German Report Shows Decline in Problem Gambling

German Report Shows Decline in Problem Gambling

Germany's programs designed to detect problem gamblers seem to be working

The number of problem gamblers in Germany is steadily declining.

Encouraging news are coming from Germany, where the latest research shows a decline in a number of problem gambling issues.

The numbers were released last week, as a part of a thorough Drug and Addiction Report 2017 that saw some 11,500 people give their answers to carefully selected questions.

Excellent Numbers

A total of 11,500 participants took part in the survey, while 37.3% of them indicated participation in one or more forms of gambling during the period of twelve months prior to the survey.

This number indicates a 2.9% decline when compared to the results of the 2013 report when 40.2% of the respondents made the same answers. If we compare these figures to a similar survey conducted in 2007, we’ll see a staggering decline of 55%.

The respondents were asked a series of questions in order to access if they met the qualification as problem gamblers. The further analysis of the study grouped the respondents into identified gamblers those with severe gambling problems.

The recent numbers show a decline in both these categories when compared to 2013, which also represents the spine in problem gambling. This statistical trend in Germany is completely different compared to another large European gambling market – the United Kingdom, where problem gambling is on a slight rise.

Comparison to the UK

The United Kingdom is very important when estimating this kind of data, since along with Germany represents the two leading European economies, at least in terms of volume.

In addition to this, the UK is the culture where gambling is not as frowned upon as in some other parts of the Continent, while publicly admitting to personal problems and issues could be more stigmatizing.

To summarize, a jump in problem gambling rates in the UK might be a good thing, since it indicates the system is protecting vulnerable people from gambling. Admitting is often the first step towards the recovery.

In Germany, the early programs detecting problem gamblers seem to be very efficient. Bear in mind this doesn’t mean such measures aren’t efficient in the UK, but simply the target population is on the rise.

Let’s face it: identifying problem gamblers is a challenging process, which differs from country to country.

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LeoVegas is New Betting Wife/husband of German Handball Confederation

LeoVegas is New Betting Wife/husband of German Handball Confederation

LeoVegas Sports agrees advertising deal in Germany

LeoVegas Sports strikes deal with German Handball League.

LeoVegas Sport, a part of the Swedish LeoVegas Group that also runs a high-quality casino, has partnered with one of the strongest handball leagues in the world, the German DKB Handball Bundesliga.

The new deal will see the two sides work together for at least next two seasons, 2017/18 and 2018/19.

The newly-signed partnership will include a wide variety of activities, including the usual allocation of advertising space for the events organized by Handball Bundesliga.

New Partner Already Introduced

LeoVegas Sport was officially introduced as the Handball Bundesliga new sports betting partners last week, during the Pixum Super Cup match between the ruling champions of Germany Rhein-Neckar Löwen and THW Kiel, the last season’s cup winner.

LeoVegas Sport presented itself in the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, while the match was won by Rhein-Neckar Löwen. In addition, the company will increase its presence on Handball Bundesliga online channels. A similar range of activities is planned for the All Star Game, scheduled for February 2, 2018.

As a part of the deal, LeoVegas will be able to use the name and the logo of the Handball Bundesliga in its advertising campaigns for the duration of the partnership agreement.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Handball Bundesliga, Frank Bohmann, said it was a great honour to sign the deal with such a successful company like LeoVegas Sport

Both Sides Pleased With the Deal

Tobias Scholz, Head of DACH region (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) at LeoVegas said the company was pleased to be a partner of one of the world’s most successful Handball competitions. He commended the Handball Bundesliga on its excellent online interaction with fans and added he expected the two sides to achieve great things together.

Scholz said this was an excellent match for the famous brand and a very good requisite for the future implementation of joint projects.

On the other hand, Victor von Kollege, Handball Bundesliga Head of Marketing & Cooperations believes both companies will benefit from the new deal. He also said the Handball Bundesliga was already planning new activities with LeoVegas Sport, which the fans could look forward to in the near future.

The two sides will also tackle the important topic of sports betting and corresponding responsive handling that comes along with it.

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European Commission On the Hottest German born Gambling Covenant

European Commission On the Hottest German born Gambling Covenant

European Commission has a problem with proposed Germany Betting Treaty.

Brussels put the latest German plans regarding online betting on hold, after the European Commission found several major flaws with the proposed State Treaty.

All 16 German federal states were involved in drafting the new treaty on gambling, which was completed back in October, but it seems we won’t see it come into effect just yet.

Numerous Problems

The treaty dealt with some of the more controversial articles of the previous one, which capped the number of available licences to 20, leaving many of the operators high and dry. This decision was later overruled in court, so the new treaty called for all 35 applicants to receive the temporary permits.

In practice, such move would exclude the federal government from the decision making process, which the EC found to be anti-competitive.

The treaty also recommended the further study of other online gambling markets inside the European Union, in order to gain perspective on current trends and development processes, but the EC called this plan indecisive enough, with no clear view on the mechanisms of consumer protection.

Many parts of the new treaty were viewed by Brussels as incomplete and not effective enough on certain issues.

Is the New Treaty Really Necessary?

The Minister-Presidents of the 16 federal states will meet on March 16 to discuss the provisions of the new treaty and to vote on it. The opinion of the EC is not obligatory but it will definitely influence the outcome of the voting, since the Commission itself has the power to impose certain sanctions on Germany if the treaty is ratified.

But many question the necessity of signing this treaty, since the previous one – approved in 2012 – hasn’t stopped the serving of domestic players. Those against argue the new treaty could lead to a strict reaction of the EC and have costly consequences for the country’s betting revenue. Consequently, this could reflect on the taxes collected from the betting.

Germany collected €307 million in betting taxes last year, which is an increase of 28% when compared to 2015, with the main reason being the Euro 2016 held in France.

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