The electronic systems used to play video games are commonly known as platforms. Examples of these are personal computers and video game consoles. These platforms are broad in range, which may include large computers and small hand-held devices. Specialized video games such as arcade games, while previously common in the mid 90's, have gradually declined in use.
The input device normally used to manipulate video games is called a game controller, which varies across platforms. For instance, a dedicated console controller might consist of only a button and a joystick, or feature a dozen buttons and one or more joysticks. Early personal computer based games historically relied on the availability of a keyboard for gameplay, or more commonly, required the user to purchase a separate joystick with at least one button to play. Many modern computer games allow the player to use a keyboard and mouse simultaneously.
Beyond the common element of visual feedback, video games have utilized other systems to provide interaction and information to the player. Chief examples of these are sound reproduction devices, such as speakers and headphones, and an array of haptic peripherals, such as vibration or force feedback.
The recent evolution of e-games play an important economic role that continues to expand the boundaries of gaming. The gaming industry can now classify online gambling as the latest modification in the array of possibilities in the realm of e-games. These online gambling sites may raise some legal and moral issues in some sectors of society, but one thing is clear - it offers a more targeted service to a particular group of individuals who can afford to take the high risk involved.
In the Philippines, e-games has vastly improved to allow Filipinos to pit their skills and abilities to compete with some of the best in the world in an online arena. The number of Filipinos actively playing fantasy or gambling e-games has increased through the years, which prompted the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) to introduced a new opportunity to a few enterprising individuals.
Filipinos can now own and operate their own PAGCOR e-Games Cafe for as low as PhP 1.5 million. Even if it is prioritizing sites outside of Metro Manila, except in the provinces of Batangas and Pangasinan, PAGCOR recognized the potential of of this type of business, especially in times of economic slowdown.
As an initial guide, PAGCOR prepared the following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for those who are planning or considering putting up an e-Games Cafe.
- What is a PAGCOR e-Games Cafe?
- It is an internet Cafe dedicated to casino games
- A great Business opportunity anybody can own
- New games are added every three (3) months
- What games can be played in a PAGCOR e-Games Cafe (Game Distribution)?
- Table Card Games 13 percent
- Video Poker 20 percent
- Slots 39 percent
- Other Games 28 percent
- Who Plays (Player Demographics)?
- Male -- 55 percent
- Female -- 45 percent
- Why a cafe instead of online, web-based?
- Not many Filipinos have credit cards. Those that do, don't want to use them for internet transactions.
- Not many Filipinos own their own computers.
- A cash business is much simpler for entrepreneur-operators.
- What is PAGCOR?
- The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) is the government-owned and controlled corporation established to regulate all games of chance in the Philippines.
- It was created in 1976 to oversee the operation of gaming casinos, to generate funds for the government's developmental projects, and to help curb illegal gambling. By virtue of R.A. 9487, its franchise was extended for another 25 years starting 11 July 2008.
- PAGCOR is a vital arm of the government in nation building. The State-owned firm is the second biggest source of government funds with 2007 annual revenue of PhP 27.7 billion.
- How about its partner, PhilWeb Corporation?
- Founded in 2000, PhilWeb is the Philippines' first listed internet company (PSE: Web), and the largest in terms of market capitalization. We are PAGCOR's principal technology enabler, and assist PAGCOR in operating their e-games cafes. Their goal is to deliver safe, secure and fair electronic gaming to Filipinos.
- What does PHilWeb Provides?
- Totally secure and fair gaming servers certified by PAGCOR
- 24/7 technical help and customer support for PAGCOR e-games cafe operators
- 24/7 cash and security support
- Why is PAGCOR e-Games cafe one of the best investments one can make?
- No Franchise fee
- Typical startup capital is PhP 1.2 million to PhP 1.5 million only
- Monthly revenue is 28 percent of casino win
- Typical payback is 12 months.
- How can one open their own PAGCOR e-Games cafe?
- Step 1. Locate a site and have it inspected by PAGCOR
The site must be at least 200 meters (center-to-center) from any school/educational institution or place of worship/religious center, It should also ideally be in a high-traffic area with reasonable security.
- Step 2. Letter of intent
This a letter that formally announces commitment to the business.
- Step 3. PAGCOR will issue a certificate to operate (CTO)
This gives an individual the assurance that PAGCOR approves of their proposal.
- Step 4. Obtain Consent from the Local Government Unit (LGU)
Preferably obtain a Letter of No Objection (LONO). This helps ensure that the operator will get the right permit before they invest money in the business.
- Step 5. Build/Install Cafe
The owner can choose between a rented space or a modular PAGCOR e-Games cafe built into a jumbo 45-ft shipping container (see above photo).
- Step 6. Obtain Mayor's Permit
Every business needs a Business Permit from the LGU.
- Step 7. Launch!
PhilWeb will support the operator with marketing materials and strategies.
- Step 1. Locate a site and have it inspected by PAGCOR
- How about the cost?
- Package cost is PhP 1.5 million for the basic model and PhP 1.8 million for the deluxe model with roofdeck. Package is a complete turnkey solution; includes 16 gaming computers, cashier's computer and network partitions, all furniture, lighting and bathroom fixtures.