Things tremendously moved from bad to worse for Kindred Group after losing its fight for a right to operate in the Norwegian market. This comes a year later after a GTFO order was formally made to Kindred’s Malta-based subsidiary Trannel International Ltd. by Norway’s Lotteritilsynet regulatory agency.
The order was to halt the illegal offer of money games from its Storspiller, Unibet, Bingo.com, and MariaCasino brands, following the agency’s position that Kindred was violating the state’s gambling policies. Trannel Int’l Ltd., however, appealed the order to Norway’s Ministry of Culture and Lottery Committee and the matter was in discussion.
A decision was finally made, and on the 14th of May, Norway’s Lotteritilsynet regulatory agency revealed that both Norway’s Ministry of Culture and the Lottery Committee had spurned the appeal and that the GTFO order still holds.
Lotteritilsynet senior adviser, Trude Felde, stated that the decision made by the ministry and committee was indeed a confirmation that they interpreted the gambling regulations correctly and that they would keep in touch with Kindred to ensure that they abide by the orders.
Norway is on the verge of becoming a more strictly regulated market, following the recent developments that enforced payment-blocking orders to discourage offshore operators from attempting to venture into the Norwegian market. The state also has the backing of the State Laws as well as the Regulatory Agency.
Spillavhengighet Norge, Norway’s gambling problem association had, however, launched a study to determine if using a monopoly model was the best way to handle the current gambling problems. Spillavhengighet Norge’s adviser, Magnus Pedersen, said that they were looking at all the possible models that could best protect the Norwegian players.