Published on 27 September 2014 by Rhi
Gaming in Germany has been a tough subject since 2008 when the German Interstate Treaty on gaming came into effect. This banned all forms of online gambling in the country, except horse racing. This caused uproar across the EU as these restrictions actually violate EU rules on gaming.
A big win came when the European Court of Justice ruled that the legislation had to be liberalised. Unfortunately though, to date, Schleswig-Holstein is the only state to have come up with a reasonable gambling bill, giving casino operators the chance to apply for licenses since 2012.
Now, to try and effect even more change, a group of Schleswig-Holstein license gaming operators, including Ladbrokes, Tipico and Bet365, have banded together to form the German Sports Betting Association, or DSWV. The main aim of the DSWV is to help create a legally stable, but fair, gaming situation in German, but focusing on fighting game manipulation, addition and other gambling crimes.
The creation of the DSWV has drawn positive comments from everyone in the industry,
“The pressure must be increased or everything will remain the same. The more support we get from the industry, the better.”
-FDP vice president Wolfgang Kubicki.
“The current situation is untenable. Our goal is to remove the legal uncertainty and to ensure safe betting, both for consumers and providers.”
– DSWV president Mathias Dahms.
“This association is an enrichment and a strong ally in the war against illegal gambling and addiction.”
– Chairman of the Committee on Economics and Energy Affairs Peter Ramsauer.
This is an exciting development in Germany and we, for one, hope that it brings great change in the online gaming market. Established, fair, licensed and trustworthy operators should have the right to offer their services to German customers, and German customers have the right to choice. Choice of different operators, who might not necessarily be German established, but who are fair and well regulated within the EU.