|Last year, “pervasive computing” – the holy grail of Internet anywhere, anytime – was a dot-com buzzword. Maybe this year’s will be “pervasive gambling”, as gaming companies try to extend their reach beyond the Casino and the Net. |
World Gaming, working with PC Kiosk, a leading North American designer and manufacturer of kiosks, has developed a prototype that will see World Gaming offer its I-gaming software in kiosk format to pubs, hotels, travel centres, and other high traffic public areas. The prototype is being unveiled at this week’s International Casino Exhibition show (Jan 22 to 24, Earls Court, London UK).
``There is strong industry demand for alternative gaming environments such as kiosks,'' said Michael Aymong, CEO of World Gaming. ``In our current discussions with those in the land-based and hospitality industries, we often hear that there is a need to provide easy and convenient access to gaming entertainment. This is therefore an important initiative for the company and we look forward to being able to offer the market a strong kiosk product in 2002.''
The International Casino Exhibition is the largest gaming show in Europe and an international forum for the casino and gambling industry. The World Gaming kiosk featured at the show showcases World Gaming's recently released Version 3 software, which includes casino games, sportsbook, pari-mutuel wagering, bingo, and lottery.
``PC Kiosk's products have been successfully used by a number of land-based casino operators and world class resorts,'' said NetBooth's founder and CEO, Tony Caporicci. ``The World Gaming initiative is the first of its kind for us and in fact a first for the Internet gaming industry. We expect a very favourable response from the market.''