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Mobile gaming specialist LeoVegas has prevailed in a Swedish court, with the judge overturning the country's gaming regulator's decision to only give Leo a two-year license, instead granting the group a five-year license.
The Swedish Administrative Court of Linköping issued the ruling this week, and stemmed from a case that LeoVegas filed after the gaming regulator Spelinspektionen only gave them a two-year license due to violations that occurred in the UK. LeoVegas was fined £600,000 in the UK for showing misleading ads, sending offers to self-excluded players, and failing to return funds to customers that closed their accounts.
For their part, the company claimed the self-exclusion errors were due to a computer error and were fixed as soon as they became aware of it. The funds not being returned all accounts were explained as having less than £1 in their account, which the company claims was due to a different interpretation of the regulations in the country. Marketing issues were blamed on affiliates, who didn't comply with UK laws.
LeoVegas claimed the shorter license decision wasn't warranted, given that it all stemmed from one report by the UK regulator, and that Spelinspektionen didn't do a full investigation. The court agreed, also noting that the violations occurred in 2016, which was almost three years before Swedish licensing decisions were made. The court granted LeoVegas a license for five years, during which time they'll be able to offer services to punters within Sweden.
Spelinspektionen is said to be unhappy with the decision and is considering appealing the ruling.
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