Okto is to expand the network of gaming machines in the UK leisure sector that accept the group’s app for mobile cashless payments, after commencing a strategic partnership with Inspired Entertainment.
This will see the fintech provider offer its Okto.Wallet electronic money payment platform on Inspired gaming machines across UK pubs, which will be available across Inspired’s latest range of category C gaming products from this month.
“From our initial introduction to Okto we were extremely impressed by the breadth of knowledge and experience of cashless payment solutions demonstrated by the Okto team,” commented Peter Davies, managing director of the leisure business at Inspired.
“Their understanding and practical knowledge of the gaming sector in particular have allowed them to develop a mobile payment solution that fits perfectly into our product offer.
“In particular the focus on player protection and social responsibility stood out, together with the simplicity of the solution itself. We are delighted to be working in close collaboration with Okto and are looking forward to rolling the solution out in conjunction with our customers and offering machine players a safe, secure and feature rich alternative to cash.”
The Okto.Wallet will enable patrons to move funds instantly across the entire payment ecosystem via the mobile app, which can be used in all touchpoints of the venue and beyond through the Okto prepaid Mastercard linked to the users’ account.
The app includes a know your customer process along with age verification, and also provides facilities for consumers to enable transaction limits and time-out breaks.
Simon Dorsen, director of gaming at Okto, explained: “Inspired is a major supplier to the UK pub and gaming sector and this collaboration along with other recently announced partners in the sector, strengthens Okto’s position as the go to mobile payments app for consumers and operators in the leisure sector.
“Digital payments for F&B sales are surging in pubs due to the pandemic accelerating changing habits, and now Okto enables pubs to extend and satisfy their customers’ desire for digital payments also at the gaming machines.
“Our easy-to-use solution allows players to go simply to a gaming machine, press a button to use Okto, and deposit funds to start playing. And it is the same in the cashout; they get the winnings back to the Okto wallet in real-time.
“Alongside, we can also onboard pubs as merchants, if Okto users can spend some money on food and drink in the pub, they simply can, and they can also split the bill with their friends or send and receive money from their friends using simply the Okto app.”