ACMA bans crypto sites for illegal sports betting on 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup

Illegal gambling sites continue to target Australians, but a local regulator doggedly singles them out and bans them

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has gone through 220 websites to hand-pick more than two dozen crypto gambling operators which were found to be offering illegal gambling products in the country on the occasion of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The regulator found that at 21 services were to be investigated, leading to the discovery that 18 of these websites were in fact operating without a proper license from the country. This has prompted ACMA to seek an enforcement action against the offenders. Three companies agreed with the regulator’s assessment and said that they would withdraw their offer from the market voluntarily in order to avoid a penalty from the regulator.

The other 15, though, have failed to respond, ACMA explained, and has placed the sites on its sprawling list of more than 900 illegal gambling services that have been banned since the list was created. Australia takes the breach of the Interactive Gambling Act  2001 very seriously and does not allow unauthorized gambling companies to operate in the country under any form.

This means both online casinos and sports betting websites. According to Carolyn Lidgerwood, who is head of online gambling for ACMA, the offshore sites that operate and target Australians without a license are particularly bad for the country’s gamblers and consumers, as they fail to offer any meaningful level of protection to their players.

Lidgerwood has cautioned players who are tempted to play and register at such websites to bear in mind that they may not actually receive any money from the websites even if they play there in the first place. ACMA remains vigilant and continues to prosecute gambling websites that target the country illegally.

Most of the offshore casinos and sportsbooks that have been banned in the country have featured some form of crypto payment to facilitate payments over the years.  

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Written by Barney


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