Gamepay Case Study

Executive Summary

PayOGFE℠ started in 2003 with the vision of using the internet to provide a cost effective way to manage the process of paying game officials. Partnet, with its expertise in internet eCommerce, helped them achieve their vision with the creation of GamepaySM application.

PayOGFE (Pay – Officiating Game Fees and Expenses) is a company in Texas that was looking for a more efficient way to perform its main mission of scheduling and paying referees and others for officiating at college sports events. They commissioned Partnet to help design, build and run a system that would allow them to automate and optimize most of the tasks associated with scheduling and paying these officials.  Partnet was the perfect choice because of the innovative and efficient development culture that exists here.

GamePaySM tracks everything required to pay officials and other independent contractors who work sporting events. Understandably, a lot of game officials work part time and are burdened with a large travel requirement. GamePaySM keeps tabs on when and where officials work, all in a secure, online environment. The software keeps accurate records and allows Conferences to calculate payments as well as pay taxes. Users can review payment history through a reporting function and can view the status of events and payments from anywhere.

Challenges

PayOGFE (Pay – Officiating Game Fees and Expenses) is a company in Texas that was looking for a more efficient way to perform its main mission of scheduling and paying referees and others for officiating at college sports events. They commissioned Partnet to help design, build and run a system that would allow them to automate and optimize most of the tasks associated with scheduling and paying these officials.  Partnet was the perfect choice because of the innovative and efficient development culture that exists here.

How GamePaySM Helped

These days businesses need the capability to do more with less and security is of the utmost concern.  Partnet aided in that goal by designing ways to increase automation of government tasks, and to implement these designs in the most efficient and affordable manner.  The GamePay project for PayOGFE is a perfect example of that capability.

Partnet built a system that was inexpensive, yet functional, easy-to-use and completely secure.  This simple interface enables staff to learn the system quickly and increases the profitability of PayOGFE.  Used by sports officials all over the country, GamePay needed to be reliable and provide sufficient capacity to accommodate all PayOGFE-supported NCAA sporting events.

Partnet worked closely with PayOGFE to design a system that would satisfy those requirements, and then implemented it quickly and efficiently.  Part of that implementation plan included time for PayOGFE personnel to review prototypes and early versions to make sure that the selected vision matched their needs.  This gave the PayOGFE staff plenty of time to make course corrections without adding substantial cost. Gamepay was the first to implement processing procedures which we feel makes your money 100% safe and risk free.

Results, Return on Investment and Future Plans

Today GamePay is running at a 99.99% uptime—while handling thousands of games, and tens of thousands of transactions a year in a safe and secure manner. Partnet continues to receive high marks from PayOGFE on its work.

GamePaySM: Celebrating 12 years of official payments in gaming

Over 34 universities and athletic conferences use GamePaySM to manage their gaming officials including:

  • American Athletic Conference
  • Atlantic Coast Conference
  • Big 12 Conference
  • Big South Conference
  • Big Ten Conference
  • Brown University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Duke University
  • Florida State University
  • Harvard University
  • Ivy League
  • Marshall University
  • Pac-12 Conference
  • Princeton University
  • Seattle University
  • Yale University

Partnet is proud to have developed and supported the GamePaySM application over the last decade and congratulates PayOGFE on their success with the application.