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EGBA Files Complaint with EC over Online Poker Tax in Germany

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The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA), the Brussels-based trade union of online gaming and betting operators in Europe, has filed a formal state aid complaint to the European Commission (EC) about the German government’s move to fix a 5.3% tax on online poker and slots stakes.

According to the EGBA, the proposed tax violates the EU state aid rules because it is discriminatory against online operators. When the rule comes into force, online betting and gambling providers in the country will end up paying four to five times higher tax than their land-based counterparts.

Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of EGBA, explained:

“We have previously made our concerns about the tax proposal known to the German authorities but to no avail and they will now need to justify the measure under EU law. We appreciate the efforts made in recent years towards introducing a new online gambling regulation in the country and recognise that an appropriate tax will need to be paid by online gambling operators. However, the rate of the proposed tax is punitively high and will distort market competition and directly benefit Germany’s land-based gambling establishments over their online counterparts. We call on German politicians to rethink the proposed tax rate and bring it closer in line with the tax rate applied to online casino products in other EU countries.”

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Betsson Signs Deal with Masterpiece Gaming

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Betsson Enters B2B Sportsbook and Platform B2B Agreement With Masterpiece Gaming
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Betsson has signed a B2B supply deal with Masterpiece Gaming Limited, a subsidiary of German media group ProSiebenSat.1.

 As per this multi-year agreement, Betsson will provide its in-house developed sportsbook and technology (Techsson) as well as customer support, odds, risk management and its Payment Platform (PAAS) to Masterpiece Gaming.

This agreement is in line with Betsson’s long-term growth strategy and confirms the company’s status as a global, in-demand supplier of B2B sportsbook and platform solutions.

“This deal proves that we have a competitive sportsbook product that is attractive and in demand by the market. Adding Masterpiece Gaming to our list of B2B sportsbook solution partners confirms our ambition to be a strong supplier on the B2B sportsbook market as part of our growth strategy. We are proud that Masterpiece Gaming has chosen us as a supplier,” Pontus Lindwall, CEO of Betsson AB, said.

The agreement is based on a performance based product fee and will run for two years, with an option of renewal.

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EMP Expands Riot Games Partnership as New German National Partner for the LEC!

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As we gear up for a hot 2021 Summer Season of action at the League of Legends European Championship (LEC), we’re delighted to announce that apparel brand EMP will be joining us as a National Partner of the German LEC broadcast!

EMP is an officially licensed seller of League of Legends merchandise, creating stylish designs based on some of the most iconic characters to hit the Rift. You’ll be seeing EMP appear throughout the German LEC broadcasts, highlighting some of their incredible LoL merch designed to show off your love of the game and the champions within. We’re extremely excited that they’ve chosen to take their partnership even further and work with us at the LEC.

“We’re looking forward to expanding our collaboration with Riot Games, also in the area of sponsorship and events,” says Head of Social & Brand Media at EMP, Philipp Bensmann. “We hope for a fair and exciting season with many unique interactions within the European League of Legends community.”

“Our company differentiates itself through our exclusive merchandise products, including licensed League of Legends merch, and our close relationship with fans,” adds EMP’s Chief Digital Officer, Sascha Müller. “That’s why collaboration with an exclusive, professional and community-adjacent league such as the LEC is an important further strategic step for our gaming engagement.”

EMP are joining us for what is set to be an incredibly exciting season of action. MAD Lions are returning from an impressive Mid-Season Invitational run to prove that they’re not just a one-time winning team. Fnatic are making huge roster changes in an effort to regain their place at the top of the leaderboards. No matter who you’re rooting for, it’s sure to be an incredible season.

The LEC returns today, with EMP as a National Partner for Germany. Make sure to catch all the action on lolesports.com.

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GAMOMAT lands brace of titles at prestigious 2021 German Brand Awards

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GAMOMAT, one of the leading German iGaming development studios, came out on top in two categories at last Friday’s prestigious German Brand Award ceremony in Berlin.

In a highly competitive class, GAMOMAT walked away with titles in “Excellence in Brand Strategy and Creation – Brand Design – Corporate Brand” and “Excellence in Brand Strategy and Creation – Brand Communication – Web & Mobile”. Both awards came after an intensive process of examining the values and identity of the company.

Berlin-based agency, Less Rain, developed the corporate design of the GAMOMAT brand and the relaunch of the award-winning website. The colourful, playful and clear brand design flows throughout every element of the website. At the heart of GAMOMAT’s brand identity is the lavishly produced personalised podcast series which shines a light on the shared values and vibrant corporate culture.

“The two awards are fantastic recognition of our work, as the German Brand Award is one of the
most important for successful brand management in Germany,” says Sabine Müller, Chief Design Officer of Berlin-based GAMOMAT Development GmbH. “Winning awards is not the driving force behind undertaking a corporate rebrand, but being honoured at the German Brand Awards will encourage us to steadfastly continue our consistent brand management and effective brand communication with agency Less Rain.”

Taking to the podium twice on Friday was a proud moment for the innovative Berlin game developer and recognition for an extremely successful team project.

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