Vending Data moves to acquire Dolphin Products

In a move designed to re-affirm Vending Data Corporation’s expanding business model, The Las Vegas –based firm has entered into a binding Letter of Intent to acquire the manufacturing operations and all remaining intellectual property of Melbourne, Australia-based Dolphin Advanced Technologies, as well as its wholly –owned subsidiaries, Dolphin Products. Under the terms of the deal, Dolphin Products will mainly receive stock for its company, in addition to a small amount of cash. Dolphin Product’s CEO, William Purton, will join Vending Data’s Board of Directors once the transaction is complete in the third quarter of 2006. CEO Mark Newburg  commented on the stratagic step: "We have had a mutually beneficial relationship with Dolphin for some time, and this acquisition  is the next logical step as awe continue to develop products for the industry. The acquisition provides us with a potential flow of future intellectual property, while now delivering the most promising product, the Dolphin High Frequency RFID Chip, this company has ever launched. I look forward to Bill joining our Board and becoming a key member of the team as we map the future direction for the company. "

*  JPM appoints key creative manager

      International amusement and entertainment group, JPM Group, has announced the appointment of John Le Burn into the newly created role of Creative Development Manager. Mr. Le Burn will lead  JPM’s AWP graphics   team. He will also be responsible for Skill with Prizes (SWP) games for game cabinets and interactive platforms such as interactive  TV, internet and mobiles, John holds more than 13 years experience of in creative development and management, having worked with some of the largest film effects, video production and gaming developers on both sides of the Atlantic. “John’s vast knowledge, poker experience and expertise in project management, both on video and gaming is a great addition to our senior management team,” said Charles Walker, Managing Director, JPM Group.

*  Owner and organizer of EELEX 2006,  Unicum group, has released details surrounding the new show in September. A previous announcement concerning the division of the show floor into gaming and amusement, has now been confirmed. Halls 1 and 3 of the EELEX pavilion will host casino and gaming equipment and services companies, while amusement suppliers will take hall 2, located in the same pavilion. The amusement hall will become a home for videogames, 3D, simulators and cranes, photo booths, kiddie rides and ticket stations. All sorts of amusement sites and parks equipment, including attractions, table games and products for play grounds will be spread over the floor to attract amusement operators. EELEX’s traditional participants – billiards and bowling manufacturers – have grown in number and also moved to hall 2. A vast range of products and services will be presented to the industry professionals on 2,410 sq.m. This year the exhibition floor is able to fit all companies that see EELEX as a productive  promotional and sales instrument.

Those participants who have been expressing their intentions to enlarge their regular stand size, managed to get extra space. But a big part of the demand for floor space comes from new exhibitors. Twenty new companies will be first-time EELEX exhibitors in 2006. The exhibition also announced details of the show’s annual conference. A two-day conference program will explore two major topics that have been of the main interest with local and international gaming professionals. The first day sessions, traditionally hosted by Russian Gaming Business Development Association, will be centered around legal issues, examining the recent governmental initiatives and future trends of the Russian gaming industry. Comments and thorough explanations of the newly established regulations, manufacturers licensing procedures and operators legislation   routine will be provided by the state officials, appointed institutions and industry experts.

Networked gaming specialist, Octavian International, has strengthened its senior  management team   with the appointment of Hans Zeidler as Chief Technology Officer and Executive Director. Mr. Zeidler (55) is a former Chief Executive of Mikohn Gaming AustralAsia Chief Operating Officer of  Ainsworth Game Technology. Mr. Zeidler’s role in the company will see him charged with consolidating Octavian’s technical stradegy, strengthening the Octavian team’s skills in key areas, and developing new products and new markets such as the Far East and AustralAsia.

Bright Spark

Mecca Bingo, one of the UK’s leading bingo operators, has opened the world’s first fully electronic bingo club. The latest addition to the company’s estate, which now consists of 119 bingo clubs, is in Edinburgh’s Fountain Park. The new club is a relocation of the existing bingo facilities at Mecca Edinburgh Palais, and boasts over 540 state of the art ‘Mecca Pods ’ from which players can participate in the full electronic bingo experience Pat Mitchinson, Marketing Director commented:  “The new club in Fountain Park is an exciting milestone for us as well as the industry as a whole. We currently have electronic bingo facilities in our clubs in Wood Green (London) and The Quay (Glasgow) but this is the first fully electronic club. The look and feel of the clubs is a million miles away from your traditional bingo club and is a major differentiator to the overall customer experience. In addition to the electronic ‘Mecca Pods ’ the clubs boasts a separate restaurant ‘Accent,’ which offers a bespoke menu targeted at the both the traditional and new generation bingo player that this club will attract. ” Mecca Bingo has worked closely with ECM System to create the bespoke electronic gaming system that offers a whole host of facilities in addition to the electronic Bingo. These includes enabling customers to order food and beverages from their ‘Mecca Pod’, load credits onto their membership card directly from the pod as well as playing the section 21 game ‘Electronic Roulette’ from the same terminal. The new club will offer a fantastic night out for existing bingo players as well as being a new concept that will grab the attention of new players and introduce them to this exciting game.

