IGT introduces market-attuned innovations

IGT Walter Bugno
IGT presented a broad portfolio of gaming innovations and market-leading systems solutions at G2E Asia 2016.


[dropcap]A[/dropcap]t this year’s G2E Asia, International Game Technology (IGT) introduced a range of market-attuned products and solutions for Asian operators, including the next generation OnPremise mobile betting solution with back betting and side betting features.

Visitors to IGT’s booth at the Cotai Expo were able to trial linked progressive titles including Fu Gui Ji Li, San Xing Bao Xi and Shake the Money Tree, in addition to standalone themes on the CrystalDUal cabinet such as 99 Riches, Legends of Chang’e, Yin Yang and Dragon Journey.

Speaking at G2E Asia this year, Walter Bugno, chief executive of IGT’s International division, said: “It’s really the beginning of the journey for us in Asia. This is a market where IGT has traditionally not been the most prominent player – but if you look on the show floor it’s clear to see that we have been focusing on market attuned games and we hope to grow our footprint going forward.

“Our True 3D technology suite of games has been a major success story for our company, and this also featured heavily on our stand in Macau. We are currently finalising our first placements in Macau and across multiple Asian countries.”

Discussing the integration of IGT and GTECH from a systems perspective, Bugno said: “One of the values of the marriage between the two legacy companies is that we had a lot of products that were very complementary. Legacy IGT on the systems side was focused, through its Advantage product, very much at the larger end of casino operations – typically a Venetian, an MGM or a Wynn. Legacy GTECH, on the other hand, was much more geared towards the small- to medium-sized.

“When we put the products together we found that we had a lot of complementarity. We found we were able to transfer some modules of one into the other to enrich all of the products.

As a result, our systems offering now is probably the most complete in the marketplace.” As previously reported in International Casino Review, IGT and Paradise Entertainment recently signed an agreement that will see the Macanese electronic table game (ETG) innovator transfer its nondomestic intellectual property to IGT.

The agreement provides IGT with exclusive rights to Paradise’s table game IP for the development, manufacturing, and distribution of live and random number generator ETG’s worldwide, except in Macau where Paradise subsidiary LT Game will remain the exclusive provider of its market leading electronic table game products.

Commenting on the agreement, Bugno stated: “We are now in the process of finalising and handing over, and we will soon have our own IGT-branded range of ETGs that will be developed by own R&D and product development groups.”