Video Game Technologies, a subsidiary company of Aristcrat, has verified the settlement of its lawsuit against Castle Hill Gaming after more than two years of proceedings.The case was lodged in 2017 and claimed breaches of certain VGT trademarks, trade dress and trade secrets were involved.
Under the terms of the settlement, the game titles New Money, Arctic Cash, Arctic Ice and Welcome to Nugget Mountain, along with any related artworks and characters, and any variations of these games will be changed and no longer used by CHG. Furthermore, CHG will remove certain machine characteristics and paytables and will no longer use them. By April 1, 2020, all relevant games and machines will be changed. CHG also agreed to make a $3 million deposit to VGT.
Hector Fernandez, president of Aristocrat Technologies, said: “This settlement again confirms VGT’s (and Aristocrat’s) determination to protect our intellectual property, including VGT’s market-leading Class II portfolio. We will continue to be proactive and aggressive in defending our assets going forward.”
Castle Hill Gaming’s CEO, Arthur Watson, stated: “We are thrilled with this David versus Goliath outcome. I believe that VGT and its parent company, Aristocrat, wanted to put us out of business because they saw us as a competitive threat. Our games are performing at par with their games in many of the casinos in which we compete. But we have survived, thrived, and are entering new markets like Historical Horse Racing.”