No Pay No Play: Swedish Regulator Blocks Rogue Operators

Sweden’s Gaming Act underwent significant changes on July 1, with key powers being assigned to Spelinspektionen, the country’s gambling regulator. These powers include the ability to block electronic payments suspected of being made towards unlicensed gambling operators, purchase gambling services under a hidden identity, and store personal data to combat match-fixing. The amended legislation also requires gambling operators to disclose information related to crimes tied to the industry and allows legal undercover operations for regulatory surveillance. While previous payment-blocking measures had been difficult to implement practically, the new powers involve payment service providers for better monitoring of transactions. These changes are expected to improve consumer protection and create a sustainable market.