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Australasian Gaming Expo 2018 announces new and improved program

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For the 29th year running, industry leaders will flock from all corners of the globe in search of innovation, growth and development at Asia Pacific’s largest and longest-running gaming and hospitality expo, Australasian Gaming Expo.
To be held at International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney, 14-16 August 2018, it is the ‘must attend’ event for and buyers working within hotels, clubs and casinos.

Australasian Gaming Expo is the launchpad for future technological innovation, international networking opportunities and educational seminars. It’s where the community gathers to hear the latest thinking, developments and learn new ways to advance the industry.

Over three days, the world’s best gaming and hospitality equipment and services are on show, with 2018 set to be its biggest and best year yet – including some exciting new additions to this year’s program.

The Networking Zone will be the heartbeat for the event where business networking and meetings take place, with suites also available for private bookings.

Ross Ferrar, CEO, Gaming Technologies Association shares,
We’re making it easier than ever to make valuable business connections, with a range of networking opportunities and a dedicated Networking Lounge to bring together the whole gaming and hospitality community,

A First Timers Program will welcome newcomers to this event, with easily identifiable lanyards, a guided show floor highlights tour and an exclusive networking event to help guests visiting for the first time get the most out of the show.

It’s valuable opportunities like these that help our attendees do a lot of their business for the year at the Expo,
On the back of strong registrations for last year’s seminar program, this year will also see an expanded emphasis on education and professional development.

We’ll be introducing new educational sessions to the event, with almost 3 full days of seminars on offer. That’s a whole extra day more than last year, with almost double the content,” Ferrar adds.

This year’s program takes a look at the future of the gaming industry in Australasia, covering topics related to new technology, gaming, hospitality, service, and the customer.

Last year, exhibitors welcomed over 6,000 attendees across the 19,000 m2 of exhibition space at the Expo’s new home at ICC Sydney.

Australasian Gaming Expo is the world’s third largest hospitality and gaming tradeshow and the biggest event of its type in Australia. To register, visit austgamingexpo.com

 

About Australasian Gaming Expo:
Established in 1990, Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE) is the world’s third largest hospitality and gaming tradeshow. Featuring well over 200 exhibitors, welcoming more than 6,000 attendees across 19,000 m2 of exhibition space, AGE is the biggest event of its type in Australia.

AGE is the place to see new international products and services, network, attend thought-provoking seminars, seek business partners and generate sales.

 

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International Game Technology PLC to Host Second Quarter 2018 Results Conference Call on Tuesday, July 31, 2018

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LONDON, July, 2018 — International Game Technology PLC (“IGT”) (NYSE:IGT) will host a conference call and live webcast to discuss second quarter 2018 results for the period ended June 30, 2018 on Tuesday, July 31, 2018.

Conference call:
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
8:00 a.m. EDT

US/Canada Toll-Free Dial-In Number: +1 844 842 7999
Dial-In Number (Outside US/Canada): +1 612 979 9887
Conference ID (passcode): 3642779

Webcast:
A live webcast may be accessed along with accompanying slides under “News, Events & Presentations” in the Investor Relations section of IGT’s website at www.IGT.com. A replay of the webcast will be available on the website following the live event.

Telephone replay:
A telephone replay of the call will be available for one week:

US/Canada Toll-Free Dial-In Number: +1 855 859 2056
Dial-In Number (Outside US/Canada): +1 404 537 3406
Conference ID (passcode): 3642779

 

About IGT:
IGT (NYSE:IGT) is the global leader in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Interactive and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT has over 12,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.IGT.com.

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Big Fish Games migrates to new HQ, with plans to reel in top talent with eye-catching space

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Big Fish Games has a new headquarters to go along with its new leader.

The Seattle-based gaming company, which was acquired by Australia’s Aristocrat Technologies for $990 million earlier this year, moved into its new office in Seattle’s Pioneer Square this week. In the appropriately named Maritime building, Big Fish has leased all the office space — 187,000 square feet in total — with more than enough room to house its 633 Seattle employees plus the more than 100 open positions the company is advertising online.

The move is another sign of a new era for Big Fish. In 2014 it was acquired by Churchill Downs Inc., operator of the famous Kentucky Derby racetrack, for $885 million and sold again to Aristocrat earlier this year.

Just this month the company announced former Electronic Arts and Zynga executive Jeff Karp is joining Big Fish Games as managing director and president. He is taking the helm permanently after former CEO Paul Thelen left following the Aristocrat acquisition.

