Update: Politician Claims BCLC Deal was Rushed

Playnow.com failure due to the rushed contract

Ever since the online gambling site launched in July 2010, Playnow.com, proved to be a failure, the British Columbia Provincial Government has been under attack from the opposition. However, this week, an NDP opposition politician stated that he can document that the failure was caused by the rushed contract.

He specified that the documents prove the hasty Government actions to release the site even though there were concerns about the software developer's proposal. Merely hours after it was launched, the Playnow.com site was shut down, allegedly because of "a computer crash due to too many users". Later on, it was revealed by officials that the real cause for the shutdown was that some players were able to see personal information of other players, and in some cases, even other people’s money gamble with money from other people's accounts.

The documents were obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request by the NDP, and according to them, the team that reviewed the initial proposal by ALC Orbis Technology "highlighted a number of functional areas (both business and IT) which did not satisfy the British Columbia Lottery Corporation’s requirements." Despite the fact that the specific concerns of the panel were blocked out on the released document, the team decided to continue with the launch rather than try and find alternative contractors to work on the site.

It was assessed by lottery critic MLA Shane Simpson, as reported by CBC News, that this proves the government decided to rush ahead with the site and ended up risking the personal information and privacy of British Columbians.

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