Berlin, May 8, 2018 — The German gaming market is continuing to rise. In 2017, the German gaming market (lotteries, stakes, gaming machines and casinos) created a gross gaming 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 this new report German Betting Market Monitor 2018 released by Goldmedia Strategy Consulting.
Record growth from the betting segment, nevertheless, lotteries are under pressure
In 2017, betting notched up the most powerful level of growth of all the gambling segments using a 17 percent and in gross gaming revenue (wagers minus payouts) in comparison with 2016. As compared with 2015, the market has increased by 33 per cent in total. This positive trend is expected to continue. The upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia will stimulate additional revenue growth for the 90+ sports betting operators that are active in the German marketplace. Furthermore, the dysfunctional regulatory policies which are still in effect in Germany are continuing to provide favourable operating conditions that are supporting further growth.
However, the German lottery section stays static and gross gaming revenue has dropped by 3 per cent, primarily due to declining ticket sales in the top grossing 6aus49 lottery game. Additionally, the lotteries are experiencing aggressive competition from online lotteries operating from Malta with no German licence.
Changes in the gaming machines segment Gaming machines attained yet another very profitable year, generating a gross gaming revenue of over 7 billion euros in 2017. But, significant structural changes on the marketplace are imminent following the introduction of new regulations. Stricter rules regulating the entire number of gambling halls as well as the minimum space allowed between them can result in a substantial reduction in the amount of gaming venues in the medium term. Even though the gaming machine operators have initiated more than 1,000 legal proceedings to stall the execution of these policies, the strong market growth that has been seen in the past few years has now come to a halt.
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