British Columbia Lottery Corp. is calling the private sector to help develop new ways for you to gamble. The Crown corporation made the announcement in a document posted on the government's procurement Website last week. According to the announcement, the corporation is "seeking to usher in a new era of lottery games that capture the interest and excitement of new, casual player through creative game design and clever game mechanics that reflect current and emerging gaming trends." As a result, it's building a list of companies that can develop and co-develop those games for BCLC, as well as proposing new game ideas. A spokesperson for the corporation advised Public Eye those games will be "made available through existing lottery channels" - including its controversial PlayNow.com Website. But don't expect to see any skill-based games because, "as set out in the Gaming Control Act and Criminal Code, BCLC may only provide games of chances or games of mixed skill." The corporation refused to disclose the budget for this project to "maintain the integrity of the procurement process." The following is a complete copy of the aforementioned document.
September 8, 2010