The Swedish gambling inspectorate Spelinspektionen has informed licensees that it will conduct a “test phase” of the new Spelpaus centralized self-exclusion scheme in May. This is a special tool that has its own database. A separate development team will be responsible for ensuring its comprehensive modernization.
At the beginning of the year, Spelinspektionen warned Swedish licensed operators that it would launch the new Spelpaus 2.0 system with the aim of making the self-exclusion process more convenient and better informing the relevant health authorities by providing more data on consumer gambling involvement.
The Spelpaus self-exclusion system was introduced in early 2019 to coincide with the launch of the new Swedish online gambling market. The Spelinspektionen legal regulation states that all licensed operators in the country must remain connected to the Spelpaus database. It currently has over 73,000 self-excluded players registered.
It is known that in early May the regulator will inform operators on how to connect to the new Spelpaus system. The authority intends to conduct a series of tests and check the stability of the program under load.
This will be followed by a live testing phase from May 9 to 13, during which licensed operators will be allowed to self-exclude customers on the new system. Spelinspektionen will then provide full information on the commissioning and integration of Spelpaus.
“The goal of the update is to make Spelpaus more user-friendly. Information and guidance on how to get help with gambling problems will be more understandable on the new website,” the regulator said in a press release.
The update provides that the authority will maintain its 2022 regulatory schedule as the agency aims to fully launch the Spelpaus 2.0 system by the end of May.