Published on February 8, 2015 in Industry News

Flag of GermanyThe German online gambling market has lost several high-profile sites due to its highly-restrictive online gambling legislation and it’s only going to get worse.

Online gambling legislation introduced in July 2012 which allowed only for the regulation of online sports betting and banned all other forms of online gambling has been quite a blow to German online casino owners.

Recent additions to the legislation have also spooked casino operators.

In June of 2014, the European Court of Justice ruled that purely because Schleswig-Holstein, a German state which still offered gambling licenses, was willing to support online gambling didn’t mean the rest of the country would be doing the same.

A 25-year-old man was also recently found guilty by the District Court of Munich of illicit online gambling for playing on an online casino site. The unnamed man was forced to repay more than $72,000 in winnings and an additional fine of $2,400. 

These recent occurrences have scared off many online gambling casinos and the most recent to follow suit are several Playtech casinos., Club777, Mansion Casino, SlotsHeaven and LesAcasino have all announced that they will be blocking players from Germany.

New players can still sign up but they will be blocked from any making real money transactions.

German Playtech customers received an email stating that they would no longer be able to make real money transactions at their favourite Playtech casinos as of the 30th of January 2015.

The email read: "We regret to inform you that a closure will begin in the German market for all brands. All accounts will have to be stopped no later than January 30th, 2015."

While German players will have to find new online casinos to spend their hard-earned money, German-speaking players from other countries need not worry about being banned from playing at any of Playtech’s many casinos.