The German Gambling Authority (Gemeinsame Glücksspielbehörde der Länder or GGL) has imposed a €50,000 ($53,300) fine on Red Rhino Limited for providing games to German players without proper licensing.
Initially, the GGL had instructed Red Rhino to cease offering online games to German customers. Although Red Rhino took down the platincasino.de site, German players could still access the brand through the platincasino.com site.
Benjamin Schwanke, a Board Member of the GGL, stated, “The measures implemented by the GGL are yielding positive results, as we observe a notable decrease in unauthorized online gambling activities.”
As a consequence of violating the prohibition order, Red Rhino Casino is now subjected to a €50,000 fine, and a penalty will also be levied on the payment service provider associated with Red Rhino.
Furthermore, the GGL has emphasized its authority to impose recurring penalty payments or escalate them until compliance with prohibition orders is achieved. This was done in an effort by the GGL to stop the ever-growing trend in Germany of casino operators not complying with the rules of the regulator
Ronald Benter, an Executive Board Member of the GGL, noted, “This is part of our strategy to steer individuals towards legal options. Consumers are urged to utilize only legal online gambling services, as the GGL strictly oversees player protection measures in accordance with the law.”
The GGL maintains an updated list of companies that are approved to operate in the country, along with an official “GGL Test and Approval Seal” that licensed companies can display. This greatly helps both the regulator and the players to easily distinguish the “white” operators in the country from those who are illegally providing their services.
Mark Seibert, the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of onlinecasinosdeutschland.com, a platform providing news and reviews related to online casinos in Germany, recently commended the transformative impact of the GGL on the iGaming landscape in the country.