Geolocation tech key ahead of potential PASPA decision

Geolocation tech key ahead of potential PASPA decision

Thursday, May 3, 2018 Posted by Craig Davies
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Scientific Games and GeoComply expand partnership

The importance of geolocation technology has been lauded, as GeoComply and Scientific Games (SG) enter into a fresh agreement, strengthening the latter’s OpenBet sports betting platform ahead of a potential substantial landscape shift in the USA.

GeoComply allows a players location to be verified when a wager is placed, ensuring that it has been done so from within a location authorised for sports betting, and therefore complies with both federal and state legislation.

Anna Sainsbury, GeoComply USA chief executive officer, told TotallyGaming.com: “Expanding our partnership with Scientific Games has been critical for ensuring the development of Sports Betting in the US market post PASPA.

“All state regulators, and many legislators that are currently considering how Sports Betting will fit into their state, have been in touch with GeoComply, to learn about the standards online gaming states like New Jersey and Nevada have set for geolocation compliance.

“It is clear that the expectations amongst those we have spoken with, are looking to achieve the same level of geolocation integrity when it come to securing their virtual borders.”

The state of New Jersey is currently challenging the constitutionality of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act 1992 (PASPA), preempting all but a handful of states from participating in regulated sports betting.

Ahead of a decision by the US Supreme Court, SG are taking steps to ensure they are well placed ahead of a potential repeal, with Quinton Singleton, vice president of corporate strategy and government affairs of SG Digital, adding to TotallyGaming.com: “We’re taking every step possible to ensure SG Digital’s marketing-leading OpenBet platform is prepared for potential U.S. sports betting, and our partnership with GeoComply is an important step for us.

“By integrating their geolocation technology, our sports betting solution will be compliant with federal and state legislation, ensuring only those present in a location authorised for legal sports betting can place a wager.

“This is the latest enhancement to the evolving OpenBet product portfolio, following the launch of a new turnkey solution in anticipation of the market opening. With our strong sports betting heritage, we are well placed to capitalise on this emerging territory.”

Totally Gaming says: The US sports betting scene could well be set to change forever later this year, with a decision expected by the Supreme Court by the end of June at the latest. Many quarters are predicting a favourable result for New Jersey, but what exactly that result will look like is the subject of much debate. Whatever that may be, SG are ensuring that they are taking all necessary steps to be fully prepared for any potential roll out that ensue.

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