NOVOMATIC AG

Wiener Strasse 158
2352 Gumpoldskirchen
Austria, Europe
Phone: +43 2252 606-0
Website: http://www.novomatic.com

Key Personnel

Lawrence LEVY - Global Sales
Peter HAUPTMANN - Indirect Channels
Mike ROBINSON - International Product PR and Media Manager
Marie-Therese SCHUBERT - Product Marketing Assistant

About NOVOMATIC

The NOVOMATIC Group is one of the biggest international producers and operators of gaming technologies and employs around 30,000 staff worldwide. Founded by entrepreneur Professor Johann F. Graf in 1980, the Group has locations in more than 50 countries and exports high-tech electronic gaming equipment and solutions to more than 75 countries. The Group operates around 270,000 gaming terminals and video lottery terminals (VLTs) in its some 2,100 plus gaming operations as well as via rental concepts.

Through its numerous international subsidiaries, the NOVOMATIC Group is fully active in all segments of the gaming industry and thus offers a diversified Omni-channel product portfolio to its partners and clients around the world. This product range includes land based gaming products and services, management systems and cash management, online/mobile and social gaming solutions as well as lottery and sports betting solutions together with a range of sophisticated ancillary products and services.

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Latest News

NOVOMATIC Sports Betting Kiosk Debuts in North America

NOVOMATIC’S latest in Sports Betting Kiosk Solutions Showcases Growth in U.S.

The NOVOMATIC F-V830 full-service Sports Betting Kiosk made its debut in North America on Tuesday, November 20th, following the opening of DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, confirming a clear focus of accelerated growth in the U.S.

The market-leading Sports Betting Kiosks, combined with Kambi’s sports betting products, proved to be a significant contributor to the overall guest experience. DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts features a dozen of these intuitive solutions in an intimate environment surrounded by 1,000 square feet of ultra-high definition digital video displays, creating the most modern and comfortable retail sports betting experience in New Jersey.

“We congratulate Resorts and are proud to provide our proven sports betting kiosk technology to help create this experiential sportsbook,” said Rick Meitzler, President and CEO of NOVOMATIC Americas. “This launch is of strategic importance for NOVOMATIC Americas as we continue to grow our business in North America.”

The NOVOMATIC kiosks and the sports betting expertise of Kambi, have combined to deliver a state-of-the-art, world-class sports betting environment. The retail space also includes five betting windows, stadium-style seating with chargers, VIP area, a full-service bar with food, drink and bar top video poker.

“This is a sports betting nirvana for avid sports gamers,” stated Kathleen McLaughlin, Vice President of Marketing and Product Management of NOVOMATIC Americas. “Every detail has been imagined and flawlessly executed. This retail space raises the bar for sports betting in New Jersey.”

The NOVOMATIC kiosk solution, fitted with the Kambi Sportsbook platform, are located inside and outside of DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts, offering sports fans efficient ways to place a bet.

“NOVOMATIC Americas kiosk and service team have been fantastic to work with on this opening,” said Joe Cavilla, Vice President of Casino Operations for Resorts. “They have gone above and beyond at every opportunity. The NOVOMATIC team worked tirelessly with our team to meet a very aggressive approval and installation schedule. The kiosk technology offers our customers a very convenient way to place bets and we’re very happy with the product and support received.”

The impressive DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts delivers on its promise of providing industry leading sports betting action in an unparalleled, comfortable environment that you can experience just steps from the New Jersey Boardwalk.

NOVOMATIC Executive Board appoints a new member

Subtitle: The NOVOMATIC AG Supervisory Board has announced that Bartholomäus Czapkiewicz has been named as a new member of the Executive Board starting December 1, 2018.


Gumpoldskirchen, 6 December 2018 (OTS) – NOVOMATIC is one of the largest gaming technology groups in the world, on the cutting edge of developing innovative products and system solutions for the gaming industry. In order to drive expansion in this area, Bartholomäus Czapkiewicz has been appointed to the Executive Board as Chief Systems Officer (CSO).


Gumpoldskirchen, 6 December 2018 (OTS) – NOVOMATIC is one of the largest gaming technology groups in the world, on the cutting edge of developing innovative products and system solutions for the gaming industry. In order to drive expansion in this area, Bartholomäus Czapkiewicz has been appointed to the Executive Board as Chief Systems Officer (CSO).


“We are thrilled to have Bartholomäus Czapkiewicz as a new member of the Executive Board. He is an internationally-experienced Research and Development mathematician and computer scientist, with a focus on system and platform solutions. Over the past few years, Bartholomäus Czapkiewicz has played a decisive role in successfully expanding our innovative abilities. On behalf of the Supervisory Board, I would like to wish Mr. Czapkiewicz all the best and a great deal of success in his new role,” said Dr. Bernd Oswald, Head of the NOVOMATIC AG Supervisory Board.


Research and Development has always played a significant role in the NOVOMATIC success story, with 28 company-owned technology centers in 16 countries. “I am looking forward to the new challenge and would like to say thank you for the trust placed in me. Now, as part of the successful Executive Team, my goal, in particular, is to continue development in system and platform solutions, and ensure that our processes become even more efficient as we look towards the future,” emphasizes Czapkiewicz. Over the last three years alone, NOVOMATIC has invested around EUR 300 million in Research and Development.


Bartholomäus Czapkiewicz has been working at NOVOMATIC for more than 10 years and was responsible for coordinating international development projects, as well as for the Research and Development department in his role as Managing Director of the former NOVOMATIC Gaming Industries GmbH. Of course, Czapkiewicz also offers experience from his time before NOVOMATIC, a time in which he was responsible for designing a variety of development processes for a range of industries.


As of December 1, 2018, therefore, the NOVOMATIC AG Executive Board consists of Harald Neumann (CEO), Dr. Christian Widhalm (CIO), Ryszard Presch (COO), Thomas Graf (CTO), Peter Stein (CFO) and Bartholomäus Czapkiewicz (CSO).

NOVOMATIC: Standard & Poor’s confirms “BBB-” rating with a stable outlook

Subtitle: The international rating agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has recently published a research update for NOVOMATIC AG, which is listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange with bonds. The rating of “BBB-/A-3” with a stable outlook was confirmed, making NOVOMATIC one of the industry leaders.

Gumpoldskirchen, November 20, 2018 (OTS) - In a recent research update, Standard & Poor’s analyzed the strengths and risks of NOVOMATIC – and compared it with international competitors. As one of Austria’s leading companies, NOVOMATIC benefits from its strong European presence, its vertically integration as a producer and operator of gaming machines and less leverage compared to its global peers.

“The good rating confirms our fundamental strategy: We think over longer periods of time and focus on the international consolidation of the group of companies,” says NOVOMATIC CEO Harald Neumann. “We began this process of consolidation a few months ago, which also includes moderate acquisitions and the evaluation of various companies with regard to their optimization potential.” Following the rapid growth of recent years, the time has now come to optimize internal processes and structures across international borders and “ultimately to make decisions about the future positioning of the company in the various markets and divisions,” Neumann explains.

NOVOMATIC is an important contributor to the Austrian economy

The fact that NOVOMATIC makes an important contribution to Austria’s economic performance was recently demonstrated by a study conducted by the renowned “Economica Institute for Economic Research”. The results show that NOVOMATIC
generated a gross production value of EUR 1.3 billion in 2017. At around EUR 2.5 billion, the overall effect for Austria’s economy is almost twice as high – triggered by intensive interdependencies regarding preliminary work with domestic companies and a low import share. The gross production value comprises the value of all goods and services covered by the production process.

Two additional jobs outside the Group are linked to each job at NOVOMATIC through the integration with domestic suppliers as well as through consumption and investment effects. “Besides our vertical integration of more than 90 percent, we also are a reliable customer and partner for numerous companies in Austria,” continues Harald Neumann.

In addition, NOVOMATIC is one of the largest taxpayers in the country. The Group’s activities contributed a total of EUR 439.7 million directly and indirectly to tax revenue in Austria in 2017. The largest tax items: about 45.9 percent of total fiscal revenue was spent on wage-related taxes and social security contributions. Taxes on products accounted for 19.7 percent and VAT for 18.2 percent.

NOVOMATIC also focuses on employee satisfaction. “This ranges from setting up our own training tracks, such as the Corporate Coding Academy, to initiatives that underscore our responsibility as an employer,” says Neumann, alluding to the “Nestor Gold” seal of approval for age-appropriate work and the “berufundfamilie” quality seal awarded by the Ministry of Family Affairs for family-friendly employers.

Voodoo Fortunes™ VIP Experience

Voodoo Fortunes™ casts a spell on Mexico City

Crown Gaming Mexico, the local subsidiary of NOVOMATIC AG, held its 3rd VIP Experience in Mexico City on October 25 and invited operators from around the country to get hands-on with a selection of products for the market. Attendees were treated to a spellbinding evening themed on the Voodoo Fortunes™ slot game.

The NOVOMATIC VIP Experience returned to W Hotel in Mexico City this year, shortly after G2E. The main attraction was Voodoo Fortunes™ – presented for the first time in Mexico and on the
PANTHERA™ Curve 1.43 cabinet, which delivers the game in impressive 4K resolution on a 43” curved display. Created by Winfinity Games, a NOVOMATIC studio, Voodoo Fortunes™ is part of the Fortunes game series and impressed at the event with its detailed graphics and engaging gameplay.

Larger-than-life Voodoo dolls and priestesses came to life and roamed the event as customers played the new title. The machines were connected to the Enchanted Fortunes Linked Jackpot™ that features a four-level linked progressive and can connect multiples of the same game as well as a variety of titles. In addition, the Imperator 3.24 black edition, widely popular in Mexico, was displayed with Impera Line™ HD Edition 6 featuring games such as Amazon’s Diamonds™ and Blue Moon™.

Crown Gaming Mexico and NOVOMATIC representatives spent time with the customers in an intimate environment and walked them through top-performing games in the market. Attendees
each received a special photography art book entitled ‘NOVOMATIC en Mexico’ that showcases a selection of NOVOMATIC machines at the most representative casinos throughout the country.

Judith Barrientos, Crown Gaming Mexico Commercial Manager, said: “Our VIP Experience just gets bigger and better! The success of this third edition was due to our wonderful customers and, of course, to our amazing team. The growth we have experienced in the last few years is a reflection of hard work and NOVOMATIC’s willingness to take risks and innovate every day.”

Lawrence Levy, VP Global Sales NOVOMATIC, added: “Mexico is a hugely important market for NOVOMATIC, we had a very successful year and anticipate an even better 2019. This event always has a wonderful ambiance and allows us to show our appreciation to VIP customers in Mexico while presenting new highlight products for the market.”

NOVOMATIC shines brightly with Diamond display at BEGE

Continued expansion in the Balkans region sees NOVOMATIC present a broad portfolio of its latest products on Stands #2.1 to #2.4 at BEGE 2018 in Sofia. Led by local subsidiary Novo Investment Bulgaria, the line-up will be headed by the new Diamond Roulette, shining brightly as it premieres in the market.

Occupying a large area at BEGE – the major gaming show for the Balkans and Eastern European region – again this year, NOVOMATIC will be represented by its leading product brands, in addition to regional operation brands Flamingo and Millennium.

Diamond Roulette leads the product line-up, presenting a cutting-edge automated roulette solution that will deliver fast-paced roulette to a variety of terminals around the stand, including the V.I.P. Lounge™ 2.32 and its new sister V.I.P. Lounge™ Curve 1.43. The compact roulette wheel is designed for very small to large venues – and everything in between – and at BEGE, the game will be presented as part of the Impera Line™ HD Edition 6 multi-game mix.

