The German government is now on the way to introduce new regulations on sports betting, Dr. Stulz-Herrnstadt reports. The report is fresh and doesn’t have wide publicity yet, as it is only reported by Dr. Stulz-Herrnstadt’s firm, DLA Piper.

The information they provide hints at the fact that sports betting is not going to face a ban from the government. Here is what the draft of the legislation on gambling is focused on.

Experimental periods for sports betting

Sports betting is legal in Germany, and online betting is included in the list. However, the sports betting companies operated under the so-called experimental period before. The government is taking efforts to explore this market and bring in fair players in it.

Previously the experimental period was scheduled to end in 2019. The new legislation offers to extend it for two more years, setting the end date to 2021. It is possible that the date will be set back as far as 2024.

Another major improvement of the industry is the fact that the government is going to end the quotas. Before, there were only 20 licenses that the controlling body was able to give to operators. All the rest who happened to fail to get one were forced either to close shop or to operate illegally.

Now, this restriction is proposed to be ended, and the licensing body will be able to give more people a chance to operate on the online betting market.

So, overall, it’s great news to the industry. Germany is on the path of going towards fully legalized and responsible gambling. It has a long way to go, but the things we see so far are very promising.

Online gambling remains illegal

Despite the fact that Germany is very lenient to online sports betting, including horse race betting, it’s hostile towards online gambling. Online slots and casinos remain illegal under the law of the land. However, just like the Netherlands, the country must find it difficult to actually fight the websites that cater to German gamblers.

Germany notoriously asked Facebook to pay a huge fine for security violations before, but that’s a big target. Many small casinos registered in Curacao and the like can just refuse to pay a fine and go on with their business.

The only hope the market has as of today is that the government officials see the benefits of having online gambling regulated as well. To be fair, there isn’t much that separates the two in terms of impact on society.

Both gambling activities can be devastating to a poor, hopeless population. At least that’s what many politicians seem to believe. However, in developed countries, this is not a problem at all.

It seems weird that Germany still refuses to give online gambling a shot. Especially since most of the bill they propose is littered with experimental things.

Considering the fact that their neighbors, the Netherlands, are trying to legalize gambling, there’s hope that Germany tries to as well.