GPWA Times Magazine - Issue 53 - July 2022

Clouds It’s been one year since the divisive Fourth Interstate Treaty on Gambling was unveiled in Germany and the question for affiliates, operators and players remains: Is ISTG 2021 doing more harm than good? By Michael Schumann he Fourth Interstate Treaty on Gambling (ISTG 2021), accepted by the German federal states in March of 2020, came into force on 1 July 2021. The ISTG 2021 brought highly-anticipated and long-discussed changes to the legal framework on gambling in a coveted new iGaming market. As a result, online gambling became legal on German soil. Furthermore, the ISTG introduced new regulations for other gambling-related fields, namely sports betting and payment options within the gambling industry. As stated by the ISTG 2021, the new regulations were adopted for the following reasons: • To prevent gaming addiction and promote gambling control • To provide an attractive online gambling market that will help channel players to locally licensed operators • To protect minors and provide absolute player protection • To protect players from fraudulent activity and to prevent gambling-related crime • To protect the integrity of sports competitions Controvers Germa G P W A t i m e s . o r g 30