Konami Amusement Co., Ltd. announces that it, Sega Interactive Co., Ltd.*1, and Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc.*2 have agreed on a unified system for arcade game IC cards. This new system is designed to make IC cards significantly more user friendly for consumers.
Arcade game IC cards are user identification cards that enable players to play network games at amusement centers on a continuing basis. Until now, Konami Amusement, Sega Interactive, and Bandai Namco Entertainment have developed and operated separate IC card systems - e-AMUSEMENT PASS*3, Aime, and BANAPASSPORT, respectively. Under this agreement, the three companies will produce a unified system for arcade game IC cards, with the aim that by summer 2018, players with a card belonging to any of these three systems will be able to use their card with hardware and ID services of all three systems. In addition, a common logo for Amusement IC cards has been created, and this will be displayed on compatible cards from all three companies henceforth.
Konami Amusement will continue to work to develop infrastructure and energize amusement centers, through arcade game IC card and PASELI*4 E-money initiatives, thereby contributing to industry growth.
- *1 SEGA Interactive Co., Ltd. (Ota, Tokyo, CEO Yukio Sugino) is a company within the SEGA SAMMY Group that specializes in the development, manufacture, and sale of arcade game machines. SEGA Interactive is well known for providing top-quality arcade entertainment thanks to a combination of groundbreaking ideas and the development skill to make them a reality. https://sega-interactive.co.jp
- *2 BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (Minato, Tokyo, CEO Satoshi Oshita) delivers various products and services catering to a worldwide audience in areas such as network content, home video game software and arcade game machines based on its IP (Intellectual Property) Axis. https://bandainamcoent.co.jp
- *3 A shared pass for KONAMI amusement titles. Using e-AMUSEMENT PASS enables players to save gameplay data (for compatible game cabinets) to a server. In addition, players can also participate in tournaments and events held through products compatible with e-AMUSEMENT PASS.
- *4 https://www.konami.com/amusement/paseli/