Tag Archives: Patrik Hofbauer

Svenska Spel urges government to ban lottery betting

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Svenska Spel has called for the Swedish government to ban lottery betting, emphasising that ‘secondary lotteries’ are reducing the market share held by not-for-profit lottery operators. Svenska Spel CEO Patrik Hofbauer hit out at ‘shadow games’ operators for offering lotteries without a licence, which he argued poses a risk to the financial health of sports clubs and other nonprofits in …

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Svenska Spel extends agreement with Swedish Sports Federation

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Svenska Spel has extended its long-standing cooperation with the Swedish Sports Federation as part of a SEK 17m agreement. The deal, which comes into force on 1 June and will last until 31 December 2020, will help secure ‘important funds for the sports movement in a difficult time’. Patrik Hofbauer, President and CEO of Svenska Spel, commented: “When the Swedish …

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Svenska Spel makes advanced payment to grassroots sport scheme

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Swedish gambling operator Svenska Spel has confirmed that it will make an advanced payment of SEK 20 million to its grassroots sports initiatives following a number of concerns over COVID-19. Svenska Spel’s Gräsroten initiative has been running over seven years, and usually distributes funds to the grassroots initiatives in November of each year. The payment will now be divided into …

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Svenska Spel rolls out match-fixing education programme across football clubs

Swedish state-owned gambling operator Svenska Spel has strengthened its commitment to tackling match-fixing by rolling out a new digital education initiative across 2,328 football clubs. The aim of the initiative is to offer both athletes and football associations a greater understanding of the risks associated with match-fixing. The scheme, which includes information on spotting signs of problem gambling, has been …

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Svenska Spel backs grassroots sports with SEK50m donation

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Swedish gambling operator Svenska Spel has continued its commitment to youth sports across Sweden after donating more than SEK50m (£4m) as part of its Gräsroten initiative.  The donation marks the seventh consecutive year that the operator has supported grassroots sports across the country, with football having received the most money. In total, over half a million Swedes have distributed the …

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Svenska Spel allows retailers to sell games via new online platform

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Swedish gambling operator Svenska Spel has launched a new online gaming platform which will allow ‘all physical agents affiliated with Svenska Spel Sport & Casino to sell their participation games to customers all over Sweden.’ The new platform will be rolled out through the operator’s Svenska Spel Sport & Casino subsidiary, with retailers permitted to offer the Stryktipset, Europatipset, Topptipset, …

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Svenska Spel welcomes proposed betting ban on selected markets

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President and CEO of Svenska Spel, Patrik Hofbauer, has backed proposals to issue a further crack down on selected sports betting markets as suggested by the Swedish Government.  The proposed ban follows on from a meeting held between Sweden’s social security minister Ardalan Shekarabi, the Swedish Football Association (SvFF) and the Swedish Ice Hockey Association which discussed the potential for …

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Svenska Spel appoints trusted hand Mikael Franzén as Group IT lead

Swedish state-owned gambling operator Svenska Spel has confirmed the promotion of Mikael Franzén to the position of Group IT Director. Franzén currently serves as Vice President of Svenska Spel’s B2B sports & casino division and will assume his new role on 1 September 2019, reporting directly to Svenska Spel Group CEO Patrik Hofbauer. An expert in the development of gambling systems …

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Swedish government calls for review of ‘excessive’ gambling advertising

Hosting a press conference, Sweden’s Minister for Public Administration Ardalan Shekarabi has confirmed that the government will undertake a review of ‘aggressive marketing practices’ attached to licensed gambling incumbents. The Swedish government has sanctioned the Gaming Market Commission – Spelmarknadsutredningen to carry out the review – assessing whether to implement new tools or restrictions on ‘overly aggressive’ marketing practices. In …

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Svenska Spel terminates all online casino advertising

Issuing a personal statement, Patrik Hofbauer – Chief Executive of Swedish state-owned gambling operator Svenska Spel – has confirmed that from April 2019, Svenska Spel will terminate all forms of online casino advertising. Updating stakeholders, Hofbauer detailed that the decision to ‘stop online casino advertising across all media channels’ has been undertaken by Svenska Spel’s executive team following ‘intensive internal discussions’. The …

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