Sweden - New measures within the gaming market

The Swedish government acts strongly in light of the prevailing situation in society. Social Security Minister Ardalan Shekarabi (S) clarified measures at a press conference on Thursday. The main points consisted of 3 elements. 1) Provide increased protection to consumers. 2) Strengthen and prevent problem gambling. 3) Block gaming companies that provide illegal gambling. These new measures will apply from 1 June to the end of December this year but may change in both directions depending on the future development.

Increased consumer protection

  • Deposit limits for gaming accounts are limited to a maximum of SEK 5000 per week for all licensed gaming companies. And a corresponding loss limit shall apply to games on Swedish (Svenska Spel) slot machines.
  • It will be mandatory to set a playing time limit when playing games at slot machines and online casinos.
  • Bonus offers that have previously been limited to a maximum of ONE welcome bonus for new customers are now further strengthened to a bonus maximum limit of SEK 100 per company.

Ardalan Shekarabi said: - The (Swedish) Gaming Inspectorate has been commissioned to take measures to significantly increase the public's knowledge of the possibility of turning off games through spelpaus.se, which was introduced on January 1, 2019. 50,000 people have already shut down themselves since the start. He also said that the need was particularly great in the situation we are in now with many vulnerable consumers in the community.

Ardalan Shekarabi added: "The Gaming Inspection has been commissioned to strengthen supervision of players who provide illegal gambling." The Minister of Social Security also clarified that the provision and marketing of unlicensed gaming are criminalized in Sweden. He stated that the Gaming Inspectorate must report partly what supervisory measures have been taken and what effect these measures have had and partly what additional measures the authority needs to prevent illegal operators from being able to target the Internet to Swedish consumers.