Inspired Gaming Group has signed an exclusive agreement to supply its Open SBG Core technology platform and games to Spanish land-based gaming operator Grupo R. Franco.

R. Franco and Inspired will work together to create server-based video lottery terminal (VLT) gaming machines by combining Inspired’s technology with the operator’s cabinets, and a selection of games from each company.

Grupo R. Franco chairman Jesús Franco praised Inspired’s proven technology and experience in “highly regulated and competitive markets” like the UK and Italy.

“We’re delighted to be uniting this industry-leading technology with R.Franco’s leading cabinets, games and experience in the Spanish market,” Franco added.

Inspired chief executive and founder Luke Alvarez described the Malaga-based gaming group as an ideal partner to help his company expand into the Spanish market, adding that “server-based, multigame products will modernise the landscape of machine gaming in Spain.”

“Inspired is driving the adoption of well-regulated, networked gaming machines in Europe and further afield, as a way for government agencies to provide player entertainment whilst ensuring tax collection, crime reduction and player protection,” Alvarez explained.

In related news Inspired will be launching seven new Comma 6a games for VLTs, targeting the Italian gaming machine market.

The Comma 6a product range includes a mono-game slot created by manufacturer Tecnoplay and a multi-game cabinet produced by Nazionale Elettronica, with all games available on 74 per cent payout.

The supplier will also be expanding its range of virtual sports products ahead of this summer’s football World Cup with the launch of an upgraded version of its Virtual Football product, featuring enhanced graphics and additional bet markets. A new virtual basketball game, first announced at ICE Totally Gaming in January, will also be rolled out to Italian players.

Inspired Italia president Vitaliano Casalone said that having become the only major independent VLT supplier in the Italian market, it was “fantastic” to see such a positive response to the roll-out of virtual sports.

“It’s a fun product that’s bringing more community entertainment to venues in Italy,” Casalone said. “We look forward to many similar success stories with our Italian customers during 2014 and beyond.”