Johannes Weissengruber of Apex Gaming Technology said that Belgrade was "a very good show this year."

He added that the company distributed more brochures at the show that they did at ICE in London the previous month. "That could be because we are the only gaming machine supplier in this market offering direct leasing of games," he said.

"We only ask for VAT plus 10 per cent - the rest is leased for a five-year period. And if a machine does not make money for the operator, we will take it back."

Apex has its own company in Serbia and also runs a couple of slot halls in the country. Its Multi Magic multigames do well in the market. "Thirty games is enough for one slot hall," said Weissengruber. "And our good payout rate attracts players to our machines."

He said that the show had attracted visitors from all the Balkan countries and that there had been major interest in particular from Serbian operators. "I think many people have stayed away because of the Kosovo situation, but our stand has been quite busy in the afternoon on all three days," Weissengruber continued. "We have even seen visitors from Russia."

He added that he has a lot of confidence in the future of the markets in the former Yugoslavia. "These markets are growing fast," he said. "As if to back that argument up, Apex sold a lot of machines direct from its stand at the Belgrade show."