Australian Regulator Adds 18 Names to Banned iGaming Sites’ Blacklist
Australia’s media and communication watchdog just announced that it’s set to ask Internet service providers in the country to deny 18 offshore iGaming domains access to their network because they have been breaching the law through their operation. Through an official press release, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) stated that sites breaching the law include domains like Fast Pay Casino, Woo Casino, BizStarz, Golden Star Casino, Syndicate Casino, amongst others.
According to the regulator, it carried out an official investigation into all the 18 sites, among which are Bet Chain, Joo Casino, King Johnnie, and Wild Card City, after receiving many complaints and discovered that they have been breaching the 2001 Interactive Gambling Act while providing their services to Australians. Due to this development, the ACMA has advised that local game players withdraw all the funds they might have deposited on these domains immediately and consider wagering with companies provided on their licensed interactive wagering services list.
According to the ACMA, blocking access to all these illicit websites is one of the enforcement options it will implement to protect Australians from illegal online gambling as a regulatory body. ACMA also announced the creation of a “blacklist” in November 2019 for banned domains, the number of banned website domains has increased to 222, including new entries, such as Get Slots, Spinago, Joka VIP Room, and Gunsbet.
A further statement from the ACMA states that more than 100 illegal services had exited the Australian gambling market since 2017 when the association started enforcing this new unlawful offshore gambling law. Blocking their websites provides an opportunity to notify the public of these casino companies’ illegal gambling services. They are able to do this through the message that appears when players attempt to check the site.