Independent Gaming has announced the result of a technology cooperation with Germany’s Merkur Gaming, unveiling its new Bluestar poker machine at the 2016 Australasian Gaming Show (AGE) in Sydney.
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he joint effort brings a new game range, created specifically for loyal players, which uses a Merkurstar cabinet modified to Australian requirements and Independent Gaming’s market specific Australian technology.
Independent Gaming’s founder and managing director Lawrence Shepherd said: “I predict that Independent Gaming’s all new bench – upright poker machine, Bluestar, will be as much of an icon for Australian gaming as Sydney’s Harbour Bridge and Opera House are for tourism.”
Bluestar is equipped with giant 25” crystal screens enhanced by the machine’s neon light show and a sound system that Merkur Gaming call Wow sound capability. The game received an enthusiastic welcome from first day attendees at AGE, with some describing Bluestar as ‘a game changer’ for the Australian market.
by working hand-in-hand with Independent Gaming to achieve the Australian market specific product that they needed we have, together, worked from concept to reality and the results are truly stunning
Charles Hiten, Merkur Gaming’s chief executive for the Americas, said: “This intercontinental collaboration agreement demonstrates that Merkur Gaming is not at all bound by conventional thinking. By making available our market leading innovation and our manufacturing ability, and by working hand-in-hand with Independent Gaming to achieve the Australian market specific product that they needed we have, together, worked from concept to reality and the results are truly stunning”
Merkur’s international sales director and head of international product management, Athanasios (Sakis) Isaakidis added: “I can clearly see that the great cooperation that was forged during the creation of Bluester opens up new possibilities for both companies and, as we evaluate the overwhelmingly positive reaction to Independent Gaming’s new flagship product. We have already been able to initiate discussions with Lawrence Shepherd and his team on several other fronts; including the many areas of added attraction that could be made possible by the use of Independent Gaming’s world famous FlexiLink and other jackpots system capabilities. Really, I see the strong relationship with Independent Gaming as a win-win as we continue down the path of technology innovation, literally, around the world.”