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Gambling Research


Gambling Research in Germany

One of the fundamental responsibilities of the Gemeinsame Glücksspielbehörde der Länder is the promotion of scientific gambling research, especially the possibility of commissioning appropriate studies and expertises. (§ 27 (3) GlüStV)

The following are some of the key issues that are to be studied in the scope of research projects:

  • Development of measuring instruments for the analysing of the potential risk of addiction in connection with various gambling forms;
  • the relevance of various gambling forms for gambling addiction;
  • the effects that regulatory and gambling protection measures have on the conduct of the gamblers and the gambling providers;
  • analysing new gambling forms and their influence on the existing offer;
  • relevance of marketing instruments in connection with gambling addiction
  • ...

In the future, you will find the latest information/studies/specialist articles in connection with gambling research on the following pages. These pages are still under construction as the Gemeinsame Glücksspielbehörde der Länder still being at a start-up phase so that they initially refer to the German Federal Centre for Health Education that can be contacted under the following link:

Gambling research definition

Gambling research conducts studies on the social, psychological, medical, and economical aspects of gambling, e.g.

Effects of legal regulations:

  • Formation of a gambling addiction
  • Regulation possibilities online
  • Development of optimal preventative measures
  • Original mathematical principles of probability and coincidence

within the scope of behavioural analyses, long-term studies, and research projects.

Annual Report of the Gambling Supervisors of the Federal States

Since 2008, the Hessian Ministry of the Interior and Sport has published an annual economic analysis of the German gambling market, the so-called Annual Report of the Gambling Supervisors of the Federal States. The report provides an overview of the supply and the size of the segments in the legal and illegal German gambling market.

Annual Report 2020 of the Gambling Supervisors of the Federal States

For 2020, the volume of the German gambling market in terms of gross gaming revenues was €11.680 million, with permitted gambling accounting for a share of approximately 87%. Partly due to the Corona pandemic, the market volume of the gambling market in 2020 decreased by twelve percent compared to 2019. In the process, the gambling market shifted by 4% towards the permitted market.

The ratio of stationary to virtual machine gambling was 81% to 19% in 2020. Compared to 2019, the share of virtual machine gambling grew by 4%.

The annual report of the gambling supervisory authorities for 2020 is available online here:



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