Global VR to purchase UltraCade in the States

In December, US video games manufacturer, Global VR entered into a definitive agreement to purchase UltraCade Technologies, a classic multi games video manufacturer.

In making the announcement, Global VR President and CEO Jim DeRose stated: “The purchase of UltraCade by global VR will enable us to leverage the assets and technology of both companies, making the new entity one of the strongest in the arcade industry. Our goal is to provide a steady stream of successful, innovative products for both the coin-oppodent and home arcade markets. ” David R. Foley, UltraCade’s founder and veteran of the coin-up industry offered: “I am very pleased to have this opportunity to merge UltraCade with Global VR. Both companies have independently created world class products and systems. Our union will combine the sound management practices Him has brought to Global VR with my passion for product development. We firmly believe that the result will be a highly creative company operating on solid financial footing. ” Details of the agreement are, as of the date of this release, undisclosed.

JCM America and TransAct Technologies have announced the signing of a final agreement, brining together the sales efforts of the two bill acceptor and printer brands. JCM is an industry expert in currency handling systems, including providing products, software and services to the gaming, vending, banking, amusement, and petroleum industries, and TransAct Technologies is a producer of transaction based printers for customers worldwide. Under the agreement, JCM’s sales force will offer TransAct’s gaming thermal printers in North and South America and Macau in combination with JCM’s many bill acceptor and currency handling products. JCM President Aki Isoi said, “By combining our sales team efforts, we have created the most convenient, customer focused team imaginable ‘a value driven, one-stop-shop for the best currency handling, printing and monitor products anywhere. ” TransAct Chairman, President and CEO Bart C. Shuldman said, “The agreement allows us to utilize JCM’s extensive sales organization, leveraging established relationships on each side of the deal. We can now move forward with out goal of accelerating market penetration and increasing our potential opportunities. ”

TCS JohnHuxley has strengthened its sales and marketing team with the recent appointment of Mark Corso to the positions of Senior Business Development   Manager. In his new role, Mr. Corso will focus in aiding the overall growth of US sales, developing key accounts and improving communication at every stage of the product to operator process. Mr. Corso will be based in the Las Vegas office and report directly to Raul Bouchot, Executive Vice President for the Americas. “Mark’s fantastic knowledge and key understanding of the industry will reinforce an already talented team and ensure that TCS JohnHuxley continuesits development plan in the rapidly expanding US gaming market,” said Mr. Bouchot.

Merit Entertainment has announced of Nick Hardy as UK Group Marketing Manager. Frank Ballouz, Merit’s VP International, described this newly created role as “ a key component in our long-term plans for UK expansion and diversification, encompassing responsibility for the marketing of all Group activities, as well as project management for the new ION and Money Shoot SWP products. ” In a career that has included senior marketing roles with JPM, Maygay and Games media Group, and as a Associate Editor of G3 magazine, Nick has gained significant product development experience within the SWP and multi-game sectors and it is this knowledge, coupled with a proven flair for results-driven marketing initiatives, that has brought him to Merit at this vital phase in the Group’s development. ”

Multi-Magic dueling in Moscow

Two is greater than one, but 10 is even better according to Apex Gaming Technology

Apex’s Johannes Weissengruber has been an advocate of multi-game machines for many years, and the Austrian slot manufacturer showed its latest Multi-Magic device with dual monitors at the EELEX show in Moscow. Having been on test for several months in the Czech and Slovakia markets, the high resolution pay table information on the second screen, combined with proven games, have been an instant success. “Multi-games, such as multi-Magic, require dual monitor platforms to allow the player to calculate their win for each game immediately. They add to the excitement for the player and to style and attraction of the slot floor,” said Mr. Weissengruber. “10 games are featured on the machine, which is aimed at Russia, hungary, UK and Ukraine markets, since there is always space for a multi-game machine in any size of location. ” Apex also confirmed the production of a VLT terminal, which will be finalized over the next few months. The company is currently applying for a licence in the Czech Republic to operate VLTs and build its own system to link the machines.

