Aristocrat’s subsidiary, Video Gaming Technologies and Castle Hill Gaming has agreed on a $3 million settlement regarding an intellectual property rights infringement lawsuit that has been pending since 2017.
Castle Hill Gaming is a Class II and III games developer that supplies land-based gaming content to tribal operators across the US. Video Gaming Technologies alleges that Castle Hill violated infringement laws on certain VGT trademarks. Castle Hill Gaming agreed to change some of their game titles; Welcome to the Nugget Mountain, Arctic Ice, Arctic Cash and New Money, all in which resemble VGT titles.
Castle Hill Gaming has until April 1, 2020 to remove all titles, and certain slot machines that feature similarities to VGT games. Castle Hill Gaming agreed to the terms and conditions. Aristocrat’s Technologies President, Hector Fernandez said the settlement confirms VGT’s determination to protect their intellectual property and they will continue to be aggressive with protecting and defending their assets.
Another infringement lawsuit is still pending between Aristocrat and Ainsworth Game Technology. Aristocrat filed suit in July accusing Ainsworth’s gaming machines of violating Australian Consumer Law, but Ainsworth denied all allegations defending the claims vigorously.