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Program 1 – How IGSA’s Game to System standard benefits the Industry.

P1YT 1 - So, what is G2S?
G2S is an Ethernet based protocol that natively supports encryption and therefore is well suited to run wirelessly. Slot machines that can be upgraded to run an OS that supports both communication languages simultaneously will be able to connect to the existing CMS as well as G2S-based systems. That means slot machines can be upgraded over time, reducing the cost impact and at the same time allowing the value of using G2S to sort of prove itself.

P1YT 2 - Why would I want G2S in my jurisdiction?
G2S can be of value to Regulators by helping them verify that only approved versions of software are being used. It also helps them verify that the software is an exact copy of what was approved by using a system that executes GAT remotely. This helps keep regulatory staff safe by minimizing touching slot machines and deliver efficiencies by eliminating having to run GAT one machine at a time. Finally, G2S, due to its network and multi-host capabilities would allow that same system to collect meter and event information providing regulators with Monitoring System functionality.

P1YT 3 - Why would I want G2S in my casino?
G2S gets you the inventory of what software you have and what you need to change and G2S gives you the ability to remotely download and configure that software without ever touching a slot machine. Oh! and keep this in mind, for jurisdictions that still use tamper-proof tape to seal CPU compartments, you don’t have to deal with that tape removal and replacement process.

P1YT 4 - How do I implement G2S?
A supplier wanting to implement G2S must first join IGSA to get a copy of the specification. IGSA makes training, both in-person and online, available for developers to get them up to speed quickly. IGSA has re-launched and updated the CVT tool by providing two packages, the CVT Basic and CVT Suite. Both come with a G2S reference implementation and the suite adds additional Radical Blue tools. Finally, the price for the packages has been significantly reduced making them affordable for all suppliers.

P1ZW – Is G2S worth it and how do Operators adopt it?

Program 2 – How using IGSA’s standards benefit Regulators

P2YT1 – Is land-based gaming fair?
There are three flavours of the IGSA GAT standards: Serial GAT, Network GAT and G2S GAT. While all three identify the authenticity of gaming software Network GAT does so more efficiently than Serial GAT. However, G2S GAT is the most efficient because it is part of G2S and therefore can operate over the G2S network. Having G2S and G2S GAT means that you can get an inventory of the software being used in a slot machine via and then make sure it is authentic using a single process.

P2YT2 – Is it possible to get timelier gaming data reporting?
If I want faster access to data from slot machines and I want to avoid the CMS, an IGSA G2S standard-based Monitoring System is the way to go. If I’m OK getting the data from the CMS, then the IGSA RRI standard can help me get that data and use it faster, in a standard way that also applies to online gaming and lotteries. For online gaming the data would come from the online platform and remote gaming system and for lotteries from the central lottery sites.

P2YT3 – Can tracking gaming submissions be simplified?
The IGSA Certification Database Interface standards (CDI), is a data exchange standard that allows information about product submissions, like testing progress and issues found, to occur electronically. CDI provides greater transparency to the suppliers looking for information on the testing progress and issues found. And to regulators who can see what products have been submitted for their jurisdiction and also see the testing results as they occur. CDI also speeds up the problem solving and approval issuance processes. CDI also looks to streamline the supplier to regulator shipping notification and tracking process as well as the operator to regulator work-order process, eliminating different forms and communication methods replacing them with a single standard electronic solution.

P2ZW – IGSA Standards for Regulators. The why and how.

Program 3 – How suppliers benefit from IGSA’s Game to System standard

P3YT1 – Why would I implement G2S?
G2S can drive sales for slot machine manufacturers by opening up access to markets that today require that protocol. Smaller or lesser known suppliers that implement G2S may be able to gain market share as operators seek to diversify their product. G2S can be the vehicle by which software developers bring systems and tools to our industry and which do not impact or rely on the CMS. Operators don’t have to worry about changing or upgrading their CMS, but with G2S enabled gaming devices, they may have broader options that could result in cost savings and revenue gains.

