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Canadian Games Summit: Ontario – an overnight success for ten years

Canada – a world of new opportunities” is the appropriate theme for this year’s summit. Canadian Game Summita message that proved particularly relevant during the first exchanges of the second day.

The Metro Toronto Convention Center has welcomed with great enthusiasm the period of just over nine weeks since the launch on April 4, as well as the news of a possible blackout period for operators, measures taken to combat the black market, initiatives to establish a common system of self-exclusion and much more.

As the event celebrates its silver anniversary, before being taken over by SBC after this year’s iteration, delegates heard a variety of remarks during the opening discussion on “ten years of success overnight,” as the province was called by European Commission officials. Martha Ottonexecutive director of iGaming Ontario.

With chuck nervickplease MediaEdgeand Jim Warrenchairman of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporationdetailing “a whole new realm of possibility” and a “world of opportunity” that is opening up, Paul BurnsPaul Burns, President and CEO of the Canadian Gaming Associationexpressed his pride in what has been achieved after an “enormous challenge” that has been endured over the past two years.

“They gave me a podium, so I’m going to use it,” Mr Burns began, before continuing: “I look back at the last two years and I’m proud of the accomplishments and the quality and quantity of work that we were able to accomplish. »

“I’m just thrilled with what we’ve accomplished in such a short time.”

Doug Downey, Attorney General for the Province of Ontario.

Adding: “To effect a real change of government, it takes determination, strength, maybe a little courage and leadership.

“The honorable Doug DowneyAttorney General for the Province of Ontario, led Ontario’s efforts to create Canada’s first regulated, open-licensed gambling market.

“With close to 30 sites operational … it’s hard not to see a real, meaningful change happening for the gaming market in Ontario’s gaming industry. »

This brought the newly re-elected minister to the scene, who first elaborated on confidence for the market “as we start to grow and grow rapidly” after a “tremendous and hugely successful launch”.

“I’m just thrilled with what we’ve accomplished in such a short time, and I can’t wait to see what you bring to our market so that we can be the benchmark in North America and beyond. I’m very excited about it,” concluded Downey.

This discussion led to the first session of the day, during which Mr. Otton was joined by MM. Tom Mungham, CEO & National Energy Board Registrar. Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontariowith Dave Forestellpresident of iGaming Ontario, takes the reins of moderation.

“We want to make Ontario the best online gaming market in the world,” Forestell proclaimed to kick off the debate, and Otton remarked that “I’ve never had such positive feedback on initiatives in which I participated.

“These volumes … have allowed Ontario to be identified as the most open and competitive online gaming market in North America”.

Tom Mungham, CEO & Registrar of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.

The province saw 12 operators set up on launch day, a moment Mr Mungham described as a “huge achievement”, a figure which has now risen to 16, with multiple brands as a common theme. 150 operator and supplier candidates are also waiting in the wings, it was noted.

“These volumes, and it was indicated a little earlier, have allowed Ontario to be identified as the most open and competitive online gaming market in North America, which we can be very , very proud in terms of achieving this public policy objective,” Mr. Mungham continued before discussing the measures taken with regard to the black market.

“Our work on this began long before launch, and it continues in earnest thereafter,” he noted of the unregulated market and its impact on the regulated space.

“For example, we have opened accounts with over 200 non-regulated market sites, primarily to assess whether or not vendors are continuing to do business with these sites. It is one of the pillars of our regulatory framework.

“We engaged vendors who maintain associations with operators who are not registered or not in process.

“And in one example, one of these providers has a relationship with 50 sites, and they are in the process of de-associating or forcing that operator to come and register with us.

“We have also created accounts with the registered sites and we do what we would do on any casino floor, which is to carry out our compliance activities, our inspections. »

“I’m proud of the accomplishments and the quality and quantity of work we’ve been able to do.”

Paul Burns, President and CEO of the Canadian Gaming Association.

This led Otton, who revealed the signing of two operating agreements since the start of the conference, to note that “we are going to move towards a common system of self-exclusion”, while Mungham warned against imminent repression.

“All I can say about this is that in the three to six month transition period that we talked about, starting on April 4, we are going to warn the industry, we are going to draw a line in the sand, and then we will move into a regulated and unregulated space,” commented the AGCO CEO.

“If you are in the queue, or if you are planning to come and you will not be ready at that time, you may face a period where you have to clear your mind and you cannot not operate in the province. I know this matters to you because your customers might choose to go elsewhere. »

While Mr. Forestell proclaimed that Ontario could become something of a test bed for the innovative products of the future due to the region’s diverse population, the session ended with Mr. Otton echoed the remarks heard throughout the session.

“I think Ontario has the opportunity to be, as you say, not only the first of its kind in Canada, which we are, but also a launching pad for North America and the United States. United,” it was said.

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