Disrupt Entertainment will no longer offer its services in Sweden. This is after Spelinspektionen banned it for directly targeting Swedish players through CasinoSinners. The latest ban takes the number of Curacao-licensed companies to receive a block from the regulator to over two dozen.
Disrupt Entertainment’s CasinoSinners is on the end of a ban from Spelinspektionen. The iGaming operator boasts a Curacao license. But it doesn’t have one issued by the country’s regulator. This is where the problem started.
The regulator received information from customers in the form of complaints. Spelinspektionen then launched in-depth investigations of the claims. This later yielded the ban of operations from Sweden.
A Curacao license is not the strongest when it comes to countries with stringent gambling regulations. And that includes the Nordics. That means it’s not enough to operate in such jurisdictions with this license. But it’s more than fine to have it as a supplementary license.
The country’s Gaming Act exclusively restricted operators without a Spelinspektionen license from operating in the country. This Act outright calls them offshore operators. The gambling watchdog issued a statement regarding the ban on Disruptive Entertainment Limited N.V.
Spelinspektionen said the operator provided information in Swedish without proper regulation. It went on to state the ban would be effected immediately in what it termed is regard to player protection and safety.
Curacao is a rather lax jurisdiction in terms of gaming licenses or better, countries with tough regulations don’t see licenses from this jurisdiction as stringent. One of the countries to air its reservations about the Curacao license is the Netherlands. The country’s government said it expects Curacao to change its licensing process to introduce more stringent measures to meet consumer standards.
The Dutch government made these statements while tying them to a promise to help Curacao with relief to fight COVID-19. Curacao is already reeling from the pains of diminishing tourism numbers. This necessitated reaching out to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Curacao is a constituent country of the Kingdom.
The Dutch gambling watchdog resorted to using a different approach when taking down operators with Curacao licenses.
Toward the end of November, the country’s regulator sent statements to financial authorities notifying them of around 23 operators offering their services using Curacao licenses. A move Spelinspektionen says is illegal. This is according to the Swedish Gambling Act since they target Swedish players without the requisite permission.
Before that in October, the regulator started reviewing iGaming restrictions applicable to operators. The review aimed to find out how the restrictions affect consumers, the increase of unlicensed operators, and the market at large.