Online Casino NZ Sites To Offer BingoTisha Walden | 23 Feb 2021
Regulated online Bingo is coming to New Zealand’s shores, and could do as early as around mid-2022. According to a recent new release by the country’s state-owned Lottery provider, it will soon launch an official tender process for the purpose of appointing an operator that will be offering online Bingo to local online casino NZ enthusiasts going forward.
But the state-owned operator will have much to prove during the initial months of legalised online Bingo, with many having objected to its roll-out, arguing it to be potentially dangerous in terms of the country’s responsible gambling drive, and a high-risk category of online gaming.
Tender Process To Follow
Lotto New Zealand will now reach out to established name brands in the Bingo industry, and has said that it will do so via a public tender process. The online casinos NZ determined to be most qualified to offer the service to locals will then be tasked with the development and launch of a suitable product by at least the middle of 2022, Lotto New Zealand has said.
Since locals are already long in the habit of taking to off-shore online casino NZ-friendly sites, and often times black market- operators, Lotto New Zealand has said that it is looking forward to establishing a local, safe, and regulated home-grown alternative.
But smooth sailing, despite the excitement, is not to be expected anytime soon. The country’s Problem Gambling Foundation has wasted no time requesting the Lottery provider to present it with an itemised list of the responsible gambling measures and safeguards it plans to implement as it continues its endeavours and the tender process.
Protection Remains An Issue
The New Zealand Problem Gambling Foundation has asked that the national Lottery authority explain how exactly it plans to protect the Pasifika community from the after-effects of problem gambling, with director Andree Froude cautioning that Bingo can be every bit as addictive to online players as are traditional online slot machines and games of chance.
Froude, who dismissed Lotto New Zealand’s stance of Bingo being a medium-risk gambling game, also holds another main objection, being that of Bingo being a so-called “continuous title”. Not unlike the online casino NZ pokies games, which requires of the player to push a single button to get a result, Froude contends that online Bingo too, allows the player to engage with the gameplay in an instant and continuous manner.