South America Blockade Marches On

Published July 31, 2017 by Lee R

South America Blockade Marches On

Both local and international online betting operators are being blocked for different reasons.

South American countries Uruguay and Argentina are showing the bug to duplicate Columbia’s blocking of offshore, unlicensed sites serving the nation’s players.

Uruguay Blocks

Uruguayan national tax advisor Fernando Serra revealed his country’s intentions in an El Observador interview discussing a taxation model for digital services such as Netflix, when he acknowledged that the government was “beginning to study the possibility” of drafting legislation that would allow local authorities to block the “signals of the online game.”

Uruguay Market

The Uruguayan Casino Control Board reports a total of US$216 million wagered at local casinos in 2016, with $380 million wagered on legal forms of gaming such as lottery and tombola. This does not account for illicit activity, which could be much higher because it includes card games and other forms of unregulated gambling rampant across South America.

Uruguay Controversy

An online betting controversy was already brewing due to the Uruguayan football team displaying sportsbook Sportingbet’s logo on their shorts, for which Uruguay’s National party deputy Jorge Gandini took the team’s management to task in a country where online gambling is illegal.

Argentina Block

With Colombia blocking more than 300 domains to date, Argentina is now showing a proclivity toward similar measures for unlicensed operators in its jurisdiction as well.

Local Operators Targeted

Argentina’s blocking appears locally focussed, with the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Buenos Aires ordering the suspension of a domain belonging to Argentinian online site Miljugadas for taking bets from punters in Buenos Aires.

Argentinian Regulation Efforts

As far as regulation, murmurs within the Argentinian government for a federal agency to oversee online gambling have to this point encountered resistance from provincial lottery operators unwilling to give up local jurisdiction.

Arguments for Regulation

The solution Association of State Lotteries of Argentina (ALEA) president Alfredo Monaco calls for is “the consolidation of interjurisdictional agreements” under “the constitutional powers of the provinces and the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires.”

LatAm Impact

Latin America has been among the regions considered to be holding huge potential in terms of online gambling, and multiple international gambling companies have spotted that potential and have directed their investment interest to that part of the world.

Barriers

Unfortunately, many politicians in the region block online gambling and regulated market entry as economic measures preventing money from leaving the country and protecting the nation’s economic welfare.

Problematic Outcome

The conundrum remains that blocking measures withholding money from operators is for the most part funnelled back into illicit activity that would otherwise comprise a large portion of a regulated gambling market.     

See also

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