ACMA maintains blocking crusade with more illegal sites taken down

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has undertaken a fresh wave of enforcement, with the media watchdog requesting that yet more sites be taken down.

This has seen a request sent to the country’s internet service providers, which urges that blocks be placed on 12 more illegal offshore gambling websites that were found to be operating in breach of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001.

Following the latest round of investigations that uncovered the breaches, the latest sites to be blocked include Tsars, Zen Casino, Zen Betting, Cleopatra Casino, Goodman Casino, Zoome Casino, Yabby Casino, Neon54, Rabona, 5Gringos, AlfCasino and 1RED.

Since the ACMA made its first blocking request in November 2019, which forms just one of a range of enforcement options that can be utilised by the media watchdog, 785 illegal gambling and affiliate websites have been blocked.

In addition, more than 200 illegal services have also pulled out of the Australian market since the statutory authority started enforcing new illegal offshore gambling rules in 2017.

Alongside this latest action, the ACMA also issued a reminder to customers that “even if a service looks legitimate, its unlikely to have important customer protections. This means Australians who use illegal gambling services risk losing their money.”

Last month, online gaming firm Feral Holdings was issued with a formal warning after the ACMA found that the group was contravening the country’s laws.

This came after an investigation discovered that the company was found to be providing prohibited interactive gambling services, which was being undertaken via a CS:GO Roll website.