After a concise procedure in the court of Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, the jury ruled in favor of a demand by the Danish Gambling Regulation to block access to 6 name given skin gambling sites frequented by Danish Steam-users.
The case played out between The Danish Gambling Authority and the Danish telecommunication companies 3 and TDC. The telecommunication companies had refused to comply with the demand by the Danish Gambling Authority on the ground that blocking of name given site as per principle should be decided by a court.
The court decision: The sites were targeted at a Danish marked
The Frederiksberg court in its decision paid special attention to the fact that the 6 skin betting sites were accessible from the Danish version of Steam, and thus necessarily targeted at a Danish audience.
All online gambling and betting companies must posses a license from the Danish Gambling Authority. Therefore, the unlicensed skin gambling sites were operating in an illegal manner.
The interests of the Danish Gambling Authority was handled by Lawyer Anne Bräuner Sørensen.
First case of its kind
The case and its outcome has received considerable attention in the Danish media both due to the high popularity of skin gambling among Danish youth, but also because the case is the first of its kind.
The issue of skin betting is so recent and unknown to the general Danish public that part of the court proceeding consisted in representative of the Danish Gambling Authority, Maria Skovlund Kronborg explaining to the court in what exactly skin gambling is in the first place.
CEO of the Danish Gambling Commision, Birgitte Sand, stated following the court outcome that: “We are of course very pleased with the court decision”. “Once again, we have lived up to the commitment we have to ensure Danish players against illegal gambling.”
Problem gambling consultant: Blockage doesn’t solve the issue
Due to the vulnerability of young people with regard to developing gambling problems, the case outcome has generally received positive opinion in public. However, some have also voiced the futility in blocking merely 6 skin betting sites, since how there are myriad other opportunities for Danish youth to do skin gambling from Denmark.
Nevertheless, Birgitte Sand portrays the case as a first move in a longer battle against the skin betting practice:
“We are aware that there are several pages that offer skin betting, but have made a cautious first approach in this area as we needed to test the cases in court.”
Teleindustry CEO: ”A slippery slide”
CEO of the telecommunication companies, Jacob Willer, stated in the national Danish radio program P1 that the objection from the telecompanies was done in defense of skin gambling, but because ”It is very intrusive to cut of Danish citizens from certain parts of the internet, and therefore it must go trough court. It would be a slippery slide if we as a private company had to make that decision.”
These 6 sites are blocked
The sites that are now blocked from Denmark are the following:
About the Danish gambling authority:
The Danish Gambling Authority is an independent government agency under the Danish Ministry of Taxation. Their function is to secure fair and safe gambling in Denmark.
All gambling sites operating in Denmark must possess a valid license from the Danish Gambling Authority.
Skin betting widespread among Danish youth
Denmark’s Radio performed a survey among 400 counterstrike players in the age group 9-17 years. 96% percent of them answered that they had experimented with skin betting.
44% of respondents answered that they skin gambled weekly. Of these, one out of five stated that they felt addicted to skin betting.