The Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling (BOS) today submits its opinion on the state investigation “Measures against match-fixing and unlicensed gambling activities” (DS 2021: 29): https://www.regeringen.se/4a8f73/contentassets/64c8d7469ef2439c9de20-9f9der- match-fixing-and-unlicensed-gaming-activities-ds-202129.pdf
BOS supports the proposals in the investigation, but at the same time points out that they will not be enough to achieve the set goals. This applies in particular with regard to recovering the high but lost share of legally licensed gambling that prevailed during the gaming license system’s first period in Sweden in 2019.
– We welcome the proposals that investigator Gunnar Larsson brings to the inquiry, and we hope that the Riksdag and the government make them a reality. If implemented, they will contribute to both the fight against match-fixing and the too low channeling into legally licensed gambling in Sweden. At the same time, we are concerned about the one-sidedness of the inquiry, in the sense that all proposals are repressive and thus cover the back of the gaming market, such as fixed matches and unlicensed gaming. Good, but Sweden will never be able to bring back the market shares that have been lost to the illegal gaming market unless something is also done about the conditions for the law-abiding licensed gambling companies. These companies must be given better opportunities to attract gambling customers to the legal gambling market, and therefore, for example, deposit limits and marketing restrictions proposed by the government must be rejected, says Gustaf Hoffstedt.