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IGT and LVGI cut server-gaming deal

Oct 8, 2008 7:31 PM

by GT Staff |

In a melding of top gaming acronyms, IGT and LVGI have entered into a business deal to develop and apply server-based gaming, the next big technology rollout scheduled to take place over the next few years.

International Game Technology (IGT) and Las Vegas Gaming, Inc. (LVGI) announced today that they have entered agreements to create a business relationship going forward. LVGI has agreed to create applications for IGT’s server-based gaming systems, and IGT has agreed to assist LVGI in those efforts. IGT has also agreed to make an investment in LVGI of $11.5 million.

Las Vegas Gaming has committed to roll out all future software applications on IGT’s server-based software delivery vehicles – sb NexGen and sb Service Window – prior to or in conjunction with the launch of those applications on LVGI’s award-winning PlayerVision software delivery system.

Through this process, LVGI can become a certified sb software developer and will commit a great deal of its efforts to creating innovative applications for the IGT platforms.

Server-based game – also called downloadable slots – replaces proprietary slot machines with generic "clones," from which players can download entire suites of games and other options.

The games, their payout and returns, as well as promotional functions, will be controlled from a central server system controlled by the casino.

Las Vegas Gaming President and Chief Executive Officer Jon Berkley commented, "We look forward to working with IGT to create innovative software solutions that dramatically enhance the player experience. Combined, we will offer the gaming operator a path to move forward with software applications that can either be delivered with the robustness of the IGT sb(TM) network or by retrofitting existing machines through PlayerVision. This combination will drive more rapid adoption of these ground-breaking technologies."

Rich Schneider, IGT’s Senior Vice President of Network Systems, added, "We are delighted to have reached this win-win agreement with Las Vegas Gaming. This alliance demonstrates our continued commitment to the advancement of IGT’s server-based initiative. LVGI has proven to be one of the first-to-market innovators in software on the gaming floor. Working with them to achieve the promise of the networked gaming floor of the future will prove to be a great arrangement for both companies, but first and foremost this arrangement will act as a catalyst for growth within the gaming industry through more compelling technologies for the player."