ith revenues of around USD 115 billion, the USA is the strongest market for the gaming industry. A substantial part of this is made up of some 250 Indian tribes, who operate gaming facilities in 29 different states and are represented by Ernest L. Stevens.
NOVOMATIC Chairman of the Board Harald Neumann and Chief Technology Officer Thomas Graf received a high-level visit from Ernest L. Stevens, the most important representative of the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA). The Association represents around 250 Indian tribes that operate casinos in North America and is, therefore, among the most important customers of the Lower Austrian technology group.
"It is an honor to welcome Ernest L. Stevens to Gumpoldskirchen and give him an insight into our production. The National Indian Gaming Association is one of the most important organizations in the USA and is an important partner for NOVOMATIC," said Mr. Neumann, who is pleased about the high-level visit.
Gumpoldskirchen is not only home to the headquarters of the company but it is also where the latest gaming terminals are produced and exported around the world.
Ernest L. Stevens, NIGA Chairman, said: "NOVOMATIC products are known in the USA for their state-of-the-art technology, reliability and high quality, and thus it is very exciting for me to visit the company’s headquarters in Lower Austria."
After the visit to NOVOMATIC, the guests will travel on to London, where ICE Totally Gaming is being held. This year, NOVOMATIC will again present the latest innovations and technologies on a booth that covers over 5,000 m².
Gaming as an act of redemption
This has been the case since 1988 with the passing of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act by the US Congress, which allows “Indian Nations” to operate casinos on their tribal territory. There are 250 tribes in 29 US states operating 482 gaming facilities.
The revenues of the Indian casinos do not have to be taxed and enable the Indians to invest in their community. Revenues from gaming have made a significant contribution to the construction of general facilities such as schools, kindergartens and hospitals, providing the Indians with a way to safeguard their livelihoods. In many reservations, the unemployment rate was over 80 percent. Diseases such as diabetes and tuberculosis were widespread. Many Indians depended on welfare. This changed with the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.