It’s not the first time we’ve had cause to write about the impact of politics on Asia’s gaming industry and it’s unlikely to be the last. This time politics are casting a shadow over Australia, where attitudes towards gambling appear to be hardening. The recent election has strengthened the position of a hardline anti-gambling crusader, who may now have a much stronger voice.
Following months of controversy over “in-play” bets and growing offshore wagering, the Australian government has said it will launch a review of the country’s online gambling act. Industry experts are calling on the government to avoid short-term fixes and over regulation and instead to focus on the rapidly evolving nature of the sector and the technology that drives it.