Warranted Anxiety?Derevensky is no fan of gambling. In 2012, he authored a book titled “Teen Gambling: Understanding a Growing Epidemic.” Allowing an unregulated gambling site to operate might worry many in Canada, but DFS companies would argue they’ve already taken steps to safeguard their platforms. The two DFS sites, which are based in the northeast US and in the midst of trying to merge, also utilize geolocation technology to pinpoint where a customer is trying to play from. Regardless, Derevensky believes the territories and provinces should follow the lead of US states in determining their own regulations and consumer protections.
No Fault in StarsDraft, DFSThough Canada daily fantasy sports is dominated by DraftKings and FanDuel, a third option is StarsDraft, a DFS product owned by PokerStars and Amaya. The parent company is based in Quebec, but its daily fantasy operations are ran out of Austin, Texas. Amaya acquired DFS platform Victiv in August of 2015. The Canadian Gaming Association has voiced its position that DFS constitutes gambling. Operators argue otherwise, saying the contests are skill-based endeavors where outcomes aren’t purely based upon luck. While the DFS conversation on the games’ legality has spread across North America, it hasn’t attracted the ears of Canada’s federal government.
“Authorities are more focused on anti-terrorism, drugs, and biker gangs, and they should be,” lawyer and legal commenter Michael Lipton said earlier this month. “We’ve always had a fairly liberal attitude regarding matters of this nature.”