Novomatic UK subsidiary Astra Games has signed a new agreement to distribute Ainsworth Gaming Technology products via German casino equipment distributor E-Systems.

Astra already has a distribution agreement in place with E-Systems and the new deal is designed to ensure that the relationship continues after Novomatic's acquisition of a controlling stake in Ainsworth.

"We are pleased to sign this new agreement for E-Systems to continue delivering Ainsworth products into key markets in Europe," said Phil Burke, director of UK casino and exports for Astra Games and Ainsworth UK.

"This partnership has been successful over the past years and we look forward to gaining more market share as the Ainsworth product portfolio develops for the European markets."

The deal will see E-Systems provide Ainsworth products to clients in Germany, Austria, Poland and Luxemburg. Among the products to be distributed will be Ainsworth's A640, A600 and A600 ST slot machines, as well as a range of games and jackpot solutions.

"I'm excited to continue the distribution of Ainsworth gaming machines," E-Systems general manager Emilia Tomachinska added. "We've been a distributor of the Ainsworth brand for 12 years, we rolled out the first Ainsworth slots in the German-speaking market and we were able to grow the market share constantly each year.

"We are convinced that the new generation of Ainsworth gaming machines will be a great addition to all our customers' product portfolios and that we can build on the success of the past."

Novomatic agreed a deal to acquire a majority stake in Ainsworth last year and began work to integrate Ainsworth's products and services with the Novomatic offering at the start of this year.

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