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Online gambling: Majority in Germany in favor of a regulated market

Even though Germany is an industrialized nation, in recent years it has had to admit that it is sometimes far too bureaucratic, especially in the area of online gambling. While many neighboring countries have already pushed ahead with their online regulation, the process in Germany is dragging on. The majority of the population is also in favor of legalizing and regulating online gambling. At least, that is what the survey Gambling Barometer - Opinions on Gambling revealed.

Ban no, regulation and control yes

There has been a lot of talk and discussion in Germany in recent months about the opinions of politicians on the subject of gambling. Most recently at the meeting of ministers in the capital Berlin. But what about the population, which is directly affected by the legal "games" at the end of the "food chain". Does the population even want online casinos? In this, namely 66 percent of all respondents stated that online gambling should not be banned and players run into the illegality trap. Instead, they demand that the market be regulated so that a safe offer can be created for players. Thus, the vast majority is against a ban on online offers and in favor of a controlled market. Only seven percent of respondents disagreed with the statement.

In addition, the population also appears to have a clear opinion when it comes to player protection and possible blocking options. For example, 64 percent of respondents said that a blocking file could also be useful across all forms of gambling. This is already in use in some German states and will probably be implemented nationwide in the course of a possible regulation of the market. 76 percent of those surveyed also stated that they were in favor of online games only being accessible to people over the age of 18. The state should abolish "legal free spaces" and instead ensure that these groups are adequately protected with strict standards in the interests of player and youth protection.

Industry warns of customers migrating to the black market

The survey also looked at whether all players are aware of the legality of online offers - and this does not seem to be the case. After all, 84 percent of respondents said they did not know that online gambling is illegal in almost all of Germany. In addition, more than three-quarters of those surveyed estimated that many more active users are also probably unaware that they are not gambling legally online.

Member of the management board commented on the results of the survey: "The results of the gambling barometer show one thing very clearly: we need attractive legal offers in all forms of gambling - online and offline. Otherwise, consumers will continue to be driven into the black market by the state. Also the client of the survey, which was conducted in February 2019 in the form of 1,000 online interviews. The survey was also conducted as a representative survey, which was quota-based for the population in Germany.

However, there is clearly positive news for both citizens and the industry. At the last meeting of the state ministers in Berlin, it was at least worked out that regulation of the market is very likely to take place - starting in 2021. Until then, however, most players in their federal states will have to be patient has extended its already issued licenses in this context. Whether and how the other federal states will issue licenses to gambling companies from 2021 is still completely open.

However, it is considered behind closed doors that the path from Schleswig-Holstein will serve as a groundbreaking model for all other federal states. The northernmost state decided against the State Treaty on Gaming in 2011 and did not sign it in 2012. Issued its own gambling licenses, which were previously granted to strictly controlled companies. The path is considered enormously successful and is also consistently defended. The federal state has announced that it will go its own way again from 2021 if necessary, should it not be able to reach a joint agreement with the other federal states.

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