Score Digital Sports Ventures, a subsidiary of Penn National Gaming, is the latest company to reveal its intention to launch in the Ontario regulated market when it is opened.
The firm noted its Canadian ambitions as it achieved registration as an internet gaming operator with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, an approval that John Levy, CEO at theScore, was “thrilled” to gain.
He noted: “We’re thrilled to be one of the first operators to receive an internet gaming operator certificate of registration from the AGCO as we prepare for Ontario’s new regulated market.
“We’ve been and will continue to be at the forefront as regulated internet gaming is introduced in Ontario and are beyond excited to be able to bring theScore Bet to our home market on April 4. Finally, the countdown to launch has begun.”
theScore Bet was the first prospective operator in Ontario to secure Gaming Labs International certification for Ontario, evidencing gaming platform compliance with the Registrar’s Standards for Internet Gaming, as well as RG Check iGaming Accreditation from the Responsible Gambling Council.
Prior to launching its internet gaming services on April 4, theScore Bet must satisfy all remaining regulatory requirements and execute an operating agreement with iGaming Ontario.
Following confirmation earlier this week from iGaming Ontario of the launch date of the province’s regulated igaming market, Levy commended the Ontario government’s “tireless efforts” throughout the progress.
He added: “The AGCO and iGaming Ontario have been thoughtful and collaborative in their approach to creating and managing this new industry, and the result is a soon-to-be-launched framework that will bring widespread benefits to Ontarians and establish Ontario as one of the biggest and most important regulated gaming markets in North America.
“We will be ready to launch theScore Bet in Ontario on April 4, and could not be more excited to finally offer our best-in-class mobile sports betting and igaming experience to customers in our home province.”
Penn National Gaming’s president and CEO Jay Snowden, also congratulated the Ontario government earlier this week for its “dedication” in creating a “modern open and regulated” sports betting and igaming market.
He stated: “Our team at theScore has been hard at work preparing for the Ontario market opening, which presents a significant business opportunity.
“As Canada’s preeminent digital sports media brand, theScore is uniquely positioned to capitalise on the introduction of the open and regulated internet gaming market in Ontario, its home territory.
“Launching theScore Bet in Ontario will mark an exciting expansion of our online gaming business into a major new market where we already have an established mobile sports media product in theScore app and a wide base of loyal users.
“Today’s news is very exciting, and I would like to recognise and congratulate the government of Ontario, and the AGCO and iGaming Ontario for their dedication to creating a modern open and regulated sports betting and igaming market.”