The Gaming Standard Association (GSA) Annual Technical Meetings were held in Graz, Austria from the 28th to the 31st January, 2008. Proudly hosted by Atronic International, it was the first time that the event was held outside the United States.
Taking part in the landmark meetings were up to 35 participants from Europe and the United States representing the G2S, SAS, S2S and Transport committees. The competently organised meetings were well received by all participants and were hailed as being very efficient and productive.
Executive Director R&D for the Atronic Group, Oskar Dohrau, commented: “It was a special honour for Atronic to host the first ever conference outside of the USA in Graz, especially as this is the 10th anniversary of the GSA. The exchange of experience and the definition of interface standards within the industry are seen as an essential advantage for all enterprises involved.”
“We are thrilled with the outcome of these first ever meetings outside the United States,” said GSA President, Peter de Raedt. “The timing was right for GSA to hold these meetings in Europe. It emphasises that the GSA standards are developed internationally and that as an association we are addressing the needs of the global gaming industry.”
The meetings took place at the Schlossberghotel in Graz, in the heart of the Austrian state Styria. In addition to attending the meetings, participants had the opportunity to experience traditional Styrian cuisine and visit historical sites such as the beautiful city of Graz and its surrounding countryside.
Participants were extremely satisfied and impressed with both the organisation of the meetings and the extended program. As such the GSA is already planning a return visit to Europe in 2009.
The Gaming Standard Association is an international trade association that creates benefits for gaming manufacturers, suppliers, operators and regulators. They facilitate the identification, definition, development, promotion, and implementation of open standards to enable innovation, education, and communication for the benefit of the entire industry.