ONLINE SOUTH AFRICA SA – GTA Online’s new casino goes bust in South Africa 3 years ago Samuel Post Views: 1,208 Launching today, the game’s new update opens up the Diamond Casino & Resort complex in Los Santos, featuring “lavish amenities, exclusive shopping, first-class entertainment and state-of-the-art gaming facilities”. Unless you’re in South Africa or one of the multiple other countries that bans this sort of thing. According to users on Reddit and Twitter, the free DLC – which includes new in-game diversions like slot machines and card games – isn’t working as expected in some locations, probably due to local restrictions on online or even regular gambling. Although the Diamond Casino & Resort location is available to visit, this guy confirms, you can’t actually interact with anything in it. Instead, you can only gaze upon it, and wish for what you don’t and can’t have. Which is also a metaphor for the status quo in Mzanzi, I guess, so that’s… something. Online gambling has been technically illegal in this country since 2004 (the National Lottery is an exception because… because), but enforcement of this legislation is not exactly consistent. It’s illegal to operate an online gambling service in South Africa, and it’s illegal for a South African citizen to use online gambling services, but prosecution for these offences is almost entirely non-existent. Even though GTA Online also uses in-game currency for gambling purposes, I suppose Rockstar is playing it safe this time. Also, obligatory joke about getting out of bed being a gamble in South Africa. Local legal-expert-to-the-games-media Nick Hall explains on Twitter that because in-game currency Shark Cards can be purchased with real cash and used to buy casino chips, it meets the South African definition of “a gambling game”, and that’s a no-no. Some people have made inevitable comparisons with gambling activities in other games like Red Dead Redemption 2, but these don’t support purchases with real cash – not directly, anyway, but the game’s Gold Bar DLC purchases can be used to boost in-game currency, so it’s definitely a somewhat ambiguous distinction. Gold Bars, Shark Cards, more or less the same thing. In the meantime, you can sign a petition that won’t solve the problem unless Rockstar nukes GTA 5 Shark Card DLC purchases in South Africa and is that even what you actually want or use a VPN. Source: nag.co.za About Post Author Samuel I am a journalist specializing in gambling in Africa and around the world. I am particularly interested in stories about games and casinos. See author's posts SamuelI am a journalist specializing in gambling in Africa and around the world. I am particularly interested in stories about games and casinos. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Print Tags: Diamond Casino, game, GTA Online Continue Reading Previous South Africa – How much money Sun City, Montecasino and other casinos are cashing inNext South Africa – Online casino, crypto pain for NGB More Stories ONLINE WORLD NEWS Wazdan agrees a deal with SYNOT Interactive 3 days ago Iwo Bulski ONLINE Best Bitcoin casinos & bonuses 3 days ago Szarlot EXPERTS SOUTH AFRICA South Africa starts regulating cryptocurrency exchanges 3 days ago Samuel LOTTERIES SOUTH AFRICA Final call for R7.5m Powerball jackpot winner 3 days ago Szarlot ONLINE SOUTH AFRICA Bitville Gaming South Africa Expands Its Product Bouquet through TVBET 3 days ago Iwo Bulski ONLINE WORLD NEWS America counting cost of illegal betting 4 days ago Iwo Bulski BETTING SOUTH AFRICA Pragmatic Play Expands South African Footprint with World Sports Betting 4 days ago Samuel GHANA ONLINE The MGA hosts a delegation from Ghana discussing lottery regulations in Ghana 4 days ago Samuel LOTTERIES SOUTH AFRICA Best Lucky Numbers Games in South Africa 4 days ago Iwo Bulski HISTORY SOUTH AFRICA Blackjack: Its history and how it became popular 5 days ago Szarlot NIGERIA ONLINE Benefits of gambling with minimal investment in Nigeria 5 days ago Szarlot KENYA ONLINE Safaricom launches M-PESA Go a product for kids aged 10 to 17 years 6 days ago Szarlot Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.