South Africa has become the latest country try to ban online casinos, and the results have been fairly predictable. As a result of a dispute with the online casino Piggs Peak, South Africa has decided to shut down all online gaming. The dispute arose because Piggs Peak is not located in South Africa, nor to they cater exclusively to South African players, and thus do not feel that they are subject to South Africa’s gambling laws.
This put the South African government into the position of having to define how and when South African residents are allowed to play at online casinos. Although this is not being presented as a permanent solution, they have for the time banned all play at online casinos, choosing to go with the “I’m taking my ball and going home” method of governance. This leaves South Africans with no place to play slot machines in spite of the fact that this dispute had nothing to do with them. This doesn’t seem to bother their government though, and there doesn’t seem to be any rush to implement a new system. This is most likely due to a total lack of any South Africa based online casinos. Allowing residents to play means that money will be leaving the country, and this is never something that any government is exactly eager to encourage.