Liseberg, an amusement park in the Swedish city Gothenburg. The park has been fined by SEK20,000 by the country’s Gaming Inspectorate, Spelinspektionen. The fine came after the amusement park allowed the minors to play the Claw machines.
Claw machines or claw cranes or claw grabbers are quite common in the amusement parks. Players pay for maneuvering a miniature crane to grab the item in the glass tank. In Sweden, they are classified as slot machines. Sweden recognizes this as slot machines that pay in items rather than money.
They are however restricted to players aged 18 or above.
Spelinspektionen received a tip from the public and started carrying out surveillance on Liseberg. The regulator found that there is no sign of informing the patrons of age restrictions. The minors were seen playing the games accompanied by the adults.
Spelinspektionen explained that Liseberg believed that after renewing its land-based commercial gaming license in 2019, the age restriction was ceased to exist. After they received the license, they took the signs, the regulator explained.
Previously, the age restriction was mentioned in the license documents and the updated document did not have the information. So, park management assumed that there is no age restriction. It has now been rectified and the signs have been restored.
The fined amount is for breaching the Swedish Gaming Act. The offenders are liable to pay at least SEK 5000 and 10% of the business turnover as maximum. Liseberg generated SEK9.8mn in licensed gambling operations in 2019.
Liseberg’s argument that it was not aware was a breach, the regulator said. However, the regulator believed there is little or no chance that the offense being repeated. The fine came more as a warning. However, serious action can be taken for breaches such as revocation of license.
The fine could have been even higher. However,r the regulator decided that as the operations are involved with low-risk gambling areas, hence SEK 20000 was appropriate.