The Machines Sub-group (MSG) is unique in that it is the only such group in the UK that represents all of the various gaming machine types and categories.
Gaming Machines are a common product group running through all gambling sectors from casinos through betting shops and AGCs (adult gaming centres), right through to FECs (family entertainment centres) and into remote/online websites.
All of these sectors of the U.K. Gambling Industry have representation in the MSG, from an operational perspective and from design, manufacturing, service and supply.
Machine Sub-group meetings are chaired by Peter Hannibal with Nigel Davis of Praesepe as Vice Chair. Meetings are held bi-monthly and the agenda is generally formed from member’s requirements and from current and upcoming issues affecting members. The MSG maintains a strong Responsible Gambling debate at all meetings along with a focus on future changes and how they can be influenced for a positive outcome by the group.
This forum is now the 'go-to' body for the Gambling Commission as topics and issues become increasingly more digital and server based.
To give some context to what the MSG is about, the following is a list of regular agenda items;
- Regulator liaison
- Fraud prevention
- Security alerting and awareness
- Testing and compliance
- Consultations and regulation updates
- Responsible Gambling and Social Responsibility
- Improving the regulatory environment.
- Technical guidelines and industry standards.
The work of the Machines Sub-group goes from strength to strength with membership growing to a healthy 25 x organisations, many organisations having multiple representations at various levels and disciplines.
The MSG also steers the development of the UKs Cashless and Ticketing Protocol (TiTO) for gaming machines. At the request of members the MSG has produced a set of protocols that enable gambling venues to use a single ticketing or cashless player facility across different machine technologies.