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Norway sets mandatory player loss limits for Norsk Tipping

Norway’s government has approved new measures which will see state-owned gaming operator Norsk Tipping require all players to set mandatory loss limits, with the new control to be introduced this autumn.

As a result of the measure taken by the Ministry of Culture, players must set a limit for the sum they can lose on games that are considered to put players at medium to high risk of developing problem gambling habits.

Users will be able to lose a maximum of NOK20,000 (€2,155) each month playing games such as casino, sports betting and bingo online or in a retail environment.

Lottery products and other unnamed games that the government considers low risk are not affected. However these games are still subject to spending limits set by the operator.

The new controls have been introduced as a result of the growing popularity of iGaming in Norway, which the government believes puts more users at risk of developing unhealthy gaming habits.

The move has been welcomed by Norsk Tipping, with outgoing chief executive Torbjørn Almlid commenting that the company was the first operator in the world to introduce a universal loss limit. 

“We are confident that the universal limit is an action that works,” Almlid explained. “It will have an important preventive effect for all our players, and a significant mitigation effect for a few who are already gambling too much.”

“A key benefit of the monopoly model is that we sell games that provide the fewest possible negative consequences. Therefore accountability is a high priority in our business.

“When we see disturbing signs such as many of our players losing more than they should, it is natural that we take action,” he added.

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