The Autumn Coin-Op show was created as a platform for those within the UK coin-op and amusements industry to network and to gain first sight of new products in a relaxed and informal setting.
A perfect example of this at ACOS 2019 was the first public outing for Game Payment Technology (GPT), a joint venture between bacta and Polar Moment, taking the opportunity to elicit feedback on its ground-breaking new mobile app. The app has been developed from within the UK industry, allowing machine play without cash and enabling players to control their spend and time at the machine.
Chief Technical Officer Paul Deed was delighted with GPT’s ACOS debut: “We had an extremely busy show with a constant stream of stand visitors for the entire two days. We weren’t order-taking; we were at the show to gain feedback from operators, retailers, and invited the Gambling Commission. We seized this opportunity to discuss integration with manufacturers of both digital and analogue products. On the first day the stand was still full at 5.45 pm as people were leaving for the networking reception; the show was phenomenal,” reveals Paul.
The joint venture came about after Polar Moment was tasked by the bacta’s National Council to develop a retro- fit solution that encompassed cashless play and player protection. The initial proof of concept was presented, using real money, thanks to Polar Moment’s strong relationship with the payments industry, and the go-ahead was given in June
The combined resources of bacta and Polar Moment are formidable. Bacta represents the amusement and gaming machine industry in the UK, encompassing high-tech and creative manufacturers, machine suppliers for pubs, clubs and bingo halls, as well as operators of family entertainment centres and over 18s gaming centres. The Game Payment Technology board includes Greg Wood and Quentin Stott, representing operators and manufacturers with extensive market knowledge.
Polar Moment is a payment industry specialist with 13-year history of software development and consultancy. Clients include Marks & Spencer, Aldi, Apple, Shell and the company is a Standard Consulting Partner for Amazon Web Services.
Visitors to ACOS were treated to the pre-release, a working app featuring the highest level of security. Paul Deed explains, “We have a strong relationship with the banking community and our approach has been born out of best payment practice, working with a tier one bank.
“The mobile phone itself is not trusted so there is end-to-end encryption, by both the device and the server,” he confirms.
All payments are via an e-wallet, created for the player after registration and age verification. The e-wallet may be topped-up via a registered debit card to pre-set limits, with winnings transferred to the e-wallet via the machine’s ‘Collect’ button.
Features to encourage responsible gaming include age verification, break-in-play, session spend reminders, safe bet limits, inbuilt delays in adding funds and the player’s ability to set cooling-off periods.
The project is moving forward at a considerable pace, with pilots scheduled to take place in November in several styles of pubs. Integration requirements for manufacturers have now been published.
Game Payment Technology has confirmed that the full launch will take place in London in January at the Entertainment, Attractions & Gaming International Expo.