The Swedish government has released recommendations in the aim of excluding unlawful participants from the country’s digital ecosystem and cracking down on sports result manipulation.
The Ministry of Finance referred the Law Council to “maintain a healthy and safe gaming sector,” with the proposed revisions to the law set to take effect on July 1, 2023.
The government proposes measures to exclude unlicensed gambling from the Swedish gambling industry in the legal advice referral, according to the submission targeting unlicensed operations.
“It is proposed that the Gaming Act include a provision allowing the government to establish regulations requiring payment service providers to give such information used in payment intermediation for unlicensed gambling, as well as repealing the current payment blocking restrictions.”
“An possibility is also recommended for the Spelinspektionen to purchase online gambling services under a concealed identity in order to ensure compliance with the license requirement and the promotion ban.”
Increased opportunities for licensees and sports federations to handle personal data in the context of the fight against match-fixing are also part of the anti-match-fixing measures.
The recommendations also include the possibility of issuing regulations on control routines for detecting and counteracting match-fixing, as well as a requirement for licensees to give all information necessary for an investigation of crime involving certain games.
Last month, the Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling (BOS) stated that loosening prohibitions that “push gamers to the illicit market” would benefit Sweden’s economy.
According to a new analysis, if no action is made to remove limitations, the country’s grey and black markets will produce profits of slightly over SEK 21 billion between 2021 and 2025.