Global Gaming granted new appeal in Swedish licence case

9 January 2020

Online gambling operator Global Gaming has been granted permission by the Administrative Court of Appeal in Jönköping to launch a new appeal against a decision by Swedish regulator Spelinspektionen to strip its SafeEnt subsidiary of its licence in the country.

Spelinspektionen in June last year revoked SafeEnt’s licences for commercial online gambling and betting as a result of “serious deficiencies” in business practices, including failings related to responsible gambling and anti-money laundering measures.

Global Gaming launched a series of appeals against the decision, but has so far been unsuccessful in its efforts to reverse the ruling.

However, the Administrative Court of Appeal in Jönköping has now ruled that Global Gaming can launch another appeal against the regulator’s decision. It is not yet clear when the Court will come to a decision over the case.

“We are, of course, relieved that the Administrative Court of Appeal today has granted a review permit of the case,” Global Gaming chief executive Tobias Fagerlund said. “We hope that the Administrative Court of Appeal will eventually share our opinion that the Swedish Gambling Authority’s decision was disproportionate and incorrect.”

Global Gaming’s most recent appeal in the ongoing case came in November last year, when the country’s Administrative Court rejected an appeal. At the time, the operator said that it was weighing up the option of taking the case to the Administrative Court of Appeal.

Despite being without its SafeEnt subsidiary in Sweden, Global Gaming is active in the country through a partnership with Finnplay Group.

NanoCasino is operating under a Swedish commercial online gaming licence held by Viral Interactive Limited, which has a marketing arrangement in place with one of Global Gaming's subsidiaries. Finnplay subsidiary Viral Interactive has full responsibility for the site in Sweden.

In September last year Global Gaming also transferred its domain to Viral Interactive, with the aim of resuming activities in the Swedish market months after the licence was revoked.