New Day in Germany? Progress All Around on Sports Betting

Published February 29, 2020 by Lee R

New Day in Germany? Progress All Around on Sports Betting

Many groups and government bodies in Germany are suddenly softening their stance towards regulation.

German operating body Deutsche Sportwettenverband (DSWV) has announced that sports betting spending has jumped over a fifth since 2018.

The Growth

The total of €9.3bn spent by consumers on sports betting in 2019 for a 21 per cent jump since 2018.

Big Tax, No Major Events

This figures were turned in despite the lack of a major international sports tournament, generating a total tax of €500m in sports betting tax for 2019.

New Liberalised Treaty

A new treaty on gambling is under consideration would lift the online casino and sports betting ban while preserving the monopoly of Germany’s state lottery.

Application Status

At this juncture, 45 applications for new sports betting licenses have been turned in for spring issue.

German Operator Responsibility

Gambling operators in Germany are currently obliged to structure their organizational frameworks to deal with unlicensed offers and prevent players turning to the black market.

Treaty Reactions

The new treaty proceedings have received mixed responses. The DSWV expressed support of the new consensus; opponents deem the terms overly restrictive for live betting, deposit limits and account access.

Softening Stances

Meanwhile, Germany's influential state lottery association Deutscher Lotto- und Totoblock softened it's oppositional stance to iGaming legalisation by praising the regulations for preserving the state lottery monopoly while strengthening efforts to tackle black market activity.

EGBA Reacts

The European Gaming and Betting Association welcomed the Treaty as a “positive development” for the country’s market, despite concerns about live betting restrictions, advertising and curbs on player account activity.

Sports Betting President Speaks

German Sports Betting DSWV President Mathias Dahms pointed out the common good benefits being achieved by the introduction of sports betting, including the half a billion euros in sports betting tax collected.

Framework Adaptation

Dahms called on Germany's federal states to prove their regulatory frameworks can effectively deal with unlicensed offers, while protecting against “further displacement of players into the black market and distortion of competition.”

Outlook

The aforementioned developments seem to reflect a true awakening in Germany's long-stalled iGaming market.

See also

The Take Home Regulation Message for 2016: Adapt or Get Left Behind


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