Ontario, the second largest province of Canada is about join other Canadian provinces such as British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Quebec, in offering online casino gambling entertainment to legal-aged Ontarians. The government-owned Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) is all set to modernize Ontario’s entertainment offerings. It has already selected Boss Media AB, a subsidiary of UK-based Spielo G2 (formerly known as GTECH G2), from among the bidders who participated in a competitive public procurement process.
OLG awarded a five-year contract for Spielo G2 to provide not only a selection of casino table and video slot games, but also to institute player protection and responsible gaming features by way of Spielo G2’s Gaming Management System. The system includes back office facilities for OLG, player-account management services, self-exclusion options and a system that allows interactive players to manage one’s spending limits.
Spielo G2’s selection as OLG’s primary provider does not come as a surprise, since the firm is also the service provider for the Canadian Poker Network. The latter is the first and only legal online poker network in North America, which operates under the helm of the British Columbia Lottery Corporation and Loto-Quebec.
The OLG plans to launch its online gaming services by late 2013 via PlayOLG.ca website and in several phases, with online casino games and video slots as its initial offerings. The government-owned gaming website will also include online lottery services, as this will make it easier for lotto enthusiasts 18 years of age and above, to purchase tickets and check their numbers against lottery results. Thereafter, OLG’s subsequent game offerings will be for online poker, online sports betting and online bingo.