DGA sets up surveillance service; Svenska Spel need to improve despite good results; Former Yugoslav countries plan MOU

flag europeThe Danish Gambling Authority (DGA) has set up a surveillance service that allows unregulated sites to be reported. The service has been set up after a number of sources already contacted the authority regarding unlicensed sites offering services to Danish customers. In response they’ve set up an email address ([email protected]) and invite those concerned to email screen dumps and any relevant company information to the address. Penalties for sites found to be flouting the rules include IP blocking, bank transfers being frozen and the police are likely to be told.

Swedish gaming firm Svenska Spel oversaw an increase in revenues last year whilst recognizing their need to continue growing to maintain their position. Net gaming revenue increased by just 0.7% for the year as it increased to SEK 9.687billion. Operating profit also increased by 3% to SEK4.94bn for the year. In terms of the fourth quarter, net gaming revenue saw an impressive rise of SEK2.6bn with operating profit increasing 14.3% to SEK1.35bn.

“This is our third best ever results, despite that success, we do not grow at the same rate as the market. To permanently maintain our market position we need to develop aspects of our business, review our offerings and continue to improve our gaming services,” says Lennart Käll, President of the Swedish Spel.

Six former Yugoslav countries are reportedly close to a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to combat unregulated gambling. eGR reports the regulatory regimes in Serbia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Croatia will sign the agreement at a conference later this year. The crux of MOU is to prevent unlicensed operators from offering services to customers and Mirjana Acimovic, president of the Serbian gaming association JAKTA, said: “The Serbian situation is similar in all these countries, and all are pursuing similar initiatives. We are all vulnerable to, and very frustrated by illegitimate operators, a lack of harmonisation, control and player protection.”

The MOU comes after the country’s gaming industry regulator blocked 70 unregulated sites earlier this week and reported that it will embark on a program of IP blocking.