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Heuvelmans joins
ELAUT R&D team
IGT and LVGI bury hatchet
Court rules IGT
and build new relationship
patents invalid
appointed Paul
GT and Las Vegas Gaming (LVGI) Combined, we will offer the gaming
Heuvelmans to have put legal rows about alleged operator a path to move forward T
he US District Court for the
District of Nevada has granted
Bally’s motions for a summary
the newly copyright and other infringements with software applications that can judgement in a patent case between
created position involving LVGI’s PlayerVision behind either be delivered with the Bally and IGT, ruling that IGT’s two
of Product them, and are going forward in a robustness of the IGT sb network or ‘wheel’ patents are invalid, and that
Manager. new business relationship. by retrofitting existing machines even if the patents were valid, the
Reporting directly to Eric LVGI has agreed to create through PlayerVision. This Bally games at issue would not
Verstraeten, CEO, Paul will support applications for IGT’s server-based combination will drive more rapid infringe the patents. The court also
and guide the company’s R&D gaming systems, while IGT has adoption of these ground-breaking ruled that IGT’s touch-screen, player-
department. His main task will be to agreed to help LVGI in those efforts; technologies.” tracking patent is invalid and that,
highlight new technologies and IGT is also investing $11.5 million Rich Schneider, IGT’s Senior Vice similarly, Bally’s SDS and ACSC
integrate them within Elaut’s full in LVGI. President of Network Systems, iVIEW player-tracking units do not
range of products by bringing All of LVGI’s future software added: “We are delighted to have infringe the two asserted player-
market-focused issues to the applications will be launched on reached this win-win agreement with tracking patents.
attention of the development team. IGT’s Server Based software delivery Las Vegas Gaming.” The Court also found issues of
Paul brings extensive knowledge vehicles, sbNextGen and “This partnership demonstrates material fact regarding IGT’s alleged
and experience to the role, with over sbServiceWindow, either before on our continued commitment to the inequitable conduct before the US
22 years in the gaming and in parallel with their launch on LVGI’s advancement of IGT’s Server-Based Patent and Trademark Office, and
amusement industry. His most PlayerVision software delivery initiative. LVGI has proven to be one ordered that Bally’s antitrust
recent position held was at the system. LVGI will become a certified of the first-to-market innovators in counterclaims may proceed to trial.
Janshen & Hahnraths Group, sb Software Developer, and will software on the gaming floor. “The Court’s rulings validate
understood to be the largest arcade commit a great deal of its efforts to Working with them to achieve the Bally’s approach to intellectual
operator in the Netherlands. creating innovative applications for promise of the networked gaming property and minimise any potential
the IGT platforms. floor of the future will prove to be a financial exposure for the Company,”
Lightning strikes
Las Vegas Gaming President and great arrangement for both said Richard Haddrill, Chief Executive
Chief Executive Officer Jon Berkley companies, but first and foremost Officer of Bally Technologies. “These
PokerTek deal...
commented: “We look forward to this arrangement will act as a rulings strengthen Bally’s anti-trust
working with IGT to create innovative catalyst for growth within the gaming case against IGT and leave it as the
okerTek Inc. and Lightning software solutions that dramatically industry through more compelling only significant matter remaining in
Gaming have settled their enhance the player experience. technologies for the player.” the case.”
legal engagements. While the
terms of the settlement are
confidential, the parties have
First TITO installation in France
dropped all present lawsuits
between them, including Lightning's
lawsuit alleging patent infringement T
he Casino Théâtre Barrière de which can be purchased before play
Toulouse is the first French starts, or directly from any ticket-
Casino to adopt a TITO enabled slot machine on the floor
filed this summer in Federal District system. All but 21 of that accepts
Court in New Jersey. There is no its 250 slot machines banknotes. Currently
material financial impact to now accept tickets. tickets are time-
PokerTek as a result of this Slot machines are limited and valid at
development. colour-coded, so that the Toulouse property
“We’re pleased to put these players can easily see whether they only. Any cash that remains Gala’s Magic Bus
matters behind us,” said Chris accept banknotes and gaming unclaimed on tickets will be added
Halligan, CEO of PokerTek. tickets, or just the gaming tickets – to a fund and distributed to charity.
overcomes fears...
Progressive Gaming in belt-tightening exercises
ala Casinos has introduced
the UK’s first casino-on-
wheels, the Casino Magic
Bus, which is a custom vehicle
rogressive Gaming has projected performance. The Company has streamlined designed to bring free casino games
changed its President and Interim President and COO certain sales, marketing and to people to give them a taste of
Chief Operating Officer and Terrance W Oliver said: “We expect service functions by leveraging roulette, table games, and friendly
engaged Capital Partners LLD to to begin implementing these distribution channels and through croupiers in a casino-like setting.
help conduct a strategic review measures before the end of the the planned consolidation of A study commissioned by Gala
process “including, but not limited 2008 third quarter period. Our goal regional offices. Additionally, the revealed that casinos ranked in the
to, the sale of the company”, is to reduce expenses by an Company will not participate in top ten pastimes that people were
following an announcement that amount sufficient to permit us trade shows and its executive too worried to try, fearing that they
current market conditions are to generate cash-flows in the management has agreed to a might look silly, turn up in the wrong
behind a shortfall in the company’s near-term.” reduction of their salaries. outfit, or not have the right skills.
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