Gambling Law

DFS Is Classified As Illegal Gambling By A German Regulator

Daily fantasy sports (DFS) have been categorised as "certain forms" of illegal gambling in Germany by the Gemeinsamen Glücksspielbehörde der Länder (GGL).

DFS Is Classified As Illegal Gambling By A German Regulator
DFS Is Classified As Illegal Gambling By A German Regulator

After reviewing a number of DFS variations, GGL determined at a hearing that they may be categorised as illegal gambling.

The regulator cited Germany's Fourth State Treaty on gaming, which stipulates that gaming operations may only be carried out with the express consent of the GGL.

After the hearing, according to GGL, a "well-known" DFS provider ceased business in Germany.

GGL board member Ronald Benter stated that the decision had been made to protect German players from addiction and illegal gambling offerings.

“We find that our decisions are accepted by the providers and implemented promptly,” said Benter. “This protects consumers from illegal offers and the risk of betting and gambling addiction.”

According to GGL CEO Benjamin Schwanke, keeping illegal gambling offerings at bay is a joint effort that must concern regulators and authorities.

“Fighting illegal gambling is an important consumer protection issue and can only be effective if all other authorities involved, such as law enforcement agencies, pull together,” he said.

Last month, Jackpot50 was added to Germany's white list, a list of all operators who have been granted permission to operate there.

Additionally last month, GGL granted Zeal's Lotto24 AG subsidiary a licence for virtual slots. 

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