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    After opening applications for online gambling licences in early August, Lotteriinspektionen, Sweden's gaming regulator, is reviewing more than 60 overall, and 55 applications from online casino and sports betting operators, many seeking to become the first international betting sites permitted to do business in Sweden.

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    On June 7, The Riksdag voted in favour of the government's proposal to re-regulate the gambling market by introducing a new gambling act and a licence system. Until then, online gambling had been a monopoly, controlled by Svenska Spel, but only legally.

    The vagueness of legislation meant that Swedish people were still gambling online via international operators, as laws did not address whether or not it is legal for individuals to place bets with offshore providers.

    Speaking at the time of the new bill's approval, Ardalan Shekarabi, Minister for Public Administration, highlighted that the move came "14 years since the first of a line of gambling inquiries was appointed."

    He added: "We are reinforcing the Swedish Gambling Authority, granting it more and sharper tools. Unlicensed operators will be shut out of the market."
    Read more here: https://www.gambling.com/news/55-onl...icence-1615300
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    "Unlicensed operators will be shut out of the market." That will be done using IP blocking. Regulation is all about blocking your country's citizens from unlicensed sites.

    Every country needs an internet police that can do the blocking, not just for gambling sites, but for all the other sites that want to block. The sites to be blocked needs to be updated every day. The government needs to allocate funding for salaries and other expenses to succeed. This happens when the government decides that people are not smart enough to regulate the internet themselves.

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    Anywhere to see which operators that has applied for a license?

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    Quote Originally Posted by matthewt View Post
    Every country needs an internet police that can do the blocking, not just for gambling sites, but for all the other sites that want to block. The sites to be blocked needs to be updated every day. The government needs to allocate funding for salaries and other expenses to succeed. This happens when the government decides that people are not smart enough to regulate the internet themselves.

    In Russia i live in these reality. Government update global blacklist twice a day 09 and 21. Hundreds sites blocked every day. All sites that may be dangerous from goverment point of view - blocked. Include GPWA forum, many news sites e.t.c. For example for me is impossible to send bitcoin from ellectrum wallet without VPN because goverment blocked soem electrum servers.


    This is censorship. From my point of view this is very strange when people from US or Australia support this.

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    Anyone knows if there is anywhere we can see that 55 operators list ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ocreditor View Post
    Anyone knows if there is anywhere we can see that 55 operators list ?
    The approved ones are on the website of Loteriinspektionen. 16 so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triple7 View Post
    The approved ones are on the website of Loteriinspektionen. 16 so far.
    16 already.. wow they are granting fast the licenses

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    Also Videoslots and Ninja Casino received their license, makes it 18.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonlight Cat View Post
    From my point of view this is very strange when people from US or Australia support this.
    I can assure you, most Aussies do not support internet filtering/blocking. Though I would support blocking child-porn, terrorist sites/data and alike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Triple7 View Post
    Also Videoslots and Ninja Casino received their license, makes it 18.
    The list of brands is actually much bigger, Skill On Net alone have about 15 brands approved

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    Quote Originally Posted by AussieDave View Post
    I can assure you, most Aussies do not support internet filtering/blocking. Though I would support blocking child-porn, terrorist sites/data and alike.
    This is very good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ocreditor View Post
    Anyone knows if there is anywhere we can see that 55 operators list ?
    https://www.lotteriinspektionen.se/L...ed-spellicens/

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    What pushes an EU Member state to segregate its market and establish its own regime? Is it really to protect players or to have an extra flow of tax to the state's coffers?

    And why doesn't the EU come up with its own 'Gambling Agency' as it has for other industries, so it can harmonize the industry across all member states?

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    Quote Originally Posted by salis010 View Post
    What pushes an EU Member state to segregate its market and establish its own regime? Is it really to protect players or to have an extra flow of tax to the state's coffers?

    And why doesn't the EU come up with its own 'Gambling Agency' as it has for other industries, so it can harmonize the industry across all member states?

    It's a so-called sensitive topic. That's why it's up to each and every member state to make their own policy, as long as it's not going against any European rule or treaty.

    Sensitive because the debate has a moral component, many (state-owned) monopolist are involved and for sure, every state wants to collect some tax money and for sure, many do not trust in authorities of Malta.

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    Wow... looks like it will be a bit of a saturated market then, no? Have they said just how many licenses they're actually going to give out?

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    List of 55 operators have a lot of big players, so I don't think licensing of SE market will be an issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonlight Cat View Post
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