|In Canada, a leading developer and licensor of online bingo games has launched a website this week calling for more transparency from the nation’s Atlantic Lottery Corporation following a dispute over the awarding of a contract to a rival Swedish company.|
Ontario’s Parlay Entertainment is questioning the decision to award a contract for a new Internet bingo game to Boss Media in February without the job first being tendered, and has launched the website calling for a full audit of the process.
The Atlantic Lottery Corporation manages lotteries in four of Canada’s easternmost provinces, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island, and has defended its decision stating that it did nothing wrong. A Spokesman for the Corporation, Mike Randall, said that Parlay didn't qualify for any facet of the contract.
'I don't understand what their goal is,” said Randall. “The Atlantic Lottery Corporation continues to be as open and transparent as we can be.'
However, Parlay’s Chief Executive Officer, Scott White, argues that the contract should have been open to other companies to bid on and denies that his company is displeased simply because it missed out.
'Some may ask whether we are sore losers but there was no competition for us to lose,” said White.
Parlay's website also calls for the Atlantic Lottery Corporation to follow the Atlantic Procurement Agreement, a deal between the Atlantic provinces designed to eliminate discrimination through competitive tendering.
Leo Glavine, Gaming Critic for Nova Scotia's opposition Liberals, said that the Corporation had committed to following the Agreement during an appearance before the Legislature's Public Accounts Committee in January of last year.