MRGC | New German Sports Betting Licensing Procedure
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New German Sports Betting Licensing Procedure

20 Aug New German Sports Betting Licensing Procedure

This week, stakeholders of the gaming industry in Germany gathered to learn about the new German sports betting licensing procedures in Frankfurt.

On 13th of August, 2019, around 200 representatives took the opportunity to inform themselves in Frankfurt about the new German sports betting licensing procedure. The Regierungspräsidium (RP) Darmstadt, being responsible for implementing the procedure throughout Germany, had organised the event.

The 3rd Amendment to the State Treaty on Gambling (3. GlüÄndStV), which the Prime Ministers of the 16 federal states of Germany agreed to during their conference in March, provides that, in the case of all sports betting operators successfully participating in a new licensing procedure, they are in favour of licenses being  granted from spring 2020 and expiring by the 30th of June, 2021.

The cap of the number of licences to be issued is no longer contained in the legislation. The new Treaty must be ratified in all state parliaments until the end of the year, in order to for the new regulation come into force.

According to the RP Darmstadt, the assessment of submitted application documents will commence upon the 2nd of January, 2020, provided that the new Treaty will pass all state parliaments until 1st of January.

Operators on the German market not having applied for a licence should expect to become subject to regulatory prohibition proceedings, at their own costs.

The licence requirements can be found here in German. The RP Darmstadt declares that requirements may be subject to changes until the end of the year 2019.

This is an unofficial link of the press release issued by the RP Darmstadt in German, accessible at