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Updates in iGaming and Gambling Legislation in Germany

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Is there a gloomy forecast for Germany’s gambling industry? Due to significant delays and shifts, the German betting industry has been clouded by uncertainty in recent years. Sixteen German federal governments signed a gambling treaty in 2012 intending to introduce sports betting to the online casino industry.

Learn about the difficulties facing Germany’s sports betting industry here.

Finally, the long-awaited (partial) reform of German gaming law has taken effect. The new German Interstate Treaty on Gambling (ISTG 2021) became effective in July that year, making the German market available to private operators. 

Despite issues with the licensing process private operators must go through, several companies have applied for and been granted licenses. Courts have been kept busy over the past year by players seeking to recover winnings from private operators. Different judicial judgments, their justifications, and new developments are described here.

 

Recent Organizational Shifts in Key German Gambling Authorities

Each of Germany’s 16 federal states has some say over gambling regulation, which means 16 different federal agencies could rule on the matter. But two bodies were already appointed by the federal states to handle licensing procedures. 

The Darmstadt Regional Council (RP Darmstadt) in the state of Hesse is in charge of issuing licenses for online sports betting in Germany. Saale in Saxony-Anhalt is regulated by the State Administrative Office in Halle, which gives gambling licenses for games, including online slots and poker. By the end of the year 2022, both of these organizations will be rendered ineffective.

All German online gambling licenses and enforcement mechanisms, such as prohibition orders, IP blocking, and barring payment service providers, will be transferred to the newly established Joint Gambling Supervisory Authority in Halle on January 1, 2023. 

Since July 1, 2022, the GGL has been actively pursuing legal action against illegal gaming offers and promotions. The GGL principally employs the above-mentioned procedures, IP blocking and blockage of payment service providers, to implement prohibition orders. 

In addition, the GGL can begin criminal investigations in concert with the district attorney’s office. To guarantee that gambling businesses can function on a level playing field, the GGL should ensure that the law is consistently applied and enforced.

 

Methods of Obtaining a License

Private operators can apply for sports betting, virtual slot machines (online simulation of the terrestrial slot machine), and online poker licenses under the Internet Gambling Regulation and Tax Act of 2021 (ISTG 2021). Each permit is good for five years after it is issued.

 

Playing Casino Games Online

Online gambling is excluded from the rulemaking. This category includes online broadcasts of real-life casinos that allow viewers to join in the action and computer-generated simulations of popular casino games like blackjack and roulette. 

Federal states have different rules regarding the possibility of acquiring a license for online casino games. The individual federal states have the option of either allowing exclusively state-based operators to offer online casino games or of granting permits to private operators as well. 

There will be a restricted number of licenses available to private operators if the federal states elect to issue them, in contrast to the permits for i.a. virtual slot machines and sports betting. 

Many federal states still need to make up their minds on whether or not private operators should be able to apply for an online casino games license, as the experts from https://casinoreviewers.com need to rank casinos in Germany as well. It has already been announced that the federal governments of Schleswig-Holstein and North Rhine-Westphalia intend to offer licenses to private operators.

Schleswig-Holstein and five by North Rhine-Westphalia will issue four permits. License applications for online gambling are currently being prepared. Lawmakers will probably base the regulations on what is required to run a traditional casino.

 

eSports, Poker, and Slots

Online sports betting, virtual slot machines, and poker have remarkably similar licensing procedures with minor differences. The most crucial elements of the general norms are summarized here.

By the end of 2022, all valid online sports betting licenses issued during the ISTG era will have expired. Applying for new licenses to offer online sports betting under ISTG 2021 for 2023 and later is presently underway, with the first licenses likely to be issued in the fourth quarter of 2022.

To operate online slot machines, the first licenses have already been awarded. In the upcoming months, we anticipate a steady influx of new licenses.

Following ISTG 2021, the authorities maintain an online official list of all licensed and authorized operators and brokers of games of chance (so-called safelist).

 

The Recovery Claims

Not a new occurrence, recovery claims have seen an increase in activity over the past year as more and more participants attempt to recoup their investments from private operators. 

No final and binding high court ruling has been rendered even though these claims have occupied courts for several years: Some courts have ruled in favor of players and awarded them compensation (such as the LG Köln and the AG Essen), while others have ruled against them and denied their claims (such as the LG München I and the AG Euskirchen, LG Regensburg, and LG Dresden – most of which have not yet been published). It appears that sports betting is beginning to revive. In this case, business owners have a fair possibility of successfully challenging reimbursement claims in court.

