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German gaming machine operator association Deutsche Spielbankenverband (DSbV) has called for payment providers to stop processing illegal gaming payments and for an end to “incoherent case law” around online gambling in the wake of the Wirecard scandal.

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A number of German states are in discussions over a potential transition period that could allow operators to continue offering online casino products until the vertical is legalised from July 2021.

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Zeal Networks has increased its financial projections for 2020 after a strong first half of the year saw a significant increase in billings, and the business exceed its full-year target for new customer sign-ups in Germany.

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Secretary General of European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) Maarten Haijer has criticised Germany’s planned online gaming regulations, arguing they will not be sufficient to attract players to the regulated market over unlicensed sites.

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Nordrhein-Westfalen (North Rhine-Westphalia/NRW) Minister of Finance Lutz Lienenkämper has responded to accusations that the state government altered the accounts of state-owned operator Westdeutsche Spielbanken (WestSpiel) to facilitate the privatisation of the business.

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The German Association of Telecommunications and Media (DVTM) has finalised a new self-regulatory framework for advertising by Schleswig-Holstein licensed operators on the country’s free-to-air TV channels.

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German gaming giant Gauselmann Group and Austria’s Novomatic Group reacted with dismay after authorities in Berlin implemented new restrictions on gaming halls, that will force the majority of the city’s 496 arcades to shut.

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New figures from Germany’s state lottery association the Deutscher Lotto- und Totoblock (DLTB) reveal that lottery sales in the first half of 2020 rose 4.2% to €3.75bn.

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German gambling revenue is set to reach €3.3bn by 2024, according to new market projections from consulting and research provider Goldmedia.

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Members of the Freie Demokratische Partei (FDP) have questioned the government of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) on payment blocking orders, suggesting the orders were not justified given the imminent liberalisation of the German online gambling market.

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