GSA working closely with members to develop TPI standard

GSA working closely with members to develop TPI standard

Monday, April 24, 2017 Posted by James Walker

The Gaming Standards Association and GSA Europe have gained significant support from online gaming companies for their work on a new standard, the Third Party Interface (TPI).

This new standard, which is being developed specifically for the online gaming industry, will simplify system integration between content providers and platform providers. It will also help to reduce support costs by providing a single API, supported by GSA, avoiding multiple proprietary interfaces.

GSA said it anticipates that TPI will be released before the end of 2017, after the completion of alpha testing.

Discussing the new standard, Mark Pace, managing director of GSA Europe, told TotallyGaming.com: “The Third Party Interface news release is another example of how GSA, through collaboration with its members and regulatory agencies, delivers real tangible and practical solutions to the gaming industry.

“This standard will create efficiencies for B2B companies seeking to provide content and B2C companies seeking to provide their players the widest variety of entertainment experiences possible.

“We are grateful for the input and hours that member companies put into the development of this standard, both from a theoretical and alpha-testing perspective. Without their support, development of these solutions would not be possible.”

GSA’s Third Party Interface standard is based on JSON and WebSocket technology and describes standardised interfaces between iGaming platforms and remote game servers, as well as remote game servers and progressive jackpot controllers.

Additionally, the specification indicates how the URLs used to launch games on remote game servers should be formatted. The specification fully supports online gaming operations that service multiple jurisdictions, allowing the activity associated with each jurisdiction to be easily isolated and reported separately.

Chris Hobbs, director of corporate affairs for Microgaming, said: “We have evaluated the Third Party Interface standard and believe it has the potential to be a valuable tool for Microgaming.

“In particular, use of the Third Party Interface should bring about a number of benefits, and we are looking forward to working within GSA’s technical committee to help drive additional functionality in support of our business objectives.”

Totally Gaming says: The Third Party Interface is the latest sign that GSA Europe and its members are fulfilling their mission promise to create practical solutions that address real issues facing suppliers, operators and regulators in jurisdictions across Europe.

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