A Danish court has backed an order from the country’s gambling regulator resulting in a record 82 illegal websites being blocked.
For the eighth time in history, the Danish Gambling Authority (DGA) went to court in an attempt to bar unlicensed operators from offering their services, such as betting and online casino, to Danes.
This has now proven successful. A court in Frederiksberg ruled in favour of the DGA and all 82 websites identified by the regulator have been blocked – a record number.
The websites subject to this order represent the largest group to be blocked at once since 2012, when Denmark’s gambling market was partially liberalised and the DGA began blocking websites.
Prior to this, the record was 55 when a court upheld a DGA block order in 2021. In total, 227 illegal websites have been blocked since 2012.
“The Danish Gambling Authority was established to guarantee the framework for a fair gambling market,” said DGA Director Anders Dorph.
“One of our most important tasks in that context is to protect players against illegal gambling and to ensure that they are not exposed to gambling providers that do not have a licence in Denmark.
“At the same time, it is very important that we ensure that the operators who are licensed to offer gambling in Denmark can run their business under orderly conditions and therefore our work to block illegal websites is very important.”
The DGA will consider a game to be aimed at Danes if it is presented in Danish, there is Danish customer service available or Danish currency options are available, among other elements.