12-Aug-2022 Espelkamp | Products
The Gauselmann Group is one of the first providers to be granted a licence to operate virtual slot-machine games. Since the beginning of August, the Eastern Westphalian company has been authorised to offer its popular and successful slot-machine games online in Germany under the domain www.merkur-spiel.de and thus legally provide first-class gaming fun on the worldwide web.
The Gauselmann Group filed the application for permission to offer virtual slot-machine games with the Saxony-Anhalt State Administration Office back in July 2021. “We have been waiting in the wings for some time with our range of virtual slot-machine games under the ‘Merkur Spiel’ brand. So we are all the more enthusiastic that we can now offer our online players the chance to enjoy the same Merkur classics that have been played millions of times at our bricks-and-mortar venues,” says Markus Ettlin, Management Spokesperson of Merkur Sportwetten GmbH. “This approval is an important and big step for us towards becoming the best omnichannel provider in the whole of Europe.”
The development of games content for both the land-based and online segments has been one of the core competencies of the Gauselmann Group for many years. At a total of 13 locations worldwide, gaming specialists develop highly innovative games and game systems based on current market and customer trends, thus always striking the right cord with gaming enthusiasts. While international gaming has long been at home in the digital world, now the German online gaming market is also able to benefit from the innovative games developments of the Gauselmann Group.
The offering of virtual slot-machine games on the Internet complies with the legal requirements set out in the State Treaty on Gambling. The licence certifies that the family-run corporate group fully complies with the regulatory and statutory requirements governing the operation of virtual slot-machine games. The Gauselmann Group is, for example, one of the few providers already connected to the “LUGAS” cross-state gambling supervision system introduced along with the State Treaty on Gambling. The virtual slot-machine games that will be offered under the "Merkur Spiel" brand in the future have also been tested and approved by the Saxony-Anhalt State Administration Office and thus also guarantee compliance with German legislation. The Eastern Westphalians are thus demonstrating once again the high priority given to player protection within the Gauselmann Group – in both the land-based and online segments.
From one-man business to a major company with a workforce of almost 15,000 employees worldwide and annual sales revenues of 2.56 billion euros (2021) – this is the impressive development of the Gauselmann Group since its establishment in 1957. The internationally operating family-run business, which has its headquarters in the town of Espelkamp, is part of the entertainment and leisure industry. It develops, produces and distributes games and slot machines, operates the well-known MERKUR Casino arcade chain in Germany and the rest of Europe, is a licence holder for the operation of state-owned casinos in Germany and also runs casinos on cruise ships. Furthermore, the Group is active in the areas of sports betting and online gaming.
Merkur Sportwetten GmbH is a group subsidiary that consolidates the complete national and international sports betting business and the range of virtual slot-machine games under the “Merkur Spiel” brand.