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Issue Date: Vol. 46, No. 5, May 2006, Posted On: 5/15/2006

iTouch8 Software Release Expands JVL’s Game Menu

Marcus Webb

CONCORD, ON, Canada — Now available from JVL Corp. is the latest entertainment software release for its coin-operated touchscreen video game terminals. The new release, called iTouch8, includes 16 new games in the action, cards, erotic, puzzles, quiz, strategy and triathlon categories.

As part of the release, JVL is offering four free standard games – Texas Kill’em, Cash Hungry, Sodoku and Treasure Match – and a new Texas Hold’em that has been programmed for the Interactive Challenge Tournament, the company’s new online multi-player option. ICN mode, which supports up to six people, allows players to start games and create their own avatars, or to join games already in progress.

JVL manufactures and markets the Vortex and Eclipse countertop touchscreen terminals, along with the sleek Orion upright system. The countertop models are built with flat-panel displays to achieve a compact form factor. The Vortex, the company’s latest model, is equipped with a 17-in. display and Power Pad, which enhances the terminal with additional input controls.

The video game maker’s touch terminals employ flash memory – rather than a hard drive – to run games and the system software. Flash memory, sometimes called “flash RAM,” is a type of constantly powered nonvolatile memory that can be erased and reprogrammed in units of memory called blocks. According to Peter Gueterres, JVL’s president, flash-based computer storage produces a fast and stable video gaming system, and its application in JVL products is winning over equipment operators.

JVL’s machines are compatible with iTouchNET, a tournament and remote management system that enables participation in the company’s national online sweepstakes with prizes, “Touch and Win,” and customizable operator-administered online tournaments, Net Challenge. ITouchNET, which is available for a flat fee, supports on-screen advertising, prize payouts and online ranking for players. Its remote administrative tools allow operators to access machine stats and generate reports, manage machine settings and monitor door openings.

iTouch8 augments JVL’s present game library to 132 titles. Games are available in English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Polish and Russian languages. The upgrade also adds some new operator controls, including USB capability, to the JVL’s touch terminals.

JVL Corp. is headquartered at 553 Basaltic Road, Concord, ON, Canada L4K 4W8; tel. 800) 296-6657 or (905) 303-3360; fax (905) 303-3361. The company maintains three websites to support its products and services at jvl-ent.com, touchandwin.com and itouchnet.com.

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