Almost all the casinos represented in the German industry association DSbV were able to continue the positive development of 2022 in 2023. In 2023, the public-sector casinos and the Merkur Group in North Rhine-Westphalia, which is part of the association, achieved gross gaming revenue of €684.5m, up from €549.1m a year earlier. In 2023, DSbV members welcomed 3,462,618 guests, compared to 2,738,296 in 2022. In 2023, the entire industry counted 6,810,351 visitors (2022: 5,471,892).
“The guests trust the casino because they know the brand and appreciate the gaming culture,” says Kerstin Kosanke, President of the DSbV. “The result is all the more pleasing because it was achieved in a highly competitive and increasingly strong competition. The number of visitors shows that the state-licensed institutions clearly reach their target group assigned by the legislator. They are thus successfully fulfilling their mandate to channel gambling and make legal offers. The economic results also show that the state-licensed casinos can stand up to the online competition. There is no doubt that digital transformation is part of everyday life, including gambling. But a look at the guest structure shows that the licensed casinos confidently carry their unique selling point of offering live gaming into almost all demographic layers. We are firmly anchored in the middle of society, and that is analogous.”
To illustrate the market conditions, Kosanke refers to the revenues in legal gambling, which the Yearbook Addiction presented in mid-2023: In 2021, they increased by 15.2 percent compared to the previous year to €44.1bn; The main driver of the increase was sports betting with a turnover of €9.4bn (according to the German Sports Betting Association). The data portal statista forecasts a BSE of around €3.3bn for online casinos in Germany in 2024, almost 60 per cent of which will be generated by casinos with a German license.
The following are organized in the DSBV: The Bremen Casino, the Baden-Württemberg Casinos, the Brandenburg Casinos, the Saarland Casino, the Casinos in Schleswig-Holstein, the Bavarian Casinos, the Saxon Casinos and the Merkur Casinos in North Rhine-Westphalia. Together with the other state-licensed but privately managed casinos, the industry achieved a result of €1,322bn, up from €1,101bn last year.