With Sweden’s re-regulated gambling market set to open in two weeks, the country’s gambling regulator has issued a statement reminding operators that the new Swedish law makes no provision for temporary license approval.
Regulatory authority Lotteriinspektionen, soon to be renamed Spelinspektionen, issued the statement in response to enquiries from multiple operators about the possibility to launch in the market, pending final license approval.
“Any such opportunity [to obtain a temporary license], similar to that in Great Britain or Denmark, is not in the Swedish regulations. It is thus not possible under Swedish law. Therefore, we will not announce any temporary decisions,” the regulator said.
It added that applicants who submitted documents before November can still expect to have their application considered before January 1, 2019.
“Companies that have submitted applications late or completed late cannot count on us making decisions before January 1, 2019.”
The regulator also reminded applicants not to offer games in Sweden before their license approval is issued, and said that it will continue to assess all applications after the turn of the year.
However, the Swedish licensing process may yet be derailed, with the country’s football association filing a legal challenge last week against the sports betting licenses issued thus far by the regulator.