Ruling against four firms

Swiss court rejects foreign iGambling operators' request to enter the market

2021-12-15
Switzerland
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A Swiss court has blocked requests by foreign online gambling operators to access the Swiss market, so Swiss gamblers can bet online only with Swiss casinos and lotteries that pay tax in the country and that guarantee player protection tools.

Gaming regulators have limited the iGaming market since 2019 to Swiss-approved games of chance. In four verdicts released on Tuesday, the Federal Administrative Court ruled against Malta-based Interwetten International Ltd, Videoslots Ltd, bet-at-home Entertainment Ltd, and Lopoca Gaming Ltd in suits against the Swiss Federal Gaming Board seeking to circumvent the ban, Reuters reports.

"It goes without saying that the restriction of access to online gaming services that are not licensed in Switzerland is in the public interest and can be enforced with strict measures," the court said.

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