Tuesday June 24,2014 : GTECH CLINCHES CANADIAN ONLINE BINGO DEAL
Collaboration with Loto-Québec and British Columbia Lottery Corporation will launch North America’s first government-regulated interactive bingo network.
GTech Sweden Interactive AB has inked a partnership agreement with Societé des Lotteries du Quebec and the British Columbia Lottery Corporation to provide interactive bingo software, games, and related services to three Canadian provinces through June 2018.
The contract represents North America’s first government-regulated interactive bingo network.
Under the four-year agreement, which includes two 2-year options for extensions, GTech will host from its Montreal Data Center, with associated live chat and call center services based at its National Operations Center in Toronto.
On May 14, 2014, the British Columbia Lottery Corporation updated and launched new interactive bingo games on its PlayNow.com site. Through a separate agreement between BCLC and Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, PlayNow.com and its content are also available to Manitoba residents.
Loto-Québec’s Espacejeux.com site has been providing interactive bingo games to Quebec residents since June 12.
“GTech is proud to launch another industry first with Loto-Québec and BCLC in the government-sponsored interactive space in North America,” said Jaymin B. Patel, president and CEO.
“The Canadian Bingo Network will ensure that players have a legal, safe and fun experience, and that proceeds from interactive bingo in these Canadian provinces will remain in their communities.”
GTech’s games provided through the agreement, includes the Canadian debut of PopCap Games’ Plants vs. Zombies Bingo, and the network offers a full range of responsible gaming control and prevention measures.