|Online casino GetMinted.com has become the first casualty of Germany’s online gambling ban by announcing that it will exit the market by next month.|
Stuart Miller, Casino Manager for GetMinted.com, sent an e-mail to all players registered in Germany last week advising them that, due to recent changes in the legalities of online gaming within the nation, their accounts would be suspended from March 1.
The e-mail stated that all gameplay for German accounts has already been suspended but players would still be able to access their accounts in order to withdraw any funds up to the March deadline.
Miller stated that German customers should ensure that their funds have been withdrawn before the deadline and thanked clients in Germany for their patronage. He also apologised for any inconvenience and added that GetMinted.com would continue to monitor the situation in hopes of again being able to offer services in Germany in the future.
The ban by the country on non-German online gambling sites has been criticised by the European Commission as against the European Union’s principles of free trade with efforts to have the ban overturned increasing.