iGaming News | Kindred challenges well in Norway

Kindred Group, through its Maltese subsidiary Trannel International, has been informed that the Norwegian Gaming Authority has decided to reinstate a fine against Trannel despite the changes undertaken by Kindred.

Kindred Group disagrees with the legal basis for the non-enforceable fine and will continue to challenge it in court.

Over the past month, Kindred Group has, through its wholly-owned Maltese subsidiary Trannel, made several changes to its offering to ensure compliance with the requirements set out by the Norwegian Gaming Authority in the Cease and Desist Order. of 2019.

These changes were undertaken to clarify that the company does not target Norwegian residents.

Despite these changes and Trannel’s clear communication to the contrary, the NGA “falsely asserts that Trannel’s offer still targets Norwegian residents” and has therefore decided to reinstate the coercive fine.

Trannel strongly disagrees with the NGA’s assessment as it is completely legal for Norwegian residents to access and use international gambling services, which are licensed in the EU/EEA area and offered in an environment safe and secure. Kindred will continue to passively accept customers residing in Norway.

“The NGA does not have jurisdiction over Trannel as the company is domiciled in Malta and duly licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority. Therefore, Kindred is satisfied that the coercive fine cannot be enforced by the NGA outside of Norway.”

Kindred has for a long time applied for a gaming license in Norway because the company wants to be an active part of Norwegian society and contribute through taxes, investments in sports, supporting NGOs and research institutes.

Kindred strongly believes that a locally licensed, transparent and non-discriminatory gambling market in Norway, where responsible operators can operate under the supervision of competent authorities, is the best solution for Norwegian society, players and operators. .