Norway—The Lotteri-og Stiftelsestilsynet (Lotteritilsynet) has relaxed requirements for operators looking to offer online bingo by expanding the period for meeting a minimum revenue threshold for online games.
Under normal circumstances, a bingo operator is only allowed to offer online bingo if it earns more than NOK 2 million ($212,000) over a 12-month period.
But due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, casino and other gambling venues were forced to shut down. Lotteritilsynet explained that operators may have their revenue evaluated over 15 months so long as they file a request with the regulator.
“The opportunity to apply for an extension of the period [has been introduced] as a result of the outbreak of the pandemic, which led to several bingo halls being forced to close, and thus lose revenue, for around two months,” the Lotteritilsynet said.
New bingo halls, which were only allowed to offer online bingo over a trial period in their first year, also had the trial period extended by another three months.
The Lotteritilsynet explained that in Norway’s bingo regulations, it was granted the power to “dispense with the provisions of these regulations.”
When the coronavirus pandemic first hit Norway, bingo halls were allowed to operate in an online-only capacity. Regulations requiring a physical draw to take place together with the online component were also suspended.