nder the terms of the contract, Scientific Games will provide real-time communication and control between every licensed video gaming terminal in the state of Illinois on a 24 hours a day/7 days a week/365 days a year basis for the life of the contract. The contract was awarded through a competitive procurement process, has an initial term of six years and includes an additional four-year contract extension option.
Under legislation signed by Governor Quinn in 2009 every licensed video gaming terminal must be connected to a central communication system, which must be able to support up to 60,000 terminals in up to 15,000 locations.
"We are well aware how important video gaming revenue is to the success of Illinois capital projects and our role in ensuring the integrity, fairness and security of that operation. The central communication system is a crucial element of this success and we are looking forward to working with Scientific Games," stated Mark Ostrowski, Administrator of the Illinois Gaming Board. "Their proven experience operating wide-area gaming systems throughout the world will enable us to implement video gaming in Illinois."
"This is a significant award for Scientific Games as Illinois could prove to be the largest video gaming network in the country with the potential for up to 60,000 video gaming terminals," said Michael R. Chambrello, President and CEO of Scientific Games. "Given the size of this network, Illinois' selection of Scientific Games is a tremendous endorsement of the advancement of our technology and service and further affirmation of our North American gaming strategy, which focuses on building our core strengths while leveraging the experience, content and technological expertise of The Global Draw."
Scientific Games' global central systems business, including its The Global Draw and Games Media subsidiaries, currently operates over 115,000 terminals throughout the world.