Amatic cracks the code with latest Da Vinci slots

Synchronised to hit the release date of the blockbuster movie, The Da Vinci Code, Austria’s Amatic Industries has launched Da Vinci Secret, a five reel game with nine, 10 or 20 win-lines. Amatic hopes to capitalize on the roller coaster of hype that will follow the films release throughout the second half of the year. The novel has already generated huge interest around Lewonardo Da Vinci, one of the most important artists, scientists and inventors of the Italian Renaissance. The movie can only compound this further, with Amatic posed to offer exactly the right product at the right time to piggyback on the popularity of the topic. Da Vinci Secret is also a new release from Amatic’s multi-liner platform, which provides the power and graphical performance to display some of Leonardo’s most iconic imagery. The horse symbol is wild and makes the whole reel wild. The Free Spin Bonus is triggered through the two bonus symbols on reels one and five. During this bonus, the player can enter the unique “Time machine bonus. ’  With three or more scatter symbols during the free spin bonus, the time machine starts. The time machine bonus offers the possibility of enormous wins and is bonus players have never seen before. Those who want to find our more about Leonardo’s inventions and about the secret of Mona Lisa’s simile have to play Da Vinci Secret. This exciting game is available in the elegant Casino Cabinet DM, which satisfies both the players and the casino managers needs : two big monitors, enhanced sound system and operation via comfort panel or touch screen.

*  EU stops Finnish slots charity aid

The Slot Machine Association, RAY, which supports Finnish health and welfare organizations, is to cut funding for services mandated to local governments or offered buy the commercial sector. Finland’s Slot Machine Association RAY, raises funds though gaming operations to support Finnish health and welfare. As such, RAY has an exclusive right in Finland to operate slots and table games, and to run a casino. RAY’s new policy has been prompted by EU market rules that ban charitable contribution. Groups that may be affected by the new policy are worried that local governments will not be able to afford to replace the funding being withdrawn.

* Unidesa Gaming and Systems Wild Race multi-player received an excellent response in Johannesburg when the game was presented to a group of senior casino management personnel by Omega Gaming, Unidesa’s long time distributor for southern Africa, and personnel from Unidesa’s headquarters in Terrassa, Spain. The event, held at the Quatermain Hotel in Sandton, was presented as a “Day AT the Races ”  and featured a full specification Wild Race installation featuring six player stations each using Unidesa’s iconic slant top satellites.

The day’s informal setting provoked lively debate among the gathered cream of South Africa’s electronic gaming specialists who were delighted to find a new and innovative multi-player products that can be customized to the requirements of individual gaming floors. Wild Race is already approved for use in South Africa and is now scheduled to go on trial with a number of key casinos across the country. Speaking during the event Quentin Sargent (managing director of Omega Gaming)  said: “There is no doubt that Unidesa have come up with a winner in Wild Race. South African casinos are among the most professionally and expertly run anywhere in the world and their demands for new and exciting  products mirror the knowledge and enthusiasm of their players. Wild Race is an ideal fit for South African casinos, merging realistic racing action with the added incentive of an unique bonus feature. We are really thrilled with the response to the product from some of the most knowledgeable professionals in the industry and we predict that Wild Race will very soon be a ‘must have’ feature of South African   gaming floors. ”

*  funworld has announced the appointment of a new Germany General Manager, Jindrich Havranek. Mr. Havranek officially began his new challenge on April 20, 2006, after a two-day  ‘information –marathon ’ at funworld’s headquarters in Schorfling. Upper Austria. “In Mr. Havranek we have found  a personality who, supported by his comprehensive management experience, is perfectly suited to meet the challenges provided by the German market. Especially the focus on customer orientation is in safe hands with him,” said Christian Arras of NSM Lowen Entertainment.

  Mr. Havranek, who studied business administration with emphasis on market research, brings many years of experience in leading positions of major companies and international enterprises (international engineering, furniture, consumer goods etc.