Quoted from flynnibus:
How on earth is having a QR code anyone can pass around more secure then a simple authorization in the online system. Maybe Stern is investing in printer ink factories and thinks printing QR codes is the next big thing?
Dunno about more secure, but from the webinar today each operator will be able to generate QR codes that can be used for all kinds of things above and beyond just identifying yourself.
An example was given where the owner/operator could generate a QR code to allow for the adjustment of certain settings that could be used by venue staff so you don't have to leave keys for the machine. Another example was to allow cross promotion, so say you buy a burger, your receipt comes with a QR code with an invitation to play a free game of pinball.
It all seems pretty vague at the moment and the tools are certainly operator centric.
Some more notes to add to the ones chuckwurt listed above.
- Operators will be able to make settings adjustments remotely
- There are 2 types of "currency" players can earn. Coins which are Stern's currency and Tokens that would be currency of the operator/location. Stern and the operator can set prizes in exchange for their currency.
- Remote play between 2 or more machines will be supported "soon"
- Tournament Management tools are coming. Integration with tournament platforms like MatchPlay is a possibility if there is enough demand. A question was asked about Scorbit integration and George said that would be for tournament data only.
- A question was asked if you can use the App to pay for games. Not out of the gate but it sounded like this is something they are working on which should be real interesting for Ops as Stern has got to be taking a cut of that.
- What is the difference between the Free and Paid tracks for players? Nothing right now but that will likely change as features roll out.
- The question of DLC were raised and George specifically said that "core" gameplay features will not be gated behind a paywall but there could be some fun non-essential additions. How that differs from say JP Topper DLC, I dunno.
- 6 games supported at launch. 17 by end of year. First 6 games supported will be Godzilla, EHOH, Jurassic Park, LZ, Black Knight and TMNT
- Badges can be earned for participating in certain events or locations. Play a Godzilla in Vancouver and get the "Vancouver Destroyed" badge. Play in a major tournament and get a badge for that tourney.
I was honestly hoping for more details but I am sure we will learn more at Expo where is sounds like Stern will be demoing this platform all weekend.