16 States in Germany have come together to collectively agree on a transition period that will incorporate new gambling laws by mid October 2020, which will see the introduction of new, stringent age verification requirements for online gambling activities, including gaming and betting.
According to reports, the new measures and protocols will officially become law by the middle of 2021.
The new mandates have been welcomed by IDnow, a leading identity verification company that aims to make gambling safer through high degrees of security and with the use of AI to verify ID documents.
IDnow is looking forward to supporting online gambling operators and assisting with actions to be implemented to provide greater safety for consumers in Germany.
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Head of Regulatory Affairs at IDnow Rayissa Armata commented on the news:
“This is a big step for Germany’s online gambling industry, and again, it shows the importance of eKYC methods and their need to evolve.
In a world that becomes more and more digital by the day, we need to stay vigilant and constantly adapt our security requirements.
IDnow strives to contribute to responsible corporate citizenship, ensuring that the social responsibility for this industry can be achieved effectively through innovative methods.
This is the strong desire of the federal and state governments within Germany, and IDnow has been and – will continue to be – an active supporter of those efforts”
Under German law, the changes will bring about better protection and clearer rules on responsible gambling, problem gambling and underage gambling.
Despite the period of uncertainty surrounding the changes, all 16 states have agreed a transition period for the new laws and amendments to begin in order for them to meet the official commencing from 1st July 2021.
Reportedly, the new laws will include:
- It will be possible for German players to play online casino games and online poker under strict regulations
- A wagering limit of €1 will be placed per spin for slot games
- The number of licenses for table games will be limited to the number of physical locations for casinos in each state
- A €1,000 deposit limit will now be implemented across all online gambling verticals in Germany.
Oliver Obitayo, also of IDnow concluded with comments about how it will assist operators during the transition period:
“We have developed our products together with our clients, the biggest players in the market, to perfectly meet their needs.
IDnow offers AML compliant video verification, but also an approved automated verification solution.
Gambling operators can choose, depending on their security needs, which of those multiple solutions they want to use. All of them fulfill mandatory age verification requirements.
To us its more than important that our clients can offer safe service platforms to customers so underage use can be prevented.”