The Official Newsletter of GSA - Fall 2009

A Message From the President

The Operator Advisory Committee (OAC) - Why should I care?

At the end of last year 2008, GSA held an open meeting for operators which was very successful as 13 operators attended the meeting. Questions ranged from membership structure to voting rights to our governing policies to how to get involved and what tools GSA made available to facilitate the dialogue between members.

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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. International Games System Co., Ltd. and Grand Vision Gaming, LLC have joined as Silver Members.

To view the full GSA membership listing, please go to the GSA Member Listing page.

GSA’s Summer Road Tour

Peter DeRaedt, GSA President and Marc McDermott, GSA Technical Director hit the road to visit operators, manufacturers and regulators to share and gather information related to GSA’s protocols and programs. One of the key meeting points was to ask for input regarding where each organization believed the industry was headed in the next three years. Other discussion points included what GSA could do to help each manufacturer, operator or regulator be more successful. GSA will incorporate the information into the strategic plan to proactively position GSA to address the new technologies to benefit GSA members and the industry as a whole.

A Message From The Technical Director

We survived the days of summer and are now on the downward slope on the temperature curve headed towards the fall weather. GSA's technical committees have managed to stay cool while working hard to produce new versions in several of the committees. Thanks to VGT who hosted the August Technical Meetings in Charlottesville, Virginia. A full meeting schedule can be found here. The next major face-to-face meetings are scheduled for December and will be located in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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GSA in the News

Gaming Standards Association Continues To Grow Membership Globally

G2S Protocol Authorized By New South Wales Casino, Liquor and Gaming Control Authority

To read past press releases, please click HERE.

Upcoming Events

GSA continues its plan to show presence at major industry events in 2009.

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

GSA at Asian Gaming Regulation and Investment Summit 2009, October 6, 2009

Peter DeRaedt, GSA President will appear at the Asian Gaming Regulation and Investment Summit 2009 in Taipei, Republic of China. His presentation will focus on The Impact of Open Gaming Communication Standards.

GSA at Gaming Executive Summit Asia 2009, December 2, 2009

Peter DeRaedt, GSA President will be attending the Gaming Executive Summit Asia 2009 at the Grand Hyatt in Singapore. He will be moderating a panel focusing on Leveraging Networked Gaming Technology to Enhance the Player Experience.

GSA at SAGSE

GSA will participate at the upcoming South American Gaming Suppliers Expo (SAGSE) Centro Costa Salguero in Buenos Aires on September 30 - October 2. Visit us at booth #12 where we will be discussing the organization, its benefits and standards including the award-winning Game to System (G2S) protocol. Peter DeRaedt, GSA President will address Encuentro Yogonet 09 on September 30th. He will join Bart Shuldman of TransAct Technologies and Carlos Sanz of Codere, S.A. on the panel, "GSA and the Tendency of Industry Protocols," answering questions of who is GSA and what has been and will be the impact of GSA standards.

GSA at G2E

GSA will participate at G2E November 17-19 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 illustrating a theme of Ready, Set, Grow. The goal is to drive traffic to GSA member booths where GSA standards are being implemented through a map program for attendees. GSA will also provide the following panel at the G2E Institute on November 17, 2009: "GSA: International Technical Standards – Possible or Pipe Dream".

2009 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 18, 2009
Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm
Location: Las Vegas Convention Center; Room - N232

GSA University

The "G2S310 - Advanced Topics in G2S" course that was offered the week of August 24th-28th at the Macau Polytechnic Institute (MPI) was a resounding success. Five individuals wrote and passed the exam to obtain their "G2S Certified Engineer - Advanced Level" certification. For others wishing to obtain their G2S Certified Engineer certifications, GSA University will be offering the full G2S Certified Engineer Program in October 2009. To view GSA University's recently released Fall 2009 Off-Site Course Schedule, please see GSA University's website www.gsauniv.com.

Please note that the full G2S Certified Engineer Program as well as the Executive Awareness Program are available to be offered as on-site sessions to any company wishing to provide training to multiple employees. For more information regarding on-site sessions, please contact Line Robichaud at 1-888-GSA-UNIV (1-888-472-8648) or 506-852-9383.

Keep an eye out later this fall for the release of the 2010 Off-Site Course Schedule.

GSA Board of Directors

Chairman: Lyle Bell, Seminole Tribe of Florida
Vice Chair: Bruce Rowe, Bally Technologies, Inc.
Secretary: Rob Siemasko, WMS Gaming
Treasurer: Brandon Knowles, TransAct Technologies, Inc.
Gregory DeWitt, AMX
Jim Morrow, Aristocrat
Scott Norman, BCLC
Don Doucet, GTECH
Melissa Price, Harrah's Entertainment
Adrian Marcu, International Game Technology (IGT)
Steve Sutherland, Konami Gaming, Inc.
Jon Berkley, Las Vegas Gaming, Inc.
Bob Mackenzie, MEI
Morrison Reyner, NCR Corporation
Ron MacNeil, Techlink Entertainment International Ltd.

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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