IGT reaches settlement over GC2 copyright case

16 August 2019

International Game Technology (IGT) has reached a settlement with video slot manufacturer GC2 Incorporated over a dispute related to copyright infringement and intellectual property licensing rights on certain gaming content.

Financial terms of the settlement have not been disclosed, but the agreement, struck in District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, will see IGT take ownership of 30 digital games developed by GC2.

Content covered by the settlement will include titles such as Pharaoh’s Fortune, Coyote Moon, Kingpin Bowling and Lucky Lion Fish, all of which were at the centre of the dispute.

As part of the agreement, IGT will provide a perpetual licence to gaming content developer GC2 to allow it to use these titles in non-gaming applications.  

“GC2 and its attorneys, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, are pleased with this settlement agreement as it resolves the three years of successful litigation and allows both companies to focus their attention on the development of new land-based and online games that will contribute to successful consumer products,” GC2 president, Frank Warzecha, said.

Meanwhile, IGT has agreed a deal to upgrade the Oregon Lottery’s central computer system with the latest version of its INTELLIGEN software.

The INTELLIGEN central system will be used to support, monitor and control more than 11,500 video lottery terminals across Oregon.

IGT has been working with the Oregon Lottery since 1985, also providing the organisation with traditional draw-based lottery products and instant ticket games and services.

“We look forward to collaborating with IGT on the INTELLIGEN upgrade, so we can continue to provide our players the chance to win exciting jackpots through a safe and reliable system," Oregon State Lottery director Barry Pack said.

Jay Gendron, chief operating officer for IGT's lottery business, added: “The Oregon Lottery has one of North America’s most successful VLT programs, and IGT has been providing it with innovative technology for more than three decades.

“We are confident that the lottery will benefit from these enhancements through improved system performance and the ability to manage its network more efficiently.”