2022 is a very busy year so far for the Alchohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO). The regulator approved a number of gaming software providers. The relatively new gambling market of Ontario now has 34 casino game suppliers in the mix and has the eyes of the other Canadian provinces set on it. The expectations are for 40 software developers to join the list of licencees. With so much expertise on board, it’s hard to imagine this huge project failing. While it’s true not all slot game developers can match the high quality slots by NetEnt, there are still some very intriguing company names that can serve as a guarantee for premium gaming products.
Slots are one of the main gambling forms of entertainment for Canadians and anywhere else in the world where gambling is legal. Blueprint Gaming couldn’t resist getting a slice of the pie. The company developer now has permission from AGCO to supply some of the legal casino operators in Ontario. More than 50 Blueprint Gaming slots have received the approval of the Alchohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario. The developer promises later this year, a new release of its famous Deal or No Deal™ series will be released that will be fashioned after the Canadian equivalent of the show called Le Banquier.
Playson was one of the other big slot providers to reach for the Ontario market. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario said yes to the company’s slots, table, and live dealer games. With that, Playson will extend its exposure to the online gaming community of Canada’s fifth biggest province. Tamas Kusztos – COO of Playson – states that the newly acquired access to the Ontario gaming market is in line with the company’s goal to expand the business.
Approved operators for Ontario will be granted full access to special features such as network tournaments and Cash Blast. Andrei Andronic – General Council of Playson, reveals that it took months to secure a licence from AGCO. It seems that Playson really earned this one.
Playtech formed a tie-up with NorthStar Gaming to get exposure in Ontario. The partnership is perfectly justified for a gaming operator such as NorthStar Gaming – in need of cutting-edge technology for its ambitious project. Playtech will be providing its IMS, casino, and live casino platforms to the Ontario-based operator. The sports betting deal already hit the headlines earlier this year, so it’s not news to anyone au courant with the latest in the industry. Michael Moskowitz – CEO at NorthStar Gaming – said that putting the user first is what led to a partnership with one of the best in the gaming business.
Relax Gaming’s products hit the shelves of Ontario casinos on April 4th, with the official launch of regulated gambling in the province. This is, no doubt, part of the plan to continue expanding into North America in the second half of the year 2022. Being a game aggregator, Relax Gaming gathers the best of numerous gaming developers.
The company expected to release around 130 of the titles on its platform to the Ontario market. Chief Regulatory Officer at Relax Gaming Alexia Smilovic Rønde calls the emergence of regulated gambling industry in Ontario ‘a turning point’ and also comments that the company is proud to be making history together with the rest of the licensed providers.
On March 14th, the news came out that Play’n GO will be joining the regulated gambling market of Ontario. Without a doubt, the developer’s hits Rise of Olympus, Book of Dead, and Reactoonz will leave a positive impact on the fledgling gaming industry in Ontario. They are already known and loved around the world. As Magnus Olsson – CCO of Play’n GO – confirms, this is just a step of Play’n GO’s multi-step plan to make a name for itself in North America.
World-Famous 888 Also with Ontario Share
Again, in March, we found out that 888 is also making a move on the Canadian gambling market. AGCO issued a licence enabling 888 to launch its sports betting, online casino, and online poker offerings in Ontario. CEO Itai Pazner admitted Ontario was on the table for 888 for a while, as the company is always looking for good opportunities to further its international influence and business.