Online games have been blocked in several NSW towns and cities in what is being described as a “significant” online-gaming ban.
The NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet said the move was aimed at stopping online gaming from spreading to the rest of the state.
“The NSW Government is currently considering a ban on the sale and distribution of online games to the general public,” a statement from Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.
“Online games are a major factor in the ongoing online harassment of individuals in NSW.”NSW is taking a number of proactive steps to protect our citizens from the threats posed by online gaming.
“Ms Berejika said she had instructed the NSW Police to consider the issue and take a report to her cabinet.”
This is a significant decision and we will take a thorough look at it,” she said.
The Premier said the state would also consider a ban in the Northern Territory, but she was not aware of any further action in New South Wales.
Online games banned in NSWThe ban in NSW has affected online games like Fifa and Dota 2, which were both banned in April after complaints that they were illegal gambling sites.
Online gambling is illegal in Australia.”
I think that the issue of online gaming has been discussed in this state, so I’m certainly going to take that into consideration,” Ms Berejiko said.
But the Premier said online games were a serious concern.”
We’ve heard the feedback that it’s a huge issue for a lot of young people, and I think it’s important for us to keep that in mind,” she told reporters.”
It’s important that we make sure that we have a robust legal framework in place to protect people from these threats.
“Online gaming banned in QueenslandOnline gaming is illegal across Australia, but there have been some cases of players getting banned from the sport in Queensland.
In March, the Queensland Government announced it would ban online gambling in the state, after an Australian Federal Police investigation revealed the sport was being used to commit serious crime.
Online gaming bans are rare in AustraliaHowever, some players argue that online gaming is already legal in Queensland and should not be banned.”
That’s just one of the reasons why we’ve been working on this issue,” Mr Williams said.
He said the ban was “not about online gaming, it’s about online abuse, bullying and harassment” and that the online games industry was “very strong in Queensland”.”
We’re also in the forefront of tackling these issues of harassment online, that’s why we’re in the game, that and protecting our children,” he said.
Online-gaming bans in New ZealandA New Zealand ban on online gambling has been announced after a police investigation found the sport could be used to make and distribute child pornography.”
Auckland police are investigating the allegations of online gambling activities in the city, and the investigation is ongoing,” a police statement said.
Police in the region are looking for anyone who may have participated in the activities, and those suspected of having been involved are asked to contact police immediately.
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