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German Legislators Approve New Gambling Regulations

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German legislators have approved the new gambling regulations that would legalise online poker and casino from 1 July 2021. A decision was also made on the location of the country’s new regulatory authority.

Each of the German state parliaments must ratify the Glücksspielneuregulierungstaatsvertrag (GlüNeuRStv) bill, which intends to take the regulated igaming market into the online betting realm. It also requires approval from the European Commission.

The market will be supervised by a new regulatory authority, established through the GlüNeuRStV, based in Sachsen-Anhalt. The likes of Nordrhein-Westfalen, Schleswig-Holstein, Baden-Württemberg and Hesse were all understood to be interested in hosting this body.

Not much changes have been made in the draft GlüNeuRStV bill that was published for the public. It means while sports betting, online poker and online casino games including slots will indeed be permitted, they can only be offered with significant restrictions.

For sports betting, this limits live betting to markets on the final result or next scorer. Slots will be subject to a €1 per spin stake limit and must be offered separately to table games, with no autoplay function and no jackpots.

The mandatory deposit limit of €1000 across all providers first included in the third State Treaty will remain in effect, while operators will not be allowed to advertise between 6 am and 9 pm.

Before the GlüNeuRStV comes into force, the third State Treaty remains in place, limiting the market to online betting until 30 June 2021.

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STS secures exclusive rights to LVision’s BetBooster in Poland

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STS will deliver new innovations to its home market of Poland after becoming the exclusive operator of BetBooster, developed by sports data studio LVision.

BetBooster is an automated sports insight feed designed to optimise customer engagement with betting markets, based on historical data of markets and AI analysis of player behaviours.

STS informed that it is just the third operator worldwide to launch LVision’s BetBooster service, and has exclusive rights to the product in Poland.

“STS once again strengthens its position not only as a clear industry leader in terms of market shares (46.6% of current market share) but also as the most technologically advanced and innovative bookmaker in the country,” Mateusz Juroszek, President and owner of STS, said.

“It is also another step on the way to further consistent and effective development of our competitive advantages in Poland and on foreign markets,” he added.

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German Youth Protection Regulator Approves HooYu as a Suitable Age Verification System

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The German Commission for the Protection of Young People in the Media (Kommission für Jugendmedienschutz – KJM) has approved HooYu as a suitable age verification system.

The KJM offers providers legal certainty by reviewing concepts and systems to check that they meet the technical requirements to satisfactorily perform age verification which enables ID document validation and identification by means of an automated process involving the comparison of biometric data.

“As gaming operators embrace the new German regulatory regime, they are looking to age verification systems approved by the KJM. At the same time, operators want a customer sign-up process that makes it easy and convenient for the user to go through the age verification process. The HooYu digital KYC journey does just that, it solves both sides of the equation – what the regulator is looking for and that smooth sign-up experience that gaming operators want to provide to their users,” David Pope, Marketing Director of HooYu, said.

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DSWV Elects Jens Becker to its Executive Committee

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The German Sports Betting Association (DSWV) has elected Jens Becker to its executive committee.

Munich lawyer Jens Becker has worked for bwin for almost two decades.

Becker succeeds Christoph Nestelberger, who, according to DSWV, resigned from his office on November 30 due to a career change.

Jens Becker is looking forward to the cooperation in the DSWV Presidium and the challenge of “developing the new regulation and making it a success.”

DSWV President Mathias Dahms welcomes Becker as “a competent and committed gaming law expert for many years.” He will enrich the Presidium with his high level of competence and extensive experience in the area of ​​online regulation.

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