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Singapore sets up a new central body to regulate gambling, including loot boxes in online video games

Singapore recently inaugurated a new central body to regulate gambling services, including loot boxes in online video games. The new body is called the Gambling Regulatory Authority (GRA). It will take over from the Casino Regulatory Agency. Josephine Teo, Second Minister for Home Affairs, said technological advancements have made it easier for people to gamble anytime and anywhere. She also alluded to an SGD100 prize cap on mystery boxes, which may come into effect as early as 2023.
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Singapore sets up a new central body to regulate gambling, including loot boxes in online video games
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New laws on social gambling in Singapore to take effect from Aug 1

The new Gambling Control Act will come into force on Monday (Aug 1). It will make it illegal for under-21s to gamble. The GRA will take over the functions of the existing Casino Regulatory Authority and be granted more powers to regulate all forms of gambling in Singapore. Private establishments will have to get a licence to provide gambling services. The Act criminalises proxy gambling. It is illegal to enter gambling areas without entry checks. Online social gambling is prohibited. MHA said this move allows the Government to "stay ahead of technological and gambling trends and respond more adequately to emerging gambling products".
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New laws on social gambling in Singapore to take effect from Aug 1
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Draft laws propose single body to regulate gambling; criteria for social gambling exemption spelt out

The Government is proposing changes to the law to achieve better oversight of gambling. It is also looking to set up a new regulatory body to manage all forms of the gambling here. Proposals aim to address the increased accessibility of gaming products and the blurred line between gambling and gaming. Proxy gambling, underaged gambling will be criminalised under the proposed laws. The draft laws were introduced in Parliament on Monday (Feb 14). It will propose a single body regulating gambling in Singapore. The criteria for social gambling exemption will also be spelled out. There are currently three gambling regulatory bodies in the country: the Casino Regulatory Authority, a Ministry of Home Affairs unit, and a Singapore Totalisator Board.
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Draft laws propose single body to regulate gambling; criteria for social gambling exemption spelt out

New offences for underage, proxy gambling among tighter safeguards proposed in Parliament

Gambling Control Bill proposes to increase penalties for unlawful gambling both physically and online. It also proposes stiffer penalties. Underage and proxy gambling will be an offence. The Bill also defines social gambling that is exempted and licenses all gambling products. A Gambling Regulatory Authority of Singapore Bill proposed to be introduced around mid-2022. It will regulate the entire gambling landscape in Singapore. If passed, it will repeal the four gambling-related laws. There are currently four such laws: Betting Act, Common Gaming Houses Act and Private Lotteries Act.
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New offences for underage, proxy gambling among tighter safeguards proposed in Parliament
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Establishment of New Gambling Regulator in Singapore Faces Delays

The establishment of a new gambling regulator in Singapore has been delayed. The Ministry of Home Affairs wants to introduce a prize cap of SGD100 (US$74) for mystery boxes, arcade games and claw machines. It is unknown if the new regulator will be launched this year. Singapore’s gambling regulation is currently supervised by various government agencies.
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Establishment of New Gambling Regulator in Singapore Faces Delays

MHA proposing to amend gambling laws on social gambling, online games and claw machines

MHA proposes to amend gambling laws on social gambling, online games and claw machines. It also proposes raising penalties for repeat offenders and changing the definition of gambling. The ministry will amend the law later this year to ensure that Singapore's gambling regulations remain effective in the face of evolving gambling products and business models. It will set up a new gambling regulator by 2021. Gambling-related crimes remain low in Singapore.
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MHA proposing to amend gambling laws on social gambling, online games and claw machines

Public Consultation on Proposed Amendments to Laws Governing Gambling Activities

The Ministry of Home Affairs is conducting a public consultation on proposed amendments to the laws regulating gambling in Singapore. The amendments are aimed at addressing two recent trends in the gambling landscape. They are: Advancements in technology and the increase in online gambling. New business models have introduced gambling elements in products that are not traditionally not related to gambling, e.g. chance-based loot boxes in video games.
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Public Consultation on Proposed Amendments to Laws Governing Gambling Activities

Singapore opens proposals to update gambling laws, cover existing and emerging products

Singapore's Ministry of Home Affairs is calling for feedback on proposed amendments to gambling laws. The changes cover social gambling, online games and claw machines. It also proposes to raise penalties for repeat offenders and amend the definition of gambling. This comes after the ministry said it will set up a new gambling regulator by 2021. It will also review and update gambling legislation within the same period. According to the MHA, gambling-related crimes remain low. Problem gambling rates have remained stable. Social gambling is also considered to be socially acceptable. In Australia and Switzerland, such practices are considered legal.
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Singapore To Draft New Gaming Regulations With Public Opinions

Singapore is looking for feedback from the general public on its gaming regulations. The Ministry of Home Affairs wants to update the regulations before the end of 2021. Online gambling is prohibited in the country by the Remote Gambling Act. Criminal syndicates who try to exploit the law will be targeted and dealt with harshly. New laws will also address controversial loot box games that allow in-app purchases. Singapore has two licensed land based casinos operating in Singapore with Resorts World Sentosa and Marina Bay Sands. They are open to public.
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Singapore To Draft New Gaming Regulations With Public Opinions

Singapore opens consultation to amend gambling laws

The Singapore Government has launched a new public consultation to amend the country's gambling laws and regulations. The Ministry of Home Affairs is seeking feedback on proposals to consolidate existing gambling legislation covering both online and physical gambling.
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Singapore Starts Consultation for Proposed Gambling Law Reform

Singapore's Ministry of Home Affairs is seeking public input on the country's gambling industry. The ministry is responding to the growing overlap between online gambling and gaming. It wants to make the industry technology-neutral and differentiate between social gambling or games with gambling elements. The Ministry is also considering increasing the penalties for repeat offenders. Under the proposed changes, illegal operators and their owners could be fined up to $500,000 and face up seven years in prison.
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MHA proposes amendments to laws on online social gambling

The Ministry of Home Affairs is considering amendments to the gambling legislation later this year. It is neither practical nor desirable to disallow all forms of gambling, as it will just drive it underground. The MHA licenses or exempts some gambling activities with strict safeguards put in place. This has allowed Singapore’s gambling-related crime rates to remain low.
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