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
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
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