September 25, 2000 

LAS VEGAS – The Gaming Manufacturers Association (GAMMA) announced today that it’s members have voted to approve and implement its latest Standard, The Software Verification Serial Protocol Version 01.00 (SVC). Software verification and authentication in gaming devices has become increasingly complex as the industry moves into the electronic gaming world.  GAMMA has been working on this protocol with manufacturers, operators and regulators to fill an extremely important need in the gaming industry.  Verification is the process of determining that game code stored within the gaming device has not been corrupted by store media failures and that the code is operation is consistent with its intended purpose.  

Authentication is the process by which it is determined that the program code or other stored data are authentic copies of the approved components.  Introducing a standard protocol in this area of gaming improves casino floor operations and provides regulators with a standard format in their efforts to validate operations.

"Methods of testing and verification must keep up with advances in technology to assure the continued high quality and reliability of gaming machines. GAMMA has developed the Software Verification protocol to make testing of computer software imbedded in gaming machines faster and easier. By working together, the members of GAMMA have developed a protocol that can be used throughout the industry," said GAMMA’s Technical Director for Standards Development, Dan Colegrove.

GAMMA is working with industry regulators and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to identify regulatory issues and to design a protocol that meets regulatory, game manufacturer and operator requirements.  "The Nevada Gaming Control Board approached us to come up with a solution for remote verification and authentication of mass media storage devices used in gaming devices.  This initial release of SVC is an important beginning in adding another GAMMA protocol to industry operations", GAMMA Chairman, Mr. Peter DeRaedt said.  "Our first standard protocol release was GAMMA’s GamePro A-Link, which controls the flow of information between the slot machine and the operators business systems.  Now we have a second set of standards being offered that will improve the regulatory side of the industry.  GAMMA members are committed to continue working toward bridging the gap between the operators, regulators and manufacturers and to improve the gaming industry."

GAMMA is a non-profit international association of leading gaming manufacturers, suppliers and operators, whose mission is to define, promote and support standards for gaming equipment. Since its incorporation on May 6, 1998, GAMMA has grown to 41 members representing a wide cross section of the global gaming industry. 

Platinum members include 

  • Acres Gaming (AGAM)
  • Adspace Networks
  • American Hotel & Motel Association
  • Aristocrat
  • Mandalay Resort Group (MBG)
  • Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. (HET)
  • International Game Technology (IGT)
  • Spintek Gaming Technologies
  • Turning Stone Casino
  • Station Casinos (STN) 
  • WMS Gaming (WMS)
Other members include: 
  • Anchor Gaming; 
  • Atronic Americas
  • Austrian Gaming Industries (Novomatic)
  • Bally Gaming and Systems (ALLY)
  • CashCode
  • Casino Management Association
  • Coin Mechanisms
  • European Gaming Organization
  • Friedberg & Associates
  • Game Financial Corporation
  • Gaming Systems International
  • Global Lottery Corporation
  • Global Payment Technologies (GPTX)
  • JCM American Corporation
  • Kobetron
  • Konami Gaming
  • Lodging and Gaming Systems
  • Mars Electronics International
  • Mikohn Gaming (MIKN)
  • Park Place Entertainment (PPE)
  • RadiSys (RSYS)
  • Rite-Solutions
  • Shuffle Master
  • Sierra Design Group
  • Sigma Game
  • Silicon Gaming (SGIC)
  • Spielo Manufacturing
  • Symbol Technologies (SBL)
  • Unidesa 
  • UNLV Gaming Institute.

Paula Stegen
Executive Director
(209) 966-3830