GSA in the News
New policy alows immediate, widespread adoption of Groundbreaking Standards
LAS VEGAS – August 26, 2004 – The Gaming Standards Association (GSA) has announced a new policy that would allow non-GSA members to license GSA’s groundbreaking standards. The policy takes effect immediately and opens the door for virtually instant, global adoption of GSA’s protocol standards. The policy applies to all GSA standards; including the Best of Breed (BOB) and the System-to-System (S2S) standards.
Previously, GSA’s standards were available to all members, including supporting members. The new policy allows non-member companies to license any or all of GSA’s standards.
GSA Board President Gregg Solomon said, “This is a landmark decision in the history of the gaming industry. What this means is, starting right now, companies around the world can license and begin implementing protocol standards immediately. That is to say, the entire industry has now moved on past the old days of expending resources and development on company-specific protocols to a new era, where creativity in product development can flourish, moved forward by global standards.”
GSA President Peter DeRaedt said, “This new policy removes all barriers to standards acceptance. This licensing decision allows all companies to move forward unrestrained by countless protocols. Now there is no reason for any company not to support standards.”
Solomon said, “Numerous companies in the gaming industry have heard the buzz about GSA’s standards, and have approached us about licensing. They are willing to forgo the extraordinary benefits of membership, such as influencing the development of standards and having the ability to be first to market in order to have access to the completed product.”
The announcement comes as GSA continues to experience membership growth around the world, recently increasing its membership to 71. New member companies include Viejas Casino (USA - Gold), Boss Media (Sweden - Silver), E-Genting (Malaysia - Silver), GameLogic (USA - Silver) and SGC-Link Corporation (Canadian – Silver).
About the Gaming Standards Association (GSA): The Gaming Standards Association (GSA) is an international trade association representing gaming manufacturers, suppliers, operators and regulators. We facilitate the identification, definition, development, promotion, and implementation of open standards to enable innovation, education, and communication for the benefit of the entire industry. Since its incorporation on May 6, 1998, GSA has grown to 71 members representing a wide cross section of the global gaming industry. Platinum members include Aristocrat Technologies Inc.; Bally Gaming and Systems (AGI); Harrah’s Entertainment (HET); Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. (ISLE); Konami Gaming Inc.; Mandalay Resort Group (MBG); Seminole Tribe of Florida; and WMS Gaming Inc. (WMS). Other members include: 3M Touch Systems (MMM); AGMMA – Australasian Gaming Machine Manufacturers Association; Alliance Gaming Services; AstroSys International Ltd.; Atronic Americas LLC; Atronic Systems; BMM North America; Boss Media AB (BOSS); Cadillac Jack; Caesars Entertainment; CashCode Company Inc.; Casino Management Association; Casino Technology AD; Coin Mechanisms Inc.; Cory Investments, Ltd.; Densitron Technologies, Plc. (DSN.L); E-Genting Sdn Bhd; Elo Touchsystems; European Gaming Organization; Flint & K, Inc.; Foxwoods Resort Casino; Friedberg & Associates; GameTech International, Inc. (GMTC); Gaming Consultants International; Gaming Laboratories International, Inc; GameLogic; Giesecke & Devrient; GGS-US LTD; Global Payment Technologies Inc. (GPTX); Glory USA Inc.; Gold Club; Greektown Casino LLC; GTECH Corporation (GTK); Himecs Co, Ltd.; Hyatt Gaming Services, LLC; International Currency Technology; Intralot S.A. (INLr.AT); JCM American Corporation; Kare Technology; Loto-Quebec; Mars Electronics International; Miami Tribe of Oklahoma Business Development Authority; Mikohn Gaming Corporation (MIKN); Molex Incorporated (MOLX and MOLXA); Money Controls; Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL); Nick Farley & Associates; NRT Technology Corporation; Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation; Quest Entertainment, Inc.; Renaissance Casino Solutions, Inc.; Revive Partners, LLC; R. Franco USA; Scientific Games (SGMS); SGC-Link Corporation; Spielo; Summit Amusement & Distributing, Ltd.; Transact Technologies (TACT); Unidesa Gaming & Systems; Universal Distributing of Nevada; UNLV International Gaming Institute; Video Gaming Technologies, Inc; and Viejas Casino. For more information, visit www.gamingstandards.com .
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