German court delays sports betting licence process

The German gambling market has been dealt a blow after the Wiesbaden Administrative Court in Hesse suspended the state’s sports betting licensing process.

The court moved to halt proceedings just hours before licenses were due to be awarded to 20 operators.

The process was delayed following complaints from a number of operators that were unsuccessful with their initial applications.

Leading operators such as Bet-at-home,, Digibet, Ladbrokes and Betfair were all due to be awarded licences by the Hesse Ministry of the Interior and Sport.

Online gaming and betting provider mybet Holding, also one of the operators to have been was approved for a licence, said in a statement that it could not foresee when exactly the licences will now be issued.

“All parties to the proceedings may appeal against the decision, following which the Higher Administrative Court may cancel the interim decision,” mybet said.

“It is not foreseeable for mybet Holding when exactly the licences will now be issued.”

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