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ISPs Requested to Block Kings Chance Service by ACMA
Offshore gambling platforms run by Kings Chance Service stare at a block from offering services in Australia. This is after the ACMA (Australian Communications and Media Authority) requested ISPs (internet service providers) to block access in the country.
Kings Chance Breaches 2001 Gambling Act
The ACMA has requested ISPs to block Kings Chance from offering its services in Australia. This followed an investigation by the ACMA prompted by increased complaints from customers about the platform.
ACMA’s investigations revealed Kings Chance operations breached the Interactive Gambling Act of 2001.
This then prompted ACMA to declare Kings Chance’s operations as illegal in Australia. It would then request ISPs to block access to the company’s sites.
The Australian authority first blocked access to operators in November 2019 after receiving the mandate to do so. The authority has blocked 272 gambling platforms guilty of operating illegally. This is since it received the mandate to do so.
But that wasn’t the first time the regulator suspended illegal online gambling operators. The regulator blocked over 130 illegal operators from market access in 2017. This was after the rules on illegal gambling operators went live.
Blocking Websites Alerts the Public About Illegal Operators
ACMA ordered several websites to be blocked earlier in the year in April. They included Ozwin Casino, Reels of Joy, Pokie Place, and Bao Casino. The authority also requested ISPs to block access to another 18 brands found to operate illegally in February. The blacklist contained the likes of King Billy Casino, Fast Pay Casino, Woo Casino, Loki Casino, BitStarz, and Wild Card City among others.
ACMA stated that blocking access to these websites alerts the public about the illegal operators that shouldn’t be in the country, to begin with. Potential players will see an alert message displayed to inform the user about its status when accessing blocked websites
These unlicensed offshore operators are unlikely to have consumer protection policies in place. This is besides their illegal operations. Gamblers playing on such platforms are likely to lose their hard-earned money. This is according to the authority’s warning to gamblers.
ACMA Has no Mandate to Cut off the Internet but Continues to Protect Consumers
There are fewer gambling alternatives apart from sports betting. This as the demand for such activities continues to grow. The ACMA has been on the lookout in 2020 as it seeks to protect consumers against illegal gambling operators. It even released a report based on a survey that focused on whether these operators complied with ACMA rules and regulations.
The regulation train continues on its tracks. But there’s the liberalization factor lingering in the Australian market. Going down the liberalization path would be beneficial for the country. But selling this idea is proving to be tough.
Gambling addiction rates are high in Australia. But the idea of online gambling only adds fear that this could lead to an increased rate of gambling addiction. Furthermore, this is bound to increase societal problems.