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Germany – German association warns against the destruction of legal gaming and thousands of jobs

By - 8 December 2020

A state law amending the state gaming law (LGlüG) is to be introduced into the Rhineland-Palatinate state parliament in December.

The umbrella organisation Die Deutsche Automatenwirtschaft eV (DAW) and the Automaten-Verband Rheinland-Pfalz eV (AVRP) believe the faction bill could have devastating consequences on commercial slot machine in Rhineland-Palatinate along with its 4,000 employees.

DAW board spokesman Georg Stecker: “The present draft law destroys the legal offer in Rhineland-Palatinate, because it means the end for more than half of all state-licensed gambling halls. Then hundreds of the mostly second or third generation family-run vending machine companies would stand in front of the ruins of their existence and 2,500 people in Rhineland-Palatinate would lose their jobs.”

The draft law provides for a minimum distance between state-licensed gambling halls and between children’s and youth facilities of usually 500 m. Mr. Stecker added: “The commercial slot machine game may no longer be regulated with the folding rule. We need regulation based on qualitative criteria that strengthens youth and player protection and maintains proper operations, also in Rhineland-Palatinate. ”

Wolfgang Götz, first chairman of the AVRP added: “The draft law is a slap in the face of the ordinary medium-sized vending machine companies in Rhineland-Palatinate and hits us particularly hard in the midst of the economic crisis. And while more than every second state-licensed amusement arcade in the country threatens to close on July 1, 2021, the online gaming market is being legalised at the same time, where there are naturally no minimum distances. Nobody understands that anymore.”

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