Sunday November 18, 2012 : SPAIN CLAMPS DOWN ON ALLEGED ILLEGAL OPERATORS
Get out or face hefty fines says DGoJ
Spanish gambling authority the Direccion General de Ordenacion del Juego is clamping down on illegal operations ordering twelve unlicenced operators to cease their activities in the Spanish market.
The sanctioned companies are reported to have ten days in which to comply with the DGoJ's order and are said to include UWin Poker, Betsson, Gaming VC (Betboo), Come On Europe Ltd, DreamMakers Gaming Tech, Tempo Gaming Ltd, RM Royal Media Group NV, Midas Player Ltd (king.com), Media Entertainment (offsidebet.com), 12Bet, 10bet.com Ltd. and Globet International Sports.
Betsson has taken exception to its inclusion in the list. Its chief executive officer Magnus Silfverberg said: “We have no business whatsoever in Spain — we don’t target Spain or do anything in Spain, but we have a site in Spanish for the many people around the world who speak Spanish."
Sacha Michaud, president of the Spanish Association of Digital Gaming JDigital, said: "The closure of the websites of those operators who have not complied with regulations demonstrates the degree of seriousness and professionalism that we can find in the Spanish online gambling market, which is a clear indication that we are going in the right direction.
"Action should be taken against unlicensed operators to have a safe and orderly market but without losing sight of the fact that the occurrence of these cases shows that more work is needed to ensure the Spanish market is attractive enough for customers preventing them from seeking out unregulated operators."