Created by two adventurous Swedish entrepreneurs, PugglyPay was a payment method which was generally somewhat popular at Scandinavian online casino sites. However, in 2018 the payment method was terminated, in favour of Zimpler.
In its short life, PugglePay enabled Swedish players to deposit via invoices, rather than transfer money directly. In theory, an online casino player was able to make a deposit at a casino and then pay for that deposit later down the line – often within a period of two weeks.
As you might imagine, this put the company at odds with those who were opposed to “loans” for gambling from the moment it made its debut back in 2013.
Depositing with PugglePay
PugglePay impressed players because it did not require anybody to sign up. All that was needed was a mobile phone. Players could send invoices using their mobile phone, and they would receive a code via text. They then had a total of 14 days to pay off that bill via their bank using the code. At the same time, whatever they had “borrowed” would appear on their casino account. Many top sites, such as Mr Green and Betsson were eager to showcase that they had PugglePay as an option. The payment method did not charge hidden fees or interest.
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PugglePay could not be used for withdrawals. Any player who used this method to deposit into a casino would need to find another way to withdraw. This wasn’t a problem for many casino players, as they would often use their bank accounts to do just that.
The Final Word
There were issues with PugglePay, which explains why the internet banking option is no longer with us. For starters, if players didn’t pay their invoice in 14 days, the payment method would charge a 49 SEK (£5) reminder fee. If the bill remained unpaid, the fee increased until a debt collection agency (known as Alektum Inkasso) was called. There were also problems with anti-gambling lobbies who were horrified about how easy PugglePay made it for people to gamble with money that they didn’t have.
In the end, Zimpler seemed like a safer option for the owners of PugglePay. There are similarities between the two companies, not least that its successor also appears to have focused itself on the Scandinavian gambling market. Any casino which formerly accepted this payment method will likely now accept Zimpler, which is something you may wish to consider.
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