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US – GamingArts developing UV lighting to disinfect games

By - 11 May 2020

While the gaming industry struggles with the effects of COVID-19, Gaming Arts is dealing with the threat head-on. At a time when most of the casinos in the U.S. are closed, the company has significantly ramped up its R&D efforts to help the industry make its way back from this pandemic.

Gaming Arts is in the process of developing a vast array of new products and has filed numerous patent applications directed to the use of UV lighting to disinfect and sanitise gaming machines and gaming equipment along with state-of-the-art slot, bar and table games protective shields. The science behind UV lighting to disinfect, sterilise and decontaminate is well known in the medical field but has never before been applied to gaming equipment.

The list of gaming machines and gaming equipment addressed in these efforts include but are not limited to UV disinfecting and sanitisation of gaming machines, card shufflers, bill acceptors, card readers, printers, chip trays, playing card shoes, table games cash drop boxes, dice holding devices, ATMs, and more. The goal is to disinfect and sanitize virtually any piece of equipment or object that poses a risk to the gaming public. Gaming Arts is anticipating filing numerous continuation patent applications in the months ahead to cover the many variants it is working on.

Gaming Arts President Mike Dreitzer said: “Being an industry veteran for several decades, I am very pleased and proud that our team at Gaming Arts led by our CEO David Colvin, could move this fast to be an instrumental part of a solution to a generational problem that our industry faces. This is a difficult and complex situation and we are grateful to have a role in bringing practical and helpful solutions to our customers worldwide. We look forward to working with the industry to do everything we can to find the best path ahead.”

Importantly, in the case of its UV antiviral disinfecting and sanitisation devices, the company has made the decision to work collaboratively with customers as well as other manufacturers who have interest, to make sure that the entire gaming industry and all casinos will have access to these technological advances that protect players and staff alike. Gaming Arts commitment to its customers, players and the entire gaming industry never waivers.

Caption: David Colvin, CEO and founder of Gaming Arts

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