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Issue Date: Vol. 44, No. 9, September 2004, Posted On: 9/29/2004

Sept. 29, 2004: Ecast Will Continue Support For Rowe-Ecast Juke; Bob Snyder Seminar: Secrets, Discounts, Fun, Food; Tsunami Expands Eghbal's Role; UltraCade Boosts Line; Team IT Names Exclusive Canadian Distributor


SAN FRANCISCO - Ecast has announced the end of its contractual relationship with Rowe International, effective Sept. 30, however, it will continue to offer technical support to operators of existing Ecast-powered Rowe jukeboxes for as long as they operate these products, company officials reported. "Ecast's goal is to ensure that all software updates going forward will be backwards compatible for as long as it is technically feasible," said executives. Ecast has also expanded its technical support, sales and customer care staff with six hi-tech industry professionals.

Separately, Ecast reports that it will present its new range of Ecast-powered services and depth of support at this week's AMOA International Expo in Las Vegas. The company is expanding the size its Download Lounge by 50% , the Lounge will occupy half of Ecast's 30x60' booth. Bruce Guerra, Ecast's operations manager, is booth concierge inside the Download Lounge. He will ship any show materials back to an operator's office free of charge. Mari Diaz and Jason Kramer, from Ecast's installation coordination department, will be on hand with laptops and phones to qualify locations for broadband connectivity'right on the spot. At the Ecast's Customer Care desk, operators can speak with Ecast's customer care staff: Wes Romine, Jon Barretto, Jay Wandel and Mary Conley who can provide guest badges for Lounge access and VIP treatment. Jon Howe, product manager, will illustrate new features on "Ecast Central" Web-based tools. And Ecast's national trainer, Jon Holcomb, will be on hand Thursday and Friday to answer questions on broadband music services, from the basic to the most complicated. He will be conducting presentations and Q&A sessions in the Ecast booth.


LAS VEGAS , "Betting the Odds: Staying on the Right Side of Gambling Laws," an update to Bob Snyder's hit seminar, will be held at this week's AMOA International Expo. That's the session that riveted state associations leaders in January with demos of crooked gaming equipment and "carnie" scams. "Some of the information presented will be secrets and techniques revealed for the first time in a trade seminar," said Snyder. The gaming expert will also discuss ways to beat Vegas casinos , legally. Snyder, a practicing attorney, will also explain how amusement operators can stay on the right side of gambling laws, an often-tricky question. Nick Farley of Farley and Associates will be lending his expertise to the seminar as well. Complimentary beverages and snacks are offered. Free admission: Room S113 on Friday, Oct. 1, from 1:00 PM to 2:15 PM.

Tsunami Names Eghbal Global Sales Vice-President

FREMONT, CA , Tsunami Visual Technologies has promoted Mehdi Eghbal to vice-president of worldwide sales, adding the U.S. to his global sales beat. Before joining the firm three years ago, Eghbal was a sales professional with Interactive Light and Global VR. Previously, TVT's U.S. sales were handled by Brian Duke, who announced his exit from the company earlier this week to form an international sales consultancy.


SAN JOSE, CA , UltraCade Technologies has announced ambitious plans to launch new product lines for the arcade and casino industries in the coming months. Executives spoke of bringing "innovative and unique coin-op, redemption, consumer and casino game" products to the market. To help in this regard, UltraCade has brought onboard industry professionals Elaine Shirley as vice-president of sales and Bob DeKett as vice-president of new business development, and promoted Gregory J. Lima to executive vice-president of development and senior producer. As its first move beyond classic arcade videos and cabinets, the company will release the hit consumer video game "Feeding Frenzy" in two dedicated cabinet versions (27-in. and 19-in. monitors), both with ticket redemption mode. Visit http://www.ultracade.com to learn more.


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL -- Incredible Technologies has appointed Starburst Coin Machines of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, as the exclusive Canadian distributor of IT products. "One international partner focused on the marketing and promotion of our products has been a successful business model for us everywhere in the world," said Bob Fay, IT's vice-president of international sales. "Working exclusively through Starburst is consistent with all of our existing distribution arrangements outside the U.S."

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