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This week Spain's gaming regulator Direccion General de Ordenacion del Juego (DGOJ) has announced that they're gearing up to offer more online gaming licenses within the country.
The DGOJ said that they're planning on accepting new applications to further liberalize the market. Operators currently offering services without a license will have a year to submit an application, and will be given their status within six months. The decision comes after several large offshore operators expressed interest in becoming licensed in the country.
Speaking about the decision industry analyst Christian Tirabassi said, "During the second quarter of 2017, the online casino segment has strengthened while sports betting has been falling in terms of GGR. This is due to the occurrence of certain events such as the end of the football leagues or the last qualifying rounds, including the final of the Champions League."
"Overall, the Spanish online casino and betting industry is behaving positively and the data shows its stable evolution, achieving a GGR growth rate of 23%. In the first half of 2017 GGR was €248m compared with €201m in the first half of 2016."