The controversial process to award Germany’s twenty online sports betting concessions looks to have been halted permanently after a Hesse court ruled definitively that the companies approved by the state cannot be awarded licences.

The 8th Senate of the Administrative Court of Hesse in Kassel dismissed an appeal against the decision to suspend the process, arguing that the country’s regulatory body, the Glücksspielkollegium, held far-reaching responsibilities and decision-making powers that were contrary to Germany’s constitution.

As it could pass decisions by a majority of two-thirds, the regulator was seen to have contravened German law...

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