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SkillOnNet, Betfair, and Betway on the End of Fines in Sweden

The Swedish Supreme Administrative Court turned down appeals by three gambling companies that breached Sweden’s Gaming Act. Investigations showed that Betfair, SkillOnNet, and Betway offered bonuses and other special promotions to their customers. This is despite being against the country’s law. The three companies will now have to pay a total fine of $2.2 million for the breaches.

SkillOnNet to Pay $1.3M for Multiple Failings

SkillOnNet received the highest penalty of the three companies. The iGaming company was found in breach of the Swedish Gambling Act after it offered bonuses through several brands under the company. 

These brands include slotmagic.com, playojo.com, and redkings.com. The country’s gambling regulator admonished SkillOnNet for breaching the rules. It also went ahead to slap a $1.3 million fine. 

However, the giant gambling company defended itself stating that the country’s laws around bonuses are vague. SkillOnNet also stated that the SGA failed to initiate constructive talks with it. Rather, the regulator proceeded to slap a fine it termed as disproportionate. 

Even with SkillOnNet’s defense, all courts that heard the case settled on one decision. And that is SkillOnNet must part with the fine. 

Betway Issued Illegal Bonuses

May 2019 is when Betway breached the regulations on bonuses. This is after it issued deals to certain Swedish players. The Swedish Gaming Authority later slapped the company with a $470,000 fine after investigations found the company guilty. 

Similar to SkillOnNet, Betway appealed the fine in 2020. And while it did not get a complete turnover of the fine, it was reduced to $450,000. Betway further appealed the fine, trying to overturn it. But the Supreme Administrative Court also turned down its appeal. That means the company must now pay the entire $450,000 fine. 

Betfair Guilty of Accepting Bets for a Match with Minors

This gambling company was slapped with the least fine in July 2019. Betfair’s transgression was accepting bets for a match between FC Djursholm and Vasalunds IF. These are two football teams in the Swedish league. 

The main problem with Betfair’s breach was that over half of the players participating in the match were underage. And according to the regulations in the country, operators cannot offer betting markets for games that have a majority of underage players (below 18 years). 

Betfair also followed the same route as SkillOnNet and Betway in trying to appeal the fine. The Swedish Court of Appeal didn’t overturn the SGA’s fine but it significantly slashed the amount. Instead of the initial $520,000 fine, the Court of Appeal reduced this to $95,000 after it ruled that the company’s earnings were incorrectly calculated. 

Betfair also pursued a further appeal like its competitors. But these efforts were shot down by the Supreme Administrative Court. 

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Nerijus Grenda
Nerijus GrendaUpdated: 01 Aug 2022
Nerijus is one of our top writers here at GoodLuckMate, and he knows exactly what casino players want to read about. He got started in the iGaming industry as a player, more specif...

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