TORONTO, April 12, 2013 /CNW/ - The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) today announced it has selected a vendor to provide services to its internet gaming program, which will be available to legal age Ontarians in late 2013.
Following a competitive procurement process, SPIELO G2 was selected as OLG's primary service provider to provide interactive casino-style games for online play including slots, video poker games and table games. PlayOLG.ca will also allow customers to purchase lottery tickets including LOTTO 6/49, LOTTO MAX and ENCORE. OLG's internet gaming program will be launched in phases with the first to include lottery and gaming offerings. Subsequent phases will include bingo, sports wagering, online poker and the introduction of other new products.
"OLG will offer the only safe, lawful and regulated internet gaming option in Ontario. The move into internet gaming is an exciting step in OLG's modernization," said Rod Phillips, President and CEO of OLG. He continued, "We're pleased to have an experienced company on board to help OLG provide an interactive gaming experience that will be a secure option, regulated by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario."
As part of OLG's internet gaming program, SPIELO G2 will provide a player account management system that will implement a strong online Responsible Gambling program and offer increased player protection, secure transaction and data privacy. This system will provide an age-verification requirement and customers will have the ability to manage their online play with time and money limits, and the option to take breaks from play.
Ontarians currently spend an estimated $400 million annually gaming with offshore grey market internet gaming providers. These mostly-offshore websites are not regulated in Ontario and the money spent on these sites leaves the Province.
OLG estimates that regulated internet gaming could increase the net profit to the province by $375-million over its first five years in operation, money that will support provincial priorities such as health care, community infrastructure and education.
The contract with BOSS MEDIA AB, a part of SPIELO G2, is for a five-year term and includes options to renew. Other Provinces in Canada that allow lawful regulated internet gaming include British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, PEI and Quebec.
OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG lotteries, Casinos, Slots, and Resort Casinos have generated more than $36 billion for the benefit of the Province of Ontario. Proceeds from OLG's operations help support Ontario's hospitals, amateur sport through the QUEST FOR GOLD program, recreational and cultural activities, communities, provincial priority programs such as health care and education, and local and provincial charities.
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