Germany is now getting closer to legalizing online games, including betting and gambling. Online betting started in Germany in 1995, but its popularity increased when the world welcomed 2000.
The reason behind this is rapid advancements in technology, and not did everyone have a smartphone or P.C. back then. With the progress of time, Germans have their own smart devices and a very stable internet connection.
Hence, they can easily access betting sites and bet on their favorite sports. Some land-based bookmakers also host international events in Germany. Online betting is taking over physical betting.
New legislature of betting
Until 2008, online gambling was ignored by government officials. In 2008, the Interstate Treaty on Gambling (ISTG) banned all gambling activities other than sports betting and horse gaming. This treaty stopped license issuance to any operator to host or conduct events inside Germany.
The eligibility of online gambling is legal for 18-year-olds and older. All German states accepted initially, but later, some moved out of the agreement and even issued a timely license to organizers. Still, gambling is on the grey list of Germany. At the beginning of 2020, the government legalized all online gaming activities in Germany.