4 months ago there was an online game chaos in Cambodia where the government officers arrested all Internet cafes which are associated with online games and videos game. they said online game and video games are addicted, that was surprised to hear that Cambodia was the first country to put online games and video games as illegal entertainment. 2 months later there was an announcement on TV the minister of information Mr. Khev Khanch Rith was described online game and video games are not gambling and it is just a piece of technology to keep people amused. “police officers are overacting” he said.
according to our previous article from phonompenhpost “vitual insanity“, policeman started their raid on Internet cafes 2 days after Prime minister Hun Sen gave a speech. however, there was clear statement from minister of information Khev KhanCh Rith in local news paper “ដើមអម្ពិល” that Prime minister Hun Sen did not say to shut down Internet cafes that associated with online gaming but to shut down the internet cafes that associated with online gambling.
Police raid every internet cafes in the country including shopping centers. and when Internet cafes’s owner ask those police officers why are they being arrested? “INTERNET games are not illegal and not classified as gambling” cafe’s owner said. one of the mid rank government officer at Khan dongkor Phnom Penh said “online gamings and video games are worse than gambling because gambling there still a chance to win some money but gaming is no wining everytime you play you have to pay money”. that sound like an idiot to me, of cause people have to pay for what they consumed, that the basic process of the business.
According to the rumor ministry of post and telecommunication just been deployed new online game called “Samkok”, the story base on Chinese ancient epic story “Romance of the three kingdoms”.
Thank to KBA facebook’s fan “Ion laser” for posting the samkok content. “Many JX2 players right now seem really experienced something new better than this classic online game which almost launched in Cambodia around a few years.
Regardless, this game is free for all players at every age to play because we just need to register and agree to their term and that’s all! But who know? Kids on game are really messy, no respect, pollute, spam, flood and many many troubles thing happen during your game play.
I experienced that some players they can cheat you on trade, curse your parents as they were in a wild, no morality and so on… This is what we can call the low administration control or low policy.
I noticed that, Samkok Online Game is using Khmer GUI so it really easy for those who questing and for kid without English language”.
I presume that Cambodian government will not accidentally call Online gaming an illegal entertainments again. Although the situation seems to stabilized for now but still, there are no laws and regulations to assure that video games and online game are 100% legal here. So for those who want to start business as internet cafe and other video game services, I advice to keep an eyes on local TV news rather than depending on law and regulation because the low rank government officers will exercise prime minister’s words rather than stick to official laws, and they can even raid your shop without a warrant.