Interview with Eduardo Aching

Konami: "Economic concerns and political uncertainty affecting the gaming industry will not disappear overnight"

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The Vice President of International Gaming Operations of Konami Gaming, Eduardo Aching, held an exclusive interview with Yogonet Latin America about the company's next challenges and the latest achievements, emphasizing the commitment and determination to face 'economic concerns and political uncertainty' with their best products. 

How do you assess Konami's performance in the first four months of 2023? Were the proposed objectives achieved? What are the upcoming challenges that the company will face?

The new year is off to a strong start for Konami Gaming and its customers. We enjoyed a great connection with casino properties during ICE London 2023, with a very positive reception for the award-winning DIMENSION games. In addition, Konami's latest DIMENSION slot games are seeing rapid expansion in Central and South America. We are meeting our company's objectives to deliver, install and expand the best and proven DIMENSION games to casino customers.

Globally, there are economic concerns as well as political uncertainty. These forces will not disappear overnight. So Konami is committed to working even harder in partnership with casino customers to find good long-term solutions that bring value to their business.

Can you confirm your participation in other upcoming industry events? What do you consider the importance of these types of events?

Konami's next event is the Perú Gaming Show 2023 in Lima. Later this fall, Konami will return as a major exhibitor at G2E Las Vegas. These industry events allow us to connect with our customers face-to-face to hear what's new in their business, market, and future plans. The trade events also offer casinos a great opportunity to try out the latest cutting-edge products first-hand.

At IGA Tradeshow & Convention, you showcased the new DIMENSION TOP Box. Do you have any new releases planned for the coming months? What are the current top-performing products?

In Konami's DIMENSION 27 stacked monitor, we have a strong portfolio of integrated linked progressives that are among the top-performing products in the industry. Dragon Law Fortune and Stuffed Coins are hitting initial launch locations and have been ranked among the industry's highest indexing NEW Games - Core, Video Reel. So our casino clients are confidently bringing these new games to their gaming floors.

In the vertical screen format with DIMENSION 49 and DIMENSION 49J, we encourage our casino customers to take advantage of the most popular series, such as Ocean Spin, Fortune Mint, and Lucky Envelope. These games have a proven track record of performance success, and we are ready and equipped to deliver now to casinos.

This month, AGEM published its index, showing a 5.10-point drop in March, with Konami as the largest positive contributor. What does this mean for the company, and to what do you believe this leadership is due?

Konami Gaming's contribution to the AGEM index is through our parent company KONAMI GROUP CORPORATION, which is a highly diversified company in entertainment and sports. KONAMI GROUP includes video games, arcade games, collectible cards, gyms, and sports products, as well as casino games and technology. Konami Gaming's relationship with KONAMI GROUP provides an avenue for innovative consumer technology and creative entertainment to enter the casino gaming arena.

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