South Korea’s government has reiterated it won’t support a new bill to regulate online games that puts them in the same category of addictive activities as drugs and alcohol, local media reports. The bill was put forward by lawmaker Shin Eui-jin of the ruling Saenuri Party in May. “We are against managing game addiction in the same way as containing drugs, drinking and gambling,” Ministry of Culture and Tourism Director Lee Soo-myung was cited as saying.
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Singapore police have busted at least two illegal gambling operations in the past week, while across Asia authorities have moved to stamp out illicit activities, from raids on premier league matches in India, to illegal number forecasting in Malaysia.
The Puducherry union territory government has urged the union government to ban online gaming platforms and mobile apps, describing it as a necessity to protect the mental health of vulnerable people.
The next edition of the AGB Webinar Series will look at the future of iGaming customer acquisition and retention, which has been going through a transition period over the last year.