The 18 companies that have applied or committed to apply for a sports-betting licence should mean that the German state can expect at least a 75 percent channelisation rate, according to Hesse's state minister for interior and sports.
"This is a positive sign for player protection in Germany," said the minister, Peter Beuth.
The news that 11 operators have applied for a licence and seven have signed binding commitments to submit applications at short notice follows Beuth's complaint in December that no operators had yet applied for a licence, with the January 2 launch of licensing looming.
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