This makes Rivalry the first RGC accredited site to offer esports.
The RG Check programme is a social responsibility accreditation that certifies igaming sites that have the tools to monitor, evaluate and manage gambling harms.
Ontario has made attaining the accreditation a requirement for all operators who wish to enter the regulated igaming market. All operators must complete the programme within two years of launching in the Ontario market.
“Receiving our RG Check Accreditation is important for us as it signals to our customers, the gambling industry, and the gaming and esports community more broadly, our continued dedication to creating a safe environment for customers to play in,” said Steven Salz, CEO of Rivalry. “RG Check is the gold standard in player protection accreditation as it pertains to responsible gambling controls. It is our duty to educate and inform our players so that they can make informed decisions about their gambling play.”
Salz outlined Rivalry’s strategic thinking with regards to socially responsible play.
“We see responsible gambling as a competitive advantage for us where we can build trust and transparency with our customers and brand partners through thoughtful and innovative tools that engage and interact with players in new and exciting ways,” he continued.
“We are also very excited to continue our relationship with the RGC and leverage them as trusted partners as we grow, not only in Canada but throughout the world.”
Rivalry applied for an Ontario sports betting and igaming licence in October 2021. The business’ sportsbook launched alongside the regulated market in April 2022.
“Congratulations to Rivalry on successfully completing and achieving the Responsible Gambling Council’s RG Check igaming accreditation for its site, Rivalry.com,” said RGC CEO Shelley White. “This achievement is a clear demonstration of Rivalry’s commitment to player protection throughout its operations.
“RG Check is an invaluable tool for managing risk and monitoring the overall effectiveness of RG programming and RGC is proud to provide ongoing support to Rivalry’s harm minimisation efforts.”