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Novomatic listed as sixth German online slots licensee

Operator Novomatic has received the sixth German online slots licence, joining a growing list of licensees.

This licence will allow Novomatic to have its subsidiary, BluBet Operations, operate under the domain in the country.

Mernov, a joint venture between Novomatic and Merkur, was the first operator to be given an online slots licence. Tipwin and Ruleo received licences in June this year. However, this business changed its name to Deutsche Gesellschaft für Glücksspiel (DGGS) earlier this month, as it implemented a “new shareholder structure”. Last week, Slotmagie and Merkur became the fourth and fifth operators to receive online slots licences in Germany.

This means that each joint venture partner involved with setting up Mernov now has a licence of its own.

The new slots licensees came about with the introduction of Germany’s fourth state treaty on gambling, which was enacted on 1 July last year.

This put a number of controversial rules in place, including a 5.3% tax on turnover for online slots and online poker.

After it came into force, no online slots, poker or table game operators were listen on the official whitelist for close to one year after the treaty was enacted. The state of Sachsen-Anhalt handles licensing in Germany.


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