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Ontario details initial batch of operators to go live on April 4

A collection of 16 online gambling operators have been named by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario of those that will debut digital platforms when the province’s igaming market debuts early next month.

Those set to expand into the region on April 4 are Annexio (LottoGo.com), BetMGM, Coolbet, FanDuel, Fitzdares, bet365, LeoVegas, WSOP.com, Ontario Lottery and Gaming, PointsBet, Rivalry, Royal Panda, Rush Street Interactive (BetRivers Ontario), theScore, Unibet and 888.

Furthermore, the AGCO, which asserts that “Ontario has a serious chance to become a major igaming location,” has also stated that 41 suppliers have also been registered which means that over 700 games have been certified for use thus far. 

“We’ve been working closely with all that have applied to join the market. Not every operator will be ready to launch their services on day one,” a spokesperson for the AGCO noted. 

“Some are more ready than others. This means Ontario’s new igaming market will steadily expand in the weeks and months following April 4.”

Beginning April 4, private gaming operators that have registered with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario and have executed an operating agreement with iGaming Ontario can begin offering their games to players in the region.

The reason for the two requirements is because the AGCO, which has previously issued a warning to prospective operators seeking a licence to cease all activities in Ontario from April 4, and the iGO are two separate entities, and operators must obtain approval from both before they are able to proceed.

“One of the key objectives behind Ontario’s new igaming market is to bring sites Ontarians are already gambling on under regulation so that they can be held to high standards of responsible operations, player protections and game integrity,” it is added.

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