Lithuanian Gaming Authority Tightens Stance On Unlicensed Operators

The Lithuanian Gaming Control Authority, which is part of the country’s Ministry of Finance, has toughened its stance against unlicensed online operators who are allegedly targeting Lithuanian customers.

Non-compliant companies have been warned by the Authority, which reiterates that only approved operators with special authorization to sell online gambling services are permitted to do so.

It claims that any participating online businesses that aren’t approved for online gambling or haven’t obtained the required permits are breaking the law.

The Gaming Law of the Republic of Lithuania establishes certain conditions and regulations for online gaming operators.

The Control Authority said in a statement that it: “strongly recommends all online gambling operators, to review all their activities related to remote gambling in the Republic of Lithuania and take actions to ensure that such services are not available for Lithuanian customers.”

Lithuanian Gaming Law

The Control Authority is now authorised to take necessary steps under the Lithuanian Gaming Law, including payment and DNS blocking, now that the sites have been found.

Any betting and gaming websites that do not have the required licences have been added to the country’s ‘blacklist’ of illegal gambling operators, which the regulator extended in 2021 to include the domains of Betway, Unibet, William Hill, PokerStars, Marathonbet, and 188 BET.

The Vilnius Seimas (Parliament) approved additional changes to the ‘Republic’s Gaming Law’ last year, delegating additional market restrictions and duties to the Gaming Control Authority as the national regulator.

The Authority has taken steps to impose new safer gambling standards on operator advertisement responsibilities, as well as new disclosure controls on licenced company ownership and management.