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Access Gaming Systems

Access Gaming Systems is a world leader in interactive gaming and wagering systems for the Internet and interactive television networks.
In Australia Access customers account for more than 80% of the lotteries market. Access Systems Europe GmbH opened its offices in Munich in early 1996 and currently provides both marketing and technical support services for ACES in the European market.

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Access Gaming Systems Releases New Linked Jackpots Module as Part of its Certified Interactive Gaming System
DUBLIN, Ireland (March 6, 2002) -- Access Gaming Systems (Europe) Ltd. (AGS) (www.access.com.au) is pleased to announce the launch of its new Linked Jackpots functionality. The Access Linked Jackpots can be offered as either a stand-alone module linking games within one site, or, as a Central Jackpot Controller (CJC) linking external internet and/or land based casinos.
High security is a paramount feature of Access Linked Jackpots. Both regulatory and commercial considerations are addressed in the design of Access Linked Jackpots, including:

  • Game Performance
  • Player fairness
  • Functionality

An Access Linked Jackpot can be configured as one of three options:

  • Game Triggered - the jackpot is won when the result of a participating game matches a predefined outcome; for example, five aces in a slots game.
  • Amount Triggered - the jackpot is won when the active pool of funds from player contributions for that jackpot reaches a predetermined amount.
  • Ballot Triggered - the jackpot is won by random selection of the winning player from all contributors to that jackpot pool.

These triggers satisfy two essential requirements with respect to player fairness:

  • The minimum amount that a player could win were they to trigger a jackpot is displayed prior to placement of a bet.
  • All players for the jackpot are advised that it has been triggered as soon as possible after the event, and details are provided of the game result and the amount won.

According to Paul Barnes, AGS Vice President of Sales & Marketing, "Access Linked Jackpots are an attractive and versatile extension to any Internet gaming system, whether the gaming organisation uses the AGS system software produced by Access Gaming Systems or another legacy gaming system. We expect the first jackpot implementations to be up-and-running very soon".
The AGS interactive gaming system is an extremely secure, scalable, robust and high performance transaction processing architecture for interactive gaming via the internet, interactive television and wireless networks, supporting Casino, Instant Lotto, Draw Lotto and Sports Betting games. It was the first internet gaming system in the world to be certified by a government gaming authority in a fully regulated jurisdiction.
The AGS System has been licensed to major gaming operators in Australia, Austria, Germany, France, Holland, Norway and the United Kingdom. AGS has two offices, in Bray, Ireland and Sydney, Australia.
For further information please contact Paul Barnes, Access Gaming Systems, Unit 6, The Maltings, Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland. Tel: +353 1 276 1903 or email: paulb@access.com.au


ATSI Signs GDK Partnership with Access Gaming Systems
POLAND and IRELAND (December 21, 2001) -- ATSI S.A. the software design company based in Kraków, Poland, has entered into an Agreement with Access Gaming Systems (Europe) Ltd. to become a game development partner for the Access interactive gaming platform. ATSI’s primary business is the development of customised software solutions for a variety of different industries including but not limited to the gaming and wagering industry. ATSI has chosen to become a GDK partner to use its extensive internet and gaming background to explore new opportunities in the area of new media entertainment. "We have chosen to work with Access Gaming Systems, because of their high reputation in strictly regulated gaming jurisdictions and close cooperation with governmental gaming organisations in Europe and overseas. This gives us the opportunity to safely leverage our gaming experience into areas beyond traditional gaming", commented Prof. Jan Werewka, CEO of ATSI S.A.
ATSI S.A. maintains close ties with Austrian Gaming Industries (AGI), a leading manufacturer and operator of gaming equipment in Europe.
According to Paul Barnes, AGS Vice President of Sales & Marketing, "Our co-operation with ATSI enables the porting of some of the best known and successful slot games currently available in the European market. We aim to jointly market these games to our current and prospective casino customers so that they can run the same games on the internet as they do on the casino floor".
The GDK allows customers and 3rd party developers to modify and write their own games independently of AGS. This results in freedom of content sourcing and local competitive advantage. AGS customers are now releasing both in-house and externally sourced games content of a superlative quality.
SOURCE: ATSI S.A. & Access Gaming Systems (Europe) Ltd. For Information Contact: ATSI S.A., Ul. Westerplatte 12/1, 31-033 Kraków, Poland. Tel: +48 12 4221655 or email: info@atsi.krakow.pl.
Access Gaming Systems, Unit 6, The Maltings, Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland. Tel: +353 1 276 1903 or email: paulb@access.com.au


