Swedish gambling authority, Spelinspektionen has landed a major 2022 directive by upgrading Spelpaus, which is the Swedish gambling centralised self-exclusion scheme.
It comes after the inspectorate relaunched the Spelpaus.se website, which had been redesigned with new functionalities and clearer guidance on self-exclusion.
Spelpaus serves as Swedish gambling’s compulsory self-exclusion system that was launched in January 2019 to coincide with the relaunch of Sweden’s reformed gambling sector, that regulated online gambling services.
Following its 2021 market revision, Spelinspektionen announced that Spelpaus required an upgrade to ensure that “customer self-exclusion was more seamless for players and to better inform relevant health authorities with more data on consumer engagements across gambling verticals.”
During April, the inspectorate began a ‘pilot phase’ of the upgraded ‘Spelpaus 2.0 System’ that allowed licensed operators to trial customer referrals and self-exclusions.
The Spelpaus 2.0 upgrade allows for immediate self-exclusion, with customers simply choosing their ‘shutdown period’ and ‘ID verification’ of Bank-ID.
Further new functionalities will allow self-excluded players to instantly request to prolong their self-exclusion periods.
Spelinspektionen stated that the upgrade would have no impact on the 75,000 players already registered on the Spelpaus system, prior to the upgrade.
Camilla Rosenberg, Director General of Spelinspektionen commented: “If you play too much and for more money than you can afford, it is important to be able to easily and quickly break that pattern and take a break from playing.”
“Spelpaus.se does not solve a gambling addiction, but can mean that you have time to reflect on your gambling habits and the opportunity to change them for the better or choose not to play again.”