Interview with Gergana Chelebieva, director of EGT Spain, for Yogonet
How would you compare Expojoc 2018 with the show last year and which products of EGT brought more attention?
This year the event was smaller, but still advantageous for EGT Spain, as we had several high-quality leads. Expojoc is traditionally focused on gaming hall equipment, so our improved P-24/24 Up AWP cabinet with two 24-inch high-definition screens is an intriguing offering and is already awaited for test installations from many operators in Spain. The showcased P-27/27 St Slim AWP with two 27-inch displays and Premier R6 AWP automated roulette sparked our visitors’ curiosity, generating genuine positive comments as well.
Apart from the AWP market niche, we are also gaining momentum with the EGT Interactive’s portfolio of games, developed in HTML5 format for desktop and mobile devices. They are already certified for Spain and we are in final stages of negotiations with several local operators, acquainted with our gaming content from EGT’s land-based slot machines.
In this regard what installations have you made recently?
After the ICE show we have completed numerous installations mainly of our P-24/24 Up cabinet with the Premier-4 multi-game mix. The latest took place in Casino Orihuela Costa of Acrismatic Group, Gran Casino Las Palmas of CIRSA and Gran Casino Costa Melloneras of Orenes Group.
How would you comment on the Spanish gaming market and EGT’s positions in the country?
The gaming industry in Spain generated a turnover of around €40 million in 2017, according to the official reports (approximately €28 million from land-based casinos and €12 million from online gaming). The national lottery is also popular as is the case with the sport betting that is the fastest growing sector.
For several years EGT Spain has been gaining a foothold with its land-based machines, covering 9 of all 17 autonomous regions in the country and ready to expand in the others very soon. As I mentioned, we are also firmly establishing our interactive brand.
Which models of EGT are currently most preferred in Spain and which will be the next hit?
Among EGT’s targeted solutions for the Spanish market our P-24/24 Up cabinet is best selling for its reliability and high performance. The P-27/27 St Slim adds compact dimensions and comfort, widely preferred as well and the jackpot solution Fu Gui Rong Hua with the Chinese design in its gaming content and P-24/32V Up cabinet is also considered a very good choice by the operators.
If we base our assumption on the ICE show feedback, our next hit will definitely be the curved slot product line of EGT alongside the Collection series multi-games. Within few months both P-42V Up and St Curved models will be homologated in 10 regions in Spain and I am confident that they will stay true to themselves, showing the same high results they do worldwide.
What are your plans for the year?
We intend to keep our expansion course, penetrating the domestic AWP market and delivering our curved cabinets across Spain, starting from Catalonia. EGT Interactive are also working towards their goal to be among the major online gaming suppliers in the country.