HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveVolume 26Issue 47MGCB PROGRESSES TOWARD LAUNCH OF IGAMING AND ISPORTS

The Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) is moving toward the launch of iGaming and iSports after the rules went into effect last week. This week, the MGCB announced that it will now accept applications for occupational licenses. Certain employees of iGaming and iSports operator, platform provider, and supplier applicants are required to obtain occupational licenses. Details of the application process and requirements can be found in the Internet Sports Betting and Internet Gaming Occupational Licensing Frequently Asked Questions.

On Thursday, December 10, the MGCB approved provisional licenses for 15 platform providers who will support commercial and tribal casino operators in iGaming and iSports offerings. 

Provisional licenses were issued to the following:

  • American Wagering, Inc. d/b/a William Hill Sports Book
  • Betfair Interactive US LLC d/b/a FanDuel Sportsbook
  • BetMGM, LLC d/b/a Roar Digital
  • Churchill Downs Interactive Gaming, LLC d/b/a TwinSpires
  • Crown MI Gaming LLC d/b/a DraftKings
  • GAN Nevada Inc.
  • Golden Nugget Online Gaming, Inc.
  • NYX Digital Gaming (USA), LLC
  • Parx Interactive, Inc.
  • Penn Sports Interactive, LLC
  • PointsBet Michigan LLC
  • Rush Street Interactive MI, LLC
  • Sports Information Services Limited d/b/a Kambi
  • TSG Interactive US Services Limited d/b/a Fox Bet
  • WSI US, LLC d/b/a Wynn Sports

"The MGCB now can approve provisional licenses following the filing of the administrative rules for online gaming and sports betting Dec. 2 with the Office of the Great Seal," said MGCB Executive Director Rick Kalm. "The platform providers must still meet other regulatory requirements before online gaming and sports betting can launch in Michigan. The launch date will depend on how quickly they can fulfill the requirements."

Platform providers must still complete additional regulatory requirements before launch. These include testing of platforms and games, MGCB approval of internal controls, and obtaining occupational licenses for employees.

"The platform providers' ability to meet the requirements of the laws and rules will determine which entities can be licensed for launch first," Mr. Kalm continued.

The MGCB has published and updated Internet Gaming and Sports Betting FAQs for Businesses on its website. The update dated December 9 includes several new directives regarding Advertising and Promotions. Among these include advertising before launch, branding requirements for advertising, restrictions on methods of advertising, board approval of advertising, and confirmation of board approval of advertisements.

 

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