Swedish gambling regulators take offensive against black market operators

Swedish gambling regulators are taking the offensive against black market operators in an effort to steer customers towards regulated operators. It's a move that speaks to intense desire by governments of all kinds to preserve whatever revenue streams they can during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a recent report by SBC News, Gunnar Larsson, Director…

Swedish advertising regulators come down on Maria Casino

The world of online casinos is a lot more like your sophomore year of high school than most folks in the industry would care to admit. That's partially because an operator's perceived credibility is also often linked to its popularity among consumers. So it was that the Kindred Group's Maria Casino was recently taken to…

Sweden imposes wager limits aimed at curbing match-fixing

The Swedish gambling regulator Spelinspektionen is looking to limit wagers on top-tier football matches as part of a larger plan to curb match-fixing. It's a dire solution to a problem that has vexed professional soccer in all parts of the world for a very long time. Soccer is one of those sports that's uniquely vulnerable…

Sweden slams Kindred Group with $9 million fine for bonus offers

The Kindred Group (formerly Unibet), a multinational online gambling operator is being hit with a $100 million SEK ($9.7 million USD) fine by the Spelinspektionen regulatory agency for offering unauthorized bonus offers to its players. It's yet another sign that European and UK gambling regulators are dead serious about enforcing new rules and regulations that…

Swedish lawmakers prep for gambling regulatory crackdown

Gambling operators in Sweden may soon have a lot more in common with their UK counterparts than they'd prefer. That's because Swedish lawmakers are discussing a major regulatory crackdown on the Swedish-facing gambling industry. In particular, members of Sweden's legislative body and cabinet members, led by Minister of Social Security, Ardalan Shekarabi, are discussing how…

LeoVegas wins battle for five-year Swedish gaming license

LeoVegas recently won a major victory over the Swedish gambling regulatory body the Spelinspektionen in their effort to secure a long-term gaming license in the country. The online operator's protracted battle is, yet another, example of how challenging the Swedish market has proven to be for gambling companies looking to serve Swedish players. At the…

Swedish regulators hand out fines for bonus policy violators

Swedish gaming regulators are very serious about enforcing their new regulations on deposit bonuses and other promotions used by gambling operators to attract and retain customers. Last week alone they handed out nearly $1.5 million in fines to operators who ran afoul of the new rules and issued warnings to several others. Betway Ltd and…

Sweden considering total ban on online gambling ads

Government officials in Sweden are considering a very radical action in their efforts to curb online gambling addiction - a blanket ban on advertising for online casinos of any kind. It's a move that, on its face, is meant to fight problem gambling but, in reality, will provide a major boost for Sweden's former online…

Sweden's gambling monopolies thriving in regulated market

The concept of open markets is relatively simple, especially when applied to gambling markets that were once dominated by government monopolies. In the perfect, theoretical world, a market is opened to competition and the monopoly (which has never had to provide good service because it's never had any competition) sees its share of the market…

Sweden tells gambling operators to mind their bonus business

Spelinspektionen, the Swedish gambling regulatory body, has a message for international operators who are operating in the newly opened Swedish remote gaming market: bonuses are a one-time deal for the first time a player signs up. That means that name-brand operators will be without one of their key marketing, and retention, tools - the deposit…