Norway to Restart Kindred Daily Fines

Norway's gaming regulator Lotteritilsynet has stated that they'll begin the daily fines for Kindred subsidiary Trannel International once again, despite Kindred taking steps to not target players in the country.

The fines are part of a long-standing dispute between Kindred and Lotteritilsynet, as the regulator has accused Kindred of targeting Norwegian gamblers. They instituted fines of NOK1.198 million per day in which Trannel didn't completely shut off its spigot to gamblers in the country. For its part, Kindred says that Trannel is licensed in Malta, and seeing as how both countries are part of the EU, they're legally offering services to players in the country. In a move seen as a compromise, Trannel removed Norwegian language support, removing Norwegian flags on websites and channels, and changing the name of the Storspiller to a non-Norwegian title.

Kindred maintains that its legal status is right, and has appealed the fines.

In a statement, Kindred wrote: "Despite of these changes and Trannel's clear communication to the contrary, Lotteritilsynet incorrectly claims that Trannel's offering still targets Norwegian residents and has therefore decided to reinstate the coercive fine.

"Trannel firmly disagrees with the assessment as it is fully legal for Norwegian residents to access and use international gambling services, which are licensed in the EU/EEA area and offered within a safe and secure environment, Kindred will continue to passively accept customers residing in Norway.

"Lotteritilsynet does not have jurisdiction over Trannel as the company is domiciled in Malta and duly licensed by the Maltese Gaming Authority. Therefore, Kindred is confident that the coercive fine cannot be enforced by Lotteritilsynet outside of Norway."

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21 November 2022 - 5:48pm

This does kind of sound like BS to me, as Kindred basically stopped targeting the players. It seems the Norwegian regulator is pressing its luck. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in court.

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22 November 2022 - 11:09am

I agree slim, but I think in this case the regulator wanted for them to completely stop offering their services- such as geoblock Norwegian players and close their accounts etc. Curious to see how this will unveil.

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