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Astra Games – part of the Novomatic Group of Companies – has seen a marked increase in demand for Section 16/21 multiplayer Megaslot conversion kits. The kit enables a four-player Megaslot, one of Astra’s premier Section 16/21 games, to be transformed into two separates two players machines, allowing more flexibility for the operator.

Alan Rogers, director of sales at Astra, explains the reasons for the upsurge in demand and the benefits of converting a Megaslot four-player. “Launched at ATEI 2005, Megaslot was the first video reel-based Section 16/21 multiplayer to be introduced to the UK market, going on to be one of Astra’s outstanding products of 2005.

     “Operators found that although they had success with the four-player machine, particularly with smaller operations. In addition to this and in light of future limitations to Section 16/21 games, the unit can be spared across multiple sites after conversion, effectively doubling the profit earning capacity of the pocar game in some operations. ”
      The conversion kit will incorporate the full top box presentation, including the 26ins TFT screen, and has already seen considerable volume move into the market place. “Initial orders have been very positive, with kits for approximately 20 per cent of the total volume of Megaslot machines in the market being purchased,” said Rogers.

Next generation for Infinitygames

A year ago, Austrian company Infinitygames, showed its first multiplayer roulette, Infinity MP 8 at the Hungary show and later presented  it at the ATEI in London. “Buyer continual testing, specialist research and following the advice of a lot of operators, regulators and players we were able to make the machine one of the best in this market segment,” said sales manager Eddy Vyncke. “And now we have developed and manufactured the next generation – the Infinity MP 12-3. ”
      All the machines have the latest technologies available, including bill and coin acceptors, escalating hoppers, ticket in, ticket-out, UPS, GSM modem for remote information and a radio frequency identification system card. One of the main advantages of the roulette is the modularity, which means it can use up to 500 stations connected to one central point.

      A unique advantage of the new Infinity MP 12-3 is that it uses three bi- directional wheels. This gives players the possibility to bet at the same time on three different wheels. “We are a small but we try to bring something different than our competitors said Vyncke. “Our highly dedicated team is always looking to bring exciting machines to the market. We believe this new product will generate lot of demand throughout Europe. ” The first machine will be installed in September.

Exhibit spotlights classic 1980s videos

A consortium of  leading developers of arcade-style video games and allied media outlets have announced plans for a state-of-the-art, interactive mobile exhibit called the Virtuall Arcade Experience to set up in London, UK.
      Targeting those with a fondness for 1980s classic video arcade games, the exhibit will combine a museum retrospective of their history, with a showcase for future technologies and their applications to the out-of-home entertainment industry. As well as mixing education and entertainment, it will also be available as a dual-use venue for corporate events, parties and private meetings. A ‘living history ’ section of VAE will display a colourful mixture of classic machines, supported by extensive historical narratives incorporated in game terminals and illustrated signage of their development, concept and social impact.

      Adding to the exhibit’s interactive fun will be futuristic components that visitors can operate themselves, including a ‘machines wall’ and ‘arcade jukebox. ’  The machine wall will be a growing database of classic amusement machines, using next-generation video projection and interactive processing technology to offer a projected wall display where guests can search for their favourite machine, or check machines released on a particular date. To support the machine wall, VAE will include game terminals throughout the exhibit that will allow various versions of specialized machines to be accessed and played on the arcade jukebox.
      Negotiations are underway for to site VAE’s first stop at a London entertainment venue – with a Californian opportunity under evaluation. Consulting company KWP has been commissioned to represent the concept negotiations internationally.

