NetEnt has been hard at work preparing for its debut in the Pennsylvania online gambling market and its efforts have been paying off quite decently of late. Recently, the renowned online gaming solution provider received a conditional license from Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) which means that once online gaming goes live in the state, the company will be able to offer its world-class gaming solutions and content to operators in the state. In fact, it is currently the only company that provides online gaming products that have been awarded a license by the gaming control board and this, without a doubt, gives it an edge of any other company that has intentions of venturing into the same space.
NetEnt submitted its application with the PGCB for an Interactive Gaming Manufacturer Conditional License last September but as it stands, its application for a full license is still under review. In the meantime, the Swedish online gaming solution provider will be able to provide its top-notch products to any and all interested licensed Pennsylvania gambling operators.
Online Gaming in Pennsylvania
October 2017 marked the beginning of a new era for the Keystone State after the lawmakers legalized a gambling expansion bill that encompassed satellite casinos, sports betting and online gambling. Both sports betting and mini-casinos have taken off to varying degree but online gambling is yet to make its debut in the Commonwealth. According to the state’s gaming regulator, online gaming is expected to go live in the course of 2019 but there still seem to be more complications to be dealt with before then.
Key among these issues is the recent reversal of the 1961 Wire Act opinion by the US Department of Justice. The new opinion overturned the previous (2011) opinion that made the legislation only apply to sports betting – now it applies to all forms of online gambling and operators have less than two months to adjust to it.
Will It Be a Problem?
Well, of course, the DOJ opinion will have profound effects on online gaming operations across the United States. A number of lawsuits have already been filed against the DOJ demanding for the restoration of the 2011 interpretation of the Wire Act but it is still too early to tell how the court cases will play out. That said, operators have been working towards tweaking their services in order to comply with the new opinion. It is likely that the casinos that NetEnt will partner with will take the exact same approach. Online gamblers can, therefore, expect to have access to NetEnt’s gaming content on “the first day of market opening.”