The controversial process to award Germany’s 20 federal sports betting licences looks set to continue indefinitely as the ministry handling the process concedes that it will have to resolve numerous legal challenges before it can move forward.

In response to parliamentary questions on the current status of the process, Hesse Minister for Interior and Sport Peter Beuth said that the ministry was unable to predict when it would issue any licences.

He explained that the eventual date depends on the resolution of legal challenges launched by operators, with at least four of the companies that were blocked from progressing to the second round of the process currently taking legal action against the ministry (HMDIS).

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