Macau authorities decide whether to allow online gaming

Adriano Ho, director of the Bureau of Gaming Control and Coordination (DICJ) in Macau, said local authorities are still looking into the possibility of legislative regulation of online gaming in Macau. The announcement was in response to a written request from lawmaker José Pereira Coutinho, who asked whether local authorities are considering allowing online or interactive gaming activities as a way to help the local gaming sector recover from the impact of the pandemic and boost local treasury revenues.

Between January and October, local gaming revenue fell 81.4% as travel restrictions related to the pandemic dramatically reduced visitor numbers in the city. It also resulted in government cuts in gambling taxes, which fell 74% in the first 10 months of the year.

In his response, the director of DICJ noted that online and proxy gaming, which are currently banned in Macau, can indeed increase gaming revenue, but can also increase money laundering or increase the risks of gambling addiction.

Therefore, before introducing online gaming, the government must conduct thorough research, which is still ongoing. However, he stressed that DICJ will seriously listen to the proposals of society and legislators for the development of the gaming sector and carefully evaluate them.

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