This week, Canadian players have been given the cold shoulder by some of the most popular online gambling websites on the internet. Over the course of the past three days, players have received emails from operators like Paddy Power and Bwin, stating that they would no longer be allowed to download their software or play their games.
According to Maple Gambling, an email that players received from Casino Club stated:
“We regret to inform you that due to the new regulations of the British Columbia Lottery Corporation, Loto-Quebec and Atlantic Lottery, online gaming products in Canada are prohibited”.
As a result, Canada was added to the list of excluded countries for many online casino operators. However, no details have been provided, and players have yet to be informed of any new regulations from any provincial gaming commission.
Industry insiders believe that Boss Media is behind the scheme. Paddy Power, Bwin and Casino Club are all powered by the same software provider. Players were notified that they would still be able to take part in games on the Instant Play platforms, which are not powered by Boss Media.
Because the current American gambling legislation threatens to block casinos that continued to operate for the duration of the UIGEA, it seems that Boss Media is taking the necessary steps to become a part of Canada’s newly regulated online gambling market. Although the development of online casino will be left up to provincial gaming commissions, Boss Media and other experienced gambling developers may be able to lend a helping hand in the creation of the new online gambling websites for Ontario and Quebec.