The top three winners in the Most Innovative Products of 2003 Awards were announced at last week’s American Gaming Summit in Las Vegas.
Actually, it was the top four, since there was a tie for third place. Winners, who were chosen by a vote of Summit attendees, included:
”¡ Platinum Award (first place) to IGT for its Reel Touch series.
”¡ Gold Award (second place) to Compudigm International for its seePOWER Intelligence Solutions.
”¡ Silver Award (tie third place) to Aristocrat Technologies for its Millioni$er penny slots.
”¡ Silver Award (tie third place) to Venture Catalyst for its Mariposa software.
This year’s overall winner, IGT’s Reel Touch Series, bridges the gap between slots and video games, with a touchscreen in the machine’s top box and an optional EZ Touch selectable multi denomination panel below.
Now in its seventh year, the competition recognizes the most innovative offerings in the gaming industry. Gaming vendors were invited to submit product nominations for their newest, most creative products and services.
A panel of expert judges evaluated this year’s entries and selected 20 finalists, which are listed below. The judges for this year’s competition were: John Ferrucci, vice president/general manager, Casino Magic Biloxi; Lee Skelley, assistant general manager, Barona Valley Ranch Resort-Casino; Frank Neborsky, vice president of slot operations, Mohegan Sun; and Dennis Conrad,president/chief strategist, Raving Consulting.
The Top 20 finalists for the Most Innovative Products Award included (in alphabetical order):
”¡ Aristocrat Technologies — Millioni$er penny slots
”¡ Arrow International — "New Bingo Pals" Character Ink Daubers
”¡ Bally Gaming — ePRINTER
”¡ Bally Gaming — eTICKET
”¡ Casino Data Imaging — Analysis Interface Software
”¡ CI Innovations — Slot Lighting Systems
”¡ Compudigm International — seePOWER intelligence solutions
”¡ Elo TouchSystems -- 1229L Multifunction Integrated Monitor
”¡ FutureLogic — Gen2 thermal printer
”¡ Global Cash Access — QuickJack Plus
”¡ Global Cash Access —QCP Web
”¡ IGT — PromoPAK Modules for EZ Pay and IGS
”¡ IGT — Reel Touch Series
”¡ InfoGenesis — Enterprise Reservation System
”¡ InfoGenesis — Revelation, Enterprise POS solution
”¡ Konami Gaming — Advantage Series slots
”¡ Mariposa Software, a product of Venture Catalyst
”¡ Multimedia Games — Reel Time Bingo
”¡ Multimedia Games — Central Lottery Determinant System
”¡ WMS Industries — Can’t Lose Mechanical Reel Slots