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The Danish Gambling Authority shuts down 16 illegal websites

4 May 2020

danish-gambling-authorityDenmark’s gambling regulator, Spillemyndigheden, has blocked access to 16 websites that were offering their gambling services without a license. The ruling was issued in favor of the Danish Gambling Authority by a District Court in March after Spillemyndigheden requested permission to block 17 illegal gambling sites.

How Can Operators Stay in the Danish Market?

Despite the fact that all these websites were warned to cease their operations before the request was filed in court, only one of them stopped its illegal action prior to the final verdict. Therefore, the remaining 16 websites have now been banned. Two of them were sports betting sites, seven offered e-sports skin betting, and the remaining seven were online casino sites.

It is worth noting that this was the 6th time that the Danish regulator has gone to court in order to request action to be taken against websites that illegally offer unlicensed betting, skin betting and casino games to Danes. It is also worth mentioning that, since 2012, Spillemyndigheden has blocked a total of 90 gambling websites that were operating without a license within the local market.

The Director of the Danish Gambling Authority, Morten Niels Jakobsen, stated that the regulator is working towards protecting players from illegal gambling. Moreover, he stated that they need to ensure that the betting sites which operate with a license in Denmark, will keep on doing so under orderly conditions. So he highlighted the importance of stopping all unlicensed gambling-related activities. He also said that they are mostly concerned regarding skin betting since this type of gaming attracts primarily youngsters under 18 years of age, who may be exposed to elements of gambling via video games.

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