The gaming industry in Europe is growing in all fields and compliance is one of the biggest issues driving the sector at present. The regulatory authorities in many countries set strict age verification requirements to ensure maximum security. Now the German states agreed on a transition period for the new online gambling law.

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The gaming industry in Europe is growing in all gaming fields, and it is expected to generate up to EUR 180 billion by 2021. During 2018 over 2 billion people were engaged in various types of gaming activities from console and online casinos to mobile gaming.

In Germany, the main legal framework governing online gambling has been the Third Interstate Treaty for Gambling (Glücksspielstaatsvertrag or GlüStV). This has traditionally been loose coordination of laws among the 16 federal states which enforced such laws on a state-by-state basis. Now that it has been set aside, Germany’s states are quickly moving forward to ratify and put into effect a new Gambling Treaty, Glücksspielneuregulierungstaatsvertrag (GlüNeuRStV). This is set to go into effect in June 2021. The new treaty will also serve as the basis for a transitional period where gaming providers who conform to the new rules, regulations, and license requirements (namely player ID verification and age verification) can operate as early as October 2020. So, it is time to act now!

This transition period will allow operators to offer sports betting, casino, and poker games, which will ultimately encourage players to move away from the black market.

In Germany identification and verification, rules are prescribed under the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority, BaFin, which prescribes video identification for obliged entities, including operators of games of chance. Under the Fifth EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AML5), gaming service providers will have to continue to follow video identification regulations for AML and KYC obligations in Germany.

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In our business, flexible customer service, security and legal compliance are crucial. With its online identification solution, IDnow offers us the very best in all areas. Many customers use our services via smartphone using our app while on the move. With IDnow AutoIdent, we can now accept orders independently from our service centre around the clock – worldwide. This will enable us to meet increasing global demand and provide our users with a perfect customer experience from the moment they sign up, without making any compromises regarding legal compliance.

Nigel Birrell
CEO at Lottoland


The regulatory limbo is over. Are you sure you meet all the gambling licensing requirements? Our Guide: Gaming KYC tells you how to be ready for the new gaming regulation.

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New Gaming Regulation.

In May 2019, the UK Gambling Commission set out regulations that make online gambling safer and fairer. The latest rules prescribe that operators must verify customer age before any customer can deposit funds into an account or gamble with the licensee using their own money or a free bet bonus. The Commission also requires customers to be age verified before accessing “free
to play” versions of gambling games on their website. These new developments intend to help operators prevent and detect criminal activity, the underaged, and the vulnerable from gambling. The regulator encourages gaming operators the possibility of using AI/biometric applications (like IDnow AutoIdent) to identify players.

Sanctions for non-compliance can be brought forward by the Commission or the police for operating without a license. The Commission can impose financial penalties and/or revoke licenses for failure to identify underaged players, illegal advertising, and other offenses. Key will be implementing a solution that provides operators a seamless and secure process that identifies and protects its players and meets compliance requirements. IDnow has the experience and products that serve our clients to meet compliance requirements.

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  • Quick and reliable player ID verification.

Age Verification.

A solid and secure age verification process makes the gaming industry a safer place for everyone. With IDnow AutoIdent this step is easy, uncomplicated and fully online. Your customers register themselves on the website or app and then directly go to the fully automated identification process. Within minutes a customer is verified and able to start using your products and offers.