Lithuania Blocks Unlicensed Sites

This week it was revealed that Lithuania's Gaming Control Authority has begun blocking more unlicensed internet gaming sites, acting on a promise they made to clamp down on the unlicensed activity earlier this year.

The Gaming Control Authority works under the Ministry of Finance in the Eastern European country, and has already blocked major sites such as William Hill, PokerStars, Unibet, Betway, 188Bet, and others. Licensed operators are not subject to the blockade, and the gaming regulator has posted a white list advisory on their website.

Commenting on the move GCA Director Virginijus Dauksys said, "It is surprising that certain world-wide known companies, reluctant to legalize their activity, are blatantly violating the laws of the Republic of Lithuania. Changing of the internet domain name in order to avoid the legal measures and to operate illegally in Lithuania can be treated as smuggling activity."

"The Gaming Control Authority will continue by all means available to ensure the protection of Lithuanian gambling market from illegal offers and protection of customers of the Republic of Lithuania from uncontrolled gambling flows to prevent compulsive and minors gambling."

Lithuania has taken steps in recent years to regulate online gaming within its borders. Establishing a licensing regime to control the activity, and earlier this year announced their plans to begin the blacklisting operation. Moving forward it is inevitable that we will see more sites added to the blacklist.

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6 March 2016 - 7:47pm

Obviously a needed thing to do from a government's perspective, if illegal operators sites are not blocked then why the others should pay to be legal. I'm afraid that blocking the illegal sites wont be so easy job though as they are hundreds or maybe even thousands of them out there.