Record EELEX’s summer shift

The East European Leisure Exhibition, EELEX, is to move to a new location and change dates in 2006. the owner and organizer of the show, Unicum Group, is to hold the EELEX 2006 at the Crocus Expo Center in Moscow on September 27-29. For the last 15 years EELEX has been serving the gaming community as a sales platform for global and domestic manufactures and gaming operators from Russia, the CIS and East European countries. December 2005 was the last show in its traditional home, Moscow’s Expocentr. It was, however, a record-breaking one according to the organizers, with a three per cent visitor increase from 2004 to 11,900. The statistics show a 15 per cent growth in international participation, with around 51 per cent of EELEX visitors from slot operating business, 14 per cent casino operators and over 16 per cent representing the amusement industry. The show results prove that EELEX continues to attract top business managers from gaming and amusement operations segments. 36 per cent of the exhibition attendees are presidents, CEOs and business owners. According to the collected data another seven per cent of EELEX visitors also make final decisions about new product purchasing.

  The event relocation to Crocus Expo will enable the show to grow even further, even faster and accommodate increased exhibition   space (and also put it within a three month window of the rival World of Games held in June in the same location). EELEX 2006 will provide 17,200sq.m. of exhibit space covering three halls in the Crocus centre. The venue’s total area of 30,000sq.m. gives EELEX the opportunity to expand the show space responding to participants appeal and current industry growth. According to the organizers ’ plan, the EELEX 2006 floor will be split between industry sectors into a gaming hall, amusement hall, etc. The tradeshow conferences, products presentations and seminars will be held in conference facilities located in the pavilion. The move is a part of the three-year starategic plan by EELEX’s   organizers   to reinforce the tradeshow  as one of the prime exhibitions in the international gaming industry calendar. The new venue will offer EELEX 2006 participants a variety of services including numerous promotion opportunities, flexible construction schedule, simple entry tickets policy and the most important change – new tradeshow dates. Many industry players go to three shows –G2E, ICE and EELEX – and attend many local exhibitions. That is why we picked dates which are away from Las Vegas and London events and give everyone time to get ready for all thereof them,” explained Boris Belotserkovsky, Unicum Chairman.

First Spanish Photo Play Championship instant hit

Last month the first Spanish Photo Play Championship was held in the town of Oviedo. Spanish players had several weeks during which to qualify themselves for the first   national championship, but the beginning of December saw the big day of the showdown, which was held in a huge shopping mall in video. The competition saw the 32 play challenging each other in four different disciplines. The players not only fought hard for the Spanish champion’s title, but also for the attractive prize of tickets to the Photo Play World Games 2006 in Majorca. For the event, Photo Play partner, carfama, installed 36 games terminals within the shopping centre, between December 2-4, 2005. Apart from Saturday, which was the day of the Championship, the terminals were available to every mall visitor, who was able to play free-of-charge throughout Friday and Sunday. Additionally, the competitions were broadcast via four plasma screens, so that the many interested spectators (including a number of operators) were able to follow the action. Applauded for the their skill the Spanish title went to Santiago Camino, Christina Monedero, Jose Arturo Alonso and secundino Arguelles, who can look forward to their confirmed participation in Majorca for the World Games event. For Carfama, the championship had a great effect on the public in its home market, which was accompanied by positive feedback.

The fast-growing and quick promoting Bulgarian company, Gaming Technologies, welcomed its first customers to stand at EELEX 2005 last month. Making its first appearance to the Russian and CIs markets, the company presented three of its video slot machines. The games were developed on the Pluto 6 Development Kit and are high-quality gaming products. The quality of its platform is the key feature in each of the company’s games. Gaming Technologies relies on the high professionalism and wide experience of the UK company Heber and its superior gaming platform Pluto 6. The themes of the slots are varied in order to meet the different tastes of gaming operators. Jurassic era with 15 winning lines and support from a local jackpot. The second game is Ali Baba, with a Far East them. It features crisp graphics and excellent animation with 15 winning lines, two bonus games (one of them is a two-level bonus game) and a double-up game. The final slot, Lord of the Wins, is a Lord of the Rings themed game, complete with elves, ancient castles and hidden treasure. Each game is easy to operate and comes compatible with bill validators, hoppers and ticket printers and can be integrated into a local jackpt.

Early indications are the Bell-Fruit Games and Eurautomat have another Belgian hit on their hands with the newly launched Dice Spinner. Eurautomat’s Ronny Desmet said: “I am confident that Bell-Fruit’s Scorpion 5 technology and stylish new cabinet, showcased for the first time in Dice Spinner, are the future for Belgian arcades. ” The game features a traditional dice game and a ‘Mystery Prize Wheel’ enhancing the winning experience when the player obtains the special mystery symbols. BPG Export Manager Mick Lee commented: “We are extremely pleased with Dice Spinner.

The performance figures are excellent and the machine looks superb, definitely bringing a touch of the casino to arcades in Belgium. We intend to produce more games in this casino style cabinet, giving our customers a new product, more in keeping with the modern décor we now see in many arcades. ”