Unlicensed Online Casinos Are Becoming a Problem for Swedish Regulators

By | December 8, 2021

The online casino industry is constantly developing. And among all its novelties, we can also find many challenging things, which turned even more players into online betting and skyrocketed the industry.

From the perspective of player protection, more players mean potentially more problem gambling, and from what we can see, different countries have different methods of dealing with new challenges.

Sweden is no exception. Moreover, a new Gambling Act has been in power since 2019, and it has brought new regulations in the field.

Although these measures definitely have a positive impact on reducing problem gambling, many players also feel that the same measures harm the playing experience.

Therefore, it’s no wonder that more and more players are choosing off-shore casinos instead of those with the Swedish license.

Main Issues

As we’ve just mentioned, these new measures have negative impacts as well, especially when looking from the players’ perspective. So, here are some of the main rules that kill playing experience, according to most players:

The first thing that comes to mind is the infamous 3-second rule. This rule means that players have to wait 3 seconds after every single spin when playing slot games. Although the motive was to control problem gamblers, most players think that the rule completely kills the playing experience.
Another issue is a weekly deposit limit. According to the new Gambling Act, players can deposit no more than SEK 5,000 (around €500) in one week. Of course, that’s a great measure to prevent problem gamblers from spending everything they have. But for a regular high-roller player, this limitation is a clear reason to choose an unlicensed casino over a licensed one.
Also, online casinos with Swedish licenses can offer just one bonus (welcome bonus), which can’t go over SEK 100 (around €10). In the case of abroad casinos, players may count on all other kinds of promotions, such as free spins, no deposit bonuses, weekly bonuses, VIP programs, cashback etc.

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