Flutter Collaborates with Industry Leaders to Launch Quebec Online Gaming Coalition
Flutter Entertainment, a prominent player in the online gaming industry, has taken a significant step towards promoting responsible gaming and regulation in Québec.
In collaboration with other industry leaders, Flutter has launched the Quebec Online Gaming Coalition (QOGC), an organization dedicated to working closely with the Québec government and local stakeholders to develop a robust regulatory framework for the online gaming industry.
The primary objective of the QOGC is to address mounting concerns related to consumer safety, responsible gaming practices, advertising, and the potential for increased government revenues through a new licensing system for qualified private operators.
To fulfill its mission, Flutter will collaborate with coalition members to advocate for the establishment of an independent regulatory body in Québec. This regulatory body would be responsible for implementing standardized controls on responsible gaming, specifically targeting the protection of vulnerable and underage players.
One of the key initiatives undertaken by the QOGC is its commitment to contribute to the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et Culture. By supporting this research fund, the coalition aims to facilitate in-depth studies on gaming behaviors and explore effective strategies for safeguarding players within the province. This emphasis on research underscores the QOGC's dedication to providing a safe and responsible gaming experience for all Québec residents.
Drawing inspiration from the successful model implemented in Ontario, the QOGC seeks to emulate Ontario's online gaming regulation approach. This approach involved collaborative efforts between iGaming Ontario (IGO), the Government of Ontario, and the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).
Private online gaming operators were required to obtain licenses to access the Ontarian market, resulting in FanDuel and PokerStars successfully securing licenses to launch mobile gaming in Ontario in 2022.
Why Did Flutter Decide to Join QOGS
Flutter's decision to join the QOGC is consistent with its strategic investment approach, aiming to establish leadership positions within regulated markets. By actively participating in the coalition, Flutter demonstrates its commitment to responsible gaming practices and acknowledges the importance of working closely with government entities and local stakeholders to create a safer and more accountable online gaming industry.
The establishment of the QOGC marks a significant milestone in the efforts to regulate online gaming in Québec. With the collaboration of industry leaders, government support, and a focus on responsible gaming, the coalition has the potential to shape the future of online gaming in the province. As Flutter and its coalition partners continue to advocate for an independent regulatory body and standardized controls, the gaming landscape in Québec is poised for positive change that prioritizes player protection and responsible gaming practices.