Casino gaming manufacturer Konami celebrated another successful MGS Entertainment Show, presenting its latest video slots for the Asian markets.
[dropcap]K[/dropcap]onami has been showcasing its products at MGS Entertainment Show since the outset four years ago and the company believes firmly in the opportunities the region offers.
At this year’s event International Casino Review caught up with Konami Australia’s international technical manager, Dominic Louise, to discuss the Asia-Pacific market and international regulation.
International Casino Review: Do you see a lot of opportunity in the Macau market at the moment?
Dominic Louise: Definitely, business is continuing to grow and people are getting more familiar with Konami’s products. It’s been a good year and hopefully next year will be better still, that’s my aim.
ICR: Do you tailor any of your games specifically for the Macau market?
DL: It’s worldwide I would say, not only for Macau region. For example we’re displaying a project for the Philippines here at MGS, in Asia the firm has been historically strong in the Philippines and it has always been a good market for us. It’s due to be released there shortly but we are showing it at MGS so that people in Macau can see the product at this stage.
Generally speaking, development has always come out of a collaboration between suppliers and operators and that helps drive future gaming product.
Casino operators understand the needs of their player base, and manufacturers understand the opportunities for creative technology to meet those needs in new ways. Both of these are necessary for emerging products to see to success and drive change.
Whether we’re talking about traditional video slot products or emerging concepts, Konami has the technology, diverse game types, and play mechanics to allow operators across a variety of jurisdictions the flexibility to optimise their floor to reach their market audience.
ICR: Which of your products are currently doing well in Macau?
DL: At this stage Golden Power Ingots, available in our Podium and Concerto cabinets, and Dragon Claw which comes in our Podium, Podium Slant and Podium Goliath cabinets, have both been very successful.
Our new Concerto video slot product has been an outstanding performer for our customers worldwide since its launch earlier this year, while our Podium cabinet, the Concerto’s predecessor, is still being purchased based on its reliable performance in global markets.
Our customers recognise our commitment to quality and performance in our games and when it comes to debuting a new product Konami is recognised as a reliable go-to supplier.
ICR: Have you faced any challenges from a regulatory standpoint?
DL: In reality no, for the recommendation we don’t have any problems with GLI, it’s very good because a game is designed in America and then gets approved in jurisdictions across the States.
It’s the same sort of documentation, so when it gets to the Macau jurisdiction it is quite straightforward. The thing to bear in mind is that it’s not just one game designed for Macau, our products are international.