P3YT2 – Are there tools to help me implement it?
GSA provides training and educational options that vary based on the needs of the individual supplier. Whilst not exceptionally difficult to learn or develop, some companies may not have available staff to dedicate to G2S. For them, pre-developed G2S code stacks are available for purchase or license from GSA member companies. To help both those implementing G2S on their own or using a pre-developed stack, GSA, in partnership with Radical Blue, provides the CVT which comes with a G2S reference implementation. The CVT Suite, also comes with additional tools.

P3YT3 – What is G2S certification?
G2S Certification means testing to ensure the G2S protocol was implemented according to the specification. It does not mean the Approval that gaming products must receive to prove they meet jurisdictional requirements. G2S Certification is important because it tells Operators that a product is interoperable with other certified products, which prevents all kinds of potential issues. The GSA Certification and Validation Tool, or CVT, uses test scripts approved by the CIC committee, which means they are independent, transparent, and can be trusted to accurately test adherence to the specification. The Certification process is pretty straightforward. Testing can be done by labs or by the supplier themselves and a product is certified by GSA after the CVT Test Results document is reviewed for completeness.

P3ZW – How G2S can boost product sales for suppliers

Program 4 – How IGSA standards make data reporting more efficient

P4YT1 – Regulatory reporting across gaming verticals

P4YT2 – Regulatory Reporting Interface efficiency gains

P4YT3 – RRI and Europe’s Online Gaming Reporting standard

P4ZW – How do using RRI or OGR benefit Regulators and save Suppliers money?

Program 5 – How IGSA standards eliminate online content integration headaches

P5YT3 – How the third-party Interface eliminates content to platform integration pain

P5YT2 – Specific issues addressed by TPI

P5ZW – How TPI adoption saves online gaming companies time and money?

Program 6 – Game to System implementation tools and testing

P6YT1 – CVT Basic overview & Demo Part 1

P6YT2 – CVT Basic overview & Demo Part 2

P6YT3 – CVT Suite toolkit & Demo Part 1

P6YT4 – CVT Suite toolkit & Demo Part 2

P6ZW – How can the CVT help save time and money?

Program 7 – How the past shows us why IGSA standards are important

P7YT1 – Understanding gaming technology history, expense and revenue, Part 1

P7YT2 – Understanding gaming technology history, expense and revenue, Part 2

P7YT3 – Lessons learned from implementing IGSA standards, Part 1

P7YT4 – Lessons learned from implementing IGSA standards, Part 2

P7ZW – How understanding gaming technology and the use of standards generates revenue

Program 8 – How GSA standards address all aspects of gaming devices

P8YT1 – How the Gaming Device Standard enable Operators and Regulators

P8ZW – The use of the Gaming Device Standard to enable casino floor efficiencies

Program 9 – How using open off-the-shelf standard solutions benefits operators

P9ZW – Case study – Open standards solutions

 

The Conversation series will consist of YouTube (YT) and Zoom Webinars (ZW). 

YT videos are intended to peak the person’s interest and provide limited information on a topic.  Each YT builds on the previous one leading to a more in-depth ZW where the topics of each YT ‘come together’.

 

Enhanced governance, compliance and technical standards in the global electronic gaming market drive innovation, control and leadership for all industry participants. In regulated electronic gaming markets, the need to protect culture and citizenry is paramount. This is achieved through the establishment of appropriate technical standards and the strict adherence to them. Regulators govern to ensure compliance with their legislated standards. Compliance with enhanced, open standards underpins the framework for product development and interoperability allowing for far greater innovation, enhancing management control and player experience. Operators benefit from innovation and increased competition among manufacturers competing for market share. However, the development of the regulated electronic gaming market will demand experts who have a far greater understanding of standards; therefore, their role and management expert becomes crucial.

Partnerships
The Macao Polytechnic Institute School (MPI) of Applied Sciences and GSA executed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2007 to exchange information to enable the creation of a technical education program for the local gaming industry. In 2010 this was followed by another Memorandum between MPI, GSA and BMM to enhance the collaborating in support of the original mission.

