to WMS a broad range of starategic benefits and squarely meets our criteria for expanding our international presence, while adding proven product development capacity, intellectual property and new products, including the potential for development of products for the European amusement with prize market. ”


Future logic, the manufacturer of thermal ticket   printers for cashless gaming, told InterGame that during the last 18 months Suzo Americas has surpassed expectations for South American market penetration, and has helped establish the largest installed base of thermal gaming printers in the region. Under an agreement initiated in early 2005, Suzo Americas sells and provides services for Future Logic’s TITO  printers throughout Latin America.
      Suzo Americas reports installations of more than 6,000 Future Logic GEN1 and GEN2 printers in all of South America’s major gaming markets including Buenos Aires and Mendoza, Argentina, Vina del Mar, chile and Quito, Ecuador. With dozens of new casinos slated for TITO launches in 2006, Suzo Americas expects Future Logic will continue to grow its share market.

     “Future Logic’s worldwide reputation for reliability and Innovative poker technology provided an excellent foundation for the South American introduction,” said Jens Peiler, general manager of Suzo Americas. The versatile GEN2 printer has also enhanced our ability to provide a complete set of cashless solutions to our OEM and casino customers in this burgeoning region. ”
      Over 30 Suzo professionals working in more than 20 Latin American countries help Future Logic identify and meet customer expectations based on local requirements. Suzo America’s comprehensive technical service facility in Argentina also ensures timely, cost effective engineering support, training and technical service.


At its recent AGM, Talarius, the operator of the UK’s largest wholly owned gaming machine estate together with its Cyberslotz internet gaming business, provided an update  on its trading performance over the first 19 weeks of the current financial year. Trading continues to be strong with AGC like-for-like sales growth remaining above the nine per cent increase reported for the second half of last year. Cyberslotz sales for the same 19-week period to May 13 are well above the 30 per cent growth rate achieved for the whole of 2005. The Black heath Leisure acquisition, completed last November, is now fully integrated and performing ahead of expectations. Integration of the Leisurama acquisition, competed on March 2, is ahead of schedule and will be fully re-branded by its half year on July 15.

      It is too early to report on the effect of the smoking ban in Scotland, which commenced on March 26, but the initial impact has been better than anticipated with a smaller reduction in sales than predicted. The ban affected 10 of its 183 sites and it expects trading for the entire group for the rest of the  first half to remain on the same trend as the year to date. Talarius will also continue with its new site opening programme, targeting eight new sites this year. Online, the firm added UK-style bingo to its www.cyberslotz.com site in April.
      The successful and rapid integration processes to date, alongside an improving core business, have validated the board’s continuing strategy of seeking out further opportunities to consolidate the UK & European high street gaming markets, where machine income is a key driver.

UK -  poker leisure machine operator Gamester has announced that it has significantly increased its business with new pub company Tattershall Castle Group (TCG Acquisitions). Gamestec will now supply to a further 30 per cent of the TCG estate, which now brings Gamestec’s holding to a total of 50 per cent.
      Tattershall Castle Group, led by CEO Peter Brook, purchased 178 houses from the Spirit Group in September 2005 making the group a sizable high street managed house chain, which includes brands   Henry’s and Squares. The newly formed pub company is reported to be investing over £ 8m upgrading and refurbishing the estate in the first year.
      Gamestec presented at TCG’s recent management conference on board its flagship Tattershall Castle, moored on the rivere Thames. The two companies are committed to working together to maximize machine income. Gamestec has put together a training programme designed for use at house level aiming to keep managers fully updated on machines, the market place and technology.


Extreme Hunting
      Up to Four Players can go on a pretty swish hunting trip with Extreme Hunting Tournament Edition, the second, and better than ever, installment of the Extreme Hunting franchise. Combing great graphics with good gameplay this version of Extreme Hunting offers a choice of the best North American wild game a hunter could ask for including bison, bear, moose, elk and deer, and more, plus a few special hunts. If players like shooting whatever moves, they ’£ like this one.

      There are four different modes of play and an assortment of weapons like rifle, shotgun, bow and arrow, and there’s also hidden weapons for registered hunters who meet their mileage marks. For all tournament details, Sega has set up an Extreme Hunting website at www.extremehunting.net

Title    :   Sponge Bob Jelly fishing
Category   :   Redemption
Company   :    Chicago Gaming Co.

With SpongeBob being a big favorite with kids, this game is almost a must for family entertainment centres with a good spattering of smaller kids among its customer base. SpongeBob Jelly fishing is a spinner/stop  action ticket poker game that will get all the little guys in as they listen to what SpongeBob has to say from the real sound clips within the game. All players get some tickets. The game’s attractive cabinet, popular theme, simple gameplay and compact design make it ideal for many locations. Three ticket value inserts and 10 levels of difficulty allow operators to adjust settings for optimal ticket payout.

Title    :   Spinazoid
Category   :   Air Hockey
Company   :    Lazer-Tron

Air hockey is an abidingly popular style of game and, with Spinazoid, Lazer-Tron has attempted to put a new spin on the classic fast action concept. Players complete against each other to defend their goal while the puck is tossed around on spinning playfield. The multi-colored lights in the LED Spazball located in the dome reflect   on the puck adding excitement and a new dimension of challenge to this   skill based game. Measuring only 44ins L x 31ins W x 40ins H, Spinazoid easily fits into any room or location. The goalie is relatively easy for players to control, there’s a sound indicator to detect the speed of the playfield’s rotation, which can also be controlled and altogether, Spinazoid is a lot of fun to play.