hich products did Alfastreet exhibit at G2E 2008?
During the G2E Show, we have exhibited the new Poker Multi-player and also the other machines from our product portfolio. There was a new Video Baccarat Multi-player, which is Alfastreet first video based game and will allow casino operators to extend the offer of Multi-player games in their Casinos. Another very important product on display was a classic and extremely popular Alfastreet R8 roulette, which is the main and most successful product in the Alfastreet range.
Other Multi-player’s on display included a Dice-Sic Bo Multi-player and a Multi-wheel roulette, which were connected to the all new SL line of single terminals. Multi-wheel roulette allows operators to connect up to three Live roulette tables to Alfastreet electronic terminals in order to extend the betting and revenue possibilities of the casino.
Which was the feedback received from visitors and clients on the products showcased?
The feedback from customers and operators during the show was excellent. Our first goal on the show was to meet the US and Latin American customers and present them the latest products. They were enthusiastic about the new products and about the development of the company.
How did you see the show? How important was for Alfastreet to be present in Las Vegas show?
The G2e show is very important for Alfastreet. This year’s show was very busy and very successful for us as we have strengthened our position on the US market and this is thanks to the collaboration with Atronic Americas and Gtech. The collaboration is already showing the results and we are looking forward to a positive 2009, even if the situation on the US market is not very good at the moment.
How is Alfastreet positioned in the US market? Which plans does the company have for it?
Together with Atronic Americas, which is our partner for the US we are working hard to increase our presence on the market. Personally I am optimistic even if now we are facing a difficult moment in the US and this is because finally US market is finally accepting the Multi-player machines. This was a long and difficult path, which we have already successfully taken in Europe some years ago. In Europe Multi-player machines are an integral part every Casino floor and have proven themselves with exceptional performance and profit.
Getting close to the end of the year, which is the balance you can do of 2008?
2008 was a very positive year for Alfastreet and year of high growth even if the markets already started to show signs of crisis. This is mostly because our products distinct themselves for high profitability and quality.
How do you think current international economic crisis can affect gaming industry?
The gaming industry is already affected by the crisis. This year we have seen that Vegas is down by 30% in revenue and people attendance and that was easy to see on the airport and in Taxi cues. We will see how the crisis will reflect in Europe and in Latin America. Of course we all hope that the impact will be as low as possible.
Does Alfastreet plan any specific strategy to face the international crisis?
We are preparing measures to counter a possible slow down in the 2009, so we will be ready for every possible scenario, but as said we are optimistic for the future.