SOURCE: Gaming Standards Association

Gaming Standards Association

March 18, 2010 11:00 ET

Gaming Standards Association Creates Game Authentication Committee to Develop an EGM Validation Protocol

Committee Will Work to Alleviate Software Verification Issues

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - March 18, 2010) -  In today's gaming industry, there are three software concerns at the gaming device level. First, there is not an accepted standard for validating machine software at the machine, second, multiple versions of the game authentication terminal are being used for verification, and third, there is not a common or recommended method for validating files on high capacity storage media. To help operators, regulators and suppliers resolve this situation, the Gaming Standards Association has created the Game Authentication Terminal (GAT) Committee.

Comprised of GSA members from around the world, the newly formed committee will work to formalize a common GAT protocol interface for use in verifying the software on a gaming device by physically connecting to the gaming device. The committee will also define a common method of validating software from high capacity storage devices, such as CDROM, DVD, hard drive and disk-on-chip.

GSA President Peter DeRaedt said, "The lack of standardization in this area is a concern because it complicates a very important process and adds undue costs for everyone involved. As is the case with all of GSA's standards committees, the work that comes out of GAT will benefit the entire industry by solving a problem, reducing costs and creating a standard that will be globally acceptable."

About the Gaming Standards Association (GSA): The Gaming Standards Association (GSA) is an international trade association that creates benefits for gaming manufacturers, suppliers, operators and regulators. We facilitate the identification, definition, development, promotion, and implementation of open standards to enable innovation, education, and communication for the benefit of the entire industry. Established in 1998, GSA's members represent a wide cross section of the global gaming industry. Follow GSA on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

GSA's Game to System (G2S) Protocol has been named "Best Productivity-Enhancement Technology" by Global Gaming Business Magazine, one of Casino Journal magazine's "Top 3 Most Innovative Products"; and one of Casino Enterprise Management's "Top 10 Slot Floor Technologies."

Platinum members include AMX; Aristocrat Technologies Inc.; Bally Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: BYI); International Game Technology (NYSE: IGT); Konami Gaming Inc.; MEI; Seminole Tribe of Florida; SPIELO (an affiliate of GTECH LTO.MI); Techlink Entertainment International Ltd. and WMS Gaming Inc. (NYSE: WMS). Other members include: 3M Touch Systems (NYSE: MMM); Ainsworth Game Technology, Ltd.; Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission; American Gaming Systems; Ameristar Casinos, Inc.; Aruze Gaming America, Inc.; Atlantic Lottery Corporation; Atronic Americas LLC; Austrian Gaming Industries GmbH; BMM Compliance; BCLC; CashCode Company Inc.; Codere, S.A.; De Vocht Expert Services; DigiTech Systems Co., Ltd.; DR Gaming Technology Europe nv; FutureLogic, Inc.; GameTech International; Gaming Laboratories International, LLC; Gaming Technologies Association; Giesecke & Devrient; GGS-US LTD; Global Gaming Research Center; Grand Vision Gaming, LLC; Harrah's Entertainment; HERMES SoftLab; Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC); International Games System Co., Ltd; Intralot S.A. (INLr.AT); Las Vegas Gaming, Inc.; Loto-Quebec; Macao Polytechnic Institute; Manitoba Lotteries Corp.; MGM MIRAGE (NYSE: MGM); Money Controls; MotorCity Casino; Multimedia Games, Inc. (NASDAQ: MGAM); Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL); Nanoptix, Inc.; NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR); New Wave Automation; Nick Farley & Associates; NRT Technology Corporation; Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation; Oracle; Oregon Lottery; QALab; Penn National Gaming, Inc.; Scientific Games (SGMS); Shuffle Master, Inc.(NASDAQ: SHFL); SIQ; Tabcorp Holdings Limited; Tech Results; Technical Systems Testing; Transact Technologies (NASDAQ: TACT); UNLV International Gaming Institute; Video Gaming Technologies, Inc.; WCLC Sask VLT Division; Western Money Systems and Zest Gaming SpA. For more information, visit

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    Peter DeRaedt, Gaming Standards Association
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