A Message From the President

Impressive is what comes to mind when I see the GSA committees in action. The level of participation and professionalism during the meetings has increased substantially in parallel with the quality of the output.

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Member Update

As a member of GSA, you may be wondering - what has GSA been doing for my company and the industry over the last year or so? Well, the answer to that question is – a lot!

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New GSA Members:

GSA asks you to join us in welcoming several new members. As of the printing of this newsletter, The Seminole Tribe of Florida joins GSA in the Platinum category, with a strong show of support and leadership from the Indian Gaming Community. Intralot S.A., a developer of integrated gaming systems joins us as a Gold member, while Flint & K, Inc., International Currency Technology, Kare Technology, NRT Technology Corporation, Revive Partners, LLC, SGC-Link Corporation and Video Gaming Technologies,Inc. join at the Silver level. And finally, at the invitation of the GSA Board of Directors, Nick Farley & Associates, a gaming test lab, has joined GSA as an Advisory member.

Check out the tremendous growth that GSA has experienced over the last year by viewing our membership growth chart.

Member Recognition During GSA's 2004 Annual meeting the following companies were honored for their 5 years of support of GSA: Atronic Americas, Coin Mechanisms, Inc., Global Payment Technologies, Harrah's, JCM American, Konami Gaming, Mandalay Resort Group, Mars Electronics International and Unidesa Gaming.

GSA's Circle of ExcellenceThe Gaming Standards Association's Circle of Excellence program was created in 2003. This program is designed to recognize individuals of member companies within our organization who have distinguished themselves through their extraordinary efforts and contributions towards the GSA goal of technical standardization of gaming device communication protocols.

To view award winners, please click HERE.

GSA's Compliance ProgramThe Gaming Standards Association standards/specifications define product design targets. To complement our standards/specifications and enable measurement of compliance in real products, the GSA has instituted a Compliance Program to provide a reasonable measure of compliance. Products that pass this level of compliance are added to our Implementers List and have the right to license and display the GSA Logo. Information about how you can get your product on the Implementers List is provided on the GSA website.

To go to GSA's Compliance Program overview, please click HERE.

Technical Committee Update

The GSA has four technical committees which meet monthly. These committees are called Best of Breed (BOB), Gaming Device Standards (GDS), SAS™, and SYSTEM TO SYSTEM™ (S2S).

To read an update on committee activities, please click HERE.

GSA in the News

"Gaming Standards Association Releases Two Remarkable Protocol Standards - Best of Breed (BOB), SYSTEM TO SYSTEM™ (S2S) Make World Premiere"

To read this press release in its entirety, please click HERE.

To read past press releases please click HERE.  

Upcoming Events





Slot Managers Institute at Rocky Mountain Gaming Summit

June 10



How Technology is Reshaping the Slot Floor of Today and Tomorrow

June 10



Keynote Luncheon

G2E Training and Development Institute

Oct 4



A Technical Overview of GSA's BOB and S2S Standards and Toolkits


The Business Benefits and Possibilities of GSA's BOB Standard


The Value and Impact of Industry Standards on Business

GSA at G2E

In keeping with this year's theme, the Year of Delivery, several GSA members are planning to show demonstrations of their products utilizing GSA standards. GSA released the final BOB Standard; BOB Message Protocol v1.00 and S2S Standard; S2S Message Protocol v1.00, to the membership in June. The GDS Standard, Peripheral Devices Functional Requirements Specification v1.00, will be released in July. All these standards are new, and members are excited to be utilizing them.

GSA will feature a 20x40 foot booth at the show, in an excellent location, and members will be provided with ‘pods' that will be utilized to show off their products in a setting that will demonstrate the cooperative effort that is required for standards development! The plan calls for a wide open and colorful booth with a large circular sign hanging from the ceiling to gain maximum visibility on the show floor. In addition to this, other signage, highlighting member logos and the extent of the GSA membership are planned. Members are already lining up to participate!

If your company has a product that will be utilizing a GSA standard, and your interested in participating in the GSA booth, please contact Christine Freytag at cfreytag@gamingstandards.com. Space is limited and will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis, so contact Christine early!

To view GSA sponsored sessions at G2E Training and Development Institute please click HERE.

GSA Board of Directors

Chairman: Gregg Solomon, Mandalay Resort Group
Vice Chair: Mark Lipparelli, Bally Gaming & Systems
Secretary: John Boushy, Harrah's Entertainment
Treasurer: Thomas Nugent, JCM American Corporation
Kent Young, Aristocrat Technologies
Joe Bailo, Atronic Americas
Val Levitan, CashCode Co.
Frank Ciuffetelli, Isle of Capri Casinos
Steve Sutherland, Konami Gaming
Fred Lychock, R. Franco USA
Lyle Bell, Seminole Tribe of Florida
Jon Berkley, TransAct Technologies
Rob Siemasko, WMS Gaming

Useful Information to contact the Gaming Standards Association:

GSA Offices
5177 Brandin Court
Fremont, CA 94538
Ph: (510)744-4007 Fax: (510)608-5917
URL: www.gamingstandards.com

Coordinator: Courtney Roberts   Email: croberts@gamingstandards.com
Project Manager: Christine Freytag   Email: cfreytag@gamingstandards.com
Executive Director: Michelle Olesiejuk   Email: michelleo@gamingstandards.com
President: Peter DeRaedt  (775)829-2336   Email: pres@gamingstandards.com
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GSA is looking for a Marketing Director!

Are you interested in working in the exciting world of gaming? The Gaming Standards Association, the recognized leading developer of standards in the gaming industry is looking for an energetic, pro-active and strong leader to act as its part-time Marketing Director. The Director will be responsible for GSA's overall marketing program.

Responsibilities will include establishing the strategic direction for GSA's marketing efforts, leading GSA's Marketing Committee, and writing press releases and articles. The Marketing Director will ensure the GSA message is communicated in a consistent and effective way in all venues.

The ideal candidate will have excellent communication and organizational skills, have a wide ranging knowledge of and contacts within the gaming industry and experience in non-profit industry standards development. Applicants should be creative with an acute business and marketing sense. Salary DOE.

If you're interested in this position, please send your resume with cover letter to Michelle Olesiejuk, Executive Director, GSA, 5177 Brandin Court, Fremont, CA 94538.

GSA Platinum Members: