Downloadable slot
are (finally!) here

Nov 14, 2006 5:22 AM

The Gaming Standards Association (Booth No. 3683) this week will feature a demonstration of the casino’s next biggest innovation, downloadable slot systems or server-based gaming.

"GSA has achieved great success with implementations of S2S in the field," said Marc McDermott, technical director for GSA, "Now, we’ll be showing how a single computer server from ”˜back of house,’ using the Game to System (G2S) protocol can change configurations on slot machines from two different manufacturers in a Class III environment."

McDermott added that some of the features that will be showcased in the demo are changing denominations and pay tables. Future features of the G2S standard will allow instant changes to game programs and graphics.

In addition to these efforts, GSA will offer several presentations in the booth designed to update attendees on the inner workings of the Association. Sessions will include "GSA Overview: How We Work," "Introducing the G2S Standard," "S2S Today" and "The World of Transport." Visit the GSA booth for a schedule of times.

In related action, Las Vegas-based Aristocrat Technologies and Bally Technologies on Monday announced an agreement to jointly develop and market a common download system that manages server-based games in accordance with Gaming Standards Association (GSA), G2S and S2S protocols.

Aristocrat and Bally believe that a significant opportunity exists in adopting the open industry standards to facilitate inter-operability between manufacturers.

The companies are combining their resources and expertise in download and systems technology to develop a common download and configuration system and associated protocols.

Aristocrat and Bally will both unveil a working prototype at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E), at their respective booths.

"This is an exciting opportunity to advance the downloadable technology offerings for both companies," said Paul Oneile, CEO and managing director for Aristocrat Leisure. "With a combined install base of over 70% of casino management systems, Aristocrat and Bally are poised to produce what we believe will be a very compelling product for this sector of the gaming industry."

Implementation of downloadable slot systems is expected by the middle of 2007, pending approval from gaming regulators.