- The Oregon Lottery partnered with SBtech back in May to provide sports betting through both retail and mobile sportsbooks.
- GeoComply is a geolocation technology service that has been adopted by many in the iGaming Industry.
SALEM, Ore. – Earlier this week, the Oregon Lottery took another step towards launching mobile sports betting apps. With regulatory authority over sports betting in Oregon, the Lottery commission selected GeoComply to ensure that users of mobile sportsbooks are inside the state when they try to place bets.
“We are really excited to be working with the Oregon Lottery to support their launch of sports betting in the state,” said David Briggs, CEO of GeoComply.
“Geolocation compliance is one of the cornerstones of the regulated online sports betting industry and with a significant number of anticipated users in Oregon living very close to state borders, our highly accurate solution will ensure that all eligible users are able to participate.”
Even though legal sports betting is expected to launch later this year in Oregon, neighboring states still have yet to legalize the activity. Due to a federal law known as the Wire Act, state-regulated sportsbooks cannot accept wagers from players who are outside of their jurisdiction.
“Since the repeal of PASPA last year, we’ve worked hard to build the infrastructure, technology, and regulatory framework to offer legal sports betting to players in Oregon,” said Oregon Lottery Spokesman, Matt Shelby.
The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was a federal ban on sports betting. It was repealed by the US Supreme Court in May of 2018, giving states the chance to write their own sports wagering legislation.
Since there was already some form of sports betting in Oregon at the time it was first signed into law, the state was somewhat unaffected by its jurisdiction. Since it was repealed, the Oregon Lottery was simply allowed to extend its gaming operations rather than having to pass a new bill into law.
The Oregon Lottery chose to partner with sports betting provider, SBTech, in May of 2019. The lottery hopes to launch sports betting at both existing retail lottery locations and through a state-wide sports betting app.
The partnership with GeoComply is a necessary step to make sure that both the state of Oregon and its residents are still following current federal laws.
– In his career, Hasan has worked both local and state government positions—including the Attorney General’s Office in Florida. On top of being familiar with the legislative process, he has also been researching and writing on the legality of sports betting across the US. Outside of work you’ll most likely find him producing or playing music, playing sports, or working on creative writing projects. You’ll also catch him at Doak Campbell Stadium cheering on the Noles.