AGS Gets Provisional iGaming Supplier License in Michigan

AGS has just acquired a license from the Michigan Gaming Control Board to operate in the state as an igaming supplier. The license will allow AGS to supply it’s proven and engaging online gaming content to the licensed operators already in Michigan. The Las Vegas-headquartered company has secured this license just in time before the launch of igaming in the state, which is expected to go live in late 2020 or early 2021.

The instant igaming goes live in the state, AGS can offer its proprietary land-based game content to online operators in the state. It is expected that this will be done via a remote gaming server. Some of the popular games that we are sure to find are; Capital Gains, Longhorn Jackpots, Golden Wins, Rakin’ Bacon, Fu Nan Fu Nu, and Jade Wins.

AGS is already offering its services to operators across Europe and Latin America. AGS is also offering its online game content and piquing the interest of players in two of the United States’ biggest online wagering markets – New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Michigan is the third state that will feature AGS’ online gaming content in their licensed online casino operators.

Matt Reback, the executive vice president of AGS, has on behalf of the company, expressed AGS’s excitement after obtaining the provisional license. In a statement, Reback said, “We are excited about being awarded our provisional igaming license in Michigan and look forward to helping the state launch its new igaming program. We are confident that Michigan is going to be a strong market for us, with three commercial casinos that cater to a repeat player base, and player familiarity with AGS games due to the popularity and longevity of our land-based games in the Michigan market.”

Approved Online Gaming Operators in Michigan

The Michigan Gaming and Control Board recently approved provisional licenses for 15 operators. A lot more sent in applications, but only 15 have been offered provisional license so far and will launch as soon as the state gives the go-ahead. These operators will support commercial and tribal casinos’ online gaming offerings as well as online sports betting.

Some of the operators given licenses have already taken the initiative to partner with land-based casinos in the state. Penn Sports Interactive (via Barstool) has gone into a partnership with Greektown Casino. FanDuel also boasts of a retail sportsbook partnership with MotorCity Casino, while BetMGM is in bed with MGM Grand Detroit.

Other operators that were offered provisional licenses are;

  • Churchill Downs Interactive Gaming (TwinSpires)
  • Crown MI Gaming (DraftKings)
  • TSG Interactive US Services (Fox Bet)
  • Golden Nugget Online Gaming
  • American Wagering (William Hill Sports Book)
  • GAN Nevada
  • PointsBet Michigan
  • NYX Digital Gaming
  • Parx Interactive
  • WSI US (Wynn Sports)
  • Rush Street Interactive MI
  • Sports Information Services (Kambi)

All that is left is for the regulatory framework to be decided upon. The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules waived the 15-day requirement for rules review in a bid to fast-track the process and launch as soon as practicable. The goal is to launch by the end of December but if it is unable to by then, we are sure to see igaming go live very early in the New Year.

About AGS

AGS is a Las Vegas-based company that seeks to create a diverse mix of gaming that will appeal to any type of player. They have long operated in the Class II Native American gaming market but have recently spread its tentacles to bring its products as far and wide and possible. AGS, in partnership with some of the world’s largest online operators, makes AGS engaging game content available to players globally.

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