A selection of new and market-proven products will be on display to visitors from around the region. The new PANTHERA™ 2.27 will be presented in Bulgaria for the first time with game mixes NOVO LINE™ Interactive Edition X and NOVO LINE™ Interactive Jackpot Edition 1 deluxe. The single screen cabinet version, PANTHERA™ Curve 1.43 that features a 43” curved 4K display, will also be prominent on the stand with a selection of stand-alone jackpot games from the Fortunes series.

Market-leading cabinets returning to the show include the IMPERATOR 3.24, NOVOSTAR® II 2.24, GAMINATOR® Scorpion 2.24 and NOVOSTAR® V.I.P. 3.50 with a host of content. Brand new game mixes will be presented on the cabinets, such as Superia Games Premium Mix 2 with new titles like Amazing Ladies and Fruit Parade, and The Legend Gaminator® 1T with a selection of proven classics and new themes.

Ainsworth machines will also feature on the stand – the A600™ cabinet will be displayed with Mega Choice Treasures™ games like Cash Cave and Mustang Money, as well as the A640™ with a selection of game mixes featuring Multi Win 1, 2 and 3. In addition, the myACP casino management system will be demonstrated by Octavian with updates and new features such as the latest GDPR tools.

Roman Czubak, Head of Sales Central and Eastern Europe NOVOMATIC, said: “We are excited to be able to present our current product line at BEGE 2018 in Sofia, including Diamond Roulette, the newest addition to the NOVOMATIC automated wheel family. We are looking forward to welcoming all visitors to our stand and giving them an insight into our latest products for the market.”

NOVOMATIC MacGyver™ mania on the NOVOMATIC booth at G2E

Product highlights for North America were in great abundance on the NOVOMATIC booth at G2E in Las Vegas last week, with targeted cabinets, content, progressives and systems, confirming a clear focus of accelerated growth into the market.

The new slot title based on the iconic TV show of the 80s – MacGyver™ – created a standout impression at G2E. Presented on the towering NOVOSTAR® V.I.P. 3.50 and compact V.I.P. Lounge™ 2.32 cabinets, NOVOMATIC’s latest IP title proved a major attraction on the show floor. Appealing to a wide audience, this retro-style game joins Angus “Mac” MacGyver on a mission to unlock safes and defuse bombs for the chance to win prizes and three progressive levels. Visitors to the NOVOMATIC booth expressed great enthusiasm for the game while taking their photo with a giant roll of duct tape, paper clips and matches.

New titles driven for the US market, created by the NOVOMATIC Americas Mount Prospect studio and the Winfinity Games and 707 Games studios in Austria, were on full display and gave a clear signal that NOVOMATIC’s new, targeted content is making a mark in the North American market. The Enchanted Fortunes Linked Jackpot™ presented leading titles Asian Fortunes™, Book of Ra™ Mystic Fortunes, Goddess Rising™ and Voodoo Fortunes™ on the new PANTHERA™ Curve 1.43 in 4K with compelling overhead signage. And the NOVO LINE™ Interactive Edition X and brand new Edition X1 resonated with international operators. New game mixes were also presented for the Illinois and Pennsylvania VGT markets.

Electronic Table Games (ETGs) based on the world-renowned NOVO LINE Novo Unity™ II platform delivered a live, automated and virtual showcase of popular table games with a live Baccarat table and automated Roulette wheels. A series of platform improvements were demonstrated based on customer demand and feedback from initial US installations at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut and Pechanga Resort & Casino in California. New Cammegh Spread-Bet Baccarat and Black Jack side bets joined the already distinguished Spread-Bet Roulette, and a new Poker 3+ side bet made its first appearance at the show.

Two sports betting solutions targeting North America were presented to an attentive audience at G2E. NovoPrime Sports is a highly flexible system developed in collaboration with Sportradar and delivers scalable sportsbook solutions based on modern architecture and technologies. Another solution, developed in partnership with Kambi, presented a ready-to-market sportsbook with adaptable markets relevant to specific jurisdictions. On the casino management systems side, the refreshed myACP system was presented by Octavian.

Video bingo products based on the Otium OT300 cabinet were well received as well, and a new selection of bingo content and jackpots were presented. On the interactive area of the booth, Greentube unveiled a prominent display of online and mobile solutions for regulated markets in the Americas, as the NOVOMATIC Interactive division expands in the region. Some of the best-received games included online versions of popular NOVOMATIC slots that included From Dusk Till Dawn™ and the Tales of Darkness™ series.

Harald Neumann, CEO NOVOMATIC, said: “This year’s G2E has been an exceptional and great show to present our 360-degree gaming portfolio as well as our new products releases. The US market plays a key role for us – through our partnership with Ainsworth and joint booth at G2E, we are uniquely positioned to benefit from its established market presence and jointly increase our market share. In addition, the sports betting corner at the NOVOMATIC booth was not only a complete success but also of great strategic importance.”

Subject: Merger of NOVOMATIC Gaming Industries GmbH into NOVOMATIC AG

Dear Sir or Madam,

We would like to inform you that the merger of NOVOMATIC Gaming Industries GmbH into its sole parent company, NOVOMATIC AG, as the absorbing company, has taken place by entry in the Austrian Companies Register.

Your existing contracts and business relations with NOVOMATIC Gaming Industries GmbH remain valid in full and will be transferred to NOVOMATIC AG by way of universal succession upon entry of the merger in the Companies Register. A separate formal agreement on your part is not necessary. NOVOMATIC AG assumes all rights and obligations of NOVOMATIC Gaming Industries GmbH. The latter ceased to exist upon entry of the merger in the Companies Register on October 5, 2018.

Your contact person will remain the same. We only ask you to use the following master data in the future:

• Company name: NOVOMATIC AG
• Company address: Wiener Strasse 158, 2352 Gumpoldskirchen, Austria
• Commercial register number: FN 69548 b
• VAT number: ATU 15031007
• Bank details:

IBAN (EUR): AT391100009653488800, SWIFT: BKAUATWWXXX
IBAN (USD): AT141200009653488809, SWIFT: BKAUATWWXXX
IBAN (GBP): AT571200009653488811, SWIFT: BKAUATWWXXX

These master data shall apply immediately to all agreements, orders, and order confirmations. All invoices must therefore be issued exclusively to NOVOMATIC AG with immediate effect.

Please kindly give appropriate consideration to this in future written correspondence with our company. We ask you to pass this information on to other appropriate places in your company as well.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your confidence that you have put in our company to date and are looking forward to the continued collaboration.

With best regards,
NOVOMATIC AG

NOVOMATIC presents Winning Technology for US markets at G2E

An extensive NOVOMATIC product range that features brand new games and game mixes, a series of advanced cabinets, progressive jackpots, electronic table games, sports betting and system solutions, and online gaming developments will be on display for the US and surrounding markets on Booth #1259 at G2E 2018. Commercial and tribal gaming operators will be able to explore the wide-ranging product suite and understand just how NOVOMATIC’s award-winning technology can boost their operations.

The NOVOSTAR® V.I.P. 3.50 cabinet with Python Chair delivers the next level of player immersion and will present a new IP title for casino markets – MacGyver™. Based on the iconic TV show of the 80s, players join Richard Dean Anderson and the lead cast on an explosive slot adventure. Returning to G2E will be From Dusk Till Dawn™ – and both IP titles will also be presented in a compact style on the V.I.P. Lounge™ 2.32 cabinet.

Spearheaded by the PANTHERA™ 2.27 twin screen cabinet, and the PANTHERA™ Curve 1.43 and V.I.P. Lounge™ Curve 1.43 that feature curved 4K screens, various cabinet series for allsized venues will showcase a selection of new single games – featuring Dragon Hits™, Prize of the Nile™, Prized Panda™, Princesses of War™, Riches Ahoy!™ and Great American Wilds™ – from the NOVOMATIC Americas Mount Prospect studio and the Winfinity Games and 707
Games studios in Austria. The Enchanted Fortunes Linked Jackpot™ will show progressive themes from the Fortunes series, new Otium bingo games will be on display, and leading multigame mixes will be presented – with new mixes for Illinois and Pennsylvania VGT markets, and a
newly designed mix targeting Latin America.

Electronic Table Games (ETGs) based on the internationally renowned NOVO LINE Novo Unity™ II platform have been growing their US footprint, and at G2E, automated, virtual and live versions of popular table games will be presented with two automated roulette wheels and a live Baccarat table to demonstrate variations of the powerful system. Adding to the popular Cammegh Spread-Bet Roulette, new Black Jack and Baccarat Spread-Bet side bets make their debut at the show and prominent signage from NOVOMATIC Media Technologies will round-off this year’s ETG display.

Recognising a large-scale opportunity in sports betting has proved fruitful as the US sports betting market is now open for business. NOVOMATIC has teamed up with Sportradar to codevelop an innovative line of sports betting products and services that will be demonstrated on a special area of the booth. Another designated area will display the Octavian myACP casino management system.

Greentube online content will feature in the NOVOMATIC Interactive area with titles such as Almighty Reels™ - Realm of Poseidon, Jaguar Moon™, Steinhaus™ and Asian Diamonds™ being some of the many highlights. Online versions of NOVOMATIC slots popular in the US landbased
market like From Dusk Till Dawn™ and the Tales of Darkness™ series will demonstrate an exciting range of omni-channel offerings. Sharing the booth with Ainsworth Game Technology, majority owned by NOVOMATIC, the
portfolio will include the company’s Class III, Class II, Washington State and Historical Horse Racing product lines. On show will be a selection of new standalone and linked games, new titles on the A640 cabinets, online gaming content, the upgraded EVO cabinet that makes its North
American trade show debut, and new linked progressive brands – including the brand new PACMAN™ Link series.

Rick Meitzler, CEO NOVOMATIC Americas, said: “The player entertainment experience is most important and good content is king. With new titles, innovative progressive product lines and electronic table game solutions it’s going to be a fantastic show for us. What is most exciting as
we are preparing for G2E 2018 is the amount of titles and cabinets that we have in the pipeline for 2019. This will be a breakout year for us in the VGT market as well, with the planned launch of our Octavian myACP system and new game suites for both Illinois and Pennsylvania. Look out
for us at G2E – we have the right team and I’m excited to show off our great product selection.”

Novo Zone opens at Sun Casino

NOVOMATIC partners Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer to open the Novo Zone

NOVOMATIC has partnered with Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer, one of the world’s most prestigious casino operators and owner of the famous casinos in Monaco, to open the ‘Novo Zone’ at Sun Casino – a live area on the casino floor where NOVOMATIC rolls out new releases and technology. At the launch event, state-of-the-art gaming equipment was revealed, featuring the latest NOVOMATIC PANTHERA™ and V.I.P. cabinets, Ainsworth A640 and A600 machines, new slot titles and the Enchanted Fortunes Linked
Jackpot™.

Executives, players and visitors from around the region were invited to the launch party on August 31 and September 1. The event was brimming with guests lining up to play the latest NOVOMATIC and Ainsworth games. Several promotions ran throughout the two-day event, culminating with a prize draw that saw one lucky player win an all-inclusive trip to the Vienna Opera Ball next February.

The Novo Zone opened with 46 of the latest gaming machines and adds to the NOVOMATIC and Ainsworth products already operating in the casino. The dedicated zone features PANTHERA™ 2.27 cabinets, as well as a display of PANTHERA™ Curve 1.43 cabinets presenting the global launch of the Enchanted Fortunes Linked Jackpot™ with game titles such as Asian Fortunes™, Voodoo Fortunes™ and Goddess Rising™. The V.I.P. Lounge™ 2.32 cabinet and its new sister V.I.P. Lounge™ Curve 1.43 are also presenting a range of leading games and game mixes from the extensive NOVOMATIC library.

