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Industry sources have recently reported that less than two months away, the Canadian Gaming Summit‘s upcoming 26th edition will feature the “Sports Betting” conference track. The event, to be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto this June, will provide a platform for industry representatives, speakers, panellists, and guests to discuss the present state and prospects of local sports betting.
During the event, attendees will have access to various thought-provoking and informative panels on a range of sports wagering topics. “Sports Betting” will kick off with the panel “Sports Betting Across Canada: Navigating the Patchwork of the Provincial Rollout.” The panel will discuss and analyze the impact of the legalization of single-event wagering in Canada, which became a reality when the federal government passed the Safe and Regulated Sports Betting Act as law in August 2021.
Doug Hood from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, Bruce Caughill from Rush Street Interactive, and Mike Maodus from Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP are among the panellists who will speak on the variety of models provinces can implement, such as attracting third-party operators and optimizing current offerings.
Another highly anticipated panel during CGS 2023 will be “Partner and Play – A Collaboration Between Canadian Teams, Leagues, and Sportsbooks.” Representatives from the CFL, MLSE, theScore, NBA and more will examine how to open major sports leagues to team up with operators and discuss existing partnerships between sports betting operators.
Finally, the last panel of the track, “eSports Betting in Canada: Investing, Reducing Friction, and Opening Up a New Audience,” will discuss the potentially vast and untapped source of fans and revenue in the booming eSports sector. Representatives of the Manitoba Esports Association, Esports Entertainment, Luckbox, Data Be, and others will participate in the panel.
Earlier this month, SBC announced that it will be introducing SBC First Pitch at this year’s edition of the Canadian Gaming Summit.