It is time for Manufacturers to take a stand!
WE’VE BEEN PATIENT FOR TEN YEARS, AND WE’RE DONE WAITING!
It was almost ten years ago that the minimum technical standards for Class II gaming systems were adopted by the National Indian Gaming Commission. Since then, two five-year grandfather periods were granted for older gaming systems, and now the NIGC has announced that it plans to permanently exempt the oldest, most vulnerable Class II gaming machines from almost all technical standards, including safety and security requirements.
THE NIGC HAS BAD INFORMATION
Recently the Oklahoma Tribal Gaming Regulators Association presented a comment to the NIGC that is undermining Class II minimal technical standards and putting our industry at risk.
See the Coalition for Fair Gaming’s response here.
THE RISK IS GROWING!
The NIGC’s plans come just as a new Risk Analysis Report has been released. The report warns of how even a single vulnerable machine can put every other gaming machine in the casino at risk. This means even greater risk for consumes, the tribal casinos that serve them, and our industry.
In addition, the recently published Sage Report outlines how allowing older machines to avoid complying with all industry standards could “generate a host of negative consequences for Tribal stakeholders.”
AT STAKE: THE INTEGRITY OF OUR INDUSTRY
Exempting old and vulnerable machines even from some of the most basic security requirements compromises the integrity of all Class II gaming systems, as obsolete machines are at greater risk of hacking and security breaches. This is not good for consumers and it is not good for our industry.
Reports of Russian hackers are also on the rise, further compromising older systems and our very industry
Negative press about older malfunctioning machines is eroding player trust. When someone wins big, only to be told that it was a mistake, this cuts deeply into the integrity that is so important to the consumer.
THE REAL WINNERS OF THIS PROPOSED RULE ARE THE MANUFACTURERS OF OUTDATED TECHNOLOGIES, NOT THE CASINOS
Insiders in the industry claim that nearly half of all Class II machines would be exempted from almost all rules and regulations under this new scheme. That means the manufacturers can get away with providing cheaper, less reliable machines and pocketing the rest for themselves, while the casinos are stuck dealing with the mess when things go wrong. It’s no coincidence that suspicious activity reports are skyrocketing across the industry while they keep saying that there aren’t any problems with their machines. Don’t let the big manufacturers get away with this!
THE COALITION IS FIGHTING FOR YOU
The NIGC’s recommendation to make rule exceptions permanent comes after intense lobbying and WILL NOT serve the best interests of the public and the Tribes who serve them.
The Coalition for Fair Gaming has already submitted a protest letter to the NIGC, and will continue to push for fairness in the gaming industry.
ALL MANUFACTURERS MUST ACT NOW!
The NIGC is moving quickly to make these exceptions to the industry standard permanent, so all manufacturers must act now.
Contact your U.S. congressional representative now! Visit this site to find out who your representative is and express your concerns.
The Commission must hear our voice, and that voice must be unified.
JOIN THE COALITION!
Contact Richard I. Dreitzer at (702) 727-1400 or email him at Richard.Dreitzer@wilsonelser.com, and let’s win this fight for fair gaming.