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Betway and Betsson latest to earn German sports betting licences

| By Daniel O'Boyle
The Regional Council of Darmstadt (RP Darmstadt) has granted online sports betting licences to Betsafe, under the trading name Wegame, and Betway, allowing these operators to offer online sports betting to customers across Germany.

The operators were both added to the list of licensees, as were three new divisions of Tipico, bringing the total number of licensees to 27.

Wegame’s licence will cover the Betsson brand, as well as Betsafe, Casinowinner, Guts, Rizk Sport, Nordicbet and Schnellwetten.

Betway had already agreed partnerships with Bundesliga football clubs SV Werder Bremen, Hertha BSC and VfB Stuttgart prior to gaining approval from RP Darmstadt.

“We are thrilled to announce that Betway has received a sports betting licence from the Regional Council in Darmstadt,” Betway group chief executive Anthony Werkman said. “As a leading regulated online betting and gaming company this gives us the transparency and security to cement our position as a responsible gaming provider in the German market.

“We look forward to delivering on our commitment to our German customers, offering them an unrivalled online sports betting experience in a safe, fair and responsible environment.”

The first 15 operators to receive licences under the new German state treaty did so in October 2020, after  a legal challenge by Austrian bookmaker Vierklee that had previously derailed efforts was withdrawn.

The first group included  four licences for GVC Holdings, as well as approvals for Gauselmann Group and Tipico, and Austria’s Novomatic. 

Interwetten, Bet3000 and Betclic Everest’s Bet-at-home brand followed in November, while Stoiximan-owned Austrian operator Betkick Sportwettenservice and Malta-licensed Betago both received licences last month.

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