The collaborative effort, between Macao Polytechnic Institute (MPI), the Gaming Standards Association (GSA) and BMM provides a strong foundation for the development of an educational program specifically designed to supply the expertise necessary to meet the world market needs. The Bachelor of Science in Computing with its specialization in the Gaming Technology is the first such program of its kind. It offers not only the general technology requirements necessary to be successful in a technology filled world, but also a targeted skill that is instantly marketable in the fast paced and growing world gaming market. Because of the innovative two-pronged approach, this educational program will attract the young technology minded students that will drive innovation in the gaming market. The program will benefit regulators, operators and vendors worldwide by providing the fresh new talented professionals necessary to move gaming to the forefront of technology from all aspects. Regulators will be able to acquire the talent necessary to develop the technical standards necessary to ensure the integrity of gaming while allowing for advancement in technology. Operators will gain access to highly trained graduates who can deploy the advanced technology on the casino floor. Vendors will be able to obtain competent developers that already have the understanding of gaming and computer technology necessary to be instantly productive and ready to provide the new applications that will keep gaming exciting, and responsible. The result is that through the efforts of the three principle entities: MPI, GSA and BMM, the gaming industry will be assured of having the level of talent needed to ensure that the gaming industry and technology remain partners for the foreseeable future.

Macao Polytechnic Institute (MPI) Applied Schools of Sciences – Current Course Description (http://www.ipm.edu.mo/admin/en/bsc_course_description.php)

 

Specialization Subjects: GAMING TECHNOLOGY 

Code

Course

Credits

COMP316 

Introduction to Gaming Technology 

3

COMP324 

Gaming Technology I 

3

COMP414 

Gaming Technology II 

3

COMP424 

Computer Game Design and Development 

3

MATH322 

Mathematics For Gaming Technology 

3

 

Specialization Subjects : GAMING TECHNOLOGY 

Code

Course

Credits

Duration

Pre-requisite

COMP316 

Introduction to Gaming Technology 

This course covers the general knowledge of the current technologies applied to the gaming industry. The purpose of this course is to enable students to gain a full picture of the overall gaming environment worldwide with regard to technologies and the basic concepts of the technologies being employed in the gaming industry now and in future. In particulars, the students will be introduced to historical background of gaming, classification of the games, the compliance of slot machines and other peripherals used in table games. 

45 hrs 

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COMP324 

Gaming Technology I 

This course provides students with fundamental concepts of slot machines regarding their components, structures and operations. Besides, it also stresses on the protocols and secure communications between gaming devices and gaming systems. Specifically, the content and format of messages between games and systems based on current, proven technology standards for transport and security will be delivered in class. 

45 hrs 

COMP316 

MATH322 

Mathematics For Gaming Technology 

The course will provide the mathematics underlying games of chance, it continues with the essential concept of discrete probability, combinatorics, expected value, game profit (house advantage), odds, betting systems etc., which will be applied to various games (slot machines and table games). Topics such as pay-table construction, bonus and jackpot calculations and RNG (Random Number Generator) will be introduced in this course. 

45 hrs 

MATH211

 

Specialization Subjects : GAMING TECHNOLOGY 

Code

Course

Credits

Duration

Pre-requisite

COMP414 

Gaming Technology II 

This course focuses on communication protocol and the architecture of gaming systems. The links between gaming operators and their management systems will be introduced. Students will be taught with hot topics including the transport and security standards. The functionality of backend servers will also be covered in this course so that students will learn various hotel management systems, customer relationship management systems and regulatory monitoring systems. 

45 hrs 

COMP316 

COMP424 

Computer Game Design and Development 

This course offers students the opportunity to learn how to effectively implement game ideas, using a comprehensive and analytical approach to game engine architectures. Topics include programming languages, mathematics skills, 3D graphics pipeline programming, real-time game engine architectures, and artificial intelligence algorithms. 

45 hrs 

COMP311

 

IGSA offers personalized and in-depth training to manufacturers, operators and regulators upon request. IGSA will provide face-to-face training at your premises, at daily rate, for training for any of our standards. For more information, contact IGSA.

IGSA, in collaboration with iGaming Academy, has created an online lecture series for its standards. There is a minimal fee. IGSA Lecture Series.

IGSA encourages operators and regulators to get the facts about implementation and the benefits that IGSA standards offer! Operators who are deploying standards and have integration issues or questions should contact IGSA to get the facts. Governments and regulators who enjoy the benefits that IGSA standards offer, should contact IGSA to get the facts from an independent industry body.

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