Internet betting firm Bet365 is reportedly not accepting new Chinese customers, this according to a report by UK newspaper The Guardian.
The newspaper reported that the move is being made to comply with laws in order to ensure that the firm is up to snuff.
Chinese serving affiliates were sent a message from Jeff C informing them of the change, saying:
“Important changes of bet365 Affiliate Program
bet365 Affiliate Program has made the following important changes since the evening of October 3, 2014 China Time.
Affiliates (agents) won't be able to refer new Chinese customers to bet365 through tracking links. All new Chinese customers of bet365 through affiliates' tracking links will not be recorded as affiliates' customers, hence these new customers will not generate commission for affiliates.
The customers referred through your tracking links prior to this change will remain unchanged and under your name. As long as they bet and generate commission, we will continue to pay you commission through monthly statements.”
Commenting on The Guardian report a Bet365 statement read: “In the view of bet365, and its lawyers, Chinese law does not extend to the provision of services into China by gambling operators and service providers who themselves have no nexus with the territory. Any allegation of illegality on the part of bet365 is therefore untrue.”