iGaming NEXT TV

06 May 2021

iGaming NEXT: Podcast #7 – Gustaf Hoffstedt, Secretary General BOS (Topic: Swedish regulation)

Gustaf Hoffstedt
Secretary General
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Pierre Lindh
Co-Founder | Managing Director

Originally spawning from an iGaming career that started at the age of 17 during the early days of the online poker boom, Pierre Co-founded the event management company Ambassadör Events in 2013. The company specialises in B2B & B2C event concepts targeting the gaming sector with more than 600 successful projects behind them for most of the major organisations within the industry. In 2016, Pierre Co-Founded the primary award show of the gaming industry, iGaming IDOL followed by the content driven conference, iGaming NEXT in 2018.


Gustaf Hoffstedt is the Secretary General of BOS, the Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling, since 2015. Prior to joining BOS, Gustaf served as a Member of the Swedish Parliament for the Moderate party.
Gustaf has fought for the abolition of the Swedish gambling monopoly and the implementation of a licensing system for more than a decade. He is pleased with the Swedish regulation but at the same time concerned about political attempts to drastically change the newly implemented regulation.

In this podcast we cover:
????Where did things go wrong with the Swedish regulation?
????Minister for Public Administration, Ardalan Shekarabi seems to have his own agenda that might not always be in the interest of minimising gambling addiction, but rather to score political points. What are BOS doing to have a better dialogue with him?
????Is the harsh regulation tied to the negative perception to the gaming industry in Sweden? And if so, what could be done to change that perception?
????Are there other jurisdictions that have ‘gotten it right’?
????What changes are BOS lobbying for currently?
????How close are we to see major licensed gaming operators leaving the Swedish market?
????Why is the gambling market so heavily regulated but the ‘quick loan’ market is not regulated, despite being much more damaging to society?

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