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Germany – German slot machine industry welcomes the reopening of arcades in Saarland

By - 5 May 2020

German slot machine association Die Deutsche Automatenwirtschaft eV (DAW) has welcomed the fact that commercial arcades in Saarland can start operating again, having been closed since March 18 to protect against the spread of the corona virus.

DAW CEO Georg Stecker said: “The reopening is very good news for the vending machine companies in Saarland as well as their employees and their families. And it is good news for consumer protection, because the state-licensed gaming halls in Saarland now offer legal services with effective youth and player protection. ”

Mr. Stecker added: “The good example of Saarland must now be followed quickly by the other states. Already because of their legal basic conditions, arcades offer a very good protection against infection, which we have optimised with our own concept. We have to put an end to the migration of consumers to illegal foreign online casinos without any protection against young people or gamblers.”

In recent weeks, the DAW has repeatedly pointed out the worrying emigration of consumers as well as the increasing advertising activities of illegal online casinos on TV and on the Internet, and in mid-April presented extensive and concrete proposals for stricter infection protection in arcades.

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