Spillemyndigheden blocked 82 illegal websites in 2022
The Danish Spillemyndigheden has recently published a report on illegal gambling in 2022, which showed that unauthorized operators make up a very small share of the country’s total market.
In 2022, the regulatory body performed six searches for unauthorized gambling operators. It conducted most of its searches with the country’s tax agency and the latter’s anti-fraud unit. In total, the Spillemyndigheden blocked 82 illegal gambling websites in Denmark, which is the highest-ever number of restrictions carried out by the regulator in a single year. The figure is up by nearly 50% in comparison to 2021’s number of blocked websites which was recorded at just 55.
The regulator also carried out an investigation on how effective its website restriction measures were and found out that the 145 websites that were blocked before 2022 had seen vast decreases in their combined traffic volumes. In total, they received about 1.5 million views in 2022, while the regulator observed that back in 2017 the smaller list of blocked websites was getting nearly 20 million views in the period.
The Spillemyndigheden also covered its submitted police reports in the document. In the summer of the year, the regulator reported 27 illegal casino websites that were not only offering gambling services without a license but were also providing players instructions on how to bypass the country’s self-exclusion service, ROFUS, which very recently reached 40 thousand users.
Some of the report’s other noteworthy details include the regulator’s collaboration with Google and Facebook in banning and restricting illegal gambling pages and its investigations into illegal retail gambling operations which found almost 40 cases of various gambling terminals being installed without an appropriate license.
Lastly, despite the rise in the number of restricted casinos in the country, Denmark’s regulated market remains one of the safest in the world, with regulated operators making up just under 90% of the total.