Remote Gambling Act is in Effect as a Remote Gambling Ban is Underway in Singapore, Individuals Fined or Serve Jail Time if Laws are Broken
February 2nd was the first day of the Remote Gambling Act passed in October of last year that led to the banning of online gambling in Singapore. The Remote Gambling Act is written to make gambling via remote communication, i.e, mobile phones and the internet illegal.
The following message was released by the Ministry of Home Affairs, “The objectives of regulating remote gambling are to maintain law and order and to minimize the potential harm of remote gambling, especially to young persons and other vulnerable persons.”
The Remote Gambling Act was one of the first bills to be presented for regulation of internet gaming for control of illegal gambling and to protect the country’s residents. The approved bill has put restrictions on all poker and online casino games with only allowing a few types of sports betting style games to be played. Social gaming is still okay such as Candy Crush, but websites that advertise online gambling, or offer any of the restricted games will immediately be blocked.
All banking transactions will be blocked as well. Lawmakers made the following statement about social gaming. “The Act will not impede the development of legitimate social media gaming businesses and (we) will continue working with the gaming industry to ensure its continued growth and development.”
Singapore residents were blocked from several hundred gambling sites with the threat of a S$5,000 fine or six months imprisonment for individuals that broke the law.
The newly passed bill is not designed however to impede the development of legitimate gaming operators as the Media Development Authority (MDA) “plans on work with the games industry to clarify how the Bill will be put into operation.”