Four betting suppliers have joined German betting trade association Deutscher Sportwettenverband (DSWV) as the organisation’s first “partner companies”.
Payment provider Aircash, risk and identity services provider Crif, fintech business Okto and data provider Sportradar will all join DSWV as its first non-operator members as it “opens up to companies from the sports betting value chain”.
“The DSWV and its member companies stand for the legal sports betting market in Germany,” Crif chief executive Frank Schlein said. “Working together in the association to make the market even fairer and safer for customers and providers motivates us to become a partner of the DSWV.”
DSWV President Mathias Dahms said the addition of these businesses would help the entire German sports betting industry speak with a single voice.
“Aircash, Crif, Okto and Sportradar are highly innovative, technology-driven and extremely successful companies with a strong reputation in the sports betting industry,” Dahms said. “Through our close partnership, we improve the transfer of knowledge among each other and can stand up for common interests and positions with greater strength.
“As the sole voice of reliable and legitimate sportsbooks, we bring together reputable companies in the sportsbook industry. In this way we can find even better answers to the challenges of our industry and not only improve our association work, but also the German gambling regulation.”
Sportradar EMEA and LatAm chief executive Werner Becher said his business had long kept close contact with the DSWV and he was happy to see this partnership grow.
“As one of the world’s leading sports technology companies, our first point of contact when it comes to sports betting regulation in Germany is the DSWV,” he said. “I am delighted that we have become a partner of the DSWV as it is very important that companies from all areas of the betting industry share their knowledge and insights together and are represented by one organisation.”
Kostas Georgoulas, business development director at OKTO, said the partnership would help his business and German operators work together to enhance safer gambling procedures and compliance in Germany.
“Our partnership with DSWV underlines our ongoing commitment in Germany to offer customers the best payment services and our focus on well-regulated markets. We are excited to be on board and to partner with leading gaming and sports betting operators in Germany to innovate, promote responsible gaming and meet regulatory requirements.”
Last month, the body welcomed BildBet – a collaboration between German newspaper Bild and British bookmaker BetVictor – and Sportwetten.de as new members.