A Message From the President

GSA Members,

2007 began with a surprise as GSA was thrilled to accept two prestigious awards for our new Game-to-System (G2S) protocol. G2S earned top honors in the fourth annual Gaming & Technology Awards and was named "Best Productivity-Enhancement Technology." The award was presented by Global Gaming Business magazine and Spectrum Gaming Group. G2S also was named by International Gaming & Wagering Business magazine as one of the "Top Three International Gaming Products" for 2006. GSA was named the silver winner and accepted the award during ICE in London.

I am very grateful for this recognition since it demonstrates what we are capable of accomplishing as an industry when we work together. We share these wonderful awards with all of our members.

January was also the month that our Board held their strategic meeting in the middle of a snowstorm that plagued Austin, TX. The weather didn't dampen our energy as we identified the six goals for 2007: drive adoption and implementation of our standards, communicate our value proposition, educate developers, regulators and testing agencies, implement the certification program, ensure GSA is governed for maximum efficiency and effectiveness and ensure that our standards are built with input from end-users. We have further defined the various tasks for each of these goals and assigned responsibilities.

Now that we have defined all our core GSA standards, we focus on dealing with the change management / maintenance of these items. As additional suppliers adopt and implement the various GSA standards, we will have to accept that 2007 will be a stabilization year. We will be developing rigid release schedules, stipulating how to handle errata's, and determining when updated schemas will be released as well as other tasks. Education and certification requires a standard to be stable for a certain period of time. Due to the regulatory process software has to complete, suppliers expect stability. Together we will resolve these challenging issues and put the processes in place to manage the evolution of our standards.

Kind regards,
Peter DeRaedt, GSA President

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