Uruguay is another nation that is not happy with online gambling locations; notably, the illegal sort. They have threatened to block domains, and now they are days away from making this happen. Sites that will be blocked are known to associate with drugs, as well as provide online gaming. Uruguay does have a gambling monopoly run by the state, which may be why people have sought online gambling locations from international sources.
However, they are not always going to the best places to gamble, given that there is clear evidence some of the sites are linked to gaming and drugs.
In September 2017, Tabare Vazquez, the president of Uruguay, signed a bill that would put a stop to online gambling, except for Supermatch sports betting. Even this has to be offered through the National Directorate of Lotteries and Quinielas. The bill also gave enforcement measures to the state to put blocks on domains that are unauthorized to run in Uruguay.
Wednesday’s Announcement for a Block
El Pais, the local news, stated Wednesday, February 14, 2018, that some gambling domains are offending due to the illegality of their running their business in Uruguay. The statement made it clear these sites would be blocked in a few days. Gama said Bet365 and Bwin are two sites that are going to be blocked. There was nothing said about drugs with these sites, and there should not be given that they are UK legitimate sites.
In fact, they are giants in the online gaming world; even Sportingbet is popular around the world. Uruguay players have enjoyed Sportingbet for a while now, but these casinos do not have the legal licenses to operate in Uruguay under the presidents September 2017 bill.
To make sure the casino websites are going to be blocked correctly, the legal authority is working with Unidad Reguladora de Servicios de Comunicaciones and other telecom service providers. Banco Central and credit card companies operating with the legal entity are going to make it difficult for online Uruguayan gamers to fund their online gambling.
Colombia is another company that has regulated the international market, which may be the way Uruguay ends up going once specific sites are a band. There is the possibility of offering gaming licenses like other countries and Colombia have done, which would open up viable locations for gaming, without the risk of people ending up owing debts to the wrong types of companies.