PRWeb Stops Publishing Gambling NewsPublished April 25, 2009 by OCR Editor
Here's another one to add to the another one bites the dust list. In a surprising move by PRWeb, they no longer publish any gambling industry news.
In a surprise and deeply disturbing move this past week, gambling industry owners have been told they are now banned to publish any press releases to their customers using PRWeb in the UK.
As PRWeb is a well respected and integral part of many online gambling companies marketing plans, this will certainly leaves a big impact wave behind it. Big name companies are already feeling the sting.
Behind the Curtains
When approached as to what made this decision so sudden and final, Cari Lyle, the East Coast Manager of Editorial Services, stated that "I apologize for the abrupt notice... This was not a decision that PRWeb willingly made. We received a Cease and Desist letter from the Washington State Online Gambling Commission requiring that we immediately halt the distribution of press releases promoting online gambling sites and content. As PRWeb is located in Washington State, we are required to be in compliance with Washington State laws."
As Washington has some of the toughest anti-gambling laws in the United States, it's not hard to see why this has come about. Any resident found to be playing or placing wagers online besides the state sponsored horse-racing is found guilty of a Class C felony.
PRWeb has a sister site located in the UK, which also falls in line with the cease and desist order.
This is sure to cause a major backlash from European companies who have already lost many US players due to the UIGEA bill passed in 2006. Now, they are not even allowed to advertise to non-US players and industry pros.
Previous postings are already archived online and unless a contributing member deletes them, they will remain online. However, no new releases for the foreseeable future will be published.