Kindred announced this week that it will remain in the Norwegian market and appeal regulator Lotteritilsynet's decision to impose daily fines on its operations.

Earlier this year, the Norwegian Gambling Authority warned Trannel International Limited, a subsidiary of Kindred Group behind the sites Unibet, Mariacasino, Storspiller and Bingo, that it would receive a fine of up to NOK437m (£36.2m) if it fails to leave the market.

From iGaming News:

On 23 September, Henrik Tjärnström, CEO of Kindred, said that Kindred will appeal the fine.

“We will appeal the decision of Lotteritilsynet regarding the issuance of this sanction fee and will continue operating as usual, as long as the legal process is ongoing,” said Tjärnström. “We want to see how it pans out.”

Tjärnström said that Kindred disagrees with the idea that it is operating in Norway illegally. While only two busnesses are licensed by Norwegian authorities to offer online gambling, Tjärnström argued that Kindred was permitted to operate under European law as it holds a licence in Malta and is therefore covered by free movement of services in the European Economic Area.

“We dispute the claim that we have operations in Norway,” he continued. “We are licensed in Malta and believe that Norwegian customers under current European economic legislation have the right to play on foreign sites if they wish.

“There is nothing that sets Norway apart from other European states in that respect.”

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