Access Partners With Quova to Offer Better On-line Regulation of Gaming
DUBLIN, Ireland (November 29, 2001) -- Access Gaming Systems is aiming to offer better regulation services for the gaming industry by partnering with Quova, a provider of geo-specific technology.
Dublin-based Access Gaming Systems, one of the largest suppliers of e-commerce systems to the regulated gaming industry, is partnering with US technology firm Quova to offer better on-line regulation of gaming. In the on-line environment, it can be difficult to police where users are in cyberspace when they logon to gambling sites. Quova provides a technology, called GeoPoint, which recognises where a gamer is geographically located via his IP address.
"Tattersalls, the largest gaming operator in Australia, is our first shared customer with Quova, and we are looking to sign a joint-marketing agreement with Quova soon," Paul Barnes, vice president of sales and marketing for Access Gaming Systems told ElectricNews.Net. He added that there is a large movement in the gaming industry towards non-cross border gaming, and the partnership is in line with this trend.
"We have an IP database with all of the IP addresses in the world so we can see where the user is coming from. But it is anonymous, so our technology is in accordance with data protection laws," Erwin Plomp, international business development manager of Quova said. He added that in addition to gaming, the GeoPoint technology is used for monitoring Internet credit card fraud and can assist in tailoring on-line advertising to specific regions.
Access Gaming Systems employs 20 staff in Dublin and 70 people in its Sydney, Australia research and development centre. Its Dublin office houses its executive management team, project management, customer support, sales and marketing. Barnes said, "We plan to expand here in Ireland." Access Gaming Systems was founded 1991 and focused its attentions on Internet gaming in 1996.
The bulk of Access Gaming Systems' customers are European companies and its clients include Lasseters Hotel Casino, Austrian Lotteries, French National Lotteries Holland Casino and RAL. Barnes said he is looking forward to America opening up for gaming as that would then be one of the largest markets for Access to target. But for now, Access has a bigger project in place. "We have migration projects with all our European customers to migrate to the Euro and our Austrian customers have already done so," said Barnes.
For more information visit http://www.quova.com or http://www.access.com.au
SOURCE: ElectricNews.


Access Gaming Systems (AGS) delivers the "Schatzkammer" Internet Slot Machine to Österreichische Lotterien (Austrian Lotteries)
DUBLIN, Ireland (November 28th 2001) -- Access Gaming Systems (Europe) Ltd. (www.access.com.au) using its Games Development subsidiary "Naji" has delivered the latest addition to Austrian Lotteries’ (www.webclub.at) internet gaming portal.
"Schatzkammer" is a 5-reel, multi-line slot machine with bonus game, designed in the style of an ancient Egyptian treasure chamber. There are 8 symbols including 1 scatter symbol. The aim of the game is to achieve 2, 3, 4, or 5 similar symbols in one or more of the 5 lines. The bonus game is based on a weighted pay table meaning the potential wins are far greater than those attainable in the main game. The total payout is configured to 90.71% with a maximum prize of ATS 250,000 (c. US$ 16,000). Schatzkammer is now live for cash.
According to Paul Barnes, AGS Vice President of Sales & Marketing, "Schatzkammer is the first of our live games to use a weighted pay table, and represents another innovative "first " for Austrian Lotteries. The game is the result of Naji’s close co-operation with the games experts at Austrian Lotteries, who have created an excellent animated full-screen entertainment experience. There are now 9 unique games in the GamesWorld section of their site, 4 in the Casino section and 3 in the Draw Lottery section, making it the most content-rich Government regulated gaming site on the Web".
Schatzkammer was developed using AGS’s Games Development Kit (GDK). The game concept was developed in collaboration between Naji and Austrian Lotteries, whereby the Austrian’s supplied the branding, the graphics and performed the pre-live testing. The GDK "Slot Croupier" was used as the basis for the game logic.
The AGS interactive gaming system is an extremely secure, scalable, robust and high performance transaction processing architecture for interactive gaming via the internet, interactive television and wireless networks, supporting Casino, Instant Lotto, Draw Lotto and Sports Betting games. It was the first internet gaming system in the world to be certified by a government gaming authority in a fully regulated jurisdiction.
The AGS System has been licensed to major gaming operators in Australia, Austria, Germany, France, Holland, Norway and the United Kingdom. Access has more than 90 staff developing, supplying and servicing the on-line gaming industry.
SOURCE: Access Gaming Systems.
For further information please contact Paul Barnes, Unit 6, The Maltings, Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland. Tel: +353 1 276 1903 or email: paulb@access.com.au.


