GameAccount Network plc in online deal with gaming giant Konami

16 Jan 2014

Dermot Smurfit’s casino technology company GameAccount Network has formed a strategic partnership with Japanese arcade gaming giant Konami to bring its games online.

The deal will also see GameAccount deploy Konami games to land-based casino operators using the Konami Synkros gaming enterprise management system.

Konami casino slot games will be locally deployed within the GameAccount’s internet gaming system, joining those available from Ainsworth, Incredible Technologies, Scientific Games, Reel Time Gaming, GamoMAT and Multimedia Games.

“Working in close collaboration with Konami to bring their games online in regulated internet gaming markets is a unique privilege,” said Smurfit.

“Our mobile technology and experience in rendering compelling Class III gaming experiences online secured this long-term strategic relationship with a market-leading provider of land-based gaming content worldwide.”

GameAccount’s GameSTACK technology is compatible with the regulatory regimes of New Jersey, Spain, Italy and the UK.

In it to win

In November, GameAccount Network, which is backed by Michael Smurfit and Dermot Desmond, closed an institutional placing of its shares on London’s AIM and Dublin’s ESM index, raising stg£22.2m in funding.

Last year, GameAccount struck significant deals in the US casino market, including Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation (MPTN), the owners and operators of the Foxwoods Resort Casino, to develop play-for-fun games on the internet.

“It was critical for us to find a partner who could deliver our game content online in a manner designed to help our casino customers grow their revenues and expand their businesses,” said Steve Sutherland, chief operating officer of Konami.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years