In March 2020, the German federal states decided to accept a new German Interstate Treaty on Gambling (Glücksspielstaatsvertrag 2021 or GlüStV 2021). The new policy is to introduce some significant changes to the German gambling laws.
The new law regulates online gambling in Germany and should come into force on July 1, 2021. However, the preparations have already begun, as the new legislation will open the German market and control online gambling under strict rules to protect the players.
Even though the law is strict, the German Interstate Treaty on Gambling (ISTG 2021) is legalizing online gambling through a licensing process. The law will enforce new licensing regimes for online slots, online poker, and table games, while the existing licenses for sports betting and lotteries will be extended.
The licensing procedure will be rigorous to eradicate illegal gambling. The license will be valid for five years. However, the licensing of online casino games will be subject to a different law.
The new procedure for obtaining a gambling license will not start before July 2021. The GlüStV 2021 needs to be accepted by at least 13 out of the 16 federal states by April 30, 2021. If this happens, the law will come into force on July 1, 2021.
The Specifics of the New Law
The new gambling regulation forbids players from using multiple player accounts with different operators simultaneously. To prevent this, a five-minute break will be mandatory between logging out of one account and logging into another. The aim is to prohibit gamblers from playing offerings from different online casino providers at the same time.
The account registration procedure is going to be strict, requesting true credentials from the player that will be verified by the operator. Advertising will be permitted but with time limits. Furthermore, the players will have to set a monthly gambling deposit limit to a maximum of 1,000 EUR per month across different gambling platforms.