Kamloops’ technology future looks even brighter with a new agreement between two of the city’s largest technology companies: BCLC and iTel Networks (iTel).
Under a three-year contract with BCLC, iTel will provide the fast and secure Internet connection needed to support BCLC’s retail partners located in remote and rural areas of the province to sell lottery products.
“Given the breadth of our network, iTel checked off all the boxes we had on our list,” said Pat Davis, Vice President of Business Technology and Chief Information Officer. “Its unique ability to support our remote network requirements provided an efficient solution to meet our business needs. We’re pleased to work with an organization that shares our support for expanding the local tech business.”
BCLC awarded the contract to iTel for Province Wide Internet Services following a public procurement process that included an August 2019 Request for Proposal.
“Having lived in Kamloops for most of my life, I am deeply invested in this community both personally and professionally,” added Danny Rink, CEO, iTel Network. “I am excited that we have built iTel over the last 12 years to be an organization that can support the vast and robust network needs of an enterprise organization like BCLC, and by doing so, iTel can continue to invest in the community and help further grow the Kamloops tech sector.”
In addition to both being deeply rooted in the Kamloops technology sector, both BCLC and iTel support the Kamloops Innovation Centre (KIC), a non-profit technology start-up accelerator. Rink helped found KIC in 2012 and BCLC has since created an on-site Innovation Lab in partnership with KIC, with the goal of fueling growth of local tech talent.
“Diversification into technology for B.C.’s regional economies requires the active participation of its large technology employers. iTel Networks and BCLC have proven themselves to be those catalysts in our community,” said Dr. Lincoln Smith, executive director, KIC. “Both of these corporate leaders are directly and indirectly helping to create the ecosystem in Kamloops where new technology-enabled businesses can start up and thrive.”
Thanks to lottery players and retailers across B.C., the lottery business helped BCLC generate $1.4 billion for the Province of B.C. last year to support health care, education and community programs across B.C.
Hacksaw Gaming and Caesars Digital Partner to Launch Online Casino Games in Ontario
Launch brings Hacksaw Gaming titles to Caesars Palace Online Casino and Caesars Sportsbook & Casino in Ontario
Hacksaw Gaming today announced its first market launch with Caesars Digital in North America, in the regulated iGaming province of Ontario, Canada. The new partnership marks the exciting launch of new games on Caesars Palace Online Casino and Caesars Sportsbook & Casino in the province.
This new partnership, a first between the two companies, will bring familiar titles to online casino players and will be followed by a dedicated roadmap for additional launches in more jurisdictions in 2024, showcasing the entire Hacksaw Gaming catalog. The first release of games includes Hacksaw Gaming classics Wanted Dead or a Wild, RIP City, Hand of Anubis and Mines.
“Forging partnerships with new faces is always an exciting time but the influence of Caesars Digital is one we pride,” the Chief Executive Officer for Hacksaw Gaming, Marcus Cordes, said. “Launching this partnership in Ontario is the perfect place to begin our journey.”
“Hacksaw Gaming brings an exciting catalog of games to our platforms that should provide a thrilling experience for our players,” the Senior Vice-President and Chief iGaming Officer for Caesars Digital, Matthew Sunderland, said. “We’re excited to see how our players engage with this content in Ontario and in jurisdictions in the future through our new partnership.”
BET99 Partners with U.S. Integrity
U.S. Integrity announced a comprehensive partnership with BET99, a leading online sportsbook in the Canadian market.
“The integrity of the sports betting experience at BET99 is of utmost importance, and we are thrilled to be working with U.S. Integrity as we ensure an optimal and secure online experience for the Canadian market. U.S. Integrity’s proactive approach to maintaining integrity will play an important role in detecting potentially suspicious wagering activity,” Jared Beber, CEO of BET99, said.
U.S. Integrity conducts analysis across dozens of data sets to proactively identify irregular contest-level, officiating & wagering patterns, and will provide integrity monitoring services via its proprietary dashboard to BET99.
“U.S. Integrity is proud to partner with BET99 and assist as they grow their brand across the Canadian regulated sports wagering market. U.S. Integrity’s mission is to provide conflict-free, best in class insights & compliance solutions to our clients. We are looking forward to working with the exceptional team at BET99. All our partners are committed to the highest integrity standards, and they are no exception. These types of partnerships help ensure sports betting integrity and strengthen the unique & proprietary anomaly detection tools we have developed at U.S. Integrity,” Matthew Holt, CEO & co-founder of U.S. Integrity, said.
Relax Gaming to support Rhino Entertainment Group’s Big Boost
Relax Gaming, the renowned iGaming aggregator and provider of unique content, will power Rhino Entertainment Group’s latest brand, Big Boost.
This is the company’s fifth brand, and is available now in Finland, Norway, and Canada. The group has enjoyed acclaimed success throughout the industry with other brands in its portfolio including Lucky Spins and Casino Days.
Big Boost is a value-driven online casino that offers a wide variety of games, including slots, table games, and live dealer games.
In addition to the array of games, there will also be a variety of other promotions, including daily cashback, raffles and free spins.
Nadiya Attard, CCO of Relax Gaming, commented: “Big Boost is a meticulously designed platform that we believe will give our content extra exposure in key markets such as North America and the Nordics.
“Our long and fruitful partnership with Rhino Entertainment Group makes this new venture all the more exciting and we’re looking forward to seeing our players enjoy even better entertainment experiences.”
Ross Parkhill, CEO of Rhino Entertainment Group, said: “We are excited to launch Big Boost, our newest online casino brand. Big Boost is designed to offer players a great user experience, with a wide variety of games and excellent promotions. We are confident that Big Boost will be a popular choice for players in our markets.”
Established as one of the industry’s leading B2B suppliers, Relax Gaming was awarded GGA’s Product Launch of the Year in February 2023 for Dream Drop Jackpots.
Relax’s Money Train 3 won Slot of the Year at the 2023 CasinoBeats Game Developer Awards, while the brand secured Gold for Skill Games Supplier at the 2023 EGR B2B Awards, along with Innovation in Mobile at the 2023 SBC Awards.
In total, Relax Gaming provides more than 4,000 online casino games, from its high-performing proprietary slots to a significant, varied library of content from hand-picked third-party studios via its partnership programmes.
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