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German Sports Betting Association Recommends Improvements to the Draft State Treaty

February 13, 2020 | Sports Betting

Increasing the attractiveness of legal offers necessary Countries should create transitional arrangements by 2021

BERLIN, Germany (February 11, 2020) — The German Sports Betting Association (DSWV) urges the federal states to revise the draft State Treaty on Gaming Regulation (GlüNeuRStV). In a statement as part of the association hearing, the sports betting providers emphasize that the market licensed in Germany in the future must be attractive enough to stand up to black market offers.

 

DSWV President Mathias Dahms explains:

The GlüNeuRStV is a first step towards modern, market-compliant gaming regulation in Germany. The agreement loosens the previous strict ban policy in gaming, which has proven ineffective in the digital age. In the course of the political compromise, structural undesirable developments have become entrenched in the GlüNeuRStV, which will pose challenges for future gaming regulations.

Concrete improvements are particularly necessary for live betting, which is still handled too restrictively. The plans to monitor players should also be defused against the background of data protection concerns. In principle, the newly created regulatory authority should be given more freedom so that it can adapt the regulations for this dynamic and technology-driven market flexibly and promptly.

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,” says Mathias Dahms.

The federal states also want to license online casino games from 2021 and channel the existing market. Dahms therefore points out the need to create a transitional regulation by then in order to channel demand in the online gambling sector into an at least tolerated market:

It would make sense to seamlessly transfer the existing offers into the new regulatory system. 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. In the meantime, customers will not stop playing and should prefer to be able to do so in a protected area of reliable providers.”

About the DSWV

The German Sports Betting Association (DSWV), founded in 2014, is the association of the leading German and European sports betting providers. Based in Berlin, the DSWV sees itself as a public contact, especially for politics, sports and the media. Its 17 members, who represent between 80 and 90 percent of the sports betting market paying taxes in Germany, are committed to modern, competitive and European law-based regulation of sports betting in Germany. All member companies have licenses in EU member states and participate in the nationwide sports betting permit procedure in accordance with the Third State Treaty on Gaming. They have paid over two billion euros in sports betting taxes in Germany since 2012.

SOURCE: Deutscher Sportwettenverband e.V.

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