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Ontario sees sharp rise in active players

| By Richard Mulligan
Ontario saw the number of active online gaming player accounts double over the course of a strong final three months of 2022.

According to figures released by iGaming Ontario (iGO), the body that manages online gambling in the Canadian province, total gaming revenue of CA$457m shows a 71% increase over Q2, while there were 910,000 active player accounts, which represents a 45% increase over Q2.

Average monthly spend per active player account of CA$167 in Q3 was up 18% on Q2.

Total wagers during the three months to 31 December 2022 were CA$11.5bn (US$8.6bn/€7.9bn/£7.0bn), which was up 91% over the previous quarter.

iGaming Ontario said there were 36 operators, which is a 50% increase over Q2, and 68 gaming websites, a 62% increase over Q2, by 31 December.

The figures cover all businesses that operate under the purview of iGO, so it does not include Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s offering.

iGO is a subsidiary of Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) and is responsible for conducting and managing igaming when provided through private operators.

Ontario officially launched its legal and regulated online gambling market in April 2022.

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