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News just in: Online gambling, betting banned in Andhra Pradesh

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According to the cabinet’s decision, the organizers of online gambling will have to go to jail for a year, in addition to the crime for the first time.

The Andhra Pradesh government on Thursday (3 September) has decided to ban online games such as rummy and poker ‘for the protection of the youth’. Information Minister Perni Venkataramaiah (Nani) said that the state cabinet headed by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has decided to ban online gambling.

Giving information to the journalists of the cabinet meeting, Perni Venkataramaiah said that nowadays online gambling has become one which is ‘misleading’ and harming the youth. Perni Venkataramaiah said, so we have decided to ban all such online gambling to protect the youth.

“So we have decided to ban all such online gambling to protect the youth,” Information Minister said.

According to the cabinet’s decision, the organizers of online gambling will have to go to jail for a year, in addition to the crime for the first time. The second offense will carry a prison sentence of up to two years with a fine. The minister said that those caught playing online games will face a jail term of six months.

The decision came after the government has banned Chinese mobile apps (India bans 118 Chinese Apps) amidst the ongoing tension between India and China. This time 118 mobile apps have been banned, including the popular gaming app PUBG banned in India. The government has banned them citing national security. Chinese apps that are banned this time include mobile apps such as Livik, WeChat Work and WeChat Reading, Applock, Carrom Friends, besides PUBG.

The ministry has said in its statement that it had received many complaints about these apps. We had received several reports that some mobile apps on Android and iOS platforms were stealing users’ data and constantly passing them illegally to their servers located outside the country.

Source: India.com

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Philippine Olympic Committee Names PESO as Official National Sports Association for Esports

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The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) has formalised the accreditation of Philippine Electronic Sports Organisation (PESO) as the official National Sports Association (NSA) for esports in the Philippines.

In a certificate issued on 9 October 2020, the POC declared PESO as an associate member of the National Olympic Committee (NOC).

“As such, PESO is the sole recognized National Sports Association and governing body for the sport of ESPORTS in the Philippines,” the certificate reads.

PESO’s member-organisations include Bren Esports, Gariath Concepts, Mineski Philippines, The Nationals, PlayBook Esports, Tier One Entertainment, TV5 and TNC Holdings.

“We are honored and grateful for the trust that the POC placed in us. We embrace this huge responsibility as we continue to support our athletes and push the growth and development of Esports in the country,” Brian Lim, President of PESO, said.

“We also echo POC’s call for unity among esports groups and communities as we all share the same goal to showcase the skills and abilities of Filipino gamers in the world arena and ultimately bring glory to our country,” he added.

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China to Criminalise Overseas Gambling Operations Luring Chinese Gamblers to Overseas Casinos

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The Chinese Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress has revealed it is considering an amendment that would criminalise the act of luring Chinese gamblers to overseas casinos.

It is also considering an increase in penalties for establishing casino operations within mainland China, where gambling is illegal. The Committee will carry out a second reading of the proposed amendment to China’s criminal law this week.

The move would be in line with China’s recent clampdown on capital outflows since it identified the cross-border flow of funds for gambling as a national security risk and a potential channel for money laundering.

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South Korea’s Kangwon Land Reopens its Doors

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Kangwon Land, the only casino in South Korea for the locals, has resumed its operations with limited capacity.

According to the company update, up to 750 people are permitted to use Kangwon Land’s mass gaming floor at any one time while a further 68 people can make use of VIP gaming facilities. All guests must be seated, the company stated, and masks are mandatory.

The reopening of limited casino operations comes after Kangwon Land was forced to close for a second time this year on August 23 as a result of increasing nationwide COVID-19 infections.

Kangwon Land had earlier this year suspended casino operations on February 23 before reopening for VIP guests on May 8 and for main gaming floor players from July 20.

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