Sweden Decision is Bad News for Global Gaming

Leading gaming operator Global Gaming has lost its appeal against a decision by the

gambling regulator Spelinspektionen to revoke its betting and gaming licence .

 

Global Gambling had appealed to the Swedish Administrative Court of Appeal in Jonkoping, having been given permission to do so back in January. The operator had previously appealed the decision to the Administrative Court in Linkoping, but that appeal was rejected. But their appeal has now been rejected for a second time, effectively bringing to an end a saga that began in June 2019.

 

In defending its actions, Spelinspektionen pointed out that Global Gaming had violated a number of provisions in the area of gambling liability along with the duty of care, and in so doing, had failed to protect players with gambling problems.

 

In its appeal, the operator said that the violations had taken place over a short space of time and since then, they had taken significant measures to boost its anti money laundering (AML) and responsible gambling policies. But the court concluded that the violations of Sweden’s Gambling Act in this case were too severe to warrant only a warning. In particular, the court focused on their deficiencies in the areas of deposit limits and bonus offers, along with AML.

 

In outlining the decision of the court, the Councilor of the Court of Appeal, Anders Poulsen, said that they had considered the balance of the evidence in reaching their decision:

 

“We have made a balance between the circumstances that speak for and against the revocation of the license. In this case, we consider that a warning is not a sufficient measure. The Swedish Gaming Inspectorate’s decision to revoke the company’s license should therefore not be changed.”

 

There is still the possibility that the decision may be appealed in the Supreme Administrative Court, although there is no indication that Global Gaming will take that route at this stage, having twice failed to convince the courts of their case.

 

For their part, the regulator welcomed the verdict and noted that the ability to suspend operators who don’t comply with their licence conditions is an essential part of an effective regulatory regime. They emphasised that the Global Gaming subsidiary, SafeEnt had committed multiple regulatory violations and had not protected the interests of those who may have gambling problems. Such protection, said

 

Following the suspension, Global Gaming launched their new Nano Casino brand in the Swedish market, through signing a white label agreement with the Finnplay Group. They later sold the rights to the brand to Finnplay this summer. Back in February this year, the regulator rejected a proposal to relaunch the Ninja Casino brand, and at the same time criticised Finnplay for what they said was an inappropriate deal with Global Gaming.

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