Macau’s gambling regulator did not attend the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) Asia conference taking place this week on the Chinese territory. The gambling regulator skipped the conference as it believed that there were illegal online gambling operators amongst those participating.
Director of Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ), Paulo Martins Chan, backed off from a speech which he was supposed to deliver on the second day of the event – it sent another speaker instead.
According to the reports in the local media, Chan did not address the conference as he believes that there was an attempt to promote illegal online gambling in Macau by allowing illegal gambling operators to be a part of the exhibition.
The DICJ has also ordered an inquiry into the event and has committed to not promoting any illegal online gambling.
It is not the first time that the issue of illegal gambling operators attending such events has been raised. Earlier in 2018 similar complaints were filed, following which the DICJ had explicitly announced that online gambling was unlawful in Macau.
Also, according to Macau News Agency, following complaints this year, the Macau police arrested a participant at the event. The suspect, a 27-year-old male was charged with violation of Macau’s gambling regulations as he was allegedly operating an illegal online gambling website.