ACMA moves to shut down Curaçao-licensed crypto casinos in latest blocking order

Curaçao-licensed cryptocurrency casinos are firmly in the crosshairs of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

ACMA has today (24 November) requested a further nine offshore gambling websites be blocked immediately by the country’s internet service providers (ISPs).

The nine companies were found to be operating in breach of Australia’s 2001 Interactive Gambling Act for offering online gambling services without a licence.

The latest sites blocked include Winning Days, 21Bet Casino, Oshi Casino, Lucky Elf Casino, NeoSpin, Lets Lucky, Boho Casino, Ripper Casino and BC.Game.

Most of the targeted domains offer cryptocurrency gambling with bitcoin and are licensed in Curaçao.

More than half of the sites are owned and operated by Curaçao-based Hollycorn N.V, which has repeatedly received formal warnings from ACMA.

Its sites including Casino Rocket, Parimatchwin and Golden Crown were the subject of previously imposed banning orders from ACMA.

Curaçao – which is seeking to implement new gaming laws by Q2 2023 – has pledged to continue to support crypto payments for the foreseeable future, despite previous suggestions by the country’s finance minister they would be absent from the regulation.

ACMA has to date ordered the blocking of 642 offshore gambling websites since issuing its first blocking request in November 2019.

According to the media regulator, more than 180 unlicensed providers have pulled out of Australia since 2017 thanks to new rules designed to combat offshore gambling.

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Jake Evans

Jake Evans is an NCTJ-accredited journalist and editor who has covered the online gaming and sports betting industry since 2017. He is the managing editor of iGaming NEXT and has previously worked in both content and data for EGR, Stats Perform and Football Radar.

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