Cambodia considers reversing online gaming ban, irking China

With so much money at stake, investors say restriction was only temporary.

Cambodia may walk back its decision to shut down its online gaming industry, risking the ire of closest regional ally China.

Online gaming has become a powerful economic driver in the Cambodian port city of Sihanoukville, attracting hundreds of thousands of Chinese workers catering to clients mostly within mainland China, where gambling remains illegal.

The explosive growth of online gaming over the last two years raised hackles in Beijing, apparently forcing Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen to issue a directive last month halting new online gaming permits.

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