ANJ Announce 10 New Online Sportsbook Licenses

After its summer break, France’s new ‘unified federal authority’ for gambling L’Autorité Nationale des Jeux (ANJ) announced that it has renewed another 10 licences for online sportsbooks.

ANJ has taken full responsibility from former regulatory ARJEL for licencing criteria for France’s regulated online gambling marketplace since its creation last June.

2020 marks the 10th anniversary of France ‘s launch of its regulated online gambling platform, where ANJ has renewed a total of 14 sports betting licences to operate.

The French online gambling industry currently maintains a total of 19 licenced operators providing the sports betting, horseracing and online gambling services.

Taking over licencing responsibilities, ANJ announced that it has only approved one new operator ‘GENY INFO’ to enter the sports betting marketplace in France, enabling the incumbent to launch the specialist racing bookmaker ‘GenyBet.’

For sports betting, ANJ added that its licencing renewals would be set for a five-year cycle, based on strict operator actions related to maintaining player protections, AML, sports integrity and safer gambling ads.

In its update, ANJ reported that, in addition to operators registering their operating software with ANJ monitoring systems to ‘ensure player guarantees,’ its renewed operators have updated website terms and conditions to reference its regulatory authority.

Further developments in ANJ have seen the extension of BetConstruct’s Vivaro Limited European B2C subsidiary licencing requirements, enabling the company to launch barrierebet.fr in collaboration with the French heritage hotels and leisure operator Groupe Barrière.

Closing its comment, ANJ estimates that the ‘overall GGR of the approved online market reached €758m – an increase of 8% compared to the first half of 2019.’