GovTech Challenges

How to automate the detection of illegal gambling operators online?

Gaming Control Authority is looking for an innovative technological solution for the control of illegal gambling operators.


  • In Lithuania, online gambling has been allowed since 2016. The Authority monitors and controls these gambling operators, take measures against the illegal operators. Illegal online gambling operators are companies that operate without a license issued by the Authority.
  • There are tens of thousands of online gambling sites worldwide, some of them can be used for money laundering, match-fixing, many of them are also available in Lithuania, some of them are even adapted to the Lithuanian market and are in Lithuanian.
  • Monitoring and blocking of illegal online gambling platforms are carried out by professionals physically searching for such sites online, without the use of any automated means. When an employee of the Authority notice an illegally operating website, they collect the necessary information and submit it to the Vilnius Regional Administrative Court. The court gives judicial authorization to send binding instructions to network service providers and financial institutions to ban the illegal operator.
  • Due to the manual monitoring and collection of evidence on these websites, this process is not as efficient as it could be with automation.


The solution could have the following functionalities:

  • Automatic scanning of websites for potentially illegal websites where gambling can take place.
  • Compilation of these sites in a database.
  • Automatic or with the help of the Authority employee, user registration to the potentially illegal gambling site and collection of necessary evidence.
  • Evidence required: details of the entity organizing the games, methods of depositing – withdrawing money, screenshots with the types of games organized and other material intended to prove that illegal online gambling is organized.

Solution evaluation criteria

  • Innovativeness and relevance of the solution (40% of the total score)
  • Commercial potential and competitiveness of the solution (40% of the total score)
  • Competences and motivation of the authors of the solution (20% of the total score)


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