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    In an effort to avoid an increase in "gambling related harm" during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sweden government is considering a temporary shut-down or new restrictions on online casinos.

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    The country’s gambling regulator Spelinspektionen confirmed to iGB that the government is considering various measures to protect consumers in the country, at a time when restrictions on movement are in place.

    Minister for Social Security Ardalan Shekarabi, who holds responsibility for gambling policy, this week warned “extraordinary measures” may be taken if operators do not take action to protect consumers at a time casino play is on the rise.=

    The prospect of the ban has been greeted with dismay by industry stakeholders.

    Affiliate marketing specialist BonusFinder, citing new data provided by Spelinspektionen, said there had been a 33% increase in online casino registrations and logins across 17 of the 60 licensees in the past fortnight.

    This came after research carried out by BonusFinder last month found that almost a third of Swedish online casino players were searching for unlicensed casinos. More and more consumers were moving offshore as a result of the market's restrictive regulations, managing director Fintan Costello wrote in a piece for iGB at the time.
    Read more here: https://www.igamingbusiness.com/news...sino-shut-down

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    they just
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    Sure, keep streets open and country running as "normal" as possible but gambling no... Shut thing down

    Really non Swedish move here

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    Gamblers will always find a way to gamble, whatever it takes. This is an "utter nonsense" decision from the Swedish government and they definitely don't have a clue about this really.
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    Just promote a healthy lifestyle and fight the virus, don't take away income from lots of people by focusing on secondary things.
    Gamblers will go elsewhere and local businesses/affiliates will lose income. Very smart.

    Adults make their own choices and don't need to be controlled like puppets. Just educate people and that's it.

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    Gamblers will always bet. There are zillions of choices.
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    non sense potential decision that will only result sin more venerable and less protected players as well as will harm the local affiliates

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    Local affiliates will suffer a lot, definitely but the government does not give a ****.
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    It doesn't make sense. People will go gable at illegal websites and will get harmed more.

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    I agree with you at 100%

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    I am a Swedish guy too and have not heard anything about it more than this Igaming article. What I assume no descision is made against licensed operators in Sweden, at least not for now. It seems very strange to me if they want illegal gambling instead? and I really hope this is NOT true.


    I also checked The latest news (according to Swedish Gaming Authority) which says:
    As part of the Gaming Inspection's work against illegal gambling, the authority has notified police of 11 gaming companies. The registered online companies target different Swedish customers in different ways WITHOUT HAVING A SWEDISH LICENSE. It is the Police who are investigating violations of the Gaming Act. Anyone who offers games without the necessary license can be fined or imprisoned. The Gaming Inspectorate takes several different measures to counter illegal gambling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christiaan View Post
    It doesn't make sense. People will go gable at illegal websites and will get harmed more.
    There are no illegal websites. It is just state propaganda. About i/legality can decide only court and the court must be in the jurisdiction of the company. Especially police can say whatever they want, but they are never decision makers about legality even in their own country, unless the country is really far from normal (even nazi Germany and Soviet union had courts).

    Recently Czech republic decided to remove a statue of Hero of Soviet union Marshal Konev. Russia said it was done illegally. Russia indeed can say whatever they want, but since the incident happened in different country, it is just empty words. Spreading such propaganda means that even the person who does it spreads the propaganda.

    So you are talking about non-licensed websites, I would like to know how people harm themselves more there. Gamblers simply lose their money and that is it. Those at unlicensed websites just harm taxes of their native state but that is it. The news how people harm themselves at illegal bookies/casinos is the same propaganda as the one where they say unlicenced casinos are illegal. It is a play of words, nothing else. Nobody has numbers to say that illegal operators are more harming. Numbers of wrecked gamblers rise even in over-regulated countries in fully licensed casinos. I would even go further with theory that people in unlicensed operators lose less (or have harder time to lose big amounts), because banks will more likely stop funding to weird offshore bank account than to licensed operator.
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    Unlicensed bookies/casino are X time more likely to avoid paying big wins or freeze the money in your account. The issue with non regionally licensed operators is not when the gambler is losing it is when the gambler is winning. Furthermore, if an operator does not have the necessary license the gambler cannot use any government institution support meaning that the operator can do literally whatever he wants.

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    Is there really a relationship between COVID-19 and the increase in gambling addiction? I don't think so, and it doesn't seem to make sense because such gamblers are always trying to find new ways to do things.

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    Swedish people sure know where and how to spend their money. Focusing on Ilegal gambling sites it's honestly a waste of time since there's always a way to gamble, like people said above.
    It's more important to increase awareness about money management during this crisis, people must prioritize basic needs like food, house, family expenses, services, savings and then think if they can allow themself loose money gambling

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    Does seem like they really know what to do during this crisis and gaming is an easy target. Everything wide open yet they want to close gaming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Casimaru777 View Post
    Is there really a relationship between COVID-19 and the increase in gambling addiction? I don't think so, and it doesn't seem to make sense because such gamblers are always trying to find new ways to do things.
    I was wandering as well on that question, but found some info:
    https://www.asgam.com/index.php/2020...-19-lockdowns/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nenad View Post
    I was wandering as well on that question, but found some info:
    https://www.asgam.com/index.php/2020...-19-lockdowns/
    Well it make sense countries will want to avoid a situation of abuse, nothing we can do about it. I still think that total shutdown is not good, Spain blocked only advertisements which is more reasonable, but they can also limit the daily or weekly time on casinos as well, like 1-2 hours a day/every few days when casinos are open...

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    regardless of the crisis or any global problem, players will always find a way to play further, betting, play in casinos, etc. the world is becoming very different now. I think many businesses will go online

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    If they wish not to be expload the influence in the casino company, it has a meening of this decision.

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