UNICUM Group has produced a Chinese interface for its gaming products.
      Unicum’s multilingual games software already includes a Mandarin language option, and the decision to add another language is a response to the growing number of Chinese-speaking players among Russian gamers. Unicum is among only a few slot manufacturers producing multilingual products.
     “It takes one button and less than 10 seconds for a gamer to switch from one language to another,” said Alexandra Soroko, Unicum’s marketing director. Russia’s Asian community has been developing rapidly in recent years, with over five million   Chinese now living in Siberian, Far Eastern and other  major areas of the Russian Federation.

“We have been studying the Chinese sector for almost a year and visited gaming locations across the nation,”  said Soroko. “Over 20 per cent of all players in Eastern Siberia and the Far East are Chinese businessmen who come to Russia and enjoy spending their leisure time in casinos and gaming sites. Until now, they could only play a game or two they were familiar with and did not want to try a new game due to the language barrier. Today, we can offer them a product which will make the gaming process clear and friendly. ”
      Unicum’s Chinese game kit provides a fully translated game interface including help screens and pay tables. The company’s artists have adjusted hieroglyphs to games artwork, offering customers optional Chinese glasses for their slot machines.

Paltronics links up Indian gaming sites

PALTRONICS is installing its first multi-property media network for the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians gaming properties, agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage California, and Spa Casino in Palm Springs.
      The Paltronics one Link Media system at Agua Caliente Casino will drive operations from its central system to Spa Resort Casino. It has the ability to communicate progressive jackpt levels and marketing content to both properties simultaneously.
      The new Paltronics systems was selected by Agua Caliente Casino to complement the extensive One Link Slotting and Media system that was installed at Spa Resort Casino prior to its opening two years ago. It has been configured to communicate progressive levels between properties, creating a higher level of game play excitement.

     “We were impressed with the One Link Slot and Media system installed at Spa Resort Casino,” said Martha Langer, agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indian’s executive director of IT. “It’s exciting new technology that provides tremendous flexibility and ease-of-use. We are installing it at Agua Caliente Casino and have upgraded to a multi-property network to further leverage its advantages.
     “With One Link Media, we will be able to better market and advertise winners and jackpot information, plus highlight promotions and incentives to our guests at both properties,” she added.
      One Link Media Systems provide an end-to-end, single-source platform that centrally controls media content through one or multiple properties, via a local or wide-area network. Casinos benefit from more control over system configuration and daily gaming operations while increasing their ability to attract and retain patrons.

NMI awarded Holland Casinos contract

THE Dutch NMI testing institute has been awarded the contract to test the new games being offered by Holland Casinos under the license issued by the country’s government.
      Holland Casinos has a temporary license for Internet gambling, a subject of some bitterness within the Netherlands because it is seen as a government reversal on a promise that more than one license would be issued.

      The Holland Casinos license, however, has a limited life and is designed to test how the market would operate – giving the Dutch Government the opportunity to issue more than one permanent license at a later date.
      Holland Casinos has a 12 location monopoly in the Netherlands, with two more opening, one of which was situated in Venlo and opened on March 8.

*  ARISTOCRAT  Technologies has been awarded a contract to provide its oasis Casino Management System for the April opening of Peninsula Gaming’s new Diamond Jo Casino in Worth Country, Iowa – the first of four new casinos in Iowa to open under the state’s gaming expansion.

      Along with an Oasis system, aristocrat Technologies will provide 100 gaming machines for the opening of the new 60,000sq.ft. 500 game casino.
      ATRONIC Systems has appointed Helene Tapler as a regional sales manager. She is based in Atronic Systems ’ headquarters in Grambach, Austria, and will take care of existing and new customers in European and African countries