eGaming Review January 2014 | Page 10

M ONT H I N M I NUT ES 2013 IN NUMB3RS 56% Betfair’s year-onyear profit rise for the six-month period ending 31 October 2013 See news on p14 RIGHT TO REPLY LACK OF TRANSPARENCY IS PREVENTING GERMAN PROGRESS MATTHIAS SPITZ ATTORNEY, MELCHERS LAW FIRM 179m Bet365’s full-year profit for the 12 months ended 31 March 2013 Read our cover feature on p26 45% Percentage of users not price sensitive according to data from price comparison site Oddschecker See our feature on p37 £424m The amount William Hill paid in March for Playtech’s 29% stake in its online joint venture Read our year in review on p42 8 The licensing process for sports betting in Germany is stagnating as a result of procedural errors by the Hessian Ministry of the Interior. The Ministry expects to face more than 80 lawsuits against the German online gaming tendering process and licence conditions. According to an announcement recently circulated in the media, none of the applicants were considered to have proven the minimum requirements in ‘auditable form’. However, the decision of the Higher Administrative Court of Hesse of June 2013 clearly states that 14 out of the 41 applicants completely satisfied the requirements and were invited to a negotiation phase. All the applications have become unsatisfactory because the Ministry has applied different criteria now. This again points to the lack of transparency surrounding the whole process. Now, the regulator claims that licence applications will need to be amended. Administrative courts already indicated in litigation that they consider the process to be intransparent. A main reason is that licensing criteria wasn’t released widely prior to the process, only in an information memorandum disclosed in the second stage. The fact that a total of 599 questions about the process were raised by applicants provides further evidence for intransparency. It’s unlikely the process will be completed within the next year or any time soon, unless the German states fundamentally change the process. This includes lifting the restrictions to the number of licences and commercial obstacles, such as the €1,000 stakes limit per month and restrictions to in-play betting. WINNING WAYS 888 CEO Brian Mattingley capped off a stellar year by collecting three gongs at the 2013 eGaming Review Operator Awards FAMILY TREE BALLY TECHNOLOGIES In December Bally completed the acquisition of SHFL Entertainment, leading to the departure of the latter’s CEO, CFO and CSO from the business