Tipwin and Mybet join Mernov as the only online slot licensees in Germany – Licensing
Tipwin and Mybet became the second and third nationwide online slot licensees in Germany, receiving licenses today (June 23).
Tipwin – a well-known sports betting operator in the country – is now also allowed to offer slots, on a new games section of its website.
The first online operator Mybet has also obtained a license, through its owner Ruleo Alpenland. A previous iteration of Mybet filed for insolvency in 2018, before the brand was relaunched under new ownership, with a new bookmaker supplied by Kambi.
The pair join Jackpot Piraten and operator Bing Bong Mernov – which is associated with the Gauselmann Group – on the “whitelist” to offer online slots.
Online slot machines in Germany have been allowed across the country – rather than in Schleswig-Holstein – for the first time thanks to the adoption of the fourth German state treaty on gambling, which came into effect. effective July 2021.
However, this treaty had a number of conditions, including a betting limit of €1 for slot machines. In addition, operators must pay 5.3% of their turnover in tax.
Due to these terms, no online slot machine or poker licensee was listed for almost a year after the treaty came into effect. Operators and industry body Deutsche Sportwettenverband (DSWV) argued that the rules in place made mining too difficult.
DSWV and the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) have filed a formal state aid complaint with the European Commission challenging the tax rate. The bodies argued the tax would provide a “substantial and unfair” tax advantage to land-based gambling sites in Germany, which pay less tax.
Under the treaty, online table games can also be offered, but with a limited number of licenses, as states can choose between a monopoly model or a number of licenses equal to the number of land-based casinos in the state. Schleswig-Holstein and North Rhine-Westphalia are among the states issuing multiple licenses, while Thuringia opted for a monopoly.
Today Danish gambling regulator Spillemyndigheden announced that it has reported Tipwin to the police in Denmark for breaching the country’s money laundering law.