Sweden’s Spelinspektionen gaming regulator has reportedly levied fines totaling a little over $2 million against a pair of iGaming operators for allegedly breaking its strict regulations on sportsbetting.
According to a Thursday report from iGamingBusiness.com, the local ComeOn! subsidiary of Swedish iGaming operator, Cherry AB, was the hardest hit after being ordered to pay a penalty of approximately $980,000 for allowing two of its sites to offer wagers on sporting events in which some participants were under the age of 18.
iGamingBusiness.com reported that the offending Snabbare.com and Hajper.com online sportsbetting brands were additionally punished to the tune of around $619,000 and $464,300 respectively while similar infractions saw the Legolas.bet domain from operator Legolas Invest Limited hit with a fine of about $10,300.
Analogous violations saw Spelinspektionen dish out penalties against eight iGaming operators last month that totaled a little over $4.4 million while iGamingBusiness.com also reported that the most recent fines were calculated as representing about 0.1% of the offending sites’ revenues.
The penalized infractions from ComeOn! had taken place between January and May and had allegedly involved its Snabbare.com and Hajper.com brands offering odds on five international under-17 soccer matches alongside a single Swedish under-19 football game. For Legolas Invest Limited, the Swedish regulator determined that its Legolas.bet brand had provided markets in May concerning several under-17 volleyball competitions.
Spelinspektionen used an official Wednesday press release (pdf) to declare that ComeOn! had blamed its shortcomings on a third-party supplier and associated ‘deficiencies in a filter logic’. The regulator stated that these problems had now been rectified while the operator had furthermore requested that the independent supplier ‘implement an action plan’ and employ a bespoke individual ‘to ensure that all betting complies with Swedish legislation.’