Spelpaus scheme tops 20,000 sign-ups

Spelpaus scheme tops 20,000 sign-ups

More than 20,000 individuals have signed up to Sweden’s self-exclusion scheme, allowing them to avoid direct marketing from regulated gambling websites.

Published 7th February 2019

The Swedish gambling watchdog, Spelinspektionen, launched its Spelpaus.se initiative to coincide with the re-regulation of the country’s iGaming market on January 1.

Spelinspektionen has made it a requirement for all gambling companies to sign up to the initiative and has vowed to withdraw licences from any brands or operators that fail to comply.

At the start of January, the authority named two licensees that had not fully integrated with Spelpaus.se – AG Communications and Genesis Global. However, both have since rectified their issues.

A total of 69 companies are now licensed to operate in Sweden.

The scheme allows users to self-exclude from accessing gambling websites and receiving direct advertising and promotions from companies that have been licensed by the regulator.

The periods of self-exclusion begin with one month, with options also available for three months, six months and “until further notice”, which runs for at least a year. Most of the people who have signed up to the scheme have opted for self-exclusion until further notice, the authority said.