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Norway Blocks Online Gambling Site Payments

Norway’s gaming authority, the Lotteri-og Stiftelsestilsynet, has ordered banks to stop processing transactions by payment providers with online gambling sites that are not licensed in the country.

The order was issued in late March and ordered banks to stop the transactions by April 24, according to Norway’s Klassekampen media. Some payment providers affected include Trustly, Entercash, Earth Port, Worldplay, Inpay and some local operators.

The authority says about $2.56 million moved through the payment providers in 2016, with as much as a half billion Norwegian Krone already moving through the sites in the first two months of 2017.

The authority’s director told local media that the authority is dedicated to stopping the transactions and will issue new orders to stop transactions should other payment providers be found to be working with unlicensed sites.