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June 17, 2019

Exclusive interview with Sebastián Vivot, Buenos Aires City Lottery

Argentina: “Online gaming operations in Buenos Aires City could begin by October”

Argentina: “Online gaming operations in Buenos Aires City could begin by October”
Sebastián Vivot, Modernization and IT Manager, Buenos Aires City Lottery, at Juegos Miami 2019.
Argentina | 05/31/2019

In an exclusive interview with Yogonet the Modernization and IT Manager at the Buenos Aires City Lottery anticipated that registration for online gaming licenses applicants is expected to open next week, and that possibly in October, operations within Argentina’s capital city will begin with at least three online gaming offerings.

"Last Thursday, the Legislature approved the City Lottery’s Resolution 321, which legalizes online gaming within the territory. The next step now is to open applicants' registration," Vivot said.

"Those who submit their applications—registration is expected to open next week—, will be able to take part in the licensing process scheduled for July 2019," he explained. "This is not a call for bids; the Buenos Aires City government will grant online gaming licenses to all those applicants who are able to meet the relevant technical and administrative requirements."

When asked about a limit in the number of licenses, Vivot explained that "we are envisioning an open market with five-year licenses renewable by means of a re-licensing and audit process for an unlimited number of times. We do have a limit in the sense that until we do not have three licenses awarded, operations shall not begin, as we want to avoid monopolistic practices."

"The basic technical requirements are an expansion of the standards found in the regulations that have already been issued. They will have to be certified and the games will have to be ratified by the City Lottery and lodged at the registry of online gaming components, which will be available in the upcoming weeks. Operators will also have to comply with formal and administrative requirements. All applicants must be registered as corporations in accordance with the country’s current corporate laws."

"Our goal is to begin online gaming operations by October," Vivot assured. "To achieve it, our plan is to open an Applicants Registry within a week, and by that time, the technical, formal and administrative requirements shall be ready. We are hurrying up so applicants can have access to those requirements as soon as possible."

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