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Denmark’s gaming regulator, Spillemyndigheden, has won court permission to shut down 55 websites that were running without the required licences.
After the regulator started intercepting unauthorised websites in 2012, this is the largest single number of sites to be shut down. It has now blocked a total of 145 domains, including the 55.
Spillemyndigheden first demanded that the websites in question cease operations in Denmark, but when they refused, the organisation brought its complaint to court.
Violation of national regulations
During a hearing on March 2, the regulator was able to confirm that all of the websites were selling games in the country without a licence, and hence were in violation of national regulations.
The court affirmed Spillemyndigheden’s ruling, and the process of banning the websites has now begun. It’s possible that the lawsuit will be appealed.
The 55 pages that were vetoed were divided into five categories: online casino, online casino and lottery, online casino and online betting, online casino, lottery, and online betting.
A total of 23 skin betting websites were found to be in violation of Danish laws, with 22 offering online casino, four offering online casino and lottery play, four offering online casino and online betting, and two offering online casino, lottery, and online betting.
Protecting players from illegal gambling
Anders Dorph, director of Spillemyndigheden, said: “One of our most important tasks is to protect players from illegal gambling. At the same time, we must ensure that the providers who are allowed to offer games in Denmark can operate their business under orderly conditions.
“The record number clearly shows that the targeted efforts are needed, and we will therefore maintain the increased focus in the future.”