11 Online Gambling Platforms Penalized by ACMA for Violating IGA

Last week, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) sent out warnings about the activities of 11 online gambling platforms. The federal watchdog revealed that Greenspin, Slotman, Jeetcity, Betibet, Candyland Casino, Thunderpick, Golden Lion, Digits 7, Sector 777, New Vegas and PayID Pokies have all been operating in violation of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001.

In response to these breaches, ACMA has formally requested Australian internet service providers (ISPs) to block access to all of the mentioned casino sites. The authority has the authority to make such requests when an operator provides prohibited interactive gambling services to Australian online casino customers. They can also issue blocking orders for websites engaged in online gambling without a valid license.

Since November 2019, ACMA has initiated blocking requests, and a total of 893 illegal gambling and affiliate websites have been blocked. In addition, 220 illicit services have exited the Australian market since 2017, when the authority began enforcing new rules against illegal offshore gambling.

“Website blocking is one of a range of enforcement options to protect Australians against illegal online gambling,” stated ACMA. The authority also issued a reminder to consumers that even seemingly legitimate services are unlikely to have essential customer protections, putting Australians at risk of losing their money when using illegal gambling platforms.