Internet sweepstakes players will have different criteria for evaluation software than someone who would like to start a cafe. In fact, many a cafe has died as a result of the owner ignoring player software preferences. If players don’t find the games they love, they will go to another location. That being said, both players and internet sweepstakes owners can benefit from the information presented in this article.
When I say “software,” what I mean is which software provider the owner of the internet sweepstakes is using. There are many national internet sweepstakes software companies and the vast majority of owners team up with one of these companies so that they can offer their games at their cafe. The owner and software company usually agree on what’s called a “split.” Splits are negotiable, but usually range from 35-50% of net internet sweepstakes revenue.
Why Does Internet Sweepstakes Software Matter?
An internet sweepstakes can only offer whichever games are supported by it’s software provider. If a player wants to play card games, for example, but their local cafe only offers arcade style games like balloon popping, then the player will probably either go somewhere else or not play at all. This is disappointing for the player and catastrophic for the internet sweepstakes owner.
Software matters because if you don’t have happy customers, you don’t have a profitable internet sweepstakes. Nobody wants to open a business that is not serving the needs of its customers, so you should understand how important software is before you open your internet sweepstakes.
What Kind of Internet Sweepstakes Software is Legal?
This depends on which state you live in, but sometimes even state agencies don’t know which types of internet sweepstakes software are legal. That is because of how technical the software is and also because of how technical some of the laws are. Also, there are many ongoing court cases surrounding internet sweepstakes.
Some of the most important factors in the legality of internet sweepstakes software are the following:
- Is the game skill-based? i.e. Can you pick cards or numbers?
- Is your sweepstakes prize awarded immediately upon purchase?
- Is your prize pre-revealed to you?
- Is your prize instantly revealed to you?
- Are your games card or number based? (poker or keno?)
In some states, only a lawyer will be able to sort out which internet sweepstakes are legal. Even some lawyers won’t be able to figure it out, especially in states where there are a lot of ongoing internet sweepstakes court cases.
How to Choose Internet Sweepstakes Software?
First and foremost, you must listen to the players in your area before you choose a software company for your internet sweepstakes to work with. Determine which games they prefer to play and use that as a starting point. Only talk to companies that have the kinds of games your players would like to play. Next, consider what kind of split you are being offered by the software company. This is important, but remember that 100% of zero dollars is still zero! For players, the only way to find the software that you like the most is to try out as many different internet sweepstakes as you can.
Can You Play Internet Sweepstakes from Home?
To my knowledge, it is not possible to play internet sweepstakes from your home computer. You must visit a cafe to play. Most cafes only accept cash, so it is possible that payment processing precludes an at home online version from emerging. Also, cafes are considered illegal in many states and it would be difficult to only allow players from states where it is legal. All of these factors combined cause you to be unable to play internet sweepstakes from home.
Who Can Help Me Find Internet Sweepstakes Software?
I can help you find internet sweepstakes software and also advise you on other aspects of opening a cafe. It can be a difficult process and you can make expensive mistakes if you don’t get the right advice. To learn more, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.