The regulator coordinated the suspension of unauthorised gambling operations with Eidgenössische Spielbankenkommission (ESBK), another gaming watchdog in Switzerland. While not illegal, the suspended 45 domains on the ESBK and COMLOT’s lists are not authorised to operate in the country, an official statement explained.
ESBK has suspended 33 domains whereas COMLOT has added another 12 sites to its own blacklist. Based on ESBK’s announcement, the affected brands include online gaming leaders, such as Bitcasino.io and Boaboa.
Bitcasino.io is one of the most mature blockchain-powered gaming operators with an established track record and high player trust.
On the other hand, COMLOT has focused on more tenuous brand names that are less known in the gaming space and many experts have alleged that the suspended websites were scams preying on vulnerable players.
As a result of the decision, all Internet Service Providers or ISPs in the country are required by law to suspend access to the website. ESBK has also blacklisted bet365, one of the biggest gambling brands in the world and licensed to operate in heavily-regulated markets such as the United Kingdom and the United States.
In the case of Bitcasino.io, this once again brings the question of more transparency and regulation in the blockchain gaming space. As CryptoGamblingNews argued earlier, blockchain gaming venues deserve more regulatory clarity.
Despite the suspension, Bitcasino.io remains one of the best brands. The casino may look for an official way back into the country provided that CAMLOT and ESBK allow non-Swiss gambling companies to set up shop in the country once again.