NetEnt, the Swedish online casino content supplier proclaimed it has been live in Pennsylvania from day one of the state’s online gambling regulations.
To mark the onset of a new period in the growth of the state’s betting and gaming business, earlier this week 3 of Pennsylvania’s authorized online casinos went live. This makes Pennsylvania the US’s fourth state with legalized digital casino gambling.
In March this year, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board awarded NetEnt with the Interactive Gaming Manufacturer Conditional License. The conditional license means that while the Swedish company’s permanent license is being assessed by regulators, it can still supply its services and products to licensed local operators.
Pennsylvania is the fifth largest state in the US with a population of approximately 13 million people. It is also the largest state to provide online gambling services as of now, with its neighbor New Jersey following with 8.9 million people.
Pennsylvania’s thirteen concrete casinos have a long practice of gambling. To improve the state’s economy, a comprehensive gambling package incorporating the legalization of online sports betting and gambling, was signed by Gov. Tom Wolf.
The state’s first digital betting operations were unveiled in late May, while its first retail sportsbooks went live this last fall. Last Monday saw the official launch of regulated online casino gaming.
NetEnt started hunting for native partners to go live with immediately upon applying for a license with the Gaming Control Board last year. The first announcement of a customer agreement of the Swedish casino games provider was with Penn Online Entertainment, LLC, Penn National Gaming’s online gambling branch.
A similar agreement with Parx Online, the iGaming operations of Parx Casino, was signed earlier this year
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, a property operated by Penn National Gaming, saw the soft launch of its online casino on July 15 (Monday) to become the first legal gaming outfit in Pennsylvania. Later that day, following that launch, Parx Casino commenced its online casino. NetEnt’s entry into the local market was marked by the two houses going live with their operations.
On their recent landmark, Erik Nyman, NetEnt America’s Managing Director remarked that he is pleased with the fact that with the opening of the Pennsylvanian market they have been “right from inception, one of the few online casino providers offering our games.”
He further added he is absolutely sure “the gamers in Pennsylvania will very much appreciate” their casino games.
NetEnt commemorated another milestone in their US expansions, earlier this year. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement awarded the company with a permanent license. The Swedish supplier obtained a transactional waiver in September 2015, while its application for a permanent license was in process, to provide online casino games in the state by local regulators.
Since then NetEnt has been working with several authorized operators to supply their products in the state. The recent permanent license in New Jersey was the company’s first such license in US, which marks an important milestone in its strategy towards expanding in the US.