Singapore Passes Anti-Gambling Bill

Singapore's anti-gambling bill passes. Game developers still lose.

The Parliament of Singapore has passed the Remote Gambling Bill that has previously been mentioned as a bill that it is so broad, that it could affect the F2P market in the country. 

S. Iswaran, the Second Minister of Home Affairs, remarked that the bill would not affect video games so long as players are not able to convert in-game currency into money or merchandise. For many games, they will be safe for now, however, there are other games that still would not be allowed to operate in Singapore without a gambling license.

Games in Asia reports that Loco Soccer, an indie title from Taiwan, has a "Play for Cash" mode, where players are able to pay an entry fee for a chance to win a portion of the pot. On the same note, game portals such as King's and GSN's would also run into trouble, due to having similar entry fee and payout structures.

While officials may allay fears of game developers by stating that they would not be affected by this law, it is not exactly clear whether this sentiment would change in the future, nor is it very clear in the wording of the bill. If anything, it would most likely discourage game developers and publishers from setting up shop in the country, in fear of getting raided for being "reasonably suspected" of violating the law.


mchiu is an old-timer, falling in love with video games since the introduction of Pong. Nowadays, his passions in gaming center around social and political issues, game development, promotion of games as an art form, promotion of games as sport, and the business and economics of games.

Games loco soccer Genres Sports Tags singapore 
Published Oct. 7th 2014
  • mchiu
    I guess that would be the idea, but that would probably discourage developers and publishers from even setting up shop or setting foot into the Singaporean market...
  • Chai Chien Liang
    So for the games affected by this new law they can apply for a gambling license? Free to play games with gambling licenses would be interesting (a bit funny too but yeah let's not get to that)

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