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Argentina – Mendoza grants online licenses

By - 4 April 2023

The government of Mendoza has awarded five online licenses to five groups, after receiving the endorsement of the State Prosecutor’s Office. The companies selected are recognized multinational brands, which have partnered up with operators already present in Mendoza.

Those selected were Impresora Internacional de Valores SAIC (Ivisa) and Hotelera Emprender SA (Super 7); Rush Street Interactive Latin America and Desarrollos Maipú SA (RushBet) ; Boldt SA and Fuente Mayor SA (Bplay); Traylon SA and Ondiss SA (BetWarrior) and Codere On Line Argentina SA which partnered in Mendoza with CELA SA (Sheraton Hotel). The results were published in the Official Gazette.

Five other companies lost out and failed to get a license. These were: Nuevo Plaza Hotel Mendoza SA . Slots Machines SA. A joint venture project put forward by Concesionaria de Entretenimientos y Turismo SA and Daruma SAM SA. A joint venture between New Star with News Ads also failed in their bid as did the joint venture between Biyemas SA with Skill on Net SAU.

The service award contracts must be signed in the next five business days.

In October 2020, the government of Mendoza approved online gambling bill (Law 9,267) with online gambling initially expected before the start of the World Cup in Qatar. It was announced that priority would be given to gambling companies already present in the local market. However, other companies including international operators could take part in the bidding process for the five available licences. Last month the government created an Online Gaming Management department, which would work within the Provincial Institute of Games and Casinos (IPJyC). It will be responsible for the supervision and control of online gambling once it goes live in the province.

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