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Australian state bans eSports betting because of appeal to children

9th August 2016 8:40 am GMT

The state of South Australia has banned betting on eSports because of concerns that it particularly appeals to children.

The state government has taken the step over fears that the links to computer games popular in their demographic will attract younger people to betting, with the ban intended to ensure that this group remains “cyber safe.”

Consumer and Business Services Minister John Rau has ordered the state’s Independent Gambling Authority not to approve betting on computer game sporting events, [...]

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