Licence suspension will go ahead until resolution on appeal
Following the news that Global Gaming's licence to operate in Sweden was revoked, subsidiary SafeEnt lodged a request to suspend the decision until its appeal could be heard. However the Swedish Administrative Court has today issued a ruling rejecting any change to the process, ruling that it was unclear whether safeguards were in place to protect players.
While the court accepted that Spelinspektionen’s decision would have serious ramifications for the operator, it said that Swedish law dictates gambling activities may only be carried out if there was an appropriate level of protection from excessive gambling. Furthermore, it said, measures must be taken to ensure gambling cannot be used to launder money.
Global Gaming, via SafeEnt, had its licence revoked earlier this week as a result of serious failings in its social responsibility and anti-money laundering controls. It quickly announced that it considered the punishment disproportionate, as it claimed to have worked to ensure it was fully compliant with Swedish regulations, and pledged to appeal the decision.
It told the Linköping court that it did not believe the violations cited by Spelinspektionen jeopardised players’ health, and that there was no risk that its sites could be used to launder money. It also claimed that the decision had caused “irreparable damage” to its business, and that a warning and financial penalty would have been a sufficient punishment.
The Administrative Court will now proceed with the appeal, starting by requesting an opinion from Spelinspektionen on the matter. It noted that it was currently not possible to estimate when it would reach a final decision in the case.