Mad Entertainment, the company behind Golden Lion, has received a warning from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for violating the Interactive Gambling Act 2001. The investigation found that Golden Lion offered casino-style games to Australian customers and had an Australian-facing link without the necessary license.
Paloma Media, provider for Thunderpick, also committed a similar offense by not having an Australian license, allowing customers to access the betting site during that time.
Dama and Friolion Limited, providers of Betibet, also received official warnings for allowing Australian customers to access the site. In addition, Dama was warned for enabling Greenspin, Slotman, and Jeetcity to operate in Australia without a license, while Friolion was caught for Greenspin and Slotman.
Under the Interactive Gambling Act, a site is considered to have an Australian customer link if any customers are physically present in the country. These sites are also classified as offering gambling services if customers can gamble with the chance to win money.
To protect customers, ACMA maintains a list of approved gambling providers on its website. These providers hold licenses from various regulatory bodies such as Liquor and Gaming NSW, the Northern Territory Racing Commission, and more. In addition to these recent cases, Ladbrokes, Neds, bet365, and Sportsbet were also found to have violated in-play betting rules in Australia.