Spelinspektionen set to detail B2B tech supplier licensing requirements

Spelinkspektionen has revealed the findings of its annual survey which has found that lottery and number games remain the most popular forms of gambling in Sweden
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Spelinspektionen is set to host a meeting of industry stakeholders in December to set out licensing frameworks and requirements of a B2B software scheme to operators and suppliers. 

It comes as part of wider reforms in Sweden, which is implementing an update to its Swedish Gambling Act. A proposal as part of the act, the reform stipulates that B2B licensing framework should be implemented. 

The Swedish government held a consultation period ahead the changes which ended in May, in which it informed stakeholders that a new B2B licensing scheme would be launched on 1 July 2023. 

In a statement alerting stakeholders to the meeting, Spelinspekitionen detailed: “The purpose of the new legislation is to ensure a high level of channelling and thereby prevent illegal gambling.

“Those given a permit to handle gambling software will then be prohibited to manufacture, supply, install and/or adapt gambling software to gambling operators (B2C) operating without a necessary licence in Sweden.”

In September, the inspectorate explained to stakeholders that it expected to launch its B2B supplier licensing window in March 2023.  

Subject to change, the application fee for B2B licences is set to be SEK120,000 (€11,000), though an increase in the renewal fee has also been proposed from SEK300,000 to SEK600,000 (€55,300).

The meeting is taking place prematurely, however, as the Riksdag (Swedish Parliament) is yet to conduct a final vote on the reforms.

“The information meeting is based on the decision that the Riksdag is expected to make shortly about introducing the requirement for a licence for gaming software,” Spelinspektionen added.