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Astra to provide gaming content for Sky

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8. February 2009

UK games supplier Astra Games, a subsidiary of the Austrian-based Novomatic group, has signed an agreement with BSkyB's betting and gaming arm Sky Vegas to provide online gaming content for deployment on both the Sky Vegas online website and Sky TV interactive service.   

The content will be supplied through NRGS, Novomatic's remote game server system. The deal signals the first commercial outing for the NRGS, whose comprehensive content provision solution empowers operators with the ability to introduce Novomatic's and Astra's globally successful games to their platform.

The marrying of Novomatic's and Astra 's game portfolio to Sky Vegas, a trusted brand in the rapidly growing UK online gaming market, allows a widespread high visibility online release of the games, Astra's recently appointed MD Zane Mersich claims.

"With the pedigree of game themes available in both Novomatic 's and Astra's library it was critical that we formed a partnership with a provider that promoted the qualities and standards essential in delivering the games in a form that meets with the high expectations players have of Novomatic products. Sky Vegas was the only choice for the inaugural commercial deployment of NRGS," he said.

NRGS is a simple turnkey solution that delivers instant and seamless integration on a robust and stable medium that permits a smooth, uninterrupted gaming experience. Initial games include some of the most celebrated themes, notably Reel King; Golden Sevens and Bullion Bars.

Further popular games are planned for future release, meaning a continuous stream of top end game themes will constantly refresh the Sky Vegas NRGS offering:

Richard Flint, Managing Director at Sky Betting and Gaming, commented: "Our focus is on offering our customers the very best games in existence anywhere in the world. To achieve this we have to work with the experts, and Novomatic/Astra undoubtedly fall into that category. We have been extremely impressed with the quality of the games and the people that we have met, and look forward to a long and successful partnership."

The NRGS games will go live on Sky Vegas in Q1 of 2009.   

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