Danish Gambling Authority on the hunt – blocks 25 illegal gambling sites

Danish Gambling Authority on the hunt – blocks 25 illegal gambling sites

Danish Spillemyndigheden (The Danish Gambling Authority) have, with the help of the country’s IPSs, blocked 25 illegal gambling sites without licences to operate in Denmark, iGaming Business reports.

The Copenhagen City Court agreed with the Danish Gambling Authority, forcing the danish internet service providers to block Danish users from entering 15 eSport (skin) betting sites and 10 gambling sites.

We use our authority to block websites on an ongoing basis

Birgitten Sand, Director Spillemyndigheden

The director of the DGA explained the action was taken to protect the Danish players, but also to protect the igaming providers with licences in Denmark.

Out of the 25 blocked sites, the majority are so called skin betting sites, which allows underage customers to bet with skins (virtual items from online games) from popular games such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, which is insanely popular in Denmark.

Did you know? The danish eSports scene is one of the biggest in Europe, much thanks to Astralis, the danish CS:GO team which currently holds the title as the best team in the world.

Out of the 10 blocked gambling sites we find giants like 1xBet, but also smaller operators (mainly licenced in Curaçao) like Game Tech Group (Ramses Casino & Cashpot Casino), Equinox Dynamic (Nordicasino, La Fiesta Casino & Orientxpress Casino), Usoftgaming (ph casino) and Alpha Interactive (Mr James Casino & Casino Napoli) have been shut down.

This is the second time the danish regulator successfully secures court orders to block illegal gambling sites. Last time the DGA had internet service providers block 6 skin betting sites, and implied they will continue down this road, chasing illegal operators and shut them down.

New strategy successful

The DGA also said that they had a new strategy for identifying the illegal skin betting sites, which has proven successful, even though it tends to be a much more complicated task than finding illegal online casinos.

We will continue our efforts to tackle illegal gambling and look carefully for the skin betting sites, especially, since they often involve children playing computer games that can suddenly evolve into gambling

Birgitten Sand, Director Spillemyndigheden
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