LAS VEGAS, Oct. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- GameCo, Inc. announces the expansion of its management team and the opening of a second office in Las Vegas. New hires include Rich Maryyanek, Head of Global Business Development; Tommy Florio, Vice President of Sales; Eli Weissman, Head of Production; Patricia Morelli, Vice President of Regulatory and Product Compliance, and Joe Galante, Vice President of Operations and Field Services. Maryyanek, Florio, and Weissman are based in the company's New York City headquarters while Morelli and Galante run the Las Vegas office, located at 2630 S. Jones Blvd., Suite 2.
Head of Global Business Development at GameCo, Maryyanek handles the licensing of I.P. and games, working with property holders, game developers and publishers, as well as the distribution of GameCo's proprietary Video Game Gambling Machines (VGM™) throughout the world. Maryyanek has worked with leading marketing, branded consumer products, retail, and entertainment companies for more than 25 years, managing marketing, research, sales, licensing, information technology, and digital/social media.
Florio, Vice President of Sales, is a seasoned gaming industry veteran with more than 35 years of experience in both casino operations and gaming manufacturing. Florio has held executive level positions with Caesars Entertainment, Wynn Group, Penn – Argosy Group, and tribal gaming venues in both the U.S. and Canada. From the manufacturer side of the gaming industry, Florio has held senior sales and development positions with Shuffle Master, TCS-John Huxley, Aristocrat, ISD, Amaya-Cadillac Jack, and AGS.
Weissman, Head of Production, is an experienced manager, game designer, and executive producer who has completed several successful launches for various products, including some of the largest video games releases in history, such as Grand Theft Auto San Andreas. Weissman was the founder of Highline Games, a successful boutique game development studio and was department head at both Rockstar Games and New York Times Television. He was also the managing director at multiple successful post-production facilities, including Great City Productions.
Vice President of Regulatory and Product Compliance, Morelli oversees GameCo's game product and licensing compliance activities and works directly with all worldwide gaming regulatory agencies, including state testing facilities and independent test laboratories. Morelli will also take a lead role in external customer relations for GameCo. Previously, Morelli spent 20 years in compliance positions at CG Technology, Bally Technologies, Inc., Shuffle Master, and Anchor Games, holding key management positions including product compliance, regulatory compliance, and project management.
Galante, Vice President of Operations and Field Services,has more than 26 years of gaming operations experience with both gaming manufacturers and casino operators. At GameCo, Galante oversees the production, installation, and maintenance of all products and is responsible for the strategy, planning, and execution of manufacturing, procurement, and service operations. Throughout his career, Galante has held management level positions with the largest gaming manufacturers in the world such as IGT, Bally Gaming, and Aristocrat. He has successfully led departments such as slot manufacturing, installation and service, parts, and finished goods warehouse and many more.
"We're thrilled to be adding such wonderful talent and experience to the team at GameCo. Our vision is to create a VIP destination for gamers at casinos and this requires bringing together the best people from the worlds of casinos, video games, and events. No other company is able to offer the combination of experience and resources, especially as esports continues to become critical to the casino industry," said Blaine Graboyes, CEO of GameCo.
About GameCo, Inc.:
GameCo, Inc. (gco.gg) is a pioneering new company that is uniting video games with casino floor gaming. GameCo is the creator of the world's first skill-based video game gambling machines (VGM™), proprietary arcade-style cabinets that balance player skill with patented game design, while maintaining the same return to players as traditional slot machines. Games are familiar titles from top publishers played in 45-90 second experiences featuring various genres and themes including first-person action, sports, racing, fighting, platformers, puzzle games, and more. GameCo will debut the VGM on casino floors at Caesars Entertainment properties in Atlantic City, New Jersey this fall.
GameCo's VGM won the Silver Medal in the Best Slot Product category of the 16th Annual Global Gaming Business Gaming & Technology Awards. Founded by video game, casino gaming, technology, and live event veterans, GameCo brings together executives from Scientific Games, IGT, and AGS along with award-winning producers for game publishers such as Blizzard Entertainment, WarGaming, Ubisoft, DreamWorks, and The World Series Of Video Games.
GameCo is privately held and headquartered in New York City, New York, with additional offices in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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