Tag Archives: Germany

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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German states back Schleswig-Holstein provisional framework

The parliament for the German state of Schleswig-Holstein has confirmed that Germany’s sixteen federal Bundesland (provincial governments) have backed its proposed framework on regulating online gambling services by a majority. German states will back the adoption of the Schleswig-Holstein provisional framework, allowing operators to extend existing igaming licenses until June 30, 2021.  Proposed last March, the Schleswig-Holstein framework will allow …

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6 of the Best – Design Works Gaming’s Melanie Dunmar

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This week’s 6 of the Best comes from Melanie Dunmar, Chief Operating Officer at Design Works Gaming. This new edition encompasses a private island retreat, a penchant for frightening tales and a golfing passion. Best Holiday I was lucky enough to spend my honeymoon on a private island in the Turks and Caicos called Parrot Cay. The island had white …

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Marketing active bet-at-home posts strong Q1 2019 opening

Frankfurt Xetra-listed online betting group bet-at-home AG has detailed a strong start to 2019 trading, with core corporate metrics ‘significantly above last year’s levels’. Publishing its first quarter 2019 trading update (period ending 31 March), bet-at-home records a 12% increase in group revenues to €37.2 million (Q1 2018: €33.2m) as the bookmaker benefits from an increased wagering volume of €827 …

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Bundesrat moves forward on complex German licensing framework

Germany’s sixteen federal states have approved the mandate of the ‘third amended Interstate Treaty on Gambling’, paving the way for a new national licensing regime to be implemented. Agreeing on Bundesrat (Federal Council) directives, the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein will be allowed to continue it’s operating its state-sanctioned online gambling regulatory regime allowing a number of licensed incumbents to continue …

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