The gambling regulator of Norway, Lotteri-og stiftelsestilsynet (Lotteritilsynet), has decided to ease down the requirements for offering online bingo. The regulator has extended the period of meeting a minimum revenue threshold.
Generally, under normal operating conditions, an operator can offer online bingo once the revenue exceeds NOK2mn or $212000 over a 12 month period. However, with the coronavirus pandemic which has upset the industry, the operators can get 15 months period if they request the regulator. The regulator clarified that several bingo halls have been closed due to the pandemic and revenue is suffering, hence the decision has been taken.
New bingo halls, which may offer online bingo in a trial period for the first year, would also get the extension. The regulator first allowed the operators to operate the bingo in online-only capacity back in March when the COVID19 pandemic hit the country. It then suspended the regulation that required a physical draw to take place alongside an online draw.
The rule first set till March 29, then was extended till April 13. It was later revised to May 11.