Thursday April 24 ,2014 : THIRD PARTY GAMES INTEGRATION THE MAIN GOAL OF STANDARDS ASSOCIATION
 
Top online gambling firms make up the membership of the Gaming Standards Association.
 
The Gaming Standards Association, a trade body for online gaming manufacturers, suppliers, operators and regulators, completed a liaison meeting in London last week where the focus was on third party game interfaces and integration.
 
Hosted by Playtech, the meeting was attended by representatives from Bally Technologies, ComTrade Gaming, Gaming Laboratories International, 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 director Ethan Tower said in a statement Thursday:
 
"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 Asaf Doron, who chaired the London meeting, 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 communicate by teleconference on April 30, when failure scenarios related to the Third-Party Game Interface as well as communications between game content and game consoles will be on the agenda.