The Official Newsletter of GSA - Winter 2007

A Message From the President

First and foremost I would like to wish everyone a very festive season filled with joy and happiness.

Our members have pulled off miracles this quarter - our demonstrations at G2E were very well received and despite the remote location, our booth was sought out and continuously busy. Multiple vendors worked very hard to show that standards offer interoperability. For the first time in the industry's history our open standards successfully demonstrated plug and play of multiple gaming devices and systems.

To read this article in its entirety, please click HERE.

Member Update

New GSA Members

With the successful showing of GSA's G2S Interoperability Demo at the G2E show, companies are recognizing the benefits of membership. GSA is pleased to welcome Macao Polytechnic Institute as an Affiliate Member.

To view the full GSA membership listing, please click HERE.

GSA at G2E

GSA's booth at G2E was buzzing with visitors who wanted to see the G2S Interoperability Demo. Our GDS and S2S Demos were popular and drew significant attention. GSA's Technical Director, Marc McDermott as well as GSA volunteers, answered many exciting questions. GSA also provided the following panels at the G2E Institute on November 12, 2007: "SAS at Sunset", "The Importance of GSA Certification" and "Roadmap for Adoption/Preparing Your Floor for the World of the Future". Chuck Berg, GSA Affiliate Professor of Gaming Technology at the UNLV International Gaming Institute and Russ Ristine, Vice President at Radical Blue Gaming, Inc. presented "An Introduction to the Certified G2S Engineer Program".

To browse the pictures from the 2007 G2E show, please go to:
http://www.gamingstandards.com/index.php?page=meetings_and_events/photo_gallery&gallery_id=0.

Annual Meeting

GSA Annual Meeting was well attended by the gaming community and began with GSA's President, Peter DeRaedt sharing a GSA update as participants enjoyed a delicious lunch. Jay Walker, Walker Digital, delivered the keynote presentation that included a futuristic vision of the gaming industry.

To download the presentation from the Annual Meeting, please go to:
http://www.gamingstandards.com/pdfs/presentations/2007_Annual_Meeting_FINAL.ppt.

Technical Committee Update

As 2007 comes to a close, GSA's technical committee chairs would like to thank all the volunteers for their efforts and amazing accomplishments this year. The December Technical Meetings were held in Kansas City, Missouri and were hosted by Ameristar Casinos. The meeting attendance rate was high and a lot of work was completed.

To read this article in its entirety, please click HERE.

GSA in the News

Gaming Standards Association Travels To Europe To Kick Off 10 Year Anniversary

Gaming Standards Association and UNLV To Conduct Easy-To-Understand Executive Overview Protocol Training

Gaming Standards Association To Provide Free Protocol Toolkits To Regulators

To read past press releases, please click HERE.

Upcoming Events

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

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

GSA at ICE 2008

GSA will host a stand at the International Casino Exposition (ICE) Show, January 22-24 in London at Earls Court. Visit us at stand #3031 and learn the latest news on GSA's standards.

GSA in Europe

The Technical Committee Meeting will take place January 28-31 at the Schlossberghotel Graz in Graz, Austria. Hosted by GSA member company Atronic International, the meetings also include a one-day GSA orientation for members and non-members. Admission is free, and registration is required. RSVP for the meeting can be sent to sec@gamingstandards.com.

GSA Executive Awareness Program

GSA and UNLV have created a series of four easy-to-understand, non-technical courses for busy executives and managers designed to quickly give attendees a better working knowledge of the industry's new protocol standards and their implications.

The series, titled "GSA Executive Awareness Program," consists of four one day classes and focus on the needs of executives and managers working for game and systems equipment manufacturers, casino properties, regulators and independent test labs. Each class is presented in non-technical, easily understood language.

Registration is available now at Pat.Merl@unlv.edu. For more information, visit http://www.gamingstandards.com/index.php?page=resources/education.

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: Bob Sobczyk, Ameristar Casinos, Inc.
Jim Morrow, Aristocrat
Ken Bossingham, Atronic Americas
Bruce Rowe, Bally Technologies, Inc.
Derrik Khoo Sin Huat, E-Genting Holdings Sdn Bhd
Tim Stanley, Harrah's Entertainment
Steve Sutherland, Konami Gaming, Inc.
Jon Berkley, Las Vegas Gaming, Inc.
Tom Peck, MGM MIRAGE
Brendan O'Connor, Multimedia Games, Inc.
Thomas Galanty, Progressive Gaming
Rob Siemasko, WMS Gaming

Non-Voting Board Members

John Hilbert, FutureLogic
Bob Mackenzie, MEI

How to contact the Gaming Standards Association

Gaming Standards Association
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Fremont, CA 94538
sec@gamingstandards.com

Staff
Association Specialist: Lisa Rodriguez
Marketing Project Manager: Leslie Kefer
Executive Director: Michelle Olesiejuk
Technical Director: Marc McDermott
President: Peter DeRaedt

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