The world’s most populous country plans to offer a free online gambling service in some regions and restrict gambling in others, China’s gaming regulator said Tuesday, after the country’s government banned some online gambling services.
State-run Xinhua news agency said China will offer free online gaming to users of its state-run gaming platform Taobao, a subsidiary of the countrys largest online gambling site, the Taobian Group.
Xinhua said Taobai will offer its games to users in certain regions, while it will limit access to Taobajing, Taoban and Taobaid, and restrict access to other online gaming platforms.
The agency did not specify how many people would be able to use Taobany and Taobi, the only two online gaming services that are licensed in China.
Taobao’s parent company, the China Internet Gaming Corporation (CIGIC), said Tuesday that it is working to expand Taobay’s offerings and expand its user base.
The company said that its Taoba service has been downloaded by more than 2.6 million people, while Taobabao has over 3.5 million users.