Canada Province Mulls Mobile Gambling AppsPublished August 3, 2011 by OCR Editor
British Columbia has traditionally taken lead on Canadian online gambling.
Canadian provinces have been branching out into the online gambling business in the last year or two, but now the western province of British Columbia is looking to go even further - by expanding to mobile gambling apps.Maintaining market share
BC Lottery Corporation is reportedly looking to expand from its online games and tickets platform into the field of mobile gambling, in a response to the proliferation of unregulated sites doing the same.
A spokesperson for the provincial lottery company was quoted in a local newspaper as saying no decision had been made, but it is known that customers of the province's PlayNow.com internet gambling portal have been surveyed about whether they would use mobile services.First to do online gambling
British Columbia has been a pioneer in gambling in North America, having become the first government in either Canada or the United States to open its own online gambling website with the launch of PlayNow.com one year ago.
That too was in response to competition from unregulated sites, which the local government estimated were taking in $100 million a year in untaxed revenues from residents of the province.