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German self-exclusion system OASIS to launch in August

| By Richard Mulligan
Germany’s new centralised self-exclusion system will go live on 2 August – more than a month after the new licensed online market launched today (1 July).

The OASIS player blocking system is being introduced under the terms of the State Treaty on Gambling (GlüNeuRStV), through which legal online gambling is allowed throughout Germany’s states.

OASIS, which is a nationwide instrument for protecting gamers and combatting gambling addiction, is currently undergoing final tests and optimisation ahead of its launch at the start of next month, according to an update from the state of Hesse. All operators in Germany must sign up to the OASIS system under the terms of their licences.

Under the GlüNeuRStV legislation, the lifting of a self-exclusion ban can only be requested by a player at the earliest after a minimum term. The minimum term for an unlimited ban is currently one year, with limited bans corresponding to the duration of the period requested.

The GlüNeuRStV, which legalises online poker and slots for all eligible operators, and provides for a more limited range of table games, was first approved as far back as March 2020 by Germany’s heads of state. It was then notified to the European Commission in May, before being ratified by Minister-Presidents in the 16 states in November.

Under the Treaty, the state is to host a new federal regulatory authority for gambling, that is likely to take two years to be fully operational.

Germany’s leading gambling operators this week urged politicians to clamp down on unlicensed brands ahead of the implementation of the legislation.

The German Sports Betting Association (DSWV) said the “long overdue” regulation will create unattractive framework conditions for those who operate legally, so unlicensed operators must be rigorously sanctioned and deterred by the federal authorities.

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