Sweden has issued its first 16 licenses for the re-regulated market that is to launch on January 1. State-owned Svenska Spel and ATG are both on the list, as are international giants Bet365 and Bwin, and Swedish operators Unibet, LeoVegas and Betsson.

Over 12,500 visitors participated in SiGMA 2019, which included a successful IMGL Masterclass on regulatory developments across the EU, as well as the KPMG eSummit, which featured a session on the changing iGaming landscape in Germany and the Netherlands.

The UK Gambling Commission has taken action against several online casino companies as part of an ongoing investigation into the way the industry combats problem gambling and money laundering:

Following licence reviews, the Commission has ordered Daub Alderney to pay a financial penalty of £7.1m (as previously announced) and Casumo has been ordered to pay a financial penalty of £5.85m. Videoslots will pay £1m in lieu of a financial penalty.

Another company – CZ Holdings – will no longer be able to provide gambling services to consumers in Britain as it surrendered its licence after a licence review had been commenced. Nine other operators have been issued with Advice to Conduct letters and a further six are still under investigation.

European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) members in 2017 had more than 12 million active customers, held licenses in 19 EU member states, processed 354 million online payments, contributed €325 million to sports, and sustained 33,000 digital and high quality jobs in the EU across 14 member states, according to new 2017 data released by the industry group.

Norway’s gambling regulator has defended a rise in television advertising by the country’s licensed gaming operators, claiming it is necessary to beat offshore rivals.

Spain’s online gambling market generated €181.7m gross gaming revenue (GGR) for Q3, rising 30% year-on-year.

Playtech has partnered with Betclic and Unibet in France, and bet365, Betfair, Casino Barcelona and Sportium in Spain to launch its shared-liquidity iPoker network in France and Spain.

The documentary High Rollers: A History of Gambling on gambling in the US is now available online.