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The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has granted an operational license to UK gaming company 4ThePlayer, making a launch of the developer’s slots imminent in the Keystone State.

Since making its U.S. debut in New Jersey back in August 2022, 4ThePlayer has been on a North American expansion spree. Pennsylvania now marks the fourth state where the developer is licensed to operate, after previously securing similar permissions in Michigan and Connecticut.

Coincidentally, the potential launch in the Keystone state comes at a time where the online casino industry is witnessing an unprecedented boom in the jurisdiction. What we have on our hands is a classic case of preparation meeting opportunity.

The UK-based supplier also believes that its license in Pennsylvania will solidify its presence in the regulated U.S. gambling scene. Chris Ash, 4ThePlayer’s co-founder and Business Development Director made this known to the press after news of the PGCB approval broke.

“I am thrilled we can bring our unique gaming experience to the players of Pennsylvania. After the success we have seen with these titles in other states, we are excited for players in Pennsylvania to play them,” Ash said.

9k Yeti Among Lineup of 4ThePlayer Slots Poised for Entry into Pennsylvania

4ThePlayer has been quite strategic with its expansion efforts. In the past, it has made its debut in U.S. states through leading online casinos like DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM and Caesars. There are no doubts that the developer will adopt a similar approach in Pennsylvania.

Players in the state can expect access to some of the most popular classic slots from the supplier’s catalog. Included in this list is 9k Yeti and 4 Fantastic Lobsters. These games and many more will be hosted on Gaming Realms, the platform partner for 4ThePlayer.com.

Established in July 2018 by Chris Ash, Henry McLean and Andrew Porter, 4ThePlayer has built a reputation for its innovative gaming mechanics. The British gaming developer launched its first slot in November 2019 after securing its UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) license.

Since then, 4ThePlayer has churned out award-winning titles, all of which have been marked by immersive graphics and player-centric bonus elements. Some of these releases are as follows:

  • 5 Wild Buffalo
  • 4K Ultra Gold Money Ways, in conjunction with Yggdrasil
  • 6 Wild Sharks
  • 3 Secret Cities

In addition to its recent regulatory approval in Pennsylvania and other U.S. states, the company also holds a Swedish license. It recently won the EGR Innovation in Slot Provision Award, defeating strong contenders like Pragmatic Play and Relax Gaming to the recognition.

UK Developer Hopes to Benefit from Pennsylvania’s Improved Online Gaming Participation

4ThePlayer is also looking to reap the financial rewards of its landmark entry into the Pennsylvanian market. In an official press release published on May 22, 2024, the UK gaming company acknowledged the potential benefits of the “steady growth trajectory” in the Keystone state.

For context, iGaming in Pennsylvania saw a 16% improvement in participation in 2023 alone, according to a research published by Penn State University. This translated to a whopping $2.1 billion revenue in 2023, a bump of approximately 27% from the previous year.

The state was also off to a flying start in 2024, breaking its record for the highest-ever monthly total with an online gambling revenue of $233.1 million in March. Pennsylvanian casinos have also topped $200 million in three out of four months this year, averaging a 25% year-over-year improvement each time.

With 4ThePlayer making its entry into Pennsylvania at such an auspicious moment, the developer will be hoping to replicate its commercial success in New Jersey and Michigan here.

Emily Davis

Emily has a deep understanding of the gambling industry's regulatory landscape. With over 12 years of experience, she keeps readers informed about changes in legislation that affect both online and brick-and-mortar casinos.

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