Techlink Entertainment, a Sydney-based advanced technology developer and manufacturer, has been granted two patents in the United States for its Gameplan System responsible gaming solution.
Techlink stated that its Gameplan System provides video lottery terminal players with information on how much money they have spent and how long they have gambled. It revealed that it applied for the two American patents in 2002 but only received official notice of acceptance last week.
Gameplan System also provides players with tools that allow them to set monetary boundaries and time limits while gambling and, according to Techlink, is at the forefront of responsible gaming strategies under consideration or being implemented in a number of global jurisdictions.
The Australian firm said that that the new patents would put it in a very strong competitive position and allow it to be a world leader in providing responsible gaming technologies.
The Canadian province of Nova Scotia is to deploy Gameplan System on all of its video lottery terminals, which amounts to nearly 3,000 of the 8,500 machines operated by the Atlantic Lottery Corporation. Techlink revealed that Nova Scotia’s decision followed years of testing, technical analysis, player behaviour modification trials and the expert assessment of clinicians and therapists from around the world.
“Patents are key for companies like Techlink,” said John Xidos, President and Chief Executive Officer for Techlink.
“The ones we just received will enable us to compete with the big players in the US gaming industry. The total market opportunity for products that use this patented technology is in the billions of dollars.”