From Dusk Till Dawn™ features on the standout NOVOSTAR® V.I.P. 3.50 cabinet. This new licensed theme has been making an impression in both international land-based and online
casinos this year. The Ainsworth showcase features the A640 cabinet with PAC-MAN™ Dynamic Edition and PAC-MAN™ Wild Edition, as well as Quick Spin titles Super Hot 7s™ and Super Charged 7s™, and the A600 cabinet presents Mega Choice Treasures™ and the Firepower™ multi-game linked jackpot package.

Pascal Camina, Senior Executive President of Monte-Carlo Sociéte des Bains de Mer, said: “I am proud that this partnership with NOVOMATIC had come into being. The Sun Casino offers unique experiences to its players focusing on innovation and excellence assuring the highest quality standards. Monaco seems definitely to be the most beautiful games destination in Europe with the advantage of being a technological showcase.”

Lawrence Levy, VP Global Sales NOVOMATIC, said: “We are proud to work in close collaboration with Sun Casino and Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer on this exciting project and look forward to this partnership growing from strength to strength. We see the Novo Zone at Sun Casino as a valuable opportunity to launch our new cabinets, titles and links within a lively casino environment. The launch party was a great success, and our joint marketing efforts will continue as we introduce new products to the showroom.”

Half-year result NOVOMATIC AG: Record revenue and clear earnings improvement

  • Two-digit rise in sales revenues (+12.6 percent) to EUR 1,365.3 million
  • EBITDA climbs to EUR 318.0 million
  • Number of employees increases to 26,230
  • Acquisitions, above all in the core markets of Germany, Spain, Italy and Eastern
  • Europe, are having a positive impact
  • Consolidation strategy is effective
  • Acquisition of Ainsworth Game Technology Ltd.

Gumpoldskirchen, August 30, 2018 (OTS) – NOVOMATIC, Europe’s leading gaming technology group, recorded around 700 new employees in the first half of the 2018 financial year, with revenue increasing by 12.6 percent to a new record despite regulatory challenges.

NOVOMATIC AG’s sales increased to EUR 1,365.3 million in the first six months, compared to EUR 1,212.0 million in the first half of 2017. The sales revenue from gaming machines increased by 96.2 percent compared to the previous year. This development is mainly attributable to the acquisition of Ainsworth Game Technology Ltd. and ongoing smaller acquisitions in the operating business, as well as performance improvements in NOVOMATIC’s core markets.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounted to EUR 318.0 million in the first half of 2018 and were thus significantly higher than the previous year’s value by EUR 33.1 million or 11.6 percent. It is noteworthy that the operating result (EBIT), despite investment-intensive regulatory challenges in Germany and Italy, also increased to EUR 148.4 million (+ 23.0 percent).

The number of employees also climbed to a historic high of 26,230 employees (headcount at the reporting date). This corresponds to an increase of 694 employees, with the increase being mainly due to the expansion.

“This pleasing result confirms our strategy of consolidating our market leadership in existing
markets and of opening up new markets and technologies through acquisitions,” emphasizes NOVOMATIC CEO, Harald Neumann.

During the first half of 2018, in addition to the major acquisition of Ainsworth, there were only a few acquisitions of smaller companies in the core markets of Germany, Italy, Spain and Eastern Europe, primarily in the areas of slot arcade operations, bar installation and sports betting. With these acquisitions, the Group is enhancing its market position in some of Europe’s core
markets.

At present, however, the focus is on consolidating the rapid growth of recent years, driven in particular by acquisitions of companies. At the same time, synergies were also started with the increase. “The focus is on optimizing internal processes and structures across borders,” emphasizes Neumann.

NOVOMATIC displays leading product selection at 12th edition of Entertainment Arena Expo

Supplying all sectors of the Romanian gaming industry and with operations throughout the country, NOVOMATIC continues to dominate the market. Led by NOVOMATIC Romania, a new selection of cabinets, games, system tools, sports betting and online gaming solutions will be presented on Stand #202 at the annual Entertainment Arena Expo in Bucharest.

Centre stage and new for Romania are the PANTHERA™ cabinets. The PANTHERA™ 2.27 features a sophisticated design with two 27” monitors, LED illumination and delivers powerful gaming performance. At EAE, the cabinet will present game mixes such as NOVO LINE™ Interactive Edition X that features 10 prominent NOVOMATIC titles including Book of Ra™ Temple of Gold™, Lucky Lady’s Charm™ deluxe, Viking & Dragon™ and Rio Carnival™ as well as a modern, interactive menu display.

The elegant, curved screen cabinets – PANTHERA™ Curve 1.43 and V.I.P. Lounge™ Curve 1.43 – will be highlighted. Featuring 4K displays, the cabinets provide a fully immersive design and offer a wide range of titles with pin-sharp graphics. Both cabinets will present a variety of game mixes and themes such as the new Fortunes series title Voodoo Fortunes™, Amazon’s Diamonds™, Upward™ and fruit games like Blue Moon™, Fruit Cubes™, Fruit Pots™ and Sizzling Hot™ pro 10.

On show will also be a strong line-up of proven performers – an expansive selection of products with wide recognition in the country and firmly established as favourites of both Romanian players and operators. Leading cabinets like the GAMINATOR® Scorpion 2.24, V.I.P. Lounge™ 2.32, IMPERATOR 3.24, NOVOSTAR® SL 3.27 and NOVOSTAR® V.I.P. 3.50 return to EAE and feature a range of new and proven games with titles like Hold Your Horses™, Book of Maya™ and Globe Roulette™ pro.

Dedicated areas around the stand feature an Ainsworth presentation that highlights the Mega Choice Classics game mix on the A600 cabinets, with titles like Wish Maker, Coral Dreams and Exotic Orient. Plus, the best-selling Multi Win 1, 2 and 3 mixes for the A640 cabinets make their European debut at EAE 2018. In addition, sports betting and online solutions, which have grown their footprint in Romania over the past year, will be on show, as well as the Octavian myACP casino management system, to round off this year’s presentation.

Valentin Adrian Georgescu, CEO NOVOMATIC Romania, said: “Every year, our team works to improve our product offering as well as the services we provide to support the growth of our clients. The NOVOMATIC Romania team is pleased to welcome you to the 12th edition of Entertainment Arena Expo on Stand #202 with the most advantageous offers. There will also be a host of surprises, like the traditional NOVOMATIC Tournament, specially designed to reward the loyalty of our clients.”

NOVOMATIC wins WKO Export Prize

For the 24th time, the annual Austrian Export Prize was awarded to the country’s most successful export companies at Exporters’ Nite 2018. One of the winners: NOVOMATIC in the Tourism and Leisure Industry category.

Gumpoldskirchen, 27 June 2018 (OTS) – Every year since 1994, the Austrian Export Prize is awarded to Austrian companies with the most success in foreign markets. This year, NOVOMATIC applied for the prize and emerged as a winner in the Tourism and Leisure Industry category. The leading company from Gumpoldskirchen, with a strong focus on export, was honored for international success by Federal Minister Margarete Schramböck and WKO President Harald Mahrer at a Black Tie Gala in the Vienna Museumsquartier.

NOVOMATIC has been steadily improving its turnover since the company was founded 38 years ago. The gaming technology group is a clear market leader in Europe, and active around the globe with more than 300 subsidiaries. In total, NOVOMATIC employs more than 25,500 employees worldwide, 3,300 of those in Austria alone.

“As a globally operating gaming technology group with exports to more than 75 countries, this prize is not just a high commendation for NOVOMATIC’s successful international engagement, but also confirmation that we are contributing significantly to Austria’s export success,” said NOVOMATIC CEO Harald Neumann. “Not only that, we are proud, with an export quota of around 97%, to do our part for Austria’s economic success,” he continued.

Focus on sustainable growth and consolidation

“NOVOMATIC is not interested in short-term profit maximization, we prefer to think long-term,” said NOVOMATIC CEO Harald Neumann on the company strategy. The company plans to shift focus to a consolidation of the corporate group so that global growth can be fostered over the next few years. “This also, of course, includes modest acquisitions and the evaluation of various national subsidiaries in regards to their optimization potential.” He noted that after rapid growth over the past few years, the time has now come to optimize internal processes and structures across the board. NOVOMATIC is also an international pioneer when it comes to the area of player protection. In 2017, an innovative fingerprint access system was introduced at ADMIRAL Casinos & Entertainment AG in Austria, and the facial recognition access system CLEVER ENTRY was introduced at LÖWEN Entertainment GmbH in Germany.

Casino ADMIRAL Gibraltar launches Ainsworth’s PAC-MAN™

Following the success of Ainsworth’s PAC-MAN WILD EDITION™ in the North American casino market, Casino ADMIRAL Gibraltar has launched the game on its casino floor alongside a compelling line-up of Ainsworth titles. The new game selection complements the entertaining range of slots, tables, bingo and sports betting available at the Gibraltar venue.


PAC-MAN™ is one of the most recognizable figures in video game history and Ainsworth has brought the retro feel to casinos as part of a partnership with Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. PAC-MAN WILD EDITION™ arrives at Casino ADMIRAL Gibraltar on the advanced A640™ cabinet and brings with it great gaming action, sounds and features such as a ‘Fruit Bonus’ for increased wins, free games that turn the screen into an extra-large 9x5 reel array and a ‘Big Wheel Spin’ feature that gives the chance to win one of three progressive jackpots.


Next to PAC-MAN WILD EDITION™ on the A640™ cabinet is Rumble Rumble Bear™ that features a curved reel display above the main reels, a variety of bonuses and 2-level standalone progressive jackpot. The A600™ cabinet has also been introduced at the venue, exciting players with top performing titles such as Fire Strike™ and Treasure Strike™ on the Dream Strike™ multi-level linked progressive, and Ultimate Thunder™ and Wild Wins™ on the Win Storm™ linked progressive.


Tim Mitchell, Casino Director of Casino ADMIRAL Gibraltar said: “The cabinet and screen quality of the new Ainsworth products are outstanding – they stand out even next to the latest models of other brands. Very impressed.”


Sonya Nikolova, Head of Sales Ainsworth Europe, said: “Ainsworth’s PAC-MAN WILD EDITION™ now provides an unbeatable offering for game lovers in Europe. Casino ADMIRAL Gibraltar is a trendsetter in its area, so the selection of the linked progressive products and premium titles for the A640™ cabinet would definitely turn into a must-repeat experience for the versatile audience of the Gibraltar casino.”

NOVOMATIC premieres From Dusk Till Dawn™ in Mexico with PlayCity

The NOVOMATIC slot game based on the infamous vampire road movie From Dusk Till Dawn™ brings filmmakers Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez to the casino floor for the first time – and has now landed in Mexico. A wide-scale event of NOVOMATIC and Televisa, owner of leading operator PlayCity Casinos, launched the game at 16 venues throughout the country.

From Dusk Till Dawn™ is part of NOVOMATIC’s recent strategy to develop a string of omnichannel IP titles. Featuring the likes of George Clooney, Salma Hayek and Juliette Lewis, players are taken on an action-packed journey to Mexico. A well-rounded combination of proven NOVOMATIC math, explosive gameplay and sounds, a raft of bonuses and 2-level progressive jackpot appeals to a diverse range of slot enthusiasts. The game rolled out at all PlayCity casinos on the leading V.I.P. Lounge™ 2.32 cabinet, already a hit in Mexico.

To mark the premiere, launch parties took place simultaneously at every venue. TV spots for the game launch aired in the week running up to the event for all casinos, making this the biggest ever launch of a themed slot title in Mexico. The headline event took place at PlayCity Casino Plaza Real in Monterrey where giant screens welcomed visitors with clips from the various game bonuses.

Players were instantly drawn to the game and reactions on the night were outstanding: “Great cabinet, great game, you tricked me into staying all night!” said one customer. “The best part is that the bonus gives what men or women want,” said another. This themed title follows the success of a wide range of NOVOMATIC slots, bingo games and cabinets already popular in Mexico.

