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Many new casinos that hold a German licence are being launched. Why is this?

By now, eleven online gambling firms hold a German license for virtual slot machines. A closer look at the licensed internet sites shows: many gambling providers are launching new online casinos instead of applying for a licence for an already existing online casino. What is the reason for the fact that so many new online casinos with a German license are opening?


Malta’s gambling authority publishes annual report for 2021

A few weeks ago the Maltese Gambling Authority published its annual report for 2021. The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) regulates all gambling and games of chance in the country. Besides the land-based gambling it also regulates the online gambling sector which plays an important role in Malta. But what were the results of the annual report of the Malta Gaming Authority?


COMPUTER BILD: Interview with GGL-bosses

A few days ago the well-known computer magazine COMPUTER BILD had a look behind the scenes of the Gambling Authority for all regions in Germany (GGL). They also carried out an interview with the two chairpersons Ronald Benter and Benjamin Schwanke.


Till now nine licences: Further providers receive German licence

Gradually even more operators of online gambling are receiving the much-desired German licence. Meanwhile the official whitelist in Table 8 already lists nine entries under “providers for virtual slot machines”. But which providers hold a German licence and thus may offer a complete and legal slot machine service?


New live casino studio opens in The Netherlands

Unibet and Stakelogic Live will open a new live casino studio in The Netherlands. This was recently announced by the software providers Stakelogic during a press conference. The Dutch players can look forward to the latest camera, transmission and microphone technologies. But can gambling enthusiasts from other countries profit from the new live casino studio?


Austria: online casino must pay back 1.6 million Euro to client

A recent judgement by the Austrian Supreme Court will not go down well with the online gambling provider PokerStars. The judges condemned the providers to pay back the gambling stakes to the player who sued them. These came up to around 1.6 million Euro. But how could it be possible that a single player had lost such a high amount when playing at PokerStars?


First casino licence issued: Who is behind the Mernov?

In mid-May of this year, the competent authority finally issued the first German licence for virtual slot machines. The company which had pre-emptively applied for the necessary licence was the Mernov Betriebsgesellschaft mbH. In the meantime, the company has been renamed. But who is behind the company which managed to acquire the first German casino licence in Germany?


GGL relies on anonymous whistle blowing portal

The Gambling Authority responsible for all regions in Germany (GGL), which is based in Halle (Saale), will be accepting anonymous referrals to help it in its drive to combat illegal gambling. For this purpose, the Authority has set up a referral portal where those who are infringing the law can be reported anonymously. But how successful will the new anonymous whistle blower portal of the GGL be?


Is the Gambling Authority in Germany blocking IPs?

Since the 1st of July 2022, the GGL, the Gambling Authority responsible for all regions in Germany, has taken over the responsibility of combatting illegal online casinos nationwide. In the past, German Authorities had limited to no possibility of combatting illegal gambling offers on the internet. Now, with the introduction of IP-Blocking and Payment-Blocking, all this will change.


Which online casinos have a German licence already?

The New State Gambling Act in Germany (GlüStV) has been applicable for more than a year. However up till a week ago the German Authorities had not issued a single licence for virtual slot machines. It now seems that the authorities have started approving the applications for licences. Till date three providers have received an official German licence. Which gambling providers are they?


As from July 2022: Unibet stops operations in Germany

The Scandinavian Gambling Group Kindred Group plc will in the coming days pull out its flagship brand Unibet from the German market. Since some time, no new players could register on the platform anymore. But what are the reasons, that Unibet will stop operations in Germany?


Online Casinos defend themselves against players’ complaints

In view of the increase in the number of complaints by the players, several online gambling providers are going on the offensive. If we take Germany, in the past two years there were more than 1000 player complaints against online casinos with a Maltese licence. Reclaiming the losses suffered seems to have taken the root as a business model for some start-ups.


Drake gives away Bitcoin for 1 million USD in Casino Stream

Just a few days ago the rapper Drake gave away a total of 35 bitcoins to the community during a gambling stream. The total worth of these bitcoins runs into around one million US-Dollar. This was reported by the music magazine AllHipHop. But why was the successful rapper so generous?


Gauselmann subsidiary receives first German licence for online slots

Nearly a year after the new State Gambling Act (GlüStV) came into force in Germany, the competent authorities issued the first German casino licence for virtual slot games. Thus, the Mernov Betriebsgesellschaft mbH is now officially licensed to provide online slots. But which brands are behind this company and when will further licences for slot games be issued?


GB: Celebrities banned from gambling advertisements

Recently even more professional athletes and celebrities have decided to advertise for gambling providers. For example, Lothar Matthäus is advertising for the sports betting provider Interwetten and the goalkeeper legend Oliver Kahn is advertising for the industry pioneer Tipico. In Great Britain gambling advertisements from celebrities is now banned. But does a general advertising ban with celebrities make sense?

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