Access Gaming Systems (AGS) Internet Platform Sees Explosive Growth in New Games Content
DUBLIN, Ireland (November 5th 2001) -- Access Gaming Systems (AGS) (Europe) Ltd. (www.access.com.au) is pleased to report strong growth in the use of the Games Development Kit (GDK) with our Lottery and Casino customers worldwide.
According to Paul Barnes, AGS Vice President of Sales & Marketing:
"One of our customers, a major German lottery, has just launched 3 new instant games in addition to the initial batch of instant games, lotto games and sports betting games already live on their site. This work was completed substantially by the lottery’s in-house staff and included a cross-licensing deal with an external company which had produced one of the most successful play-for-fun games in Germany - now available as a play-for-cash instant game on the lottery site"
"Another customer has just added 2 new high-animation games to their site, and has plans to add one (1) new game per month from early 2002. Another European customer is now running 8 instant games, 4 casino games and 3 draw lottery games. We at AGS are delighted with the talent and creativity we are seeing out there with our partners and customers. The explosion of game content is reaching a certain critical mass with benefits to all involved – the games developer, the customer, and the player".
The GDK is not limited to lottery games – AGS customer "Lasseters Online" Casino, as recently reported, is now running with 21 new games – 6 table games and 15 slots single and multi-line slots.
The GDK allows customers and 3rd party developers to modify and write their own games independently of AGS. This results in freedom of content sourcing and local competitive advantage.
The AGS interactive gaming system is an extremely secure, scalable, robust and high performance transaction processing architecture for interactive gaming via the internet, interactive television and wireless networks. Access' interactive gaming system was the first internet gaming system in the world to be certified by a government gaming authority in a fully regulated jurisdiction (The Northern Territory Racing and Gaming Authority, Australia).
The AGS System has been licensed to major gaming operators in Australia, Austria, Germany, France, Holland, Norway and the United Kingdom. Access has more than 90 staff developing, supplying and servicing the on-line gaming industry.
For further information please contact Paul Barnes, Access Gaming Systems, Unit 6, The Maltings, Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland. Tel: +353 1 276 1903 or email: paulb@access.com.au
SOURCE: Access Gaming Systems.


Access Gaming Systems (AGS) signs Oberthur Gaming Technologies (OGT) as Games Development Partners
DUBLIN, Ireland (November 5th 2001) -- Access Gaming Systems (Europe) Ltd. (www.access.com.au) is pleased to announce that they and Oberthur Gaming Technologies (www.oberthur.com) have signed a Games Development Kit (GDK) Agreement. The GDK License Agreement allows OGT to use AGS intellectual property to develop and port content and concepts for interactive gaming, for use with AGS customers.
"OGT is very excited to have Access as a partner in our e-commerce strategy," stated Sean Athey, Vice President of Marketing for Oberthur Gaming Technologies. "We look forward to adapting some of our best games for their system to enable lotteries to increase the revenue they generate for worthy causes."
"Access' experience will be invaluable to our customers in launching and sustaining a viable e-commerce strategy in their markets." added John Connelly, OGTs Vice President of Strategic Business Development.
According to Paul Barnes, AGS Vice President of Sales & Marketing, "Oberthur is one of the most innovative and respected suppliers to the lottery, financial and secure printing industry. We are delighted to have Oberthur as a games development partner and thus widen the qualitative and quantitative offering of game content to our lottery customers ".
The GDK allows customers and 3rd party developers to modify and write their own games independently of AGS. This results in freedom of content sourcing and local competitive advantage. AGS customers are now releasing both in-house and externally sourced games content of a superlative quality. Our customers are thus capable releasing at least 1 new interactive game per month on their sites, which can be delivered by the growing number of AGS GDK partners – internal or external.
The AGS interactive gaming system is an extremely secure, scalable, robust and high performance transaction processing architecture for interactive gaming via the internet, interactive television and wireless networks. Access' interactive gaming system was the first internet gaming system in the world to be certified by a government gaming authority in a fully regulated jurisdiction (The Northern Territory Racing and Gaming Authority, Australia).
The AGS System has been licensed to major gaming operators in Australia, Austria, Germany, France, Holland, Norway and the United Kingdom. Access has more than 90 staff developing, supplying and servicing the on-line gaming industry.
For further information please contact Paul Barnes, Access Gaming Systems, Unit 6, The Maltings, Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland. Tel: +353 1 276 1903 or email: paulb@access.com.au
SOURCE: Access Gaming Systems.


