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Lithuanian regulator names and shames Unibet's unlicensed operations

Lithuania’s gambling regulator the Gaming Control Authority has claimed that Unibet “systematically violates” the country’s gaming legislation by continuing its online gaming activities in the market without a licence.

The Authority accuses Unibet of infringing on Lithuania’s laws, despite presenting itself as one of the largest responsible gambling operators in Europe, holding licences in a range of key jurisdictions.

The announcement comes after the regulator hit out in March at a number of high profile operators who it claimed were “blatantly violating” the country’s iGaming regulations by changing their web domains to avoid attempts to block access to their sites.

While it is licensed in a number of European jurisdictions including the UK, France, Belgium, Romania and Estonia, as well as Malta, Gibraltar and Alderney, Unibet's sites remain blacklisted in Lithuania.

This was confirmed by a binding order of the Gaming Control Authority and the Vilnius Regional Administrative Court in January, with the regulator claiming that Unibet “still changes internet domain names systematically and persists in violating the Gaming Law.”

“[The] Gaming Control Authority considers such action as one of the largest online gambling companies in Europe as malicious behaviour infringing legal requirements of the Republic of Lithuania and raises a doubt concerning publicly announced responsible activity,” the regulator explained.

Since January this year Lithuania has required operators to secure a licence to continue offering services to customers in the country, with those that fail to do so added to a blacklist.

A total of 101 domains have been added to this list since its introduction, with 11 Unibet domains included. The Gaming Control Authority has not given any indication as to whether it will look to take additional steps to force the operator from the market.

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