The operators of casinos must know by now that the gaming regulators have expectations from them to play by the rules and ask no questions. Those operators who are not abiding by the rules are going to be fined for their violations. However, some of the penalties are very low comically, and some of the operators are finding the hardest ways as the regulators are very serious. ComeOn Group is a very good example of this. It is now being fined $21 million from Spelinspektionen of Sweden for offering “unauthorized bonus offers.”
Four gaming operators brands that are much active in Sweden got punished as they violated the rules. Hajper, ComeOn Sweden, Snabbare, and Casinostugan – all have received a variety of degrees of fines as they offered bonuses for the existing customers while going beyond the first instance on which the user participates in a game. The Swedish Gaming Act is prohibiting such offers as they were available on the four aforesaid platforms. It seems that the scheme is coming down from the decision-makers of the parent company.
Snabbare has received its biggest penalty, and it is going to hand over near $7.8 million. Hajper was fined a whopping amount of $6 million. ComeOn Sweden was fined an amount of $4.2 million, and Casinostugan is going to pay $3 million. But all the platforms are going to be able to hold their license as of now and as long as they show that they have learned from their mistakes. However, if this is not the case, the licenses are going to expire by the end of December, and they will probably be forced out of the market.
It is much possible that the operators are going to appeal the monetary value of these fines. However, it is not likely going to win until they can prove that it is not their acting for bad faith, which is not at all going to happen. As per Spelinspektionen’s guidelines, the fines are at least $600 and up to 10% of the annual turnover of the operators. As the four of the companies that are in question had a good year and due to their violations, which were more than just one team occurrence, the gaming regulator intends to show what is going to happen when rules are infringed.
ComeOn shuts down its operations behind two of its brands, namely Cherrycasino.com, and Sveacasino.com in the last year of May as the COVID-related pandemic was approaching with severe problems. At the same time, Sweden made a decision to cut back on the deposits of casinos and bonuses to prevent gambling-related problems. ComeOn used this as a reason for the closure. The company has also come under fire during August 2019, as it allowed its wagers to be placed with individuals who were under the obligatory legal age of 19. In case ComeOn is expecting to remain in Sweden, it needs to show that it wants to comply with the various policies, no matter it is agreeing with them or not.