Judith Barrientos, Sales Manager Crown Gaming Mexico, said: “It was a challenge to launch a single game when our multi-games have become so well established in Mexico. From Dusk Till Dawn™ shows that NOVOMATIC is more than all the classics and taking the brand out of its comfort zone also produces great results. The launch night was very successful and I am really thankful to PlayCity, without them, this would not have been possible.”

About NOVOMATIC
The NOVOMATIC Group is one of the biggest international producers and operators of gaming technologies and employs
around 30,000 staff worldwide. Founded by entrepreneur Professor Johann F. Graf in 1980, the Group has locations in more than 50 countries and exports high-tech electronic gaming equipment and solutions to more than 75 countries. The Group operates around 270,000 gaming terminals and video lottery terminals (VLTs) in its some 2,100 plus gaming operations as well as via rental concepts.

Through its numerous international subsidiaries, the NOVOMATIC Group is fully active in all segments of the gaming industry and thus offers a diversified Omni-channel product portfolio to its partners and clients around the world. This product range includes land based gaming products and services, management systems and cash management, online/mobile and social gaming solutions as well as lottery and sports betting solutions together with a range of sophisticated ancillary products and services.

NOVOMATIC debuts new product line-up in Latin America at PGS

A new range of cutting-edge NOVOMATIC gaming equipment for international casino markets was launched in 2018 and will now be previewed in Latin America for the first time at the Peru Gaming Show. Taking place on June 20-21 in the heart of Lima, PGS is gearing up to be its largest edition to date and NOVOMATIC will make a standout presentation of new cabinets, single games, multi-games and game mixes, as well as standalone and linked progressive jackpots.

On Stand #58 at the Peru Gaming Show 2018, NOVOMATIC will showcase a range of brand new gaming equipment in Latin America. The new cabinets PANTHERA™ 2.27 and PANTHERA™ Curve 1.43 will be on prominent display. The two-screen version PANTHERA™ 2.27 features a straight-forward design and powerful performance, and at PGS will present the new NOVO LINE™ Interactive Edition X game mix with ten leading titles that include Viking & Dragon™, Amazon’s Diamonds™ and Book of Ra™ Temple of Gold.

The single-screen cabinet version PANTHERA Curve™ 1.43 features a 43” curve screen with 4K display and delivers a wide selection of single- and multi-game content. At PGS, a bank of six cabinets will present six titles – Asian Fortunes™, Book of Ra™ Mystic Fortunes, Treasure of Tut™, Goddess Rising™, Voodoo Fortunes™ and Pyramid Fortunes™ – all connected to the linked progressive jackpot solution Enchanted Fortune Linked Jackpot™, also on show for the first time in the region.

Widely popular in Peru, as well as throughout Latin America and the rest of the world, the V.I.P. Lounge™ 2.32 cabinet returns to the show, this year featuring the new Impera Line™ HD Edition 6, which is already gaining in popularity across the region with a mix of new and classic titles such as Blue Moon™, Fruit Cubes™ and Book of Ra™ deluxe. Its sister cabinet, the new V.I.P. Lounge™ Curve 1.43 will make its debut in Latin America at PGS – ready to hit the market with its 43” curve screen in 4K and highly comfortable V.I.P. Scorpion Chair, this new cabinet will present NOVO LINE™ Concurve Edition 4 with a range of slots that include a variety of features and Standalone Progressive Jackpots.

An area of the booth will be dedicated to the Octavian myACP system, a comprehensive casino management system that is well established and growing in Latin America, with an expanding range of intelligent modules. The scalable solution monitors all casino floor activity and provides detailed accounting and technical analysis as well as extensive marketing capabilities and reporting.

Lawrence Levy, VP Global Sales NOVOMATIC, said: “Peru is one of our most important markets in Latin America in regards to the volume and popularity of our products. With this in mind, we are confident that our new cabinets and games will please our loyal player base as well as appeal to a new market sector, with exciting features, bonus games, standalone progressive and linked progressive content.”

About NOVOMATIC
The NOVOMATIC Group is one of the biggest international producers and operators of gaming technologies and employs
around 30,000 staff worldwide. Founded by entrepreneur Professor Johann F. Graf in 1980, the Group has locations in more than 50 countries and exports high-tech electronic gaming equipment and solutions to more than 75 countries. The Group operates around 270,000 gaming terminals and video lottery terminals (VLTs) in its some 2,100 plus gaming operations as well as via rental concepts.
Through its numerous international subsidiaries, the NOVOMATIC Group is fully active in all segments of the gaming industry and thus offers a diversified Omni-channel product portfolio to its partners and clients around the world. This product range includes land based gaming products and services, management systems and cash management, online/mobile and social gaming solutions as well as lottery and sports betting solutions together with a range of sophisticated ancillary products and services.

NOVOMATIC previews new Curve cabinets at Juegos Miami

Returning to the distinguished networking event for the Latin American gaming community, NOVOMATIC will present a branded area at Juegos Miami and showcase the two brand new curve cabinets PANTHERA™ Curve 1.43 and V.I.P. Lounge™ Curve 1.43 as well as the new Otium OT300 video bingo cabinet.

PANTHERA™ Curve 1.43

Having launched earlier this year, the PANTHERA™ Curve 1.43 makes its Juegos Miami debut. Featuring an immersive design with two 43” monitors, surrounding LED lighting, a new interactive TouchDeck™ and optional topper, this cabinet offers a sophisticated presentation of NOVOMATIC titles in 4K. At Juegos Miami, on display will be the new Vampire Fortunes™ title, which features mysterious gameplay and 4-level jackpot, and is part of the Enchanted Fortunes Linked Jackpot™ series.

V.I.P Lounge™ Curve 1.43

Another new cabinet launched this year is the V.I.P. Lounge™ Curve 1.43, the next generation of the hugely popular V.I.P. Lounge™ 2.32. Also presenting standout NOVOMATIC content in 4K, this cabinet combines the comfort of the highly comfortable V.I.P. Scorpion Chair with state-ofthe-art graphics and design. The 4K version of Great American Wilds™ will be displayed at Juegos Miami, presenting bold gameplay, the Extra Epic Stax™ feature and gripping jackpot thrills.

Otium OT300

Gaining market share since its launch at G2E last year, notably in the Mexican market, the OT300 cabinet powers top video bingo performance. Featuring excellent graphics and fun animations across two screens and optional topper, this cabinet is now fully compatible with TITO and provides a range of games, progressives, mystery and community jackpots. A mix of titles targeting a Latin American audience will be available at Juegos Miami including Bingo de los Cielos and El Pesero.

Visitors to the NOVOMATIC area of Juegos Miami this year will be able get hands-on with the new cabinets and games for international casino and bingo markets. Taking place at the
exclusive Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables Miami, from May 30 to June 1, NOVOMATIC will also sponsor the sophisticated networking event, White Party, inviting event-goers to join company
representatives from the Americas and Europe, as well as leading stakeholders of the Latin American gaming sector, to the outdoor terrace of the Alhambra Ballroom at 5pm – 8pm on Thursday, May 31.

Lawrence Levy, VP Global Sales NOVOMATIC, said: “Juegos Miami is a premium networking event that allows gaming executives from around the region to come together and experience some of the latest products in a personal environment. We are pleased to support the event again this year and drive the conversation on the future of the Latin American gaming industry.”

NOVOMATIC Americas premieres its first premium title From Dusk Till Dawn™ in North America with a first to market launch at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino.

The first From Dusk Till Dawn™ games on the NOVOSTAR® V.I.P. III hit the floor on May 4, 2018, and things are looking very cool!

Milwaukee, Wisconsin—The US debut of the new From Dusk Till Dawn™ video slot from NOVOMATIC Americas will take place at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The machines will be rolled out to the property and available to play on May 2.

The iconic theme resurrects the Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez classic on the casino floor as the cult film last year celebrated its 20-year anniversary. Presented on the NOVOSTAR® V.I.P. 3.50 and V.I.P. Lounge™ 2.32 cabinets, the game has all the elements to inspire players with its fiery gameplay, Dusk and Dawn jackpots, and exciting features and bonuses.

Potawatomi Casino will be the first in North America to offer the game with subsequent launches to follow across the US.

“We love to provide our guests with the latest in gaming entertainment and are thrilled to offer them an exclusive opportunity to play From Dusk Till Dawn™,” said Rodney Ferguson, CEO and General Manager at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. “As one of the hottest titles from the 2017 G2E, our partnership with NOVOMATIC is already proving to be a fruitful one with the introduction of exciting new slots like this one.”

The title provides all the sounds and imagery made famous by the Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez classic. From Dusk Till Dawn™ is the first premium license offering as part of a strategic partnership between MiramaxTM and NOVOMATIC.

“This is the first premium brand we have ever offered at NOVOMATIC Americas,” said NOVOMATIC Americas President and Chief Executive Officer – North America Rick Meitzler. “Potawatomi has been an outstanding promotional partner. The game looks fantastic and it’s designed with bonuses that will entertain and entice slot players. We are thrilled to introduce the product at the beautiful Potawatomi Hotel and Casino.”

From Dusk Till Dawn™ offers players an entertaining assortment of mini bonuses that can trigger on any base game spin, two highly engaging bonus features and a two-level standalone progressive jackpot. The game features a thrilling Dancing Bonus feature as well as a Mugshot Bonus feature and a progressive jackpot. George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino, Salma Hayek, Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis and everyone’s favorite bartender, Danny Trejo, appear throughout the game, offering players new and entertaining ways to win.

For more information on NOVOMATIC Americas, visit novomaticamericas.com

NOVOMATIC and Ainsworth to Display New Scope of Products at G2E Asia

For the second time at G2E Asia, NOVOMATIC and Ainsworth Game Technology will present a joint stand this year, featuring a range of new products for the Asia-Pacific markets. Half the Stand #501 will be dedicated to each company and showcase a wide scope of products such as new cabinets, linked and stand-alone progressives, licensed games and dedicated content.

Centre stage for NOVOMATIC will be two brand new cabinets – PANTHERA™ Curve 1.43 and V.I.P. Lounge™ Curve 1.43 – that made their first-ever appearance at ICE this year and will be unveiled in Asia for the first time. Both cabinets bring a robust and stylish gaming experience to the casino floor with a 43” curve screen that delivers a variety of single- and multi-game content in exceptional 4K quality. The new 15.6” TouchDeck™ player interface gives players unique control, and the V.I.P. Lounge™ Curve 1.43 offers a luxury experience with the highly comfortable V.I.P. Scorpion Chair.

The new cabinets will showcase fresh content including titles from the Fortunes series such as Vampire Fortunes™, Pyramid Fortunes™ and Book of Ra™ Mystic Fortunes. A total of six new games will be presented on six PANTHERA™ Curve 1.43 cabinets and connect to the Enchanted Fortunes Linked Jackpot™ – the new linked progressive that also makes its Asian debut. Other new content features high-impact game mixes NOVO LINE™ Interactive Edition X and NOVO LINE™ Concurve Edition 4.

More firsts for the region include the licensed title From Dusk Till Dawn™ on the NOVOSTAR® V.I.P. 3.50 and V.I.P. Lounge™ 2.32, plus single-game titles Viking & Dragon™, Great American Wilds™ and Fire, Earth and Water™ that present the breadth of NOVOMATIC cabinets. As the company’s ETG footprint expands in Asia, so does the portfolio, and visitors to G2E Asia will experience a NOVO LINE Novo Unity™ II installation as well as LOTUS ROULETTE™ Pro. Completing the NOVOMATIC showcase will be Otium OT300 video bingo cabinets with new games and jackpots. 

