This is something we hadn't considered or heard anything about prior to it's release, but now that GTA Online's new Diamond Casino update is live, players in 50 different countries have been disappointed to find the update isn't available to them.
The issue is due to local gambling laws in those countries effectively banning the update in those countries. The reason is that you can buy in-game cash with real-world money, which in turn can be spent in the casino, causing it to fall foul of those laws.
As such, the update is only fully available, or available at all, in countries where such laws do not exist or a less relaxed.
Gamers took to reddit to express their disappointment, noting that the update was unavailable and that an error appeared stating that their accounts were not allowed to complete the purchase. Gamers in these regions can still enjoy elements of the new update, but none of the gambling features.
Other redditors have started compiling a list of the affected regions, and it currently has 50 countries listed and counting. You can check out the full list here, but some of the notable entries include American Samoa, Greece, Island, Luxembourg, Poland, and Cyprus. In some of these regions, the update may become available in the future, but Rockstar would first need to obtain the relevant gambling licences.
As you'd expect, most gamers are dodging the blocks using a VPN, but as many gamers in these countries have noted, it's a less than ideal solution as it affects gaming performance.
Stay tuned to GameFront for more on this as we learn it.