The Swiss Intercantonal Lottery and Betting Commission (Comlot) has added ten other websites to its blacklist. The blacklist includes unlicensed providers and was introduced in September after the Gambling Act – the federal law regulating real money gambling – came into force. In total, the list includes 87 unregulated websites in Switzerland.
The Gambling Act allows the Swiss gambling authority to request Internet providers to block access to websites that are not authorized in Switzerland.
New additions to the blacklist
Three of the newest blacklisted operators are Allsport365.com, Bahingo178.com and Buff.bet. Coinbet24.com and Cryptobet.com have also been added to the blacklist.
Three sides of the Forzza brand were also blacklisted. In detail, these are: Forzza1.com, Forzza2.com and Forzza3.com. Other gambling sites blocked in Switzerland: Runbet.com, Solobet10.com and Winx24.com
Black list update
Since the introduction of its blacklist, Comlot has announced updates to it for the second time. A total of 65 operators were on the original list. These included well-known names such as Interwetten, Betclic Everest Group and Unibet. Of course, blocking such large brands had a significant impact on the activities of affiliates associated with those sites.
According to statistics from the Swiss government, Swiss players spent € 215 million on unauthorized foreign casino sites.
A revised version of the list was announced in October. One of the biggest names on the Swiss blacklist this time was bet365.it With Balkanbet.rs and Sportsbetting.ag, other well-known gambling sites were represented. Africabet.co.zw has also made it onto the inglorious blacklist.
Changes in gambling in Switzerland
The Comlot blacklist is another tool Switzerland is using to tighten up the regulation of online gambling. This was decided in a referendum in June. Almost 73% of the voters at the time spoke in favor of a new regulation of the existing legislation. The participation in the referendum was 33.80%.
Part of these innovations is also that offshore operators have also been blocked from access.
Swiss players benefit from new regulations
Swiss residents are legally protected by the new legal framework and protected from black sheep in the industry. All games offered are now checked and certified by an independent control authority.
In addition, the focus is increasingly on player protection and the licensed online casinos have to provide tools that enable responsible handling of gambling.