New games including Asian-specific themes, as well as jackpots, will be displayed by Ainsworth on innovative cabinets such as the A640® and EVO® that complement the product offer for the region. Featuring a 40” display and game-driven lighting effects, the A640® brings a sophisticated gaming experience to the casino floor. EVO® is the latest cabinet from Ainsworth and features a range of new and proven content across two 24” screens with pinstripe-edge lighting and a first-rate design.

Titles such as Lucky 8 Treasure™, Fire Power™, Golden Link™, Golden Cash™, Oriental Express™ and Quad Shot™ – all available on the EVO® – will further demonstrate Ainsworth’s commitment to a long-term pipeline of successful content. Also on show will be new games Super Charged 7’s™, Triple Challenge™, Rumble Rumble Bison™ and the licensed title PAC-MAN Wild Edition™ on the A640® cabinet.

NOVOMATIC Americas continues to build on its game growth success in North America with the first to market launch of the FV-640 Dominator Curves at Miami Valley Gaming and Racing in Lebanon, Ohio.

The first NOVOMATIC Americas Dominator® Curve games including the popular Asian Fortunes™, Treasures of Tut™ and Big 5™ were installed into Southwest Ohio’s newest gaming facility, Miami Valley Gaming and Racing on April, 17, 2018. All signs indicate that they are off and running!

 

Rick Meitzler, President and CEO of North America for NOVOMATIC Americas stated, “We are delighted to debut our successful Dominator® Curves with Miami Valley Gaming and Racing and we look forward to releasing more exciting titles and cabinets for their players to enjoy. We will continue to offer them impressive gaming choices and continue to earn their confidence and hopefully an increased presence on their floor.  We believe that with the support of great partners like Miami Valley, and the success of themes like Asian Fortunes™ and Treasures of Tut™ we can prove our value in their casino. We are looking forward to what the future holds in Ohio and with Miami Valley Gaming and Racing.”

Novomatic product has enjoyed the first to market support and an installation at Miami Valley Gaming and Racing, in Lebanon, Ohio.  Launched was the impressive Dominator® Curve cabinet with all new content. Hot titles like ASIAN FORTUNES™, TREASURE OF TUT™ and Big 5™ with the ALLPAY™ and Pic-and-Win features are keeping players entertained and engaged! Intriguing play mechanics, entrancing themes and hot bonuses keep players coming back for more. NOVOMATIC Americas have taken the best curve themes and created an experience that all players love. ASIAN FORTUNES™ is a top performer in their product portfolio and it continues to build momentum and interest for their games.

“We are glad to be the premier Casino and to be the first to market opportunity with NOVOMATIC product in Ohio, said Roger Bryant, Director of Gaming for Miami Valley Gaming. “Placed in a competitive location, these games are receiving great customer response and player interest. So far, the product looks promising and is exceeding expectations.”

Casino Vivant! selects NOVOMATIC for Casino Management System and Slots

Casino Vivant! in Paraguay selected NOVOMATIC to provide a range of systems solutions including the myACP casino and slots management system as well as jackpots and a multitude of slots and video bingo content. The Octavian myACP system connects the entire gaming floor at the brand new venue and players can select from a variety of NOVOMATIC slots and Otium bingo titles.

For the opening of Casino Vivant!, NOVOMATIC subsidiary Octavian installed its myACP solution with a comprehensive suite of modules including TITO, Cashless and Player Tracking, as well as Jackpots, connecting all 161 slots and 12 electronic table games at the venue. The system provides Casino Vivant! with detailed accounting and technical analysis as well as real-time floor management. The modules ACP TITO and ACP Cashless allow for automatic payment using tickets and personalised magnetic cards, ACP Player Tracking provides extensive player diagnostics, and ACP Jackpots enables the casino to create and manage a series of jackpots.

The NOVOMATIC slots offering includes NOVOSTAR® 2.24 and IMPERATOR 3.24 cabinets with a mix of games including classics Book of Ra™ and Lord of the Ocean™ as well as new titles Blazing Fruits™, Lilly’s World™ and Hold your Horses™, and Reel Tournament™ connects the slots for live tournaments. In addition are several Pinball Roulette™ machines as well as Otium OT100 video bingo machines with leading titles such as Bingo del los Cielos and Bingo Copacabana.

Located near Asunción on the banks of the Paraguay River and 17km from Silvio Pettirossi airport, Casino Vivant! is part of the five-star Resort Yacht and Golf Club. The casino opened March 2 with a selection of slot machines and jackpots, as well as Electronic Table Games and Live Roulette, Black Jack and Poker.

Raymundo Aquino, Project Manager and Senior Adviser for Casino Vivant!, said: “The purpose of Vivant! is to establish the best place in South America for entertainment and gaming, with excellence in everything tangible and intangible, located in one of the best places in Paraguay. The alliance between Vivant! and Resort Yacht and Golf Club of Paraguay consolidates a national and international place of attraction for consumers of premium leisure experiences.”

Lawrence Levy, VP Global Sales NOVOMATIC, said: “The casino market in Paraguay has long been associated with NOVOMATIC and it is exciting for us to see the opening of this new facility inside the stunning Resort Yacht and Golf Club. We are very pleased to play a leading role in the development of this casino and look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with Casino Vivant.”

NOVOMATIC Americas to introduce an impressive variety of its latest products to Tribal Gaming customers at NIGA 2018.

Curves are Cool! Supported by the NOVOMATIC Group, NOVOMATIC Americas is looking forward to highlighting its latest product innovations on Booth #546 at the National Indian Gaming Association’s upcoming trade show NIGA 2018 on April 17-20 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Sleek cabinets, licensed content and exhilarating progressives will be the focus of NOVOMATIC Americas stand this year at NIGA 2018. For the first time at NIGA 2018, Tribal Gaming customers will see NOVOMATIC’s three stunning new cabinets make their US debut – PANTHERATM 2.27, PANTHERATM Curve 1.43 and the V.I.P. LOUNGETM Curve 1.43. These will be presented alongside a strong variety of entertaining, licensed content, core content and exciting new linked progressive jackpot product lines.

Center stage at the NOVOMATIC Americas booth will be two strong, licensed games displayed in a PlayerPocketTM format, From Dusk Till DawnTM and the iconic TV show hit, MacGyverTM, for an impressive licensed content preview.

“NIGA is one of the most exciting yearly tradeshows we attend,” said Rick Meitzler, President and CEO of Novomatic Americas. “We’re looking forward to this year’s show because it gives our Tribal customers a chance to see what we have been working on over the last year. Showing for the first time in the US, we have the PANTHERATM and PANTHERATM Curve cabinets and the V.I.P. LOUNGETM Curve , licensed content with From Dusk Till DawnTM and MacGyverTM and our new Enchanted Fortunes Linked JackpotTM product. It definitely demonstrates our continued commitment to offering Tribal innovations that drive performance.”

For gaming in a smooth, epic style, the PANTHERATM 2.27 and PANTHERATM Curve 1.43 will be front and center. The distinctive PANTHERATM 2.27, with two 27” inch LCD screens is a straightforward design, featuring an interactive 15.6” TouchDeckTM and subtle LED effects that provide for a superior player experience and ultimate performance. The PANTHERATM Curve 1.43 will be the striking standard as power and performance will keep players engaged and on the edge of their seat with the imposing 4K-ready 43” curve screen, with a high design that visibility hits the mark for a sophisticated and fun player presentation.

The V.I.P. focus continues with the V.I.P. LOUNGETM Curve 1.43 – the compact curve is the modern gamers choice! The perfect gaming curve view and interactive LED illumination delivers an even more compelling gaming experience. The curved screen and viewing angle enhances the suite of premium game content offered on the V.I.P. LOUNGETM Curve 1.43. This breathtaking cabinet, with its space-optimized format and its vertical 4K-ready 43" curve touchscreen, will feature a host of new titles for 2018.

Going Wildly Progressive! NOVOMATIC Americas shows its WILD side with the ENCHANTED FORTUNES LINKED JACKPOTTM suite of hot new games. This linked progressive jackpot system connects two or more slots to create wildly rewarding jackpot experiences with four-win levels: Mini, Minor, Major and Grand! The latest NOVO LINETM suite of games such as Asian FortunesTM, Goddess RisingTM, Pyramid FortunesTM, Vampire FortunesTM and Voodoo FortunesTM among others, can be linked to contribute to the wild shared Enchanted Fortunes Lined JackpotTM. NOVOMATIC Americas will also feature the JACKPOT EDITIONTM deluxe progressive jackpot experience which brings a new level of progressive excitement. After a successful product launch at Foxwoods Resort Casino, an expanded electronic table games offering, with the SPREAD-BET powered by Cammegh, will also be presented and feature Black Jack, Roulette, Sic Bo and Baccarat, as well as multi-game slots. SPREAD-BET offers intriguing betting and wagering options for the player through innovative Roulette side bets. NOVO LINE Novo UnityTM II offers virtual versions of the most popular electronic table games and slots in multiple configuration options. These games enhance the most successful electronic table game titles with a remarkable visual player appeal.

With the success of the social online casino for Foxwoods Resort Casino, the recent launch of “PlayTIcasino” for Treasure Island Resort & Casino, and a major deal with Hard Rock and Seminole Gaming, the team of Greentube Pro will be in the NOVOMATIC Americas booth to discuss its social casino products. Greentube Pro offers a wealth of NOVOMATIC and other successful land-based slot titles in a play-for-fun format and will be available to discuss custom options for Tribal Gaming customers.

The OCTAVIAN myACP modular casino management system, which is highly adaptable to casino or route operations, will also be available for demonstration. It is backed by Octavian’s significant experience, comprising over 30,000 gaming machines worldwide. It provides a comprehensive floor management solution that provides real-time data, using an “add-on” as needed approach to system structure for casinos or route operations.

“This is another exciting year for NOVOMATIC Americas and our Tribal Gaming customers. Significant decision makers are on hand and we take tremendous pride in our Tribal Gaming development focus, strategic growth and product presence,” added Meitzler. “We’ve grown thoughtfully, intentionally and with a great commitment to offering the latest in cabinets, content, systems and performance for all of our customers. This year we’re launching never before seen cabinets and concepts to demonstrate that this is an important show and we are serious about driving revenue in meaningful ways for our Tribal Gaming partners.”

NOVOMATIC lines up market-leading technology at 20th edition of FADJA

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the FADJA American Gaming trade show this year
returns to the Corferias Exhibition Center in the Colombian capital of Bogotá, and is set to
be the biggest to date as gaming suppliers prepare to unfold their latest products and
technologies. NOVOMATIC Gaming Colombia will present a stellar line-up of marketleading
cabinets and games ready to inspire visitors around the region.

NOVOMATIC Gaming Colombia will showcase a range of highly-acclaimed products for
Colombia and Central American markets as a platinum sponsor of the 20th edition of FADJA on
April 5-6. Leading the line-up will be international hit cabinets – GAMINATOR® Scorpion that
presents NOVOMATIC content in ultra-sharp high-definition, and the V.I.P. Lounge™ that offers a
luxury gaming experience.

Standout cabinets throughout the region will also be on display, including NOVOSTAR® II, a
high-quality machine that is showing exceptional results in the Americas, as well as the stylish
IMPERATOR® S3 and DOMINATOR® Curve cabinets. A multitude of content will be presented,
with Colombian favourites Sizzling Hot™, Book of Ra™ and Lucky Lady’s Charm™ in addition to
new titles joining the favourite’s list such as Concurve games Big Five™ and Book of Ra™
XPAND.

