The state of Delaware, which passed an internet gambling bill in June 2012, is requesting proposals from companies to set up an internet gaming system to be offered to the public by September 30.
The Delaware State Lottery has issued an invitation to vendors to submit bids to supply technology, game content and managerial services for online gaming. The solution could be integrated with the state’s internet lottery system and internet sports wagering system—which currently do not exist but which Delaware expects to add in the near future.
“The Delaware State Lottery is issuing this request for proposal to invite interested vendors to submit proposals for the implementation of an internet gaming system and services solution, which is a turn-key offering inclusive of a back-end technology platform, operations management and support services as well as an array of game content from multiple vendors to offer casino table games, video lottery games, poker, bingo and keno,” said a statement from the organization.
The proposal seeks suppliers in four areas:
• Backend Technology Platform Provider—would supply the foundation software for the games system;
• Operations Management Provider—would oversee the site’s components and hosting;
• Game Content Vendors—would develop and supply games offered in a typical casino environment; and
• Support Services Vendors—would provide third-party expertise required for “a robust and secure internet gaming operation,” which includes identity verification and geo-location.
Companies interested in participating would be required to have been operating real-money games for at least one year in regulated markets in Europe and/or North America. Clients can include private companies or government-sponsored sites. Games providers, which require a primary application, would be required to have been operating in a regulated market for two years as well as having offered at least 30 games or game variants for at least one year.
The Delaware State Lottery will hear oral presentations from vendors April 1-12.