Cashless Betting: Victoria’s Bold Move to Safeguard Responsible Gaming
In a groundbreaking move, the Victoria Gambling and Casino Control Commission (VGCCC) has directed Tabcorp to convert most of its electronic betting terminals (EBTs) in Victoria to a cashless system. This decisive action follows several incidents of underage gambling, spotlighting the necessity for stricter regulatory measures in the gaming industry. Set to roll out by late January, this change will affect approximately 70% of the 1,800 Tabcorp EBTs across Victoria, signaling a major shift towards responsible gambling.
Enhanced Age Verification for Safer Gaming
The transition to cashless terminals is part of a comprehensive strategy to prevent underage gambling. Gamers wishing to use these terminals will need to purchase a voucher at the counter, where they will undergo ID checks. This process reinforces age verification, ensuring only legally-aged individuals can gamble. This added layer of scrutiny is vital in protecting minors and upholding the integrity of the gaming sector.
Ensuring ID Checks Are Enforced
Tabcorp is also mandated to implement an independent “mystery shopper” programme, aimed at verifying that venues are conducting proper ID checks. This proactive measure seeks to ensure that all gaming venues adhere to the new standards, fostering a culture of compliance and responsibility within the industry.
Escalating Penalties for Non-Compliance
Failure to comply with these requirements could trigger a series of escalating penalties for Tabcorp. These include switching all EBTs in non-compliant venues to vouchers for six months and potentially terminating agreements with those venues. This strict enforcement policy underlines the VGCCC’s commitment to safeguarding the community from gambling-related harm.
Zero Tolerance for Underage Gambling
VGCCC CEO Annette Kimmitt has criticized the lapses in preventing minors from gambling as “inexcusable.” The commission’s rigorous approach not only aims to curb underage gambling but also addresses concerns like money laundering. This reflects the VGCCC’s dedication to reducing gambling harm and enforcing a high standard of care within the community.
Legal Consequences for Regulatory Failures
The VGCCC has filed charges against Tabcorp and nine other venues for multiple underage gambling violations over the past year. These charges, totaling 72 against Tabcorp alone, stem from alleged breaches between September 2022 and October 2023. This includes instances of allowing minors to gamble and failing to properly supervise EBTs. The severity of these charges underscores the necessity for strict regulatory adherence and showcases the VGCCC’s active role in penalizing non-compliant operators.
Light & Wonder Set to Illuminate Québec’s VLT Market with Loto-Québec Deal
A Game-Changing Alliance: Light & Wonder Joins Forces with Loto-Québec for VLT Expansion
In a strategic move set to redefine the Québec gaming market, Light & Wonder has announced a pivotal agreement with Loto-Québec. Slated for 2024, this partnership will see the introduction of Light & Wonder’s KASCADA™ DUAL SCREEN video lottery terminals (VLTs) across the province, marking a significant milestone in the company’s global expansion.
Launching a New Era of Gaming in Québec
Through this agreement, Light & Wonder will make its debut in the Québec market by supplying its state-of-the-art KASCADA™ DUAL SCREEN gaming machines. This deployment is set to revolutionize the gaming experience province-wide, offering players a diverse suite of new and engaging games.
A Diverse Portfolio for Enhanced Player Experience
The KASCADA™ DUAL SCREEN cabinet’s launch will feature a compelling game suite. Notable titles include Bonus Sevens Wild™, Monopoly Jackpot Station, Huff N’ Puff™, Life of Luxury™, 88 Fortunes™, Win 1000™, Bier Haus™, Rich Little Piggies™, Flush Frenzy™, and Jackpot Party™ Keno, promising a varied and immersive gaming experience.
Amidst a Competitive Market Landscape
This announcement comes hot on the heels of IGT’s contract to modernize Loto-Québec’s VLT network and Aristocrat’s entry into the Québec VLT gaming market. Light & Wonder’s agreement signifies its competitive edge in an evolving gaming landscape.
Light & Wonder’s Commitment to Global Excellence
Siobhan Lane, CEO of Gaming at Light & Wonder, expresses pride in bringing their acclaimed content and hardware to Québec. This partnership not only expands Light & Wonder’s market presence but also cements its reputation as a top cross-platform global games provider.
Loto-Québec’s Strategic Collaboration
Stéphane Fraser, Executive Vice President and COO of Gaming Establishments at Loto-Québec, welcomes the partnership with Light & Wonder. This collaboration aligns with Loto-Québec’s goal of continually enhancing the gaming experience for players in the province.
Leadership and Strategic Direction
This announcement follows the appointment of Michael Marchetti to Light & Wonder’s Board of Directors, previously Director of SciPlay Corporation, which Light & Wonder acquired in October 2023. Marchetti’s expertise will further guide Light & Wonder’s strategic direction and growth.
The collaboration between Light & Wonder and Loto-Québec marks a significant development in Québec’s VLT gaming market. With the introduction of innovative KASCADA™ DUAL SCREEN machines and a diverse game suite, Light & Wonder is poised to offer an unparalleled gaming experience. This agreement underscores the company’s commitment to expanding its global footprint and enhancing player experiences, solidifying its position as a leader in the gaming industry.
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