Find Your Fit
SPIELO International™ offers end-to-end solutions for a wide array of Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) gaming markets. Depending on the jurisdiction, VLTs are also referred to as EGDs (Electronic Gaming Devices), Video Gaming Terminals (VGTs), Video Gaming Machines (VGMs), Amusement With Prize terminals (AWP), or slot machines.
While every jurisdiction’s gaming program has been created for the unique needs of its constituents, most gaming programs fit into one of the following gaming models:
Commercial or private markets
Commercial or private markets are regulated by government legislation, but private businesses independently manage and operate gaming. Varying in size and scale, commercial or casino markets include individual locations that can house a few dozen to several thousand VLTs, like SPIELO International’s prodiGi Vu® or OXYGEN™ cabinets, under one roof. A casino management system, such as SPIELO International’s CRYSTAL.net™, CRYSTAL WEB™, and GALAXIS™ STARModules controls and monitors the VLTs. Private businesses are responsible for operating their facilities, but report their revenues and activities to a governing body. Because many manufacturers’ machines are competing against each other in a single venue, successful VLTs in casino markets rely on exciting, cutting-edge game content, as well as strong on-site marketing elements like signage.
Lottery-operated markets usually refer to jurisdictions where a government lottery is responsible for the regulation of a gaming program. These can include distributed markets, where the lottery is also directly involved in the program’s operation. Also known as a wide-area market, distributed typically refers to government-sponsored operations where VLTs are physically scattered throughout a regulated jurisdiction, with often just a few machines per retailer, among numerous retailers.
Most VLT operations in distributed markets are controlled and monitored off-site by a central system like SPIELO International’s INTELLIGEN™ Core Central System. At the retailer level, site controllers like SPIELO International’s i-LINK™ controller act as a local host. The central system typically communicates with each site through the site controller using dial-up, ADSL, VPN, GRPS, radio, or satellite connections.
Because retailers usually only have the floor space to offer a few VLTs in each location, they need powerful VLTs with a small footprint that offer the right variety of multiple games on a single terminal, such as SPIELO International’s prodiGi Vu and WinWave Vu™ VLTs.
The Government venue markets are another example of a lottery-operated model, where lotteries supply independent operators with manufacturers’ VLTs like SPIELO International’s prodiGi Vu terminal, and manufacturers maintain ownership of the machines in return for a portion of revenue. Meanwhile, the operator provides the facilities for the gaming program. The manufacturer can offer its own games, as well as content from other content providers, in its cabinets. SPIELO International’s presence in numerous Government venue markets gives us an operator’s on perspective on these competitive and dynamic multi-vendor environments.
A hybrid of lottery-operated and private models, government-sponsored venues or casinos are gaming operations that are controlled by government but operated by private businesses. It often refers to larger destination gaming centers housing thousands of machines, or to racetracks where VLT gaming is offered.
Another hybrid of lottery-operated and private models, operator markets are usually defined as a jurisdiction where a lottery oversees gaming, but private interests distribute the VLTs and game content, and also operate the programs.
In typical operator markets, manufacturers sell their VLTs to distributors, who in turn sell them to operators. The distributors are responsible for delivery and service, while the operators maintain ownership of the machines. The operators are often assigned "routes," or retail locations within a specific geographic area, where they have exclusive contracts to provide VLTs and game content. The operators and retailers share the gaming machine revenue.