Friday, May 31, 2024

Crackdown on e-gambling continues as Pagcor closes 197 sites

In compliance with the directive of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to stop the proliferation of online gaming in the country, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) has enforced stricter guidelines in granting licenses for e-gambling sites.


The stiffer rules implemented by Pagcor have already caused the revocation of 197 gaming licenses. The revoked licenses include non-compliant e-Bingo sites (120), e-Games sites (40), Instawin sites (3), and 16 hybrid sites (combination of e-Games and Instawin), among others.

See exhaustive story on PhilWeb?s online gambling business here.

Most of these online gaming sites violated any of the following distance restriction guidelines: 200 meters away from the nearest school, 200 meters away from the church and 500 meters away from the nearest electronic gaming site, or 1 km away from the nearest existing bingo site.

The other sites with approved licenses failed to comply with Pagcor?s construction guidelines which state that a gaming establishment must be constructed within 45 days upon receipt of the notice of approval. The licensees had received their notice of approval for over three months but have failed to immediately commence construction.

The revocation of licenses was effected immediately following a nationwide mapping of physical gaming facilities conducted by the agency recently.

Earlier, the license of gaming technology provider PhilWeb expired and was not renewed. This resulted in the closure of 286 e-games stations. ? Philippine News Agency


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