Kindred Says They'll Stay in Norway, Appeal Fines

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Gaming operator Kindred revealed this week that they're going to continue offering betting services in Norway, despite the country's gaming regulator Lotteritilsynet announcing that it was going to fine the company NOK1.198 million per day that it operates in the country.

Lotteritilsynet announced that they'd start the fines three weeks from when they announced the decision, which would effectively be October 5th. The regulator claims that Kindred is operating illegally by offering services to Norwegian players. Kindred maintains that they're operating legally under European law because they already hold a license in Malta.

The company said that they'll be appealing any fines and will press the matter in court, where they've already lost a number of cases in Norway.

Regarding the situation, Kindred CEO Henrik Tjärnström said, "We will appeal the decision of the Lotteritilsynet regarding the issuance of this sanction fee and will continue operating as usual, as long as the legal process is ongoing. We want to see how it pans out.

"We dispute the claim that we have operations in Norway. We are licensed in Malta and believe that Norwegian customers under current European economic legislation have the right to play on foreign sites if they wish.

"There is nothing that sets Norway apart from other European states in that respect."

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27 September 2022 - 12:20pm

Kindred management walking to the next court case regarding the Norway issue: