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Acma keeps blocking gaming brands

ACMA Keeps Blocking Gaming Brands

Four more casino brands have been banned by ACMA, Australia's media communications regulatory, contributing to a continuously growing number of blacklisted operators.

ACMA Restricts Entry To Four New Australian Casinos

As the country's media regulator, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), has blocked four new websites, adding to a steadily expanding number of online casino sites that do not have a legitimate Australian gaming license, Australia continues to harden its policy on unlicensed gambling operations.

ACMA conducted and completed investigations, detecting anomalies with the activities of Always Vegas, Gibson Casino, Malibu Club Casino and Viggoslots, all suspended due to violations of the country's successful online gaming laws, the 2001 Interactive Gambling Act.

The regulator operated on the basis of customer tips and advised every player at those brands to remove their assets. ACMA has been banning websites en masse, removing businesses who breach Australian gaming laws, and attempting to charge criminals for more than three years since.

Australia Toughens Casino Laws

So far, there are 180 brands on the ACMA's list. The media regulator banned 8 offshore gambling brands in August, urging users to search and delete their money from the impacted websites once again. A proposal to suspend entry to Planet 7 Oz, Ace Pokies, Nordicasino, Reeltastic, Spintropolis, Enzo Casino, Times Square Casino and Royal Spinz was made by the regulator.

Customers who lodged complaints cited a number of explanations for the order for blockage, from unfair customer service to withdrawing winnings without providing any specific explanation. Thanks to the authority bestowed on ACMA by the Telecommunications Act, the regulator was able to restrict access to products that have refused to meet regulatory and customer expectations.

ACMA suspended several brands in July, including Happy Hugo, Mucho Vegas Casino, Kahuna Casino, Rich Casino, Box 24 Casino, Bondi Bet, JokaRoom, Omni Slots, Fruits 4 Real, XPokies, and Slottica, totaling 11 in one regulatory step.

In January and May 2020, ACMA responded upon related grievances. Since ACMA began battling offshore gambling in 2017 and introduced the website blocking feature in November 2019, the regulator has been providing public messaging to raise awareness of the downsides of opting for offshore gaming platforms, alleging inadequate customer service, lack of acceptable market policies, and more.

About 100 brands have been forced to leave Australia after ACMA started imposing a regulatory law that allows all organizations in the country to be approved. Failure to receive such a license could result in reports being submitted to key licensing authorities of operators, which has led to a steady migration over the last three years.

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