LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwired - Apr 23, 2014) - Substantial progress in third-party game interfaces was made at a recent meeting held by the Gaming Standards Association's (GSA) Online Gaming Committee (OGC).
The committee meeting was held in London on April 8 and 9 and was hosted by GSA Platinum member Playtech. GSA members in attendance were Bally Technologies, ComTrade Gaming, Gaming Laboratories International (GLI), GTech, IGT, Intralot, Playtech and Random Consulting. While not in attendance at this meeting, the committee also enjoys strong participation from GSA members who are actively involved in this space including Atlantic Lottery, Austrian Gaming, Loto Quebec, Manitoba Lotteries, Multimedia, OLG, RAY, Scientific Games, and VGT.
GSA Protocol Director Ethan Tower said, "We made significant progress during the Online Gaming Committee meeting, particularly in the area of the Third-Party Game Interface. The Third-Party Game Interface allows games from third-party game providers to be integrated with an online gaming platform in a standard manner. We expect to release the first draft of this standard by the end of the summer. After that, we will be developing additional standards that address external interfaces, such as geo-location and payment processing, and then central monitoring for regulatory systems."
Playtech Head of Integrations and Architecture and Chair of GSA's Online Gaming Committee Asaf Doron said, "We are very pleased with the progress the committee is making. Because of the multiple third-party integrations that are a natural part of online gaming, it is vitally important for the industry to establish standards that will benefit all constituencies."
GSA's Online Gaming Committee will next meet via teleconference on April 30. The informal meeting is open to members and will discuss failure scenarios related to the Third-Party Game Interface as well as communications between game content and game consoles.
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About the Gaming Standards Association (GSA): The Gaming Standards Association (GSA) is an international trade association that creates benefits for gaming manufacturers, suppliers, operators and regulators. We facilitate the identification, definition, development, promotion and implementation of standards to enable interoperability, innovation, education and communication for the benefit of the entire industry.
Established in 1998, GSA's members represent a wide cross section of the global gaming industry.
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Platinum members include Alberta Gaming & Liquor Commission; Aristocrat Technologies Inc.; Bally Technologies, Inc. (BYI); GTECH; International Game Technology (IGT); Konami Gaming Inc.; Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation; Playtech, (PTEC.L), Scientific Games International (SGMS), and Sega Sammy Creation, Inc.
Other members include: 3M, Ainsworth Game Technology Inc..; American Gaming Systems; APOLLO GAMES; Appolonia; Atlantic Lottery Corporation; Austrian Gaming Industries GmbH; BMM Testlabs; British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC); Casinos Austria; ComTrade Gaming; European Casino Association; FortuNet, Inc. (FTNT); Four Winds Interactive; FutureLogic, Inc.; Gamblit Gaming, LLC; Gaming Laboratories International,Inc. (GLI); Gaming Technologies Association; Gauselman GmbH; Grand Vision Gaming; Intralot S.A. (INLr.AT); Inspired Gaming Group Ltd.; Interblock-USA; Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. (ISLE); JCM Global; Jumbo Technology Co. Ltd; Loto-Québec; Macao Polytechnic Institute; Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries; Maxgaming; MEI; Multimedia Games (MGAM); Multi-State Lottery Association; Nanoptix, Inc.; Nidec Sankyo Corporation; NRT Technology Corporation; Oregon Lottery; Ortiz Machine Company, LLC; Penn National Gaming, Inc. (PENN); Radical Blue Gaming; Random Consulting; RAY; Seminole Tribe of Florida; Techlink Entertainment International Ltd.; Transact Technologies Incorporated (TACT); U1 Gaming; UNLV International Gaming Institute; Video Gaming Technologies, Inc.; Western Canada Lottery Corporation.
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