iGaming’s Worst Feuds
Germany/France/Spain vs Operators
In the pre-European Union days, federal governments across the Continent happily padded their tax revenue with highly lucrative gambling monopolies.
Those monopolies don’t really jibe with the EU’s open trade policies but that hasn’t stopped the governments in Germany, France and Spain from doing their best to protect their private gaming domains.
Of the three, France seems to have given into gambling liberalization the easiest, but that doesn’t mean they’re happy about it.
In Germany, the government has thrown everything but the kitchen sink in the way of operators who are looking to serve German gamblers.
The Spaniards, on the other hand, delayed the licensing process as long as they could and have made life so difficult for operators with sky high taxes.
In short, Euro governments and operators are not getting along all that well.