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European iGaming Legal Outlook 2013 – Germany

November 5, 2012 News & Reports

Germany: Hope and Fear for the Online Gambling Industry – the EU has to intervene…again!

The European gambling market remains a regulatory construction site, and Germany is anything but innocent in this regard. Whilst large parts of Europe have in the meantime passed modern gambling acts geared towards competitiveness and player protection, the German federal states have shifted into reverse gear with the first amending inter-state treaty on gambling (1. GlüÄndStV, or E 15 model) – at least 15 of the 16 federal states, as, up to now, the state gambling act initiated by the CDU and FDP is still effective in Schleswig-Holstein – an act which industry experts consider to be a milestone, as it, among other issues, also regulates the online poker and online casino market.

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