I'm a fellow writer who happens to be married to an engineer who has worked every side of the gaming experience, from writing the code to running a casino. Currently, he owns his own gaming firm, Onyx Gaming, producing not only the code for slots, but also manufacturing custom machines from the ground up. A boutique gaming firm, he specializes in the foreign market and Skill Stop Slot machines. A leader in the field, he personally has a number of patented products for the gaming industry, most notably the Cashless Cashiering System. With his games placed in casinos throughout the Latin American market, he's known for providing exciting games at fair prices that deliver an entertainment value unrivaled by many others.
If you need information regarding the industry, are interested in checking some facts, or simply want a different take, feel free to give Chris Lawcock a call at 602-418-6399.
Freelance Author (and the other half of Onyx Engineering and Development and Onyx Gaming, LLC)
PS: Why foreign markets? The US market is dominated by four companies: Bally, IGT, Williams, and Atronix. While all are great companies, the reality is, to place a new product is nearly impossible, their clout is so large; and the US gaming regulations are so tightly controlled and the process so complex, it takes years to get approved and multi, multi millions for the process. David and Goliath had nothing on the Vegas gaming commission, let alone the casinos! While foreign countries have their own gaming regulations, the reality is, certain markets are more open to outside gamers, and with that comes more exciting games, a more interesting gaming environment, and the opportunity for players and casino owners to truly have something for everyone.
Christa Burlakoff-Lawcock is a freelance writer living in Phoenix, Arizona. A published author, recent works have been seen in Phoenician Times, BizWeek International, and Infertility Times. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org