Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority’s (SIGA) Canadian-based branch SaskGaming launched its first legal online gaming platform on November 3rd, 2022 via partnership with the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN). The platform is titled, PlayNow.com and the partnership was established last year.
With this partnership, one of the most fruitful platform came to life. PlayNow.com is regulated by the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority, it utilized the Brtish Columbia Lottery Corporation‘s (BCLC) PlayNow.com platform and represents a step in the right direction for the gaming industry and for reunion with Indigenous people in the Saskatchewan, Canada, meaning this platform generates profit that help people across region.
Bobby Cameron, Chief at Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, said: “This historical partnership is the first of its kind, with a First Nations operator for online gaming with revenue sharing between First Nations and the Province. This will provide many economic benefits to the residents of the province and our First Nations communities.”
Don Morgan, Minister Responsible for SaskGaming, said: “Last year Saskatchewan announced a historic partnership to establish the province’s first legal, regulated online gaming platform in partnership with the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) and Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA). This platform is a step forward for the gaming industry and for meaningful reconciliation with Indigenous people in the province.”
Historically speaking, this site is the first legal, regulated online gaming site by SaskGaming, with a full collection of sports betting options and over 500 casino games. The platform is safe with firm foundations and it provides secure sports betting, casino gaming and entertainment in Saskatchewan.
One of the key features of PlayNow.com is the GameSense responsible gambling program. It’s a program that shows strongly-controlled responsible gambling environment, with features such as problem gambling referral information, play breaks and self-suspensions and pop-up reminders of time and money spent. Also, it has GameSense Advisors, that are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day via live chat. Its mission is to provide help for safe online playing.
PlayNow.com will expand its offering in December, 2022 with live dealer casino products and poker products in 2023.
The site’s content is only available for players aged 19 years and older.
Susan Flett, President and Chief Executive Officer at SaskGaming, said: “Today is a good day for gaming in Saskatchewan. PlayNow.com meets the highest standards for safety, security, privacy and responsible gambling and will provide a legal, regulated alternative to grey market and illegal gambling sites currently operating in the province.”
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