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AGCO fines operators over uncertified slot games


The Registrar of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has issued a total of CA$70,000 (£41,709/€47,286/US$51,815) in fines to three operators for offering uncertified slot games in the Canadian province.

Bunchberry Limited, Mobile Incorporated Limited and LeoVegas Gaming were all flagged for breaching of Standards 4.08 and 4.09, which relate to a requirement of licensees to secure approval for all slots from an independent testing laboratory.

Mobile Incorporated was also ruled to have breached Standard 1.22, where the uncertified games it provided were from suppliers that are not registered with the AGCO.

As such, AGCO fined Mobile Incorporated $30,000 for its triple breach of standards, while LeoVegas was fined $25,000 and Bunchberry $15,000.

All three operators have the right to appeal the rulings to the License Appeal Tribunal (LAT), an adjudicative tribunal independent of the AGCO and part of Tribunals Ontario.

“The AGCO holds all registered operators to high standards of responsible gambling, player protection and game integrity, and monitors their activities in the interest of Ontarians,” AGCO registrar and chief executive Tom Mungham said.

“A critical feature of our regulatory framework requires operators to only offer games that are from registered gaming suppliers and have been certified by an AGCO-registered independent testing laboratory to meet the highest standards of game integrity.

“Ontarians who choose to play on registered sites need the assurance that the games being provided meet these requirements.”