The long-running process to award Germany’s twenty federal sports betting licences has come to an end just over two years after the country’s five-year State Treaty on Gambling came into force, with high-profile operators including bwin.party, Ladbrokes and Betfair approved alongside a range of local operators.

The state body responsible for handling the licensing process, the Hesse Ministry of the Interior and Sport (HMDIS), has awarded its full complement of licences to the companies that were deemed to most closely match the criteria set out in State Treaty on Gambling (Glücksspielstaatsvertrag). A number of high-profile applicants, most notably Tipico and bet365, were surprising omissions from the final list.

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