“Our biggest competitor is Saska (the Czech lottery operator), but the difference being that we have the right games for the market,” sand Apex’s Petr Zamecnik. “We will be promoting our multi-game platform, system and model within the VLTterminal. We have the games, we know the market, and havea games library for the Czech player. The taxation structure and the pay percentages for VLTs are more attractive than for AWPs, and the Czech player is increasingly eager to play video-based games. ” Apex confirmed that the Czech street market is now accepting good video AWP product, especially multi-games. “The market for reels is ancient, and we’ve seen better and better income from video AWPs. We’re currently selling a ratio of 80 per cent video machines to 20 per cent reel sales in the Czech market right now,” said Mr. Zamecnik. “And the current unit ratio of machines is 50/50 video to reels installed within arcades and street locations in the Czech market. ”

CTL secures major deal with Rank for one-2-six

UK-based solutions provider, cTL, announced in December that Rank Gaming had placed an order for a further 31 one2six shufflers, bringing the total number of units across Rank’s casino estate to over 100. Anton Churchill, Managing Director of CTL commented: “The fact that this order was won on basis of performance, rather than price, clearly highlights the benefits that One2Six can deliver to the operator. The one3six platform is capable of handling all card games with considerably lower running costs in comparison. We have been working closely with CARD over the past two years putting together a firm basis for sales and service here in the UK and are delighted the Rank have continued to support this superb product. ” Michele Jennings, Purchasing Director for Rank Casinos said: “one2six has clearly demonstrated it’s advantages throughout our estate by offering single and multi-deck games capabilities within one machine. ”

 Aruze and Sammy in patents claim

Japanese pachinko giant Aruze has filed a claim against equally gigantic Japanese pachinko firm Sammy in the Tokyo district court. Aruze claims that Sammy’s Fist of the North Star Pachinko machine violates its copyrights. The company seeks damages of ¥21bn. Specifically, aruze notes that Fist of the North Star infringes on two of its patents : Fist of North Star reveals the results of in-game drawings through a step system, and it uses lower volumes when players don’t use special skills. The claims are pretty specific, but this is to be expected. Aruze has filed suit against Sammy since 1999 on multiple ground, but has been rejected on all counts.

Atronic Internationals continuing to reaffirm its position as one of the market leaders in Greece with the recent order and installation of over 80 Cashline machines and two Titans at club Hotel Casino Loutraki. The order was placed with Atronic as part of the casino’s complete overhaul and transformation of the gaming floor, which included the introduction of a totally new slot area. In addition to the new layout of slot machines the casino decided to refresh the floor by adding to its existing slot machines the casino decided to refresh the floor by adding to its existing slot machines with the very latest titles available for the Greek market from the Atronic Cashline range. Slot Director of club Hotel Casino Loutraki, Kees Raaphorst said: “When increasing our number of slot machines we decided on three suppliers and it was natural that one of those was Atronic. We have had a long and happy relationship with them for some time and have been delighted to date with their product and support. James Illingworth Regional sales manager added: ‘Obviously we are delighted with this substantial order from Loutraki and feel it reflects the excellent relationship we have built with them over a number of years. We would like to thank them for their continued support of Atronic and our products. ” Players at Club Hotel Casino Loutraki can now experience the exciting game play of titles Penny Piper, the Asian-themed Green Jade, the outdoor adventure of Bear necessities, the Greek themed Aphrodite and the rags to riches ‘Big Cheese’. The casino has also installed two of Atronic’s Titan machines creating a strong visual impact on the new gaming floor.

London Clubs International has submitted an application to open a casino at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London’s exclusive Park Lane. The company plans to spend between £ 8-9m creating a 19,000 sq.ft. casino appealing to guests utilizing the hotel’s conference and banqueting facilities. LCI has secured consent from the Gambling Commission and has applied to Westminster magistrates for a full gaming licence.

The casino scheme, which is being opposed by three rivals, including Rank Group’s Grosvenor Casinos, is one of a number of applications being made before the implementation of new gambling laws in September 2007. Casino operators have until April to apply for licences under the 1968 Gaming Act. LCI recently was granted a licence to develop a 55,000sq.ft. online casyno in Leicester Square, and there are suggestions that the nearby Hippodrome nightclub may seek a casino licence.