Tattersall’s Launch Internet Casino With Access Gaming Systems (AGS) in Australia
DUBLIN, Ireland (September 27th 2001) -- Tattersall’s, (www.tattsgames.com) the largest gaming operator in Australia, has launched their Internet Casino for both cash-based and play-for-fun gaming. The software gaming platform, The AGS System, was delivered by Access Gaming Systems (Asia-Pacific) Ltd. (www.access.com.au) . The site has been approved in Tasmania by the Tasmanian Gaming Commission and is operated according to the strict regulations in force there. Tattersall’s Casino was briefly operational in Australian Capital Territory (ACT) in the Spring of 2000, but was forced to shut down when the Australian Federal Government instituted a one year Moratorium on internet gaming licenses.
The Virtual Casino offers both table games (Roulette, Blackjack, Draw Poker, Baccarat and Sic Bo) and 6 multi-featured Slot Machines (Diamond Mine, Hidden Treasure, Pharoh’s Treasure, Super 8, Tatt’s Sports, UFO) written by third party games developers using Access’s Games Development Kit (GDK).
According to Paul Barnes, AGS Vice President of Sales & Marketing, "Australia is currently the most highly regulated jurisdiction in the world for internet gaming with the most compliance related demands on operators and suppliers. AGS has had a long association with Tattersall’s going back to 1996, and we are proud and honoured to be their supplier for their live casino site". Tattersall’s gaming portal is found at www.tatts.com.
According to John Mortimore, Chief Executive Officer, "We have combined the high security of ‘The AGS System’ with sophisticated Player Location software to ensure that no players from jurisdictions where internet gambling is illegal can access the site. The AGS System gives us the power and integrity to operate within the strict guidelines of responsible gaming".
The AGS interactive gaming system is an extremely secure, scalable, robust and high performance transaction processing architecture for interactive gaming via the internet, interactive television and wireless networks. Access' interactive gaming system was the first internet gaming system in the world to be certified by a government gaming authority in a fully regulated jurisdiction (The Northern Territory Racing and Gaming Authority, Australia).
The AGS System has been licensed to major gaming operators in Australia, Austria, Germany, France, Holland, Norway and the United Kingdom. Access has more than 110 staff developing, supplying and servicing the on-line gaming industry.
For further information please contact Paul Barnes, Access Gaming Systems, Unit 6, The Maltings, Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland. Tel: +353 1 276 1903 or email: paulb@access.com.au


Access Gaming Systems (AGS) delivers Lotto & Quicktip on the Internet to Österreichische Lotterien (Austrian Lotteries)
DUBLIN, Ireland (September 17th 2001) -- Access Gaming Systems (Europe) Ltd. (www.access.com.au) has delivered the "third pillar" of the Austrian Lottery’s internet gaming portal, with the addition of 6/45 Lotto and Quicktip cash-based games to their existing interactive gaming system. The games were launched on September 17th.
The Lotto numbers are entered by the players over the internet, validated by The AGS System and passed in real-time to the Austrian Lotteries’ central system. The development of the interface to the central system was a co-operation between AGS and Austrian Lottery’s IT Department. The games were developed using the AGS Games Development Kit (GDK). A third game, "Lotto System", will be launched very soon.
This new application augments the overall offering which already includes 4 Casino Games (Roulette, Blackjack, Draw Poker and a Multi-Line Slot) and 8 Instant Games, comprising of "El Dorado", "Escalero", "Portobello", "CodeKnacker", "Keno", "Schatzinsel", "Penalty" and "GoldMine". Players pay using either a Pre-Paid Card or Credit Card.
According to Paul Barnes, AGS Vice President of Sales & Marketing, "Austrian Lotteries have once more broken the innovation barriers. They are now the first fully regulated gaming organisation to offer Casino Games, Instant Lottery Games and Draw Lottery Games on a single platform. Our back-end Application Programme Interface (API) allows us to link The AGS System to any lotto central system, including, with this launch, the Austrian’s proprietary solution. We are very proud to be associated with this customer".
The AGS interactive gaming system is an extremely secure, scalable, robust and high performance transaction processing architecture for interactive gaming via the internet, interactive television and wireless networks. Access' interactive gaming system was the first internet gaming system in the world to be certified by a government gaming authority in a fully regulated jurisdiction (The Northern Territory Racing and Gaming Authority, Australia).
The AGS System has been licensed to major gaming operators in Australia, Austria, Germany, France, Holland, Norway and the United Kingdom. Access has more than 110 staff developing, supplying and servicing the on-line gaming industry.
For further information please contact Paul Barnes, Access Gaming Systems, Unit 6, The Maltings, Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland. Tel: +353 1 276 1903 or email: paulb@access.com.au


Access Gaming Systems Signs Contracts With MyLuckyWorld (Norway)
DUBLIN, Ireland (June 18th 2001) -- Access Gaming Systems (Europe) Ltd. (AGS) (www.access.com.au) has signed contracts with MyLuckyWorld (MLW), Oslo, Norway, for the supply of the Access Interactive Gaming System. This deal is the first contract for AGS to be closed in Scandinavia.
MLW is an application service provider (ASP) offering marketing, games development and facilities managed services to licensed regulated gaming operators and charitable organisations throughout Scandinavia. MLW is backed by the Norsk Aller Group, a media and publishing group, and Telenor, a major telecommunications company.
The contract is for the delivery of AGS’s new version interactive gaming site which contains a complete new generation of isometric casino games (Roulette, Craps, Blackjack etc.) plus a comprehensive range of lottery and novelty games.
According to Bjørn Gundersen, CEO, MyLuckyWorld, "we chose the Access Gaming System for several reasons, including the rich and certified functionality, player protection mechanisms, the probity of AGS and their blue chip customers, and the Open Content Strategy. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship"
According to Paul Barnes, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, "Access is delighted to have a foothold in the growing Scandinavian market. Our alliance with MyLuckyWorld gives both sides great opportunities for playing a leading role in developing regional gaming markets. We look forward to an exciting future together".
The Access interactive gaming system is an extremely secure, scalable, robust and high performance transaction processing architecture for interactive gaming via the internet, interactive television and wireless networks. Access' interactive gaming system was the first internet gaming system in the world to be certified by a government gaming authority in a fully regulated jurisdiction (The Northern Territory Racing and Gaming Authority, Australia).
The Access interactive gaming system has been licensed to major gaming operators in Australia, Austria, Germany, Holland and the United Kingdom. Access has more than 110 staff developing, supplying and servicing the on-line gaming industry.
For further information please contact Paul Barnes, Access Gaming Systems, Unit 6, The Maltings, Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland. Tel: +353 1 276 1903 or email: paulb@access.com.au.


