Victory for Online Gambling in Germany

Published December 14, 2010 by OCR Editor

Victory for Online Gambling in Germany

Future of German online gaming bright after state monopoly loses in court.

European online betting giant Bwin scored a key victory for the industry last Thursday when Germany's Supreme Court passed a judgment in its favor after six years of bitter legal battles with the federal government.

The fight for the future of online gambling in Germany began in September 2004 when Westlotto, the state lottery company that held a monopoly over the industry, took out an injunction against the Austrian-based Bwin to stop it from offering its products in the German market.

Market Opens Up

Things looked ominous for Bwin and other private gambling companies when the Regional Court of Cologne ruled against it in 2006, but the decision was finally overturned in the Supreme Court ruling Thursday, marking a victory for those who wish to open up Europe's biggest market to fair competition.

Bwin CEO Norbert Teufelberger said the victory meant the company could now spend less time in court and more time to "concentrate on developing modern regulations for online gaming in Germany."

Germany has fallen far behind its European neighbors in recent years when it comes to reforming outdated laws on online gambling. France and Italy, the next two biggest markets on the continent, have both followed the lead of the United Kingdom and opened up their markets in the past couple of years to gambling companies while maintaining a commitment to ensuring safe and responsible gambling.

See also

EU: Gambling Markets Must Be Accessible

An Online Casino Victory in Italy

World Cup Big Guns Start Firing

Betfair Enters the German Football Market

Champions League: Bet Live on Tonight's Games


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