Light & Wonder licensed for Ontario market launch
New York-listed Light & Wonder – previously known as Scientific Games – has been granted a supplier licence by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), which will allow the company to enter the newly regulated Ontario igaming market on 4 April.
Ontario is set to become the sixth jurisdiction in North America to regulate online casino gaming. AGCO has already issued licences to a number of operators including Bet365, FanDuel and Unibet in preparation for the market to launch next week, while suppliers such as Inspired, Kambi and Play’n Go are also licensed.
Light & Wonder’s portfolio of games will now be open to Ontario-licensed operators, where they will have access to the OpenGaming ecosystem’s in-house developed games.
The supplier will be able to deliver more than 2,500 games to operators, including titles such as Dancing Drums Explosion, 88 Fortunes and Marvelous Mouse Coin Combo.
“We can’t begin to overstate how excited we are to be operating in Ontario; this is a market where our games have resonated with players for years and now to expand to the private sector is an incredible opportunity and fantastic milestone for the company,” said Light & Wonder Americas managing director Robert Hays.
Single-event sports betting officially launched in Canada on 27 August, but is currently only offered by provincial lotteries. The process to regulate both betting and gaming in Ontario began in April 2019, with the legislative processes passed in 2021.