Over the last four years, over 500,000 online gambling accounts have been closed down, according to a senior government official in Indonesia.
Gambling is illegal in Indonesia, according to Article 303 of the country’s Criminal Code, and is punishable by up to four years in prison, with a maximum of six years for repeat offenders.
“Between 2018 and July 31, this year, 534,138 online gambling accounts were terminated,” said Communication and Information Technology Minister Johnny Plate on a podcast.
He went on to describe the government’s efforts to block online gambling sites, citing difficulties as new sites emerge all the time.
Authorities have identified several online platforms suspected of providing gambling services, including Domino Qiu Qiu, Topfun, Pop Domino, MVP Domino, Pop Poker, and Ludo Dream.
A number of online platforms allegedly registered with the government while illegally offering gambling services at the same time.
Plate confirmed that the government will work to re-evaluate registered online platforms and ban them if gambling activity is discovered.
The announcement comes after National Police Chief General Listyo Sigit Prabowo directed his officers to completely eliminate online gambling, including parties that back or support the activity.
Authorities shut down an online gambling syndicate accused of running eight games and five gambling websites earlier this month: KingKoi88, Winlab88, Goldmain, Bsbox, and Senarbet.
On August 13, eight suspects were apprehended in a raid at an apartment building in Jakarta, accused of managing online gambling and providing support such as marketing and customer service.