Quixant’s Head of Software DevOps Andres Garcia explains how embedded software will help you take your game design to the next level


ame development and content development in particular is a complex “art” and has always been challenged by the limits of gaming hardware solutions. As regulatory bodies have evolved, this has allowed for flexibility in

technology adoption and scalability. These changes have transformed game development from

complex gaming hardware embedded systems being developed in-house, to using standardised options, an evolution which comes with many advantages. Firstly, this gives game developers a range of powerful, compliant, and readily available software tools that are already integrated on their gaming hardware platforms, allowing them to explore the boundaries of the embedded platforms. This enables both the content development and game platform development teams to execute, starting from the operative system to the toolchain used to design and build their games and applications. The integration of the embedded software tools has

drastically reduced the time and effort for both new platform development and migration to newer technologies and architecture. Gaming platforms have lagged in technology adoption due to the long technology development cycles and having embedded software has accelerated the adoption for the wider organisation as it significantly reduces the time, effort, and cost to create exceptional content. Driven by the desire to provide the gaming and sport

betting industries with robust and reliable standardised gaming hardware platforms, Quixant exclusively develops platforms that are enhanced with the necessary software features these industries require. Quixant’s new ultimate range of gaming hardware platforms all come with integrated software tools for embedded platform development and provide maximum performance based on the market and product needs and budgets game developers are operating in. Embedded software refers to the software modules that

control specialised computing systems, also known as embedded systems, which differ from standard PCs as they have been designed to repeatedly perform a particular function. This

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type of software needs to be expertly designed to run on a specific hardware device with a precise configuration. To deliver the ultimate land-based games, it is essential to support devices and peripherals that enable players to interact with the game on a physical cabinet, to attract players and to enhance their gaming experience with immersive multimedia elements. It’s also necessary to implement regulatory functionalities, such as server communication with standardised protocols like G2S and SAS, and methods for logging data and recovering it from unexpected states. And fundamentally, there is the need to protect the intellectual property from copy and fraudulent use. Regulations across the land-based gaming industry differ

throughout jurisdictions. In the highly regulated markets, mandatory regulations are often complex and require considerable time, effort and cost to implement, certify a system and make it available to players, and eventually generate profits. Whether the highly regulated markets or the route and other markets, it is especially important to implement methods to protect intellectual property. This part of the game development process requires very specific knowledge of the gaming industry, local regulations, cabinet hardware devices, peripherals, and the servers used in the location. While essential functions, these elements do not contribute towards the game’s success and it is making the games interactive and engaging which is the key to attracting and retaining customers. That’s why Quixant developed its Software Hub, a portfolio of software solutions which are integrated on all Quixant hardware embedded platforms at no additional cost. Tailored to the needs of the global gaming market, these solutions are developed with a combined 50+ years of gaming leadership experience and are designed to address key development, compliance and security aspects of game production and save customers money on third party software licenses like Bink, or G2S and SAS solutions. Quixant’s software solutions enable customers to focus efforts on content development and ultimately get their games to the market faster. Supporting customers throughout the development,

certification, and deployment process, Quixant continues to evolve its field-proven software solutions to ensure they serve the evolving needs of the global gaming industry.

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