More Delays with German Online Gambling Licenses

Published on 19 September 2014 by Rhi

More Delays with German Online Gambling Licenses There has been a host of confusion and delays ever since ever since 2012, when the existing German gambling laws (from 2008) were replaced by a new German “Interstate Treaty on Gambling 2012” also known as “ISTG”, who wanted to overhaul the licensing process and regulations in Germany.

The EU were critical of the move from the start, as it seems to have been done without any real reason and more for political agenda. This criticism caused an immediate 6 month delay and now, just when it seemed like some huge casino names were going to be granted their licenses, proceedings have been halted again. This will no doubt be frustrating for those who were so close, but is good news for those who were previously unsuccessful.

The ISTG allows private providers to accept sports bets online and pledges further legislation, which will further liberalise the German gaming industry, however, it still demands a state monopoly for games of chance and a general ban on online gaming.

The new regime recently issued 20 online gaming operators with provisional licenses, which were due to be reissued as full licenses on the 18th of September, but now a number of unsuccessful (and even some successful) applicants have questioned the process and the Administrative Court of Wiesbaden has ordered this to be halted whilst these complaints are heard and investigated.

It is reported that unsuccessful applications such as Tipico, BetVictor, bet365 and Sportingbet are amongst those issuing legal challenges, as well as Betlic, even though their brand was one of the 20 applicants to receive the temporary license.

No one can be sure what will happen next in Germany, but rest assured we’ll keep you posted on all the latest updates.

Did you know?

  • Ladbrokes, Betfair and were amongst the 20 who received provisional licenses?
  • Licenses that were issued under the previous laws (Schleswig Holstein) still remain valid until 2018, even though new operators must conform to the much stricter ISTG policies?
  • This halt is no surprise as legal challenges were widely expected within the industry.


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