The Official Newsletter of GSA - Summer 2009

A Message From the President

Open standards offer flexibility, innovation and freedom of choice. However, without the ability to get an assurance that a product conforms to a standard, you create a larger problem then simply staying with a proprietary technology. The freedom that open standards provide has a price: provide the buyer the appropriate assurance that your product conforms. In other words, make sure it is GSA Certified. It is easy for operators to understand the importance, but what about manufacturers?

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Member Update

New GSA Members

Membership continues to grow in 2009. GSA is thrilled to have De Vocht Expert Services as our latest Advisory Member. Global Gaming Research Center has joined as a Gold Member and BCLC has upgraded to the Gold level. Oracle and Zest Gaming SpA are our newest Silver Members.

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

GSA at G2E Asia

GSA participated at G2E Asia during June 2-4 in Macau. Peter DeRaedt, GSA President shared the latest news on GSA's standards. Also, Peter DeRaedt moderated a panel discussion on June 3rd which focused on GSA's Certification Program. The other panelists who participated are listed below:

Doug Bertinshaw, Aristocrat Technologies, Inc.
Ian Hughes, Gaming Laboratories International (GLI)
Adrian Marcu, International Game Technology (IGT)
Manson Yip, Bally Technologies, Inc.
Kent Young, Aruze Gaming America

GSA at GEM 09

This was the first time for GSA to exhibit at GEM 09 in Manila in April. Peter DeRaedt, GSA President was happy to answer questions regarding GSA in general as well as share the latest protocol news. Peter also delivered a presentation entitled "Trends and Advances in Gaming Technology".

GSA's Spring Presentation Tour

GSA representatives have been out and about traveling to a variety of industry events and sharing the latest news. Marc McDermott, GSA Technical Director traveled to NIGA in Phoenix, AZ on April 16th and delivered a presentation focusing on the benefits of certification. The next stop for Marc was the Canadian Gaming Conference in Windsor, Ontario on April 30th and regional solutions was the presentation topic. Marc was off again to the Southern Gaming Summit in Biloxi, MS on May 7th where he moderated a panel discussion regarding Leveraging Networked Gaming Technology to Enhance the Player Experience. The last stop on May 21st was the Gaming Technology Summit in Las Vegas where Peter, Ethan and Marc delivered a GSA Standards Update.

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GSA's Operators Forum

Operators gathered at South Point Casino in Las Vegas on May 19th to find out about how the new GSA driven products can help increase business. Peter DeRaedt, GSA President delivered a GSA overview including current membership, roadmap and future functionality. Marc McDermott, GSA Technical Director and Ethan Tower, Protocol Director introduced the following business values: Expand Your Player Market, Keep Players Playing, Reward Hot Players, Maintain Your Margin and Single Card Casino. These protocol GEMS can be found on the GSA website at

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Technical Committee Update

As the temperatures begin to rise during the second quarter of 2009, GSA's technical committees are moving full steam ahead. The May Technical Meetings were held in Providence, Rhode Island and hosted by GTECH.

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GSA in the News

Gaming Standards Association Brings Standards to Asia's GEM Expo

Gaming Standards Association and GTA Co-Host Technology Workshop

Gaming Standards Association Releases Clarifications to G2S Protocol

Gaming Standards Association Brings Protocol Standards To G2E Asia in Trade Show Display and Panel Discussion

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 University

The GSA University courses offered in Sydney, Australia at the end of March, 2009 were a great success. Twenty-four individuals from manufacturing companies, testing laboratories and regulatory agencies attended the "G2S110 - Overview of G2S" course offered on March 23rd and thirteen individuals participated in the "G2S210 - Basic Game Play with G2S". Twelve participants obtained their "G2S Certified Engineer - Basic Level" certification. Continuing in our effort to ensure our courses are available globally, April and May saw GSA University provide on-site training sessions to Canadian lotteries and manufacturers.

Content preparation work continues in an effort to develop "G2S310 - Advanced Topics in G2S". This course is being offered in Las Vegas, NV from July 13th to 17th, 2009. Please register early to ensure your seat; spaces are limited to 20 registrants. The deadline for registering for this course is June 19, 2009.

Please keep an eye out in June for a GSA University Survey asking for your input on which courses you would like to see offered in 2010. The results of the survey will help in preparing our 2010 GSA University Off-site schedule.

Contact to view the 2009 Off-site Schedule or to register for any of the Off-site sessions. For more information regarding on-site sessions, please contact Line Robichaud at 1-888-GSA-UNIV (1-888-472-8648) or 506-852-9383.

GSA Board of Directors

Chairman: Lyle Bell, Seminole Tribe of Florida
Vice Chair: Bruce Rowe, Bally Technologies, Inc.
Secretary: Don Karrer, Penn National 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)
Jon Berkley, Las Vegas Gaming, Inc.
Bob Mackenzie, MEI
Morrison Reyner, NCR Corporation
John Xidos, Techlink Entertainment International Ltd.
Rob Siemasko, WMS Gaming

Non-Voting Board Members

Steve Sutherland, Konami Gaming, Inc.

How to contact the Gaming Standards Association

Gaming Standards Association
48377 Fremont Blvd., Suite 117
Fremont, CA 94538

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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