GLI is celebrating its 30th anniversary working in partnership with the South Dakota Commission on Gaming.
To mark the occasion, GLI president and CEO James Maida presented the Commission with a special plaque commemorating the renewal of GLI’s consulting contract during the Commission’s quarterly business meeting in June.
“As we began the process of implementing gaming throughout the state, we needed to ensure our residents, and ourselves, that gaming could be conducted honestly and successfully, while protecting competition and public policy,” said Larry B.
Eliason, executive secretary for the South Dakota Commission on Gaming. “Our close relationship with GLI was, and continues to be, a key element in achieving those goals.”
South Dakota became a pioneer in the gaming industry more than three decades ago by being the first state in the country to implement a video lottery system, turning to GLI – at that time a new company – for start-up consultation and video terminal/system testing and certification.
Soon after, the South Dakota Commission on Gaming was created to regulate casinos and contracted with GLI for slot machine testing.
“In 1989, the State of South Dakota took a chance on a small startup gaming test lab and today we can look back with a sense of pride in all that we have accomplished together during these many years,” said Maida. “We have enjoyed a wonderful relationship with the State of South Dakota and the South Dakota Commission on Gaming. We owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude for believing in our company and sharing our vision of how gaming could flourish under the protection of independent testing.
“We look forward to working together for years to come to ensure the integrity and prosperity of South Dakota’s trail- blazing gaming industry.”