*  The high demand for exhibition space at this year’s Preview 2007 show has meant new stand positions for existing and first time exhibitors, its organizer reports. The event is due to be held at the Novotel London West London, UK from October 11-12.
      Howard and Wikberg said that in the Champagne Suite, visitors can now find Sega AmusementsEurope and RLMS Sales, with Olympic Sales from Bundoran in Ireland and FatSpanjer also taking stands. The Champagne Suite entrance hall welcomes a number of completely new exhibitors, including Games Concepts, Syndicate UK and sms-VIP. Further details on new exhibitors will be available on the Preview website before the show.
      In the Chablis Suite, Preview 2007 is welcoming an eclectic range of companies including distributor AMG Leisure, IMS (UK). Hamayoon Amusements. Finally, Games Warehouse takes on its largest ever stand space in the Bourg Room on the mezzanine floor. “This movement of stands is indicative of the number of new companies who wish to showcase their products at Preview for the first time,” said Yiva Howard. “In addition, existing exhibitors have requested more stand space and more high profile positions all helping to make it a great two days. Never before has it been so important to visit, network and become informed. ”


Interest in AmEx 2007, the 28th Irish Amusement and Gaming Trade Exhibition, has been boosted by proposed gaming and casino changes. The recent announcement by Irish Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Michael McDowell TD, that he is to bring proposals to government for the establishment of a working group whose remit would be to consider the possibilities for a legislative basis for the strict regulation of casino-style operations within the state has been welcomed by all.
      It is now believed that the Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2006, introduced by the minister earlier this year, which proposes to insert new values of 50c as the maximum stake and €30 as the maximum prize for gaming machines, will move forward once the Dail (Parliament) returns from holidays in September.

      The Irish Amusement Equipment Association, IAEA, says that this is a welcome move and it is hopeful that the long awaited legislation will finally be enacted late this year or early next year. There has already been considerable interest from suppliers of gaming and casino equipment in taking part in AmEx 2007 and the organizers are expecting  an influx of applications once stands become available on September 1.
      In addition to the exhibition there will be a full programme of meetings, business presentations and social gatherings, continuing the show’s reputation for bringing together Irish and international manufactures, distributors and operators in a business like atmosphere.
      AmEx is organized by MD Associates and supported by the IAEA. The next show will be held at the Lynch  Green Isle Hotel, Dublin from March 6-7,2007.
      For further information check the website at www.coin-opexpo.eu.

Deal Or No Deal tournament

Gamestec, the UK’s leading gaming and amusement machine operator, has announced plans for a national Deal Or No Deal tournament on its Gamesnet terminals following the successful  launch of the official Deal Or No Deal quiz game, which is based on the hit daytime TV show. Deal Or No Deal has recently been rolled out across the whole of Gamestec’s estate and has remained at the top of the gaming charts for the past three months.
      In fact, Deal Or No Deal continues to excel and has been so successful that it has already been labeled as one of the best, if not the best, performing games ever to be launched. This could be due to the sudden rise in popularity of what is fast becoming a cult TV show. The increasing popularity of the TV game show has meant that the Deal Or No Deal  continues to perform exceptionally well, attracting more and more players week by week.

      Jurian van der Meer, head of brand exploitation and products at Endemol UK, producer of the Deal Or No Deal show, commented: “We are delighted to be working with Gamestec and are very excited about the official Deal Or No Deal quiz game. “The popularity of Deal Or No Deal has risen tremendously and we knew that it would make a fantastic quiz game. Gamestec and Bell Fruit Games have helped make this a reality and we are certain that the game will continue  to be huge success. ”

      Rolf Nielsen, managing director of operations at Gamestec, said: “We are very excited about the Deal Or No Deal game and the future tournaments. We believe that this game is a cut above the rest, with no other game ever performing as well. It has proved extremely popular for the past three months and still continues to attract thousands of new players from around the country. ”

Deith appoints Hazel for spare parts

Deith Group has announced the appointment of Hazel  Electronics as its key supplier for all spare parts. The Kent-based company will take over all non-warranty spare part and service orders for all video, novelty and non-Deith/ CMS gaming machines. Matthew  Deith explained: “Part of our long-term staretgy is to out-source certain parts of our business, by appointing professional, dedicated companies to carry out certain functions more effectively. “The arrangement with Hazel Electronics is the first step. We are very happy to appoint Ray Hazelton and his very experienced team who we know will provide a very efficient service. ”