Germany’s highest civil court, the Federal Court of Justice, has ruled that the prohibition of online gaming is justified under the objectives of the State Treaty on Gaming, such as the protection of minors, the fight against gaming addiction and the prevention of fraud.

In respect of five suits brought by state-owned lotteries against betting operators, including bwin e.K which continued to offer gambling services after implementation of the State Treaty, the court said that the ban on online gaming in Germany did not constitute a breach of European law.

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