Swedish regulators introduce new gaming suppliers.

Swedish regulators introduce new gaming suppliers.

Nine further supplier licenses have been granted to companies wishing to supply services to operators by the Swedish gambling authority Spelinspektionen.

The permits were given by the authority in advance of July 1, when all providers wishing to provide their services to operators in the Swedish-regulated market must hold a valid license. The five-year licenses for the new gaming software were given to both well-known companies and less well-known ones.

The iGaming service providers Everymatrix Software and Arland Gesellschaft für Informationstechnologie mbH received licenses from Spelinspektionen. Hacksaw and its two companies, Hacksaw Operations and Hacksaw Studios, both got licenses.

Other granted licenses were fellow game developers Yggdrasil, Relax Gaming, and Thunderkick; the latter obtained two, one each for its Swedish and Maltese operations.

These authorizations are in addition to the three granted to Synot Games, Skill on Net, and Norrköping AB earlier this month.

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Hopes for channelization

According to Spilinspektion, 60 license applications have been submitted since the submission period began on March 1 of this year. According to the regulations, a B2B supplier license application fee is SEK 120,000.

By stripping unlawful businesses of their technology suppliers, B2B license rules aim to direct customers into the regulated sector. While there hasn’t necessarily been opposition to the rules from the home business, there have been some questions about whether their enforcement will have a significant impact on channelization.

“I perceive that there is a generally positive attitude towards B2B permits from both the industry and Spelinspektionen,” Gustaf Hoffstedt, secretary-general of Swedish trade of BOS recently said in a comment and a press conference.

“Possibly there is a deviating picture of expectations in that we on the part of the industry have lower expectations that this will really be able to block the larger outflows from the Swedish licensing system.”

Author: Bobby Parker