Canada's online gambling laws are still quite a grey area. Online gambling is not legal, but it is also not illegal, which has led to a boom of online casinos and software distributors providing services in the country. One of the leaders in iGaming entertainment, NetEnt will no longer be providing their software to Guts Casino, Rizk Casino and Betspin Casino.
Ever since the legalization of online gambling in certain US states like Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey, many companies have successfully copied their operations to the small American state to try and be the next big thing in the Garden State. Net Entertainment formally announced a partnership with Borgata and bwin.party, two very popular online casinos in New Jersey and because there is much less risk operating in a legal state, as opposed to a question-mark country.
The brands in question are all owned and operated by the Gaming Innovation Group, and although they are not expecting much change, not having the cutting-edge software by NetEnt is still a big loss.
NetEnt is not the first major company to pull out of Canada, William Hill the famed UK-based sportsbook recently left its operations in British Columbia and online payment mega-player PayPal has stopped protection online transactions that are for online gambling in Canada altogether.
The casinos are expected to continue offering a great selection of casino games from other providers, which will include all the relevant promotional offers and player rewards. There will be some changes as Guts and Betspin will no longer be offering their 100 free spin Welcome offer, Guts' 10 free spins on Piggy Riches is now gone, and at Rizk the free welcome spin on the Wheel of Rizk will not be available to Canucks.