Key takeaways from Hesse’s informational meeting on sports betting licenses in Germany

Key takeaways from Hesse’s informational meeting on sports betting licenses in Germany

On 13 August 2019 the competent gambling licensing authority of Hesse, the Darmstadt Regional Council, held an informational meeting on the upcoming 2020 sports betting licensing procedure in Germany. This was an opportunity for stakeholders in the sports betting industry in Germany to discuss questions about the recently published minimum licensing requirements directly with the authority. DLA Piper attended this meeting and here are our key takeaways:


Responsible gambling

Operating different brands

One sports betting operator may operate different brands and websites under one license. The details of this need to be explained by the operator in the sales concept and in the security concept.

Additional requirements

Dealing with unlicensed operators

At the moment the authority monitors around 160 sports betting operators in Germany. It expects all of them to submit a license application. If not, the authority will request the operators to submit an application within a specified deadline. If an operator does not submit complete licensing documents upon that request, the authority will interdict the operator’s sports betting business in Germany.

Next steps

Submitting an excellent application will speed-up the licensing process. This includes not only complete licensing documents, but also a content of the documents that complies with the regulatory requirements.

The authority intends to update its website with FAQ and new requirements and documents for the licensing procedure from time to time. A substantial update is to be expected until the end of the year. This will include a form with all necessary declarations that the applicant just needs to sign (instead of drafting the declarations on his own). Further questions about the licensing procedure may be discussed with the authority (in German).

This article originally appeared on our MSE Passle.