Michigan is inching closer toward launching iGaming and online sportsbooks in the state.
They will begin the testing phase for potential operators and their products with the hope of a public rollout by Thanksgiving.
DETROIT – Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) has been approved by the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) as the first testing laboratory to begin tests for online gambling platforms slated to launch in the state.
Gaming operators will need to be given the green light by GLI and other companies like it in order to be eligible to become a licensed and legal online casino in Michigan.
GLI has been operating for 31 years and has offices worldwide with its headquarters being in Lakewood, NJ. This is not their first job for the state of Michigan, as they were also used to certify gaming for the Gun Lake Tribal Gaming Commission. But this latest endeavor with the Wolverine State will prove to be much bigger than that previous business and GLI is excited about it.
“We are honored that the Michigan Gaming Control Board has approved GLI to test and certify iGaming and mobile sports betting,” said Peter Wolff, GLI’s Director of Global Technical Compliance. “We have been helping regulators and suppliers navigate the future of iGaming and mobile sports betting for decades, and we are excited to put our worldwide experience to work for Michigan.”
Another lab, BMM Test Labs, will also be used but has not yet been given the go-ahead by the MGCB. They should be receiving their own approval within the coming weeks to help Michigan get their online gaming platforms launched that much sooner.
Scrambling For A Launch Before 2021
Much needs to be done in Michigan regarding their iGaming and sports betting platforms before they can officially launch to the public.
On September 23, the MGCB will hold a public hearing before they will be able to make the rules and regulations for each gaming business final. After that, the MGCB hopes to begin handing out licenses.
However, this cannot be done until GLI approves operators and even then, the MGCB will need to have the final say on whether or not the technology and platform pass what they deem to be suitable for audiences.
Rules to pass the MGCB software test include no bugs or glitches within the platform and geolocation services that work properly to be able to make sure all players are engaging in gambling within state lines via mobile outlets.
The number one reason for this speedier launch is the presence of COVID-19. iGaming and internet sports betting is what will help drive the industry to produce revenue when retail locations are either shut down or working at minimum capacities.
The only issue that stands in the way for delays is FBI checks on operators before they can become licensed. That has not been discussed recently but was a topic that made headlines some time ago.
Either way, Michigan is hoping to launch their online gaming options in the state by Thanksgiving for gamblers to enjoy.