Rush Street to launch online sports gambling in PA for iOS devices
The move comes in spite of an order from Apple about gambling applications
A few months ago, Apple came out and said that it would no longer allow any application to be listed on the App Store if it used HTML5 and not the company’s native iOS code. There was no clear indication why it was making the change, but many guessed that it was a lame attempt at trying to stop gamblers from using Apple products in legal states. However, there is apparently a work around that will allow at least some gambling operators to offer their platforms in spite of the restrictions.
Rush Street Interactive (RSI) has announced that it will be bringing online sports and casino gaming to Pennsylvania this week, thanks to the intervention of a geolocation app. When users visit either playsugarhouse.com or betrivers.com in PA, they are prompted to download and install the GeoGuard Location Validator first. Once installed and configured, which reportedly only takes a few minutes, returning to the sites allows visitors to enter and begin playing.
HTML5 is a versatile website-building language that allows standard websites to be “wrapped” and launched on mobile platforms. This allows companies like casinos to offer online gambling easily and inexpensively, but Apple decided to force developers to use the iOS app language, instead. This didn’t sit well with virtually anyone in the gaming community, which asserted that it would be costly to build the new solution and result in a loss in revenue.
If the solution offered by RSI doesn’t find itself restricted by Apple, it could be the perfect solution for any online operator. Given Apple’s history, though, it wouldn’t be surprising if it tried to ban the alternative.
RSI President Richard Schwartz states, “As we launch our casino site today, we are excited to offer Apple users a way to enjoy the innovative experiences we offer by betting from their mobile devices in Pennsylvania. We’re pleased that players with Apple mobile devices will be able to use the mobile web to play with PlaySugarHouse.com. We are thrilled to be able to offer loyal users with Apple devices, such as iPhones, a way to get online and begin playing on our award-winning platform.”