Sweden’s national gambling regulatory authority, the Swedish Gambling Inspectorate, has announced that the country’s Spelpau self-exclusion program has passed 80,000 registrations.
Spelpaus was launched three years ago and allows consumers to exclude themselves from games with operators that have a license in Sweden. Once a player is registered, he must serve his entire suspension period before he can play again.
Licensees in the country must integrate with Spelpaus and block access to anyone who has joined the system.
Just before the summer, Spelpaus was updated to offer a more user-friendly service, as well as easier access to guidance and information about gambling problems.
First announced in March, the new website went live on May 31 and now also includes an option for players to extend a period of self-exclusion.
Åland’s regionally owned gambling operator Åland’s ATM Association (Paf) called in July for Spelpaus to be improved and further expanded to help tackle gambling problems in the country.
During a gaming policy discussion entitled ‘The industry we love to hate’, Paf said that Spelpaus should work preventively by centralizing player limits so that they apply equally to all operators.