The Official Newsletter of GSA - Winter 2008

A Message From the President

As G2E 08 is now behind us, it is time to reflect on what we have witnessed. Standards are having a profound effect on the products being produced.

New and unique solutions are being developed that are zooming in on providing a better customer experience. Additionally, there were a flurry of industry discussions by both operators and manufacturers related to the new network infrastructure that is required to reap the full benefits of these new product offerings.

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Member Update

New GSA Members

With the successful implementation of GSA's Standards, companies are recognizing the benefits of membership.

GSA is thrilled to have NCR as our latest Platinum Member. Hydako Co., Ltd., Intel Corporation, Loto-Quebec and WCLC Sask VLT Division have joined at the Silver level.

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

GSA at G2E

GSA's booth at G2E attracted many visitors who wanted to learn the latest news on GSA's standards as the booth was designed to be an information hub and a map distribution center. As opposed to past G2Es where the goal was to drive traffic to the GSA booth, this G2E, the goal was to drive traffic to GSA member booths where GSA standards are being implemented through a successful passport program for attendees. GSA's Technical Director, Marc McDermott as well as GSA volunteers, answered a lot of questions. GSA also provided the following panels at the G2E Institute on November 17, 2008 that drew large attendance: "The Next Protocol Phase: Moving from SAS to G2S and S2S" and "Thumbs Up: The Importance of GSA-Certified Products."

GSA would like to congratulate Diana Valverde with TransAct Technologies as our grand prize winner for the passport program. Diana received a $2,000 voucher towards a fabulous cruise of her choice with Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.

To browse the pictures from the 2008 G2E show, please go to GSA's photo gallery.

Annual Meeting

GSA Annual Meeting was well attended by the gaming community and began with GSA's President, Peter DeRaedt sharing an update on GSA as participants enjoyed a delicious lunch. John Acres, CEO of Acres-Fiore delivered the keynote presentation that included a realistic view of the current gaming industry and improvements that need to be made.

To download the presentation from the Annual Meeting, please go to

Operator Advisory Committee Update

G2E 08 was the perfect venue for the Operator Advisory Committee (OAC) to meet in Las Vegas. The committee is chaired by Don Karrer, Penn National Gaming and the November session was quite productive.

Technical Committee Update

As the winter weather arrives during the fourth quarter of 2008, GSA's technical committees are wrapping up another stellar year. The December Technical Meetings were held in Reno, Nevada and hosted by IGT.

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GSA in the News

Gaming Standards Association Welcomes NCR Corporation As Platinum Member

Gaming Standards Association Invites Industry To "Join The Journey" At G2E

Gaming Standards Association Launches New GSA University Website

Gaming Standards Association Approves IGT Manufacturer Extensions for G2S and S2S Protocols

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 IGE 2009

GSA will host a stand at the International Gaming Expo (formerly ICE) Show, January 27-29 in London at Earls Court. Visit us at stand #3021 and learn the latest news on GSA's standards.

GSA in Europe

The one-day GSA orientation will take place on February 2nd from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. for members and non-members. Admission is free, and registration is required. RSVPs for the meeting can be sent to

The Technical Committee Meeting will take place February 3-5 in Hillegom, Netherlands and hosted by GSA member company Gaming Laboratories International, LLC. These meetings are for members only.

GSA University

GSA University has recently launched its new website The website provides many features including:

  • Obtain information about the Executive Awareness Program
  • Obtain information about the Certified Engineer Programs for the various GSA protocols
  • View the 2009 Schedule
  • Register online for upcoming off-site educational sessions
  • Add your email address to the GSA University mailing list to automatically receive new schedules, and other GSA University news

We have released the 2009 Schedule of Off-site Educational Sessions. In 2009, GSA University will be offering courses in the USA, Europe and Asia. Please see the GSA University schedule for more information.

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.
Randy Ranck, Ameristar Casinos, Inc.
Jim Morrow, Aristocrat
Roland Zoeschg, Atronic Americas
Derrik Khoo Sin Huat, E-Genting Holdings Sdn Bhd
Tim Stanley, Harrah's Entertainment
Adrian Marcu, International Game Technology (IGT)
Jon Berkley, Las Vegas Gaming, Inc.
Bob Mackenzie, MEI
Michael Gerfy, MGM MIRAGE
Brendan O'Connor, Multimedia Games, Inc.
Scott Lewis, Progressive Gaming
Rob Siemasko, WMS Gaming

Non-Voting Board Members

Gregory DeWitt, AMX
John Hilbert, FutureLogic
Steve Sutherland, Konami Gaming, Inc.
Scott Winzeler, NCR Corporation

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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