Germany is set to enact a new Interstate Treaty on Gambling that would reconfirm the prohibition of online gambling in all German states except one – Schleswig-Holstein. As the EU Commission reviews the treaty, research body MECN indicates online gaming in Germany will grow to €1.7bn by 2015, driven by poker and lotteries.
Before the new treaty comes into effect, lawmakers must determine whether online licensees in Schleswig-Holstein will be able to operate throughout the country. The German region passed its own gaming law in Sep 2011 that permits online poker and casino games. Three licenses have since been issued to Betfair, JAXX and state-owned Oddset.