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“There are new taxes on games of chance in Croatia. People
with winnings larger than E5,499 will have to pay a tax of
15-20 per cent on them.” Ivan Suker Minister of Finance | Croatia
Video Games | Iran
Slot Machines |
A team of video Bally Wulff
game developers
from Iran have
and Aristocrat
exhibited at a
in German
Western game
convention for the
street market
very first time.
MARKET The agreement
represents Aristocrat’s first
entry into the German
arcade market which
Iran - the new video
includes 125,000 machines
operating in around 8,000
arcades. Daniel Lindsay,
Aristocrat Europe’s general
gaming superpower?
manager of sales and mar-
keting, stated: “This is a
great example of how Aris-
tocrat content can be
utilised, under contract for
epresentatives said Amir Tarbyatjoui, head of platform adventure set in unique mythology that has released there and the first I deployment into a sector
from trade body Parsan Business Develop- Persia, an adventure game rarely been used in video heard about it was through adjacent to Aristocrat’s
the Iran National ment Solutions who managed where you play the role of a games. the international media,” he existing casino market. We
Foundation of the Iranian stand. The (US) girl called Sara, a young “What we have is some- said. have worked very closely
Computer Games sanctions do affect our indus- student caught up in events thing quite unique and we are “If it was made then I would with the development team
manned a dedicated stand at try, but they cannot stop it.” during the early stages of the using the event in Cologne to guess they just took an exist- at Bally Wulff to ensure that
Gamescom in Cologne Tarbyatjoui said that Iran Islamic Revolution in Iran; and show that to the world.” ing game and stuck a few tex- the initial games selected
recently, heralding the debut was becoming a leading a role-playing game called Age Video game development tures and the like onto it; it meet the new regulations
of an Iranian gaming company player in video game develop- of Pahlevans based on Iranian in Iran attracted global media certainly wasn’t a new game.” and offer players an exciting
at a European video gaming ment in the Middle East and mythology. attention in 2007 with the The group said the event in and appealing product,” he
trade show. that the event in Cologne was Bahram Borgheai, head of release of Special Operation Cologne had been a success added.
Their modus operandi was to show people just what they Ras Games who make Age of 85: Hostage Rescue. The game and they would be back next Tim Wittenbecher, Bally
to showcase the latest games were capable of. Pahlevans, said in a statement saw two Iranian nuclear scien- year, but ruled out exhibiting Wulff managing director,
developed in Iran, establish “We are using this event to that Iran has a rich history that tists kidnapped by Israel with at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles. concluded: “I am delighted
contacts, and to see whether promote what is happening in was custom-made for video players in the role of Iranian “It is difficult given the rela- about the co-operation with
Western retailers would stock the Iranian games industry. We games. special forces sent to rescue tions between Iran and the Aristocrat. The unique
their games. They were swift believe we have more poten- “Persia has been around for them, while battling Israeli USA,” said Tarbyatjoui,. selling proposition of our
to acknowledge, however, tial and we want to promote a very long time,” he declared. and American forces. “Certainly all of us here game platform for the
that the world political that potential.” Borgheai said that while However, Borgheai doubts today will be at E3 next year, German street market is the
climate would mean making a There were a number of dif- most Western developers if it was a real game in its own but there will not be a dedi- opportunity to integrate
sustained impact in the indus- ferent types of game on offer, used Greek, Norse or Roman right. cated Iran stand such as you games of selected partners.
try a big challenge. including a tank shooter set at mythology to base their “We never heard about it in saw in Cologne,” he con- Aristocrat is definitely the
“We need more investors,” the start of the Iran-Iraq war, a games on, Iran had its own Iran. It certainly wasn't cluded. best partner that we could
have chosen to make our
multi-game portfolio more
Electronic Darts | Spain
attractive. The power of
Aristocrat games is well
known in the German
market and we believe that
operators and players will
Compumatic to reveal major innovations at London show
be very excited to find their
games on Bally Wulff
arcelona-based Compumatic Minidart and the internet enabled Show director Emma Green com-
will be part of the huge contin- Variodart, the 2010 event will see us mented: “We are delighted to have
gent of international games unveil our much anticipated Virtual leading international companies
innovators exhibiting at January’s Darts machine and kit. Develop- such as Compumatic on board,
IGE. The company, which has over ment of this landmark product is showcasing products which
25 years experience serving the already well underway and uses the harness the power of new technolo-
international leisure and entertain- very latest in state-of-the-art tech- gies. Exhibitions are all about deliv-
ment sectors and was the very first nologies. Our second confirmed ering the opportunity to see new
in the industry to pioneer internet- launch will be Variodart TV, a new products that will make a difference
based tournament darts, will be top end dart machine with twin to the profitability of businesses.
using the Earls Court show to unveil screens and featuring our new That’s why international events
at least two new products with a ‘Dartserver +’ services.” such as ours, which will have influ-
third being kept under wraps. Compumatic has also confirmed ences from in the region of 100
Looking forward to the January that it will be using the Earls Court countries, are so vital. It’s the geo-
event, Compumatic spokesperson show to launch what it is describing graphical mix of innovators on
Montse Simats said: “For the 2010 as a ‘surprising and unexpected show at Earls Court that makes the
show we will be launching two Compumatic: banging the new product’ whose identity and proposition for visitors so appealing
totally new dart machines. In addi- drum for electronic darts characteristics cannot, at this time, and which sets the show apart from Daniel Lindsay, sales and
tion to the highly successful be revealed. more parochial, domestic events.” marketing, Aristocrat
GamesWorld | 6 | October 2009
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