Online gaming firms Betway and Mandalorian Technologies have been handed steep fines by Sweden's gaming regulator Spelinspektionen, as the group alleges the companies violated bonus rules in the region.
The laws in Sweden require operators to only offer bonuses to players when they first register for an account, but both of the above-mentioned groups were found to offer bonuses after registration. Mandalorian was given a SEK 9 million fine and a documented warning, while Betway was slammed with a SEK 5 million fine and warning.
In a statement, Spelinspektionen wrote: "The main purpose of the new gambling regulation, which came into force on January 1, 2019, is to strengthen consumer protection and reduce the negative effects of gambling.
"The limitation on bonuses is contained in the law to reduce social and economic damages and problem gambling. The Spelinspektionen will therefore continue to focus on supervision of this area."
Sweden has been working to enforce their rules since the market liberalized in January, reminding casino groups about the regulations and issuing fines where big violations have occurred.