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What We Do: Commercial Gaming


Server-Based Gaming

With the introduction of server-based gaming technology possible to the Ontario marketplace, the AGCO has developed new server-based technical standards specific to this technology. These technical standards govern the use of a "server-assisted slot system" and a "server-based slot system," which are defined as follows:

  • "Server-assisted slot system" is a system comprised of one or more server-assisted slot machines connected to a slot machine server and associated equipment, all approved by the Registrar, for the purpose of downloading approved slot machine games, game configurations and other related software from slot machine server to server-assisted slot machines.  In a server-assisted slot system, the game outcome is determined by the server-assisted slot machine.  The server-assisted slot machines can operate independently of the slot machine server after the game software and/or configuration are downloaded to the slot machine.
  • "Server-based slot system" is a system comprised of one or more server-based slot machines connected to a slot machine server, all approved by the Registrar, for the purpose of providing access to approved slot machine games and other related software from the slot machine server to the server-based slot machine.  In a server-based slot system, the game outcome is determined by the server.  The server-based slot machines cannot operate independently of the slot machine server.

The following is a draft of the revised AGCO Server-Assisted and Server-Based Gaming Equipment Minimum Technical Standards that will eventually replace the Technical Standards from 2010 that remain in effect.

This update is intended to bring the technical standards in line with the AGCO’s outcomes-based approach to regulation, reflected in the Registrar’s Standards for Gaming. This approach allows stakeholders increased flexibility and autonomy in achieving the desired regulatory outcomes. The revisions are also intended to remove any duplication between the technical standards and the Registrar’s Standards documents.

We invite all stakeholders or concerned members of the public to submit their comments by Jan 31, 2017 to AGCO-Gaming-Lab-Admin@agco.ca.

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