Tag Archives: Branschföreningen för onlinespel (BOS)

Sweden to end online casino restrictions on 14 November

The Swedish government will end its temporary restrictions on online casinos from 14 November. According to Swedish media reports, the government will no longer enforce its policy that had been applied since 1 July 2020 as a protective measure for Swedish citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic. Licensed operators had been forced to impose a mandatory SEK 5,000 (€480) weekly deposit …

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Sweden requires bigger regulatory objectives to balance gambling marketplace

A deep dive on the prospects and realities of Sweden’s regulated online gambling marketplace opened the ‘Key Markets’ track on day one of the CasinoBeats Summit Malta. “Three years on from its re-regulation in 2019, Swedish gambling has faced perhaps the toughest balancing act of any European marketplace in the context of its liberalisation and regulation.” This was an observation …

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NOGA and APAJO seek greater European harmonisation

The Netherlands Online Gambling Association (NOGA) has strengthened its international ties with its sister organisation, Portugal’s Associação Portuguesa de Apostas e Jogos Online (APAJO), with the aim of enhancing European harmonisation. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two regulators will see the partners cooperate closely on jointly promoting channelling and responsible participation in online gambling in both territories. The …

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IBIA and BOS strengthen integrity commitment with MoU

IBIA and BOS strengthen integrity commitment with MoU

The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) has entered into a new partnership with Sweden’s Branschföreningen för Onlinespel (BOS) whereby the duo will ‘work together on projects of mutual interest’. Through the memorandum of understanding (MoU), BOS and IBIA’s collaboration will likely focus on the challenges presented by recent regulatory changes in Sweden. Gustaf Hoffstedt, secretary general of BOS, commented: “A …

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Spelinspektionen issues ban on yellow card markets

Spelinspektionen, the Swedish gambling regulator, has issued a further crackdown on match-fixing after confirming that it will ban betting markets on rule violations such as expulsions, penalties and yellow cards in football. The new rules, which come into force from 1 January 2021, will be applicable to games played in Sweden. The regulations, according to the regulator, will mean that …

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Spelinspektionen maintains criticism of deposit limits

Swedish gambling inspectorate Spelinspektionen has warned the government that it may be difficult to meet the 2 July deadline to implement deposit limits.  Last month, Minister of Health Ardalan Shekarabi submitted proposals for a weekly deposit limit of SEK5,000 as well as a SEK100 limit on welcome bonuses – a directive that has been widely criticised by both industry leadership …

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Swedish CEOs challenge ‘unrealistic demands’ against threat of igaming becoming obsolete

A consortium of Swedish online gambling companies have ‘unanimously contested’ the Ministry of Finance’s proposals to place further restrictions on online gambling licensees. In a joint statement issued by Swedish igaming trade body BOS, nine CEOs have called for the government to reconsider the ‘unrealistic proposals’, which are said to ‘play into the hands of the unlicensed market’. The statement …

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Sports betting could be excluded from Swedish deposit limits

New proposals submitted to the Swedish government have suggested that horseracing and sports betting could be excluded from the previously suggested deposit limit of 5000 SEK (€500) per week. Earlier this month, Minister of Health Ardalan Shekarabi submitted proposals for a weekly deposit limit as well as a €100 limit on welcome bonuses – a directive that has been widely …

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Swedish leaders warn Minister Shekarabi of channelisation consequences  

CEOs of Sweden’s leading igaming operators have warned health minister Ardalan Shekarabi not to ‘torpedo his own gambling regulations’, emphasising that further restrictions on the sector will result in an increase of punters betting via unlicensed operators. As health minister overseeing Sweden’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, Shekarabi has ordered Swedish parliament to adopt a series of temporary online gambling …

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Winning Post: Swedish protections self-harm progress on a regulated marketplace

Sweden has grabbed international headlines becoming the outlier nation for its social policy in dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic. Industry strategic consultancy Regulus Partners details that it should not pursue the same status for its online gambling policies.   Sweden: online regulation – cutting off one’s nose… Before Sweden domestically regulated in January 2019, its proposed licensing regime was supposed …

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