Proxous Advanced Solutions has been issued with a formal warning from the Australian Communications and Media Authority after it was found that the group was offering services to illegal online entities.
Following an investigation, it was discovered that Proxous had provided gaming software that was used by 13 online casinos illegally offering services to Australians.
This examination found that by sub-licensing Realtime Gaming branded software products used by these casinos, Proxous was “knowingly involved in the provision of prohibited interactive gambling services to Australians in breach of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001”.
The illegal services using Proxous licensed software were found to be Fair Go Casino, Two Up Casino, Free Spin, BoVegas, Uptown Pokies, Uptown Aces, Red Dog Casino, Slots Empire, Cherry Gold Casino, Play Croco, Aussie Play, Ozwin Casino and Reels Of Joy.
“Each of these services rely on RTG branded software products to deliver their online casino-style services, including to Australian-based customers, and all have been found by previous ACMA investigations to be illegal operations in Australia. The ACMA has taken action to block these services,” the ACMA said in a media release.
This is the first time the ACMA has taken action against a company for its involvement in an illegal gambling operation through supplying software.
Since the country’s communications and media regulator started enforcing new illegal offshore gambling rules in 2017, more than 170 such services have pulled out of the Australian market.
“Consumers should be aware that even if an online gambling service looks legitimate, it is unlikely to have important customer protections required of licensed services,” it was reminded.