As the gaming regulator Coljuegos develops the Colombian gaming industry with new
regulations, NOVOMATIC is able to offer a range of solutions for all sectors, with top-performing
products from small- to large-scale operations. And the product selection keeps growing – on
show will be a presentation of new, classic and market-focused games – including, for the first
time at FADJA, Impera Line™ HD Edition 6 with titles such as Amazon’s Diamonds™, Book of
Hera™ and Golden Ark™, as well as new fruit games Blue Moon™, Flaming Forties™ and Fruit
Cubes™.

Lawrence Levy, VP Global Sales NOVOMATIC, said: “As we continue to build our market share
and develop new products for Colombia and surrounding markets, we look forward to continued
collaboration with our customers and presenting our latest product highlights at FADJA.”

NOVOMATIC continues a course of Growth and Consolidation

NOVOMATIC, Europe’s leading gaming technology group, once again impressed with the biggest appearance at the world’s most important gaming fair, ICE Totally Gaming 2018 in London.

On February 6-8, across a surface area of approximately 4,700m2, a total of 25 group companies presented the comprehensive NOVOMATIC product portfolio. The offer ranged from high-end casino equipment, systems and cash management solutions to arcade and pub products, sports betting, and online, mobile and social gaming. Four brand new cabinets were unveiled – PANTHERA™, PANTHERA™ Curve, V.I.P. Lounge™ Curve and Grand Roulette II – for international casino markets. The Enchanted Fortunes Linked Jackpot™ presented an array of special jackpot games and licensed content played a major role on the stand with themed games based on From Dusk Till Dawn, Batman, Austin Powers and Sherlock Holmes.

“With this trade show appearance, which was again the largest, NOVOMATIC continues to prove that as a full-service provider, we are among the world’s leading gaming technology groups,” said Harald Neumann, CEO of NOVOMATIC AG.

The NOVOMATIC Group, furthermore, was proud to receive two prestigious awards during ICE in London. NOVOMATIC was presented with the award for “Casino Supplier of the Year” at the Global Gaming Awards London 2018 at a VIP ceremony that took place at the iconic Hippodrome Casino. On the next day at the British Casino Awards, which took place at the same central London venue and brought together representatives from UK and European casino industries, ADMIRAL received the “European Casino Operator of the Year” award.

During the gaming fair, Harald Neumann made an initial assessment of the 2017 fiscal year of the NOVOMATIC Group – accordingly, initial calculations indicate the Group will generate an accumulated revenue of EUR 4.8 billion in the 2017 fiscal year (2016: EUR 4.4 billion). The NOVOMATIC Group includes – in addition to NOVOMATIC AG – the Swiss companies ACE Casino Holding AG and Gryphon Invest AG. NOVOMATIC AG itself will also be able to report a record revenue again this year, with figures increasing 10 percent compared to 2016. The NOVOMATIC Group additionally achieved a new record in terms of headcount with around 29,500 employees.

The NOVOMATIC Group has seen strong growth in recent times, primarily through strategic acquisitions. The company now has 300 shareholdings, around 230 of which are consolidated in the balance sheet. On January 5 this year, the finalization of the majority holding in the Australian industry giant Ainsworth Game Technology Limited marked a significant milestone in the history of NOVOMATIC AG. “Having grown a lot over the past few years, we will this year focus on increasing synergies between companies and, correspondingly, on more effective internal structures,” added Neumann. “Nevertheless, we will continue to watch the market and make purchases, where it makes sense.”

NOVOMATIC names Robert Dijkstra as VP of Business Development and Sales, Asia Pacific

NOVOMATIC names Robert Dijkstra as VP of Business Development and Sales, Asia Pacific

To support the expansion of NOVOMATIC in Asia Pacific, the company has appointed Robert Dijkstra to lead business development and sales for the region. In this new position, Mr Dijkstra will develop the relationship between NOVOMATIC and Ainsworth Game Technology following the recent acquisition of a major shareholding in AGT. He will report directly to NOVOMATIC CEO Harald Neumann.

Robert will also support NOVOMATIC VP of Global Sales Lawrence Levy for the sales of NOVOMATIC products throughout Asia Pacific. In addition, he will assist Ainsworth in the sales of NOVOMATIC products into Australia and New Zealand and help build the market share of both companies.

Based in the Sydney area, Robert will scope new business opportunities for NOVOMATIC throughout the region. This is a major area of growth for the company as it bolsters the reach into international markets.

Robert brings more than two decades of gaming industry experience to the role. Before assisting NOVOMATIC on the purchase of 52.2% of the shares of AGT, which completed on January 5, 2018, he was Managing Director of Ainsworth Europe, and brings his direct experience of both companies to the new position.

Commenting on his position, Robert Dijkstra, said: “I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with both NOVOMATIC and Ainsworth as we continue developing synergies between the companies. I also look forward to working closely with the NOVOMATIC sales team to expand the products into the Asia Pacific region.”

Paradice sets the stage for ‘NOVOMATIC Enchantment’ at ICE 2018

Occupying a giant footprint on the ICE show floor at South Entrance S5/S6, NOVOMATIC will take guests on an enchanted journey through the world of gaming, from land-based to interactive – and around Europe – with innovations for each key market.

“After completion of the Ainsworth transaction in January, our participation at ICE is another important milestone for NOVOMATIC at the beginning of this year,” said Harald Neumann, NOVOMATIC CEO. “Our ICE portfolio covers the industry’s entire range of gaming products and solutions with innovative content for delivering new player experiences and developing next- generation gaming solutions.”

NOVOMATIC Gaming Industries (NGI) is proud to reveal brand new cabinets, exposing the latest in gaming technologies – razor-sharp graphics, powerful hardware and refined designs that drive the ultimate gaming experience. The new cabinets will present a wide selection of single games and multi-games, including the launch of new focused game mixes.

The ENCHANTED FORTUNES™ Linked Progressive presents NOVOMATIC games on a linked progressive jackpot – with special titles such as Book of Ra™ Mystic Fortunes, Treasure of Tut™ and Goddess Rising™, as well as new games like Pyramid Fortunes™ and Vampire Fortunes™. 

After its introduction to the US market at G2E last year, the licensed title From Dusk Till Dawn™ makes its international, omni-channel debut at ICE – presented on the NOVOSTAR® V.I.P. III and V.I.P. Lounge™ cabinets, as well as tablet and mobile devices. Exciting new slots will take players on an action-packed US adventure in the 4K version of Great American Wilds™ or into the playful realm of Viking & Dragon™ with Extra Wild Entertainment.

The Ainsworth Game Technology (AGT) line-up of cabinets – A640®, A600® and A600® Slant Top – presents compelling content such as the standout Pac-Man™ Dynamic Edition, follow-up  to the hugely successful Pac-Man™ Wild Edition, as well as new games Desert Dusk™ and Rio Riches™. Highlights also include HAO YUN DAO, an Asian-themed linked progressive, the MEGA CHOICE TREASURES™ mystery progressive, as well as new brands Fire Power™, Big Hit Bonanza™ and Raging Roosters Reloaded™.

A video bingo presentation on the Otium OT300 highlights the new The Mix Games concept and Volcano Risk Meter, as well as a set of newly flavoured jackpots. And in addition to the robust myACP casino system, Octavian will display a series of mystery and WAP jackpots. Increasing its imprint on the world stage, the evolving ETG solutions will demonstrate how operators can create stadium areas inside their casino with popular electronic table games and slots packaged with specialised signage by NOVOMATIC Media Technology.

Greentube will present new slots and omni-channel solutions from the NOVOMATIC Interactive companies. The new Greentube UK slot Crazy Birds™ drops players into a desert island in  search of riches, while the online version of From Dusk Till Dawn™ joins George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino on an epic adventure. Another attraction comes from StakeLogic with the new Hardwell slot featuring global sensation DJ Hardwell. The multi-channel gaming solution  Plurius™ will detail major developments such as a new wide-area jackpot and expanded games suite.

The UK market is in for a treat as NOVOMATIC UK is set to present its latest developments to enliven the local market in 2018. Astra Games will unfold a series of games with licensed titles such as Austin Powers, Sherlock Holmes, Batman Begins and The Joker Why So Serious? on market-specific cabinets such as the TIGER and WOW. Part of the Bell-Fruit Games demonstration will be the new fruit machine concept Revolution, and Gamestec will show its advancements on the digital gaming platform iPUB 2.

Over in Germany, the technical specifications introduced this year have sparked innovation amongst suppliers, not least the LÖWEN Group that will present two brand new cabinets at ICE. The high-performing NOVO OPTIMUS features two sharp monitors and attractive lighting that captures the attention of players. New to the Slant Top range is the CROWN MASTER that keeps the familiar and exclusive Crown look while adding a set of new features such as cash handling on the console and an intelligent lighting concept.

New products tailored for international AWP and VLT markets, as well as cash management solutions, will complete the extensive offering with individual exhibits from European subsidiaries NOVOMATIC Gaming Spain and GiGames, NOVOMATIC Italia and NOVOMATIC Netherlands. NOVOMATIC Sports Betting Solutions (NSBS) will also occupy a dedicated area with a range of highly innovative sports betting products for international markets.

NOVOMATIC finalises Ainsworth investment following green light from gaming regulators

Gumpoldskirchen, 8 January 2018 – NOVOMATIC completes investment in Ainsworth, an Australian gaming supplier, following approval from regulatority authorities, including the Nevada Gaming Commission in Las Vegas, Nevada.

All the necessary international regulatory confirmations are in place, allowing NOVOMATIC to move ahead with the purchase of approximately 52% of the Australian gaming company Ainsworth Game Technology Limited (AGT). The process involved regulatory approval from multiple gaming jurisdictions, including in Australia, South America and the United States (US). One of the authorities’ main tasks was to carry out comprehensive compliance checks, not just for NOVOMATIC itself, but also for all owners, Supervisory Board and Executive Board members.

The completion of the transaction took place on 5th January 2018. NOVOMATIC is now the owner of 52% of AGT’s issued capital. Given the completion of the sale, Mr Len Ainsworth has resigned as an Executive Director of AGT effective immediately. Mr Ainsworth will continue to support AGT as a consultant for a period of 12 months.

NOVOMATIC is now one of the few European Union based companies to have passed strict compliance checks from these international authorities. For this reason, a variety of independent licensing boards undertook lengthy probity investigations and have confirmed the deal can go ahead.

NOVOMATIC is particularly proud of its successful approval with the Nevada Gaming Control Board in Nevada, US, which required rigorous compliance scrutiny. NOVOMATIC is now the first Austrian company to receive regulatory approval in the gaming metropolis of Las Vegas. Harald Neumann, Chairman, stated: “The compliance investigations carried out as part of this registration were extremely thorough. They included all corporate divisions of NOVOMATIC AG.”

The purchase of shares in AGT at over EUR 300 million is, to date, the largest investment an Austrian company has ever made in Australia. Mr Neumann added: “Our shares in Ainsworth are strategically very important for NOVOMATIC. After all, the joint plan is to increase market share in the US to about 10% over the next five years. In the long-term, NOVOMATIC may become the world market leader in the area of gaming.”

 

NOVOMATIC opens the Grand Casino ADMIRAL Zagreb in Croatia

In the Croatian capital city of Zagreb, the NOVOMATIC Group has opened a brand new gaming and entertainment attraction – the Grand Casino ADMIRAL Zagreb. The modern Las Vegas-style complex comprises the ADMIRAL Hotel, Grand Casino ADMIRAL and Sports Bar, as well as a restaurant and café. During the opening celebrations on October 13, NOVOMATIC brand ambassador and triple F1 Champion Niki Lauda cut the ribbon in front of a packed crowd to officially inaugurate the new casino destination.

The Grand Casino ADMIRAL Zagreb introduces modern splendor on two gaming floors across 3,000 sqm, with 318 state-of-the-art slot machines and 21 live gaming tables. The ground floor is dedicated to video slot gaming, plus a bar area, while the first floor comprises an extensive live gaming area, additional slots and another bar area – this is also where high rollers and poker players both find dedicated rooms with increased privacy.

