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Strategic deal to deliver VLTs under the “Merkur Inspired” brand

Merkur Gaming and Inspired signed partnership for the Italian VLT market

(Italy).- Merkur Gaming, a subsidiary of German Gauselmann Group, and supplier of Server-Based Gaming (SBG) terminals, Inspired Gaming Group, announced a special partnership for the Italian VLT market.
2010-09-17
Italy
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Inspired’s Open VLTTM platform is one of only three approved by AAMS for the Italian VLT market and the second to be installed in the country. The exciting collaboration between the two companies will combine the power of Inspired’s cutting-edge Open VLTTM platform with Merkur Gaming’s popular casino-style cabinets and extensive library of games, developed especially for the Italian VLT market.

Both companies have significant strengths to offer Italian operators and concessionaires. Merkur Gaming is a leading manufacturer and supplier of AWPs and casino slots for the international market, bringing to the strategic partnership a range of ultra-modern cabinet variants and decades of experience in designing top-performing games. Merkur Gaming is a trusted supplier of Comma 6a machines to the Italian market, offering the best choice of high quality cabinets and games. The same standard of high quality cabinets and games will now be available as VLT (Comma 6b) products on Inspired’s powerful Open VLTTM platform.

Inspired, the SBG specialist recently acquired and refinanced by leading London private equity firm Vitruvian Partners, is one of only three companies authorized to supply VLTs in Italy and was the second supplier to go live in venues in Italy. As well as its proven Open VLTTM platform, Inspired also has a leading range of High Definition VLT games and cabinets to bring to the partnership, including ‘Storm’ - the first and only HD GamingTM machine in the marketplace.

VLTs from “Merkur Inspired” are the most content focused in the marketplace. Merkur Gaming is launching a new range of VLT games: a mix of Merkur Gaming’s best performing Comma 6a games, modified for VLTs, and plenty of exciting new releases. As well as quality content from Merkur Gaming, Inspired’s Open VLTTM system also has top games from Inspired’s game development team and other leading content providers including Magic Dreams, Max Gaming, Psiclone and Blueprint.

The “Merkur Inspired” collaboration therefore offers an unprecedented range of cabinets and games, all available on Inspired’s Open VTLTM platform. The range of cabinets includes Inspired’s HD GamingTM widescreen ‘Storm’ and casino-style ‘Prospero’, and Merkur Gaming’s elegant ‘WB4’ upright casino-style cabinet and innovative ‘Slant Top’ with special chrome features and lighting effects, both exclusively manufactured by adp Gauselmann GmbH in Luebbecke, Germany.

Jens Stradtmann, CEO of Merkur Gaming, commented: “Merkur Inspired is a winning combination of innovative Open VLTTM technology, the most successful and exciting games especially developed for the Italian VLT market and state of the art cabinets. Merkur Gaming is already very successful in the Comma 6a market and our focus has always been to deliver the best games and cabinets to the Italian gaming industry. With the birth of VLTs in Italy, we are convinced that our experience in the Comma 6a market and the high quality of all our products will be very popular with operators and players, guaranteeing the success of Merkur Inspired in the Italian VLT market.”

Luke Alvarez, CEO of Inspired, commented: “The future of VLT has arrived in Italy – this partnership will dramatically shake up the market, setting a new standard for VLTs. Italy is a key market for Inspired and we are already making an impact with the strength of our VLT system and range of compelling VLT products. Because we believe in always excelling the competition, our Open VLT platform is built to be ‘open’ to partnerships with the industry’s best companies. Merkur Gaming is the perfect hardware and content partner for us on this project and we are very excited about the results of our collaboration. We’re proud to be one of only three approved suppliers and now we’re looking to strengthen our position by increasing our customers’ access to a range of cabinets and content from Europe’s leading manufacturer and games developer.” 

The two companies will be exhibiting the compelling results of their VLT partnership at the ENADA show in Rome from 6th- 8th October, where they will be sharing Stand 67 in Hall Four.

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