UK-listed online payment processor Optimal Payments has renewed its agreement with Loto-Québec to continue providing its services to the Canadian provincial lottery operator’s Espacejeux.com online gaming site.

Optimal Payments was chosen as the exclusive online payments provider for Espacejeux.com when the new online gaming site launched in December 2010. The renewal of the agreement will see Optimal continue to provide fully-customized services for Espacejeux.com.

Customers on Espacejeux.com can now use credit cards, Interac Online and online bill payments to fund their accounts and bank transfers (EFT) to receive payouts. Optimal has also implemented Quebec residency validation and age verification as part of the customer registration process.

Optimal said that the renewed relationship with Loto-Québec solidifiea its “long-standing” reputation for delivering customized services.

“We are pleased to continue our exclusive relationship with Loto-Québec and to be an integral part of the growth and success of Espacejeux.com,” said Neil Erlick, Optimal Payments’ executive vice president business development. “Our experience and expertise in regulated gaming provides Loto-Québec with the security of knowing they have a trusted partner that can meet their regulatory requirements and understands the fast evolving online gaming market.”

Luc Morin, director of new product development, Casinos du Québec, added: “Optimal Payments has been a valuable partner in helping us achieve our vision for Espacejeux.com.”

Shares in Optimal Payments plc (AIM:OPAY) have dropped 1.15 per cent to 444.08 pence per share in London this morning.

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