Danish Gaming Regulator Blocks 82 Illegal Websites
The Danish gaming regulator, Spillemyndigheden, has blocked 82 unlicensed websites offering illegal forms of gambling to Danish residents.
The latest crackdown gives the regulator its highest number of blocked sites in a single enforcement action ever since it started banning sites after the country’s 2012 Gambling Act was enacted. It surpassed the 55 illegal gambling websites it blocked in 2021. So far, Spillemyndigheden has been in court 8 times to seek legal action against unlicensed websites and has blocked 227 in total.
The regulator works with Danish internet service providers to block erring websites. The process of restricting sites from the Danish space starts with a thorough investigation by the Spillemyndigheden. It monitors the internet gaming market to detect illegal gambling using automated searches and information gathered from businesses and consumers.
When the regulator notices that a site is offering games illegally, it will first ask the operator to stop the activity and desist from accepting wagers from Dutch residents. If they do not, it will go to court and get orders requesting ISPs to block the site.
Spillemyndigheden concludes a site is illegal if it doesn’t have a license from the Danish gambling regulator, and its website features are designed to appeal to Danish players, like accepting bets in Danish currency, offering services in the Danish language, and more.
Spillmyndigheden was established to ensure the framework for a fair gambling market, he said. “One of our most important tasks in that context is to protect players against illegal gambling and to ensure that they are not exposed to gambling providers that do not have a license in Denmark.