Committee to Act as Liaison Between GSA Member Operators and Manufacturers
LAS VEGAS (October 24, 2007) – The Gaming Standards Association has created a new committee to bridge the gap between gaming equipment manufacturers and the operators who will use the manufacturers’ products. The new Operator’s Advisory Committee was created out of GSA’s recent Operator’s Forum and is chaired by Don Karrer of Penn National Gaming and vice-chaired by Mick Constantino of MGM MIRAGE.
GSA has several award-winning protocols for the gaming industry, including the landmark Game-to-System (G2S) protocol, which will run an overwhelming majority of products that will be featured at the upcoming Global Gaming Expo. However, while manufacturers are widely using the new protocol, operators must be ready to use the protocol for the new games to work. Bridging that gap is the work of the new committee.
“The Operators Advisory Committee provides an exciting new opportunity for gaming manufacturers and casino operators to work together to help shape the future of our industry,” Karrer said.
The committee is comprised of representatives from a mix of GSA-member operator companies. The group is charged with facilitating collaboration between GSA member operators and member manufacturers and system providers with the purpose of determining future functional requirements from operators. The group will then ensure alignment on those requirements between the operator and manufacturer communities.
About the Gaming Standards Association (GSA): The Gaming Standards Association (GSA) is an international trade association that creates benefits for gaming manufacturers, suppliers, operators and regulators. We facilitate the identification, definition, development, promotion, and implementation of open standards to enable innovation, education, and communication for the benefit of the entire industry. Since its incorporation on May 6, 1998, GSA has members representing a wide cross section of the global gaming industry.
GSA’s new Game-to-System (G2S) Protocol has been named “Best Productivity-Enhancement Technology” by Global Gaming Business Magazine, one of the “Top Three International Gaming Products” by IGWB Magazine; one of Casino Journal magazine’s “Top 3 Most Innovative Products”; and one of Casino Enterprise Management’s “Top 10 Slot Floor Technologies.”
Platinum members include Aristocrat Technologies Inc.; Atronic Americas LLC; Bally Technologies, Inc. (BYI); E-Genting Holdings Sdn Bhd; FutureLogic, Inc; Harrah’s Entertainment (HET); International Game Technology (IGT); Konami Gaming Inc.; MEI; MGM MIRAGE (MGM); Progressive Gaming International Corporation (PGIC); Seminole Tribe of Florida; and WMS Gaming Inc. (WMS). Other members include: 3M Touch Systems (MMM); Ainsworth Game Technology, Ltd.; AGMMA – Australasian Gaming Machine Manufacturers Association; Alliance Gaming Services; American Gaming Systems; Ameristar Casinos, Inc.; Aruze Gaming America, Inc.; Austrian Gaming Industries GmbH; Belatra Co., Ltd.; BMM North America; Bounty Limited; British Columbia Lottery Corporation; CashCode Company Inc.; Casino Technology; Cyberview Technology (CYBV); DigiDeal Corp.; Digital Dynamics Software, Inc.; DigiTech Systems Co., Ltd.; Elixir Group, Ltd.; Foxwoods Resort Casino; GameLogic, Inc.; GameTech International; Gaming Consultants International; Gaming Laboratories International, Inc; Giesecke & Devrient; GGS-US LTD; Global Cash Access, Inc.; Global Payment Technologies Inc. (GPTX); GTECH Corporation (LTO); Hotel Technology Next Generation; Incredible Technologies, Inc.; Inspired Gaming Group plc (INGG); Intralot S.A. (INLr.AT); Jofemar, S.A.; Las Vegas Gaming, Inc.; Macao Polytechnic Institute; Money Controls; MotorCity Casino; Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL); Multimedia Games, Inc. (MGAM); Nick Farley & Associates; Nidec Sankyo Corporation; NRT Technology Corporation; Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation; Penn National Gaming, Inc.; PokerTek, Inc.; R. Franco USA; Rocket Gaming Systems; Scientific Games (SGMS); Shuffle Master, Inc.(SHFL); Station Casinos, Inc.; Tabcorp Holdings Limited; Transact Technologies (TACT); Unidesa Gaming & Systems; UNLV International Gaming Institute; Video Gaming Technologies, Inc; Viejas Casino and Western Money Systems. For more information, visit www.gamingstandards.com.