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Young To Join Aruze

Longtime Aristocrat Technologies marketing executive Kent Young is set to become general manager of Aruze Gaming America, after completion of the acquisition by the U.S. subsidiary of Japanese slot manufacturer Aruze of True Blue Gaming Group, the company Young formed after leaving Aristocrat.

True Blue Gaming will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Aruze Gaming America, and will develop game content for all Aruze Gaming offices globally.

When Young assumes his new position at Aruze Gaming, Scot Olive, the chief development officer for True Blue Gaming, will become president of the subsidiary.

As marketing vice president and, later, global general manager of Aristocrat, Young was a central figure in that manufacturer’s rise to prominence in Nevada following approval of its Nevada license in 2000. He was responsible for launching several product groups that are now the manufacturer’s largest-selling products.

“We are extremely pleased to enter into this agreement with True Blue Gaming, and to acquire the talent and experience of Mr. Young and Mr. Olive in contributing to our global gaming business,” commented Kazuo Okada, president of Aruze Gaming America. “Mr. Young has a wealth of experience in bringing companies into new markets and developing these companies into highly successful market leaders. His experience, combined with his passion for the gaming industry, will be instrumental in the growth and success of Aruze Gaming America.”

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