DSWV – German online restrictions will not stand up to channelisation demands

Mathias Dahms, President of the German Sports Betting Association (DSWV), has urged Bundesrat officials to ditch the ‘agreed’ online sports betting restrictions of the inbound 2021 ‘Fourth Interstate Treaty on Gambling’.

Representing DSWV members, Dahms states that restrictions of sports betting markets and in-play restrictions would simply be ‘proven as ineffective for a digital age’.

Despite amending Interstate Treaty provisions to allow for online casino services. Germany’s 16 Lander (states) have maintained controversial sports betting policies including capping player deposits limits to €1000 per month and restricting in-play market wagering.

Dahms urges Lander executives to rethink policies and standards with regards to online sports betting to protect German consumers from black market actors.

“A rigid set of rules that cannot be changed in the next few years will neither help player protection nor will it push back the black market that will continue to exist in the future,” he said.

In his statement, Dahms underlines that current frameworks will fail to secure an appropriate level of consumer channelisation to regulated market services, should the German market open in July 2021.

Advising stakeholders, Dahm urges that the Bundesrat should be preparing a ‘transitional regulatory framework’ to ensure its ‘channel demands’ – protecting online gambling consumers and safeguarding its new marketplace.

“Certified and reliable sports betting providers should not have to switch off their gaming products by 2021 and leave them to the black market providers,” Dahms continued. “In the meantime, customers will not stop playing and should rather be able to do so in a protected area of reliable providers.”

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