WMS unveils games, casino systems

Sep 16, 2003 6:58 AM

WMS Gaming Inc. will debut its new hardware platform, operating system and over 40 original games at the third annual G2E show this week.

The centerpiece of WMS’ G2E booth will be the debut of the commercial version of the company’s CPU-NXT operating system and hardware, which recently received its first regulatory approval, and its award-winning Bluebird gaming cabinet.

The CPU-NXT operating system and Bluebird gaming cabinet are at the core of WMS’ re-launch as a full service provider of a complete line of gaming products.

"Over the last 21 months, WMS has dedicated itself to developing a full line of value-added products and a library of creative games," said Brian R. Gamache, president and CEO of WMS Industries. "We are delighted to debut the marketable versions of our new CPU-NXT operating system and Bluebird gaming cabinet."

The CPU-NXT Operating System features faster game play, provides intricate graphic resolution and provides a significant increase in memory capacity.

The system also allows for full support of many features and levels of functionality that casinos and players have come to expect in a slot machine, including: dual host communications, multi-denomination gaming, tokenization and ticket-in/ticket out capabilities, and compatibility with all major slot tracking systems. CPU-NXT also allows customers to quickly change game themes when needed by simply changing the flash card and glass art.

WMS is also unveiling new lines of 3-reel mechanical slot machines that feature new proprietary bonus features. The new Can’t Lose bonus feature awards players with free spins that guarantee a winning combination.

Another line of mechanical reel games incorporates a bonus round feature, called Scroll Top, that rewards players with free spins and a more generous pay table for winning combinations. WMS expects to receive approval of its mechanical reel spinning offerings in the June 2004 quarter.

Few products capture the drama and excitement of larger-than-life jackpots more than wide-area progressive games. At G2E, WMS will demonstrate its new, proprietary wide-area progressive system, which is currently scheduled to be commercially launched in July 2004.

The first jackpot link on this progressive system is MONOPOLY Money, which has two single line mechanical reel games MONOPOLY 7’s and MONOPOLY Money Wild Chance. These games will be available in 2-coin dollar, and 3-coin quarter denominations. MONOPOLY Money features the Instant Winner jackpot that resets at $100,000 for Native American links.

Finally, WMS will be offering three exciting video poker products, addressing one of the fastest growing segments of the slot floor. These new poker products are based on traditional poker games, but feature unique twists and bonuses for which WMS is renowned.

WMS expects to offer these poker games for sale beginning in the June 2004 quarter.