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GAUSELMANN: The 111,111th M-BOX rolls off the production line, and employee donation is raised to 111,111 euros



GAUSELMANN: The 111,111th M-BOX rolls off the production line, and employee donation is raised to 111,111 euros
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An ergonomic, slim design, state-of-the-art technology with a sustainable core, a fantastic gaming experience on up to three large screens – this is adp Gauselmann’s M-BOX, the world’s most successful slot machine of the past 20 years. The 111,111th unit has now run off the production line at the company’s own production site at its headquarters in Lübbecke.

“There’s no denying that the M-BOX’s outreach to so many gaming arcades around the globe is a very special milestone, bringing continued gaming enjoyment to many people,” explains company founder and Chairman of the Management Board Paul Gauselmann. “And to think all this is a product of our own development and production capacities in Eastern Westphalia.”

The M-BOX was launched in 2015 following four years of intensive development. Frequently copied, but never equalled, the attractive slot machine revolutionised the entire vending machine industry. It rapidly gained popularity both on the domestic market in Germany as well as internationally, where it is marketed under the product name Avantgarde.

“The M-BOX represents a completely new type of cabinet design – not only in terms of design and ergonomics, but also with respect to technology, sustainability and energy efficiency. Its international popularity is confirmation that our development department has pulled off a true masterstroke,” claims Jürgen Stühmeyer, Management Board member, MERKUR Sales.

Translating the concept of the M-BOX into a finished product required resourcefulness and perseverance. Initially, the ergonomic requirements identified in an ergonomics study conducted by the Fraunhofer Institute were not compatible with the technical demands on the new multigamer. The solution lay in a new door concept that allows the door of the M-BOX to swing upwards rather than sideways, thus leaving sufficient space for the required components.

Using modern processors and new touch technology ensures games are displayed in brilliant, full HD resolution with no loss of brightness. Despite this outstanding performance capability, the multigamer is far more energy efficient, resulting in up to 50 per cent lower power consumption – a breakthrough that not only benefits operators, but above all the environment.

Dr Werner Schroer, Gauselmann Group Management Board member, Development and Technology, explains: “The M-BOX is the result of an outstanding team effort. While working on its development, we motivated and inspired one another, always with a mind to making improvements and developing a perfect machine for even more gaming fun. That’s the passion that all of us across the Gauselmann Group share.”

This passion was also the driving force behind the continuous further development and optimisation of the M-BOX in subsequent years, which saw adp Gauselmann launch a number of new, themed M-BOX editions, including the SOCCER, SEVEN and PRINCE models. In 2017, the cabinet was upgraded with the addition of a third 27-inch monitor, marking the birth hour of the M-BOX TRIO. Two and three years later, the M-BOX MAX and the M-BOX MAX TRIO followed, which offer maximum scope for the reels on 32-inch monitors.

“Each year, up to 50,000 gaming machines roll off our production lines. With 111,111 produced units, the M-BOX in its various guises obviously stands out in particular,” Production Manager Hans Martin Grube explains. During construction, the M-BOX passes through seven assembly stages with 4,937 individual components and a total production time of around 14 hours. Through their dedication on the job, our approximately 300 line staff ensure that each and every unit meets the exacting quality standards.”

The M-BOX convinces not only with its cabinet design; the top-notch games content is also a winner. New, exciting games and features are constantly being developed and tested in wide-scale field tests, paving the way for adp Gauselmann to deliver the ideal games mix time and again.

And with his 2015 prediction for the M-BOX, Jürgen Stühmeyer, Management Board member MERKUR Sales, hit the nail on the head: “The right business model is important, but the enjoyment for all those involved is equally important. And that’s guaranteed here.” Today the 111,111 M-BOXES sold add some 23,195,000 kilos of weight to this statement.

To mark this special achievement, the company has also come up with a special initiative. The employee donation benefiting the victims of the 2021 flood disaster in the western part of Germany in the amount of 85,000 euros, which was topped up to 95,800 euros by the Paul and Karin Gauselmann Foundation and a number of subsidiaries, will be increased again by 15,311 euros to 111,111 euros, thus matching the number of units produced and supporting the people of North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Alpine Esports transitions to Alpine Sim Racing, announcing partnership with G2 Esports



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  • Alpine Esports re-brands to Alpine Sim Racing in a commitment to the sport.
  • A brand-new partnership with G2 Esports formed, sharing similar goals and values to compete in an expansive range of competitions in sim racing.

A New Beginning:

With the 2023/2024 F1 Sim Racing World Championship concluded. Alpine Esports re-brands to Alpine Sim Racing to further showcase a commitment to the sport. This change will elevate the competition as the team looks to compete in an expansive list of other Sim Racing titles alongside F1.

Alpine Sim Racing x G2 Esports

This revolutionary partnership with G2 Esports will further support the commitment to Sim Racing, allowing the team to drive results at the top of the grid across multiple sim racing programs.