Aimee Paganini, lead senior game producer for Big Fish, has worked through all these changes. In her six years at the company she’s worked on several of Big Fish’s flagship games like Fairway Solitaire and Panda Pandamonium, and right now her latest game, Let’s Dish, is in Google’s open beta program. Paganini, who leads a team of 27 people, said not much has changed with her day-to-day operations despite the company shuffling between two parent companies in four years.

“I’m really fortunate that I have a boss and a general manager that allows our team to run as a small business,” Paganini said. “They’re the investors, so we need to make them happy.”

But the new headquarters will bring major changes for Paganini and everyone else at Big Fish. Employees felt like fishes out of water in the old HQ space at 333 Elliott West, which Big Fish steadily grew into over the years.

The company started looking for space two years ago, and at the time it surveyed employees to see what they wanted. The main gripe was lack of transit connections. The old office, which is just a few blocks down from where Expedia is setting up its Seattle HQ for a move next year, only has access to a couple of bus lines. Pioneer Square is the transit hub of the region, with hundreds of buses and a light rail line just a few blocks away, and plenty of access to restaurants and other attractions.

“We were out on a deserted island or at least peninsula on Elliott Avenue, so coming here it really opened up the ability for people to go out and experience the neighborhood,” said Evan Cottingham, director of real estate and facilities for Big Fish.

The old office was never a perfect fit for Big Fish, as the company gradually took on more and more space in the building from Classmates.com. Gaming companies have different needs than traditional office users — testing areas, big desks to spread out multiple devices and monitors, lots of collaboration spaces for meetings — and none of that really existed in Big Fish’s old space.

For Big Fish, the new digs will help with recruiting in the competitive gaming hub of Seattle that includes tech giants like Amazon and Microsoft and others prominent gaming powerhouses such as Valve and Bungie. Before, Cottingham said its interview rooms were “windowless dungeons,” and now they look out over the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains.

Nearby spaces for human testers will have multiple cameras that track eye and hand movement of users when playing.

“Everyone assumes that a game company, a tech company, is a playground, but there’s a lot of work,” Cottingham said. “I can’t fathom how much Aimee and her team does to produce a game, so I need to design for all those ideas.”

Big Fish leased the building close to two years ago in a deal brokered by Seattle real estate company Clark Fadden and has been waiting for its new HQ since. During that time, the Maritime Building has undergone a complex and unique renovation. Crews dropped three additional stories on top of the 108-year-old structure to add to the office space.

 

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Aruze Gaming America Enters Licensing Agreement with Walker Digital Table Systems, LLC.

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Aruze Gaming America, Inc. (“Aruze”) obtaines a license from Walker Digital Table Systems, LLC (“WDTS”) to the world’s most powerful RFID chip technology, PJM3.0™.

 

“As we expand our business, we’re partnering with the best companies in these new areas. We are excited about the potential that these relationships unlock,” said Eric Persson, Aruze Gaming’s Global Chief Operating Officer and President of Aruze Gaming America.

“We are very pleased that Aruze has chosen PJM3.0™ for their RFID chip solution,” said Neil Crossan, Chief Commercial Officer for WDTS. “As a leading casino supplier, they have adopted the global standard, opening up a world of possibilities for their customers. PJM3.0™ is the RFID protocol that supports table gaming applications in the world’s largest casinos, delivering unmatched game protection, data and performance.”

As Aruze continues to expand their product offerings, they will be delivering their casino chips and RFID casino chips to the casino industry before the end of 2018, with the first install slated to happen in October 2018.

Persson adds, “We intend to be a major market disruptor, with the best technologies and prices that are often half that our competitors are charging. Walker Digital’s PJM3.0™ technology coupled with our chips allows us to provide a turnkey product to our customers.”

For more information regarding Aruze’s RFID casino chips or Aruze’s Electronic Table Games products, please contact Brandon Knowles at Brandon.Knowles@Aruze-Gaming.com.

 

About Aruze Gaming:
Aruze Gaming designs, develops, and manufactures slot machines and gaming devices for the global casino market. With affiliates in America, Hong Kong, Australia, South Africa, Macau, Philippines, and Japan, Aruze Gaming produces innovative gaming products, including high-resolution video and stepper slot machines, communal gaming products, and multi-terminal devices.
For more news and information about Aruze, please visit http://www.aruzegaming.com.

About Walker Digital Table Systems:
WDTS provides automation for live-dealt casino games including the RFID-enabled Perfect Pay™ table system that sets the standard for game security, accuracy and efficiency while delivering the player’s preferred live gaming experience. WDTS solutions are powered by patented PJM3.0™ technology, the fastest RFID for gaming. WDTS is headquartered in Las Vegas with sales support in Macau, SAR.
For more information about WDTS, please visit http://www.wdtablesystems.com or email contact@wdtablesystems.com.

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