German gambling market grows by 300 million euros
Berlin, May 8, 2018 — The German gambling market is continuing to rise. In 2017, the German gambling market (lotteries, stakes, gambling machines and casinos) created a gross gambling revenue of 13.5 billion euros that’s an increase of 300 million euros compared with 2016. This equates to further biennial earnings of 1 billion euros in comparison with 2015. The majority of the gambling segments gained from the overall positive economic growth in Germany, however, this varied from segment to segment.
These findings are part of the new report German Gambling Market Monitor 2018 released by Goldmedia Strategy Consulting.
Record growth from the gambling segment, however, lotteries are under pressure
In 2017, betting notched up the strongest degree of growth of all of the gaming segments using a 17 percent plus in gross gaming revenue (wagers minus payouts) in comparison with 2016. In comparison with 2015, the marketplace has increased by 33 percent in total. This positive trend is expected to continue. The upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia will spark additional revenue growth for the 90+ sports gambling operators who are active in the German marketplace. Furthermore, the dysfunctional regulatory policies which are still in effect in Germany are ongoing to provide favourable working conditions that are supporting further growth.
On the other hand, the German lottery section remains static and gross gaming revenue has fallen by 3 per cent, primarily because of declining ticket sales in the highest grossing 6aus49 lottery game. Additionally, the lotteries are experiencing competitive competition from online lotteries working from Malta without a German licence.
Changes in the gambling machines segment Gaming machines attained yet another very profitable year, generating a gross gambling revenue of more than 7 billion euros in 2017. However, significant structural changes on the market are impending after the introduction of new regulations. Stricter rules governing the total number of gambling halls and the minimum space allowed between them can result in a considerable reduction in the amount of gaming venues in the medium term. Though the gaming machine operators have initiated more than 1,000 legal proceedings to stall the implementation of those policies, the strong market growth that has been seen in the past few years has come to a stop.
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