UK White List Welcomes 30th Co.Published January 14, 2008 by OCR Editor
When the Gambling Act came into force, industry insiders were all worked up on the decision to open the UK market only to European gambling companies. The White List has since expanded, if moderately.
The UK Gambling Commission has granted operating license to a Canadian-based online gambling software company. Bingo software company Parlay Entertainment is the 30th company on the White List.
The world's leading supplier of Internet bingo software is headquartered outside Toronto, but has subsidiary offices in Bridgetown, Barbados and Valletta, Malta. It is through the latter office that Parlay has received the license, which will allow it to develop, supply, install and adapt gambling software in the UK.
The White List, an unofficial name of the list of companies that are not based in the European Union, Malta or Gibraltar, but are allowed to operate in the UK market, has thus reached 30 companies. Parlay is the only bingo software company of the 30.
Parlay’s European Managing Director, Steve Cook, for whom this is great news on a personal level too, expressed this sentiment, saying: "We’re thrilled to have been granted a UK license."
"It means we’ll be able to continue serving our existing UK-based licensees as well as signing up new ones. We’re also pleased that we are currently the only online bingo developer to receive a remote gambling software license in the UK," he added.
The White List was made up to protect the UK market and its gamblers. The Gambling Act's objectives, by which Parlay will have to abide, are three: keeping crime out of gambling, ensuring fair and open gambling, and protecting gamblers from exploitation.
The latest to join the List will also be able to take part in the ICEi show in London, later this month (January 22-24). There it will be able to promote its latest software and take an active part in the sought-after UK market.