The virtual world Second Life is getting more like the real world every day, with officials starting to regulate more aspects of its citizens' lives. Now gambling and games of chance have been banned.
A new policy has put an end to placing bets in games of chance of random number generation. It is also now "illegal" to bet on the outcome of a real-world event.
This is the second time that Linden Labs has set aside its own policy of non-intervention, having banned "broadly offensive" sexual content in May.
The company will now suspend or terminate the account of any community member contravening the new regulations.
The new regulations come as governments around the world are concerned about organised crime and terrorist groups infiltrating games like Second Life to make or launder money in the real world.