Thursday, March 22, 2012

Ontario Internet Gaming Update

By Michael D. Lipton, Q.C. and Kevin J. Weber

At the end of last year the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for an operator of online gaming and betting (iGaming) conducted and managed by the OLG.

The iGaming platform will consist of three separate product releases. The initial phase will implement online versions of the existing Ontario ticket lotteries, iGaming casino games, including iGaming versions of table games (i.e. blackjack, roulette, and baccarat), slots and video poker, along with player account management and customer service applications.

The RFP applied specifically to this initial phase of the roll out, and a different entity may be brought in to act as the OLG's operators for the products released in later phases. The deadline for submitting RFPs was last month and we should soon find out who made the short list of respondents.

To learn more about this development in the OLG's iGaming initiative, follow the link to the complete article in DW's Gaming Newsletter.