Geo-blocking for Bitcoin gamblers

The Internet is an entity that defies physical borders and reaches all around the world.  It is a unique tool that allows people from all over the world to keep in touch with others even though they are separated by thousands of kilometres. It also allows for people to access all kinds of information from countless sources spread all around the globe. The connection of people and the rapid sharing of information despite the physical separation that may be involved is what makes the Internet such a useful tool and has contributed to the digitalised world that we live in. With an Internet connection, it is possible to be in one physical location and access websites that are based in another physical location in no time at all.

 

What is geo-blocking?

Unfortunately, the ability to access the extensive range of online casinos can occasionally be restricted, depending on your country of residence and where your IP address is located. This is known as geo-blocking.

In terms of Bitcoin casinos, geo-blocking causes problems for players when they are not able to access casinos because of their IP address. The website reads the data and matches the IP address to that of a jurisdiction which does not legally allow online gambling and therefore refuses access to the player.

Who enforces geo-blocking?

It is important to note that this does not happen with all online casino websites. The decision to geo-block is at the website’s discretion and there are many online casinos which don’t enforce geo-blocking. However, some of the websites that have geo-blocking in operation, depending on your location, include Betcoin Casino, Play Fortuna, Playamo, Propawin and Beteast Casinos. Players from the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, India, China and Spain are some of the most affected by geo-blocking.

What can be done about geo-blocking?

Geo-blocking could become a thing of the past within the European Union as an EU committee announced earlier this year its desire “to lift any unjustified barriers in e-commerce and to be a decisive step towards the completion of the Digital Single Market”. In this proposal, it also made a direct reference to the use of digital currencies, an added boost for Bitcoin gamblers based in the EU, stating that an assessment should be made “whether to provide the legal framework that allows, subject to the freedom of contract principle, the protection of undertakings and consumers when the transaction is carried through alternative modes of payment, including virtual currencies, other Blockchain type transactions and e – wallets.”.

For users in other jurisdictions where geo-blocking is in effect because of laws against online gambling, there are always some casinos who will accept players regardless of their IP address and it is also possible to make use of VPNs.

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