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Kindred receives sanction fee from Swedish Gambling Authority

18 Mar 2020

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Spooniker Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kindred Group has today received a warning and a sanction fee in the sum of SEK 100 million by the Swedish Gambling Authority for offering customers financial incentives which are in breach of the new gambling legislation.

In its decision the SGA held that some of Spooniker’s offers, competitions and promotions are to be considered as financial incentives and therefore as bonuses. To offer these was according to the SGA contrary to the new gambling legislation.

Kindred initially made a different interpretation of what is considered a bonus and it is this interpretation which the SGA has disputed. During the spring in 2019, Kindred adopted a more restrictive interpretation of the law. Kindred will appeal the SGA’s decision to obtain judicial guidance on how the new legislation should be interpreted. Until recently issued warnings and fines issued to other licence holders are tried in court and enforced, Kindred will continue to adopt a strict interpretation.

Kindred is of the opinion that the Swedish Gambling Act adopted on 1 January 2019 has been vague in areas related to commercial activities and thereby creating unnecessary ambiguity. Kindred welcomes more clarity in these areas and continues to improve its operations to ensure full compliance.
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