Gustaf Hoffstedt explains why he can do more to aid the development of a well regulated Swedish iGaming market as the head of operator association Branschföreningen för Onlinespel (BOS) than he could in his previous role as a member of the country’s parliament.
Monday (January 19th) marks the end of an era for Gustaf Hoffstedt. He has spent almost five years as member of parliament for the Nya Moderaterna party representing Gotland county, and during his tenure has been a major advocate for gambling reform, pushing for change in a market that has proved remarkably resistant to change.
Yet just as Sweden finally shows signs of moving towards formulating a regulatory framework for online operators, he is set to step down from parliament to take charge of online gaming operator association Branschföreningen för Onlinespel (BOS), serving as its first secretary general. It is understandable that after years of political attrition and little progress, Hoffstedt may be eager to continue fighting for online gaming legislation in a more supportive environment, and he has no regrets about stepping down just as progress is being made.
“I think it is possible for me to influence the government more when I am not an MP,” says Hoffstedt.