BC Government Responds to PlayNow.com Debacle

Written By Janice Doughtrey

The BCLC has recently come under a great deal of fire, after its new online gambling website, PlayNow.com, crashed just hours after it was launched just last week. Two days later, it was reported that the personal information of 100 players was compromised, and now the minds behind this bright idea have come forward.

After the commission revamped the website with a $7.5 million renovation, Playnow.com’s total cost exceeded more than $10 million. However, government officials refuse to state how much money had been lost after the crashed and how much will be spent to compensate the players.

Rich Coleman, Minister of Housing and Social Development, was quoted as saying “It doesn’t matter what it cost”.

Unfortunately, what is comes down to is that the residents of BC, who were supposed to benefit from the launch of a government-regulated online casino, are now looking at even more wasted tax dollars. But, the government feels as if it doesn’t owe the province’s citizens an explanation.

In fact, the entire situation seemed to be unavoidable, if the BCLC had simply contacted the Kahnawake Gaming Commission for guidance. Instead, the BC government chose to ignore the existance of the KGC, a fellow Canadian online gambling regulator with year’s more experience.

No relaunch date has been announced as of yet. Only time will tell what the future holds for PlayNow.com.

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