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DSWV: Interstate deficiencies will be exposed in critical summer for German sports 

DSWV President, Mathias Dahms,

Deutscher Sportwettenverband (DSWV), Germany’s Sports Betting Trade Association, has called on Bundesländer (state authorities) to back its call for a “realignment of regulations in 2024”. The trade body has urged Germany’s 16 federal states to face the deficiencies of the Fourth Interstate Gambling Treaty (GlüNeuRStv), the framework that has re-regulated the country’s online gambling marketplace since July 2021. 2023 was …

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GGL calls for extensive virtual game testing to strengthen German market

SBC News GGL calls for extensive virtual game testing to strengthen German market

Germany’s Federal Authority for Gambling (GGL) utilised its presence at last week’s ICE London industry conference to talk about the importance of safeguarding virtual games before they reach the end German consumer. Representatives from the organisation took the time to reflect on several recent GGL supervisory activities, pinpointing a common problem when it comes to testing individual virtual games of …

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Maarten Haijer, EGBA: Europe requires greater cooperation on forthcoming gambling resolutions

Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of EGBA

Ahead of ICE London’s opening day, Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA), outlines the trade body’s proactive approach to 2024’s regulatory agenda, which will likely be disrupted by general elections across multiple markets. The EGBA remains committed to fostering cooperation among operators and key stakeholders to improve standards and harmonisation practices of dynamic and evolving …

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Pferdewetten.de rolls out retail expansion plan for SW Shops 

SBC News Pferdewetten.de rolls out retail expansion plan for SW Shops 

Pferdewetten.de AG has outlined its plans to acquire 25 new betting shops to help expand the retail presence of its Sportwetten.de brand across Germany’s federal states. As disclosed to German media, Düsseldorf-based Pferdewetten announced that it had “signed a declaration of intent” to acquire 25 betting shops from a “renowned company in German sports betting.” Established in 1997, Pferdewetten serves …

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Germany’s free gambling addiction hotline secures multi-year funding

SBC News Germany's free gambling addiction hotline secures multi-year funding

The German gambling regulator, Gemeinsame Glücksspielbehörde der Länder (GGL), has secured financing for the country’s free gambling addiction hotline of the Federal Center for Health Education – BZgA – for the next few years. The GGL declared that the main associations of the German gaming industry have jointly- backed the BZgA hotline with further funding. Covering a third of the …

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Gauselmann officially renamed Merkur Group

SBC News Gauselmann officially renamed Merkur Group

German gaming giant Gauselmann Group has officially changed its name to Merkur Group. The rebranding was completed on 1 January with the entry in the commercial register and – 67 years after its foundation – the holding company Gauselmann AG will now operate under the new name Merkur.com AG.  The company’s Founder and Chairman of the Management Board, Paul Gauselmann, …

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GGL awards “Gambling Advertising Study” to Berlin’s eye square agency 

GGL

Glücksspiel (GGL), the Federal Authority of German Gambling, has awarded its “Gambling Advertising Study” to eye square GmbH, a media research group. As announced on 10 August, the GGL published its tender requirements for a “study coordinated with Germany’s 16 federal states,” titled “Gambling advertising on television and on the Internet in the area of conflict between channeling and addiction …

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DSWV claims full-house as ODDSET joins trade body

SBC News DSWV claims full-house as ODDSET joins trade body

Deutscher Sportwettenverband (DSWV) has accomplished a major directive for its trade body, as ODDSET Sportwetten joins its association representing the interests of German bookmakers. The addition of ODDSET as a new member will see DSWV represent all betting businesses licensed in Germany, since the launch of the Fourth Interstate Market (GlüNeuRStv), on 1 July 2021. DSWV noted: “ODDSET’s membership represents …

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Entain: GGL must address German gambling’s black market exposure 

SBC News Entain: GGL must address German gambling’s black market exposure 

Entain Plc has backed the findings of the ‘Schnabl Study‘ highlighting the significant presence of black-market operators targeting Germany’s Fourth Interstate Market (GlüNeuRStv). Published by the trade bodies of DSWV (sports betting) and DOCV (online casino), the study conducted by Prof. Gunther Schnabl of the University of Leipzig, found that ‘around half of the online gaming activity in Germany takes …

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GGL rejects criticism of data collection on black market exposure 

SBC News GGL rejects criticism of data collection on black market exposure 

Glücksspiel (GGL), the Federal Authority of German Gambling, has clarified its stance on “data collection approaches” to determine the size of the black market targeting national consumers. The GGL acknowledged that “studies aiming to determine the market size of illegal online gambling are currently contentious, yielding different conclusions than the states’ data”. The studies referenced are likely those commissioned by …

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