In an effort to monitor providers better, Spelinspektionen (The Swedish Gambling Authority, SGA) will now be able to gamble under a hidden identity to supervise gambling companies on a larger scale.
Alongside being able to monitor providers anonymously, payment service providers will also be able to block bets and payments to and from unlicensed gaming companies. The measures involving changes to the Gaming Act will come into force on 1 July 2023.
In connection with investigating gambling-related crimes, gambling companies will also have an obligation to disclose information to the police. A measure to be brought in to prevent match-fixing will be the ability to store and pass on personal data, for when a sporting event has been manipulated in connection with betting.
The decision to amend the Gaming Act comes from the need to create a healthier and safer gaming market in Sweden.
Some examples of social responsibility measures for responsible gambling that are currently found in the Swedish Gambling Act are: self-imposed gambling limits (Spelpaus.se), minimum age (persons under the age of 18 cannot gamble, and those under 20 cannot enter Casino Cosmopol), prohibition on offering credit, bonus offers and social responsibility of the license holder; which make sure social and health considerations are observed and taken into account.
The SGA recently granted a supplier licence to Relax Gaming, Yggdrasil, Wazdan and Blueprint Gaming, as well as supplying a B2B license to Booming Games and Hacksaw Games.