NetEnt Pulls Out from Three Canada-Facing Online Casino Brands

It has been reported that leading provider of software for the online gambling industry NetEnt would no longer supply its product offering to three Canadian online casino brands – Betspin Casino, Guts Casino, and Rizk Casino.

All three are owned by Malta-based gaming company Gaming Innovation Group. Players from Canada would still be offered a wide variety of gaming titles by various other providers, yet they would not be able to play NetEnt games or to receive any special bonuses.

Online gambling regulations in Canada are known to be a bit fuzzy. Internet gaming options are officially provided by provincial gaming corporations. However, international gambling operators still may be allowed to provide their services within the country’s borders as long as their offices are not based there.

With that legislative fuzziness in mind, it should not be a big surprise that some gambling companies decide to pull out from the local market. In other words, NetEnt has not been the only such company to leave Canada. In May, UK-based gambling giant William Hill decided to close operations in the British Columbia province.

The operator informed gambling customers from the province via email that it would be pulling out due to regulatory reasons that were “beyond their control.” Operations were officially shuttered on May 10, but players were ensured that they would be able to withdraw their funds at any time.

It is also important to note that William Hill was far from being the only major gambling operator to leave the Canadian market. Two years ago, rival Ladbrokes also withdrew from Canada but did not provide a reason for its decision. Paddy Power left the market in 2011 and Betfair blocked Canadian gambling customers from accessing its products late in 2015.

NetEnt’s operations in North America were not only limited to Canada. The Swedish developer and supplier of innovative gaming content for the international gambling industry recently launched its products with the digital divisions of some of New Jersey’s largest casinos. The state is currently one of three to be providing online gambling options, with Nevada and Delaware being the other two.

NetEnt recently scooped three awards at the eGaming Review Awards, held at the Pavilion at the Tower of London. The Swedish company received awards in the RNG Casino Supplier, Innovation in Mobile, and Innovation in Slot Provision categories.

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