International Game Technology and AC Coin & Slot last month announced a restructuring of the companies’ longstanding relationship. Under a new agreement, IGT has purchased the distributorship for new IGT machine sales in Atlantic City and the Caribbean from AC Coin & Slot for .6 million, including .6 million in cash consideration. Also, IGT and AC Coin have amended the terms of the AC Coin & Slot proprietary game agreement.
The original 1983 agreement between IGT and AC Coin & Slot granted AC Coin & Slot exclusive rights to distribute IGT games in Atlantic City. The agreement was later amended to include the Caribbean. In 1994, the two companies entered in to an agreement that allowed AC Coin & Slot to utilize IGT base machines in all of its proprietary bonusing slot games. Several years ago, IGT challenged the arrangement in court, with the deal being reaffirmed.
Under the new agreement, IGT will now have direct access to sell games to casino customers in Atlantic City and the Caribbean. The combined transactions will provide AC Coin & Slot with the resources and opportunities to develop the core of its business and continue future growth and product development.
The new terms enable AC Coin & Slot to sell proprietary games outright, as well as offer lease-to-own, or a traditional lease structures. The company will retain the right to utilize IGT’s base machines and platforms to continue to develop its future product offering. AC Coin & Slot is now also free to seek alternative platforms to develop games in certain other gaming jurisdictions worldwide, and to seek out new partnerships in the Class II, and central determination game markets.
“This restructuring provides IGT the opportunity to sell direct to our casino customers in Atlantic City and the Caribbean,” said Craig Billings, vice president of corporate finance and investor relations for IGT. “We look forward to working directly with these valued customers and to supporting AC Coin & Slot as they continue to seek new efficiencies and growth opportunities.”
“This is a true win-win for both companies and reflects the dramatic growth and evolution AC Coin & Slot and IGT have experienced in 25 years since the original agreement,” said Mac Seelig, president and founder of AC Coin & Slot. “We are incredibly excited to embark upon this new phase of growth.”