Taiwan is inching towards making online gambling, in all its forms, illegal and criminal. The government says that online gambling is behind many “social and family problems” in the country – as such, it plans to amend existing regulations to criminalize online gambling.
The ministry has announced that the amendment to Articles 266 and 270 of Taiwan’s Criminal Code will, “add criminal liability for gambling with the use of telecommunications equipment, electronic communications, the internet or other similar means”.
Following the amendment, anyone found to be gambling online would be fined NT$1,000 ($32.3) and the device used to gamble to be confiscated.
Gambling in the former Chinese territory is prohibited by the Criminal Code of the Republic of China. State-run lotteries, like the Uniform Invoice lottery, are the only legal form of gambling on mainland Taiwan.
In recent years, online gambling has gained popularity in Taiwan. In its statement, explaining the need for an amendment, the ministry said that “In the long run, players may only want to make money by gambling, so they will not contribute to society and will corrupt the social atmosphere.”
Taiwan does not have any specific rules related to online gambling. As such, the government, in its bid to crackdown on gambling has introduced the amendment to restrict locals from accessing gambling products online.
Gambling is also prohibited in mainland China. Land-based casino gambling is legal only on Chinese territory of Macau.