The Darmstadt Regional Council is a regulator under Germany’s Third State Treaty on Gambling and is responsible for regulating and supervising gambling activities within the country. The body is majorly tasked with meting out sports betting licenses.
The case at hand was presented by a private gaming provider who sought to challenge a blocking order issued by the Regional Council for providing online gaming services across Germany. The case was suspended by the court which means regulators in Germany will have to develop new transitional regulations regarding the provision of online gaming services instead of authorizing operators providing the services. Otherwise, the operators will be forced to exit the local market.
According to reports from local media, the Regional Council and the unnamed operator reached an agreement to have the case suspended. The two parties, however, agreed to a mutually satisfactory and beneficial resolution with the regulator, looking forward to developing a provisional regulation that will be effective until 1st July 2021, when the new permanent Germany Gambling law will take effect.
During the suspension, the Darmstadt Regional Council will take no enforcement measures against the gaming services provider. As per Germany’s Third State Treaty on Gambling, online casino and poker products are prohibited in all the 16 states in Germany except for Schleswig-Holstein.