The Swedish Gaming Authority (SGA), known as Spelinspektionen, has taken action against two gaming companies operating in the country without proper licensing. This action was taken in response to severe violations of Sweden’s gambling regulation, and the authority was quick to emphasize the threat these operators posed to the safety of Swedish players.
One of the offending websites, CSGOBIG (csgobig.com), was found to be conducting gambling activities and had marketing content in Swedish. The investigation also revealed that the website did not have adequate measures in place to prevent Swedish consumers from registering and creating accounts. The website is owned and operated by True Polygon Entertainment Limited, a Cyprus-based company. Currently, there is no available information on the licensing status of True Polygon Entertainment Limited in any jurisdiction.
Similarly, the SGA identified Curaçao-based Smein Hosting NV as the company behind gamdom.eu and gamdom.com. The SGA found that Smein Hosting was actively marketing its services to Swedish customers through affiliate partners. This company was also included in Twitch’s black-list in August, as the streaming platform took a stance against unlicensed operators.
The SGA stressed that the Gambling Act applies to games available in Sweden, with few exceptions. The legislation requires anyone operating in the Swedish gaming market to have a license, and it prohibits providing games without the required permission. The authority stated that the disregard for these regulations by the two companies necessitated a swift response.
The gambling sector in Sweden has long struggled with black market operators. Despite the country’s limited ability to stop such services on its territory, these companies often find ways to work around restrictions. Additionally, a planned gambling tax raise has raised concerns within the industry, as regulated operators warn that it could make them even less competitive with unregulated entities.
The government of Sweden has repeatedly emphasized its focus on fostering a safe and sustainable market. However, recent surveys have revealed that players are often unaware of the differences between regulated and black market operators, undermining the regulator’s efforts. With rising problem gambling rates, Sweden faces an urgent need to reevaluate its regulatory approach to address these concerning trends.