Uruguay Serious About Blocking Offshore Gambling Sites

Published Thursday, February 15, 2018 - Online-Casinos.com
Uruguay Serious About Blocking Offshore Gambling Sites

Uruguay is a South American country known for its verdant interior and beach-lined coast. The capital, Montevideo, revolves around Plaza Independencia, once home to a Spanish citadel and it has the charm of old world Spain. The country is politically, economically, and socially stable and considered a safe haven in Latin America. Uruguay was once dubbed "the Switzerland of America", mainly for its banking sector and stability.

Uruguay decided last October to prohibit online gambling and gave authorities the power to “adopt preventative and punitive measures to prevent the proliferation of commercial activities of internet gaming. Including the “blocking of access to websites as well as the prohibition of commercial communications, sponsorship and advertising of unauthorized games.”

It has been suggested Uruguay’s state-owned gambling monopoly will be blocking local access to offshore online  casino and sports betting sites including major operators such as Bet365 and Bwin.

The El Pais newspaper revealed Director for Uruguay’s National Lottery and Quinielas Directorate, Luis Gama had spoken about the move. The operator’s Supermatch online game’s take last year was approximately $59.3million. The ban on offshore access is expected to keep as much as $20 million more within the country. The move with come about with the cooperation of local banks, credit card companies and telecommunications providers and licence bidders will be scrutinized further.

Gama reportedly said to El Pais. news, “We will take care of the detecting of illegal sites and already have procedures in place to trigger a message to the Communications Services Regulatory Unit in order to effectively block via the telephone companies those sites that Uruguayans can enter but not play on legally,”  

The blocking of offshore online gambling sites is becoming a common practice in nations globally creating more protected monopolies. The protectionist move is to be implemented soon with the intent of cleaning up Uruguay’s online gambling and sports betting market.

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