Interview with Eduardo Aching

"Konami will stand out at G2E 2022 for its large mix of proven product options"

Eduardo Aching, Vice President of International Gaming Operations at Konami Gaming.
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As this year's edition of G2E Las Vegas approaches, companies are eager to return to the must-attend global event, a fixture of the gaming industry's events lineup. Among high-profile businesses set to exhibit at The Venetian Expo, October 11-13, is Konami Gaming. The designer and manufacturer of slot machines and casino management systems will be exhibiting an expansive list of gaming entertainment and technology, through a showcase rooted in "the winning experience."

"Our focus is on connecting with customers and giving them a chance to try the latest innovations first-hand," Eduardo Aching, Vice President of International Gaming Operations at Konami Gaming, tells Yogonet ahead of G2E. In this exclusive interview, Aching discusses what visitors will find in Konami's booth at the expo; his expectations for the event; and discusses the company's latest launches, among other key issues.

What will visitors approaching Konami's booth find on this occasion? 

Since last year, Konami has delivered a number of wins for casinos, including top game entertainment, proven reliable DIMENSION hardware, and high-demand SYNKROS casino systems solutions. 

So for G2E 2022, Konami is offering entertainment and technology rooted in the winning experience, through fun DIMENSION content and more SYNKROS advancements made to create, facilitate, and reinforce winning moments

What are your expectations for Konami's participation in the event and what will make the company stand out from the competition?

From what we’ve seen so far, G2E 2022 should have a good representation of international operators. And Konami Gaming’s full network of international sales representatives and distributors will also be present. I’m anticipating a lot of open conversations with customers —discussing goals, challenges, and interests— while exploring ways Konami can deliver support

Konami will stand out at G2E 2022 for a large mix of proven product options, from the industry’s #1 top-performing core portrait / portrait slant cabinet to charting-topping content including Ocean Spin, All Aboard, Fortune Mint, and the Triple Sparkle series. Our team is very happy to offer these proven products to our customers, and we want to work creatively and cooperatively to bring their players the best our industry has to offer. 

Konami's Ocean Spin slot series

What do you consider to be the opportunities that G2E offers the company this year?

Our focus is on connecting with customers and giving them a chance to try the latest innovations first-hand. That is the most important G2E opportunity for us. 

In July, in an interview with Yogonet, you stated that "the opening and establishment of Konami's local operations in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay has been very well received." What are Konami's strategies for continuing to expand its presence and reach in the Latin American region for the remainder of the year?

For the remainder of 2022, Konami is focused on serving casino customers in Latin America through continued product delivery, installation, and expansion. Konami has one of the most advanced hardware solutions available in our brand-new DIMENSION series of products, and the industry’s best-in-class casino management system, SYNKROS. We want to bring these strong solutions and results to our casino partners. 

Konami's Fortune Mint slot series

Konami’s most recent launches include original slot series such as America's Rich Life, BattleBots, Chili Chili Fire Hot Rush, and Lucky Drums, as well as innovations regarding the SYNKROS casino management system. Will these innovations be at the forefront of the G2E exhibit? Do you have any other launches of this magnitude in sight?

Konami is premiering a wide mix of original series at G2E 2022, including several we have not announced yet. Ocean Spin, America’s Rich Life, Bull Blitz, and BattleBots will be at the forefront of G2E 2022, but to get a full picture of the industry’s very latest releases, guests should come to the Konami booth when the show goes live. There will be much more to see, across the DIMENSION cabinet line

Recently, Konami Gaming was honored for its All Aboard slot series, which won first place for Best Progressive Slot and Best Video Slot in the Southern California Gaming Guide's Reader's Choice 2022 Best Slots awards. In addition to these awards, the All Aboard Gold Express version won second place as Best Dollar Slot. What does this recognition mean for the company?

Konami is thrilled for this recognition from players on All Aboard. We consider All Aboard’s first-place awards as another indication of the game’s entertainment value, popularity, and originality. The All Aboard feature, as well as the different free game events, have given players truly fun and memorable reward experiences. 

For several months, All Aboard has ranked in the industry’s Top Grossing Parent Games – Premium Leased & WAP, according to Eilers & Krejcik, and All Aboard is planned for further international market release in the near future. Our goal is to continue expanding those results, across more of our customer base, with ongoing content support.

For any casinos that have not tried All Aboard, the original games will be live at G2E Las Vegas to try. Additionally, G2E 2022 will feature Konami’s latest All Aboard brand extensions to deliver ongoing excitement.

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