No Online Casino Licenses Were Granted in Saxony-Anhalt

By | October 11, 2021

According to the latest news in the casino sector, German states have begun publishing whitelists of gambling companies that are allowed to operate under the Fourth State Treaty of Gambling (GlüNeuRStv).

The German region of Saxony-Anhalt, which houses the country’s federal gambling regulatory agency, Glücksspielbehörde, has recently disclosed the list of ops that have received GlüNeuRStv license. The new legislation allows operators to provide services in multiple branches of the gambling sector, including:

betting on sports events;
online casino;
digital slots;
betting on horseracing events;
instant games.

However, the authorities of Saxony-Anhalt have granted a total of 35 licenses exclusively for sports betting services. The list of the licensees includes major foreign and domestic sportsbook companies, such as Betway, bet365 (Hillside Media), 888 Deutschland, and Entain Plc. No permits were granted for online casino sites, slots, or poker. The registry didn’t reveal whether any gambling companies have applied for the GlüNeuRStv license.

Such a low interest in getting an online casino license may be caused by strict limits and regulations imposed on online gambling businesses by the German gambling law. After its launch on July 1, The German State Treaty on Gambling was heavily criticized for strict stake caps and a high 5.3% turnover tax. The German sports betting association (DSWV) and EGBA have even filed state aid complaints about the legislation.

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