Germany is expected to begin issuing 20 online sports book licenses, with 14 companies already in line to receive them.
Under the new state treaty governing gambling in the country, the national Gambling Authority was scheduled to award the first batch in early May, but reports are they may be handed out sooner.
The initial group, selected from among more than 100 applicants, includes Admiral, Bet365, Bet-at-Home, Betfair, Cashpoint, Casinos Austria, Goldesel Hobiger, InterMedia, Tipico, Tipp3, RaceBet and two German state companies, Odds Gmbh and Oddsline Gmbh.
However, losing bidders are complaining that no clear or reliable information was passed on to them regarding the criteria that would be used for allocating the licenses. It is believed some are preparing legal challenges.