Sweden’s government says its citizens are at risk from problem gambling and has asked regulators to propose ways to minimize the harm.
About 2 percent of the population is believed to have a gambling problem, but illegal online gambling is a threat, officials say, because of its ability to lure players with better payouts and more products than monopoly operator Svenska Spel.
In response to calls from the E.U. for the government to open the country to competition, the government has announced plans to introduce new gambling legislation later this year.
In the meantime, a measure is being proposed requiring operators to submit a gambling impact assessment report before launching any new game.