Global Gaming management must have taken a sigh of relief after what unfolded in a hearing at Sweden’s Administrative Court of Appeal in Jönköping today.
The gambling operator’s appeal to have its petition concerning the decision taken by the Swedish gambling regulator to revoke SafeEnt’s (a Global Gaming subsidiary) license reviewed by the apex court, has been granted.
The grant of the review permit keeps the hopes alive for Global Gaming to operate in the Swedish online gambling market. Following the grant of the review permit, the Administrative Court of Appeal in Jönköping will be deciding whether the suspension of the license by the Swedish gambling regulator will continue or not.
Commenting on the grant of the review petition, Tobias Fagerlund, Global Gaming 555 AB’s CEO said: “We are, of course, relieved that the Administrative Court of Appeal today has granted a review permit of the case. We hope that the Administrative Court of Appeal will eventually share our opinion that the Swedish Gambling Authority’s decision was disproportionate and incorrect.”
Global Gaming’s subsidiary SafeEnt Ltd’s license was revoked by the Swedish gambling regulator on 17 June 2019. Following the license revocation, Global Gaming had to pull its online casino brand Ninja Casino from the Swedish market.
However, the gambling operator appealed against the gambling regulator’s decision. The administrative court which heard the case held that the decision taken by the gambling regulator to revoke its license was correct. The court on 12 November 2019 decided to refuse the operator’s appeal.
However, today the Administrative Court of Appeal in Jönköping allowed Global Gaming’s review petition.
While it is a small victory for the gambling operator, it would be too early for the operator to celebrate as given the allegations it would be extremely challenging to get a favorable decision.