Australia’s media regulator has for the first time ever issued a formal warning to a company for providing software to illegal online casinos.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) revealed this week that a company called Proxous Advanced Solutions Limited (Proxous) has been warned for provided gaming software used by 13 online casinos illegally offering services to Australians.
An investigation found that by sub-licensing Realtime Gaming (RTG) branded software products used by these casinos, Proxous was knowingly involved in the provision of prohibited interactive gambling services to Australians in breach of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001.
The illegal services using Proxous licensed software were named as Fair Go Casino, Two Up Casino, Free Spin, BoVegas, Uptown Pokies, Uptown Aces, Red Dog Casino, Slots Empire, Cherry Gold Casino, Play Croco, Aussie Play, Ozwin Casino and Reels Of Joy.
According to ACMA, each of these services rely on RTG branded software products to deliver their online casino-style services, including to Australian-based customers, and all have been found by previous ACMA investigations to be illegal operations in Australia. The ACMA has taken action to block these services.
“This is the first time the ACMA has taken action against a company for its involvement in an illegal gambling operation through supplying software,” it said.
“Since the ACMA started enforcing new illegal offshore gambling rules in 2017, more than 170 of these services have pulled out of the Australian market. Consumers should be aware that even if an online gambling service looks legitimate, it is unlikely to have important customer protections required of licenced services.”