An article in The Herald (www.theherald.co.za) discussed the legalization of online gambling in South Africa. According to the article, the attitude of the South African government is ‘if you can’t beat them join them… or at least regulate them’ . ‘Them’ in this case is the online gambling industry.
After watching the U.S. and reaching the conclusion that outlawing online gambling is not a solution, the government set their sights on legalizing and regulating it.
Addiction to gambling however was seen as an evolving problem according to The National Responsible Gambling Program (NGRP). “We are beginning to see the first signs of problems related to online gambling. We have treated a number of people who got addicted to online gambling and we anticipate the problem will grow,” NGRP treatment director Roger Meyer said.
The government is plotting the course for online gambling legalization and regulation and expect to publish legislation before the end of the year to pave the way, with priority being given to measures to deal with problem gamblers or illicit activities associated with online gambling. They expect the bill to be submitted to Parliament sometime in or around July.
MORE – READ THE ARTICLE AT The Herald (www.theherald.co.za)
We've recently seen a lot of news about the Romanian online gambling market finally opening up and licenses being awarded. The most recent award has been given to Microgaming's Prima Networks, and it's a class 2 license to operate in Romania. A class 2 license has to do with software distribution and managing the gaming platform itself, which is different than the license to be an actual operator.
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When the Amaya Gaming Group took over PokerStars in mid-2014, players knew that there would be some big changes coming because the acquisition was a part of a nine-figure deal. Changes came very swiftly for PokerStars players, as expected, and they added casino games and eventually brought on the StarsDraft daily fantasy league. They also announced a number of major changes for the rewards program in 2016, and many players have banded together saying that these changes are dishonest.
Gambling is an extremely complicated topic in South Africa. A part of that has to do with how dynamic some of the political changes have been from one party and administration to another and how wildly their viewpoints can vary. In a move that's sure to shake things up, a South African cricket team has received a sponsor that few would have guessed would happen, but now the realities of the situation are going to unfold, and it's going to be super interesting to see what happens.