Last Friday. the prime ministers of the sixteen German federal states (Länder) reached broad agreement on the outline of a new Interstate Treaty on Gambling to replace the current treaty that has been widely criticized by the courts and the European Commission.

The previous treaty’s restriction on issuing no more than twenty sports betting licenses will be scrapped, to be replaced with an uncapped system in which minimum quality standards are the criteria.

The gaming regulators of the Länder are also instructed to consider recent developments in other European countries with regard to online casino games “in order to investigate which regulatory measures will further contribute to the goals of the Interstate Treaty in this area,” potentially opening the door to the legalization of these games.

As we reported in last week’s newsletter, the District Court in The Hague found that lottery operator De Lotto (now: Nederlandse Loterij) was awarded its lottery license in a manner that violated European regulations. The Court’s full verdict has now been published.

Online operator Mr Green has reported improved year-on-year performance in Q3-2016, attributing the gain to the introduction of its sports betting service and a stronger market position outside the Nordic region.

Spanish operator Grupo R. Franco announced that it will begin a start-up accelerator program for innovative entrepreneurs, emulating the example of UK operator William Hill.

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is to undertake a consultation on possible changes to its Remote Gambling and Software Technical Standards (RTS).