The province of Ontario has only had a local iGaming industry for a short time, but officials from iGaming Ontario are moving fast to lay down new rules that will ban auto-play features and mandate that spins take a minimum of 2.5 seconds to complete.
These new measures and more have been put in place with immediate effect.
iGaming Ontario is a subsidiary of the Alcohol and Gaming and since its recent founding; it has taken significant action towards cultivating a highly regulated environment.
The organization explained that declared that players must be made to regard each spin of an online as a commitment, necessitating the immediate banning of auto-play features that allow sequential spins to occur independently of direct player interaction. The mandated minimum spin time stipulation has been put in place to ensure that players are made fully aware of every bet they make and the following result.
More in store
Additional rules put in place have officially banned split-screen play and multi-screen play. This is when players can play different slots simultaneously.
Additionally, in-game animations that celebrate any outcome lower than the initial bet will have to be removed and developers will be obliged to now modify in-game displays to exclusively depict a player’s bankroll in Canadian dollars and not credits.
Over and above the game-related rules, other advertising-linked measures are also being implemented.
iGaming Ontario also stated that ads may not adopt any theme and the language used must not appeal to minors. Advertising may also not be placed near schools and is also not allowed to target player inexperience or take advantage of an individual’s lack of knowledge. Any advertising is also not allowed to depict gambling as financially lucrative.
One organization has already stepped forward to laud the actions of the iGaming Ontario. A representative from Torstar Corporation, a major media company with iGaming ambitions for the province, stated that the watchdog has emerged at an ideal time as legal single sports betting is due to make landfall in the territory soon.