A South Australian politician fears that downloadable gambling games might fall into the hands of children.
Senator Nick Xenophon (pictured) is taking aim at Australian-based Pokie Magic, which creates mobile and PC games based on slot machines (or pokies). Xenophon, according to AdelaideNow, stated, “If they are an Australian corporation, then we can legislate to stop this.”
“Children will play these applications thinking they cannot lose when in reality you cannot win,” said the Senator, continuing, “We need an overhaul of our laws because the technological world has moved so quickly our laws are out of date and we need a national approach to this.”
Pokie Magic does state on its site that its games “should only be downloaded and played if you are aged 18 or over.” In the iTunes store, however, at least the U.S. version, Pokie Magic’s games are rated 12+ for “frequent/intense simulated gambling.” GamePron looked in the AU version of the iTunes Store and “came up empty-handed.”
A Queensland Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulations spokesperson told the paper, “As with any technology the best form of regulation for children is parental supervision,” adding, “… parents are encouraged to be vigilant with their children's access to mobile phone applications.”
Xenophon has been fighting against gambling, and specifically “pokies,” since his involvement in politics began some 13 years ago.