La Française des Jeux Launches Internet Gaming for Cash
DUBLIN, Ireland (June 5, 2001) -- The French national lottery, La Française des Jeux (LFDJ), the world’s 5th largest lottery with an annual turnover in excess of $5bn, has started live cash internet gaming. Following a test period of several weeks with a restricted user base, LFDJ have opened their site (www.fdjeux.net) to all residents of France and French overseas territories. LFDJ are offering three instant games in the first phase of the project:

  • Abracadabra, an exciting and richly animated game with a "magic" touch XIII ("Thirteen");
  • a multi-stage game based on a popular French comic strip C’est tout Foot, and
  • an animated penalty shoot-out game.

These games, all running on the Access gaming platform, were acquired from three different sources:

  • Next Generation Gaming (an Access games development partner);
  • Naji (an Access games development subsidiary); and
  • From an existing Access live customer.

This free sourcing of games is a demonstration of the power and flexibility of the Access Open Content Strategy whereby operators can source their games content where they wish using the Access Games Development Kit (GDK). LFDJ are planning to introduce several additional games in this way by the end of 2001.
The Access interactive gaming system will also connect to new distribution media offering players access to traditional and new games, making the system a truly all-encompassing gaming solution.
The Access interactive gaming system provides LFDJ with an extremely secure, scalable, robust and high performance transaction processing architecture for interactive gaming via the internet, interactive television and wireless networks. According to Paul Barnes, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, "Access is very proud of our association with LFDJ who have shown great innovation throughout this project, and are proving to be true leaders in the interactive gaming arena. We look forward to assisting them in the implementation of their strategy for interactive gaming".
Access' interactive gaming system was the first internet gaming system in the world to be certified by a government gaming authority in a fully regulated jurisdiction (The Northern Territory Racing and Gaming Authority, Australia). The Access interactive gaming system has been licensed to major gaming operators in Australia, Austria, Germany, Holland and the United Kingdom. Access has more than 110 staff developing, supplying and servicing the on-line gaming industry.
For further information please contact Paul Barnes, Access Gaming Systems, Unit 6, The Maltings, Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland. Tel: +353 1 276 1903 or email: paulb@access.com.au.


WestLotto Adds Lotto and Oddset to Cyberlotto.de
DUBLIN, Ireland (Jan. 16, 2001) -- From December 2000, Access’ client WestLotto, the largest German lottery, began to offer its growing internet client base the opportunity to play Lotto and Oddset. For the first time WestLotto players can select their favourite lotto numbers and submit them over the internet. WestLotto sports fans also have the opportunity through Oddset to place wagers on a huge range of games from the Bundesliga in Germany, the Premiership in England through to the NBA in the USA.
Affirming Market Leadership
WestLotto now has the first internet lottery site which combines Scratch Card type instant result games, with the scheduled "6/49 Lotto", "Spiel77", "Super 6" and fixed odds Sport Betting games all in one comprehensive system – the Access Gaming System’s interactive gaming solution. "We are delighted that we can now offer our main product Lotto and Oddset to our customers via the internet." says Dr. Wortmann, CEO of WestLotto. "This improvement has enabled us to affirm our progressive growth in the German internet market for lottery games."
Understanding the Customer
Working closely with consumer focus groups, WestLotto designed the Lotto and Oddset games to compliment the existing look and feel of cyberlotto.de. "Our customers’ opinion is very important to us", says Mr. von den Driesch, Internet Marketing Manager of WestLotto, "and the GDK (Games Development Kit) of Access Gaming Systems allowed WestLotto to develop and design games in line with the demands of our players."
About Access Gaming SystemsAccess' interactive gaming system was the first internet gaming system in the world to be certified by a government gaming authority in a fully regulated jurisdiction (The Northern Territory Racing and Gaming Authority, Australia). The Access system is currently the only turnkey interactive gaming system in use worldwide by lotteries including Österreichische Lotterien (Austrian Lotteries) and the largest German state lottery, Westdeutsche Lotterie (Westlotto). Access has more than 150 staff developing, supplying and servicing the on-line gaming industry.
SOURCE: Access Gaming Systems.
CONTACT: Kirsten Drewer, PR Executive, Unit 6, The Maltings, Bray Co. Wicklow, Tel: +353 1 2761903 or email: kirstend@access.com.au


