The US state of Virginia has approved 27 vendor licenses ahead of legalised sports betting launching.
The state, which has a population of around 8.5 million people, legalised sports betting in April 2020 but has not yet launched the market to consumers.
According to a list on the Virginia Lottery website, 27 suppliers were approved to operate in the state on 13 January 2021.
They include affiliates, payments providers and data suppliers – all of which will be required as part of the newly regulated market.
Big names that appear on the list include Better Collective, Facebook, MediaTroopers, PayPal, Paysafecard, Simple Bet, Skrill, Sportradar and The Action Network.
The US subsidiary of Gambling.com Group Plc, KAX Media America Inc, was also issued a sports betting vendor licence, enabling it to provide marketing services for licensed operators in the state.
Max Bichsel, VP, US Business for Gambling.com Group said: “We are excited to be expanding into Old Dominion, which has been a trailblazer with their sports bettors bill of rights legislation and a regulatory scheme that can serve as a model for other US states looking to enter the market this year.”
He added: “This expansion is important for the Group as we continue to remain at the forefront of growth in the regulated US market. Virginia is the first of several states expected to regulate and launch mobile sports betting this year.”
Virginia is scheduled to launch online sports betting in the first quarter of 2021. Sportsbooks including, DraftKings, FanDuel, and BetMGM are likely to be among the operators licensed at launch.
Testing and certification labs Gaming Laboratories International and Bulletproof Solutions have been approved to certify that licensees are capable of meeting regulatory standards.