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Ontario transition period for unregulated operators ends

| By Marese O'Hagan
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has announced that the transition period for operators in Ontario to move to the regulated market ends today (31 October).
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The deadline was given to allow operators to apply for and receive licences, which would allow them to operate in the regulated market, and give unlicensed operators time to exit the market.

From now on, the AGCO can take legal action against operators who are still unlicensed in the market.

It was put in place earlier this month, when the AGCO updated its Registrar’s Standards for Internet Gaming. At this time, the AGCO noted that it would also provide a notice period to help those further transitioning into the regulated market.

The updates made the biggest change to standard 1.22, which was amended to impose the transition period deadline of 31 October.

Today also marks the beginning of a number of other standards being enforced – including standard 4.09, which requires gaming systems to be installed and maintained in a way that ensures the safety and security of the users.

In addition, standard 4.35 – which restricts access to live dealer games to anyone with a business need – also comes into force today.

This marks one of the first important moments in Ontario’s regulated igaming market, which opened on 4 April this year.

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