The Norwegian gaming authority Lottstift has placed payment prohibitions on seven Malta-licensed operators, preventing Norwegian citizens from gambling via their sites.
Citing a breach in Norwegian gambling law, the regulator ordered foreign and local banks banks to block transactions from all national bank accounts.
“Norsk Tipping and Norsk Rikstoto are the only two gambling operators with permission to operate online gambling in Norway,” said a statement from Lottstift.
“It is stated clearly in the three Norwegian Gambling Acts that it is not allowed for any entity to process payment transactions to and from gambling operators that do not hold a permit in Norway.”
The ban applies to Kindred subsidiary Firstclear Limited, Lucky Dino Gaming, Dreambox
Games, Betsson, Cherry brand Co-Gaming, Gaming Innovation Group and L&L Europe Partners Ltd, all possessors of licenses from the Malta Gaming Authority.
Lottstift was granted the power to issue payment blocking orders fol- lowing public consultation in 2018, with one of its first actions being to issue warning letters to Betsson, Co-Gaming, GIG and L&L in November last year.
Though the majority of the affected firms have declined to issue a public statement, Kindred filed a lawsuit against the Norwegian Ministry of Culture in December 2018, stating the regulator has gone beyond its remit in imposing the restrictions.
The recent ban follows similar moves by Lottstift to overturn a legal loop-hole allowing gaming operators to advertise via satellite channels broad- cast into the country, set to be heard before Easter.