AGCO issues CA$70,000 in penalties to operators

The Registrar of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has issued CA$70,000 ($51,717) in penalties to three iGaming operators, for failing to independently approve slot games for integrity.

LeoVegas was alleged to offer one uncertified game on its Ontarian gaming site and has been given a penalty of CA$25,000.

Bunchberry Limited also allegedly had games that had not been certified by an independent testing laboratory, and so received a penalty of CA$15,000.

Mobile Incorporated Limited was alleged to provide multiple uncertified games on its website, from suppliers who were also not registered with AGCO.

To reflect this, the company has been given a penalty amount of CA$30,000.

Tom Mungham, CEO and Registrar of AGCO, said: “The AGCO holds all registered operators to high standards of responsible gambling, player protection and game integrity, and monitors their activities in the interest of Ontarians.

“A critical feature of our regulatory framework requires operators to only offer games that are from registered gaming suppliers and have been certified by an AGCO-registered independent testing laboratory to meet the highest standards of game integrity.

“Ontarians who choose to play on registered sites need the assurance that the games being provided meet these requirements.”

The Ontario iGaming market is still relatively new, only being legalised on 4 April 2022, and is the first province in Canada to do so.

But Ontario released its first market results earlier this month, announcing a healthy CA$1.4bn in total gaming revenue.

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