NetEnt Closes Its Gates For Canadian Players

In News by on October 12, 2016

We’re always delighted to update you with the latest good news, but this time around the news tends to take a different shape, sad but true. Unfortunately, the Swedish based casino software provider and game producer Net Entertainment has closed its doors for players coming from Canada. After several months of back and forth, and a number of Canada focused online casinos blocking Canadian players from NetEnt’s games, it’s finally over.

Why Has NetEnt Left The Canadian Market?

This exodus has been kept in the shadows. Neither NetEnt nor the online casinos have spoken about this matter. The main reason being is that NetEnt was the prime game producer of choice for the majority of Canadian players. Nonetheless, what’s done is done.

One of the basic arguments why NetEnt left Canada is the unclear legislation regarding online gaming. For years, online gaming has been in the grey area, meaning it’s not legal but it’s not illegal. These variables have always caused trouble for online casino operators, online casino players, but for online casino software providers as well. One thing’s for certain, NetEnt will no longer have to worry about any potential litigations with the Canadian authorities.

Is New Jersey’s Change of Heart A Reason For NetEnt’s Exit From Canada?

As of this year, New Jersey has legalized online gaming. It’s a new market and as such, it can be rather lucrative for the first entrants. It’s still a young market as until this year online casinos were illegal. We have a good basis to believe that NetEnt wants to redirect its resources to this new market. Canadian players were the sacrificial lambs in a way.

US players, rest assured, the authorities are slowly, but surely loosening up the grip on the online gaming industry. In a few months or a couple of years, we can already see online gaming fully legal on the grounds of the US. New Jersey broke the ice, from here on the precedent they made should pave the way for other states.

What Are The Alternatives for Canadian Players?

The gap between supply and demand that’s going to be created by NetEnt’s exit from Canada will have to be filled by other casino software provider. In our personal opinion, we find Yggdrasil Gaming’s portfolio the closest one to NetEnt’s. After all, Yggdrasil was established by a former CEO of NetEnt.

Yggdrasil’s games are usually part of online casino promotions, which should be an additional reason why you should get hooked on them. The design, the theme and the style they’re based on have uncanny resemblances with what Canadian players could’ve enjoyed while playing NetEnt’s games.

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