To determine if a business need exists for a standardized Internet gaming protocol

As gaming migrates to new forms of distribution such as the Internet, the Gaming Standards Association is committed to understanding how this affects its members as well as the protocols that connect products in any gaming market.

GSA has created the Internet Gaming Study Committee. Comprised of GSA members from around the world, the committee will determine if a business need exists for a standardized Internet gaming protocol, much as standardized GSA protocols have benefited land-based casino operations.

“GSA members who are both operators and manufacturers are very interested in understanding how an Internet gaming standard would benefit the gaming industry at large,” said GSA President Peter DeRaedt. “It is clear that there is significant overlap between what happens in the online and offline gaming segments.”

While the committee will not be writing protocol standards, it will be examining the operator and supplier environment, technology and regulatory landscape to understand how common protocols might benefit all concerned.

The committee expects to report on its findings as early as this summer.

“This is a vital investigation, because Internet gaming holds a tremendous potential,” DeRaedt said. “We look forward to sharing our findings with the global gaming industry, further proving the crucial role GSA plays.”