Recipients of Germany's federal sports betting licences have sounded a note of caution about the market, citing the prospect of legal challenges that could yet derail the process.

The Ministry of Interior and Sport for the state of Hesse (HMDIS), the body responsible for the licensing process, yesterday announced that 20 companies had successfully met the conditions to secure a licence.

The 20 companies have been awarded provisional licences which will be confirmed after a 15-day waiting period, and will then be officially published on the HMDIS website.

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