Singapore adjusts to online laws, social gaming still a grey zone

Singapore has made its position against online gambling clear, outlawing the practice through some of the most draconian legislation anywhere in the world. However, the law has left major grey areas, in particular when it comes to social gaming. Singapore’s Remote Gambling Act (2014) came into effect on Feb. 2 and criminalizes the entire spectrum of remote gambling activities. The restrictions are extremely broad and will be felt by operators, agents, brokers, service providers, advertising networks, payment processors, financial institutions, ISPs – and, of course, players. The legislation included the unprecedented steps of allowing government agencies to geo-block websites, stop bank payments and even issue extradition orders to offshore parties. So what happened before February 2, prior to the law coming into effect, what has happened since and, more importantly, what do experts expect to happen next? Matt Pollins, a lawyer from Olswang who specializes in gaming law, watched closely from his Singapore...

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