Sweden's gaming regulator is said to appeal a ruling that overturned penalties it had previously imposed on prominent operator iGaming Kindred Group for violating domestic rules concerning deposit limits at online casinos.
Guided by a report Monday from iGamingBusiness.com, watchdog Spelinspektionen fined the Maltese operator in December after discovering that sites operated by its subsidiary Spooniker Limited had allowed Swedish players to deposit greater than $585 per week. One source elaborated on how it was a temporary six-month deadline imposed in July and then extended for another six months to restrict to limit troubled gambling in a time when there is a pandemic coronavirus.
Kindred Group allegedly did not contest that Swedish players could deposit the $585 value limit on domains operated by Spooniker Limited. It nevertheless argued that such customers still could not bet over that limit for a week on games at an online casino. Therefore, the operator allegedly claimed that anyone who parks above this maximum is likely using its sports betting services, which cannot possibly get paid for by the deposit limitation protocol.
The Linchpin Administrative Court allegedly accepted this remedy previously this month. It overturns the Spelinspektionen fine that had been imposed on the Spooniker Limited domains by injunctions. As well as a fine of about $117,140 for every week during which they ran without closing the deposit-limit gap.
Yet the regulator reports that it has now appealed the case to the Supreme Administrative Court on Appeals in Jonkoping. It has based on a claim a court's previous treatment of the deposit limit provision at online casinos would lead to the guarantee "losing its meaningfulness the consumer rights provision." Attorneys serving on the watchdog's behalf allegedly argued that it was also not a fair reading under the prevailing competitiveness rule since it allows iGaming companies to " seamlessly circumvent account limits" by offering both sports betting and gambling.
A Lindsensing Administrative Court interpretation would also mean at the same time that a licensee serving as a provider of commercial games and betting could easily avoid the limit on deposits, whereby a licensor offering only online commercial games cannot do so.
Corresponding news and iGamingBusiness.com also reported that earlier this month, the Swedish government posted a proposal under which the controversial deposit limit threshold rule may be further till Nov. 14. The proposal, put forward by Social Security Secretary Ardalan Shekarabi, allegedly bans operators from selling bonuses over $11.80 to gamers. It requires online casino players to put in place individual time limits.
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