Gibraltar-licensed online gaming operator Digibet suffered a setback today after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled  that the more liberal gambling policy adopted temporarily by the German state of Schleswig-Holstein does not damage the consistency of the stricter policy pursued by the other German states.

The ruling was issued in response to a request from Germany's Federal Court for clarification on whether Schleswig-Holstein's liberal gambling policy may affect the prohibition on games of chance in the other German states, as they relate to European Commission rules on the freedom to provide services.

The German Federal Court case involves Digibet and state lottery operator Westdeutsche Lotterie (WestLotto), which had secured a court ruling ordering Digibet and its managing director Gert Albers to cease offering games of chance via the internet to players in Germany.

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