The OVWG pursues the goal of achieving legal certainty and fairness for all providers on the Austrian online gaming and betting market. In doing so, it aims to achieve uniform, market-compliant regulation throughout Austria, which is in line with the requirements of Union law – both in regulatory and tax terms. It is convinced that an open licensing system, in which licensing is linked to high standards of player protection, and fair taxation of providers, can achieve an advantageous system for all: Guaranteed tax revenues and complete supervision for the state, high player protection standards for customers and legal certainty for responsible providers.
This system also means that players in Austria will in future be able to choose from a wide range of legal, secure gaming and betting services and will therefore be less tempted to switch to unlicensed providers. This channeling effect results in all players playing in a regulated system with clear protection and control mechanisms. Only a corresponding range of regulated sports betting and gambling can meet the objectives of the legislator, in particular with regard to player protection.