TORONTO, March 1 /PRNewswire/ - Canadians can continue to play their
games of chance with confidence the President of the Canadian Gaming
Association (CGA) said today.
"Trust is the cornerstone of the gaming business and Canadians should
be comfortable in knowing that gaming devices are carefully screened by
provincial agencies to ensure the integrity of the games," said CGA
President William Rutsey.
Mr. Rutsey was commenting on a CBC news report questioning the
operation of three Konami Gaming video slot machines. Earlier this week
Konami announced its intention to sue the CBC for the misinformation
contained in its newscast.
"Gaming devices are not programmed or designed to display subliminal
messages. No gaming manufacturer would do something like this," said
Rutsey. "It is unethical and it would place manufacturers' licenses at risk
in jurisdictions around the world. This was simply a technical glitch and
Konami has provided conversion kits to correct the problem," Rutsey added.
Gaming Laboratories International, Inc., the largest and most respected
independent testing lab in the world confirmed that the invalid graphical
display occurs for one fifth of a second, is not visible to the human eye
and can only be seen when the game is videotaped and then stepped through
on a frame-by-frame basis. The invalid graphic only occurs prior to the
reel spin, and most importantly, has no bearing on the random number
generator or the outcome of the game.
Gaming equipment manufacturers (including Konami) together with all
gaming industry participants place the integrity of the industry and
customer trust and confidence above all else. The Canadian gaming industry
operates under strict licensing and testing standards overseen by
provincial regulatory agencies.
"We will continue to work with our members, provincial agencies and
regulators to ensure that the public has the facts that it needs to ensure
that trust and confidence are maintained," said Rutsey.
The Canadian Gaming Association represents industry leading operators,
manufacturers, suppliers and others nation-wide.
SOURCE Canadian Gaming Association