Swedish regulator fines casino operators for stimulating gamers

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The Swedish gambling regulator Spelinspektionen has fined gaming brands owned by the ComeOn holding a total of $21 million for repeat bonuses. According to Swedish regulations, online casino operators can only offer their customers a bonus once upon registration. But ComeOn’s four subsidiaries have violated this rule and repeatedly provided bonuses to their customers. Casinostugan, in addition to free games in the casino, gave the client bonus funds in the amount of $2530. The online casino was fined $3 million. Hajper operator was caught twice. One player received free spins from the casino, and $900 on top. Another player, in addition to free spins, received a $1600 bonus. $6 million penalty for Hajper. ComeOn Sweden offered one of their clients a $4,800 repeat bonus. Spelinspektionen fined the company $4.2 million. Shabbare received the most impressive fine – $7.8 million for similar violations. Spelinspektionen found that repeat bonuses were not given to random customers. In their opinion, gambling companies specifically offered bonuses to addicted players and, thereby, stimulated gambling addiction. The regulator considered that casino operators violated their obligation to protect this category of players. In addition to fines, they may lose their Swedish license if such violations occur again. Earlier, the Ministry of Finance of Russia came up with a proposal to create a register of dependent players and approve a special mechanism for their exclusion from all gambling establishments.

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