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Merit Entertainment has announced that operators running the new 2008 ION and Force software have experienced a significant earnings boost since its release this past September. Recent trends have shown these numbers to still be increasing, and are expected to rise even higher in the future.
Operators have reported an impressive jump in earnings after upgrading from ION 2007 to 2008, in addition to an incredible 61% increase over IONs still running the 2006 software. On systems running ION 2008, 46% of earnings come from new or updated games – Card Pirates, Beer Pong and Chainz 2: Relinked all rank in the Top 10 Most-Played.
Play on ION 2008 has been increasing steadily since its introduction, and it now boasts a high weekly earning average. The coin drop is substantially better on 17-inch and larger units, with the 19-inch Aurora leading the pack and performing the strongest overall.
Merit’s Force 2008 update has also seen its numbers increase progressively since its inception, leaving 2007 in the dust. It also averages 35% more earnings over its older 2006 counterpart. New or updated games account for 39% of current game play, and Tournament play has increased a whopping 26% over 2007 numbers.
“The jump to the 2008 ION and Force software has created an earnings boost for our operators, which is what Merit strives to achieve,” stated Bob Mills, Merit’s Vice President, North American Sales. “We recommend that all of our operators upgrade to the 2008 software, so they can see this increase for themselves and put more money in their pockets. We also can’t stress enough how much of an impact the 19-inch Aurora is having in the market, and the earnings track shows that this countertop still hasn’t reached its full potential.”
* All earnings data presented in this release are based on weekly surveys of over 6,500 Megatouch games.