LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - February 8, 2010) -  At the end of 2009, GSA formally ended its support for the SAS protocol. The organization will now focus all its resources on assisting operators to migrate away from SAS and towards the more capable G2S protocol by suggesting three important questions that can help prepare them for the transition:

  1. Now that SAS is no longer supported, where do we go from here?
  2. Which suppliers can provide us with non-SAS products?
  3. Is our IT team up to speed on the GSA protocols?

GSA Technical Director Marc McDermott said, "While SAS will continue to be an important protocol for some years yet, GSA has decided to focus on G2S as the sole protocol to be used from the EGM to the back of house systems. The new features and capabilities available with G2S will provide the building blocks that will move the gaming industry to a new level of technology. As the new technology will definitely have an impact on any gaming operation, we want to help operators prepare for tomorrow with some questions they should be thinking about today. The answers to these key questions provide the first step in moving an operation towards the technology of the future and the pathway to success."

If your company is a casino operator, consider joining GSA's OAC (Operator Advisory Committee) to join the discussion. For a look at brief answers to these questions, visit

About the Gaming Standards Association (GSA): The Gaming Standards Association (GSA) is an international trade association that creates benefits for gaming manufacturers, suppliers, operators and regulators. We facilitate the identification, definition, development, promotion, and implementation of open standards to enable innovation, education, and communication for the benefit of the entire industry. Established in 1998, GSA's members represent a wide cross section of the global gaming industry. Follow GSA on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

GSA's Game to System (G2S) Protocol has been named "Best Productivity-Enhancement Technology" by Global Gaming Business Magazine; one of Casino Journal magazine's "Top 3 Most Innovative Products"; and one of Casino Enterprise Management's "Top 10 Slot Floor Technologies."

Platinum members include AMX; Aristocrat Technologies Inc.; Bally Technologies, Inc. (BYI); International Game Technology (IGT); Konami Gaming Inc.; MEI; NCR Corporation (NCR); Seminole Tribe of Florida; SPIELO (an affiliate of GTECH LTO.MI); Techlink Entertainment International Ltd.and WMS Gaming Inc. (WMS). Other members include: 3M Touch Systems (MMM); Ainsworth Game Technology, Ltd.; Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission; American Gaming Systems; Ameristar Casinos, Inc.; Aruze Gaming America, Inc.; Atlantic Lottery Corporation; Atronic Americas LLC; Austrian Gaming Industries GmbH; BMM Compliance; BCLC; CashCode Company Inc.; Codere, S.A.; De Vocht Expert Services; DigiTech Systems Co., Ltd.; FutureLogic, Inc; GameLogic, Inc.; GameTech International; Gaming Laboratories International, LLC; Gaming Technologies Association; Giesecke & Devrient; GGS-US LTD; Global Gaming Research Center; Grand Vision Gaming, LLC; Harrah's Entertainment; HERMES SoftLab; Intel Corporation (INTC); International Games System Co., Ltd; Intralot S.A. (INLr.AT); Las Vegas Gaming, Inc.; Loto-Quebec; Macao Polytechnic Institute; Manitoba Lotteries Corp.; MGM MIRAGE (MGM); Money Controls; MotorCity Casino; Multimedia Games, Inc. (MGAM); Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL); Nanoptix, Inc.; New Wave Automation; Nick Farley & Associates; NRT Technology Corporation; Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation; Oracle; Oregon Lottery; Penn National Gaming, Inc.; QALab; Scientific Games (SGMS); Shuffle Master, Inc.(SHFL); SIQ; Tabcorp Holdings Limited; Tech Results; Technical Systems Testing; Transact Technologies (TACT); UNLV International Gaming Institute; Video Gaming Technologies, Inc.; WCLC Sask VLT Division; Western Money Systems and Zest Gaming SpA. For more information, visit

Contact Information:

Peter DeRaedt
Gaming Standards Association
Tel: +1 (775) 829-2336