Gocorp takes a punt on Allied

Queensland-based network integrator Allied Technologies Group is set to sign a teaming agreement with online gaming company Gocorp.

Gocorp was one of two companies that scraped through the Federal Government's moratorium preventing online casinos from setting up in Australia. Since then the company has gained approval to operate its Ausvegas casino site under the Queensland Interactive Gambling (Player Protection) Act of 1998.

Under the terms of the agreement, which is yet to be finalised, Allied will provide network integration and support for Gocorp's expanding online casino business. Details of the partnership - including its duration and what it could be worth to Allied over the next few years - have not been revealed.

Peter Harkin, chief operating officer for Gocorp, was able to confirm Allied would be doing some "ad hoc" service and support work initially before Gocorp takes its online casino solutions to other companies through its subsidiary company Spin Cycle. Gocorp intends to bundle its gaming software and licensing experience with Allied's networking skills and security products by Cisco, to offer a "turnkey" product for companies to establish their own interactive gambling site.

"Allied had the experience and history with Cisco that we were looking for," said Harkin. "And they were willing to invest a little in learning about our business before there was anything [contract] in place."

According to Harkin, the market for setting up online casinos is potentially huge with Australia beeing the only first-world country to have government-regulated interactive gaming.

With this in mind, Allied's South East Queensland branch manager, Chris Smith, is eager to pen the preferred partner agreement. "It's going to be worth a fair bit," was all Smith was willing to reveal at this stage.

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