The fact that players lost their money at unlicensed German online casinos is at the heart of recovery claims. Casino patrons claim that the casinos have illegally taken their bets back, while casinos counter the fact that the patrons knowingly engaged in unauthorized gambling.

Gamblers commonly take legal action against the financial institutions that process their deposits and withdrawals at online casinos.

Even though the judgments mentioned above were handed down in a pre-ISTG 2021 legal atmosphere, comparable cases are still possible because internet casino operators in Germany still provide services to the German market without the necessary license.

 

Conclusion

To sum up, the recommended actions do not promote channelization. The current state of affairs is that local operators complain that the measures proposed by regulatory authorities encourage black market activity.

Germany’s betting community and business owners have long awaited legalization. The time is coming when online sportsbooks will be entirely legit. However, the current doubts will remain. The local gambling industry is looking forward to a more stable future.

 

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“Cheer for those who cheer for us”: FAVBET calls on Ukrainian football fans to support Ukraine’s allies at the 2022 World Cup

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November 20 marked the kickoff of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. An event long anticipated by football fans and quite unique in several respects. This year, for the first time ever, the World Cup takes place in the Middle East, in winter, and… against the backdrop of the largest military confrontation in Europe since World War II.

While the stands of Qatari stadiums explode with applause, Ukrainian fans hear explosions in the streets of their cities, and the Ukrainian army bravely resists unprovoked Russian aggression on the several thousand kilometers of frontlines.

However, even in such circumstances, FAVBET and Kyiv-based creative agency Taktika found a way to engage Ukrainian fans and remind the world that football is not only about fighting, but also about unity and support that goes beyond the borders.

“The world will not see our team on Qatar’s football pitches, but for almost a year it has been watching our fight on a pitch of a different kind – the battlefield. And not only watching, but tirelessly supporting. England, the Netherlands, Spain, Poland, the USA, France and many other countries have been supplying and training the Ukrainian military, providing shelter to our citizens and defending our interests on the diplomatic front. We decided that the World Cup is a great opportunity to say thank you to Ukraine’s allies for this unwavering support,” says FAVBET’s creative copywriter Mykola Bezkrovnyi.

The campaign is based on short videos shot on the streets of Ukraine’s capital city of Kyiv. The centerpiece of the story are the Ukrainian fans with vintage scarves, which, many years ago, they waved during the matches of Ukraine’s team against our current allies. “We once held these scarves because we fiercely wanted to defeat you. We hold them now because we sincerely want you to win. Just like you want us to win too,” says the voiceover of the campaign’s manifesto.

This campaign was Favbet’s idea, and our task was to find the best form and style for it. We realized that we once used to be opponents on the football pitch with almost all of our current allies. Now, the scarves from these matches are turning from symbols of our rivalry into those of unity. Many fans still have them at home as a memory. We decided to use thescarves as a powerful visual symbol and built a campaign around them,” says Roman Gurbanov, Taktika co-founder and creative director.

In addition to the manifesto, the campaign also includes videos dedicated to supporting particular Ukrainian allies like Poland and England. The videos were shot by Ukraine-based studio Digital Religion known for their advertising work for the world’s leading brands like Samsung, Visa, Pepsi, Uber, and others. Check out the videos on FAVBET’s YouTube:

Support those who support us

FAVBET’s new campaign is not only a token of gratitude to the allies, but also a reminder that the war, unlike a football match, does not end with the referee’s whistle. While the World Cup will wrap up in a few weeks, Ukraine will continue its fight against the aggressor that seeks to destroy Ukrainian identity and its need for support will remain as high as ever. That is why FAVBET Foundation is now accepting international donations so that football fans from all over the world can also contribute to Ukraine’s victory. Make your donation on the Foundation’s official page

As an international company with Ukrainian roots, FAVBET has been supporting Ukraine since the first days of Russia’s full-scale invasion, implementing numerous humanitarian initiatives and providing the Ukrainian military with the necessary equipment. Today, 95% of FAVBET Foundation’s projects are focused on helping the country’s citizens and the army, i. e. evacuating residents of frontline cities, purchasing ambulances and vehicles for the needs of the Armed Forces, as well as supplying high-tech communications equipment and drones.

