Fourteen Gaming Operators have applied to provide online gambling services to the Delaware State Lottery. The applicants, including PokerStars and 888, filed a Request for Proposals (RFP) before the Friday deadline in a highly competitive licensing process.
Following the approval of online gaming in June 2012, Delaware has become one of the leaders in the push for online gambling in the United States and gaming operators are fighting to become a part of it.
PokerStars parent company Rational Services submitted an application to offer B2B services despite the controversy surrounding the company in New Jersey and Nevada. Amaya Gaming and Bally Technologies have filed a joint application to provide gaming for the state. Finally, 888 has partnered with Scientific Games and subsidiary WMS to submit an application to the Delaware State Lottery. SHFL Entertainment (formerly Shuffle Master), IGT, Stan James, and Continent 8 Technologies have also submitted applications.
The fourteen applicants will be fighting to provide a wide variety of services including a backend platform, content vendors, and support services such as e-wallets, identity verification, and customer service. Delaware plans to only offer one version of poker and casino games as well as multiple video lottery games. Although it only plans to offer one version, Delaware Lotteries have stated that multiple vendors would contribute to the overall structure.
Nevertheless, the application process is set to be a very competitive venture for the fourteen hopeful companies.