Government means business with online ban

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Cambodia’s online gaming ban, which came into effect as of Jan. 1st, has triggered mass layoffs and the shutdown of numerous casinos, and is not expected to be lifted due to pressure from the Chinese government. Prime Minister Hun Sen announced the crackdown in August last year after rampant expansion of the online gaming industry, particularly in the coastal town of Sihanoukville, led to soaring crime rates and rising prices for locals. Beijing had made its displeasure at online gaming operations targeting Chinese nationals clearly known through an unusual statement through its embassy in the Philippines. Manila has moved to tighten regulation on its industry, but it has not followed through on an outright ban like Cambodia, whose economy is more heavily reliant on Chinese investment.  According to Cambodian government figures from last September, there were estimated to be about 61 casinos operating in Sihanoukville out of a total of 133 across...

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