SOURCE: American Gaming Systems (AGS)

American Gaming Systems (AGS)

October 11, 2011 08:00 ET

American Gaming Systems (AGS) Announces Licensing Agreement for RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT!®

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - Oct 11, 2011) - American Gaming Systems (AGS), a leading designer, manufacturer and operator of gaming machines with more than 8,000 units in operation, announced today that:

  • It has entered into an exclusive, North American licensing agreement with Ripley Entertainment, Inc. to develop casino games based on the world-famous RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT!® brand, which for nearly a century has entertained the world with its unique collection of astounding yet true facts, feats and oddities.

The licensing agreement with Ripley Entertainment will allow AGS to offer its first branded title and build on the success of RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT!® slot machines that were marketed by another company in the 2001-2004 timeframe. At the peak of the game's popularity, more than 1,000 RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT!® machines were in casinos nationwide as players responded with excitement to the ground-breaking knowledge-based elements that were incorporated into the game.

Based in Orlando, Fla., Ripley Entertainment, Inc. operates the world's largest chain of museum-type attractions with 80 attractions in 10 countries that draw visits from more than 12 million people annually. Robert L. Ripley was for 40 years a famous cartoonist, radio personality, lecturer, world traveler and collector of amazing but true facts, feats and oddities, which comprised his RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! Episodes. At its peak, the classic cartoon series appeared in 300 newspapers in 17 different languages and was read by 80 million people around the globe.

With its proprietary 3-D graphics engine, AGS' Roadrunner platform, which features an accelerated video frame refresh rate, producing crystal-clear graphics and superior game-play features, will power the RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT!® game. Roadrunner also allows AGS to develop both Class III and Class II titles that give players the same entertainment experience and boosts AGS' commitment to support its Class II customers and markets.

"We are thrilled to partner with the #1 worldwide brand for unbelievable facts. We look forward to creating trivia-based, feature-rich games with player interactivity unlike anything offered in casinos today," said Dr. Olaf Vancura, Vice President of Game Development at AGS.

With roots in the gaming industry dating back to 1996, AGS' current portfolio of products includes Class III and Class II machines, Class III and Class II server-based gaming and wide-area progressives. Privately held by San Francisco-based Alpine Investors, AGS is a leader in the Class II space, providing video machines to tribal markets, and has sales, service, development or management locations in Nevada, Illinois, Oklahoma and Canada, with a satellite service presence in a number of other jurisdictions. AGS' current list of market approvals spans key jurisdictions from coast to coast and the Company's expansion plan is on target for new approvals that will give AGS a presence in every major market in the country, including Nevada and New Jersey.

Contact Information

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