Credentials

FAVBET

Head of Brand – Alexander Tarasov

Brand Manager – Anna Lytvynchuk

Marketing Project Manager – Yanina Baranetska

Creative Producer – Oleksii Marakhovskyi

Digital Content Producer – Iryna Kondratyeva

Creative Lead – Anatoly Simachynskyi

Creative Copywriter – Mykola Bezkrovnyi

Digital Religion

Director – Gleb Feldman

Taktika

Creative Director – Roman Gurbanov

Art Director – Illia Pochkun

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World Esports Championships Finals Begin with Spectacular Opening Ceremony

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IESF welcomes World Esports Family to Bali for the largest edition of its flagship event

The International Esports Federation (IESF) officially opened the 14th World Esports Championships Finals today in Bali, Indonesia. The Opening Ceremony kicked off IESF’s historic WE Championships with an athlete parade, special performances, and speeches from IESF President Vlad Marinescu and Esports Federation of Indonesia (PBESI) President Budi Gunawan at the Merusaka Nusa Dua Hotel. 

The ceremony welcomed athletes, referees, fans, event organizers, government officials, and others from the World Esports Family. The ceremony began with the Indonesia Raya, the national anthem of Indonesia, and the official PBESI march. IESF then did an official raising of its flag to mark the start of the event. Inspired by Indonesian and Balinese culture, the ceremony featured traditional dances as well as extraordinary performances by Indonesian artists Alffy Rev, Wizzy, and Ecko.

The WE Championships remain the sole international esports competition where athletes compete to represent their countries. Over 600 players representing 106 countries will compete across six games: CS:GO, Dota 2, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, eFootball ™  2023, Tekken 7, and PUBG Mobile, making this the largest and most geographically diverse edition of the event since its inception in 2008 with a record prize pool of $500,000. 

An athlete representative from each country joined in the athlete parade of the Opening Ceremony to carry their country’s flag to celebrate the event’s largest and most inclusive edition. Additionally, IESF showcased its commitment to responsible gaming and providing referees with the highest level of certification to ensure fair and safe competition. This year’s referees took an oath on stage during the Opening Ceremony, alongside an athlete representative, to safeguard responsible gaming. 

IESF President Vlad Marinescu spoke at the ceremony and said: “Welcome to Bali for the 2022 World Esports Championships Finals. We are elated to see a historic 106 countries, more than double from last year’s edition, competing in the 14th edition of this event right here in the Land of Gods.  All of you here in this beautiful country and those watching are proof and reflection of the growth and progress of the World Esports Family.”

In his speech, PBESI President Budi Gunawan said: “The Indonesia Esports Summit and the 14th IESF World Esports Championships, wil declare our commitment to set new standards for organizing world class esports event. We sincerely hope that the 14th IESF World Esports Championships Bali 2022 will be a new momentum for all these great talents from around the world to build friendship and peace” 

The competition will conclude with the Closing Ceremony and a special announcement on December 11, where one nation will be crowned the World Esports champion. 

The Finals will be live-streamed across seven IESF Twitch channels, one dedicated for each game. The full lineup of competing nations and all other information related to WEC can be found on the official website

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SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator Announced New Campaign with Spinago

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Online jackpot campaigns are becoming extremely popular in the iGaming community as a powerful tool to attract and retain players and improve overall brand performance. This trend is all the more reinforced by the SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator’s new cooperation with Spinago, as the two partners launch a worldwide jackpot campaign.

Spinago has been operating under a Curacao license since 2020, managing a varied game and sports betting portfolio. The operator accepts deposits in fiat and cryptocurrencies and provides 24/7 player support.  

In partnership with the Jackpot Aggregator, Spinago has launched its first jackpot campaign with three independent levels: Standart, Mega, and Grand. Each level offers unique progressive money prizes, with a maximum reward of 80,000 AUD to a lucky player. The jackpot campaign has no wager. Players might bet in slots and live games with a minimum bet of 1.5 AUD. There are no restrictions on the number of bets, same as there are no limits on raffled hits. 

Besides setting up the promotional campaign, the SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator provides end-to-end support to ensure a smooth and seamless user experience. 

Reflecting on the collaboration, the Spinago team notes: “We appreciate working with the software provider who offers not only a flexibly configurable product but also reliable support. The team behind the Jackpot Aggregator managed to quickly set up the campaign and settle all the details with us, taking into account our goals and requirements.”

Aliaskei Douhin, Head of SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator, shares his thoughts about the partnership: “We are proud to see an increasing number of iGaming operators who elect to use our product as a driver of growth and scaling. The Jackpot Aggregator team is grateful to Spinago for the trust and opportunity to show how this jackpot campaign will attract new players and reactivate existing ones.”

The SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator offers a unique, multi-purpose Jackpot as a Service (JaaS) business model to strengthen brand performance and boost player acquisition and retention. 

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