Swedish regulator issues maiden gaming supplier licences

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The first three certifications have been approved by the Swedish gaming authority as the country looks ahead to the commencement of a B2B licensing regime last this year.

SkillOnNet and Synot Games are named as two of the recipients of gaming software permits, with Swedish group Programutvecklarna i Norrköping becoming the third party to receive the green-light by the Spelinspektionen.

This sees the trio become the first licenced gaming suppliers in Sweden, as of July 1, 2023, with the permits covering an initial five year period. 

The regulator also updated that it currently has around 60 applications to review following an acceptance period opening from March 1, 2023. 

The conversation regarding B2B licensing began during the early stages of the past year, with the Riksdag duly announcing the formal introduction at the end of November 2021.

“The purpose of introducing the requirement is to increase channelling and thereby discourage illegal gambling,” the regulator noted alongside issuing the aforementioned permits.

“Unlicensed game operators must not be able to use suppliers who manufacture, provide, install and/or change game software for game operators who have a licence in Sweden.”

A consultation period on B2B licences began in May 2022, after which companies were informed that new requirements would be adopted for all online gaming software suppliers and game developers.