Uganda Set for Betting Freeze

While much of the European online casino market has undergone regulation, things aren’t quite so certain in other parts of the world. One part of the world where this especially rings true is in Uganda. Recently, the Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, decided to put forward a government order suspending the issue or renewal of all betting and gambling companies.

The directive, which is now being implemented across the nation, will come into play in the near future. While several reasons are stated as being the potential reason for this, one of the most common suggestions is that it’s being banned to avoid “distracting young people from work.”

For now, though, there is little information to go on. All we know is that the changing of the laws is about to kick in and it could see a massive change in the way that Ugandans spend their own personal time. With the largest population in the world under the age of 30, though, the aim is to try and avoid creating a lifelong gambling culture for users.

However, the fact that youth unemployment sits at around 2.9% means that it would be hard to look at the Ugandan workload as becoming a distraction. The move, though, is likely to be fought against by the Ugandan gaming groups, with the likes of Betway making clear that they see this as a “commotion that threatens our investment.” – what comes from this will be very interesting to view.

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