Kindred Group subsidiary wins Sweden deposit limit appeal

Kindred Group subsidiary Spooniker has won its appeal against injunctions related to deposit limits in Sweden. 

Spelinspektionen, the country’s regulator, had believed that Spooniker allowed customers in the country to breach the current deposit limits of 5,000 Swedish Krona (SEK). 

An injunction against one other operator, in addition to Kindred, was invoked last December. 

Winning the appeal

Kindred was asked about the deposit limits, in which it said that all players had been required to set this – in accordance with current temporary regulations. 

The operator said that players who spent more than the SEK5,000 limit were permitted only to use sports betting platforms. Their limits would need to be lower than this threshold if they were interested in playing online casino games. 

Sweden has introduced a mandatory SEK5,000 weekly deposit limit for online casino betting in the country. This was designed as a temporary measure to protect players from overspending during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The measure is currently planned to expire in June, though it has been extended on numerous occasions in the past. 

What would Kindred have had to pay?

If it has lost its appeal, Kindred would have had to pay SEK1 million every week until the loophole was corrected. 

After receiving this injunction, the operator went to the country’s Administrative Court – based in Linköping. 

The court then sided with Kindred. It said that these deposits count only for online casino games, and not their overall limits for other verticals. 

As such, players could deposit more than SEK5,000 weekly – as long as they did not play online casino games. Thus, Kindred did not breach any official rules. 

Deposit limits in Sweden

Last April, the Swedish government announced that online casino deposit limits would be introduced from the beginning of June 2020. 

Originally planned to expire once 2020 was over, the prolonging of the pandemic meant they were extended until the end of this June. 

The measure was met with significant criticism. Various stakeholders warned that these measures could push more players towards unregulated betting sites. 

According to a report from the Swedish State Treasury, channelisation dropped in 2020. The overall figure was 85%, which was a decrease of the 90% reported in the year before.

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