The Minister-Presidents of Germany’s 16 federal states have ratified the third amended Interstate Treaty on Gambling, paving the way for operators to apply for sports betting licenses in the market, while Schleswig-Holstein will be allowed to run its own, liberal regulatory regime.

Licenses will come into force from January 1, 2020 and run until June 30, 2021. The new system will effectively act as a placeholder, with a view to a complete overhaul of Germany’s gambling regulations by 2021.

Digital security specialist Ronald Prins has been appointed as the new chairman of the Netherlands Gambling Authority’s Advisory Council.

Nederlandse Loterij and Fonds Gehandicaptensport, a charitable fund for handicapped sports, have extended their partnership for another two years.

Nederlandse Loterij has announced the four nominees for its annual “In Beweging Prijs.”

The Flemish Ombudsman argues for the abolition of the Belgian National Lottery.

Zeal Network has cited the acquisition of a record number of new customers as the main reason behind year-on-year financial growth in 2018, describing the year as a “milestone” twelve months for the lottery brokerage.

The Malta Gaming Authority is considering to implement a Unified Self-Exclusion System to be applied to the regulated gaming industry in Malta.

The Norwegian Ministry of Culture has submitted proposals to ban foreign gambling ads from being broadcast to Norwegian citizens.

The Republic of Ireland Government has set out plans to form a new gambling regulatory authority with oversight of the country’s online and land-based market.

888 Holdings has announced the first phase of its roll-out of a new poker platform, Poker 8, available to all new customers through 888Poker.com.

Sportech saw a decline in revenue for 2018, falling 4% to £63.7m ($83.9m).