Gaming operators that serve customers in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia do not require government approval, a court has ruled, provided that their are licensed in another European Union country.

The state's Supreme Administrative Court (Oberverwaltungsgericht) ruled this week that European Union law - specifically the freedom to provide services - means that a private betting company can operate in the state without a local licence.

The court explained that this due to the absence of enforceable iGaming laws in Germany.

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