GamingIntelligence: Latest German court ruling offers protection to online gamblers

Published on GamingIntelligence.com Germany’s controversial State Treaty on Gambling has suffered yet another blow after a court ruled that authorities may not prosecute players for gambling on unlicensed sites. Last week’s decision overturns the original ruling by the Munich Regional Criminal Court, which had said that Section 285 of the German Criminal Code (Strafgesetzbuch) could…


GamblingCompliance: Germany Loophole Creates US-Style Fantasy Sports Climate

By Daniel Macadam, published on GamblingCompliance Whereas betting operators believe daily fantasy sports will struggle to replicate US success in the UK and other established markets, Germany’s regulatory shortfalls may make it a more accessible target. Betting executives are sceptical about the European appeal of daily fantasy sports, which has thrived in the US thanks…


GamblingCompliance: European Commission Challenges German Gambling Model

By David Altaner, published on GamblingCompliance Germany has not answered the European Commission’s concerns on the country’s sports-betting monopoly and its ban on online casino and poker, the commission said in an “EU Pilot” approach. The approach is a structured dialogue that is the first step toward possible infringement proceedings that could culminate in litigation…


GamblingCompliance: German Sports Bodies Protest At Licensing Chaos

By Daniel Macadam, published on GamblingCompliance Germany’s Olympic and football federations have delivered another blow to the country’s licensing of sports betting by quitting their role in the ill-fated process. All the members of a sports advisory council to Germany’s federal gambling regulator are refusing to work until their concerns about the licensing paralysis are…


GamblingCompliance: German Regulators Reveal 20 Betting Licence Winners

By David Altaner, published on GamblingCompliance Ladbrokes, Bet-at-Home, Bwin.Party and Betfair were among the winners of 20 German sports-betting licences revealed yesterday by German regulators, while bet365 and Tipico were among the losers. Regulators at the Interior Ministry in the German state of Hesse have circulated the names of the 20 successful applicants for the…


iGamingBusiness: German body awards sports betting licences

Published on igamingbusiness.com Online gaming and betting provider mybet Holding has been named as one of the first group of operators to have been awarded a German sports betting licence by the Hesse Ministry of the Interior and Sport (HMDIS). The licence, which will not be issued until September 18, will enable mybet to offer…


ECJ confirms special path taken by Kiel

By Peter Bock, published at www.sponsors.de The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has decided on German gaming legislation. According to this decision, the special path taken by the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein does not violate the coherence requirement under EU law.  The ECJ decided the question as to whether the temporary issue of licences for…


Economic Summit on the Island of Sylt: Gaming law still is a legislative patchwork

Published by Ansgar Lange, source: www.gaminglaw.eu Expert panel: Financial Blocking collides with data protection – Kiel gaming act stands for sustainable security in online gaming Sylt, May 2014 – Games are a fundamental element of our culture. Human beings are players – and without their desire and ability to play, large parts of our culture…


GamblingCompliance: German Betting Tender Progresses As ECJ Sets Digibet Decision Date

Published by Daniel Macadam, GamblingCompliance Europe’s highest court will rule next week on a case into the enforceability of Germany’s internet gambling restrictions, but lawyers believe it is unlikely to disrupt the country’s contentious betting tender as applicants move into the final phase. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) will release its judgment on June…


GamblingCompliance: German Betting Licences Set To Miss World Cup Kick Off

By Daniel Macadam, published at GamblingCompliance German operators yesterday said that sports-betting licences will not be issued in time for this summer’s football World Cup, with many looking ahead to 2015 instead. Commercial and state operators alike at a conference in Berlin dismissed any hopes that the coveted 20 licences would be active ahead of…


GamingLaw.eu: SPONSORs Sports Gaming Summit

Source: GamingLaw.eu “First Schleswig-Holstein goes it alone, then the E-15 treaty is signed, and finally the Hessian Ministry of the Interior rejects all remaining betting licence applications. Annoyance, uncertainty and a lack of understanding prevails – so what happens now with the licences, new technologies, sponsorship and financing of popular sports? There is an urgent…