Cambodia Online Gaming Boom Officially Over as Prohibition Enforcement Kicks In

Cambodia’s blanket online-gaming prohibition came into effect on January 1 as the country’s authoritarian government promised to deal harshly with those caught flouting the ban.

Prime minister Hun Sen announced the cessation of what had become Asia’s second biggest e-gaming market, after the Philippines, last August in an apparent kowtow to Beijing.

“In days to come, online gambling will completely disappear,” Hun Sen said in a public address last week, as translated by Voa Cambodia.

“I see that if Cambodia’s economy continues to depend on online gambling, Cambodia’s national security will be threatened,” he added. “We’ll be under [the influence] of organized crime groups who will come to Cambodia to carry out their activities.”

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