Reinforcing its anti-gambling stance, South Australia has banned betting on eSports.
[dropcap]A[/dropcap]ustralia’s South Australian state government has become one of the first jurisdictions in the world to announce it will ban all betting on eSports.
Officials in the region have used the opportunity to continue their hard line anti-gambling stance, citing the risk such gambling might pose to children.
In a release on the state government’s website, Consumer and Business Services Minister John Rau said he advised the state’s gambling regulator, the Independent Gambling Authority, to “not approve betting on computer game sporting events irrespective of where the event occurs.”
Mario Kart is a fantastic game that many millions of people around the world have enjoyed, but there are legitimate questions to ask about a kid’s game being used as a vehicle for online bookmakers and for gambling.
South Australia’s renowned anti-gambling Senator Nick Xenophon appears to be targeting physical tournaments as well as online events, highlighting a Mario Kart tournament taking place the same week as a potential problem.
He said: “Mario Kart is a fantastic game that many millions of people around the world have enjoyed, but there are legitimate questions to ask about a kid’s game being used as a vehicle for online bookmakers and for gambling.”
It is unclear how the ban will affect these kind of tournaments in the jurisdiction, as they are pay-on-entry events with the fees being awarded to the eventual winner.
The ban comes only a month after South Australian Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis announced his government would hit betting companies with a new 15 percent tax on all revenue from wagers placed within South Australia.