“It’s a very exciting time for the newly branded Alpine Sim Racing Team, this new collaboration with G2 symbolizes a new era and new hope where combined our focus will be on constant progress, a shift in priorities and vision of the past, our aim is to project Alpine Sim Racing into championship contention in the coming years” said Daniel Ritchie, Global Director Sponsorship Acquisition, at Alpine.

“This partnership promises to elevate Alpine Sim Racing’s performance and competitiveness, fuelled by G2’s expertise and Alpine’s commitment to excellence” – said David Gendry, Global Marketing & Communications Director at Alpine

“At G2 Esports, we strive for competitive excellence and we see those values mirrored in Alpine, which is why we’re excited to announce our partnership together as we work towards the future of Sim Racing. Sim Racing is an incredible opportunity for not only gaming and esports fans, but also general fans of F1 and it has the unique ability to bring multiple communities together for the love of the race and motorsports. This partnership is a turning point for G2, we believe in the future of Sim Racing and Alpine will enable us to keep bringing trophies home, with an incredibly passionate, data-driven, and technologically advanced partner by our side.” – said Alban Dechelotte, CEO, G2 Esports

“We are absolutely delighted to announce our partnership with Alpine F1. As two like-minded, forward-thinking and ambitious brands within our respective sports, It was evident from the very beginning of our conversations that the synergies between Alpine and G2 are numerous. Sim Racing is the perfect vehicle to connect fans of wider esports with the worlds of motorsport, car culture and cutting-edge technology, all of which Alpine excel within.

Alpine matches our desire to win, our desire to disrupt and improve every space we operate within, and our desire to elevate racing in all forms, whether in a digital or real-world arena. Our track record within F1 Esports is one of success and we are looking forward to returning to the grid alongside Alpine and delivering them a programme to be proud of.” – said Nathan Tague, Head of Sim Racing, G2 Esports


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Meridianbet (Golden Matrix Group, Inc) Launches AI-Powered Online Casino Game Recommender



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Meridianbet, sports betting and iGaming operator and part of the Golden Matrix Group (NASDAQ: GMGI), a developer and licensor of online gaming platforms, today announced the launch of an AI-powered casino game recommender.

This tool is designed to optimize user engagement and gaming experience and boost player loyalty.

Personalized iGaming Powered by AI

Meridianbet’s AI Casino Recommender uses advanced AI to offer personalized game recommendations based on player behavior, previous activities, demographic data, and individual preferences.

How It Works

The AI engine analyzes extensive data to identify unique player patterns and preferences, providing recommendations in two sections:

  • Games You’ve Tried: Highlights games that players have already played.
  • Games You Might Like: Introduces new games based on player behavior and preferences.

Ongoing Model Updates

The AI model is trained daily to stay current with player behaviors and preferences, ensuring accurate and engaging suggestions.

Success Metrics

Key metrics from the first month of use show:

  • 3% increase in user engagement with recommended games.
  • 9% increase in engagement with new recommended games.
  • 12% decrease in engagement with unrecommended games.

Upcoming Upgrades

Future improvements will include more detailed demographic details and playing patterns to enhance search functionality.

Unique Competitive Advantage

Meridianbet’s AI casino recommender focuses on enhancing user experience and platform ergonomics, making the gaming experience more enjoyable.

Strategic Fit and Market Potential

This feature aligns with Golden Matrix Group’s strategy to leverage advanced technology for user engagement and growth. The broader ecosystem includes:

  • Meridianbet’s sports betting and iGaming services across 18 markets.
  • RKings’ tournament business in the UK and Ireland.
  • Mexplay, an iGaming operator in Mexico.
  • GMAG, a B2B aggregator service for over 800 online casinos worldwide.


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MERKUR Community support England Hockey’s Olympic Legacy vision



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The MERKUR UK Community project which is funded by the company and its high street customers is supporting an initiative aimed at identifying the nation’s Olympiads of the future following a £10,000 award to promote England Hockey’s ‘Pick up a Stick’ campaign whose motto is Play: Celebrate: Inspire.

With the opening ceremony of the 2024 summer Olympics taking place 26 July in Paris, England Hockey is aiming to harness the momentum and profile of the Games to drive awareness of the sport and in the process to create an Olympic legacy based on increased participation at all levels.

Tony Boulton, MERKUR UK’s Director of Public and Political Relations has overseen the launch and implementation of MERKUR Community. Confirming the latest award, which takes the total generated by MERKUR Community to over £60,000 since its launch in January 2024, he said: “As a global celebration featuring athletes from 196 nations participating in 329 events across 32 sports the Olympic Games provides an unrivalled opportunity to engage with current, lapsed and most importantly generations of new players.

“England Hockey oversees the sport’s management and development, spanning from grassroots initiatives to elite-level activities and the MERKUR Community funding will go towards facilitating coaching courses so clubs can train additional members to deliver hockey sessions in the local community providing equipment for the ‘Adopt a School’ campaign and developing a tool kit of interactive digital resources.

“We are absolutely delighted to be able to help fund the work of England Hockey and encourage greater numbers to play the game regardless of their previous hockey experience.”


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