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JAMAICA | Gov't moving to take advantage of Internet Gaming

Featured Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) executive director, Vitus Evans. Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) executive director, Vitus Evans.
KINGSTON, Jamaica, Jun 9, CMC – With a prediction that the online gaming industry expected to reach an estimated US$51.9 billion by 2018, Jamaica has announced plans to fast-track the roll-out of Internet gaming here.

Director of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC), Carole Martinez-Johnson, says the Commission is currently reviewing proposals from licencees, which will be processed as quickly as possible.

GamblinggBGLC executive director, Vitus Evans, said that online gaming is a lucrative industry, valued at US$39.9 billion in 2015 and expected to reach US$51.96 billion by 2018.

Evans said interactive and online gaming represent the new frontier of the industry, and will be key topics for discussion at the upcoming Caribbean Gaming Show and Summit in St. James.

“Gaming, like other forms of entertainment, is transforming from an activity that consumers enjoy at a physical brick and mortar location to one that is readily available online, with opportunities, for gaming, literally at players’ fingertips 24 hours a day, accessible via smartphones, tablets and laptop PCs,” he said.

He said the BGLC will be facilitators and enablers to ensure the orderly development of the industry and the protection of citizens who choose to engage in this form of entertainment.

“It is important to understand the industry and the opportunities. This is important as the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act goes through the process of being updated to establish the licensing regime and framework for regulatory supervision of interactive gaming,” Evans said.

The BGLC will be hosting the Caribbean Gaming Show and Summit 2017 from June 14-15 and will focus on the impact of technology on gaming.

The summit is expected to examine issues such as jurisdictional issues, protection of minors and responsible gaming.

The chief executive officer of Millennial Sports Canada, Alex Igelman, will speak on the growth of eSports.

Last modified onFriday, 09 June 2017 21:24
  • Countries: Jamaica