The Official Newsletter of GSA - Fall 2008

A Message From the President

G2E 08 is quickly approaching and I am convinced we will witness exciting new products and applications driven by GSA standards. Since G2E 07, our committees have been buzzing with committed participation and discussions. As members draw closer to the SAS protocols end-of-life cycle, they have been working feverishly to implement our standards. GSA ready games and systems are being tested in many properties around the United States. However, no standard setting effort can be complete without a solid certification program so GSA began discussions to develop such a program almost two years ago. The certification program launched in June of this year with the primary goal to ensure or certify that standards are correctly implemented so that ‘plug and play’ will become a reality.

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Member Update

New GSA Members

GSA is excited to have such a diverse range of companies and welcomes our newest members.

GSA is thrilled to have AMX as our latest Platinum Member. New Wave Automation has joined at the Gold level while Technical Systems Testing has joined as an Advisory Member.

To view the full GSA membership listing, please see the GSA member listing page.

GSA at Current Industry Events

Peter DeRaedt, GSA President and Marc McDermott, GSA Technical Director have been busy traveling all over the globe to a variety of industry events. Peter DeRaedt as well as Michelle Olesiejuk, GSA Executive Director attended the opening of the GSA Macao Office at MPI on June 2nd. Peter DeRaedt presented at the Gaming Executive Summit which focused on server-based gaming to high level executives in Madrid, Spain on July 10th. Marc and Peter acted as panelists for a variety of speaking engagements at CasinoFest 7 in Temecula, California during September 9th and 10th. GSA also participated in the first exposition at CasinoFest 7 with an informational booth. Marc McDermott traveled to Rome and presented at the International Association of Gaming Regulators on September 23rd.

To view and download presentations please go to http://www.gamingstandards.com/index.php?page=resources/presentations.

GSA University

The newly formed GSA University is now offering on-site and off-site educational sessions.

GSA University’s on-site educational sessions are targeted to employers looking for in-house training of their employees’. The on-site sessions can be customized and delivered exclusively to a company’s employees’ at the location of their choice anywhere in the world.

GSA’s off-site educational sessions are offered globally both by GSA University and through partnerships with other educational institutions. The off-site educational sessions are open for enrollment to anyone wishing to learn more about the GSA protocols.

GSA University is pleased to announce the following Fall 2008 Course Schedule for off-site educational sessions:

  1. October 15, 2008 - Executive Overview of G2S
  2. October 16, 2008 - Executive Overview of S2S
  3. October 17, 2008 (morning) - Executive Overview of Transport & Security
  4. October 17, 2008 (afternoon) - Executive Overview of GDS
  5. December 15, 2008 - G2S Overview
  6. December 16-19, 2008 - Basic Game Play with G2S

The above off-site courses are being offered in Las Vegas, NV.

For more information about on-site or off-site sessions, please call 1-888-GSA-UNIV (1-888-472-8648) or 506-852-9383 or check our new website coming soon and all the latest details can be found at http://www.gamingstandards.com.

Technical Committee Update

As the temperatures begin to cool down during the third quarter of 2008, GSA's technical committees are continuing to make great strides. The August Technical Meetings were held in Chicago, Illinois and hosted by WMS.

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GSA in the News

Gaming Standards Association’s New “Protocol Certification Program Goes Live

Gaming Standards Association Welcome Nine New Members

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Upcoming Events

GSA continues its plan to show presence at major industry events in 2008.

For the full schedule, check out our trade show and events calendars.

GSA at G2E

GSA will participate at G2E November 18-20 in Las Vegas. Visit us at booth #2192 located at the Las Vegas Convention Center to learn the latest news on GSA’s standards and the booth is meant to be an information hub and a map distribution center. As opposed to past G2Es where the goal was to drive traffic to the GSA booth, this G2E, the goal is to drive traffic to GSA member booths where GSA standards are being implemented through a passport program for attendees. GSA will also provide the following panels at the G2E Institute on November 17, 2008: “The Next Protocol Phase: Moving from SAS to G2S and S2S” and “Thumbs Up: The Importance of GSA-Certified Products”.

2008 Annual Meeting

GSA's Annual Meeting will be held again in conjunction with G2E this year. Registration instructions will be distributed soon. The meeting details are as follows:

Date: November 19, 2008
Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm
Location: Las Vegas Convention Center; Room - N219

GSA Board of Directors

Chairman: Lyle Bell, Seminole Tribe of Florida
Vice Chair: Randy Hedrick, International Game Technology (IGT)
Secretary: Don Karrer, Penn National Gaming
Treasurer: Brandon Knowles, TransAct Technologies, Inc.
Randy Ranck, Ameristar Casinos, Inc.
Jim Morrow, Aristocrat
Roland Zoeschg, Atronic Americas
Bruce Rowe, Bally Technologies, Inc.
Derrik Khoo Sin Huat, E-Genting Holdings Sdn Bhd
Tim Stanley, Harrah's Entertainment
Jon Berkley, Las Vegas Gaming, Inc.
Bob Mackenzie, MEI
Michael Gerfy, MGM MIRAGE
Brendan O'Connor, Multimedia Games, Inc.
Scott Lewis, Progressive Gaming
Rob Siemasko, WMS Gaming

Non-Voting Board Members

Gregory DeWitt, AMX
John Hilbert, FutureLogic
Steve Sutherland, Konami Gaming, Inc.

How to contact the Gaming Standards Association

Gaming Standards Association
48377 Fremont Blvd., Suite 117
Fremont, CA 94538
sec@gamingstandards.com

Staff
Association Specialist: Lisa Rodriguez
Marketing Project Manager: Leslie Kefer
Executive Director: Michelle Olesiejuk
Technical Director: Marc McDermott
Protocol Director: Ethan Tower
Educational Director: Line Robichaud
President: Peter DeRaedt

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