The waiting continues for the X-Passion, though the games range looks highly promising.

All attention remains focused on the launch of X-Passion at the ICE show in London, where Spain’s R. Franco will unveil its new platform, cabinet in two versions, a compact and full-scale model for high-end locations. But in the meantime, R. Franco continued to display its range of games for the Russian market, despite being unable to sell its games due to legislation restrictions effecting the entire Russian industry.

The lack of machine certification was frustrating most companies, but R. Franco’s view was that it must reinforce its commitment to the market and its operators. “We need to show the new games and let the operators play them,” stated R. Franco’s Katia Martinez. “Our aim is to continue to building on the recognition that exists in this market. We realized that customers came to the stand recalling the first machines in the market from R. Franco because they are still playing them. We have, therefore, sought to make the connection between the machines of the past and the latest slot machines from R. Franco. Operators recognize the old logo. They recognize the old machines from R. Franco. We are still here, still committed to the market whatever the future may bring. ”

3M and Eurocoin mark an historic 15 year milestone

Last month, 3M Touch Systems and Eurocoin celebrated an important 15 year milestone in providing innovative touchscreen solutions to gaming operators and manufacturers throughout western and eastern Europe. According to Colin Veitch, Director of Eurocoin: “Our exclusive focus on the gaming market and extensive channel experience, combined with 3M’s high quality technical, sales and marketing support for the accounts that we develop, is testament to the success that we have enjoyed between us to date. ” As a 3M Touch Systems distributor and integrator, Eurocoin provides a fully equipped and recognized support centre for the full range of MicroTouch ClearTek capacitive touchscreen products, including touchscreen controllers and calibration tools.

Eurocoin also operates separate sales divisions in UK and Europe for gaming operators and manufacturers, enabling the business to support both sides of the market. Koen Stomph, 3M’s market Development Manager, Gaming. Europe commented: “For the last 15 years, Eurocoin and 3 M have been leveraging each other’s strengths to address evolving customer needs with the very latest, exciting, new touch innovations. Together we have established a strong profile for Clertek in the gaming community and we look forward to developing this with the introduction of large format ClerTek II touch screens. Eurocoin will be displaying the latest 3M touch screen products at EELEX 2005 and ATEI/ICE  2006. Visitors to both the 3M and Eurocoin stands will also have the skill gaming opportunity to see, for the first time, an innovative display technology from 3M called XRVS(Extended  Resolution Video Screen).

* Gamestec strikes UK deal with BT
British Telecoms has won a £ 10m, five-year deal to provide an enhanced managed broadband network for UK operator, Gamestec. More than 5,000 separate UK sites will be networked under the terms of the deal, including pubs, bars, and many other leisure machine outlets. BT’s network will deliver a series of key benefits for Gamestec’s customers, including regularly downloadable content for both gambling games terminals and machines and supports a host of yet unannounced services. Coupled with Gamestec’s wireless MIDAS telemetry system the combination provides an advanced platform for delivering content, developing income and maximizing up-time. Gamestec’s Colin Daniels said: “We selected BT to provide a robust future-proof platform that allows us to deliver new products and services with the confidence and resilience that is at the heart of the BT philosophy. ”