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    Default Sweden wants to extend "temporary" player restriction period to June 2021

    On Tuesday, the Swedish government announced that it wants to extend the COVID-19 consumer protection measures that it implemented in July through June 2021. The "temporary" measures limit online casino deposits and playing time, and restrict bonus offers.

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    "We see that the development of Covid-19 is going in the wrong direction in several parts of the country,” Minister for social security Ardalan Shekarabi said. “The situation is very serious. In the wake of the pandemic, we see continued risks in the field of gambling, which means that we need to act to reduce the risks for vulnerable consumers.”

    This has already seen the temporary controls imposed from 2 July until the end of the year, including the widely criticised SEK5,000 limit for online casino, and a corresponding loss limit for land-based slots.

    Players are also required to set limits on playing time when playing online casino games or slot machines, while bonuses for the vertical is limited to SEK100.

    The measures have been strongly criticised by the industry since they were first proposed in April this year, and were originally supposed to cover all products.

    Even gambling regulator Spelinspektionen has spoken out against the controls, suggesting it was impossible to enforce across all operators.

    Stakeholders have until 23 November to share their thoughts on the extension.

    The effects of the SEK5,000 cap have been apparent in recent results from operators with a major presence in Sweden, with ATG’s casino revenue dropping to SEK58m in Q3 as a result.
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    It is indeed very hard to enforce..

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