The Administrative Court in Linköping, Sweden, has dismissed Liseberg’s appeal after the Swedish Gaming Inspectorate fined the amusement park SEK20,000 (£1,762/€1,932/$2,282) for underage gambling (Spelinspektionen).
The Court upheld Spelinspektionen’s decision to fine the amusement park after an investigation revealed that it permitted minors to play with claw machines.
In Sweden, claw machines are classified as a type of slot machine that awards prizes in the form of goods. Anyone under the age of 18 must not use them.
“In light of the legislation’s purpose, the Administrative Court concurs with the Swedish Gaming Inspectorate about the serious violation,” Spelinspektionen said.
Furthermore, Spelinspektionen conducted surveillance in Liseberg and found minors using claw machines with the company of adults. There were no signs indicating that people of a certain age only must use the machine.
When Liseberg renewed its gaming license in April 2019, it believed that age restrictions no longer matter. The age requirement signs resumed again after Liseberg got a notice of their importance.
Although Spelinspektionen noted that Liseberg’s conduct was a serious violation of the Gaming Act. Hence, the regulator saw little chance of the amusement park reoffending and decided not to suspend its license. The fine totaled SEK20,000 as claw machines are a low-risk form of gambling.
The fine totaled 10% of the amusement park’s licensed gaming revenue and was a combined warning.