The emergence of an industry solution to cashless payments is making speedy progress as 300 Game Payment-enabled machines hit the marketplace this month. New innovations and extra payment methods and features – lockdown has done little to stall the march of technology.
The cashless payments revolution is gathering pace again, after the interruption caused by covid-19. The six operators taking part in Game Payment’s early adopter programme are now rolling out machines enabled for cashless play across England and Wales. Game Payment have also confirmed the participation of another two operators. More than 300 Game Payment-enabled machines should be available for use this month.
During the lockdown, the Game Payment development team has made some important refinements. This includes the removal of the requirement for an NFC tag on each machine.
The app now shows players which nearby machines are available and allows them to select one. Players can also now use the new version of the app on their Bluetooth-enabled tablets.
New players will receive a matched bonus of £10, which must be played through an AWP. The addition of another processor for card payments will allow Game Payment to take advantage of additional payment methods and features.
Paul Deed, who has led the development programme, says Game Payment has completed the transition from prototype to national roll-out despite the interruption caused by covid. He stated: “Of course covid has been a major disruption for absolutely everyone involved in the industry. Although lockdown did impact our pilot programme, it also served to `focus the market’s attention on the benefits of minimising cash handling in pubs and clubs.
“We used the lockdown period to work on a series of innovations, of which removing the need for NFC tags was just the first. We’ll be making a series of exciting announcements over the course of the next couple of months.”