Tag Archives: Germany

Austrian tax settlement overshadows bet-at-home’s growth momentum

Publishing its Q3 2019 trading update (period ending 30 September) Frankfurt Xetra-listed bookmaker bet-at-home AG reports continued strong commercial momentum, despite the company booking an €11.5 million Austrian tax charge. Updating investors, bet-at-home reports 2.5% increase year-to-date betting and gaming revenues of €107 million (YTD2018: €104m). The operator highlights that it has been able to maintain its YTD wagering capacity …

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Tipico boosts retail exprience with Bettorlogic content

Leading DACH-region bookmaker Tipico Sportwetten will enhance its betting shop engagement and all-round customer experience by utilising Bettorlogic content and analytics solutions. Securing a new partnership, Tipico will deploy Bettorlogic’s extensive betting content service across its entire German and Austrian retail portfolio. The agreement will see Tipico’s 1,200 betting shops upgraded with Bettorlogic’s comprehensive range of live updates and further …

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Martin Lycka: Us versus Them – psychology of gambling regulation

In the fourth of a series of columns on international gambling legislation, GVC Holdings Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka debates the antagonistic relationship that can develop between the regulator and the industry. __________________ Operators v. Regulators, undoubtedly a top billing in the industry nowadays. Just pause and think how many times in recent past you have bumped into an …

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Germany launches annual gambling awareness day

With the aim of educating German gamblers about the importance of responsible gambling, Germany’s Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) is due to host a day dedicated to raising awareness of problem gambling. The awareness day, entitled Aktionstag Glücksspielsucht 2019, will offer players additional information regarding the various forms of gambling available across Germany, in addition to a self-test feature.  …

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Martin Lycka: Sixteen kings trapped in a gambling Gordian knot

In the third of a series of columns on international gambling legislation, GVC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka ruminates on the development of the online gambling market in Germany. __________________ Once upon a time, there were sixteen kings in a land in the heart of Europe. The land’s credo was thou shalt not gamble online. Nevertheless, the kings’ subjects …

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EPG: Why working with exemptions could offset SCA setbacks

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Businesses operating in a “tricky industry such as gaming” could see conversion rates significantly drop once Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) is enforced next month, but it is not all doom and gloom writes Christian Diegelmann, CEO of Euro Payment Group (EPG) in Frankfurt and Malta. Here, he provides a quick rundown of the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2) and associated …

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Visionary Paul Gauselmann celebrates 60-years in gaming

On Monday 26 August, Paul Gauselmann – founder of German gaming machines conglomerate Gauselmann Group (Merkur Gaming) – celebrated his 85th birthday and six decades working in the gambling sector. The industry figurehead, referred to in Germany as ‘the Pope of the amusement business’, is recognised as one of the top German post-war industrialists, having grown Gauselmann into the lead supplier of …

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SIS bolsters pferdewetten.de live racing capacity

Racing content and data provider Sports Information Services (SIS) continues to advance its European profile confirming that German legacy operator pferdewetten.de has launched its ‘24/7 Live Horse Racing Channel’. Delivered through SIS’ ‘Watch-&-Bet’ vertical, pferdewetten.de (horseracing.de) will bolster its racing content engagement securing live pictures and data of 27,000 horse races a year from over 130 of the world’s leading racecourses. …

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Martin Lycka: Online gambling regulation – quo vadis?

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In the first of a series of columns on international gambling legislation, GVC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka takes a look at the history of gambling law and identifies the key elements that link the most successful regulations. When I joined the online gambling industry ten years ago one of the ultimate regulatory goals was to convince the European …

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EGBA warns Germany not to follow the Niedersachsen ‘blocking order’

Brussels-based online gambling trade body, The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA), has warned Germany against implementing the payment processing blocking order sanctioned by the regional ministry of Lower Saxony. Last week, Boris Pistorius, Lower Saxony’s minister for home affairs and sports, ordered a cease-and-desist order against a “large, international payment service provider from participating in payment transactions in connection with …

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