The right to offer sports betting is not subject to any numerical restriction in Austria. The federal states are responsible for regulating, supervising and issuing licences. This means that nine different legal norms must be observed within the federal territory.
Online betting is regulated only in a few federal states, which do not address the needs of the online market properly. Taxation is set at 2% of the stakes. In addition, the question in which federal states social betting (i.e. betting on events other than sport events) is permissible is not conclusively regulated, which also leads to considerable legal uncertainty .
The new regulation of the online sports betting sector is therefore urgently needed. Read below what the OVWG wants to achieve in terms of the new regulation of online gambling and online sports betting.