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Online Gaming in Austria
The online gambling laws dictate that Austria-based companies are eligible for online gaming licences via the internet, mobile phones and interactive television, but only Austrian residents are allowed to use them.
In August 2017, Austria’s Ministry of the Interior announced plans to amend telecom laws to require internet service providers to block unauthorized online operators. The Ministry of Finance followed up with draft amendments in February 2018 to the Gambling Act, but they were eventually withdrawn due to alleged "technical oversight" issues.
Austria’s government has refused to issue licenses to international gambling sites, while still requiring them to pay 40% of their Austrian revenue in taxes.
In October 2012, the Austrian government issued an exclusive 15-year online gaming license to Austrian Lotteries, a subsidiary of Casinos Austria International. Foreign operators are not allowed to advertise to Austrian players, although Austrians may play at foreign sites.
In January 2013, the Austrian courts upheld the legality of the exclusive online gaming license after it was challenged by Bet-At-Home, Lotelo and Bandal.
Bet-At-Home was also on the losing end of a European Court of Justice (ECJ) case against Austria's online gaming laws in 2011. The ECJ ruled in that case that Bet-At-Home, which was indicted by the Austrian government for not respecting the online gambling laws of the country by operating in Austria with a Malta online gaming license rather than an Austria license, could be prosecuted. Although the European Union recommends that its member states mutually accept each other's gambling licenses, it still gives them the option of accepting them or not.
Gambling, casinos and lotteries are regulated by the Law on Games of Chance (GSpG) and fall within the remit of the Ministry of Finance. The Ministry of Finance is also responsible for the supervision of licensed companies.
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Veikkaus, win2day go live with Playtech cross-border poker network
20 March 2017
The Finnish and Austrian gaming brands have banded together and launched a joint poker network using liquidity from both player bases, an industry first.
Codeta launches major funding round
9 January 2017
The operator, who specializes in live table games, is seeking investors to help drive its ambitious expansion plans.
RAY, Win2Day to share cross-border poker liquidity
21 December 2016
With Playtech's iPoker-powered network, the Finnish and Austrian gaming brands will partner up to launch a joint poker network using liquidity from both player bases.
Codeta launches in new markets
21 November 2016
Codeta has entered Germany, Austria and Switzerland, bringing high-quality live table games from the likes of NetEnt, Evolution Gaming and Authentic Gaming.
Playtech takes over supply of Austrian poker network
10 February 2016
The initial three-year deal will see Playtech work closely with the Austrian Lotteries and Casinos Austria-owned Win2Day brand to replace existing suppliers and deliver a cutting-edge, bespoke desktop and mobile-enabled poker platform for the country's only regulated network.
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