Naji Provides El Dorado to Austrian Lottery
DUBLIN (October 4, 2000) -- Since the 3rd of October Austrian Lotteries' internet customers are able to take part in a journey to El Dorado. Naji, a sister company of Access Gaming Systems, developed the game, bringing the total number of live Internet games on the Austrian Lotteries website to eight. For almost two years now, WebClub.at (www.webclub.at) has been offering instant Internet gaming in conjunction with Access Gaming Systems.
El Dorado is a match and win game, which with fascinating graphics and sound animation, leads the player in to the enchanting world of the Mayas.
Behind a screen of Maya masks, lie a collection of various symbols. The player wins when upon clicking on six of these masks, manages to reveal three symbols of the same type. This win can then in turn be doubled by means of a bonus game, which can be played at any stage when the player succeeds in revealing a golden mask in addition to the three common symbols.
In total players can win up to 40,000 Austrian Schillings.
As a state-licensed lottery, Austrian Lotteries offer the largest variety of instant games in the whole of Europe.
For further information please contact: Kirsten Drewer, PR Executive, Unit 6, The Maltings, Bray Co. Wicklow, Tel: +353 1 2761903 or email: kirstend@access.com.au


Access Gaming Systems (Ireland) Signs Interactive Games Supply Contract with La Française des Jeux, (the French national lottery)
DUBLIN, Ireland (August 8, 2000) -- Access Gaming Systems has signed a license agreement to provide its interactive gaming system to the French national lottery, La Française des Jeux (LFDJ), the world’s 5th largest lottery with an annual turnover in excess of $5bn. The Access interactive gaming system will provide LFDJ with an extremely secure, scalable, robust and high performance transaction processing architecture for interactive gaming via the internet, interactive television and wireless networks.
The Access interactive gaming system will also connect to LFDJ’s new planned on-line lotto system offering players access to traditional lotto games, making the system a truly all-encompassing gaming solution. In addition, the Access Games Development Kit (GDK) will enable leading games developers to deliver a broad range of new and exciting lottery games.
According to Paul Barnes, Vice President of European Operations, "Access is delighted to have won the opportunity to partner with LFDJ in the development of their interactive gaming business. We believe that a significant percentage of LFDJ’s $5bn turnover through its existing distribution channels will migrate to the more convenient online distribution channels over the next five years as well as assisting LFDJ to increase its gross revenues by expanding the market. La Française des Jeux chose Access over stiff competition from several other suppliers, due to our proven technology and open content strategy driven by the many game developers producing games for the Access platform".
Access' interactive gaming system was the first internet gaming system in the world to be certified by a government gaming authority in a fully regulated jurisdiction (The Northern Territory Racing and Gaming Authority, Australia). The Access interactive gaming system has been licensed to major gaming operators in Australia, Austria, Germany, Holland and the United Kingdom. The Access system is currently the only turnkey interactive gaming system in use worldwide by lotteries including Österreichische Lotterien (Austrian Lotteries) and the largest German state lottery, Westdeutsche Lotterie (Westlotto). Access has more than 180 staff developing, supplying and servicing the on-line gaming industry.
SOURCE: Access Gaming Systems (Ireland).
CONTACT: Michael O’Brien, Marketing Manager, Access Gaming Systems, Unit 6, The Maltings, Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland. Tel: +353 1 2761903 or email: michaelob@access.com.au


Access Share Offer Opens Early
SYDNEY, Aus. (April 3, 2000) -- Access Gaming Systems Limited, leading supplier of internet gambling systems to government regulated gaming operators throughout the world, opens its $45 million share offer on Monday, April 3, a week earlier than scheduled.
The float is one of the first to go public under the new CLERP legislation requiring a public exposure of the prospectus prior to the issue opening.
Michael Neal, Vice President of Investment Banking at Deutsche Bank, the Lead Manager of the issue, said there had been considerable interest from retail investors during the exposure period.
"The company is well placed as a systems and software development company. It has the leading position worldwide in supplying the rapidly emerging Internet gaming marketplace, and much of its future revenue is expected to be generated through participating in its clients’ net revenues," Mr Neal said.
The company, with a workforce of over 150, supplies major casinos and lottery groups in regulated jurisdictions in Australia and Europe with a complete Internet gaming system that operators can easily customise.
Australian Clients who have online sites or are building Internet gaming sites are:

European Clients include:

