LeoVegas and 888 are two out of a handful of operators that have recently been granted licenses to enter the Ontario iGaming market in April.
In a press release, Gustaf Hagman, CEO of LeoVegas Group, stated;
“Over recent years, the LeoVegas brand has become the third most well-known casino brand in the Canadian market and Royal Panda has shown strong growth – a clear sign that the mobile gaming experience we offer is appreciated by North American customers.’
‘Our full focus now is to complete the process and we look forward to launch in a regulated environment. Given our track record and knowledge to operate in regulated markets we continue to have high expectations and ambitions for continued growth in the Ontario market.”
On March 14th, the Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario released an updated list of operators that have received a license and plan to go live with an online casino in the province come April 4th.
OperatorBrand Date License was IssuedAnnexio LimitedLottoGoMarch 1Coolbear OntarioCoolbetMarch 11FanDuel CanadaFanDuelMarch 11Fitzdares Canada LimitedFitzdaresMarch 10LeoVegas Gaming PLCLeoVegasMarch 10NSUS LimitedWSOPMarch 2PointsBet CanadaPointsBetFebruary 3Rivalry OntarioRivalryMarch 8Royal Panda LimitedRoyal PandaMarch 10Rush Street InteractiveBetRiversMarch 9Score DigitaltheScore BetFebruary 4Unibet OntarioUnibetMarch 10VHL Ontario Limited888March 1
This list includes a number of big hitters already operating online casinos in the United States, including Unibet, BetRivers, WSOP and FanDuel.
Other big U.S operators like BetMGM and Golden Nugget have yet to receive a license but are expected to also go live in Ontario eventually.
The iGaming market in Ontario is set to go live on April 4th, however, this date has been delayed in the past due to other boards challenging the Government of Ontario and their decision to regulate online gambling in the province.
According to new regulations, any operators applying for a license in Ontario will need to stop all offshore activities in the province.
Play’n Go provider also granted license to operate in Ontario iGaming
Software providers have also been going through the application process to offer their products in Ontario, with Play’n Go being one of the most recent providers to obtain a license.
In a press release, Sissel Weitzhandler, Play’n GO Chief Risk and Compliance Officer, said;
“Our strategy remains to engage with all regulated jurisdictions, and we thank the AGCO for our license award.’
‘The opening of Ontario’s regulated market is exciting and an important milestone in Play’n GO’s North America journey. We look forward to supporting our partners in Ontario from 4 April onwards.”