Recently, a draft for the 3rd Amendment to the German Interstate Treaty on Gambling (Staatsvertrag zum Glücksspielwesen in Deutschland – “GlueStV”) has been published (“3rd Amendment”). The draft for the 3rd Amendment is available in German here.

Proposed changes under the draft for the 3rd Amendment

The key changes under the proposed 3rd Amendment are as follows:

  • The current version of the GlueStV contains a rather restrictive quota for governmental sports betting licenses in Germany. According thereto, only 20 licenses are available for all of Germany and only for a certain experimental period expiring on 30 June 2019. This 20-licenses-quota is currently subject to pending court proceedings before German administrative courts which led to a de facto suspension of the quota. A key change under the 3rd Amendment is the intended complete removal of the 20-licenses-quota for the deration of the experimental period.
  • At the same time, the experimental period shall be extended until 30 June 2021. A further consecutive extension until 30 June 2024 may be possible.
  • The 3rd Amendment to the GlueStV shall enter into force on 1 January 2020.

Continue Reading German Interstate Treaty on Gambling under revision: Additional sports betting licenses may be available soon

According to a press release of 28 October 2016, the Prime Minister Conference agreed to repeal the limitation to 20 licenses for private sports betting providers. Further, the German gambling regulators are invited to take appropriate enforcement measures on illegal gambling, in particular, online-gambling.

Background

In 2012, the new Interstate Treaty on Gambling (Glücksspielstaatsvertrag