After the crash of the first North American online gambling site, PlayNow.com and the final admission of the B.C. Lottery Corporation that it had a privacy breach where over 130 players had their private information seen by other players, the government today said they have no idea when the site will reopen for business.
Rich Coleman, the Housing and Social Development Minister did not give a timeline has to when the problem would be fixed and players could return to play. When he was questioned about how much the delay would cost, his has a rather non-chalet answer,
“Oh, not a lot because it wasn’t expected to be a huge revenue generator in the first couple days anyway. And, frankly, it doesn’t matter what the cost is. We had an issue with the technical side of it and it needs to be fixed.”
Originally the B.C. lottery commission re-launched the PlayNow.com site on Jusy 15th after spending $7.3 million for a redesign and to add new games. Just hours after the much anticipated debut, the site crashed. The lottery commission blamed the onslaught of traffic as the reason for the failure but later admitted they had a technical glitch that lead to private information on players being able to be seen by other player.
This time, they have added two more servers and according to Mr. Coleman, a third party will review the site and verify it is secure and ready to go.
Not everyone is satisfied with what is happening however. Shane Simpson, NDP opposition critic thinks that because the delay is taking so long, that it is an indication of bigger problems than being reported.
“What we do know now is the problems were much more significant at the corporation than let on at the beginning,” he said. “Being far too hasty in getting it [playnow.com] up when they did instead of taking their time to make sure that it was operating properly, and as a consequence it is going to cost us more money than if we would have done it right in the first place.”
So far, there is still confidence on the lottery corporation as Premier Gordon Campbell said in a recent press conference,
“I think we always have to be vigilant. We have to learn from all the mistakes that are made and when mistakes are made, I think that’s exactly what they’ve tried to do.”
For now, B.C. gamblers must wait.