Access’ current clients have a combined turnover of in excess of $20 billion through their existing land based distribution channels. Access expects to sign up additional clients in the near future.
Its strategy is to only supply those operating from fully regulated jurisdictions. "We believe that as the established, fully regulated casinos and lotteries go online, gamblers will move to these more trusted brands, and the gaming sites operating from largely unregulated jurisdictions are likely to suffer," Managing Director, Mr Stephen Mulcahy, says.
"As our system offers great versatility for operators to customise, is highly secure and the first and only one to be government certified in a fully regulated jurisdiction, Access has become the largest supplier to the regulated market.
"Our share of client net revenues has averaged around 9% but recent agreements have confirmed an upward trend in this share. Our revenue sharing offers investors a way to share in the emerging market of Internet gaming, which Frost & Sullivan estimates will grow at a component annual growth rate of more than 40% a year to an estimated $17.2 billion by 2005," he says.
Access’ revenue in the current financial year is forecast at $11.3 million, with few clients now operational. It expects most present clients to be contributing to revenue in 2001.
"We are one of the few businesses with e-commerce exposure that does not need to spend large amounts on marketing a site or brand to consumers. Our focus is on research and development to create exciting new interactive games and encourage the use of our system as the industry standard," Mr Mulcahy says.
Issue details:

  • Number of shares offered - 22.5 million;
  • Bookbuild offer with retail price capped at $2 a share;
  • Indicative institutional price range - $1.50 to $2 a share;
  • Market capitalisation at retail cap - $200 million;
  • Retail offer opens - April 3;
  • Retail offer scheduled to close - May 3;
  • Institutional offer closes - May 5;
  • Final Price and basis of share allocation announced - May 5;
  • Expected start of trading on ASX - May 12

Lead Manager for the float is Deutsche Bank. For copies of the prospectus or enquiries contact 1800 816 550. Prospectus is also available at http://www.access.com.au
CONTACTS: For further information please contact Jim McConway, Chief Financial Officer, Access Gaming Systems Limited, (02) 9957 1036, or Michael Neal, Vice President Investment Banking, Deutsche Bank (02) 9258 1036
SOURCE: FCR (Financial & Corporate Relations); phone Brian Mahoney (02) 9235 1666 wk, or (02) 9498 4498 ah


Leader in On-Line Gaming Systems Announces $45 Million Share Offer
SYDNEY, Australia (March 24, 2000) -- Access Gaming Systems Limited, a world leader in supplying the rapidly emerging industry of regulated Internet gaming, intends to raise approximately$45 million with an initial public offering of shares, announced today.
Issue details:

  • Number of shares offered -- 22.5 million;
  • Price -- Bookbuild offer with a capped retail price of $2 per share;
  • Indicative institutional price range -- $1.50 to $2 per share;
  • Market capitalisation at retail cap -- $200 million;
  • Retail offer opens -- April 10;
  • Retail offer closes -- May 3;
  • Institutional offer closes -- May 5;
  • Final Price and basis of share allocation announced -- May 5;
  • Expected start of trading on ASX -- May 12.
The company, with a workforce of over 150, supplies major casinos and lottery groups in regulated jurisdictions in Australia and Europe with a total Internet gaming system which the operators can easily customise.
Critical to Access’ strategy is that it only supplies its system to lotteries and casinos who operate from fully regulated jurisdictions.
Clients are Lasseters, Tattersall’s, Federal Hotels, Golden Casket and GOCORP in Australia as well as Austrian Lotteries, Westdeutsche Lotterie, Holland Casinos and RAL in Europe. Access’ current clients have a combined turnover of in excess of $20 billion through their existing land based distribution channels.
"Our base of quality clients offers investors a unique opportunity to gain a diversified exposure to the rapidly expanding Internet gaming industry. Frost & Sullivan estimates the industry will grow from $639 million in 1998 to $17.2 billion 2003 representing a compound rate of growth of more than 40% per annum," Managing Director, Stephen Mulcahy comments, "The industry is still in its infancy and Access expects to sign up additional clients in the near future."
Fundamental to the company’s business is that Access typically receives a share of the net revenues derived by its clients. Historically, this share of net revenues has averaged over 9%. It is expected that future revenue participation rates will be higher. Recent agreements have confirmed this upward trend.
"E-commerce companies typically spend up to 35% of their revenue in generating brand awareness. As Access is a systems and software developer, it gains e-commerce exposure through its clients without expending the significant costs associated with building brand awareness," Stephen Mulcahy says.
Access leads the industry globally by having the first Internet gaming system in the world to be government certified. This is essential in an industry where probity and credibility are critical.
Access has also taken the approach of making its Internet gaming system an open platform, enabling its clients and independent games developers to create new games based on its platform. To achieve this, it provides its Game Development Kit (GDK) free of charge.
"New and entertaining games are critical to the success of any Internet gaming operator. Funds raised will go toward further development of Access’ Internet gaming system and to the development of further exciting games to be used on the Access’ clients sites."
Funds will also be used to fund capital expenditure, expenses of the offer and working capital requirements.
Access is forecasting revenues of $11.3 million in the year to June 30, 2000 with a net loss of $7.5 million. Directors say that while the majority of Access’ clients will not be operational until the latter part of year ending 30 June 2000, these clients should contribute strongly to Access’ revenues in 2001 and beyond.
Mr Mulcahy said that under the recently introduced CLERP regulations there will be up to two weeks between today’s launch and when the prospectus and applications forms will be available. During the intervening exposure period, the prospectus can be viewed on Access’ website: http://www.access.com.au from Monday March 27.
SOURCE: Access Gaming Systems.
CONTACT: For further information or comment today or Sunday please phone Brian Mahoney (02) 9498 4498 a.h. , or 0413 437 627 m., to arrange interviews.
During the week: Access Gaming Systems, Managing Director, Stephen Mulcahy, on (02) 9957 1036 or Deutsche Bank, Vice President Investment Banking, Michael Neal on (02) 9258 1036 Released through FCR (Financial & Corporate Relations) phone (02) 9235 1666.

