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Thousands of Australian teenagers may find their favourite shoot ’em up video games redefined as illegal gambling sites under a bill to be introduced by Independent Senator Nick Xenophon when Federal Parliament resumes in August.

Children are being groomed for gambling through hugely popular multiplayer first-person shooter games such as Counter-Strike:Global Offensive and Dota2 but their parents are oblivious, Senator Xenophon told Fairfax Media.

“This is the Wild West of online gambling that is actually targeting kids,” Senator Xenophon said.

The “insidious” games played by hundreds of thousands of Australian teenagers “purport to be one thing” but are “morphing into full-on gambling and that itself is incredibly misleading and deceptive”, he said.

– Catherine Armitage

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