Swedish Regulator Hands Liseberg SEK20,000 Penalty Fee

Spelinspektionen, the Swedish gambling regulator, has given a SEK 20,000 notice and penalty fee to Liseberg following a violation of gaming duty that saw accessible grabbing machines for minors.

It is said that the Liseberg, which in April 2019 was granted a licence to provide land-based commercial gaming machines at its venue in Göteborg, “has not been aware of the regulation regarding age limits in the Gaming Act”.

The machines, also known among other monikers as claw cranes, are listed as the country’s gambling machine for goods; a gambling machine that pays out winnings in the form of goods as opposed to money.

“Due to a tip, the Swedish Gaming Inspectorate carried out a covert inspection of Liseberg on July 16, 2019,” the regulator explained.

“The results of the inspection showed that no signs about the age limit were available on the playground and that minors in the company of an adult have been seen using the grabbing machines that are in the gaming hall.”

The amusement park in the Swedish capital said it believed the age limit limitations no longer existed upon obtaining its new licence, which is valid until March 23, 2024. However, since the new licence does not contain a letter on age limits it was mistakenly believed that it had been withdrawn, this was due to the provisions previously outlined in the applicable documents.

The problem is said to have been rectified with the signs now up again, and the 18-year age limit is now shown prominently in the areas where games are offered.

Since the regulator did not see any reason to believe that Liseberg would replicate the infringements, it found a notice and the aforementioned penalty fee an acceptable measure.

“The fact that Liseberg AB, as the licensee according to the Gaming Act, has lacked knowledge of rules intended to protect minors is serious. There are no circumstances that suggest that the infringements in question should be assessed as less serious,” the regulator explained.

“Serious violations must result in the license being revoked, unless a warning is considered sufficient. The Spelinspektionen states that Liseberg AB has announced that the deficiencies have been remedied. The Spelinspektionen has no reason to assume that Liseberg AB will repeat the violations. The Spelinspektionen therefore considers that a warning can be considered a sufficiently intrusive measure.

“In light of the purpose of the legislation and taking into account the above, the Spelinspektionen considers that the warning should be combined with a penalty fee.”