TTRpartners, the affiliate program behind gambling operator 32Red and its related brands, has announced its gradual withdrawal from the Australian market. The company’s request sent to iGaming aims to terminate advertising initiatives targeted at Australian players. In addition, TTRpartners will not accept new Australian registrations as of April 3.
The move comes right after the Australian government voted in favor of the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016 which restricts the provision of online casino games and poker.
This is likely to be the first in a series of top gambling operator withdrawals. Once the new legislation enters into force, all operators providing unlicensed services to local players will essentially be involved in criminal activity. The problem is that Australia does not have a clear system for issuing licenses, which makes it impossible for interested operators to comply with the regulatory regime. At the same time, the majority of reputable companies are unwilling to play on the black market.
Online poker in particular has enjoyed massive popularity in the country so this type of service and its consumers are likely to take the hardest blow as a result of the upcoming changes.