Gaming testing specialist and technical consultancy Gaming Laboratories International LLC (GLI) is using this year’s Global Gaming Expo (G2E) Asia – which runs until Thursday at the Venetian Macao – to promote the Kobetron line of test equipment tools.
U.S.-based Kobetron Inc was acquired last year by private investors James Maida and Paul Magno, the founders of GLI. Following the deal, Kobetron entered into a strategic global support relationship with GLI. As part of the agreement, Kobetron established GLI as the worldwide sales and customer technical support provider for its products.
One of the Kobetron highlights at GLI’s G2E Asia 2015 stand is the new GI-4000 Gaming Investigator. GLI says the hand-held device is able to verify game programmes by acting – in information technology terms – as a third party. It can also verify individual memory and CompactFlash devices.
“Kobetron is able to assist the operators in understanding and making sure that what they have on their floor is what was certified and regulated originally,” Espee de Robillard (pictured), chief operating officer for Asia Pacific at GLI, told GGRAsia.
With the device, each approved game programme can be verified for compliance before and after inserting it into gaming devices. The goal is to ensure that only approved programmes are on electronic gaming machines, providing a complete audit trail, and to minimise overall time spent for verification.
“At the moment, in Macau, we have got three operators that have Kobetron devices and two of them are in the process of having Kobetron,” said Mr de Robillard. He added: “We are trying to sell into [other Asian] markets and show the value [of the product]”.
GLI is also showcasing the new Verify+ by Kobetron signature verification tool, launched last March. The USB tool was co-developed by the two companies and replaces both firms’ previous signature verification solutions. It aims to simplify the job of casino operators, regulators and suppliers in keeping track of multiple signature-generators and readers to validate certified software.
In addition, GLI is promoting its proprietary line of award-winning tools at G2E Asia. It says the tools are aimed at reducing testing times and costs and speeding market arrival times for new products.
“We are continuously developing those tools and enhancing them,” Mr de Robillard said.
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