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August 1, 2021 News & Reports

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ICE 365: Germany’s turnover tax puts market in jeopardy

July 28, 2021 News & Reports

The expansion of online gaming in Germany has been a fraught process, and the legal market’s success will be hindered by a prohibitively high tax rate. Dr Wulf Hambach outlines what is at risk from the turnover tax, and the fight to save the market.

On 23 June, the German Bundestag passed the Racing Betting and Lotteries Act (RWG). 

The Bundesrat bill (19/28400) proposes to tax online poker and virtual slot machines in the same way as other, comparable forms of gambling. By 30 June, the new Act was published in the federal law gazette (Bundesgesetzesblatt). 

Considering the heavy criticism ahead of its enactment on July 1, this legislative process can be seen as a pure masterpiece by their initiators and lobbyists. The main challenge timewise has been to achieve a simultaneous enactment with the new State Gambling Treaty. 

Read the whole article on ICE 365.

G3 Newswire: A Silver Bullett

June 14, 2021 News & Reports

By Dr. Wulf Hambach and Yannick Skulski

The New State Treaty has been criticised by the President of State Constitutioinal Court for being rather than a political compromise a bullet proof legally compliant solution.

Gambling legislation in Germany falls within the competence of the federal states. That is why all 16 German federal states have agreed on an Interstate Treaty on Gambling to establish a homogeneous Gambling regulation. The current Interstate Treaty entered into force in 2012 and will cease to be in force by the end of June this year. One of the central provisions in the current treaty is the internet ban of § 4 paragraph 4 GlüStV, which is equally disputed in the industry and between legal experts.

Read the whole article as pdf or online on the publishing website G3 Newswire

iGB: DVTM agrees self-regulatory ad model for S-H licensees

July 7, 2020 News & Reports

The German Association of Telecommunications and Media (DVTM) has finalised a new self-regulatory framework for advertising by Schleswig-Holstein licensed operators on the country’s free-to-air TV channels.

Agreed following negotiations between the DVTM, the state Ministry of the Interior and federal advertising association the Zentralband der deutschen Werbewirtschaft (ZAW), it limits the state’s online casino licensees to 17,000 minutes of air time per month.

This would ensure a proportional representation of online casino providers in TV advertising, the DVTM, which counts eight of the state’s 11 licensees among its members, explained.

Read the whole article here.

iGB: Hamburg files complaints against trio of igaming operators

June 24, 2020 News & Reports

The Hamburg Ministry of the Interior and Sport has filed complaints against a trio of online gambling operators, which it claims have violated the prohibition on online gaming in the country.

The case is now with the Hamburg Public Prosecutor, which will be tasked with making a decision whether to pursue it.

While the Ministry would not confirm the companies named in the complaint, local media has reported that GVC’s bwin, Tipico and Bet3000 are the operators in question. The trio have been accused of illegally offering online casino and sports betting to players in the country.

Read the whole article here.

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