May - 10 - 2017

This week, the European Court of Justice ruled against the monopoly on betting and lotteries in force in Germany. The Court decided that the German state monopoly policy regarding this market does not conform to European standards.

In 2008, the 16 German federal states have signed the Interstate Treaty on the game of chance, which prohibits the promotion and the organization of fortune online games in the State. The treaty comes to an end in 2012.
In November 2009, one of the German states, Schleswig-Holstein, he asked lawmakers to dissolve the treaty to implement an interstate licensing system.

According to the Court’s findings: The German monopoly sullorganizzazione betting and lotteries does not reach the goal of combating the dangers of gambling in a consistent and systematic manner.

The Court pointed out that the topic put forward by Germany in order to maintain the monopoly of the games, the prevention of compulsive gambling, stop having a justification since the companies operating in monopolistic system can promote their services without restrictions.

Surprisingly, the decision was followed by an increase equal to 5% of the shares of the new group formed by Bwin and PartyGaming.Despite the monopolistic force in Germany, the German gaming market accounts for 35% of the business Bwin.
The gaming market in Germany is estimated at a value of 7.8 billion Euros, of which more than half is up to the games and betting sites that have their headquarters abroad.