Lithuania’s gambling regulator, the Gaming Control Authority, has published its first blacklist of unlicensed gaming operators, with William Hill and Unibet among the four operators to have their sites blocked.
The regulator has blocked thirty sites in total, operated by four gaming companies, with Betsson’s Triobet brand accounting for the majority of this number. Twenty five of the thirty are variants of the Triobet.com domain, including its dot.co.uk and mobile websites.
Unibet follows with three domains blacklisted, includings its .it and .com domains, while William Hill and Betway both have their .com sites on the list.
The launch of the blacklist sees Lithuania follow other countries such as Latvia, Bulgaria and Romania in turning to website blocking in a bid to force unlicensed companies from the market.
It follows the introduction of new gambling regulations in the country, after they were signed into law by President Dalia Grybauskaite in June last year.
Stricter controls were introduced in January this year as part of the regulator’s efforts to stop illegal gambling in the country, with operators warned that strict legal penalties would be taken.
The new laws are designed to ensure a high standard of consumer protection, and companies must either have an established land-based presence or establish one within two years of securing a licence in order to offer iGaming in Lithuania.