Tag Archives: Fourth Interstate Gambling Treaty (GlüNeuRStv)

GGL leadership changes after ‘successful first half’ to 2023

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The leadership of Germany’s Gluecksspiel (GGL) is ‘ready to go’, Board Member Benjamin Schwanke has asserted to national stakeholders, six months into the federal gambling regulator’s operations. In a series of updates this week, the GGL has provided an annual report into the workings of the German betting and gaming market since the imposition of the Fourth Interstate Gambling Treaty …

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DSWV asserts self-exclusion figures show sign of player protection progress

DSWV President, Mathias Dahms,

The German Sports Betting Association (DSWV) has responded to what it believes is an incorrect assessment of OASIS self-exclusion figures in the country’s media. Latest figures from the self-exclusion system show that the number of registered bettors rose from 47,000 in 2020 to 192,600 at the beginning of May 2023, suggesting a four fold increase in self-banned players.  These figures …

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DSWV hits back at federal calls for German betting advertising ban

DSWV hits back at federal calls for German betting advertising ban

The German Sports Betting Association (DSWV) has called attention to an argument in favour of a ban on gambling advertising from a prominent federal policymaker. Burkhard Blienert, the Federal Drug Commissioner and a member of the governing Social Democratic Party (SPD), has called for a ban on marketing of gambling, alcohol and tobacco products in public spaces, such as on …

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Munich court rules for GGL against TV outlet’s ‘game of chance’ offers

Munich court rules for GGL against TV outlet’s ‘game of chance’ offers

The Gluecksspiel (GGL), Germany’s federal gambling regulator, has won a court case regarding a ruling against an unnamed television broadcaster for promoting a gambling offering. At the end of March, Munich’s Supreme Court decided that the GGL’s ruling that the broadcaster had been providing ‘online games of chance’ in the form of ‘competitions’ was lawful, as customers could win money …

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GGL hits regulatory milestone issuing first ‘five digit offence notice’

GGL hits regulatory milestone issuing first ‘five digit offence notice’

Germany’s federal regulator, the Gluecksspiel (GGL), has issued a ‘severe fine’ against an unnamed licenced online gambling operator for advertising infractions. According to the GGL, the igaming firm ‘deliberately advertised’ its offering on websites that also promoted illegal offers, something which is prohibited under the marketing provisions of the Fourth Interstate Gambling Treaty (GlüNeuRStv). The GGL has not named the …

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Lottoland lambasts GGL ‘state protectionism’ after ISP blocking request

SBC News Lottoland lambasts GGL ‘state protectionism’ after ISP blocking request

Lottoland has accused the German gambling regulator of “creating facts” to protect the state lottery after being singled out for enforcement actions. The Glücksspielaufsicht der Länder (GGL) has been targeting Lottoland since July, citing prohibition of betting on state lottery outcomes under the Fourth Interstate Gambling Treaty (GlüNeuRStv). Defending its German operations, Lottoland has argued that the regulator’s request for …

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German Health Education Agency launches “Gambling Addiction Treatment Day” 

SBC News German Health Education Agency launches “Gambling Addiction Treatment Day” 

German healthcare and addiction support agencies will participate in the first-ever national “Gambling Addiction Treatment Day” on Wednesday 28 September.  The initiative is led by Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung (BZgA), the Federal Agency of Health Education, with the event supported by Bundestag Commissioner for Addiction and Drug Treatment Burkhard Blienert. Launching the campaign, BZgA outlined that “gambling addiction is now …

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MGM takeover provides US hope for LeoVegas amid European Q2 difficulties

Gustaf Hagman, LeoVegas CEO

As LeoVegas’ takeover by US betting giant MGM looms, the firm has encountered tricky business during the second quarter of the year, primarily in Europe. The Swedish gambling group reported a group-wide revenue increase of 1% to €98m (2021: €96m) in its Q2 2022 trading report, alongside adjusted EBITDA of €9m (€10.6m) – a margin of 9.2% and decline of …

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German industry body slams ‘political motivated’ Bremen betting shop closures

SBC News German industry body slams ‘political motivated’ Bremen betting shop closures

The German city-state of Bremen has ordered the closure of betting shops throughout the area, citing money-laundering concerts, prompting industry backlash. According to The Guardian, 32 high-street bookies had their applications for licences under the Fourth Interstate Gambling Treaty (GlüNeuRStv) rejected by city authorities, meaning any bets taken after were illegal.  City officials have also cited concerns relating to money …

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Germany’s GGL targets Lottoland in first enforcement campaigns

SBC News Germany’s GGL targets Lottoland in first enforcement campaigns

The Leadership of Gluecksspiel (GGL) – the new federal agency for German gambling has initiated its first enforcement campaign “to block the offers of ineligible lottery betting operators”. The campaign was disclosed on Friday, during a digital press conference hosted by GGL co-leadership of Ronald Benter and Benjamin Schwanke, who outlined the regulator’s initial duties and measures available to safeguard …

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