FansUnite Entertainment announced Monday it has received a Gaming Related Supplier - Manufacturer license from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), allowing the company to become a fully registered supplier of sports betting and internet gaming in Ontario, effective April 4, when the market is scheduled to launch.
Having had its license approved, the company will be able to provide leading betting solutions to AGCO-approved operators in Ontario’s new online gaming market, which will be launched by iGaming Ontario, a subsidiary of AGCO on April 4.
In an official press release, Scott Burton, CEO of FansUnite, spoke about this milestone and said: "We are pleased to receive approval from the AGCO to operate as a sports betting and iGaming solutions supplier within Ontario. As we scale our operations, we are focused on both the domestic and international markets. The gaming related supplier license will enable us to gain an early-mover advantage within the Canadian online gambling industry as a betting solutions provider for new sportsbooks and online casinos looking to enter the market. We look forward to continuing to work with iGaming Ontario in delivering cutting-edge betting solutions in compliance with AGCO regulations."
AGCO first confirmed licensed operators were Penn National Gaming’s subsidiary theScore Bet, Rivalry Corp and PointsBet. Israel-based 888 followed, right before GGPoker was granted a license to launch a WSOP.ca poker site in the province. So far, WSOP/GGPoker and 888 are the first two poker operators to receive such authorization.
The launch of the new online gaming market in Ontario was announced by iGaming Ontario and AGCO, in a joint effort that seeks to establish a new market that will help protect consumers and provide more choice.
Private gaming operators registered with the AGCO that have executed an operating agreement with iGO can begin offering their games to players in Ontario as from the launching date. Companies will operate gaming sites in the market on behalf of the province in accordance with these agreements.
On Monday, the Canadian Gaming Association (CGA) also announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA), with the purpose of providing a framework for cooperation and coordination between both entities on betting and related integrity issues to protect the Ontario and wider Canadian market, sports, consumers and regulated betting operators from corrupt activities.