LAS VEGAS—The Las Vegas debut of the new PAC-MAN™ WILD EDITION video slot will take place at eight Boyd Gaming properties across Southern Nevada, including The Orleans, Gold Coast, Cannery and more. The machines will be rolled out to properties and available to play by June 1.

The iconic PAC-MAN character is one of the most recognizable figures in video game history and was the basis for the most successful arcade game of all time. Now, PAC-MAN will arrive on casino floors this month as the star of PAC-MAN WILD EDITION, a new game from Ainsworth Game Technologies.

Boyd Gaming properties will be the first in southern Nevada to offer the game, including The Orleans Hotel and Casino, Gold Coast Hotel and Casino, Suncoast Hotel and Casino, Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas; the Cannery Casino Hotel in North Las Vegas; and Fremont Hotel and Casino, California Hotel and Casino, and Main Street Station Casino Hotel Brewery in Downtown Las Vegas.

“Our customers expect the latest, hottest slot titles at our properties, and we’re excited to be able to offer Las Vegas locals and visitors alike the first opportunity to play PAC-MAN WILD EDITION,” said Matt Ryan, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Boyd Gaming.

The title provides all the recognizable PAC-MAN sounds and imagery loved by people around the globe. PAC-MAN WILD EDITION is the first offering as part of a strategic partnership between Ainsworth and BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.

“This is the biggest brand we have ever offered at Ainsworth,” said Ainsworth President – North America Mike Dreitzer. “The game looks amazing and it’s packed with bonuses that will attract both slot fanatics and PAC-MAN fans. We are thrilled to introduce the product at Boyd Gaming’s amazing properties.”

PAC-MAN WILD EDITION offers players all the excitement of the classic arcade game. The game features a thrilling Free Games feature, a Wheel Spin feature and a progressive jackpot. PAC-MAN appears throughout the game, offering players wilds and other fun ways to win.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (4/12/2017) - Aruze Gaming America, Inc. (“Aruze”) just announced that, as of April 12th, 2017, they are instituting an industry-leading two-year performance guarantee on all of their APX and any new video platforms going forward. Leading the way, Aruze will now offer this first of its kind performance guarantee on all new orders of APX and any new video platforms going forward at no cost to the customer. This promotion will be introduced at the 2017 National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) Tradeshow & Convention.

Eric Persson, General Manager and Senior Advisor of Product Development, states, “Aruze has some of the best game designers in the industry and is proud to stand behind our products. When you purchase hardware from us, we see it as the beginning of a relationship, and we want our customers to be 100% happy. We believe it’s the right thing to do.” Previously a slot machine buyer for one of the largest gaming companies in the world, Eric added, “I always thought there was something wrong when I’d make a significant slot machine purchase only to be forced to buy new software when the game they sold me didn’t perform. We at Aruze feel the same way and that is why all of our APX video platforms and any future video platforms will come with a 24-month performance guarantee.”

For more information, please contact an Aruze Regional Account Executive.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (3/1/2017) - Aruze Gaming America, Inc. (“Aruze”) announced today that it has appointed Eric H. Persson as General Manager. As General Manager, effective March 6, 2017, Eric will oversee all of Aruze’s operations in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. In this role, his initial focus will be on the Sales, Marketing, Human Resources, Production and Service functions.

“Aruze is very fortunate to have secured the experience and skill-sets of such a talented gaming executive,” said Aruze’s Global COO Yugo Kinoshita. He added that, “the gaming industry has become very competitive, requiring a leader with strong product knowledge and an understanding of our customer’s customer, the player. There are very few people in the industry that can match Eric’s proven track record in this area.”

Eric’s career in the gaming industry spans 17 years, most recently as Corporate Senior Vice President of Global Slot Operations and Slot Marketing at Las Vegas Sands Corporation. In this position, Eric was responsible for slot operations and marketing at each of Las Vegas Sands’ and Sands China Limited casinos. This included all slot purchases and mass marketing programs via direct mail, Email, events and promotions. Prior to joining the Las Vegas Sands Corp., Eric held senior positions at Harrah’s Entertainment, Coast Resorts, Delaware North, and American Racing and Entertainment. His titles in these organizations included Director of Tables Games, President, and General Manager. While in these positions, Eric gained an in-depth knowledge of all regional gaming segments including Las Vegas Resorts, local casinos, Native American casinos, and local racinos. “I'm looking forward to being part of such a dynamic company and team,” said Eric.

Eric holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Criminal Justice, Sociology, Psychology and Communications from the University of Nevada Las Vegas as well as a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Aruze also announced that with Eric’s arrival, Richard Pennington will no longer maintain the title of CEO at Aruze Gaming America. Mr. Pennington will remain on the Board of Directors and focus on his global responsibilities, including Finance, Accounting, Legal, and Compliance as Global CFO and CAO. “Eric joins Aruze at a time when its financial stability and long term competitive advantages position it to build on a history of growth in the North American markets. I’m confident that with a strong staff at his side our sales momentum will kick into an even higher gear,” Mr. Pennington commented.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (2/6/2017) - Aruze Gaming America, Inc. (“Aruze”) announced that on January 27th, 2017, the State of Wisconsin Division of Gaming, Office of Indian Gaming and Regulatory Compliance (“OIGRC”), granted Aruze a certificate to operate as a gaming related contractor, which allows Aruze to distribute gambling equipment to the state’s tribal casinos.

Melissa Sweitzer, Senior Vice President of Sales, states “As part of our continued efforts to expand Aruze’s market share, we are very happy to announce the receipt of our license in the State of Wisconsin. This milestone strengthens our strategy to provide innovative and cutting edge products to new customers as well as offering fun and exciting experiences to players.”

Aruze has a variety of game content for video and stepper slot games. Its well-known electronic table games have also gained a significant popularity among casino operators and players in recent years. With such a strong product offering, Aruze is excited to add more gaming options for the Wisconsin market.

For more information, visit or contact the Senior Vice President of Sales Melissa Sweitzer at