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What is the future for Norway’s betting monopoly?



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Norway currently enforces a strict ban on all online betting run by anyone other than monopoly operator Norsk Tipping. Yet, despite its latest efforts to keep unlicensed operators out, there are still other options available for Norwegians as it isn’t stopping the people from playing at foreign licensed operators should they choose to.

The policy of making Norsk Tipping the sole licensed operator while keeping foreign betting companies off the Norwegian market has been a favoured approach by shifting governments in the country over several decades. 

For the most part, this has been uncontested by the general population. The services offered by Norsk Tipping have typically been satisfactory for most players and with Norsk Tipping’s obligation to return its profit to society, this has been accepted by many as a fair compromise. 

The motivation behind this policy is often said to be a desire to protect players by controlling which types of gambling services are made available. Allocating money from the gambling industry to organisations working towards the greater good of society is also seen as important. 

However, with international betting companies entering the Norwegian market by offering their services online, this strategy is proving increasingly hard to keep up. Several measures have been taken in the last couple of years to ensure that unlicensed operators stay out of the Norwegian market, for example by blocking transactions to gambling sites. Despite being met with criticism, Lottstift shows no signs of giving in to the external pressure.


The shift to online complicates matters

Competition among online betting companies is fierce, and considering how difficult it is for one country to legislate online activity without resorting to means more often seen in countries of a far less democratic nature, the challenges faced by Norsk Tipping are getting bigger. 

In addition, as regulation fails to keep international online actors out, many argue that today’s situation in Norway is, in reality, a free-for-all system where companies required to follow strict regulations in most neighbouring countries are given a free pass to target Norwegian players.

A quick look at the Norwegian comparison site tells us that a lot of operators are interested in the country and some of these would welcome regulation. 

For example, Kindred Group and Betsson Group – both members of Norsk bransjeforening for onlinespill (NBO). As can be read on their website, “NBO will promote the introduction of a responsible and sustainable licensing regulation of the Norwegian online gambling market”.

Even though regulation is very unlikely at this point, it’s hard not to fall into the pit of ‘what if’. Close at hand is the situation in Sweden, which regulated the gambling market in 2019. 

Sweden had previously followed a similar path, before abandoning its monopoly. Betting companies can now – by obtaining a licence – operate and advertise on the Swedish market, given that they follow regulations set by Swedish authorities, including paying Swedish taxes.

This naturally means tougher competition for state-owned former monopolist Svenska Spel, but also that politicians now can regulate and limit how betting companies can operate, for example when it comes to promotions and bonuses. But even so, recent proposals of further tightening the regulation in Sweden have caused waves amongst the licensed operators in the country. 

The operators and Spelinspektionen, the Swedish Gambling Authority, are worried that this might cause players to move away from licensed operators and that the black market will grow even bigger – making it worse than pre-regulation in the country. With this in mind, Lottstift is likely even more certain that their strategy is better left unchanged.

George Miller (Gyorgy Molnar) started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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MGA Games and Leander Games sign a strategic agreement and create the perfect partnership



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Leander Games has reached a strategic agreement with MGA Games, a renowned company specialized in the development of localised productions for online casinos. This new alliance will allow for the quick integration of titles by MGA Games in the casinos connected to the LeGa platform.

For more than ten years, Leander Games has been providing innovative content to the main online casinos worldwide in over 25 languages and using all ISO currencies.

The new partnership with MGA Games will grant them the opportunity of offering new internationally successful slots and video bingos to affiliated operators. Over 80 titles that stand out for their excellent animation, graphics quality and download speed. Among them are the latest Hyperrealism Series, such as Jessica Weaver, Abigail Ratchford, and Andy Soucek, casino slots based on a spectacular hyperrealistic design. Also, the video bingo portfolio, Latin Fiesta Series that include titles such as Calaca Party, Sea and Monster Bingo, which combine fun with state-of-the-art technology to ensure entertainment from any type of device. And, the popular Spanish Celebrities, whose characters such as El Dioni, María Lapiedra, and Aramís Fuster, continue to succeed in all their new releases, as much as the Spanish bar slots La Mina de Oro Plus, Popeye Cazatesoros, and CSI Miami.

“MGA Games are internationally recognised for their range of top-quality localised games.  We know that they will be a hit with our Operator base and are very pleased to welcome them onboard”, stated Steven Matsell, CEO of Leander Games.

“We are convinced our extensive product catalogue will be a valuable contribution to Leander Games and will meet the interests of online casinos worldwide. At MGA Games, we are focused on devising and designing great productions, with a high degree of innovation and 100% mobile” stated Joan Sanahuja, CEO of MGA Games.

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Betcris becomes the first American continent operator to join IBIA



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Leading Latin American sports betting brand Betcris has joined the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) strengthening the association’s monitoring and alert coverage for the region. The brand has been owned by TV Global Enterprises Limited since 2006 and offers online sports betting services in many countries throughout the world. It is however particularly strong in the emerging Latin American betting market where it also operates retail premises. Betcris is the second operator to join IBIA since the start of 2020, with five new members joining in 2019.

Khalid Ali, CEO of the International Betting Integrity Association, said: “I’m delighted to welcome one of the leading sports betting brands in Latin America to IBIA. Betcris is a major investor in sport with a number of sponsorship deals in place, including the Brasileiro Série A, and is well-placed to strengthen our monitoring coverage of existing and emerging markets in the region. I hope that other LatAm operators will follow Betcris’ example and highlight their commitment to integrity by also joining the world’s largest operator-run sports betting association.”

JD Duarte, CEO of Betcris, said: “Integrity has always been at the core of our approach to a responsible and sustainable business model and this has become more important than ever during this difficult trading period. Being part of an integrity monitoring body is also increasingly becoming both a licensing requirement and business necessity as the Brazilian sports betting law and other recent legislative developments show. IBIA is the global leader on integrity and Betcris looks forward to working with it to protect sports and our business from corruption.”

The International Betting Integrity Association is the leading global voice on integrity for the licensed betting industry. It is run by operators for operators, protecting its members from corruption through collective action. Its monitoring and alert platform is a highly effective anti-corruption tool that detects and reports suspicious activity on its members’ betting markets. The association has longstanding information sharing partnerships with leading sports and gambling regulators to utilise its data and prosecute corruption. It represents the sector at high-level policy discussion forums such as the IOC, UN, Council of Europe and European Commission.

The association publishes quarterly reports covering the integrity alerts reported through its monitoring and alert platform which can be viewed here. IBIA can be contacted at

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EGT Interactive enters in the Slovakian iGaming market



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EGT’s portfolio of games available for the players in Slovakia for the first time through the country’s national lottery operator, TIPOS

Under the deal, EGT Interactive will provide some of the hottest EGT slots to the national operator. This deal ensures the continuous and successful expansion of EGT’s portfolio in the regulated European online markets, giving the Slovakian players the possibility to interact with some of the top titles like 40 Super Hot, Burning Hot, Zodiac Wheel, Amazons’ Battle, Rise of Ra and many more of EGT’s vast portfolio of casino games from the safety of their homes.

Todor Zahariev – CEO of EGT Interactive, commented: “We are extremely excited to partner with such major operator as TIPOS. The interest in the games, since the very first day of their launch, outcomed our expectations and has proven that Slovakia is yet another strategic market for EGT Interactive. With the rise of the popularity of EGT’s portfolio, we are also looking forward to enlarging our operator network in the territory by providing the best user experience and high-quality content to the local players.”

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