The Swedish Gaming Authority (SGA), known as Spelinspektionen, has taken action against two companies for operating without proper licensing in the country. This move comes in response to a severe violation of Sweden’s gambling regulation and reflects the authority’s commitment to ensuring the safety of Swedish players.
The first company, CSGOBIG (csgobig.com), was found to be conducting gambling activities without the necessary licensing. The website had marketing content in Swedish and lacked measures to prevent Swedish consumers from registering and creating accounts. The company, True Polygon Entertainment Limited, registered in Cyprus, did not have a current licensing status in any jurisdiction.
Similarly, the SGA identified Curaçao-based Smein Hosting NV as the company behind gamdom.eu and gamdom.com, which also provided its services in Sweden and actively marketed to Swedish customers through affiliate partners.
The SGA emphasized that the Gambling Act applies to games available in Sweden and stated that anyone operating in the Swedish gaming market must have a license. The authority noted that the disregard for regulations by the two companies necessitated a swift response.
The Swedish gambling sector has long struggled with black market operators, who often find ways to work around restrictions. Concerns have also been raised about a planned gambling tax raise, with regulated operators warning that such measures could make them even less competitive with unregulated entities.
The Swedish government has repeatedly emphasized its focus on fostering a safe and sustainable market. However, a recent survey revealed that players were unaware of the differences between regulated and black market operators, undermining the regulator’s efforts. Additionally, rising problem gambling rates in Sweden indicate an urgent need to reevaluate the regulatory approach.
In light of these challenges, the SGA remains committed to taking action against operators who violate the country’s gambling regulations, in order to protect Swedish players and ensure the integrity of the gaming market.