GVC, Gauselmann and Tipwin secure first German betting licenses

The Regional Council of Darmstadt awarded its first sports betting licences. The operators secured those first licences are the four GVC Holdings brands bwin, SportingBet, Ladbrokes and Gamebookers, Gauselmann Group’s Cashpoint brand and Tipwin.

GVC’s CEO Shay Segev commented: “The award of these licences is great news for GVC, bringing the clarity and certainty that we have long sought for sports-betting in Germany. Combined with the recent Tolerance Policy we can now look confidently to the future, building on our position as a market leader by delivering an unparalleled, innovative experience for our German customers. The much-anticipated regulation of online gaming in Germany re-enforces GVC’s position as the most globally regulated and responsible operator in our industry.”

Gauselmann Group’s founder and CEO Paul Gauselmann said: “As early as 2014 my group had more than met all of the requirement in the first licence procedure and emerged as number one from the examination of this extensive procedure. Unfortunately, it has taken until today to end this legal state of uncertainty, but I am all the more pleased that we are now finally among the first.”

Markus Ettlin, head of sports betting for the company, said: “We will be one of the first to offer a betting programme to sports lovers in the state. After many years of legal limbo, binding rules now apply to everyone in the German sports betting market. This now strengthens consumer and player protection because now not only customers who are enthusiastic about games, but also politicians, authorities and society can differentiate between legal and illegal providers.”

Tipwin also pointed out that it had been cited as having met all the licence conditions in 2014. Its managing director Ivica Batinic and head of legal Damir Böhm said in a joint statement that they were relieved that the long-standing legal uncertainty had been ended: ”The granting of the licence promises a great opportunity for everyone involved, whether that’s people, politicians, authorities, providers and consumers. It is the first step towards a real and responsible regulation of sports betting in Germany. We hope that this will pave the way for the new GlüStV 2021, further legal improvements and also an effective enforcement against providers who are not willing to regulate.”

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