Switzerland’s Inter-Cantonal Lotteries and Betting Commission has been replaced to comply with the new federal framework.
Switzerland.- Switzerland’s Inter-Cantonal Lotteries and Betting Commission (Comlot) has rebranded to Gespa following changes to regulation and licensing in the market.
The change has been made in line with the Concordat on Gambling (GSK) coming into force and replacing the Inter-Cantonal Convention on Licensing and Supervision of Inter-Cantonal and National Lotteries and Bets IVLW.
The change has also been made to meet new federal gaming laws.
When Switzerland’s Federal Act on Real-Money Gaming was introduced in 2019, allowing land-based casinos in the country to pursue igaming licences, all local administration units (cantons) were given two years to adapt their local gambling laws to the new framework.
In light of this change, all of Comlot’s pending litigation issues and responsibilities were also transferred to Gespa.
In recent months the regulator has been focussed in compiling blacklists including unlicensed igaming operators that were later blocked by local service providers.
The commissioners of the former institution have become members of the supervisory board of Gespa, with the former Comlot secretariat now the new entity’s office.