Microgaming expressed its support for the proposed German online gaming legislation and expressed its “socially responsible business” commitment to providing players with a solution designed to prepare them for the new regime.
Germany intends to enforce a licencing regime for commercial operators of online slots, to introduce a range of new initiatives to encourage social responsibility and to reduce gambling-related harm.
A five-second interval between reel spins, monthly deposit limits and a maximum stake limit are new directives, while all online gaming items must be displayed in the German language.
Leon Thomas, commercial director at Microgaming, commented: “As a socially responsible business, Microgaming broadly supports the regulatory changes in Germany, where we will be providing our customers with a solution that includes some of our most popular and successful titles – long before the new gambling laws coming into force next year.”
The new regulations will formally come into force in July 2021, after which it is possible to grant the relevant licences. In the meantime, there will be a transitional tolerance policy whereby operators will communicate with the market if new regulatory regulations are introduced. Those who disregard the new rules will be disqualified from the official licencing process in the future.
The company says it aims to introduce a solution compliant with the ‘Tolerance Policy’ by October 15, a move it noted will allow customers to “to be technically ready to enter the German market at the flick of a switch.”
More than 150 games, including top titles Book of Oz (Triple Edge Studios), 9 Masks of Fire (Gameburger Studios) and Bonanza (Big Time Gaming), will be made available to Microgaming clients on the market.