Swiss High Court Upholds Offshore Bans

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Switzerland's Federal Supreme Court has ruled that the government is permitted to ban player access to offshore gambling sites and that current use of networking blocks to the sites is appropriate.

The ruling came after three international betting operators sued, as the country's gaming regulator began using ISP domain blocking in 2019. The blocks have taken out several big-name betting sites in Switzerland, including bet-at-home, Lopoca Gaming Ltd, Interwetten, and Videoslots. The casino groups that sued weren't named in the lawsuit.

The court did find that the blocks were appropriate, and concurred with the regulator's take that the blocks ensure gamblers are playing at casinos that pay taxes in Swiss currency and are protected by federal law.

Online gaming is legal in Switzerland, although gaming licenses are all tied directly to land casinos, thereby minimizing the number of sites that can be played at.

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Therese Williams
Therese is a fervent fan of slot machines and pub fruities, often trying her luck at some of the top online casinos. She covers news for Casino Listings with a focus on the UK and Europe. Therese studied arts and creative writing at university and has written for newspapers in the UK.