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Kindred subsidiary Trannel International has been kicked out of the Norwegian gaming market by the country's gaming regulator Lottstift after reportedly operating without a license.
According to the regulator, Trannel has been operating the betting sites Unibet, Maria Casino, Storspiller and BingoLottstift within Norway without the required license. Norway has a monopoly system where only Norsk Tipping is able to legally offer betting services to customers. Trannel says that they sent multiple requests to Trannel to voluntarily, but they've refused to do so.
Norway considers a site to be in violation of their laws if they offer services in the Norwegian language, market in the country, or allow for transaction in the Norwegian Krone.
For their part, Trannel said that they're licensed in Malta, and Norway's gaming regulations don't apply to them. They have said that they won't pull out of the market and will challenge any sanctions on them in court. In a statement Kindred said, "Kindred Group is a company that is regulated internationally and is licensed to offer gambling. It is not illegal for Norwegians to play on games licensed from another country than Norway.
"The Norwegian Gaming Authority does not have the jurisdiction to intervene against foreign operations even if one chooses to accept Norwegian customers."