Germany’s state ministers have agreed to double the number of sports betting licenses available in the country.
However, a rewrite of the nation’s controversial interstate gambling treaty has still to receive the go-ahead.
It was on Thursday 18th March that the 16 states assembled in Berlin (above) to discuss ways in which to fix the country’s stalled gambling regulations, measures that the European Union has declared illegal.
The following day – Friday 19th – representatives of Deutsche Lotto und Totoblock (DLTB), the German lottery and pool betting operator association, informed the press that the ministers had agreed to double the number of available licenses to 40.
Because of this, all 35 of the entities that have applied for licenses will make it through to the second stage of the process.
As reported by Calvin Ayre, the ministers rejected out-of-hand proposals to extend the licensing regime to include other online betting options such as casino games and poker.
So while the amended treaty will be signed into law in the summer, it remains to be seen whether the European Court halts its proposed infringement proceedings.