Germany’s illegal gambling market reaches €400-600M GGR

Germany’s illegal gambling market reaches €400-600M GGR

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Germany’s illegal gambling market reaches €400-600M GGR

The GGR of the illegal gambling market in Germany is estimated at €400-600 Million despite strict regulations.

The German Gambling Authority (GGL), which has drawn criticism from industry participants for its strict control, enforces severe regulations on the gambling sector in Germany. Nevertheless, the market dynamics for 2023 show the regulator’s accomplishments as well as its challenges.

Impressively, the legal German gambling market’s Gross Gaming Revenue (GGR) in 2023 totaled €13.7 billion. On the other hand, it is estimated that the illicit gambling market, which operates outside of legal structures, brings in between €400 and €600 million annually.

Over the course of the year, the GGL undertook a comprehensive review of 1,864 gambling operator websites. Of these, 133 sites were identified as non-compliant and subsequently blocked. The breakdown of these actions is as follows:

  • 87 sites were linked to offshore operators, circumventing German regulations.
  • 46 sites were identified as affiliate sites promoting illegal gambling activities.

In addition, 104 cases of gambling regulation violations were the subject of criminal proceedings by the GGL, indicating a strong enforcement strategy.

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