Gaming technology developed in Sydney received a high-class rollout Wednesday at one of the world’s biggest industry events in the prestigious Earls Court convention centre in London, England.
“We’re in there with the biggest and the best in the world and we’ve been very well-received,” Deborah MacPherson, marketing manager for Techlink Entertainment, said in an interview.
MacPherson said any orders received for the Blast video gaming terminal, the latest Techlink innovation, will translate into work for the company’s Cape Breton manufacturing centre.
A date for an introduction of the machine to the Nova Scotia marketplace has not yet been set, but the unveiling at the three-day London event allows the company to network with potential customers from around the world.
“This is the first time people have been able to see the new terminals and get a feel for them,” said MacPherson.
Some initial feedback from the Techlink team in London also indicates growing interest in the company’s Gameplan responsible gaming technology, which was initially developed by the company for gaming machines in this province.
Two of the Blast terminals were shipped to London several weeks ago in advance of the conference, which attracts thousands of representatives of lottery and gaming organizations from around the world.
The Cape Breton-manufactured Blast terminals are in good company at the ICE Totally Gaming exhibition in the same booth as officials from Intralot, one of the world’s largest lottery suppliers.
Techlink describes Blast as a convergence-ready device, which means operators have the flexibility to deliver a wide range of multimedia and online gaming content to players.
“It’s open design, flexibility and online power allows operators to deliver online games, traditional casino games, VLT games and lottery games, like scratch tickets, all on one terminal,” John Xidos, president and chief executive officer at Techlink, said in a news release.
“This is the future of gaming.”
The company’s Gameplan technology provides players with personalized, real-time information about their gameplay.
This allows players to set time and money limits to monitor their account history and determine how much they are spending, winning and losing.
Techlink has been especially interested in new video lottery legislation recently introduced in Greece. The legislation legalized a maximum of 35,000 video lottery terminals, but required every VLT be equipped with card-based responsible gambling tools such as those developed by the Cape Breton company.
Earls Court is a massive convention and exhibition centre in central London that hosts major industry trade events and also serves as a venue for some of the world’s top entertainers.