Intralot France, a subsidiary of the international Intralot Group, has been awarded a five year online sports betting licence by the French e-gaming regulator ARJEL.
 
A company statement said that Intralot France will focus on opportunities in online sports betting, but plans to submit subsequent requests to the ARJEL for online horse betting and internet poker licences.
 
France is the second major continental market to regulate the online gaming market following Italy, a company spokesman noted this week, observing that three different online activities are subject to licensing: horse betting, sports betting and poker.
 
Constantinos Antonopoulos, chief executive of parent group Intralot commented: “The online licence that Intralot was granted in France is a very important step towards the implementation of our plans to capitalise on the major opportunity represented by the growth of the regulated European online gaming sector.
 
"With a population of 65 million and a strong tradition in the lottery and gaming industries, France will play a pivotal role for Intralot Interactive in the new era of regulated online gaming. We are looking forward to bringing our pioneering services and products, as well as exciting entertainment experiences to the French market.”