Internet betting ban confirmed

Internet betting ban confirmed

The Federal Court of Justice upholds the State Treaty on Gambling, meaning that gambling and sports betting on the Internet remain banned. According to the judges, the regulations do not violate European law. The fight against gambling addiction outweighs the right to freedom of services or IPL betting app.

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The Federal Court of Justice has upheld the ban on sports betting and other gambling on the Internet. The ban does not violate EU law, the court ruled. As a result, five domestic and foreign betting companies whose offers German players could use were defeated. The BGH ruled for the first time on the legal situation after the State Treaty on Gaming of 2008 came into force.

The decision also affects providers who had received gambling licenses from GDR authorities before reunification in 1990. According to the ruling, they are also not authorized to offer games of chance on the Internet.

According to the case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union, the defendants cannot rely on a license issued by another Member State, such as Gibraltar or Malta, to offer games of chance on the Internet in Germany.

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According to the judges, the ban on gambling on the Internet is indeed a restriction on the free movement of services in the EU. However, the objectives pursued by the State Treaty on Gaming, such as combating addiction, protecting minors and preventing fraud, could justify such restrictions. Because of the greater dangers of the Internet - in particular anonymity, lack of social control and availability at any time - this distribution channel may be restricted more than conventional sales channels, the ruling states.