Lotteries Industry Specialist Appointed Chairman of Access Gaming Systems
SYDNEY, Australia (March 22, 2000) – Access Gaming Systems Limited, a supplier of a Internet gaming systems to regulated casinos and lotteries in Australia and Europe, has appointed Mr Ernie O’Keefe as Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors.
Mr O’Keefe is a consultant to lotteries globally and General Manager of Interplay Multimedia, but is also widely known in the industry throughout the world as editor of the international Internet lottery magazine, Lottery Insider.
He has an extensive knowledge of the industry, with expertise gained in a number of senior positions in NSW Lotteries from early 1988 to 1996, where he was Lotteries Manager, Product Manager, New Business Development Manager and Group Product Manager. Mr O’Keefe served on the Board of NSW Lotteries and has a network of contacts in the lotteries industry internationally.
He has in-depth knowledge of the diversification of product ranges and the development of new technologies in the lottery and Internet gaming industries.
Released by: Access Gaming Systems


Christopher Zwolinski and Ian Hunter Elected to Access Gaming Systems Board of Directors

Company press Release
SYDNEY, Australia (March 20, 2000) -- Access Gaming Systems announced today that Christopher Zwolinski and Ian Hunter have been elected to the Company's Board of Directors.

Mr. Zwolinski, 42, was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. As the Vice-President of Irving Trust Company in New York he had postings in New York, London, Toronto, and Sydney, where he eventually took up permanent residence in 1988.

In 1989, Mr. Zwolinski left banking and joined the corporate world as the Group Treasurer of Wormald International Limited in Sydney. He then held the position as Acting Treasurer of Qantas Airways before joining Lend Lease Corporation in 1992 as Group Treasurer and Co-head of the group’s Finance Division. He resigned from Lend Lease in July 1999 to pursue a new career direction in the technology and digital content industries and is currently a Director of photoliobrary.com Pty limited, Oculogic Systems Pty Limited, Content Capital Limited, Ocelli International Pty Limited and Imogen Limited.

Mr. Zwolinski is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a past member of The Australian Society of Corporate Treasurers.

Mr. Zwolinski received his Bachelors Degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. He is married with two daughters.

Ian Hunter is currently a director of E-Trade Limited and My Money Group Limited. He has previously held directorships with AWA Limited and Bankers Trust.

Ian has worked in the investment banking industry between 1982 and 1999 holding positions at Lehman Brothers, JP Morgan and Bankers Trust, where he was aDirector and Executive Vice-President, and most recently a consultant. Through these roles Ian has gained an in-depth knowledge of the corporate finance industry and the gaming and wagering industries.

"We are pleased and fortunate to add Christopher Zwolinski and Ian Hunter to our board," said , Stephen Mulcahy, Managing Director. "Their expertise and credentials will help position Access solidly in the new century".

Access is the world leader in the supply of Internet gaming systems to major gaming operators in regulated jurisdictions with customers in Australia and Europe. Access licenses its ACES technology in regulated jurisdictions to licensed gaming operators - casinos, lotteries and lawful wagering operations.

Released by: Access Gaming Systems

Through: FCR (Financial & Corporate Relations Pty Ltd); Brian Mahoney +612 9235 1666 bh, or +612 9498 4498 ah.

CONTACT: For further information or comment, please phone Stephen Mulcahy, Managing Director, +612 9957 1036

Background on Access Gaming Systems:

Access, based in North Sydney, has grown to 170 employees. It is recognised as a world leader in developing games systems that can be easily customised and operated over the Internet. It supplies only licensed casinos, lottery offices and other licenced operators in regulated jurisdictions with systems and services to create online gaming businesses.

Clients include Lasseters, Tattersalls, Federal Hotels, Golden Casket and Gocorp in Australia as well as Austrian Lotteries, Westdeutsche Lotterie, Holland Casinos and RAL in Europe.

Access provides its Game Development Kit (GDK) free of charge to clients and independent games developers to create new games using its Internet gaming system. Current GDK licensees include Zivo, Spike, Hothouse and Next Generation Gaming.

For more information about the Company and its Internet gaming programs, please visit Access's Website at http://www.access.com.au

SOURCE: Access Gaming Systems.

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