The Swiss Lottery and Betting Board, Comlot, was replaced by a new regulatory body called Gespa. The change came into effect on january 1, as provided for by the new Swiss Geldspiel Konkordat law that replaced the Intercantonal Convention on Licensing and Supervision of Intercantonal and National Lotteries and Gambling.
All of Comlot’s rights, functions and responsibilities were acquired by Gespa, including oversight of large-scale gambling, including Swiss sports betting and lotteries.
These changes are contemplated in the Federal Real Money Gaming Law, which expressly prohibits any type of illegal and unlicensed gambling activity, which has allowed land-based casinos to obtain online gambling licenses since january 1, 2019.
Since its implementation, the Swiss cantons have been given a period of two years in order to adapt their local gambling laws to the new federal framework.
Gespa’s board of directors is made up of six members, including the president and two members representing each French and German-speaking part of Switzerland. As well as a member for the Italian-speaking part of the country.
In the new organizational structure, former Comlot commissioners became ex-officio members of Gespa’s supervisory board. While the Comlot secretariat became the office of the new body.
Gespa has various functions and responsibilities. It must ensure the creation of a safe and socially responsible gaming environment for Swiss citizens when it comes to skill-based games and sports betting.
Another of its functions is to combat illegal gambling through the creation of a blacklist of websites that operate without a license.
Financing good causes
The body must do its best to prevent any kind of match manipulation. It will be in charge of the preparation of reports and will ensure that national and foreign authorities, as well as sports organizations and gambling operators, are kept informed.
Another responsibility of the Swiss regulator will be to compile annual statistics related to gambling at all levels and to provide information on the income from sports betting and the use of lotteries.
The Swiss cantons generated revenues of $ 623.5 million in december 2019, according to an earnings report. Such proceeds served various charitable causes and contributed to the financing of the country’s sports, artistic and cultural sectors. A part was also destined for the preservation of historical buildings.