Slot lab expands in Vegas

Jun 24, 2003 9:22 AM

Gaming Laboratories International, the New Jersey-based Âí­independent gaming machine testing company, has expanded its games review lab in Las Vegas where the company has helped the Gaming Control Board and the casino industry test new slot devices and software.

GLI officials said last week that the company had hired 18 new test engineers along with five other staffers and expanded its former 10,000 square-foot games and software-testing lab to 18,000 square feet, at 6672 Spencer St. 

"This office’s continued expansion was brought about by increased demand for our services," said James R. Maida, who co-founded the company in 1989.

Maida said that GLI’s Las Vegas office "serves as our ”˜eyes and ears’ regarding new technology."

The firm’s office in Las Vegas, opened in 2001, includes an "interoperability center" used by gaming machine manufacturers to test how well their machines are able to link up with equipment and software made by other manufacturers.

The GLI lab recently completed a test of ticket-in, ticket-out machines on a contractual basis for the gaming board.

Last year, GLI moved its world headquarters from Toms River, N.J. to a 40,000 square-foot building in Lakewood, N.J. It also had offices in Golden, Colo., and in The Netherlands, South Africa and in Adelaide and Sydney, Australia.