Swedish Gaming Industry in the News — Weekly Round-up for January 18, 2019

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Jan 18, 2019

Genesis Global Plugs Spelpaus Holes (Update)

Moves to rectify self-excluded customers continued access to its brands

On the back of numerous reports regarding the failure of freshly-licensed operators in the Swedish market to block access to self-excluded customers through the Spelpaus programme, Genesis Global said it had deployed its technology teams to rectify the problem.

Genesis indicated the initial fault had been identified as a failure in “a 3rd party’s system” in integrating to Spelpaus.

The company moved to assure interested parties that it had implemented a “fix” across all its brands.

Furthermore, Genesis has contacted and refunded all the concerned players together with closing all the accounts which were monitored, as required by the regulations, the press statement reads.

iSoftBet Content Certified For Swedish Market

Wide range of top performing titles available to licensed operators

Online and mobile casino software provider iSoftBet has reported the certification of an extensive range of its top performing proprietary and branded slot games for the newly regulated Swedish market.

All iSoftBet’s Swedish-licensed customers now have access to a wide portfolio of games, including brands such as LeoVegas, Betsson and No Account Casino who have been live in the new market since its opening on 1 January 2019.

Games include the newly released Crystal Clans, The Dalai Panda and Nutcracker, classic titles such as 3888 Ways, Fortune Diamond and Lucky Leprechaun, and branded game Basic Instinct.

Mark Halstead, Compliance Manager at iSoftBet, said: “The appetite for a wide variety of slots content across the Nordics is huge so we’re delighted to have completed a major phase in certifying our best performing games for Sweden which has only been open for a few weeks.

“Our regulated market footprint is among the best in the business and 2019 will undoubtedly see this extended to other new and exciting territories.”

Stakelogic Enters Sweden With Videoslots.Com

Content certified for deployment in re-regulated market

Stakelogic has entered the Swedish market with the rollout of its content on videoslots.com

Games available to operators and players in Sweden include Classic Joker 5 Reels and Twin Joker – as well as the developer’s latest release, Book of Cleopatra.

Stakelogic is targeting wider expansion with the certification of its content in the UK, Italy, Spain, Denmark and Portugal markets later this year.

Stephan van den Oetelaar, CEO of Stakelogic:

“Increasing our reach into regulated markets around the world is a key focus and Sweden has been a top priority of ours for many months.

“We believe the market has tremendous potential, and we are thrilled to be among the first wave of developers offering their titles to Swedish players.”

William Ahlberg, Head of Games at Videoslots.com:

“Stakelogic boasts a wide array of content engaging, immersive and exciting content that is sure to appeal to our players and look forward to building a long relationship with them.”

Swedish Operators Warned By Authority (Update)

Get the self-exclusion scheme right or lose your license

Sweden’s gambling authority Spelinspektionen has reminded authorised operators of their license obligations in ensuring they are connected to the self-exclusion register Spelpaus saying checks against the register before play is permitted is a non-negotiable.

The statement follows recent reports in which Swedish players were able to play on numerous licensee websites despite excluding themselves on Spelpaus.

The authority detailed media reports on the problems with the implementation along with its own investigations in which it discovered licensees without an active connection to the scheme still allowing self-excluded players to play.

Spelinspektionen warned it will act against licensed operators who do not follow the self-exclusion requirements, no excuses and no exceptions. Those who continue will either face a warning – which may be accompanied by financial penalties – or withdrawal of that operator’s license.

Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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