The EUROMAT national member associations represent private sector operators, distributors and manufacturers of gaming machines and equipment.
Gaming machines usually refer to coin-operated machines (coin-op machines), which accept legal tender coins or bank notes, or, especially for those operated in specific areas such as amusement arcades or family entertainment centres, function with tokens.
They simulate or replicate sports games. Examples are table soccer, basketball machines, mini bowling alleys, electronic darts, etc.
Where players pay to play, either alone or in competition with other players, but no cash prize is given. In some cases, the machines give away a small prize, in the form of low-priced goods, replay tokens or redeemable tickets.
AWP are coin-in, coin-out machines which provide, generally, low stakes for low wins (of up to €100). These machines are seen widely throughout many EU member states, especially in bars, cafes and gaming arcades.
While there is substantial national regulation of gaming, there is no uniform European legislation. Since 2005 the EU institutions have taken an increasing interest in the sector. More recently, as a result of the rise of the online gaming sector, the EU institutions and Member States are considering changes to regulations including tax increases, licensing requirements and even complete bans.