Gambling apps return to Swedish App Store

Gambling apps return to Swedish App Store

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 Totally Gaming
Apple's App Store removed gambling apps earlier this year

Apple has reinstated gambling applications from a number of major operators to the Swedish version of its App Store after it received assurances that such apps are not in breach of national law.

The technology giant in March opted to remove the apps from its App Store in the country after the Lotteriinspektionen national regulatory body complained that some operators that are not licensed in Sweden were targeting players in the country.

Operators whose apps were removed from Apple’s Swedish App Store included major brand such as William Hill, Unibet and Bet365, as well as a number of less-known operators.

However, Apple has opted to reintroduce the applications to its Swedish App Store after it was assured by national operator association Branschföreningen för Onlinespel (BOS) that it is not breaching national law by offering the apps to players in Sweden, as was previously understood by the company.

Gustaf Hoffstedt, secretary general of BOS said: “It is with great satisfaction we can now put this sad history behind us.

“Sweden may not discriminate against foreign companies. It has been confirmed repeatedly by both Swedish law and EU law. Now we can focus on shaping future gaming regulations constructively.

“Together with parliament, the government and the gaming board, we want to promote a non-discriminatory licensing system that treats everyone equally.”

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