The adjacent Sports Bar on the ground floor is the perfect setting for sports betting enthusiasts. In a comfortable bar environment with modern Self-Service Betting Terminals (SSBTs) and an extensive Absolute Vision™ video wall, guests can enjoy a wide-ranging offer of pre-match and live bets, as well as a host of virtual games. More than 60 types of sports bets, as well as lottery games and live streams, provide a high-adrenaline betting experience.

A live stage acts as the centerpiece between the two floors above the central bar and serves for an extended entertainment concept with concerts, live music, show performances, daily specials and free poker tournaments. The Bar gives an additional place for guests to relax and try a wide selection of foods and drinks for every hour of the day, and the Taurus Restaurant offers premium culinary delights for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Smoking and non-smoking areas are provided in the casino, as well as in a lounge and terrace areas.

Welcoming guests with a spacious lobby and luxurious rooms across two floors is the ADMIRAL Hotel. This four-star hotel comprises 45 modern rooms and charming suites with top-class amenities and stunning views, towards Medvednica mountain, Zagreba?ka avenija or a quiet park. The hotel also features a business center with a conference hall and meeting rooms, as well as a gym and ‘Relax Zone’ with sauna, hammam and jacuzzi.

NOVOMATIC enlarges footprint at BEGE Expo in Sofia

Returning to Sofia for the 10-year anniversary of the Balkan Entertainment & Gaming Exhibition (BEGE), NOVOMATIC will expand its show presence demonstrating the company’s growing footprint in the Balkans and Eastern Europe. Spanning more than 400 sqm, the wide-ranging NOVOMATIC product display will be presented across Stands #2.1 - #2.4 showing a trend-setting vision and positive outlook for the region.

Visitors to BEGE Expo will have the chance to see absolute premieres for the region including new titles on Impera Line™ HD Edition 6 such as Golden Fortune™, Fruit Cubes™ and Fruit Pots™, as well as the new Premium-V+ Gaminator® Edition 7sT with a selection of more than 40 new and proven titles.

After their introduction at last year’s show, the GAMINATOR® Scorpion and V.I.P. Lounge™ quickly became must-have cabinets for operators in Bulgaria and the surrounding Balkan markets. Due to their popularity, both cabinets will again feature prominently with a selection of preferred new generation titles on Impera Line™ HD Edition 5 such as Upward™, Lilly’s World™ and Hold Your Horses™.

Other game offerings on display will be the MAGIC GAMES™ HD and Superia Premium multi-game mixes, presented across the V.I.P. and DOMINATOR® series of cabinets, with classic titles such as Book of Ra™ deluxe and Sizzling Hot™, alongside a range of new titles featuring Eye of the Dragon™ 6 and Secret Trail™. Also on show will be the NOVO LINE Novo Unity™ II and LOTUS ROULETTE™ multiplayer systems that present a leading combination of table games and slot gaming content. 

The latest collection of Ainsworth Gaming Technology will play a major role on the NOVOMATIC stand, as the brand expands its market presence throughout the region. On show will be the new A640™ cabinet with titles such as the hugely popular Pac-Mac™ Wild Edition and Rumble Rumble Bison, as well as the linked progressive series Players Paradise Gold™. The A600™ Highboy cabinet will also be on display and present the Multi-Win game series.

Roman Czubak, Head of Sales Central and Eastern Europe NOVOMATIC, said: “The 10-year anniversary of the BEGE offers a great opportunity to further expand and strengthen the presence of NOVOMATIC in this core market."

From Dusk Till Dawn and Pac-Man were major attractions of G2E

The response at the seventeenth Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas for the newly combined NOVOMATIC and Ainsworth booth was outstanding with guests from around the world attracted to the many gaming highlights on display. Sharing a booth for the first time at the principal US gaming show, both companies previewed a wide range of innovations with a special emphasis on two key products – From Dusk Till Dawn™ and Pac-Man™.

Following a licensing deal with Miramax® for the global rights to produce land-based and interactive casino games based on Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s vampire road movie classic From Dusk Till Dawn™, this brand new NOVOMATIC title made its debut appearance at G2E. Gaining maximum attention, the feature game is presented on the NOVOSTAR® V.I.P. III and V.I.P. Lounge™ cabinets and delivers a dramatic slot experience.

As the cult film marks 20 years since release, From Dusk Till Dawn™ is resurrected as an entertaining slot game with an assortment of mini bonuses that can trigger on any base game spin, two highly engaging bonus features and a two-level standalone progressive jackpot. During the second day of the show, the Bartender character came to life as Danny Trejo attended the booth as well as the exclusive From Dusk Till Dawn™ after-party event.

The iconic Pac-Man character also played a major role at G2E, as Ainsworth launched Pac-Man™ Dynamic Edition – the second slot title based on the instantly recognizable arcade game that is part of a strategic partnership between Ainsworth and Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. The new game follows the success of Pac-Man™ Wild Edition and is presented on the A640® cabinet with exciting new bonus features and massive jackpots.

Other highlights of the exhibit included the Enchanted Fortunes™ linked progressive jackpot that was connected to new and proven NOVOMATIC themes attuned for the US market, such as Asian Fortunes™, Goddess Rising™ and Book of Ra™ Mystic Fortunes. New games on show for the US market included Empire V™ Superior, JackPOP!™ and JackPOW!™, and also presented for the first time was JACKPOT EDITION™ Deluxe, which can plug into NOVO LINE™ Interactive games and offer more frequent chances to win a multi-level jackpot.

On the Ainsworth side, the new Asian-themed linked progressive Hao Yun Dao garnered a lot of global interest, as well as new game series FirePower and Big Hit Bonanza. The full range of Ainsworth cabinets presented a total of more than 130 titles from the new development studio in Las Vegas as well as from Sydney, with titles proving popular amongst visitors including Nostradamus, Rumble Rumble Eagle, Desert Dawn and Desert Dusk.

Straight off the show floor, NOVOMATIC announced a deal with Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut for the first NOVO LINE™ Novo Unity II ETG system in the country that will feature 54 terminals in a stadium setup offering live Baccarat and Blackjack. The system was presented at G2E on the sleek EXECUTIVE SL™ multiplayer terminals connected to virtual, automated and live table games, as well as the new Cammegh Spread-Bet Roulette side bet.

The popularity of the MyACP casino management system from Octavian was boosted at G2E as US and international operators understood the power of the accounting, player tracking and loyalty modules that can be scaled from single-site to multi-venue operations. New video bingo content from Otium, as well as the new OT300 cabinet, received keen interest from global operators, especially from Latin America and Asia, and the advanced social casino offering Greentube Pro also proved highly popular amongst US operators.

Harald Neumann, CEO NOVOMATIC AG, said: “The US market plays a significant role for us to become the world market leader in the gaming industry. Through our collaboration with Ainsworth we are now in the unique position to benefit from its established market presence. This year’s joint booth at G2E has demonstrated the utmost strategic importance of our partnership with Ainsworth and therewith our future.”

Rick Meitzler, CEO NOVOMATIC Americas, added: “G2E is a place where business gets done, and at this year’s show, we’re doing business. At this show, we’ve demonstrated our commitment to innovation and player entertainment. We have entered the licensed premium game space with From Dusk Till Dawn™ and have presented over 20 core products for use across all markets. This year, now more than ever, we’ve demonstrated how VGT route operations and Class III gaming floors will be enhanced by our cabinet styles, expanded game portfolio and comprehensive slot systems.”

 

Astra Games inks distribution agreement with E-Systems for Ainsworth in Europe

Astra Games, part of NOVOMATIC UK, has signed a new distribution agreement with German-based casino equipment distributor E-Systems GmbH for the provision of Ainsworth Gaming Technology products in several European markets. The deal reaffirms the long-standing partnership between E-Systems and Ainsworth UK following the restructuring of the Ainsworth business in Europe.

Under the newly extended agreement, E-Systems, formerly known as D-Systems, will continue to provide Ainsworth products into Germany, Austria, Poland and Luxemburg, as well as to several European customers. The Ainsworth product suite includes a range of slot machines such as the A640®, A600® and A600® ST, as well as a wide selection of games and jackpot solutions.

Phil Burke, Director of UK Casino & Export for Astra Games and Ainsworth UK, said: “We are pleased to sign this new agreement for E-Systems to continue delivering Ainsworth products into key markets in Europe. This partnership has been successful over the past years and we look forward to gaining more market share as the Ainsworth product portfolio develops for the European markets.”

Emilia Tomachinska, General Manager E-Systems, added: “I’m excited to continue the distribution of Ainsworth gaming machines. We’ve been a distributor of the Ainsworth brand for 12 years, we rolled out the first Ainsworth slots in the German-speaking market and we were able to grow the market share constantly each year. We are convinced that the new generation of Ainsworth gaming machines will be a great addition to all our customers’ product portfolios and that we can build on the success of the past.”

 

NOVOMATIC celebrates 25 years of SAGSE Buenos Aires

Taking part in the celebrations of the 25th edition of SAGSE Latin America @Buenos Aires, NOVOMATIC joins gaming suppliers, business executives and industry partners from Argentina and the surrounding regions on November 7-9 at the Costa Salguero Convention Center in the nation’s capital. With an increased floor space on Booth #216, NOVOMATIC’s latest product highlights for Latin America will be on show.

The major trade show of the Latin American gaming industry SAGSE Buenos Aires celebrates a quarter of a century this year, and as a long-standing partner of the event, NOVOMATIC will once again deliver an impressive range of innovation. Following its successful launch at G2E Las Vegas, the From Dusk Till Dawn™ slot game is sure to be a show highlight as the title that brings the cult movie by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino to casinos will be presented on the V.I.P. Lounge™.

For the first time at the show will be the NOVOSTAR® V.I.P. Royal cabinet with Asian Fortunes™ that presents a huge 65” screen, VIP chair and explosive sound. Another first is the video bingo division Otium that will bring the OT100 cabinet to SAGSE for the first time with a range of new bingo games and jackpots specific to the Latin American market.

Leading cabinets available for the region will also be displayed with new global and market attuned content. The GAMINATOR® Scorpion makes its second appearance at SAGSE featuring Impera Line™ HD Edition 5 as well as the Superia Games Premium Mix. The DOMINATOR® will offer games from both NOVO LINE™ Interactive and Superia platforms, and a range of NOVO LINE™ Concurve games will be displayed on the DOMINATOR® Curve. Player favourites in Latin America – the IMPERATOR™ cabinet as well as PINBALL ROULETTE™ – will both return to the show.

Octavian will demonstrate its ACP – Accounting Control Progressives – casino management system that continues to grow in popularity throughout the region. This modular system is scalable and can be rolled out from single-site to multi-venue operations. The latest capabilities including advanced Player Tracking and Player Loyalty modules will be demonstrated at SAGSE. In addition, Octavian will present its latest range of WAP jackpot solutions.

Fabian Grous, Managing Director NOVOMATIC Argentina, said: “Argentina is a very important market for NOVOMATIC and SAGSE Buenos Aires will be the ideal space to show for the first time in the region From Dusk Till Dawn™ and all the other new titles in our games library. We look forward to meeting with our customers and partners to present a host of winning technology systems, cabinets and jackpots.”

 

Novomatic Americas Partners with Foxwoods Resort Casino to Debut its ETG System in the US

World-class technology leaders NOVOMATIC and FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO to premier an impressive display of over 54 dealer-assisted electronic table games (ETGs) at FOXWOODS.

