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The Australian Senate has announced an enquiry into the contentious issue of loot boxes in video games. The Senate is also seeking public opinion on the matter.

This has become a matter of debate in a number of countries. While some countries conclude that the practice of loot games amounts to gambling, some other countries have taken a more charitable approach.

Australian senators are determined to dig deep on the issue.

 “I have significant concerns about the adequacy of current consumer protection and regulatory frameworks for monetised game mechanics, particularly when we know they are accessible to children,” Senator Steele-John said in a release last week.

“An incredible number of popular big name titles incorporate these kinds of monetised game mechanics, not as a way of improving in-game experience, but as a way of simply prying more money off of their players.”

Kotaku posted an excellent guide to getting your voice heard, and you can learn more on the Making a Submission website, but the simplest way is to simply email the committee’s secretariat. Submissions close on the 27th of July.

 

Source: pcpowerplay.com.au

Niji has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. Besides reporting industry headlines from all around the globe, Niji is also head of the content management team at Impressions Content Management, based in Kerala, India, which offers writing and editing services to clients around the world.

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New laws could trigger a drop in unlicensed iGaming in Australia

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The Australian legislators have made some reforms to the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 (IGA) recently and the reforms are likely to trigger a drop in unlicensed iGaming in the country. According to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), the unlicensed activity could come down by even 50% this year.

An ACMA revenue could also drop down to €126 million from €285 million last year. The reforms strengthened the authority’s power to act against unlicensed offshore operators. The new laws also contain provision for slapping €5 million penalties per day to offenders

“Over the past year, we’ve moved decisively to disrupt the provision of illegal offshore gambling to Australians,” – said ACMA chair Nerida O’Loughlin . “We’ve made it clear that Australia’s laws are unambiguous. If you provide prohibited or unlicensed gambling services to customers in Australia, you are breaching Australian law and we will take enforcement action,” she concluded.

The ACMA also set up an Interactive Gambling Taskforce, which is determined to educate, engage and enforce action to break down unauthorised gambling operations.

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BetMakers brings in new executives

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BetMakers, the Australia-based betting technology company, has appointed two top management officials.

Mr. Jake Henson has been promoted as the Chief Operating Officer and Mr. Anthony Pullin been appointed as Chief Financial Officer. Henson has been working as Head of Operations and Head of Business Development since March 2014. Pullin has worked as the finance director of a private equity for the last 8 years

Paul Jeronimo has left the Company after 3 years in the role of Chief Financial Officer and 7 years of involvement with the Company. Mr. Jeronimo has played a significant part in TBH’s development and the Company would like to thank him for his commitment and service and wish him every success for the future.

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Silver Heritage appoints Ben Watiwat as CFO

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Silver Heritage Group,  has roped in Ben Watiwat as its chief financial officer (CFO). He will take charge in 5 November 2018, replacing Basil Jong.

Watiwat is currently working in SafetyCulture, an Australian venture-backed software company, he is holding the charge of head of finance and company secretary.

James Spenceley, Silver Heritage’s non-executive chairman, said: “Having worked with Ben for a number of years at Vocus, I’m delighted he has accepted this role. Ben has significant experience and skills in capital management, compliance, risk, tax and reporting. Ben will be a significant asset for the business going forward.”

“Silver Heritage has built an impressive portfolio of gaming assets across Vietnam and Nepal, including its flagship integrated resort, Tiger Palace,” said Watiwat, adding: “The business has enormous potential and I am looking forward to working with the team to capitalise on the platform they have created.”

 

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