Schleswig-Holstein Licence


23 May 2012 digital entertainment plc
(‘’, the ‘Group’)

Schleswig-Holstein Operating Licence, the world’s leading listed online gaming company, has today been awarded a licence to operate online sports betting by the Ministry of Interior in Schleswig-Holstein.  The licence is effective immediately and is valid for six years.

Revenues generated under the licence will be taxed at the rate of 20% of gross gaming revenue.  In 2011, the Group generated total pro forma gross sports betting revenue of approximately €96.1m from Germany.

Norbert Teufelberger,’s Co-CEO, said:

“Schleswig-Holstein’s regulatory regime represents an important step in building a vibrant and competitive German online gaming market. This EU-compliant regime is a fundamentally important step to protect consumers and keep out black market operators in Germany.” has submitted separate applications to offer online poker and casino games and anticipates receiving the requisite licenses from Schleswig-Holstein in due course.

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About digital entertainment plc (LSE: BPTY) is the world’s largest listed online gaming company. The Company was formed from the merger of bwin Interactive Entertainment AG and PartyGaming Plc on 31 March 2011.  Incorporated, licensed and regulated in Gibraltar, the Group also has licences in France, Italy and Denmark. With offices in Europe, India, Israel and the US, the Group generated total pro forma revenue of €816.0m and pro forma Clean EBITDA of €199.3m in 2011. commands leading market positions in each of its four key product verticals: online sports betting, poker, casino and bingo with some of the world’s biggest online gaming brands including, and The Group’s scale, technology  and strong portfolio of games collectively differentiates its customer offer from those of its competitors. is a constituent member of the FTSE 250 Index and the FTSE4Good Index Series, which identifies companies that meet globally recognised corporate responsibility standards. For more information about, visit