NOVOMATIC Americas, the US subsidiary of the NOVOMATIC Group, has signed a multi-year agreement with North America’s largest casino resort that will bring NOVOMATIC’s industry-leading dealer-assisted Electronic Table Game product lines to the Northeast’s premier resort destination. With this multi-year agreement, Foxwoods and NOVOMATIC are dedicated to creating and adapting entertainment concepts to offer the ultimate personalized ETG experience.

The initial installation features a combination of 30 electronic gaming terminals in an inviting layout where live dealers drive the play of Novo TouchBet® Live-Baccarat and Novo TouchBet® Live-Black Jack – with multi-table selection on demand. Huge screens, dramatic lighting and personal player stations containing charging ports, bag hooks and dedicated beverage holders complete this unique offering. A second installation of 24 units will follow.

Rick Meitzler, President and CEO of NOVOMATIC Americas, said: “The entire team at NOVOMATIC Americas is proud to be a part of this exciting entertainment concept. Novo Line Novo Unity™ II has proved to be a world-leading ETG platform in its class, providing a flexible, secure and robust system to create incredible player excitement. Our ETG system is easily configurable and expands as player demand increases. Over the past several months our teams have worked together on new game concepts, design, development and the necessary approvals.”

The relationship allows NOVOMATIC and Foxwoods to continue collaboratively expanding their product offerings from slots and the successful Foxwoods Online Casino, powered by Greentube Pro, to an extended Electronic Table Games experience on the casino floor.

Wayne Theiss, SVP of Table Games for Foxwoods, said: “We are constantly looking for creative and interesting ways to entertain our players. The NOVOMATIC Americas team are great partners because they understand operations. They are operators and innovators. They listen and will deliver a mix of new products offering a range of entertaining, player-friendly electronic table gaming choices.”

NOVOMATIC’s NOVO LINE Novo Unity™ II is a world-renowned entertainment system that provides a player-friendly, low barrier to entry, welcoming gaming experience. The multiplayer terminal is built on the huge success of the system in Europe and can be displayed with virtual ‘Flying’ versions of Black Jack, Roulette, Baccarat, Sic Bo and Poker 3. The dealer-operated Novo TouchBet® Live-Roulette, together with automated Novo Multi-Roulette™ and Novo Flying Roulette™, as well as Baccarat and Black Jack games, may be connected on the terminals to enable Simultaneous Betting™.

The product line is highly configurable to achieve a vast array of floor designs, player experiences and space requirements. A great variety of terminals such as the popular EXECUTIVE™ SL and NOVOSTAR® SL1 and SL2 can be linked to a single gaming device and server to maximize space. The game design allows for any level of player to personalize their entertainment experience – from novice to avid players, the Grand Dragon play area provides it all.

The installation will take place during Q4 this year.

NOVOMATIC teams up with Miramax for a blockbuster

NOVOMATIC has entered a licensing agreement with Miramax® for the rights to produce casino games based on the infamous crime and horror film ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’. As part of the multi-year agreement, NOVOMATIC is able to develop and distribute ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ branded games for both land-based and online casino platforms.

Directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by Quentin Tarantino, ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, providing an ideal time to resurrect the film on casino floors worldwide. Rodriguez more recently developed ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ into an original series that has gained rave reviews and recently concluded its third season.

Staying true to the cult classic, the ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ slot game delivers an explosive adventure for slot enthusiasts and fans of the film alike. Starring George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino as the Gecko brothers, Salma Hayek as Santanico Pandemonium, as well as Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis and Danny Trejo in footage from the film, players are taken on a journey to Mexico from the comfort of a V.I.P. chair on the luxury NOVOSTAR® V.I.P. III and V.I.P. Lounge™ cabinets that control the action and provide gripping surround sound.

In addition to various features and mini bonuses happening during the base game, three bonus symbols trigger the ‘Bonus Twister’ wheel that players spin to win credits or enter a bonus. Sit back and watch the sensual dancer as she moves around the reels in the ‘Dancing Bonus’, acting as a ‘Dancing Wild’ symbol that can fill up to three reels and rack up big wins by doing so. In the ‘Mugshot Bonus’, reels spin to uncover Clooney and Tarantino mugshots that match various credits.

‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ will make its international debut at the upcoming G2E in Las Vegas!

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas Graf, CTO NOVOMATIC, said: “From Dusk Till Dawn is a cult film that has regained attention due to its 20-year anniversary. We are very pleased to be partnering with Miramax on this great brand and are excited to combine our world-class gaming technology with this distinguished film and bring it to casino players around the world.”

NOVOMATIC and Ainsworth unite at G2E for extensive US showcase

For the first time at the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas, NOVOMATIC and Ainsworth Game Technology will team up to showcase a combined booth, brimming with market-first innovation. Presenting a comprehensive product portfolio that features best-in-class technologies from both companies, visitors to Booth #1259 will see the latest range of cabinet innovations, premium branded slots, electronic table games, linked progressive jackpot solutions, system tools, online and social content, as well as a few surprises in store.

Taking centre stage for NOVOMATIC will be the international premiere of From Dusk Till Dawn, following the recent partnership with Miramax®. This enthralling theme resurrects the Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez classic on the casino floor as the cult film celebrates its 20-year anniversary. Presented on the NOVOSTAR® V.I.P. III and V.I.P. Lounge™ cabinets, the game has all the elements to inspire players with its fiery gameplay, Dusk and Dawn jackpots, and exciting features and bonuses.

A major highlight for Ainsworth will be Pac-Man™ Dynamic Edition that sees one of the most recognizable figures in arcade game history on the A640® cabinet. This title follows the success of Pac-Man™ Wild Edition, which has seen significant uptake in the US, and adds even more fun with thrilling bonus features and massive jackpots. The A640® will also feature exciting new titles such as Desert Dawn, Desert Dusk, Rumble Rumble Eagle and Nostradamus, and new brands QuickSpin and Power Shot will debut at the show.

 

 

From the NOVOMATIC V.I.P. line of speciality cabinets will be the NOVOSTAR® V.I.P. Royal that features a standout 65” upright full HD LED screen. Presenting a selection of feature games such as Asian Fortunes™ and Treasures of Tut™ – two player-favourites in the US – this attractive cabinet unfolds the Very Important Player Experience on a grand scale. The hit NOVOSTAR® V.I.P. II and V.I.P. Lounge™ cabinets will also be on show with a selection of new games such as Dancing Dragons™ and Hold your Horses™.

The full range of Ainsworth cabinets, including the A640®, A600® and A600® Slant Top, will display more than 130 games, for both Class III and Class II markets. Highlights on the A600® include Hao Yun Dao, a new Asian-themed linked progressive series, as well as new brands FirePower and Big Hit Bonanza, which make their international debuts at the show. Undoubtedly the Class II highlight will be the unveiling of AnyBet, a linked progressive system that offers players the chance to win progressive jackpots on any Ainsworth game.

Developed in collaboration with teams in the US, Austria and worldwide, a selection of content for the US will be previewed by NOVOMATIC Americas. New titles include Empire V™ Superior, Red Dream™, JackPOP!™ and JackPOW!™, as well as Jackpot Edition deluxe games. Leading technologies for global markets will feature the hit GAMINATOR® Scorpion and DOMINATOR® Curve cabinets, the redesigned NOVOSTAR® II, and the new Lotus Roulette™ Pro – a live gaming experience that combines slots and table games, and features a high-speed roulette wheel that boasts the world’s fastest game frequency.

The latest selection of online, mobile and social gaming solutions will be exhibited by Greentube, the NOVOMATIC interactive division. A highlight of the presentation will be Greentube Pro – the private-label social casino built from the ground up for the US. Cutting-edge bingo machines will be on display by the video bingo subsidiary Otium, as well as leading bingo titles, standalone and linked jackpots. In addition, Octavian will demonstrate its latest tools on the ACP – Accounting Control Progressives – casino management system.

 

NOVOMATIC Lines Up Products For Entertainment Arena Expo

Returning to Bucharest for the eleventh edition of the Entertainment Arena Expo, NOVOMATIC will take centre stage at the Romanian trade show to display a complete range of products for Central and Eastern European gaming markets. On Stand #201 at the Romexpo Fair Ground in Bucharest, NOVOMATIC will display its latest product innovations for the market.

As the leader in the Romanian casino market with more than 60% floor share, the NOVOMATIC brand is well established in the country, as new products are launched that enhance the gaming experience. Visitors to the Entertainment Arena Expo 2017 on September 4-6 will have the chance to see the latest product highlights and understand first-hand why NOVOMATIC products continue to be top performers.

New for the market is the GAMINATOR® Scorpion cabinet that will be on display with the Impera Line™ HD Edition 5 game mix. The successor to the GAMINATOR™ that is highly popular in Romania and surrounding markets, the new cabinet is compatible with a vast array of NOVOMATIC content and, set in a matte black finish with first-class graphics and game-dependent LED glow, has a high visual appeal.

Product highlights also include the international hit DOMINATOR®, IMPERATOR™ S3, NOVOSTAR™ II and NOVOSTAR™ SL3 cabinets featuring a selection of classic and new games such as Book of Ra™, Dolphin’s Pearl™, Amazon’s Diamonds™ and Upward™. From the V.I.P. cabinet suite is the V.I.P. Lounge™ that offers a space-optimized lounge format and will present a range of market-leading game titles.

Specific areas will be used to display TIP&CASH terminals that have been making their way into sports betting operations throughout Romania. Another area will be used for the Ainsworth brand highlighting the A600® and Multi Win 14 game mix featuring a 2-level mystery progressive jackpot. In addition guests are invited to enjoy a great variety of special contests, prizes and awards that will take place on the NOVOMATIC Stand #201 over the three-day event.

Valentin Adrian Georgescu, CEO NOVOMATIC Romania, said:  “Entertainment Arena Expo is undeniably the most important annual event of the gaming industry in Romania. For NOVOMATIC, the presence at this exhibition, which brings together the largest producers, distributors and decision makers in the industry, has always created the perfect professional setting to present the group's top innovations. NOVOMATIC is an ever-evolving group of companies that embraces innovation to make a real difference in gaming by offering first-class product brands and services both for B2B and B2C sectors. Our best-selling collections of games are favorites to millions of fans globally and in Romania, they’ve continued to be the first choice for entertainment for more than two decades.”

Global Sales Division of NOVOMATIC takes over Sales Management of Ainsworth in Europe

Gumpoldskirchen, 11 August 2017 – In line with a strategic commitment to strengthen the sales force, product offering and customer support of Ainsworth, the Global Sales Division of NOVOMATIC, headed by Mr. Lawrence Levy, is assuming the sales management of Ainsworth in Europe.

In charge of the Ainsworth brand introduction, product positioning and direct sales to European gaming operators will be Mrs. Sonya Nikolova, who has successfully headed the sales for NOVOMATIC in the CEE countries.

Sonya Nikolova said: "Customer satisfaction and building long-term relationships within the gaming industry has been an immense motivation of mine for many years. I am enthusiastic about my new role with NOVOMATIC – I consider it a big responsibility and honor – and one that will complement the quality of services and diversity of products that are delivered to our customers and partners. I am committed to enforcing my deep industry expertise and knowledge to the development and popularization of the Ainsworth brand in Europe, as well as to collaborate intensively with my colleagues to improve customer support and product competitiveness."

The head position for sales in the CEE countries will be entrusted to Mr. Roman Czubak, who has a long record with NOVOMATIC and previously held important roles in Research and Development, Project Management and Sales for the company. Roman Czubak commented on his new appointment: "For me, this appointment means returning to a sales function with the great responsibility of further building and strengthening the NOVOMATIC brand in this core market".

In their respective roles and with the purpose of promoting the major product brands included in the NOVOMATIC portfolio, Mrs. Nikolova and Mr. Czubak will report to Mr. Lawrence Levy, Vice President of Global Sales for NOVOMATIC Gaming Industries GmbH.