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Swedish gambling regulator – Lotteriinspektionen has this morning announced its initial sixteen authorized operators, which will be permitted to service Sweden’s re-regulated online gambling marketplace from 1 January 2019.

As anticipated, established Stockholm-listed enterprises’ Kindred Group Plc, Betsson AB and LeoVegas AB function on Lotteriinspektionen authorized list.

In a statement released this morning, Kindred Group confirmed that it had secured approval to operate the following domains unibet.se, mariacasino.se, storspelare.se, bingo.se, igame.se

“Today is a historic day for Kindred. We have been pushing for a contemporary and sustainable gambling market place in Sweden from the incredibly commence of Unibet in 1997, in which the concentrate is on customer protection and harm minimisation”, commented Henrik Tjärnström, Group CEO of Kindred Plc

Meanwhile, Stockholm incumbent Betsson AB has moved to confirm that it will operate 3 brands, consisting of flagship Betsson and NordicBet (Sportsbook) and SverigeAutomaten ( slots) establishing its new household market place profile.

“It is fantastic that Sweden opens up the gaming market place for totally free competitors in a controlled atmosphere. We appear forward to operating on our Swedish household market place as a recognised operator on equal terms,” added Betsson CEO Pontus Lindwall.

State-owned gambling asset – Svenska Spel has been authorized solutions for betting, lotteries and online casino is accompanied by national racing firm AB TRAV operating its atg.se domain.

European incumbents are represented by German bookmaker Interwetten Sports, alongside GVC Holdings’ bwin and partygaming ( poker + bingo) domains securing licenses.

In addition, the initial set of licensee instalments, function a UK presence with major online bookmaker bet365 securing its Lotteriinspektionen approval from sportsbook and gaming, joined by Sunderland online gaming group Tombola (bingo/games).

This November, Lotteriinspektionen executives offered a public stakeholder update, detailing the alterations the regulatory physique expects to undertake when Sweden’s re-regulated gambling framework is established.

Modifications for Lotteriinspektionen involve a rebrand to Spelinspektionen (translation – ‘The Gambling Inspectorate’), with the regulator expecting to enhance its sources and capacities drastically.

“This is a historic day. I am incredibly proud that the Lotteriinspektionen’s employees below extreme stress, with a complete new legislation, worked out the initial license choices,” mentioned Camilla Rosenberg, director basic of the Lotteriinspektionen.