Are online casino slots legal?

Online casinos slots are legal in countries where online gambling is legalised, these laws continuously change. In Australia the government passed the IGA or Interactive Gambling Act in 2001 to protect its citizens from the harmful effects of all types of gambling including interactive gambling. It is not an offence for Australians to play casino games such as slots online.

Canada also do not prohibit online gambling although the criminal law does forbid gambling at operators not licensed by the government, still there are thousands of websites keen to accepts Canadians. Yet, Canadian citizens can’t play NetEnt slots. When it comes to online slots online software developers not licensed in a specific jurisdiction players in that jurisdiction are not allowed access to their game, NetEnt departure in May2016 and have recently announced that their games will be available to Canadian players soon after the developer have received approval from the British Columbia Gaming Policy and Enforcement brand to legally provide their games to citizens in Canada.

In the United Kingdom all forms of gambling are legalised and the UK Gambling Commission have strict rules and high standards in place for online casinos to ensure British players enjoy casino games in a safe and fair environment. British players have access to NetEnt slots since the software provider gained a UKGC software license in 2015, and in the same year the UK also granted licenses to iSoftBet and GECO Gaming.

Are there countries in which gambling are prohibited?

There are several countries in which gambling are prohibited in all forms, these include North Korea, Cambodia, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Japan, Poland, Lebanon, Qatar, and Cyprus.

Can software providers obtain several software licenses?

All the major software providers have multiple licenses, for example, Yggdrasil Gaming have remote gambling licenses in several jurisdictions including Malta, Romania, Gibraltar and Great Britain. NetEnt is licensed by jurisdictions including Alderney, Gibraltar, Belgium, British Columbia, New Jersey, Malta, Spain and the United Kingdom.  Playtech is licensed by the UK Gambling Commission, Spain, Estonia, Malta and Italy.

Due to the 1961 Wire Act ruling there not many legalised online casino software and gambling opportunities available to players in the US, although companies like WGS technology, Rival Gaming, Realtime Gaming and To Game Technology continued to serve US players.

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Doug is a passionate Slot fan and an expert in the gaming industry and has written extensively about online slot games and various other related information pertaining to online slots. In his spare time, he enjoys time with friends and family, reading, travelling, and of course, playing the slots.