After more than a decade of false starts and missed opportunities, operators finally have legal certainty in Germany.
However, stringent controls on products, a high tax rate and a legislative process that has largely been opaque has left many dissatisfied. A state aid complaint filed with the European Commission over the 5.3% turnover tax may lead to further upheaval, and the industry faces a fight from offshore competitions unencumbered by regulation.
This sets the scene for a period of further change, court dates and debate to ensure the market succeeds.
The WRB Europe’s spotlight on Germany concludes with a look ahead at what can make a difficult situation better for the industry.
Dr Joerg Hofmann, Head of the Gaming & Betting Law Practice Group, Melchers Law Firm
Luka Andric, managing director, Deutscher Sportwettenverband
Joe Saumarez Smith, chairman, Eyas Gaming
Jovana Popovic-Canaki, managing director, Masterpiece Gaming
Keen to learn more about Germany’s re-regulated gaming market? Europe’s biggest opening of 2021 to date will be discussed by an expert panel at iGB Live! The show runs from 28 September to 1 October, and will feature the session Embracing regulated igaming: Germany focus – register here to book your place.