WMS Gaming to Preview WAGE-NET at G2E Trade Show

7 September 2005



WAUKEGAN, Illinois -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- WMS Gaming Inc., a subsidiary of WMS Industries Inc. (NYSE: WMS) announced today that it will preview its server-based gaming technologies, WAGE-NET(TM), at the fifth annual Global Gaming Expo (G2E) (Las Vegas Convention Center: Booth #1256) in Las Vegas, September 13-15. WAGE-NET (Wide Area Game Enhanced NETwork(TM)) is WMS' next generation gaming technology that focuses on the enhancement of slot machine content, downloadable software for game assets, central determination of game outcomes and centralized game configuration through a trusted, server-based environment. The WAGE-NET system has been designed to support both of the announced industry standard communication protocols (SuperSAS or BOB).

The two main features of the WAGE-NET technology are the Floor Interface function which will provide operators with a real-time representation of their existing slot floor and the capability to make changes on a local or floor-wide level, and a Schedule function which allows for the configuration of game themes, pay tables, denominations and peripherals. In addition to the ability to manage the slot floor and to automatically update gaming machine configurations, WAGE-NET is the foundation of a networked environment that enables new innovative forms of game play mechanics, all based upon player driven innovation. WMS expects to launch products featuring WAGE-NET enhanced game content in calendar 2007 in conjunction with a new series of games based on new high-profile entertainment brands licensed by WMS.

"We are very excited to be able to demonstrate the WAGE-NET technology for our customers as it is the product of more than three years of development on our server-based gaming initiatives," said Brian R. Gamache, President and CEO of WMS. "Our engineers have developed a trusted, server-based system that leverages the extensible design architecture of our CPU-NXT® operating system as well as the upgrade path for our Bluebird(TM) gaming cabinets, which will allow our casino customers to preserve the investment they have made in our products."

"In offering remote game configuration and game downloadability, WAGE-NET is expected to benefit casino operators through improved yield management of their slot floor," continued Gamache. "The server-based gaming technology and patents that we recently licensed from Cyberview Technology will continue to advance our ability to offer customers high earning, innovative products. Our engineers and game designers have also designed the WAGE-NET system to offer players new game play interaction which we believe will lead to a higher time on device and result in higher earnings for WMS and our casino customers."

Gamache concluded, "While development of our WAGE-NET server-based gaming technology is ongoing, we are very pleased that it has advanced to the stage of development where our customers will be able to clearly see first-hand many of the benefits they can expect to receive from our investment in intellectual property and technologies for the next generation of gaming."


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