Norwegian gaming companies like Unibet, Betsson, ComeOn, and Bet365 are pulling out of the Norwegian market after a recent audit by the Norwegian Gaming Authority. These companies have been operating in Norway for years, but are now ceasing their operations. The only online operator permitted to offer online gaming in Norway is Norsk Tipping, a state-owned monopoly.
According to Henrik Nordal, Director of the Norwegian Gaming Authority, these companies are prohibited from offering or promoting online gaming to Norwegians. Their decision to withdraw will put an end to further investigations and contribute to a safer and more responsible gaming environment in Norway.
The regulator in Norway is taking decisive action against illegal operators in the gambling industry. In a statement, they named several big brands that are being forced to withdraw from the market. These include Kindred Group brands like Unibet and Maria Casino, Betsson brands such as Betsson and Betsafe, ComeOn and its associated brands, and even bet365.
This crackdown comes after a series of inspections which revealed illegal activities. The regulator is committed to monitoring operators closely to ensure compliance with the law.
A recent study commissioned by the Norwegian Gaming Authority has unveiled some positive news regarding gambling problems in Norway. Compared to a previous study in 2019, there has been a significant reduction in gambling-related issues.
Moreover, the study found that just over 60% of Norwegians engage in gambling activities. Additionally, it identified young men from lower socioeconomic backgrounds as the demographic facing the greatest challenges with gambling problems.