Following Senator Nick Xenophon's pronouncement earlier last week, South Australia's Consumer and Business Services Minister has advised the state's gambling authority to ban all forms of betting related to video games. But Senator Nick Xenophon went a little further on the weekend, saying that Mario Kart had been used as a vehicle for gambling.
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Over the weekend, South Australian independent senator Nick Xenophon signalled the next big legislative debate surrounding video games in Australia.
It's been coming for quite a while -- but the fast proliferation of 'skin gambling' sites, the people involved and the amounts of money being bet and lost was always going to kick the debate off sooner rather than later.
This week, that train finally arrived. The legislation won't actually be debated until Parliament resumes next month. But that's too late to stop a whole lot of concerned media reports -- and a metric shit-ton of hysteria.